Why PH is special to Josh Bowman

by Vincent Garcia, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at May 01 2014 12:37 AM | Updated as of May 01 2014 06:17 PM

'Revenge' actor Josh Bowman. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - While a lot of Filipinos are cursing the country's rising temperature, Hollywood actor Josh Bowman admits that he is loving the "beautiful" summer heat here.

"I love it. This is nice. You could really feel the heat here. It feels like I'm on vacation," he said in an interview with ABS-CBN's MJ Felipe on Saturday.

The "Revenge" star, who brought along his co-star and longtime girlfriend Emily VanCamp, is in the country as a brand ambassador for local clothing brand Penshoppe.

Asked about his role as Daniel Grayson in the television series, he said: "I love it. I've been enjoying it a lot more now that it is more moving into a more villainous side of things. It's a lot more fun to play, a lot more 3 dimensional. There's a lot more to do."

Bowman admitted he is a bit surprised about the number of his Filipino fans, saying that he is blessed to have had the chance to travel, thanks to the support the show has been getting.

"It's amazing what television can do. It seems all very, very fast. I'm trying to enjoy everything as much as I can and not push everything away. It's amazing. I've been to many parts of the world--this is the second time I've been in Manila--and I love it here," he said.

Acting for a cause

Bowman has been actively participating in many projects of the World Wildlife Fund, including the "Hands Off My Parts" campaign, which aims to end animal poaching in parts of South Africa.

He said that he is very fortunate that his role in "Revenge," which airs on ABC in the United States and Star World locally, has given him a chance to help preserve what he loves -- animals and the ocean.

"I don't have enough time [to participate in other campaigns]. But yeah, maybe when 'Revenge' is finished, I would have a little more time to work with other charities," he said.

He added that he would love to work with other organizations that focuses on bringing education to the less fortunate, saying that he was fortunate to have studied until he was 18.

"A lot of people don't get that. For me, it is important to [focus] on those that don't get opportunities that are just as talented, just as capable as you are. I think it is important to protect that, to nurture that," he said.

On Palawan and mangoes

Bowman, in the interview, also recalled the time he swam with turtles in the islands of Palawan during his last trip to the Philippines in 2012.

He admitted that he loved the place many have dubbed as a "paradise," and said that he would love to get the chance and explore other provinces of the country.

"That's just Palawan. I got so much more to see," he said, adding saying that he will definitely come back with VanCamp.

Bowman also voiced out his support for Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and his love for what is arguably the country's most famous fruit -- mangoes.

"The mangoes are--I probably have had 3 mangoes and what time is it? Only 12 o'clock?" he said. "Ang sarap ng mangga!"