In the midst of the pandemic and the various social and political issues we face on a daily basis, a little break from the negativity is most welcome.
We need feel-good videos like this:
The person in the flowing red gown is Nap Lorica, a content creator with almost 1 million followers on TikTok.
The guy seemingly throwing random stuff at Nap is his doting father.
FATHER OF THE YEAR!! pic.twitter.com/ybcxwPCxyv
— jc | stuff by boho.siseol (@cohnjarlo) September 27, 2020
They’ve been giving everybody good vibes and taking away frowns—either from Nap’s “solo” TikTok videos or the behind-the-scenes look showing his dad.
GUSTO KO YUNG READY NA READY SIYA WHOO GO SER GIVE US DAT MOMENTUM https://t.co/t8rz9HrBGM
— 美千子 (@myeung_) September 29, 2020
fite me. one of the best things in life is that with your fam supports you. https://t.co/Mljxif6S4E
— Gabreal Manuel (@markgabofficial) September 29, 2020
this is why you shouldn’t marry a homophobic, look at them just enjoying and being supportive 😍 https://t.co/4NNhFSZzZc
— Mitch (@ImMitchxx) September 29, 2020
But who is this mysterious duo and how have they managed to capture so many hearts?
A familiar beginning
Nap Lorica’s start as a content creator is similar to almost all Filipino content creators. Local YouTubers like Alex Gonzaga and Nanay Isha Borromeo (a.k.a. Purple Heiress) are his inspirations for creating content.
He’s also a “product of the pandemic”, having started his journey as a content creator on TikTok when COVID-19 was in its early stages. His purpose in creating content is a noble one: to bring joy to people despite the hardship everyone is facing.
“Nakita ko na sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng content ay maari akong makatulong sa paraan na pwede akong makapagpasaya at maka-inspire ng maraing tao.”
TikTok, in particular, really gave him the break he needed. “Nabigyan ako ng mas malaking oportunidad na mas marami pang mapasayang tao, lalo na sa panahong ito.”
Good vibes all around—all while giving inspiration
Comedy is Nap’s main genre as a content creator. He looks towards Alex Gonzaga, who is known for her natural comedic timing, for inspiration. Nap, however, is not limited to making people laugh. He also makes family-oriented videos, taking his cue from Purple Heiress.
As for his day-to-day, he always takes inspiration from his parents, who have done everything for his family to live a happy life. He also took all the bullying he received as a kid and turned it into fuel.
“Dahil dito, mas na-motivate ako na patunayan ang aking sarili at magsumikap na magtagumpay sa buhay,” all in an effort to inspire others who are going through the same experiences he once did.
The ever-supportive father and appearing on TV
According to Nap, it didn’t take much to convince his dad to join him in making videos. “Nakikita ko na gusto din niya ito at masaya siya kapag gumagawa kami ng content.” He also said it never got to a point where he had to force his dad to make a video with him.
Nap describes his dad as someone who is cool and fun to be with. “Madali siyang mag-memorize ng lines sa aming mga eksena at mabilis siyang turuan kung paano naman ie-execute ang bawat eksena,” Nap added.
This translated to him being more successful in creating content—and eventually making it to TV, specifically TV Patrol’s Mga Kwento Ni Marc Logan, as well as being featured on Rated K and TV5.
LGBTQIA+ advocate, dreams of the future
He looks at these features as his biggest achievements to date, though his real reason for continuing is to inspire others in the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as bringing joy to others.
“Para po sa akin, ang walang katumbas na achievement ay yung makapagpasaya, makapagpahalakhak, maka-inspire, at makapaghatid ng good vibes sa napakaraming tao… lalong lalo na po ang maka-inspire ng mga kagaya kong member ng LGBTQIA+.”
He looks toward his content showing how close he is to his family, especially his father, as a way to inspire others to be more accepting of the LGBT community.
“Isang achievement na sa pamamagitan ng aming videos, nata-touch namin ang kanilang buhay at kahit paano ay naipaparamdam namin sa kanila ang acceptance at pagmamahal na minsan ay hindi nararanasan sa kanilang mga magulang.”
Nap, however, isn’t stopping here, as he dreams of making it big as a content creator—maybe even making another appearance on TV. All, of course, in the name of inspiring the LGBTQIA+ community and spreading good vibes.
You can find him and his cool dad on TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook (Nap Lorica).