- Sold fish in the market at the age of 11 to earn money.
- Started working at Greenwich, a local pizza joint, at the age of 17; worked as a driver during the weekends.
- Became popular after he participated in the television show Eat Baluga! in 1996 and won title Mr. Pogi.
- Released his first album Loose Fit with his band called Jeans in 2006.
- Joined the PETA campaign Free Mali in 2014; the campaign's aim was to free an elephant named Mali from the Manila zoo for her well-being.
- Echo is the nickname by which his family and friends address him.