Marlon Stockinger Is Proud Of His Filipino RootsAt first, Marlon Stockinger's sounds, looks and feels like a foreigner. But once you hear him speak Tagalog, you will be hooked for life.
Marlon, a Fil-Swiss race car driver, has always represented the Philippines in all the tournaments he managed to get himself into. One proud moment for him was one when the Philippine National Anthem was sang in Monaco.
That was when he won the prestigious Grand Prix in Monaco. He had goosebumps, and it's a feeling you want to stay with you forever, he said.
Knowing there are a lot of Filipinos in Monaco make him doubly proud as well.
Marlon said he always tries to make the Philippines proud of him, and that's why he does his best all the time.
"I’m always proud to represent the Philippines. This is where I was born and raised."
Although he trains outside of the country, he gives credit to the Philippines for his racing skills. He also said that all his family and friends are here.
He takes great pride in wearing the Philippine flag on his car, and having his name written alongside it.
It's nice to know that there are a lot of support for him in and outside the Philippines. Probably one of Marlon's charms is his ability to speak Tagalog. How did he learn it?
His mother is Filipino and his father is Swiss. He has a lot of relatives though who are Filipinos, and they always speak to him in Tagalog.
During his fans day in Greenbelt Park, Marlon said he just wanted to give back to his fans for all their support. "I just wanna say thank you to all of them."
On Facebook, Marlon has hundreds of thousands of followers. His fans day is his way of giving back to his supporters.
Asked if he wants to be in showbiz, Marlon said he's not closing any doors. He is close friends with Matteo Guidicelli, who was once a race car driver himself. Matteo is now a well-known Kapamilya star.
But Marlon said he is intent on focusing on his career as a racer now. "Let's see what happens in the future."
Showbiz is an industry he will not turn his back on, especially since he has a lot of friends there. Matteo, he said, doesn't even tell him to try out acting. His friend told him to just focus on the racing.
Marlon answered back that Matteo should focus on acting and together, they can just reach the top in both industries.
Who are his showbiz crushes? Marlon named Anne Curtis and KC Concepcion as some of his friends from showbiz. He held opinion, however, when asked about Anne's new role as "Dyesebel."
Marlon said he has to see the fantaserye first before he comments on it. However, he is sure Anne will do good with it since she is a professional actress.
"I’m sure they will all do fine on whatever they do. They’re all professional, so I have a lot of respect for that."
Meanwhile, Marlon said he is still single (a lot of his female fans have been asking the question). But of course, his "girlfriend" is his car.
Asked what he wants in a girl, he said someone with a sense of humor and her own sense of identity. He wants to be with a Filipina because he considers them to be "the most beautiful."
These things are more than enough for Marlon to like someone.
Last Christmas and New Year, Marlon was with his family in their house. They had a simple celebration. Now that he's back in the country, Marlon said he's just busy preparing and charging batteries for the racing season this year.
While in the country, he also engages in boxing as part of his fitness regime. He said boxing is good for his cardio and coordination exercises.
His sporting idol is the Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao.
Asked what's in store for him in 2014, Marlon said he will surely "win and lose" some races. Hopefully though, he gets a chance to take home the trophy this year.
Marlon is nearing his goal to be a Formula One champion since he was just included in the junior ranks of one of the most legendary Formula One Teams--the Lotus F1 Team.
Marlon is the only Southeast Asian race car driver included in the team. Six other recruits from other countries joined him.
He will be leaving the country in the end of January to prepare for his first race in April in Monza, Italy.