Maravilla and his friend Christian Toledo, 25, are both Filipino-Americans. "What motivated me was 'Crazy Rich Asians, ' the movie that came out, that boosted my confidence into thinking maybe one day I could be just like that, and if I take a step and do something small like this, it could make a difference".
They edited the poster to have the same dotted circle design as the other ones in the restaurant.
Maravilla said he noticed that there were several photos on the Houston-area restaurant's walls of people smiling while consuming McDonald's products. Then they ordered it online and waited for it to arrive.
University of Houston student Jevh Maravilla, 21, and his friend Christian Toledo had been eating at their local McDonald's in Pearland several times a week for about a month when they made a decision to "improve" a blank wall above their usual table.
"It fit me perfectly", he said.
"I wanted people to think it was impressive that it's been there for so long", Jevh told Inc.
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Maravilla further explained his motive for the prank in his vlog posted on YouTube last August 2: "If you notice, there isn't a lot of Asians represented in the media".
"We all deserve equality and all races deserve recognition".
Mcdonald's was actually thrilled by the men's creativity. So, they hung up a photo of themselves in a Texas restaurant.
The stunt has since gone viral on Twitter, with more than 560,000 likes and 140,000 retweets to date.
"We looked around and we saw there were no Asians in the posters around McDonald's, so we chose to do it ourselves, and I guess the rest is history", said Jehv Maravilla, a 21-year-old University of Houston student.
What the future holds for the poster is a question only McDonald's can answer.