Multi-hyphenate Markki Stroem looms forward to busy 2023


Markki Stroem is one busy man. He acts, sings, hosts, and so much more while making it look easy. A morning person, he wakes up at 5 a.m. to get ready for The Morning Rush, originally with Chico (Garcia) and Delamar (Arias), the long-standing radio show that eventually evolved to include him and Hazel Aguilon.

Stroem’s parents — a Norwegian and a Filipina — fell in love after his father participated in a running race event headed by his mom.

“He won first place and my mom’s heart,” Stroem cheerfully explained.

Sports was a big thing for Stroem, growing up. He did triathlons as a teenager and was featured on a powdered chocolate drink ad riding a bicycle. However, he eventually burnt out and went for other pursuits.

Stroem’s entertainment career started after making it to the finals in the first season of Pilipinas Got Talent. After finishing college with honors in Europe, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in hospitality and marketing management, he opted to follow his heart and pursue acting in 2010.

Over the years, he has racked up an impressive number of credits on film, TV, and even the stage.

His recent credits include playing Christian in the original Filipino musical Mula sa Buwan based on Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergarac, for which he received rave reviews. The play retains plots of unrequited love, the question of beauty, and a relentless battle against compromise.

On the small screen, he also appeared in Unlocked 1: Andrew & Brix, an anthology of six stories about gay relationships during the lockdown in the Philippines.

Right now, he is busy as ever with being a trainer on Pokémon Go and a slew of other projects that will be announced soon.

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