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Wil Lising Dasovich (born 26 August 1991) is a Filipino-American television personality, model, and vlogger. He is known for his vlogs on YouTube. He has appeared on various television shows but most notably on Pinoy Big Brother.

Wil Dasovich
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Personal information
BornWil Lising Dasovich[1]
(1991-08-26) August 26, 1991 (age 28)[2]
NationalityFilipino American
OccupationVlogger, model, celebrity endorser
Websitewildasovich.com
YouTube information
Years active2014–present
Genretravel, comedy, motivational
Subscribers2,230,000
(November 7, 2019)
Total views243+ Million
(November 7, 2019)
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers 2017
Updated November 7, 2019

Early lifeEdit

Dasovich was born in California, United States to a Croatian-Irish father, merchant mariner Steve Dasovich, and a Filipino mother, interior designer Charry Dasovich. Dasovich was raised in Novato, California just north of San Francisco. He has an older sister named Haley Lising Dasovich, who is also a vlogger.[3][4] He is a nephew of ABS-CBN news presenter Karen Davila.[5]

He attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California with Dylan Efron, Zac Efron's little Brother.[6] There he studied business and was accepted into an entrepreneurial internship program. In his third year of college, he started his own residential painting business, operating it for nearly two years.[7]

CareerEdit

ModelingEdit

After graduating from college in 2013, Dasovich travelled around Asia for three months.[6] When he came to the Philippines, he decided to stay to learn its language and culture after his growing fondness for his Filipino roots. In an interview, he said:

During the same year, while having lunch at Greenbelt in Makati, he was discovered and offered a job as a commercial model.[3][6] For the next two years he appeared in several advertisements in both print and video. He would eventually make his way to local television. After being exposed to showbiz, and finding some success as a host and TV personality, he decided to remain in the Philippines and pursue his career in the entertainment industry. He eventually fully committed to YouTube focusing all his efforts on creating content. The first video he posted is called 10 Hours of Walking in Manila.[8]

YouTubeEdit

He started Youtube at Nov 18, 2014. While learning the local language, Dasovich also began writing episodes of The Art of Tagalog. After a year of writing, he began filming videos of himself learning Filipino.[3]

Dasovich gained recognition when his videos with his father, Steve Dasovich, speaking Swardspeak or "bekinese" went viral.[9][10] He often features different aspects of Filipino culture, which he discovers during his travels around the country.[11]

Work with Janina VelaEdit

In 2016, Dasovich and fellow YouTuber Janina Vela were the two fastest growing vloggers in the Philippines.[citation needed] He and Vela became brand endorsers for Jollibee.[12] They performed together at the 2016 YouTube FanFest in Manila.[13] The pair has produced several collaborative videos mostly of food reviews and interviews with one another.[14][15]

Vlogging groupEdit

Dasovich started a vlogging group called the "#VlogSquad" with fellow YouTubers Daniel Marsh and his sister Haley Dasovich. The three have appeared together in numerous travel vlogs on their respective YouTube channels. As a group they have been endorsers of many large companies including Coca-Cola, Converse, Jollibee, Forever 21 and many other notable brands. The Vlog Squad is managed by producer and YouTuber (PaperBugTV[16]) Jako de Leon. Over time, Dasovich introduced vlogging to many other influencers and TV personalities including fellow Big Brother housemate Baninay Bautista, who became a later addition to the squad. Also part of the team is Elvin Mendoza[17] who is the VlogSquad's IT person in charge of all the technical tasks and uploading behind-the-scene videos of the team.[18] The squad, featuring Dasovich, Haley, and Daniel, appear in an international ad campaign for Coca-Cola.[19]

Big BrotherEdit

Dasovich became a "housemate" on the thirteenth season of Pinoy Big Brother after a successful third audition. He had previously attempted to enter the show, but failed to make the cut twice.[20]

During his residence in the Big Brother house, he was nominated for every eviction night but survived by succeeding at save challenges or getting the highest number of text votes. He was evicted after being nominated for the fifth time after garnering the second lowest text votes.[citation needed]

Nomination Night
November 20, 2016
Eviction Night
November 26, 2016
Nomination Night
December 4, 2016
Eviction Night
December 8, 2016
Nomination Night
December 17, 2016
Eviction Night
December 18, 2016
Nomination Night
December 26, 2016
Eviction Night
Nomination Night
January 1, 2017
Eviction Night
January 2, 2017
Nominated Saved
by winning
save challenge
Nominated Saved
by winning
save challenge
Nominated Saved
by text votes
Nominated No eviction Nominated EVICTED
by text votes

Personal lifeEdit

In August 2017, upon returning to San Francisco after three years abroad, Dasovich explained that he came for treatment for internal bleeding that was apparently contracted from a parasite.[21] He later revealed that he was diagnosed with a stage III colon cancer.[22][23] He finished his last cycle of chemotherapy in early January 2018.[24] In early February 2018, he revealed that he is cancer-free.[25]

On February 14, 2018, Dasovich confirmed that he and Alodia Gosiengfiao had begun a relationship.[26]

On April 15, 2018, he won the Shorty Awards Vlogger of the Year.

