Ac­coun­tancy grad

Panay News - - LIFE & STYLE -

“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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