34-year-old Indonesian photographer Ilham Anas, who from some angles bears a resemblance to the new US president, Barack Obama felt very much “at home” in the Philippines.
Anas appeared as the 44-year-old Obama in the Motilium TV Commercial depicting a dinner in Malacañang with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who was played by the Filipino impersonator known as “Ate Glow.”
He was discovered by the Philippine ad agency TBWA SMP (Santiago, Mangada and Puno) Manila and the TV ad was directed by filmmaker Eric Matti. “I never thought I would be a star in a commercial, then this happened. It’s very fortunate,” Anas said.
Anas, who was born and raised in Bandung, West Java, said he feels lucky to resemble Obama.