Marlou Arizala's transformation shocks citizens that even treands worldwide. It also sparks discussions on acceptance and bullying in social media.
The photos of the social media influencer went viral quickly with his new name Xander Ford and was tweeted, as of writing by almost 100,000 times.
A few netizens who do not know Marlou Arizala before his new name became viral online have become curious with his past and the reasons behind why he decided to become Xander Ford.
Before he became Xander Ford let us look back to the simple Marlou Arizala. He was a church choir member before he went viral online. He was also his family's breadwinner at a young age. He was working while studying. He sells cigarettes and the money he earned was used for his tuition and allowance. In his previous interview with "Tapatan Ni Tunying" he shared that they transfer from places to places because they could not afford the rent. He also mentioned that he was working so hard and persevering to provide the needs of his family especially his pregnant teenage sister.
Marlou became a member of a male dance group, Hasht5 which means "Have A Successful Honor and Talent which consist of five male namely Marlou Arizala, Vincent Binocas, Cee Jhay Ellero, Jhimwell Macanlalay and Erick Ebreo. The group of young entertainers tried to dfy the defition of the society of what is homesome with their hilarious song covers and photoshots uploaded online. The group went viral and due to the group's fame they were featured in different TV show like Gandang Gabi Vice, Luv U, Rated K, Kapamilya Deal or No deal and ASAP. Despite the two hundred thousands likes on social media especially Facebook, the local online community constantly bashed them. Netizens always pointed out their lack of talent and good looks, they even come up to a conclusion that the memembers of the group do not bathe and they breathe in solvent to become high. Among the members, the most hate was thrown to Arizala. He was even called " One Pants Man" because of wearing repeatedly the same pair of trousers in different posts and videos.
Ever since, Marlou dream of becoming a famous celebrity and he expressed it openly to the public. His group's fame made him realize what he really wants and that is to pursue being an famous actor. In 2016, Marlou decided to leave the group and pursue a solo career despite being ridiculed online for their appearance. He participated in their community theater group and went to numerous acting workshop to enhance his talent. According to Marlou, he had done a few modeling gigs, appearances on some Kapamilya teleserye and sitcom like Dolce Amore and Home Sweetie Home. He also guested in GMA News TV "Day Off" and had a cameo in the film "Mang Kepweng Returns".
A few weeks ago the internet sensation and former Hasht5 member Marlou Arizala announced that he would under go plastic surgery to ditch his former image in favor of a new persona. He introduced himself as Xander Ford to the online world. He posted the status " Marlou is dead! I'm Xander, Marry Me or Follow Me?" With a photo of a part-skull part-human face." Marlou Arizala, May 1997 - Birth September 2017 - Death" are the text contained on the picture. Because of what he did, manny netizens are making fan of him. Memes are circulating on social media regarding the transformation and some are anticipating what Marlou would look like after the surgery. A lot of people also refused to beleive that there were cosmetic surgeons so skilled to transform Marlou's face to a face of a dream guy.
Before his cosmetic surgery, Marlou became a Flawless' brand ambassador of a skin clinic. They gave him facial sessions to treat his acne which he was criticized the most. Dr. Samuel Eric Yapjuangco of The Icon Clinic is responsible for Marlou's plastic surgery which happened at the Marikina Doctors Hospital and Medical Center. The cosmetic surgeon detailed on what to expect. After the procedure the online sensation will have a well- constructed chin that fits his face and a very dominant nose bridge.The operation of Marlou lasted for 6 hours. As wounds heal after the plastic surgery procedure, few more doctors offered their services to further achieve Marlou's desired look. Dr. John Crespo took care Marlou's dental care and reconstruction. He undergone high-end teeth reconstruction to give him worth to die for and bright smile. On the other hand, Sue Hannah Ong of Pretty Looks Aesthetic Center offered to give the famous Hasht5 member eyelash extention, eyebrow reconstruction to make them look thicker and a kissable red lips. Marlou's facial wrinkles was also treated by the Aesthetic Center.
Since the cosmetic procedure takes time to heal, the new look and transformation to become Xander Ford is yet to be revealed. Many netizens are excited about his progress to become Xander Ford and lots of people posted his possible outcome. Marlou uploaded a video updating his followers on how he was doing, he still have swollen face and bandages from the surgery. The swelling areas will subside in few weeks and would take few months to see the improvements according to his doctors.
Weeks after going the knife for several cosmetic procedures, the social media influencer Marlou Arizala's new face was revealed. In a special episode on ABS-CBN's Rated K last October 1, Sunday evening, fans welcome Xander Ford and bid goodbye to Marlou. The episode trended worldwide as his new surgery-enchanced look was unvieled and photos went viral with his new name.The show featured clips on the day he had his operation and gave full details of what urged Marlou undergo drastic change. Everyone was shocked at his transformation, especially the doubters that the multiple surgeries worked.
Even though the Star Image Artist Management had announced on hand that Marlou would undergo extensive surgeries to look better, people were not prepared for his gorgeous new look! The surgeons really did wonders to this young star's face. Aside from getting his lips, chin, teeth, eyebrows and nose altered, the young guy's face is so smooth now that his photos sparked memes online that included popular household products to cleared his rough skin. He shared that the operations were painful but he endured it all just to achieved his dream of becoming a hunk by changing himself. He didn't think his dream would ever become a reality. He also said that it is his dream to change himself because people change. He also want to show to the people that the former Marlou they used to ridicule will not be him anymore. He also felt the need to change his face and name so that the opinion of the people about him will also change.
Many Netizens reacted to his transformation here some of their reactions:
@Churteee tweeted on twitter "Oh, the Old Marlou can't come to the phone right now. why? Oh, cause he's dead." FROM MARLOU TO XANDER FORD REAL QUICK #RATEDK.
And @koreANNAnghilaw shared "Me when I saw Xander Ford's transformation the ugly in me is shookedt guys kailangan nation macontact yung clinic na pinutahan ni xander (Guys, we need to contact the clinic where Xander went). While many expressed amazement over it, some were still critical about it.
This sparked discussions on bullying and acceptance just like this one: @jxxalcantara posted on twitter "Marlou x Xander Ford - another proof that no matter what u do ppl will still judge u, even if u change itself just to feed their eyes." And @mochicharm shared on twitter "kinda sad bc Marlou changed his looks to Xander Ford bc of bullying, agree w me or not people will love you bc of ur looks not of ur attitude".
And @Super_Shamae tweeted " If you didn't love me with my Marlou then, you don't even deserve my Xander Ford".
@dextercuarto shared "Xander Ford is mah bae" with matching heart emojie on the post. His instagram account gained more than twenty five thousand followers. He was even compared to the korean actor Lee Min Ho by some netizens. Also his father shared his sentiments to Xander' transformation, he said he had mixed feelings about it, he was glad that his soon looks so handsome now but also felt sad beacuse that the boy who looked almsot exactly like him is gone forever.
But Xander on the other hand is happy about the outcome of the surgery and very thankful to the people who help him achieved his desires looks. He is also excited for what is to come in hus carrer and he hopes that this new image would bring him more projects so he could help his family from poverty.
Who would have though that someone like Marlou Arizala could become a dream guy like Xander Ford. Well, surgery can do that to you with our modern facilities in cosmetic surgery and competent surgeon nothing is impossible. Just look at a happy Xander Ford together with his friends.