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Filipinos have gone gaga over Thai BL (Boy’s Love) stories like 2gether: The Series and TharnType: The Series during quarantine. Because of the undeniable kilig from two male lead cast members and its stories, staying home becomes much less boring. 

On Twitter, fans are wondering what it would be like if the Philippines had its own BL series. Lo and behold, news on Oh, Mando, starring actors Alex Diaz and Kokoy De Santos has actually been circulating online.  Lo and behold—there is one, for real! 

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Although not much information has been revealed initially by the Oh, Mando director Eduardo Roy Jr., his Twitter post showing snippets from the series of Alex and Kokoy at the Jones Bridge in Manila already excited fans.

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It can be recalled that Alex had already informed StarStudio.ph in February about this upcoming iWant project. The series apparently had been filming, and its release date yet to be announced, because of the enhanced community quarantine.

Oh, Mando director Eduardo Roy Jr. revealed more details about the story. “Kwento ito ni Mando, at ang pagdiscover niya sa kanyang identity bilang isang bakla, at ang pakikipagsapalaran nya sa pag-ibig.” 

Oh, Mando is associated with the popularity of Thai BL series, but Eduardo said that this new iWant offering has something other Thai series don’t have. “Although hindi ako nakanood ng mg BL series, pero base sa napanood kong trailer ng ibang BL series, ang Oh, Mando ay very, very Pinoy. Pinoy ang sensibilidad nito na unique at wala sa ibang BL series.”

Eduardo also shared that they still have a few more taping days. According to him, they will work straight on the post-production once the taping is done.   

“Excited na kami i-share ito sa mga Pinoy na mahihilig sa BL series. Nakakatuwa kasi mayroon na tayo sa Pilipinas, na talagang kwento natin, na talagang atin,” the Oh, Mando director shared.

Its actors Alex Diaz and Kokoy de Santos are a fresh team-up for a love story. 

When asked why Eduardo chose the two young actors, he replied, “Si Alex, nakita ko kasi sa kanya ‘yung potential na maging leading man ni Kokoy. ‘Yung willingness niyang matuto at tumanggap ng challenge na hinihingi ng kanyang karakter. Hindi ako nahirapang magdecide, kasi alam kong marunong at mahusay siyang umarte.” 

He also commended de Santos’s acting prowess. “Si Kokoy naman, naging artista ko sa recent film ko na Fuccbois kaya alam ko na ang range niya as an actor. Mahusay siya, sa katunayan nominated siya sa kanyang performance sa Fuccbois sa Young Critics Circle desk. Tulad ni Alex, alam mong dedicated sila sa craft nila bilang actor. Parehong all in sila sa lahat ng mga eksena. I’m very happy na sila ang naging cast ng Oh, Mando.”

As we prepare to watch Oh, Mando soon, let us get to know its lead cast members Alex and Kokoy more.

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz was a part of Star Circle 2013, who became famous for his supporting roles in the hit series Got To Believe and the blockbuster movie She’s Dating The Gangster alongside the phenomenal love team KathNiel (Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla).

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He is a man of many hats. You’ll be surprised at all the things he can do!

He became a radio and video jockey

In 2012, Alex was a student jock at a radio station in Manila. In an interview with StarStudio.ph, he recalled how much the station trusted him even if he was just a student at that time.

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“It got to the point na junior jock pa lang ako, nagbo-board na ako mag-isa, ‘cause they couldn’t trust anybody else. So 'pag may graveyard shift or may board meeting, they got me to go on (deck). I could have done that for a job,” he said.

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In 2017, Alex became a MYX VJ after three attempts at the auditions. 

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He received an award for theater

Alex also performed for Disney’s Newsies in Manila as Racetrack Higgins.

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Later on, he won Best Crossover Artist From Showbiz to Theater Award at the BroadwayWorld Philippines 2017.

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He is a host

Alex is also one of the most sought-after hosts in the country.

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“I can just pull things out of thin air. I owe that to my Dad. He always taught me to walk in the room with your head held high. Know what you’re gonna talk about. Know what you’re gonna say, even if you really don’t … Fake it till you become it,” he told StarStudio.ph.

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He is a singer

In 2016, Alex performed his song Must Be Going Crazy in its music video under ABS-CBN Star Music.

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His cover of the song Oceans in 2018 reached more than 200,000 views on Youtube.

Screenshot from Alex Diaz Youtube video

He has a drool-worthy body

Alex is also known for the hardcore workout routines he posts on Instagram.

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His sexy body is proof of how much time he spends at the gym.

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Matched with his pretty face, Alex is a total package!

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Kokoy De Santos

Kokoy might have gained most of his popularity from joining Boyband Superstar in 2016, but he had already appeared in different teleseryes and movies prior. He became part of the drama series Oh My G starring Janella Salvador, and the 2013 comedy movie My Bromance: My Brother’s Romance.

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When he’s not acting, Kokoy remains to be a charming and adorable cutie!

He loves his Nanay

On his grandmother’s 93rd birthday, Kokoy uploaded a photo of him singing to his nanay.

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He also posted a few more snaps of her before.

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Kokoy looks really fond of his nanay.

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He is a gym buff

At first, you will notice Kokoy as your potential boy-next-door crush, until you realize there is more he can offer than his good looks.

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Kokoy has a ripped body!

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He loves hitting the gym, which makes him hotter.

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He resembles a popular Hollywood actor

Fans can’t help but notice his resemblance with the popular Netflix actor Noah Centineo.

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Both of their eyes are dreamy.

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They also both give off the vibe of a good boyfriend.  

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He was a culinary student

In November 2017, Kokoy posted a photo of himself wearing his uniform as a culinary student.

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Imagine this hottie cooking for you!

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