Rising teen stars Filipino-British Bailey May and Filipino-Australian Ylona Garcia, known as “BaiLona,” are the new faces of the no.1 fast food brand’s Jolly Hotdog.
Bailey and Ylona share during a recent interview that it’s a dream come true to belong to the fast food chain’s impressive roster of celebrity endorsers.
“I feel so blessed,” said 14-year-old Bailey May. “I remember that every time I would come to the Philippines from England, I would visit Jollibee a lot.” The same is true for Ylona Garcia, also 14 years old, who says that being chosen among today’s young stars to become Jollibee’s newest endorser was unimaginable.
“When I was still in Australia, my parents would always tell me about Jollibee and whenever we visit the Philippines, it’s one of the places that we would go to. I still can’t believe that I am now their endorser and I’m very happy that they chose me,” she shares.
Born and raised in Australia, Ylona said that before entering the famed ABS-CBN reality show Pinoy Big Brother in 2015, she was just a typical student. And like any teenager, she enjoyed catching up on her favorite TV shows, watching movies, and hanging out with her friends.
“Back then, dancing and singing were only extracurricular activities for me. But now, being a celebrity feels like a dream that I haven’t waken up from. I get to do my then-extracurricular activities professionally,” she said.
Ylona furthered that being a celebrity has also taught her how to manage her time wisely, so she gets to balance time with friends and enjoy her youth. She follows a monthly calendar for both her work and homeschooling schedule.
She said that she has also adjusted well to living here in the Philippines as opposed to Australia where everything – from the people to the traffic to the weather – is really different.
Pre-showbiz life was also simple for half-Pinoy, half-British Bailey May, who was born in Cebu and migrated with his family to England when he was four years old.
“I used to frequent the mall and hangout with my friends there, play video games at home and go to the park and play football,” he said.
Like Ylona, he appreciates how being in showbiz and living in the Philippines has allowed him to try new things and explore more. In between his showbiz schedules, Bailey reads his books for his home schooling sessions.
“Having my family on my mom’s side here in the Philippines make adapting to living here a lot easier,” he said.
Young and adventurous, Bailey considers going into the PBB house as one of the greatest adventures of his life. It was also where he and Ylona experienced real adventure trips together, like when they rode an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) to the Mayon Volcano.
“Life is an adventure,” said Ylona, to which Bailey agreed.
“We get excited with having new places and food to try, the way we anticipate acting and music recording projects, and more fulfilments to our dreams like this chance to represent our favorite Jolly Hotdog,” said Bailey.
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