American TV sit-com hit Superstore features Filipino dialogue by lead star Nico Santos

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Superstore Mateo and Marcus
Fil-Am Nico Santos plays Mateo in the hit series, Superstore. Screengrab from Superstore video

NBC’s hit series “Superstore” gave Filipino fans a treat after the show’s Mateo and Marcus characters started speaking in Filipino.

Superstore tweeted about the dialogue in the Philippine language, saying on January 25, 2020, “Mateo and Marcus arguing in Tagalog is everything we never knew we needed.”

In the scene, Mateo, played by Filipino-American actor Nico Santos, is shown bursting out in Tagalog while arguing with Jon Barinholtz, who plays Marcus.

The Filipino moment was even more tickling as Marcus responds, also in Filipino.

The cursing dialogue notwithstanding, netizens were tickled by the exchange, with Twitter user Sanriel Ajero @sanriel posting, “In this week’s Superstore, Mateo and Marcus got into a cute heated Tagalog argument haha”.

lainey @comergetme said, “i dont rly watch superstore but the tagalog exchange was awesome lmaoo”.

ɢᴏᴘɪxɪᴇ @GoPixie18 spoke us all with the post, “Full Tagalog sentences in an American TV show”.

Nico Santos, who also starred in the blockbuster 2019 film “Crazy Rich Asians“, has been known to advocate for representation of diversity in Hollywood. Santos was born and raised in the Philippines and migrated to the United States.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Superstore for bringing into the dialogue the Filipino language heritage of its star Nico Santos!

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