MIGO’S FAVORITES COLOR
Can I pick two? Purple and black. Even though black is a shade.
Burberry Men. Someone got it for me. I pick by the smell. I don’t really mind about the brand. If it smells good, it’s good enough for me.
Isaw. But that’s street food. If it came to food food: steak.
CURRENT SONG IN YOUR PLAYLIST
“Come Thru” by Drake.
[Drake, whose full name is Aubrey Drake Graham, is “a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur,” according to Wikipedia.]
I was addicted to Arena of Valor before.
[Arena of Valor is a video game—specifically, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game.]
HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECT
MIGO’S IFS IF YOU WERE TO BE INVISIBLE FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Rob a bank.
IF YOU HAD AN UNLIMITED BUDGET FOR A DATE WITH A GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Whatever she wants… I’ll spoil her. Unlimited budget, it’s not my money. I’m okay. Be it like, buy the most expensive car and crash it for all I care.
IF YOU WERE TO WAKE UP AS SOMEONE ELSE TOMORROW, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Zac Efron… He’s got a very photogenic face, I wonder what it feels like. Does he feel ugly? Or does he wake up being insecure sometimes? Imagine if you heard that Zac Efron is insecure. Parang, ‘What?’ Migo reveals that he is “kind of related” to Kuh Ledesma, who discovered him during her concert in Australia. Migo’s maternal halfbrother is Bryan Palanca. “It just so happened that my brother is the pamangkin of Tita Kuh, kasi his dad and Kuh are first cousins.”
IF YOU WERE TO SING FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL, WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING?
I would sing one of my original compositions. Or I would make a composition for that person.
IF YOU COULD READ A FAMOUS PERSON’S DIARY, WHOSE DIARY WOULD YOU READ?
Emma Watson’s. I love that girl.
IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO HAVE DINNER WITH SOMEONE FAMOUS, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD YOU INVITE?
Marian Rivera. Yeah, even though she’s a mom, she’s still really pretty. Like, oh my God. Dingdong is so lucky.
IF YOU COULD BE PRESIDENT FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I would revoke everybody’s driver’s license here in the Philippines and make them take a driving test again, because there are many stupid drivers on the road.
IF YOU COULD MAKE SOMETHING INTO A LAW, WHAT LAW WOULD IT BE?
No stupid drivers. No corruption. And if there was corruption found, you’ll be shot on sight. If there was evidence against you.
MIGO’S FIRSTS FIRST SCARE OF YOUR LIFE?
My mom and dad brought me to watch Paranormal Activity in the movie cinema, and it was so loud. That was just too scary. I was, like, eight years old. I cried and my mom laughed. Because of that, I’ve learned to love horror movies.
[ Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film, described by the Google Play website as “the surprise hit critics call ‘one of the scariest movies of all time.’” The film went on to have five sequels, prequels, and spin-offs.]
Ouch, I really don’t wanna go back there. It happened when I was in year 6. I met a girl, and when I got older she wasn’t just the same anymore.
FIRST PURCHASE USING YOUR FIRST SALARY? Tithe. I gave ten percent. That was when I won one million [pesos] from StarStruck as the prize money. FIRST TIME YOU REALIZED YOU WERE FAMOUS? I still don’t think I’m famous, I’m sorry. I wouldn’t even consider myself as a celebrity, but if I had to consider myself as a celebrity, I would be a C-list celebrity. FIRST THING YOU REALIZED WHEN YOU WOKE UP TODAY? I didn’t wake up... The last time I woke up was yesterday pa. FIRST TIME YOU SAID “I LOVE YOU”? To my parents. FIRST TIME YOU FELT PROUD OF YOURSELF? When I finally became independent financially—and living-wise, able to support myself and support my food and support my own gasoline and support, like, buying a car. That’s when I first felt proud of myself. FIRST TIME YOU MADE YOUR PARENTS PROUD? They were always proud of me whenever I gave performances. But I think the big one is when I took up the opportunity to come move here to the Philippines and study and chase my dream, because not everyone your age can leave their home and still be the same person when they come back. FIRST TIME YOU EMBARRASSED YOURSELF? In preschool, I was always chosen for the cross-country and running events. It was my turn to run. But I really had to go to the bathroom. But wala, e, they didn’t allow me. They said, “Your run’s gonna be next.” So, parang once they shot the gun, I started running and I said to myself, “Just imagine that the finish line is the toilet.’” But I didn’t make it to the finish line. I was peeing while I was running. Oh my God. From then on, my friends would call me pissy pants. FIRST TIME YOU MADE SOMEONE CRY? My ex… It’s high school. [Laughs.] It’s like you date the girl for a week and, yeah, she didn’t handle the breakup easily. FIRST TIME YOU GAVE YOUR AUTOGRAPH? StarStruck.
LAST HAPPY DREAM? Night before New Year’s Eve. I dreamt that I had to go to the beach, and so I went to the beach the next day. LAST TIME YOU MADE SOMEONE SMILE? Today. Saw you guys smiling when I was posing. LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Wow, when was the last time I cried? I’d say last year. I don’t think I cried this year. That’s cool. LAST TIME YOU LAUGHED SO HARD? This morning. I was with my brother kasi, and we were laughing about something so bad. LAST THING YOU WANT TO SEE OR HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE? I wanna see my kids’ kids. LAST TIME YOU HAD AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION? Yesterday. I was with Yvette from The One That Got Away. We were speaking about beers.
[The character named Yvette is played by actress Elle Ramirez.] LAST TIME YOU LIED? Today. [Grins.] WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? 9Gag.
[9Gag, according to Wikipedia, is “a Hong Kongbased online platform and social media website, which allows its users to upload and share ‘usergenerated content’ or other content from external social media websites.”] WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? Whenever a family member leaves me or, say, dies. Like when my parents went back to Australia and left me. I’m very bad at goodbyes.
SWEETEST THING YOU’VE DONE YOUR WHOLE LIFE? I printed out 2,000 photos of that person. Two thousand photos of me and that person and I filled that person’s whole room, as in you couldn’t see her wall anymore because it was filled with all our photos. So that every day when she wakes up, she would remember me. ANO’NG NAGPAPAKILIG SA ’YO? I think it’s how a girl brings herself. A major factor has to be how her personality is, the way she moves, her physique and little things, her little mannerisms. And of course, the body parts. TORPE KA BA? Oh no. I’m not like that. I’m straightforward. So, if there’s something I want to do with you, I’ll tell you straight to your face. IS THERE A HOUSEHOLD CHORE THAT YOU HATE DOING? Taking out the rubbish. Only because in Australia, may alleyway kami sa bahay namin and maraming redbacks doon. A redback ay isang pinakapoisonous spider sa Australia. And ayaw kong dumaan doon, kasi I have arachnophobia.
[Arachnophobia is defined by the New Oxford American Dictionary as “extreme or irrational fear of spiders.”] TALENT YOU WISH YOU WERE BETTER AT? Tagalog. Hey, it’s a talent, when somebody who doesn’t know the language learns the language.