“I don’t know how to stop dreaming,” sa y s 22 - y e a r - old l ocal artist Sean Oliver S. Ortencio.
Or t e n c i o , wh o is a n Ac c o u n t a n c y graduate from the University of the Philippines Visayas, is now making a name in the local music scene. He has regular gigs and does front acts for other musicians including indie band Ransom Collective.
A native of President Roxas, Capiz, Ortencio shares he started singing when he was only four.
“My earli est memory of singing is when I led the kindergarten class’ graduation song,” he says, adding that his mother served as his mentor.
But it was only in third year high school that his interest in singing sparked when his parents gave him a guitar. “It was a birthday gift. I tried to learn the guitar with the help of my best friend. My interest in playing the guitar grew. That started everything. I learned to write songs within months after learning the instrument.”
Ortenc i o also s ays his parents have always been supportive, but there came a time when they worried about his academics. But being the determined person that he is, this talented lad proved that he can still get good grades despite his numerous gigs. In fact, he even graduated
“Both my parents were always eager to see my gigs. But they were also worrying about my acads, of course, especially during my last year in college. I tried to prove to them that they need not worry about my regular gigs,” he narrates, adding that his father even gave him a new guitar as graduation gift.
With his passion in music, Ortencio pioneered Songwriters Philippines in Iloilo. He – together with other local artists – is also cooking a production group.
“We don’t have a name yet since we have just started. This is a group of Ilonggo bands/ artists with the goal of raising the standard of Ilonggo music and also the musical development of each individual artist. The people behind the prod are amazing. The Pretzels, Ember, Ethan Loukas, and my mentor Juan Enriko are among the artists included in the group. What really inspires me is their dedication in making their own craft as perfect as it can be, and play gigs or have their own events with even out-of-pocket costs,” he says.
Ortencio also shares his musical influences which include John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Incubus, Boyce Avenue, Urbandub, Franco, Reese Lansangan, and Autotelic, among others.
The upcoming CPA also never forgot to mention his mentor, Juan Enriko – a proof that this artist will go a long way with his humility.
“He was the one who really shaped me as a musician,” he adds.
Ortencio knows he will have to take the Accountancy path when he passes the board but that will not stop him from accepting opportunities in the music industry.
“If I pass the CPA Board, I will have to work in a CPA firm in Manila as part of my scholarship contract. But still, what I am looking forward in working there is the opportunity to have my own gigs and maybe, the chance of being heard,” he says.
“I don’t know how to stop dreaming. I simply couldn’t. I could not imagine a life without satisfying my daily cravings for creation, for music,” Ortencio adds.
Now, that is passionate person./
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