Xander Ford is still Marlou Arizala even after drastic transformation

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Marlou Arizala (L) and Xander Ford

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — Marlou Arizala may have "died," but internet sensation Xander Ford said he still carries a part of his old self with him despite his drastic change.

Ford declared Marlou Arizala dead prior to the big reveal of his now-chiseled face, lighter skin, and updated name. But he said he would have wanted to keep using his given name.

"Siguro po, ito na lang po yung pangalan ko din. Hindi ko na papalitan. Pero yung Xander po is screen name ko lang po siya. (Si Marlou) 'Yun pa rin ako," he told CNN Philippines on Wednesday.

[Translation: I wouldn't have changed it. Xander is my screen name. I am still Marlou.]

When asked where Marlou is now, he replied, "Hindi ko po alam sa kanya po kung saan na po siya. Siguro po, kinuha na siya ni Lord."

[Translation: I don't know where he is. Maybe he is with the Lord now.]

Ford, who was bashed online before his transformation, said cyberbullying motivated him to undergo cosmetic surgery and several other physical enhancements.

Vin Diesel + 'Teen King' = Xander Ford

Xander Ford revealed his new screen name was inspired by a Vin Diesel film and his showbiz idol, the actor dubbed  as "Teen King."

He said "Xander" came from the movie "xXx," where Vin Diesel plays Xander Cage.

He added "Ford" came from the real name of teen actor Daniel Padilla, whose real name is Daniel John Ford Padilla. He said he looks up to Padilla.

"Dahil sa pormahan niya. Gusto kong gayahin 'yung pagiging hunk niya," he said.

[Translation: Because of the way he carries himself. I want to be a hunk just like him.]

He said he agreed to the name his manager suggested.

He said he is happy about his transformation, but his fans should keep a close watch because he is set to reveal more.

Ford, who is into making viral videos, said he is taking acting workshops to improve his craft. He bared he wants to be partnered with actress Andrea Brillantes so she can help him act better.

The former Hasht5 member made his big reveal in a TV show in October.