Where Are They Now:
8 More Pinoy
YouTube Viral Stars
By Janus Dosequis Harvey
We’ve seen many Pinoys go viral on the internet and then disappear right after, so it sometimes makes us curious what they’re possibly up to after their fifteen minutes of fame are up.
8. Dyoga Girl
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Posted by Kaysee Gregorio on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Best Known For: Two very noticeable things. We’ll leave it at that.
Kaysee Gregorio bust into the public consciousness a couple of years ago as “Dyoga Girl,” always emphasizing the fact that she has a pair that admittedly catches people’s eyes all the time. About a year later, after thousands upon thousands of bashers who slut-shamed her and demanded she take down her Facebook (after ogling her first, naturally), she “reformed” after admitting that she was just playing a character, dropping the monicker, but as Kaysee Gregorio, still released a bunch of suggestive videos we’d rather not link to, because one is more than enough.
Currently: Still messing around on the internet, but minus the same level of notoriety, ever since she decided to not keep replacing every other song lyric with the word “dyoga.” Inasmuch as we’d tell her to keep doing her, it clearly wasn’t her, and by the end of it, she didn’t really enjoy the attention anymore.
7. Hasht 5 (or 4)
Best Known For: Being the guys not named Marlou in the original Hasht 5 group. The minute Marlou had solo success, it didn’t take too long before he ended up leaving his so-called friends in the lurch.
For all of the hate we’ve piled on Hasht 5, ultimately, they were just a bunch of kids who wanted to be famous in the worst way possible – which is exactly how they got famous. With a level of talent Verne Troyer would scoff at as “too low,” these four kids really had nowhere to go but down the minute the only member anyone recognized, Marlou, found notoriety on his own.
Currently: Kinda bitter about Marlou leaving them. Our #5 entry in this 8List, Lloyd Cadena, interviewed them late last year about their feelings when the guy they thought was their “tropa” suddenly abandoned them for greener pastures. They mostly pulled their punches, but you know there’s something there.
6. Arjohn Gilbert
Best Known For: That video above, shot in 2011.
Arjohn Gilbert can sing, beatbox, and endeared his way into everyone’s hearts seven years ago. Then, after Globe featured him in their events in 2012, we never heard from him again. What happened?
Currently: By all accounts, and according to a blogger who frequents the area, blogger Enrico Dee of Byahilo fame claims he saw Arjohn back in Puregold Clark, doing exactly what he was doing before he became famous for one hot minute. We hope that his fame led to more than just full circle, though, and he was just spotted hanging out where he used to always be, though. Unfortunately, until we hear from the man himself, it should be obvious that not all viral sensations turn out to be big success stories in the long run.
5. Lloyd Cadena
Best Known For: YouTube vlogging, since 2011.
Lloyd Cadena has covered, pranked, and parodied so much in the last seven years that it’s hard to find one thing to say about him. Needless to say, he has gone viral, and learned how to keep himself relevant all this time.
Curently: Not only is Lloyd still a popular vlogger, he’s also now a DJ with 90.7 Love Radio. Probably one of the most appropriate jobs for a guy who just doesn’t know how to stop talking – and we love him for it.
4. Genelyn Sandaga
Best Known For: Her song covers in 2013. She was an 8List favorite, actually.
While a lot of people have indeed cyberbullied her because of her, well, unique voice, Genelyn Sandaga was one of our favorite people because you know, you just know, that she was having the time of her life doing what she does. Unfortunately, she ended up deleting her videos a few years later when the backlash became a little too much to handle.
Currently: Aside from showing up on Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal in 2013, Genelyn ended up getting into playing the violin and painting, as (much fewer) people can see on her YouTube channel and her Instagram. She even addressed her singing phase as recently as two months ago with her video on cyberbullying.
3. Christopher Lao
Best Known For: “Dapat ininform ako,” he pleaded helplessly upon discovering his car wasn’t capable of handling the heavy flood facing him. In 2011, he became just one of the many targets of our ire, because Schadenfreude never goes out of style.
After that bout with cyber-bullying, Christopher Lao, on multiple times, like Paula Jamie Salvosa of Amalayer fame, contemplated suicide. He almost didn’t even take the Bar exams that year, after being judged for one moment of weakness.
Currently: Well, since 2012, that’s Attorney Lao to you, and he’s been a reliable resource person on legal matters ever since, as our interview with him about the Cybercrime Law way back in 2013 showed. Nowadays, he also teaches at DLSU’s College of Law, and keeps himself busy with a multitude of things – chief amongst them, being a doting father to his lovely daughter.
2. Xian Gaza
Best Known For: That creepy billboard date proposal to Erich Gonzales that everyone piled on him for, and then the inevitable expose on his past, including the above video, and yes, his history of scamming people, which he admitted to.
As polarizing as Xian Gaza was in 2017, what’s more amazing was that he didn’t even end the year remotely relevant. It’s like people just stopped giving a damn. As they should.
Currently: Last January, he exposed a Ponzi scam hiding behind the Bitcoin boom, and claimed his life was in danger. It didn’t take long before he posted more videos of him living it up, and having the time of his life, pretty much proving that like everything else about him, you need to take whatever he says with a massive grain of salt. Or just ignore him and hope he’d go away. That works, too. Nyeaaaaam!
1. Marlou Arizala, aka Xander Ford
Best Known For: First, as Marlou Arizala, leading the infamous Hasht5 “boy band,” then striking out solo when he got a thorough makeover on Rated K, rechristening himself as Xander Ford.
It didn’t take long before his big reveal around last October, and Xandermania exploded: people wanted to interview him and see what his talents are (still none), people wanted to see just exactly how much better he looked thanks to the surgery (not much), and he eagerly charged them (by a lot) for just those things. Then next thing we knew, he went “missing,” until it turned out that he wasn’t missing, so much as he was “resting,” blowing off professional commitments along the way. News reports about his shift in attitude started creeping up, until his defenders realized that the negativity didn’t come from bashers anymore – but actual fans who wanted to support Xander, only to be sorely disappointed.
Currently: Other than a few small gigs here and there, nobody knows, and it seems, nobody cares. Xander Ford’s flirtation with relevance lasted even more briefly than Xian Gaza’s did, which is saying something.
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