Wil Dasovich
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Personal information
BornWil Lising Dasovich[1]
(1991-08-26) August 26, 1991 (age 30)[2]
Occupation
Partner(s)Alodia Gosiengfiao[3] (2018–2021)[4]
Websitewildasovich.com
YouTube information
ChannelsWil Dasovich
Years active2014–present
Genre
Subscribers2.74 million
Total views302.3 million
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017

Updated: April 14, 2021

Wil Lising Dasovich (born August 26, 1991), also known as Wil Dasovich, is an American television personality, model, and vlogger. He is known for his vlogs on YouTube. He has appeared on various television shows but most notably on Pinoy Big Brother.

Early life

Dasovich was born in California to a Croatian-Irish father, merchant mariner Steve Dasovich, and a Filipino mother, interior designer Charry Lising. Dasovich was raised in Novato, California, just north of San Francisco. He has an older sister named Haley Lising Dasovich, who is also a vlogger. Dasovich is a nephew of ABS-CBN news presenter Karen Davila.[5]

He attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California with Dylan Efron, Zac Efron's little brother.[6] He studied business and was accepted into an entrepreneurial internship program. In his third year of college, he started his own residential painting business, operating it for nearly two years.[7]

Career

Modeling

After graduating from college in 2013, Dasovich travelled around Asia for three months.[6] When he came to the Philippines, he decided to stay to learn its language and culture after his growing fondness for his Filipino roots. In an interview, he said:

Back in California, I grew up in a predominantly white community with no Filipinos around. But being half Filipino I became so intrigued with the language and culture; spending entire days and nights reading and memorizing words. I, then, made the decision to stay in the Philippines for at least a year, and not leave the country until I was 100% fluent in Tagalog.

During the same year, while having lunch at Greenbelt in Makati, he was discovered and offered a job as a commercial model.[6] For the next two years he appeared in several advertisements in both print and video. He would eventually make his way to local television. After being exposed to showbiz, and finding some success as a host and TV personality, he decided to remain in the Philippines and pursue his career in the entertainment industry. He eventually fully committed to YouTube focusing all his efforts on creating content. The first video he posted is called 10 Hours of Walking in Manila.[8]

YouTube

Dasovich gained recognition when his videos with his father, Steve Dasovich, speaking Swardspeak or "bekinese" went viral.[9][10] He often features different aspects of Filipino culture, which he discovers during his travels around the country.[11]

Work with Janina Vela

In 2016, Dasovich and fellow YouTuber Janina Vela were the two fastest growing vloggers in the Philippines.[citation needed] He and Vela became brand endorsers for Jollibee.[12] They performed together at the 2016 YouTube FanFest in Manila.[13] The pair has produced several collaborative videos mostly of food reviews and interviews with one another.[14][15]

Vlogging group

Dasovich started a vlogging group called the "#VlogSquad" (not to be confused with David Dobrik's "The Vlog Squad") with fellow YouTubers Daniel Marsh and his sister Haley Dasovich. The three have appeared together in numerous travel vlogs on their respective YouTube channels. As a group they have been endorsers of many large companies including Coca-Cola, Converse, Jollibee, Forever 21 and many other notable brands. "The Vlog Squad" is managed by producer and YouTuber (PaperBugTV[16]) Jako de Leon. Over time, Dasovich introduced vlogging to many other influencers and TV personalities including fellow Big Brother housemate Baninay Bautista, who became a later addition to the squad. Also part of the team is Elvin Mendoza[17] who is the VlogSquad's IT person in charge of all the technical tasks and uploading behind-the-scene videos of the team.[18] The squad, featuring Dasovich, Haley, and Daniel, appear in an international ad campaign for Coca-Cola.[19]

Big Brother

Dasovich became a contestant on the thirteenth season of Pinoy Big Brother after a successful third audition. He had previously attempted to enter the show, but failed to make the cut twice.[20]

During his residence in the Big Brother house, he was nominated for every eviction night but survived by succeeding at save challenges or getting the highest number of text votes. He was evicted after being nominated for the fifth time after garnering the second-lowest text votes.[21]

Nomination Night
November 20, 2016
Eviction Night
November 26, 2016
Nomination Night
December 4, 2016
Eviction Night
December 8, 2016
Nomination Night
December 17, 2016
Eviction Night
December 18, 2016
Nomination Night
December 26, 2016
Eviction Night
Nomination Night
January 1, 2017
Eviction Night
January 2, 2017
Nominated Saved
by winning
save challenge
Nominated Saved
by winning
save challenge
Nominated Saved
by text votes
Nominated No eviction Nominated EVICTED
by text votes

Spotify

On Valentine's Day of 2021, Dasovich launched his podcast named Superhuman on Spotify. Produced by Dasovich himself, the podcast tackles health and motivation as best inspired by his experiences being diagnosed with cancer in 2017.[22]

Controversy

In July 2020, in the second episode of Nas Talks podcast hosted by Palestinian-Israeli vlogger Nuseir Yassin (more commonly known as Nas Daily), Dasovich and Yassin were discussing the role of content creators when the latter brought out the ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy at one point. Seeking an answer, Dasovich responded by saying he distances himself from politics as they're "always gonna upset a huge group of people."[23] This remark was met with backlash from Twitter users for apparently advocating "toxic positivity" and choosing to stay away from politics. Addressing the backlash and the trend, Dasovich addressed the controversy through his vlog for his statements, he said, were taken out of context stating that Yassin was not literally talking about the network's shutdown, but about "if something bigger happened."[24]

Personal life

In August 2017, upon returning to San Francisco after three years abroad, Dasovich explained that he came for treatment for internal bleeding that was apparently contracted from a parasite.[25] He later revealed that he was diagnosed with a stage III colon cancer.[26][27] He finished his last cycle of chemotherapy in early January 2018.[28] In early February 2018, he revealed that he is cancer-free.[29]

On February 14, 2018, Dasovich confirmed that he and Alodia Gosiengfiao had begun a relationship.[30] In November 14, 2021, Gosiengfiao posted her confirmation through her Facebook page that she and Dasovich have broken up.[31]

On April 15, 2018, he won the Shorty Awards' Vlogger of the Year.[32]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2014 Juan Direction Himself TV5 [33]
Quiet Please!: Bawal ang Maingay
2015 Extreme Series: Kaya Mo Ba 'To? TFC
Dangwa Wil GMA [34]
2016 Dear Uge Billy
It's Showtime Himself ABS-CBN
2016–2017 Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 [35]
2017 Matanglawin' [36]
@ANCalerts ABS-CBN News Channel
Rated K ABS-CBN [37]
2018 Early Edition ABS-CBN News Channel [38]
Headstart with Karen Davila ABS-CBN News Channel [39]
Tonight with Boy Abunda ABS-CBN [40]
Magpakailanman GMA [41]
Celebrity Bluff [42]
MARS GMA News TV [43]
Leading Women Himself / guest appearance CNN Philippines
2019 Minute To Win It - Last Tandem Standing Himself / contestant ABS-CBN

Film

Year Title Role Production Notes Ref.
2017 Siargao Oliver TEN17P First film appearance [44]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref
2017 Influence Asia Breakout Influencer Won [45][46]
Best YouTube Channel Won
Influencer of the Year Won
E! Bloggers Ball Look Who's Trending (Male) Won [47]
2018 Shorty Awards Vlogger of the Year Won [48]
2020 CICP Spotlight Awards Travel Champion Won [49]

References

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  2. ^ Noguera, Al Kendrick (August 26, 2017). "WATCH: Wil Dasovich reveals more details about his condition, thanks his supporters". GMA News. GMA Network. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
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