The 27-year-old singer and mu­si­cian talks about the im­por­tance of ac­knowl­edg­ing your feel­ings.

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - You, You, You -

Hap­pi­ness is…

CON­NECT­ING WITH YOUR AU­DI­ENCE What I love most about per­form­ing is in­ter­act­ing with my au­di­ence. One of my prob­lems start­ing out was I would talk more than sing dur­ing my gigs, be­cause I would use that time for stand-up com­edy. I get such a high from be­ing in front of an au­di­ence es­pe­cially when it’s home-based like Route 196 or Saguijo—the places I re­ally play at. When you kind of know the au­di­ence al­ready, it’s nice to in­ter­act with them: talk about why you wrote the songs, then they say that they can re­late and stuff—’ yung­mga hu­mi­hir­it­lang­nam­e­dy­olas­ingna. I love talk­ing to those peo­ple be­cause it’s like fuel for more mu­sic. then I saw peo­ple like Coach Lea and Coach Sharon who are so well-trained in this world—the amount of strength they have to be able to sur­vive in this in­dus­try be­came mo­ti­va­tion for me. I re­al­ized you have to trust your­self a lit­tle more. Be­cause if you keep lis­ten­ing to oth­ers, es­pe­cially haters on­line, that’s in­sane.


At first, I would read all the com­ments about me and I would just get so down, but after a while it seemed point­less. What do you get out of it? I re­al­ized if you try to con­vince every­one, that’s tough be­cause it would be so un­nat­u­ral for you. Sabi ko, there are peo­ple who still like me, not all is lost. You re­ally can’t please every­one. That’s such a cliché but when you fi­nally re­al­ize it, you set­tle into your­self a lit­tle more and you find hap­pi­ness where you can.


Think­ing about and plan­ning for the fu­ture makes me happy. It’s a good and a bad thing be­cause I tend to not ex­ist in the now—i’m al­ways look­ing ahead. I just love think­ing about what I’m go­ing to do next and it never turns out the way I plan it, but that’s the ex­cit­ing part. Then, when you look back on your notes, it’s like, “Yup, you didn’t get any­thing right.”


To be hon­est, I made my first al­bum be­cause I broke up with some­one. It was like a re­venge thing. After my first break-up I thought, “I’m gonna be some­one.” So I made my al­bum, started gig­ging more, and made a name for my­self. Then, I ended up dat­ing some­one else, and then I got dumped after my al­bum launch. Yes. So after that I was like, “I’m gonna be some­thing.” And when I got into The Voice I was like, “There you go.” But those two breakups def­i­nitely en­cour­aged me to trust my­self and to be some­one on my own. When you do that, ev­ery­thing else will just fol­low.

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