Race car driver Marlon Stockinger jokes about his being single: "Siyempre naman, ang syota ko yung racing car ko."

Marlon Stockinger on being proud of his Pinoy roots: “I try to make our country proud. I always give my best and if a podium and a win comes I’m always proud to hear the ’Lupang Hinirang’ play. In Monaco, definitely I had a goosebump moment. I was gonna cry. You know, I’m just really happy and I couldn’t believe it. The whole day I just felt numb. I’m just so happy it happened there and also knowing that there’s


Tunog-banyaga man ang kanyang apelyido, sa puso at isip ay proud Pinoy ang Fil-Swiss car racing champion na si Marlon Stockinger.

Ipinagmamalaki niyang i-represent ang Pilipinas sa iba’t ibang international car racing events.

“I’m always proud to represent the Philippines. This is where I was born and raised.

"Though I train outside the country, the Philippines gave me my racing talents.

“I have my family here and everyone.

"And I’m always proud to represent the country and have the Filipino flag beside my name on the car,” sabi ni Marlon.

Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang media si Marlon sa kanyang Fans Day na ginanap sa Greenbelt Park sa Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City, kahapon, Enero 11.

Hindi nga raw makakalimutan ni Marlon nang manalo siya noong isang taon sa isang karera sa prestihiyosong Grand Prix sa Monaco, kung saan tinugtog ang ating Pambansang Awit.

“I try to make our country proud.

"I always give my best and if a podium and a win comes, I’m always proud to hear the Lupang Hinirang play.

"In Monaco, definitely I had a goosebump moment. I was gonna cry.

"You know, I’m just really happy and I couldn’t believe it.

"The whole day, I just felt numb.

"I’m just so happy it happened there and also knowing that there’s a lot of Filipinos in Monaco, as well.

“So, I definitely have a lot of people to celebrate it with there.

"So, it’s nice to know that we have so much support all over the Philippines but as well as outside the Philippines."

Marami ang nagugulat na magaling siyang mag-Tagalog. Ano ang masasabi niya rito?

“Siyempre naman, dito ako nag-grow up and nanay ko is Filipina, tatay ko is Swiss.

"Pero marami akong pinsan na nagta-Tagalog sa akin, so that’s how I learned it,” pagmamalaki niya.

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Ano ang pakiramdam ni Marlon sa pagkakaroon ng Fans’ Day at dumayo pa ang kanyang fans sa venue para makita siya at makasama?

Aniya, “Gusto ko lang ibalik lahat ng support na ibinigay ng mga kababayan ko.

"I just wanna say thank you to all of them.

“For example, on Facebook, we have a hundred thousand followers, so we just wanna give back to them what they did.”

NOT CLOSING DOORS TO SHOWBIZ. Para na rin siyang artista na nagkakaroon ng Fans Day.

Posible kayang pasukin din niya ang mundo ng showbiz katulad ng kaibigan niyang dati ring racer na si Matteo Guidicelli, na ngayon ay isa nang sikat na Kapamilya star?

Ayon kay Marlon, “Siyempre, gusto ko muna mag-focus lang sa karera ko. Kasi kailangan talagang gawin lahat para sa karera.

"In my opinion, that’s what I have to focus on, and it’s the only chance I got now.

"But let’s see what happens in the future."

Hindi naman daw niya isinasara ang kanyang pinto sa showbiz.

“Definitely, it’s something that I will not turn my back on.

"There are a lot of friends who are also in that type of business and a lot of respect talaga,” sabi niya.

Hindi ba siya niyayaya ni Matteo para mag-showbiz na rin?

“No, Matteo said, ’Focus on the racing.’

"And I told him he can focus on the acting and together we can try and reach the top in both aspects.

"And I’m also proud of what he does,” banggit pa ni Marlon.

CELEBRITY CRUSHES. Sino ang crush niyang mga artista sa showbiz?

“I know some people, like Anne [Curtis]… I know Anne, I know KC [Concepcion],” ani Marlon..

