By now, you’ve probably seen video compilations of a ridiculously cute Pinoy mom being quizzed by her son about different celebrities—from K-Pop stars, Hollywood actors, TikTok celebs, rappers, and even some Pinoy actors. Each video is called “Name That Celebrity” with various themes, and we swear, these are some of the best things to ever happen on the internet. Tita is just so hilarious, witty, and honestly, is such a *mood*.
Here she is naming K-Pop stars. #BlackAndPink #MakeMeFeelSpecial #Velvet #Jimjimbalajim
Here’s another one featuring #Mamamoomoo, LOL!
And here she is picking between oppas, and eventually just picking “both” for most of the rounds because, duh.
We did a little bit of research and found the mother and son duo behind these extremely entertaining videos: Olly and Mama Lulu. In an interview with Olly, we found out that Mama Lulu was born and raised in Makati City and she and her family moved to the Bay Area in California 20 years ago.
There wasn’t a ~*big plan*~ for Olly to involve Mama Lulu in his TikToks. In fact, he’s fairly new on the platform. “I never really knew about TikTok until November of last year, when a date urged me to download it. At first, I uploaded videos of me bothering [my mom], being an annoying child, but eventually, I showed her how much people loved our videos and it evolved from there. I knew I wanted to show my Mom how I see her and our relationship. [It turned out to be] funny, relatable, and wholesome content,” says Olly. On his and his mom’s internet fame, Olly says that his mom is aware of it, but nothing’s really changed, and that they’re just making videos that will make people laugh.
The first TikTok video you’ll find of Olly and his mom is actually a 2018 video of Mama Lulu ogling at her Lee Min Ho wallpaper. (Honestly, same!) “I uploaded that as a joke just before Thanksgiving last year. But the first real TikTok I did with her was when I was bothering as a joke and she threw a slipper at me,” he shares.
If you watch enough of their videos, you’ll notice that Mama Lulu actually knows a lot about celebrities and pop culture—more than the regular tita. According to Olly—who’s a self-confessed pop culture and TV and movie buff—he loves teaching his mom about these things, as a way for them to band. “I [also] learn about her Filipino celebrity favorites and Filipino cooking, and I teach her about American and K-Pop culture. It’s a give and take. We love to bond over movies and binge-watch Asian dramas,” he shares. (You’ll also find different cooking videos on his TikTok, btw!)
Speaking of Asian dramas, we asked Olly about the other celebs that he and Mama Lulu stan (aside from Chanyeol, Jackson Wang, and Lee Min Ho, lol!). “What I love, my Mom loves. We both love Sandara and BIGBANG. For dramas, our household loves Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin. My Mom is a Son Ye Jin fanatic,” he said.
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