Wil Dasovich

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Wil Dasovich
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Personal information
Born Wil Lising Dasovich[1]
(1991-08-26) August 26, 1991 (age 26)[2]
Novato, California, U.S
Nationality Filipino American
Occupation Vlogger, model, celebrity endorser
Website wildasovich.com
YouTube information
Years active 2014–present
Genre travel, comedy, motivational
Subscribers 1,182,233
(April 16, 2018)
Total views 140+ million
(March 7, 2018)
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017
Subscriber and view counts updated as of November 16, 2017.

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

Early life[edit]

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, where he grew up with Zac Efron. 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.[6] There he studied business and was accepted into an entrepreneurial internship program. In his third year in college, he started and ran his own residential painting business for nearly 2 years.[7]

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

After graduation 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 to be a commercial model.[3][6] For the next 2 years he appeared on several advertisements in both print and video. He would eventually make his way to the local television. After being exposed to showbiz and finding some success as a host & TV personality, he decided to stay 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 ever posted is called “10 Hours of Walking in Manila”.[8]

YouTube[edit]

While learning the local language, Dasovich also started writing episodes of "The Art of Tagalog." After a year of writing, he began filming videos of him learning Filipino.[3]

Wil Dasovich gained recognition when his videos with his father Steve Dasovich speaking Swardspeak or "bekinese" went viral.[9][10] This was the Tagalog slang used by the gay community in the Philippines. He has grown the audience of his vlog since then. He often features different aspects of Filipino culture, which he discovers during his adventures around the country.[11]

Work with Janina Vela[edit]

In 2016, Dasovich and fellow Youtuber Janina Vela were the two fastest growing YouTube 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 tandem has produced several collaboration videos of mostly food reviews and interviews with one another.[14][15]

Vlogging group[edit]

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. Overtime Wil introduced vlogging to many other influencers and TV personalities including fellow Big Brother housemate Baninay Bautista, who became a later addition to the squad amongst many others. Also part of the team is Elvin Mendoza[17] who is the "VlogSquad IT" who is in charge of all the technical tasks and uploads behind-the-scene videos of the team.[18] The squad, featuring Wil, Haley, and Daniel, appear on an international ad campaign for Coca-Cola.[19]

Big Brother[edit]

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

During his residence in the Big Brother house, he was nominated for every eviction night but survived by succeeding save challenges or getting the highest 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 life[edit]

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] Dasovich 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 are in a relationship.[26]

On April 15, 2018, at the 10th Shorty Awards|10th Shorty Awards, he won the Shorty Awards for Vlogger of the Year.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

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

Film[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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 (2014-11-18), 10 hours of walking in Manila (Philippines Social Experiment), retrieved 2017-09-24 
  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 (2016-05-29), When Dreams Become Reality (Youtube Fanfest + Janina Vela, Alex Wassabi, Abra), retrieved 2017-09-24 
  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 2017-09-24. 
  17. ^ "Elvin Mendoza (@elvinmendoza) • Instagram photos and videos". instagram.com. Retrieved 2017-09-24. 
  18. ^ "Elvin Explores". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-09-24. 
  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. ^ http://shortyawards.com/category/10th/vlogger

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