Mikey Bustos

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Mikey Bustos
Michael John Yadan Tumanguil Pestano Tiliapia Bustos III

(1981-06-23) June 23, 1981 (age 42)
Weston, Ontario, Canada
EducationSt. Michael's College School
University of Guelph
Ryerson University
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, part-time actor, comedian, entrepreneur, antkeeper, vlogger
PartnerRJ Garcia (2012-present)
Musical career
GenresPop, R&B
Years active2003–present
YouTube information
YouTube information
Years active2009–present
Subscribers5.28 million[1]
Total views651 million[1]
100,000 subscribers2017
1,000,000 subscribers2017
10,000,000 subscribersN/A
50,000,000 subscribersN/A

Last updated: January 17, 2024

Michael John Yadan Tumanguil Pestano Tilapia Bustos III (born June 23, 1981) known professionally as Mikey Bustos, is a Filipino-Canadian YouTuber, vlogger, actor, singer, and comedian who has appeared on the reality television show Canadian Idol. He also runs the YouTube channel AntsCanada, which specializes in ant-keeping.

Early life[edit]

Michael John Yadan Tumanguil Pestano Tilapia Bustos III was born on June 23, 1981, in Weston, a neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario.[2][3][4] He attended St. Michael's College School in Toronto and worked as a temp at the Bank of Montreal.[4]

Canadian Idol[edit]

Bustos placed seventh runner-up in the finals of first season of Canadian Idol in August 2003, despite Chart magazine's prediction: "If we were to lay our bets today, ChartAttack’s money would be on Toronto contestant Mikey Bustos, a slightly strange-looking young man with a shaved head and the voice of an angel."[5]

Bustos recorded with BMG Music Canada and ViK. Recordings for the Canadian Idol compilation album, which was certified gold on the Soundscan Billboard charts on second day of release, and ranked in the Top 5 best selling Canadian albums in its debut week, selling over 60,000 units nationwide.[citation needed]

Post Idol[edit]

After competing on Canadian Idol, Bustos began performing throughout Canada and the US at many events and showcases at top venues.


In 2004, Bustos recorded, performed, and mastered his craft in New York City residing in Queens and Manhattan, collaborating and recording with producer Glenn Swan of the Chung King Studios.

In 2005, Bustos released his debut extended play entitled Love Me Again on May 7. It was produced by Brent Bodrug of B-Group Music, who previously had worked with Alanis Morissette, Jack Soul, and Sugar Jones.

In 2006, Bustos continued touring in the U.S. performing in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas. He also began to perform in other countries, traveling to the Philippines, where he was front act for the Pussycat Dolls. Mikey also had a series of guest appearances, interviews, and live performances on popular Philippine TV shows including ABS-CBN's ASAP '06, and GMA-7's Eat Bulaga, StarTalk, SOP, S-Files, Unang Hirit, SIS, MTV Philippines, and even the country's first Philippine Idol. Mikey's radio performances and mall performance at Eastwood City in Manila were also highlights.

In 2007, Bustos was featured in a commercial for MTV Canada & was the front act for Christina Aguilera in the Philippines on July 6. He released a music video the next year for his single "If It Feels Good Then We Should" from his debut solo album Memoirs of a Superhero. The album was released on December 23, 2008, and its album art was designed by Orange Pop Media.

In 2009, Bustos' single "If It Feels Good Then We Should" reached Top 20 for multiple weeks on Canadian mainstream radio, as well as Top 2 Music Video on the California Music Channel in the US. His single "All I Need Is Me" was also played at Footlocker Stores nationwide. Under Bustos Entertainment Inc, he signed with Universal Music/North Fontana Distribution in May 2009.

In 2010, Bustos was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary category.[6] His song "Everytime My Heart Beats" from his debut album "Memoirs of a Superhero" since its release has become a YouTube phenomenon. Mikey was also involved in musical theater projects including a star role in the Summerworks production of Prison Dancer: The Musical.

