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Filipinos’ Love For Bruno (the Man from Mars)

Updated on February 12, 2014
Bruno Mars on keyboard
Bruno Mars on keyboard
4 Year Bruno doing an Elvis
4 Year Bruno doing an Elvis

Nation of Singers

Even though Filipinos have been singing for centuries it has only been in the last few years that people around the world has finally gotten to know them as talented singers and musicians. Especially now that Filipinos (male and female) are spread out all over the world, singing and winning at singing competitions, musicals, concerts, movies, commercials, radio, bars, clubs, karaokes, cruise ships, churches, parks, at schools and at work parties, among others.

The Philippines has been tagged as "The Social Networking Capital of the World" and it's no wonder that Filipinos are all over online websites and services and many times showcasing their musical talents. One of these sites is Youtube.


Youtube has become the great equalizer, at least as far as musical talent is concerned. For years now it has it made relatively unknowns overnight worldwide sensations. And among these are several Filipinos.

Bruno Mars by the way has lots of videos (old and new) in Youtube as well from hundreds if not thousands of other Filipinos.

Proud To Be Filipino

In 2012, Bruno Mars, Multi MTV-VMA Awardee, Multi Grammy Awardee, AMA Awardee, Billboard Music Awardee, People’s Choice Awardee, among other awards proudly declared once again in national TV that he is Filipino.

Mars, born Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez in Honolulu, Hawaii to a Puerto Rican father and a full blooded Filipina who are both performers and both influenced and encouraged him to be a performer himself at an early age.

Superbowl 2014

Now at 28 years old and barely standing 5 foot 5 inches (about normal for a Filipino) and merely weighing 147 pounds (not unlike Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao) was the clear winner of Superbowl XLVIII (of course aside from the Seahawks and their fans).

Performing at what was now the most watched Superbowl Half time Show in history (with the Red Hot Chili Peppers), Bruno proved his critics wrong that he could deliver.


And yes, his flawless performance generated over 2 million tweets and still is the talk of the town, either pro or against. I mean sure, you cannot please everybody. But please, Bruno has been performing since he was 3 years old. So that’s like having 25 years of singing/performing experience, he isn’t a spring chicken. He might not be black. He might not be white. He might not have the height or the weight, but he sure has the guts, and the talent and he can perform.

And yes so far, he has five Number one Billboard Hits plus five more in the Top 10.


He can sing. He can dance. He can play the drums (keyboard and the guitar). He can write songs. He can do old school, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson. He can rap. He can croon. He can do love songs. He can hit the high notes. What more can you ask for?

Filipinos can easily identify with him and vice-versa. And now the whole world knows who he is and what he can do.

Bruno Mars Superbowl Halftime Show

Bruno Mars in the Philippines

Bruno Mars on drums
Bruno Mars on drums

Bruno Mars Started To Perform Early

Bruno Mars was born to a family of singers, dancers and musicians.

His father is a Hispanic percussionist from the East Coast and his mom was a vocalist and dancer. All his other siblings are also musicians.

His father formed a Vegas-style musical group which involved everyone in the family.

When then four-year-old Bruno observed his family members performing Motown, doo-wops and impersonations of famous people and the audience loving them, he wanted in in the action as well.

Bruno stated, “My dad put me on stage and I remember singing an Elvis song and that was it!"

"Ever since I’ve been addicted.”

4 Year Old Bruno Doing An Elvis Presley

Young Bruno Impersonating Michael Jackson

A Few of the Other Filipino Singers Currently Making Waves

Rose "Osang" Fostanes

First Season Winner of "The X Factor Israel."

Fostanes is in Israel as a caregiver and has been working in the Middle East for about 20 years.

Jessica Sanchez

One of the five Filipinos who have so far reached "American Idol's" Top 12 Finalists.

She is also the highest placed by reaching the finals and finishing second Philip Philips on Season 11.

Incidentally her first album, "Me, You & the Music" debuted at number 26 on the Billboard 200.

Arnel Pineda

Discovered on Youtube (like most Filipino singers), Pineda became the the front man for the iconic American rock band Journey.

Arnel overcame poverty and hardships in life and to became the lead singer of one of the most successful bands in the world. His story is featured in the movie "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey."


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