Thai superstars Mario Maurer and Baifern Pimchanok finally got to interact with their Filipino fans personally last weekend as part of a promotional tour for a local clothing brand and to promote Maurer’s upcoming movie that will hit theaters later this month.
The love team of Maurer and Pimchanok first caught the attention of Filipinos when they paired up in the 2010 hit film Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
Since then, the two stars had gained a huge following in the country with fans expressing their support and sending their messages through various social media sites.
The back-to-back “fan conferences” courtesy of Penshoppe, were held August 4 at the SM North Edsa and at the SM Mall Of Asia.
Prior to their meet and greet, The Manila Times and a select group of media were able to interview Mario and Baifern at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City, as the two expressed their excitement about meeting their fans.
Mario, who was actually on his sixth visit here, was first to answer. He said, “I feel great. I feel [the]very warm welcome. The [Filipino] people who follow me, theyreally follow me on Twitter and even on Instagram!”
First-timer Baifern, on the other hand, said she felt very surprised by her fans who welcomed her at the airport. She recalled, “It was a good surprise for me when Mario and I arrived here because there were fans [waiting for me]. I’m really thankful for all the support.”
Mario said their Filipino fans are among the most active and noted how they would always try to interact with them through social networking sites, and was very happy to be given chance to personally interact with them.
Baifern adds, “I am very excited because before, I only communicated with my fans through Facebook and Instagram. This is the first time that Penshoppe brought me here so it’s really a good opportunity to be able to really meet my fans.”
“It’s not many times we get to meet each other, so this time is very special,” Mario agreed.
Open for local projects
It can be remembered that Mario and Baifern shot to fame in the country after ABS-CBN aired a “tagalized” version of Crazy Little Thing Called Love in 2011.
Realizing their growing fanbase here, the TV network then paired Mario with Erich Gonzales for the Star Cinema movie Suddenly It’s Magic. Released in 2012, Filipinos were delighted to see Baifern with a cameo role as Mario’s ex-girlfriend!
This year, Star Cinema announced that it will be releasing Pee Mak this month as part of its ongoing 20th year anniversary celebration.
Starring Mario as Mak, the romantic-horror-comedy has become one of the highest grossing films of Thailand.
And because of the continuous support of the local showbiz industry, both expressed their willingness to do more TV or film projects here.
“I am open for any projects here in the Philippines if the time allows it,” reiterates Mario, who attended the Philippine premiere of Pee Mak on August 3.
The same goes for Baifern adding that she really enjoyed working with Filipinos. She shared, “I only know Erich because I worked with her for Suddenly It’s Magic. But I really enjoyed working with the whole team, and the director when we shot at Thailand. And if an opportunity arises, I am open [to do another project].”
Back in Thailand, however, the loveteam revealed that they had not worked together recently.
To this, Mario said, “We would love to do a project together [but]I am working on my own projects right now.”
Baifern confirmed, “I would love to, but the timing now is very difficult.”