This Boy’s Life

YES! (Philippines) - - Pogi Series -

“I was very ad­ven­tur­ous,” says Migo of his younger self. “I’d be do­ing a lot of stuff, stupid stuff that al­ways got me hurt. I’d al­ways come home bleed­ing, cry­ing, or I lost some­thing.” With a fond smile, the ac­tor adds: “It’s kind of a nice mem­ory to look back to when I feel sad liv­ing alone here in the Philip­pines.” Migo says that he was “eleven or ten” in this photo, taken dur­ing a snow­board­ing trip in On­tario, Canada. “I al­most broke my neck,” he re­calls. “I had to wear a cast on my neck for, like, two weeks.” Migo’s par­ents are choir singers, so it comes as no sur­prise that he in­her­ited their vo­cal tal­ents as well. There is one thing, though, that he didn’t get from his par­ents: his gui­tar skills. He learned to play the in­stru­ment on his own. When he was 13, Migo au­di­tioned for a slot in Glee Club Aus­tralia, a per­for­mance troupe for what Migo calls “triple threats— peo­ple who can sing, dance, and act.” He passed the au­di­tions and got to spend a whole month tour­ing the U.S., and per­form­ing in amuse­ment parks such as Dis­ney­land Park and Warner Bros. Stu­dio, both lo­cated in Cal­i­for­nia. “When my dad and I used to play golf, I used to cry. I used to cry be­cause he’d al­ways beat me,” Migo says with a grin. “I’m a sore loser be­fore. Even in ping‑pong, ganyan ako. Pero I’m bet­ter now, of course.”

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