Schneider Recalls Fun Memories of Ph, Hopes for Manila Vacation

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Filipino-American comedian Rob Schneider vividly recalled to Bulletin Entertainment his visit here, back when he was still seven years old. The star of the hit comedy series "Rob," which will air local pilot on April 8 over beTV, is a fan of Filipino culture because his maternal grandmother is Filipina.

"I love being in the Philippines as much as I love being a Filipino. I remember how much love and warmth I felt being there. Such amazing, wonderful people. When I was there, I think I was about 7 years old and I can still remember how they were all making sure everything was okay. When you like something beautiful that's hanging on the wall, they would take it down and give it to you.

"There was also this time I asked if there was coconut there and it was not the season of coconuts. They asked someone to get it for me and I did not know that to get coconuts, he had to cross or go up a mountain and it took him two days to do that. But, it was just so much fun to go there and I really, really wish I could go back very soon," he related to Bulletin Entertainment in a recent interview.

The 48-year-old actor, producer, writer and funnyman is currently milking the real-life plot of being married to a Mexican. Schneider's wife Patricia recently suggested he should make a TV series out of being married to a Hispanic wife and her big family.

In "Rob," the TV series which hauled 13.5 million American viewers upon pilot, "SNL" alum Schneider realized his wife's idea into a viable, hilarious serial.

"There are some stuff that are fun to talk about. Since my wife is from Mexico City, her translator is off at 11:30. She has to translate it for me all day long because I don't speak Spanish. So she would go: translator off, it's 11:30 so I would like to get more of that. But Patricia suggested the idea originally because I was trying to come up with an idea of maybe going back to television and she just said, 'You just talk about being married to a Mexican, you know... The family just never leaves. You got one uncle who shows up, who's here obviously illegally, and stays with you.' So I started working from there, but yeah, it was her idea."

Schneider admitted to have joined TV bandwagon of movie stars exploring the potentials of the small screen over film. "I kind of wanted to avoid TV because I don't want to get stuck in something and I feel like it's important that you don't do too much," the "Grown Ups" star told Bulletin.

"At the same time I think there's some very good television on that's probably more interesting than the movies. I think the movie system is in a flux right know. I think because of the DVD sales dipping and stuff, there's no longer a pattern financially to save movies."

Giving in to his more pragmatic side, he said, "I gotta say there's more interesting stuff happening on television. …