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the other weekend, when I saw a very electrifying version of Bruno Mars’ “Just
The Way You Are” by a guy from Anchorage, Alaska.I kept insisting to my daughter he is
Filipino, just because he goes by the name JR Aquino (I mean, we do get lots of
Juniors and JRs around here, right, and the Aquino surname is a given.Filipino tiyak yan)and he does look
Pinoy. Turned out his folks are from the
Philippines nga. Gee, I hope he grows big like Bruno!
And speaking of Bruno Mars, he does have a Baguio
connection. His real name is Peter
Hernandez, born in Waikiki, Hawaii, but Hernandez (like Aquino, which we all
automatically think of as Pinoy) is actually Portuguese, not Filipino. His mom’s name, though, is Bernadette San Pedro
Bayot-Hernandez.The Bayots are from
Cebu, but the San Pedro part is the Baguio connection.Uncle Sonny San Pedro (no relation.In Baguio, we call friends of our folks
Uncles and Aunties, the way you guys call them titos and titas)is the brother
of Bruno Mars’ maternal grandmom and he was, in fact, at Bruno Mars’ concert
here in the Philippines over a year ago. He told me he even got some fans getting his autograph backstage, just because he is the lolo!