Zac Efron's affinity with Pinoys not only rests on his previous romance with Filipino-American actress Vanessa Hudgens, but it encompasses his immense interest in local culture, including Filipino cuisine.
The 24-year-old Hollywood actor related in a statement that his father, David Efron, "has been to the Philippines several times, so I've always wanted to visit and try the local dishes like adobo."
His father likewise "has been telling me great stories about it (Philippines)," Zac further enthused.
Zac will most likely get a taste of local dishes when he visits the Philippines on Sept. 29 for his fan conference for Penshoppe.
His highly-anticipated arrival was announced last month by the Penshoppe management, months after Zac signed his endorsement deal with the clothing brand.
In an earlier interview with GMA-7's "Startalk," Zac related that he wants to try surfing, diving, and hanging out in various destinations in the country.
The fan con, he added, "is an amazing, amazing excuse to go to the Philippines."
Zac started his career in 2002 by appearing in a handful of television series. He eventually rose as a household name four years later via the Disney original movie, "High School Musical," where he met and fell in love with Vanessa Hudgens. Film opportunities came his way shortly after, having been cast in "Hairspray" (2007), "17 Again" (2009), "Charlie St. Cloud" (2010), and "New Year's Eve" (2011), to name some. He also lent his voice to the animated musical-comedy "The Lorax," released last March. Fans, meanwhile, saw a more mature Zac in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel, "The Lucky One."
Zac is the latest prized addition to Penshoppe's roster of international endorsers. "Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder, Thai superstar Mario Maurer, and "Gossip Girl" cast members Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester have earlier signed up with the 26-year-old clothing company.