8 Local Celebrities Who Grew Up Or Lived Abroad

They were immersed in a totally different culture with a totally different language.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Dec 31, 2020
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You may not know it, but before entering the entertainment industry and becoming the stars they are today, these celebrities spent a few years living overseas, immersed in a totally different culture with a totally different language. Even though majority of them are fluent in Filipino, you might be surprised to find out that that wasn't originally the case. 

Elisse Joson

Elisse Joson, who is originally from Bataan, was 10 years old when she and her family moved to the United States where they stayed for five years before coming back home. 

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Jameson Blake

Jameson Blake was born in Hong Kong where he stayed for 10 years. He later on moved to the Philippines with his family and ended up auditioning for Pinoy Big Brother at 17 years old.

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Kira Balinger

Kira Balinger was born in Hong Kong, but she grew up in the UK. In 2010, her family moved back to the Philippines. Kira had to learn how to speak Filipino upon entering showbiz (she's fluent now, btw!).

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Iñigo Pascual

Iñigo Pascual was born in the US where he also grew up before moving to the Philippines to be with his dad, Piolo Pascual.

Mika dela Cruz

Mika dela Cruz, whose real name is Mariko, was born in Tokyo, Japan. She had to learn how to speak Filipino when she moved to the Philippines so she could study and eventually pursue a career in showbiz. 

Franki Russell

Franki Russell is half Pinay, but she is originally from New Zealand. She pursued a modeling career in the Philippines before entering Bahay ni Kuya.

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Kaori Oinuma

Kaori Oinuma who was also a former PBB housemate is half Filipino, half Japanese. She lived in Japan for the first four years of her life before she and her mom moved to the Philippines. When she was 13, they both moved back to Japan where her mom worked as a caregiver. Kaori also had her fair share of working at a young age in Japan before eventually finding stardom in the Philippines after her PBB stay.

Leila Alcasid

Leila moved to Australia as a child where she stayed with her mom, Miss Universe Australia, Michelle van Eimeren. She later on moved back to the Philippines as a teen to pursue a career in music. 

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