Ano ang masasabi niya na si Anne ang napili para gumanap bilang bagong Dyesebel?

“I wouldn’t know until I see the movie [TV series]. I’ll tell you when I see it.”

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Sa tingin naman daw niya ay bagay kay Anne na maging Dyesebel dahil maganda ang aktres at alam niyang propesyunal ito.

“Yeah, I’m sure, definitely [she fits the role]. I’m sure they will all do fine on whatever they do.

"They’re all professional, so I have a lot of respect for that,” pagsang-ayon niya.

SINGLE. Marami sa kanyang babaeng fans ang nais malaman ang kanyang status ngayon. Single ba siya o may girlfriend na?

“Yeah, I’m still single.

"Pero siyempre naman, ang syota ko yung racing car ko.

"So, that’s my girlfriend at the moment,” biro ni Marlon.

Ano ba ang mga katangiang hinahanap niya sa magiging future girlfriend niya?

“Definitely, someone who has a sense of humor.

"Pinay… I would love a Pinay girl, they’re the most beautiful, that’s for sure.

“And someone who’s got her own identity. You don’t have to be anything that you’re not.

"And that’s more than enough for me to like someone.”

SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY & TRAINING. Nasa Pilipinas si Marlon noon pang Disyembre para makasama ang kanyang pamilya noong Pasko at Bagong Taon.

“I just spent the holidays with my family. I’m just glad to be back in the Philippines.

"We’re just getting rested and charging the batteries for the new racing season ngayon.

“Last Christmas and New Year, nasa bahay lang with the family.

"We just had a simple and humble celebration,” masaya niyang kuwento.

Naghahanda na rin si Marlon para sa kanyang susunod na mga karera kaya sinamantala na rin niya ang pagte-training sa Pilipinas. Isa sa ginagawa niya ay ang pagba-boxing.

Sabi ni Marlon, “Siyempre, gusto ko yung boxing, kasi magaling talaga siya sa fitness ko.

"And it has helped doon sa coordination, yung mga cardio… kailangan ko lahat iyan para sa karera.”

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Dahil nga sa pagba-boxing niya ay idol na raw niya si Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao.

“Oo naman, idol talaga. Magaling talaga si Pacquiao.

"And yun talaga ang unang sporting hero ko dati. So, he is really one of my idols,” pag-amin niya.



MICHAEL SCHUMACHER. Hindi rin namin nakalimutang itanong kay Marlon ang tungkol sa isa pa niyang idol na si Michael Schumacher, ang seven-time Formula One world champion na nagkaroon ng ski accident kamakailan.

Ayon kay Marlon, “Siyempre naman, it’s really sad news about what happened to him, and I’m sure he’ll get through it.

"And of course, he has won many races and many championships before, so I’m sure he’s gonna win this battle again.”

GOAL FOR 2014. Ano ang goal niya ngayong 2014?

“Of course, win some races and the season is long, so let’s see what happens at the end of the year.

"Hopefully, we’ll have a championship as well,” diin niya.

Sa ngayon, nalalapit na si Marlon sa kanyang pangarap na maging F1 (Formula One) champion matapos niyang mapabilang sa junior ranks ng isa sa most legendary Formula One teams—ang Lotus F1 Team.

Si Marlon ang kauna-unahang Southeast Asian race car driver na nakapasok sa prestihiyosong team, kasama ang anim pang recruits mula sa ibang bansa.

At ang nakaka-proud pa rito ay inere-represent niya ang Pilipinas.

Nagpapasalamat nga si Marlon sa suportang ibinibigay ng Filipino fans at ng sponsor niyang Globe Tattoo sa kanyang racing career.

Kailan at saan magaganap ang unang race niya ngayong 2014?

“The first race will be in April in Monza in Italy. So, that will be in a couple of months time,” detalye pa niya.

Aalis ng Pilipinas si Marlon bago matapos ang Enero para ipagpatuloy sa ibang bansa ang kanyang training.


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