Mikey Bustos

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Mikey Bustos
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Michael John Tumanguil Pestano Bustos

(1981-06-23) June 23, 1981 (age 39)
OccupationSinger-songwriter, part-time actor, comedian, entrepreneur, antkeeper, vlogger
Musical career
GenresPop, R&B
Years active2003–present
YouTube information
YouTube information
Years active2009–present
(December 20, 2019)
Total views337,000,000
(December 20, 2019)
Catchphrase(s)"Ant Love Forever"
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2017
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017

Michael John Tumanguil Pestano Bustos (born June 23, 1981) is a Canadian-Filipino singer and comedian who has appeared on the reality television show Canadian Idol. He is also the owner of AntsCanada, an online shop that specialises in ant-keeping.

Early life[edit]

Bustos was born to Filipino parents in the Weston neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. Before Canadian Idol, he worked as a temp at the Bank of Montreal.[1] He attended St. Michael's College School in Toronto.

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."[2]

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.


Mikey Bustos posing in a photo shoot

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.[3] 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.

Bustos continues to tour the world performing and making guest appearances on TV, radio, and the internet. In January 2014, Bustos joined the cast of the morning radio show Good Times with Mo on Magic 89.9 in the Philippines.[4]

Bustos is also the owner of AntsCanada, an ant store based in Toronto that sells ant-keeping supplies made by Bustos in Manila.[5]

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

In 2019, Mikey Bustos surprised his fans and followers as he announced that he is part of the LGBT community. Bustos publicly came out on social media on Easter Sunday, April 21.[6][7]

YouTube videos[edit]

Bustos is known for his videos uploaded on video website YouTube. He made international headlines in March 2014 for his cover of Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' in which he performed an a cappella number with ten parts. Bustos is very open about his Filipinophilia, his popular videos cover a wide range of topics including "Filipinism", Philippine English phonology and Filipino culture tutorials such as eating Balut (duck embryo), Filipino dining, Filipino courting, and the Filipino CR. He also made a parody of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga entitled "Pinoy This Way" and has many more based on various trending pop songs. He has appeared on television news several times: TV Patrol and Bandila on ABS-CBN; and 24 Oras and Saksi on GMA.


Bustos also runs another YouTube channel, AntsCanada, where he uploads videos about antkeeping,[8] with his videos mostly involving his personal colonies. Regular updates feature his own colonies, such as yellow crazy ants, fire ants, and asian bullet ants, as well as several other examples. He is also continuing his 'Antopia' series of videos including 'Native ants vs. Invasive ants' and 'Discovering ant #555'. He has also bought several acres of land and plans to use them as a wildlife reserve for ants and various other native animals. In addition to the YouTube channel, Bustos also has an online store with the goal of making antkeeping fun and easy.[9] As well as AntsCanada T-shirts, the store sells formicariums and ant keeping equipment. Queen ants and colonies are also available through AntsCanada's Global Ant Nursery Project, which enables users to buy and sell live ants locally.[10]

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.[11][12]

Product endorsements[edit]

In 2011, Bustos became the spokesperson and endorser for brands like Samsung, Nescafé, and the Mang Juan snacks.[13] 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


Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2011 Globe Tatt Awards Video Slinger N/A Won[14]


  1. ^ LeManne, Michaelle (June 4, 2005). "What are they doing now?". National Post. p. WP3.
  2. ^ "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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "No joke, Fil-Canadian comic Mikey Bustos has a serious side". GMA News Online. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  4. ^ 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Watch a Mother Cockroach and Fire Ants Fight to the Death". September 2, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Freedom': YouTube star Mikey Bustos comes out of the closet". April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "'Freedom': Fil-Canadian YouTube star Mikey Bustos comes out". April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "AntsCanada". YouTube. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "About us | AntsCanada". AntsCanada. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Queen Ants For Sale | AntsCanada". AntsCanada. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "Mikey Bustos comes out: 'Life is sweet'". Rappler. April 23, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BwlFxWqgnOj/
  13. ^ "A Funny Guy with a Serious Side". Philippine Daily Inquirer. November 1, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Tomas, Tongson (October 1, 2014). "Winners of the Globe Tatt Awards 2011 – Awards Night". When in Manila. Retrieved August 28, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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