That Like-able Guy
Find out why Wil Dasovich is one of the most exciting vloggers in town.
It only takes a few minutes with Wil Dasovich to find out why he’s one of the most popular video bloggers or “vloggers” in the country. He’s not only young and energetic, he’s cute and charismatic as well. Most of all, he is always up for an adventure, doing anything and everything, he says quite.
A Filipino Croatian born and raised in California, Wil became a YouTube sensation when one of his video blogs or “vlog” posts went viral, garnering more than 350,000 likes. Aptly named “Pudra and Kyota”, the post under his Tsong and Tsonggo vlog featured Wil and his dad going around Manila, speaking gay lingo to salesladies and fastfood attendants. Their attempt often drew confused and puzzled reactions, but sometimes, they’d encounter a Pinoy who’d take the conversation into a whole new level. It is hilarious!
But his breakthrough vlog post is but the tip of the iceberg. YouTube fans will soon discover his other video expositions on Filipino culture, which are strikingly spot on. There is, for example, his post on why Filipino moms are the best, starring his mother, a brutally honest neat freak who cajoles Wil: “Ewan ko sa ‘yo. ‘Wag mo nga ako isasama diyan.”
Though he’s only been in the Philippines for a couple of years, he has gone through so many adventures. He learned the language by watching Tagalog versions of Hollywood movies like Iron Man, Terminator, and The Avengers. He finds it funny that the Tagalog dialogue in Harry Potter is spoken with a British accent. He has eaten all sorts of exotic food, from balut to snake, but finds field rats from Pangasinan the strangest of them, saying they taste like chicken. He has also performed exciting daredevil stunts, including riding on top of a jeepney on a road trip to Baler. He didn’t just sit on the roof, he stood on it and made like he was surfing. (Kids, don’t try this!)
Truth be told, Wil would like to try living in the provinces. He says, “Simpleng bahay, simpleng buhay!”
Here, more of Wil’s zeitgeist pronouncements:
What’s the best thing about living in Manila?
“The best thing about living in Manila is definitely yung mga tao dito. Kasi masaya lahat ng tao dito at ‘yun ang dahilan kung bakit andito pa ko sa Pilipinas. They have such good vibes, yeah, and carefree personality.”
Any favorite people?
“Kahit na sino. Kasi kung saan-saan ako nagpupunta—I go to photo shoots, or sometimes I’m on the streets, eating balut, or I hang off jeepneys—and everywhere I go everyone’s just so friendly. Masaya.”
What’s the worst thing about living in Manila?
“Traffic! I don’t even have to think about that!”
What do you do to stay sane amidst the traffic?
“Being in traffic, I’m depressed and how I avoid that is I bike everywhere. I mean, if it’s Makati, the Fort, or Pasig, I will bike. I don’t use cars.”
Why do you think we’re so happy?
“I don’t know. I think it’s in our innate nature. I think that’s the biggest characteristic that I have as a Filipino. That’s why I was able to connect with the people and with my videos on YouTube is because I just have the fun Pinoy type of personality. Kasi iba talaga. Sa States, everyone’s so serious and uptight and you can’t just do whatever. Here, everyone’s just joking around. You know, go lang!”