From mu­si­cian to vlog­ger: The Awe­somepats

Palawan Daily News - - Feature - By Harth­well Capis­trano

For half a decade, he spent his life in the world of mu­sic play­ing with his band, Freeplay. Al­most five times a week, he does gigs, concerts, and shows in Puerto Princesa City and out­side Palawan, as well.

For two years, he has been con­tem­plat­ing on do­ing video blog­ging. And in the last cou­ple of months, he made a great buzz when ne­ti­zens start to be en­grossed with his videos show­cas­ing lo­cal food, restau­rants, and even “What’s the dark­est streets?” in Puerto Princesa City. Most of his view­ers are now his fans and they keep on en­gag­ing with his con­tents.

Pa­trick Aquino gig­gles like a tod­dler and is as funny one could get. He sets a cre­ative tone in the bl­o­go­sphere us­ing his videos. He just loves to cre­ate videos even with­out get­ting re­mu­ner­a­tion from the fea­tured es­tab­lish­ments and busi­nesses. “Pas­sion” is just what it takes to drive him in his cre­ativ­ity.

“Gusto ko ma-share kung ano na-ex­pe­ri­ence ko sa mga tao (I just would like to share what I ex­pe­ri­ence),” said Mr. Aquino.

There is no def­i­nite plan when he pro­duces his video blogs. “Just go on with the flow na lang. Basta gusto ko lang ‘to gawin kasi pas­sion ko sya (I’ll just go with the flow. I just love to do it be­cause it’s my pas­sion).”

Aside from vlog­ging Mr. Aquino is into web-based SMS blast mar­ket­ing. He used to spend al­most ev­ery night with his band, but now his rou­tine has changed since he does video shoots and edit­ing.

Who is Pa­trick Aquino? “Masayahing tao, very masayahin. Medyo may pagkapi­lyo na kahit may prob­lema ka na gusto mong umiyak pero ke­lan­gan mong ngu­miti. Sig­uro ma­g­a­l­ing na lang ako mag ‘poker face’… Once you get to know me per­son­ally, tin­gin ko na­man mag­gu­gus­tuhan n’yo rin na­man talaga ako… (A jolly per­son, very jolly. There are times that I feel like cry­ing, but I have to smile. Maybe good at show­ing my ‘poker face’ looks... Once you get to know me per­son­ally, I think you would get along with me).”

Mr. Aquino has two kids and one of them has been shown in some of his videos.

He went to Full­bright Col­lege and took up Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Elec­tron­ics Com­mu­ni­ca­tions En­gi­neer­ing, and then trans­ferred to AMA Col­lege but he hopped again to Palawan State Univer­sity where he fin­ished Com­puter Sci­ence.

“The great­est chal­lenge in vlog­ging is find­ing the right mu­sic,” Mr. Aqunio said. And to add here is “ang pagig­ing maka­pal ang mukha while shoot­ing videos (to get away from be­ing shy while shoot­ing videos).”

“It feels re­ally good – pero nakikita mo yung mga taong nag-een­joy sa video mo – its price­less! (It feels re­ally good – but if you see peo­ple en­joy­ing my video – it’s price­less)!”

Mr. Aquino shares that what mat­ters the most is not the views but the shares.

“What is im­por­tant to me is shares not views. Maram­ing tao nakaka-re­late at nakaka-gusto. (There are a lot of peo­ple who can re­late and like my videos)”

Three weeks ago, he de­cided to leave his band.

“It’s hard to leave the band,” Mr. Aquino said. But it is for him to com­mit to visit places, where he can­not do while he’s with his band.

Out­side vlog­ging, he loves to travel around and spend more time with his fam­ily.

“On my part, nan­dito ako na gu­ma­gawa ng mga con­tents na sana ma­gus­tuhan ninyo (On my part, I am just here to cre­ate con­tents that hope­fully peo­ple would love).”

“I am very, very happy na maka­pag-up­load ako. Nakakatuwa lang dahil nandyan kayo to sup­port me. And I did not ex­pect peo­ple to share (I am very, very happy that I could be able to up­load videos. It feels great that peo­ple are there to sup­port me. And I did not ex­pect peo­ple to share).”

“Sana du­mat­ing ang time na so­brang lumaki ng lumaki ang com­mu­nity natin. Kasi iyon ang time na masasabi ko na kahit pa­paano, ta­la­gang mag­bubunga din ang pinaghi­ra­pan natin na kahit konting aral me ma­pupu­lot. (Hope­fully soon our com­mu­nity will grow more and big­ger. And that would be time that I can say ev­ery­thing – all of my labors and hard­ships – come into fruition where peo­ple can get some learn­ings, as well).”

“So­brang thank you to ev­ery­one. Sim­ula noong nag start tayo hang­gang ngayon, nandyan sila. So­brang heart touch­ing – heart warm­ing. Thank you so much! (Thank you very much to ev­ery­one. From there very start up to this time, you are there to sup­port me. It’s heart touch­ing – heart warm­ing. Thank you very much!)”

For Mr. Aquino, while the film is rolling, mu­sic never stops. He just added more spice to what he be­lieves in is his pas­sion – video blog­ging.

Pa­trick Aquino dur­ing a one-on-one in­ter­view with Palawan Daily News

Pa­trick Aquino with his band­mates (sec­ond to the left) | Photo credit Freeplay face­book page

Photo from Pa­trick Aquino’s face­book

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