Bruno Mars Will Trade Anything To Have His Filipino Mom Back

Bruno Mars Will Trade Anything To Have His Filipino Mom Back

Bruno Mars is Latina Magazine’s 2017 headline interview; it aptly dubs him “Mr. Everything”. For fans of his earliest hits, Peter Gene Hernandez’s – aka Bruno Mars – rise to fame must have been a joy to watch. He’s gone from being just a regular hit on radio to one of the world’s biggest performers. He’s now the kind that sells out arenas on World Tours and has people waiting for the next single to drop. Bruno Mars is, doubtlessly, a performer of the generation. 

And yet, Latina makes it quite clear that there’s a regular guy underneath the glitz. You’ll find him eating at local pizzerias. He’d get passionate talking about the history of his musical influences, he’d get serious when speaking about little-known tidbits about him and his family.

And just like anyone speaking about his lost loved ones, his heart grows heavy with the thought of things he could always have done better.


Bernadette San Pedro Bayot, a Filipina-Spanish woman and Bruno Mars’s mother, passed away in 2013. She was the victim of a sudden brain aneurysm. Mars remembers his mother fondly: “The woman who taught you to love, showed you what a woman is supposed to be… When that goes away, more than half your heart goes with it. You just gotta know she’s with me wherever I go.”

Foto kiriman Bruno Mars (@brunomars) pada

“My life has changed,” he says, in response to whether the loss of his mother has affected his music, “She’s more than my music. If I could trade music to have her back, I would. I always hear her say, ‘keep going and keep doing it’.”



Bruno Mars’s love and pride for his parents seeps into the way he has crafted his identity. His father is Puerto Rican, which gives him a mixed Latino-Asian heritage. And he isn’t shy about putting off labels that, in the music industry, might otherwise seem necessary.

Bruno Mars mother | inquirer lifestyle
Bruno Mars mother | inquirer lifestyle


“A lot of people think, ‘this is awesome, you’re in this gray zone, so you can pass for whatever the hell you want’,” Mars says, recalling how he went through that process of branding. Was his music urban? Latin? Black? After all, he’s had experiences of his songs getting rejected due to his race.

But the truth is much more complicated: “What we’re trying to do is educate people to know what that feels like so they’ll never make someone feel like that ever again.”

Given that he’s a four-time Grammy Award winner, with billions of hits on YouTube and a good deal of his singles going Platinum, it’s safe to say that he’s doing just fine. His music didn’t need to cater to a particular audience to launch him to the top. “My music is for anybody who wants to listen to it,” he says.

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Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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