In January 2014, Bustos joined the cast of the morning radio show Good Times with Mo on Magic 89.9 in the Philippines.[7]

In 2017, Bustos hosted his own TV show Mikey Bustos: Your Pinoy Boy Vlogserye which aired on the Philippine regional station CLTV 36 (based in Pampanga).


Bustos is also known for his comedic and musical parody videos uploaded on his personal YouTube channel, mostly covering various topics on Filipino culture, food, history and traditions.[8][9][10]

Bustos also runs the YouTube channel, AntsCanada, which focuses on ants, his ant colonies and other antkeeping topics.[11] Bustos also operates the AntsCanada store in Toronto, which sells ant-keeping supplies made by Bustos in Manila.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Bustos came out as bisexual on April 22, 2019 via Instagram. He also disclosed that he is in a relationship with RJ Garcia, who is also his manager.[13][14]

In 2021, Bustos was credited for discovering the presence of the species Meranoplus bicolor in the Philippines, after his findings were verified by Dr. David General, an ant taxonomist from the University of the Philippines. It is the 555th ant species discovered in the country.[15]

Product endorsements[edit]

In 2011, Bustos became the spokesperson and endorser for brands like Samsung, Nescafé, and the Mang Juan snacks.[16] His TV commercials for Chicharron ni Mang Juan run on Philippine television on all major networks nationwide.


Year Title Role Network
2011 Bubble Gang Guest GMA Network
Pets 101 AntsCanada Animal Planet
2012 Pepito Manaloto Boy Pick Up GMA Network
Tweets for My Sweet Dexter Matibag
2016 Daily Planet AntsCanada Discovery
2017 Mikey Bustos: Your Pinoy Boy Vlogserye Host CLTV 36
2021 Today with Hoda & Jenna Guest NBC


Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2011 Globe Tatt Awards Video Slinger Won[17]


  1. ^ a b "About AntsCanada". YouTube.
  2. ^ Mikey, Bustos [@MikeyBustos] (April 20, 2012). "My full name is Michael John Yadan Tumanguil Pestano Tilapia Bustos III. #ILoveTilapia" (Tweet). Retrieved May 25, 2023 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Bustos, Mikey [@Mikey Bustos] (June 23, 2021). Bustos/status/1407663165798699010 "40 feels great so far! 💫" (Tweet). Retrieved May 25, 2023 – via Twitter. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  4. ^ a b LeManne, Michaelle (June 4, 2005). "What are they doing now?". National Post. p. WP3.
  5. ^ "Canadian Idol Episode #3: Toronto And Ottawa Kind Of Turn Up The Glitz". Chart. June 2, 2003. Archived from the original on March 6, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2009.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ "No joke, Fil-Canadian comic Mikey Bustos has a serious side". GMA News Online. January 11, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  7. ^ Golangco, Vince (January 3, 2014). "DJ Mo Twister's New Co-Hosts for Good Times With Mo Magic899 Morning Radio Show". When in Manila. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "Watch This Hilarious Rap About Filipino Mythical Creatures". Time. April 23, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  9. ^ "Mikey Bustos' secret to social media success". ph.omg.yahoo.com. November 28, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  10. ^ "A funny guy with a serious side". Lifestyle.INQ. November 11, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  11. ^ "AntsCanada". YouTube. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "Watch a Mother Cockroach and Fire Ants Fight to the Death". September 2, 2016. Archived from the original on September 27, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "Mikey Bustos comes out: 'Life is sweet'". Rappler. April 23, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "Login • Instagram". Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  15. ^ Lim, Ron (September 11, 2023). "Mikey Bustos discovers ant species never before seen in PH in his backyard". www.gmanetwork.com. Retrieved March 15, 2024.
  16. ^ "A Funny Guy with a Serious Side". Philippine Daily Inquirer. November 1, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  17. ^ Tomas, Tongson (October 1, 2014). "Winners of the Globe Tatt Awards 2011 – Awards Night". When in Manila. Retrieved August 28, 2011.

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