The energy and enthusiasm of children learning different values and appreciating theater gives me hope that the arts are the best way to tell the story both visually and musically.

Francis Mabborang

Francis Mabborang

Actor, Writer, Content Creator

New York City

Francis Mabborang is a Filipino Actor, Writer, and Content Creator born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He started his journey in the performing arts with the International Presentation of Performers (iPOP) in Los Angeles, CA, and found his way to New York City. Before coming to New York, Francis earned his Bachelor of Arts in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) in the Philippines in 2014 and completed the Conservatory Program for Musical Theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City in 2019.

Francis shared with us about the impact of his latest work with Plaza Theatrical, he says, “I fell in love with theater, even more, when I played Sardine/Clownfish in Plaza Theatrical's TYA Touring Production of  Rainbow Fish Musical. The energy and enthusiasm of children learning different values and appreciating theater gives me hope that the arts are the best way to tell the story both visually and musically.” Furthermore, he also shared how proud he was about his work with New York Renaissance Faire, “I was able to create a character [who is] rich with Filipino heritage named Amburong Adel, the bastard son of the Fourth Sultanate of Maguindanao (presently known as Mindanao) who joined Sir Francis Drake's crew to sail with the British Privateers under Queen Elizabeth I's reign. … I [was] able to not only represent our tribal lineage as Filipinos, but I am also the only Asian character that ever graced that season. Kids and people of Asian-decent [were] surprised to see a Filipino playing his heritage at Faire (which is often not found).”

We asked Francis about the challenges he faces as a Filipino in the theatre scene in New York and he shared with us the difficulties he faced when he was told he looked “ambiguous”, ”There were points of my professional life [when] I was told: "You are so ambiguous, I don't know what to do with you so I am not going to cast you". It did affect me a lot but like a lot of Filipinos in the industry, I am doing my best to not only overcome it but also allow myself to break through and continue to grow.”

Francis wishes to inspire aspiring Theatre Artists to take risks and follow their dreams, “I took the leap even if I'm already in my mid-20s. It [won’t] be easy. We have to sacrifice in life and there are things we always sacrifice daily. Why not sacrifice things for your passion?” He says to focus on the work, your journey, and your goals. “Don't be clouded with the success, glamour, or fame - people put in the work and it takes time. Allow yourself to grow as you need it in this field. Maturity, Professionalism, and Courage. It is a journey. Hard work pays off! Don't let yourself stop you from what you do in life.”

Before moving to New York, Francis had a corporate job in Manila, this did not stop him to pursue a career in the performing arts, “I [had the] traditional and conservative career back home but decided to follow my passion instead. It took me years to actually pursue it. If you have the conviction and determination to dream it, follow it, work hard for it and let it bloom, you will be successful.”

These days, you will find Francis online, “Currently, I am a Creative Director and host on an e-commerce and video production channel: TOP RATED for Amazon's Newest Platform: Amazon Live. I am also a Content Creator and a Certified Streamer for a New Streaming Platform: LIVIT where I put up different content such as my One-Man Play Series and Concert Series. I am bringing Live Theater on that platform as it is content that no other platforms have. It is my way to continue bringing theater and practice our craft.” To get in touch with Francis, you can reach him through the following platforms: 

Website: www.francismabborang.com

Instagram/TikTok/Livit: @francismabborang

Twitter: @frncsmbbrng