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ICYDK, Bailey May's First Language Isn't English

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Many of the biggest stars in the country today started out from the reality TV show Pinoy Big Brother. If you were a fan and a regular watcher of PBB, then you might be familiar with Bailey May. You may not often see him in the local entertainment industry, but that's because the 18-year-old is building up his star power on a global scale. From an aspiring housemate sa Bahay ni Kuya to joining a global group that performs on stages all around the globe, Bailey has come a long way. 

Whether you knew him from his PBB days or through his Now United stint, here's what you need to know about Bailey:

Bailey is a Pinoy-British actor.

Bailey was born on August 6, 2020 in Cebu, Philippines. His mom is Cebuana while his dad is British. He has a younger sister named Maya.

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Bailey's first language is Cebuano.

In an interview, Bailey revealed that he only got to learn how to speak English when he and his family moved to London when he was twelve years old. Before then, he was speaking purely Bisaya.

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Bailey likes to play football.

Bailey is a huge fan of the sport, and he's also quite good at playing it. He used to dream of becoming part of the Azkals, the Philippines' national football team, to represent the Philippines.

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Bailey was part of Pinoy Big Brother: 737.

His fellow teen housemates for the season were Barbie Imperial, Franco Rodriguez, Jimboy Martin, Kamille Filoteo, Kenzo Gutierrez, and Ylona Garcia, to name a few. The winner of the season was Jimboy Martin and Bailey ended up as the 4th Teen Big Placer.

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After PBB, Bailey appeared on various shows.

After the reality TV show, Bailey went on to become a cast member of the teleserye On the Wings of Love, headlined by Nadine Lustre and James Reid and directed by Antoinette Jadaone. At that time he was still part of the love team BaiLona with his PBB batch mate Ylona Garcia. Bailey also played Daniel Padilla in the Maalaala Mo Kaya episode featuring the story of DJ's mom, Karla Estrada.

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Bailey once did a cover of Daniel Padilla's song and it trended.

Do you remember that time when 12-year-old Bailey made a song cover of Daniel Padilla's "Na Sa'yo Na Ang Lahat" which got thousands of likes on Facebook? Bailey even trended on social media after he uploaded the cover! Here's a little throwback to the cover.

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Bailey is part of the global group Now United.

Bailey may not have fulfilled (yet!) the goal of representing the PH in football, but he did end up reppin' the country in a different field. In the year 2017, Bailey together with the other store magic talents Jane de Leon, ac bonidacio, and Lyons Garcia, flew to LA to train alongside other participants from other countries in song and dance.

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The program was meant for creating a global performing group composed of members from different countries managed by Simon fuller himself, the man who is behind the popular talent search competition American Idol. Out of the four Pinoys who were initially considered, Bailey was ultimately the one who got selected to join the final lineup as the country's representative. They have been touring in several parts of the world since then.

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They’ve released singles such as "Sundin Ang Puso" and "How We Do It".

As a global group, Now United has been releasing songs in different languages, including English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and yes, Filipino! In 2019, the group partnered with Pepsi Philippines to release a version of their song “For The Love Of It” with lyrics in Filipino. Among the group's other songs are "Summer in the City", "Afraid of Letting Go", and "Crazy Stupid Silly Love".

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