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Network
2014 Juan Direction Himself TV5
Quiet Please!: Bawal ang Maingay Himself
2015 Extreme Series: Kaya Mo Ba 'To? Himself TFC
Dangwa Wil GMA
2016 Dear Uge Billy
2016–2017 Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 Himself ABS-CBN
2017 Matanglawin Himself
2017 Rated K Himself

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Siargao Oliver First film appearance[27]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref
2017 Influence Asia Breakout Influencer Won [28][29]
Best YouTube Channel Won
Influencer of the Year Won
E! Bloggers Ball Look Who's Trending (Male) Won [30]
2018 Shorty Awards Vlogger of the Year Won [31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Katigbak, Fran (October 1, 2017). "The power of Wil". The Philippine Inquirer. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Noguera, Al Kendrick (August 26, 2017). "WATCH: Wil Dasovich reveals more details about his condition, thanks his supporters". GMA Network. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Excerpt: Wil Dasovich's Q&A on Garage Magazine". Manila Bulletin Life. November 3, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Wil Dasovich (Tsong and Tsonggo)". Tsong & Tsonggo. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Franco, Bernie (September 3, 2017). "Karen Davila's message to nephew Wil Dasovich amidst his battle vs cancer". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Shadel, Jon (August 23, 2016). "A Secret Gay Language Has Gone Mainstream in the Philippines". Vice. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Santos, Rhea (June 12, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: Model-turned-vlogger Wil Dasovich admits he has a crush on Maja Salvador". ABS-CBN. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Wil Dasovich (November 18, 2014), 10 hours of walking in Manila (Philippines Social Experiment), retrieved September 24, 2017
  9. ^ "Meet Wil, the man from the viral video of a foreigner fluently speaking bekinese". GMA News. August 26, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Ganal, FM (November 5, 2016). "YouTube star Wil Dasovich joins Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 as regular housemate". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "Meet popular Fil-Am vlogger joining 'PBB'". ABS-CBN News. November 4, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Jasmine Curtis-Smith is Jollibee's newest endorser". Manila Standard. September 12, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  13. ^ Wil Dasovich (May 29, 2016), When Dreams Become Reality (Youtube Fanfest + Janina Vela, Alex Wassabi, Abra), retrieved September 24, 2017
  14. ^ Jazmin, Lyra (May 28, 2016). "TEN THINGS WE LEARNT AT YOUTUBE FANFEST MANILA 2016". Hello Asia-Australia. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  15. ^ Jazmin, Lyra (June 2, 2016). "LIVE REVIEW: YOUTUBE FANFEST – WORLD TRADE CENTER, MANILA (27.05.16)". Hello Asia-Australia. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  16. ^ "PaperbugTV". YouTube. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  17. ^ "Elvin Mendoza (@elvinmendoza) • Instagram photos and videos". instagram.com. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  18. ^ "Elvin Explores". YouTube. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  19. ^ "Chibog Time in Cebu with Wil Dasovich and COCA-COLA". Coca-Cola Company. January 29, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  20. ^ Ganal, FM (November 5, 2016). "YouTube star Wil Dasovich joins Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 as regular housemate". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  21. ^ "Travel blogger Wil Dasovich diagnosed with cancer". GMA News Online. August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  22. ^ "Wil Dasovich diagnosed with cancer". Manila Bulletin Life. August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  23. ^ Dasovich, Wil (September 3, 2017). "MY SURVIVAL RATE REVEALED (Judgement Day)". YouTube. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  24. ^ Guno, Niña V. (January 8, 2017). "Wil Dasovich on cancer: 'One final step' before remission". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  25. ^ "'Time to close this chapter': Wil Dasovich in tears as he reveals he is cancer-free". ABS-CBN News. February 3, 2018. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  26. ^ "Wil Dasovich, Alodia Gosiengfiao are a couple!". Rappler. February 14, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  27. ^ Villano, Alexa (December 18, 2017). "5 fun facts about the movie 'Siargao'". Rappler. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  28. ^ "Gretchen Ho, Wil Dasovich win in Asia's biggest social media awards". Philippine Daily Inquirer. April 19, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  29. ^ "Influence Asia 2017 Winners". Influence Asia. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  30. ^ Uy, Ed (September 30, 2017). "The influencer effect". BusinessMirror. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  31. ^ "Vlogger of the Year". shortyawards.com. Retrieved August 19, 2018.

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