Which Fil-Ams will take center stage at Super Bowl?

Posted at 01/31/14 1:05 PM

NEWARK, New Jersey – With only three days before the big game, Super Bowl fever is upon New York and New Jersey.

The Seattle Seahawks will face off against the Denver Broncos at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday.

Football fans or not, they said it's going to be the biggest and most anticipated Superbowl Sunday for kababayans.

Violeta McGough is particularly excited because her daughter is one of the Jets cheerleaders.

"This is probably the most exciting Superbowl especially for Filipinos. I'm not going to Superbowl but I'm following the NFL, especially my daughter who is one of the Jets cheerleaders, half Filipino obviously and Doug Baldwin is also half Filipino, Bruno Mars," she said.

Weather forecasts said Super Bowl Sunday may be a little chilly at 46 degrees that feels like 26 degrees.

But Grammy-winning Fil-Am pop singer Bruno Mars will be bringing the heat during the Super Bowl half time show on Sunday.

"Maraming Pilipino magpe-perform sa Superbowl. Si Bruno Mars proud na Pilipino. Very proud na siya ay Filipino saka po yung isang player ng Seahawks," said Raul Estrellado.

There's no doubt many kababayans will be cheering for the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. Douglas Dewayne Baldwin Jr. is a Filipino-American football wide receiver for the Seahawks.

Born in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Baldwin is a quarter Filipino.

Baldwin made the news when he carried an upside down Philippine flag at a national football league match against the Minnesota Vikings to honor the victims of super typhoon Yolanda victims last November.

"Obviously when the typhoon hit, her family was impacted, everybody's safe though. I wanted to do something kind of to lift their spirits and lift the spirits of Philippines. In general, I thought carrying the flag would be a nice gesture," he said.

Baldwin led the Standford Cardinals in receiving yards and touchdowns and he is hoping to do the same this Sunday. But the 25-year-old wide receiver who went undrafted out of Stanford said he plays with a chip on his shoulder having been signed up for the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted agent.

"It's not a chip. It's a boulder, no it doesn't go away, because you will be continuing to doubt whether it's about me or about my teammates. So that adds motivation to the boulder. It's not so much to prove others wrong but it's more proving ourselves right," he said.

From Gulf Breeze High School to Standford Cardinals star football player, Baldwin said he is living his American dream right now playing at the 48th Superbowl this Sunday.

"It means a lot obviously. It's been a dream of mine since I put on pads to play football. So to be here now, to be able to experience this moment, enjoy the game of football at the highest level, it means the world to me. But my family gets to enjoy it as well. It's an unbelievable ride for us," he said.

Baldwin said he may never have stepped foot on his grandmother's country of birth, but he thanks her for keeping him connected to his Filipinos roots.

He added he plans to visit the Philippines in the near future when his grandmother would be able to take him.

"Much love to the Philippines, my Filipino family, God bless," he said.