Brenda Mage, or Bryan Roy Tagarao in real life, used to hide his sexual preference from his family. He had two girlfriends when he was younger. He built a masculine physique which he hoped would be good enough for a porter’s job, a line of work that he would have pursued if he didn’t audition to be a comedian in Japan.
On his free time, Brenda uploads vlogs with comical content. The first video that went viral was the Yakiniko Bisaya Style. This created clamor from his avid audiences in Japan but he later on decided to return to the Philippines when his contract ended. He explained that the creative demands exhausted him.
Luckily, Brenda made the right choice as his homecoming landed him a promising career in the local entertainment scene. He competed and reached the finals of It’s Showtime’s Miss Q & A pageant. He starred in a retelling of his life story on Maalaala Mo Kaya. He earned a role in the Unkabogable Star Vice Ganda’s Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 entry, the Mall, The Merrier. Brenda shared that he always dreamed of becoming a celebrity but he never imagined being able to work with his idol. He jokingly recounted filming an intense sampalan scene in the movie only for the clip to be omitted from the final cut.
The Miss Q & A finalist continues to vlog today and has been dubbed the “Pogi Hunter” for uploaded videos that feature random handsome guys, a flight attendant in one his trips, for instance. Brenda demonstrated his vlogging technique by spotting a cute guy among the TWBA live audience.
Taking on the Fast Talk Challenge, Brenda showed utmost admiration for Marco Gumabao who he named as the sexiest man in the Philippines and the last guy who made him feel kilig. “Noong inutangan ako ng jowa ko”, Brenda quipped when asked about the last time he got mad.