Vitto Marquez has been in show business for about a year now and so far, an A rate is on his card.
The son of Alma Moreno and Joey Marquez is a member of the popular all-male group Hashtags. He is one of the lead stars of Viva Film’s barkada movie “Squad Goals #FBois.”
In an interview with Bulletin Entertainment, Vitto shared how being in the business changed his perspective in life in more ways than one.
“Gamer ako eh,” was how he referred to himself then.
Before joining showbiz, Vitto recalled he was once that boy who doesn’t know what to do. He had no clear direction in life.
“It’s like, hindi ko alam kung ano ’yung gusto kong marating o ma-achieve,” he shared. “Wala akong direction sa mundo kasi aminado naman ako na spoiled ako so sobrang magulo talaga ’yung decision-making ko.”
As showbiz runs in the blood, Vitto surprised his mother when he told her his desire to try acting. Alma often described her son as “shy” but she knew he’d build his confidence slowly but surely.
The 22-year-old actor, who sees Johnny Depp as his idol, said that given the chance he would like to work behind the cameras either as director or as scriptwriter.
“Ako nakikita ko na for good na ’yung pagpasok ko dito sa showbiz. As long as may pumapasok (na trabaho), I will keep going. This is what I want,” he said.
One thing is for sure with him right now: He will not leave Hashtags.
“Ayoko iwan ’yung grupo namin kasi diyan ako nagsimula eh. Kung hindi dahil Hashtags, wala akong ngayon dito sa industriya.”
A goal digger himself, Vitto also aims to be a politician, a flight attendant and a professional basketball player in the future.
He is a third year college tourism student at Southville International School and Colleges.
“Nag-stop ako for a while kasi medyo nagka-conflict sa schedule pero once na maayos na namin ’yun, for sure babalik ako sa school, isang taon na lang din naman, sayang,” he said.
In “Squad Goals #FBois,” Vitto is Tom, the son of a retired basketball player and a model/actress. The character is an HRM student and a varsity team captain who also happens to be a three-time MVP. He is the “It Guy” on campus who gets into various mischiefs with his friends. He is joined by Andrew Muhlach, Julian Trono, Jack Reid and Dan Huschka on the cast.
Directed by Mark Meily, the movie opens in cinemas today.
To notions that Vitto might follow in the footsteps of his Daddy Joey, who is known for being a bonafide “ladies’ man” in the industry, the young Marquez simply shrugged his shoulders.
He reiterated that he doesn’t get offended every time people call her father “chick boy.”
“Ako naman po kasi ang idea ko parang ’yung ‘chick boy’ na word hindi naman siya masama. It’s like, what if wala naman talagang ginagawang masama ’yung lalaki, kumbaga nagkakagusto (‘yung mga babae) kasi mabait ka. Eh kami naman ni Dad, pareho kaming we want to make people smile and laugh,” he explained.
Actually, Vitto is NGSB, meaning No Girlfriend Since Birth. It’s by choice, he noted.
“Ako kasi hindi ko kayang mag-focus sa dalawang bagay ng sabay. So right now ang priority ko is ’yung pag-aartista,” he said.
Love-wise, the newbie said his father advises him to “know my worth.”
“I was actually warned by my parents kasi pag-artista ka daw, mas malapit sa temptation. Si Daddy sabi niya, mag-focus lang daw ako para marating ko ’yung gusto. Higit sa lahat ’wag na ’wag daw mawawala ’yung pagmamahal ko sa sarili ko,” he said.
Vitto was only six or seven-years-old when his parents got separated. Thankfully, that didn’t affect his views on marriage and family.
“Hindi naman ako na-traumatize dahil du’n kasi nakita ko naman na naging magkaibigan sila mommy at daddy kahit na hiwalay sila. Pero nu’ng lumalaki, siyempre nagtatanong ako kung bakit ’pag weekends lang ako nag-i-istay (sa bahay) ng tatay ko tapos eventually naintindihan ko naman. Ang maganda du’n, hindi ko naman na-feel na broken family kami,” he explained.
The lesson Vitto learned from this experience is “’yung pagmamahal natin sa parents natin hindi dapat mawala kahit maghiwalay sila.”
Vitto has siblings from her parent’s past relationships. And according to him, they’ve established good bond.
“Siguro ine-expect ng mga tao na nagaaway-away kami kasi madami kami pero hindi. Isang masayang pamilya kami. Sa katanuyan nga, may running joke kami sa bahay na ‘The more the merrier!’ Sobrang masaya lang kami and I’m thankful for that.”