For the avid followers of the Indonesian franchise of long-running noontime variety show Eat Bulaga!, Leo Consul is a familiar name.
A Mass Communications alumnus of University of the Philippines Baguio, Leo is a native of Bolinao, Pangisinan who first tried out his luck in Indonesia in 2011. He was an English teacher first at an international school before he was invited to audition as a host of then-premiering Eat Bulaga! Indonesia.
His appearance on the show, which started airing on July 2012, was a pivotal moment. He earned a loyal fanbase, and other projects — including voice acting, a teleserye, a morning show — started to come in.
After his success in the Southeast Asian country, he is now aspiring to break into the Philippine entertainment industry.
“I’m under Star Music now, so I’ll be releasing a couple of songs, and some of them will be in Bahasa. These singles will be available in Indonesia as well,” he revealed during his July 3 visit to the Wish 107.5 Bus.
Leo further shared that an album is also part of the plan. This record will comprise original tracks and covers, including a Bahasa version of Yeng Constantino’s “Ikaw.”
Apart from his musical endeavors, the singer-turned-actor hinted that a TV series is also in the works.
“I have a project that I can’t disclose yet, but all I can say is that it’s a teleserye…I’m going to try Philippine television,” he added.
Though he admitted he is “scared and freaking out,” he said that is his dream to make a name in his own homeland. He last visited the Philippines in 2016 when he promoted his biography book, “A Thousand Miles in Broken Slippers.”
Besides wishing to enter the Philippine show business, Leo said he also wants to let more Filipino talents shine in Indonesia, citing that the country is brimming with “many great artists.” During his radio interview, he claimed that there are actually Filipino singers with Indonesian following, such as Darren Espanto and Morissette.
Meanwhile, Leo delighted his fans in his recent Roadshow appearance with his performances of Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill,” and Inigo Pascual’s “Dahil Sa’yo,” which he spiced up by translating some of its lines into Bahasa.
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