Two Pinoys Star in Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides

Two Filipino-American actors join Johnny Depp in his quest for the Fountain of Youth in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”. The two are Daphne Joy who plays as a mermaid and Michael Rosales who plays as a pirate. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is not sure if it is love or if she is a ruthless con artist who is using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge”, the ship of the legendary Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more - Blackbeard or Angelica. Catch the profiles of our two kababayans (compatriots in English) after the break.

Michael Ilano Rosales is a multi-talented wonder. He is an actor, rap artist and a performer. He was chosen to play a “pirate from the Philippines” from a pool of over 4,000 aspirants. It was also his first-ever acting audition. His Hollywood journey would take him away from his home of Hawaii, across 11,000 kilometers to London, where his scenes in “On Stranger Tides” were shot. As a musician, Rosales transforms into Mic3—Mic, Mic is short for Michael and the 3 for being the third child (which also represents the 3 main islands of the Philippines). His goal is to reconstruct today’s hip-hop landscape and bring it back to its artistic foundation and roots by providing a meaningful message to listeners. In 2008, Rosales released his first full-length album, “Respect My Pride.” The album features English and Filipino language music that inspires an appreciation of the Filipino culture and heritage. Rosales has shared the stage with several notable performers, including Damian Marley and Busta Rhymes.

Counting the recent hit “Just Go With It” and such popular TV shows as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Criminal Minds” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to her credits, Daphne Joy was born and raised in the heart of Olongapo, Philippines. Although her family relocated to Los Angeles when she was just 8 years old, she was able to retain her Filipino culture and upbringing. Despite the language barriers and overall culture shock, Daphne was able to completely re-adjust to her new surroundings, and with her natural beauty, easygoing personality and wit she made friends and was able to adapt to the American way of life. Daphne became interested in entertainment and involved herself in dance groups, choir, cheerleading and talent shows. At the age of 18 she transferred that interest to acting and was soon working in front of the camera. She has also been featured in several A-list recording artists’ music videos, along with commercials, national print campaigns, magazine covers and features.

Opening across the Philippines on May 2011, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
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