“Kinalimutan ko na ‘yung mga nakaraan kasi ‘tong bagong ‘to, ito na ‘yung bago na mamahalin nila.”

Former Hasht5 member Marlou Arizala debuts his new look and name and bids his final goodbyes to his old self in an episode of Rated K. Marlou, now Xander Ford, shocked fans as he finally unveiled his new dapper self.

Before the transformation, Marlou was the subject of many online hate focusing on his physical appearance. Now, he’s happier than ever before saying that this was really his goal in life, to be physically attractive and more confident with himself.

In his interview with Korina Sanchez he said, “Masakit pero kaya kasi po, ito talaga ‘yung pangarap ko. Ito talaga ‘yung goal ko, ‘yung mabago ‘yung sarili ko.” (It’s painful but it’s possible. This is really my dream. This is really my goal, to change myself.)

Korina asked if he were to look in the mirror would he in any way miss Marlou to which Xander replied, “Ay, hindi na. Kinalimutan ko na ‘yung mga nakaraan kasi ‘tong bagong ‘to, ito na ‘yung bago na mamahalin nila.” (Not anymore. I’ve forgotten the past because this new one, this is the new one they will love.)

Xander plans to go back to being a celebrity and use this opportunity to help his family.

The interview instantly turned emotional as his parents were brought to the stage. Xander’s mother recounts how she was very worried for an entire month while her son was healing from the surgery. Despite all the hardships, his parents are very happy for him and his newfound belief in himself. Even with a new face and a new name, Xander still has that knack for dancing, ending his unveiling with a dance number.

Xander Ford’s look was done by the John Crespo Dental Center and Doc. Yappy of The ICON Clinic.