Once upon a time, I was a freshman in fashion school.
I lived, breathed and made fashion until my life took an interesting turn.
I got a call from a local band called Rivermaya to become their personal stylist.
They since went on to become big in Southeast Asia and the first Filipino band to perform at the MTV Asia Awards. Because of them I met more bands that opened my mind to the vastness of the music scene.
I wanted to document this life and I struggled with a point and shoot to take photos of musicians, so I learned how to use a professional camera. Soon enough I was taking photos of my life that I lived through shows every single night.
Eventually I realized that I would never be able to live a life without music and with this love I worked really hard and was lucky enough to be able to watch musicians all over Asia.
If a band hadn’t passed by Manila, I would fly to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia, attending festivals like SINGFEST, Big Night Out, Laneway Festival, Fuji Rock Festival and MTV World Stage.
I’d do jobs writing about fashion and music and taking photos of musicians just so I could save up to watch a concert. When there wouldn’t be enough money, I would sleep in airports or take overnight buses from city to city and didn’t mind staying in cramped hostels with hard beds.
I braved rain and mud for a concert, went up to the top of a building to see the end of a show, saw gigs without sleep for a day and the excitement from all the adrenaline didn’t let me sleep for another.
I’ve been in the vortex of a moshpit, bouncing amidst hundreds of people and reveled in the joy of others surrounded by music. I’m a fan, first and foremost, and working hasn’t changed that one bit. In fact, it’s the reason why hard work suddenly becomes easy.
A typical day for me ends by going home at 3am from watching several bands at a big or small venue. I’m not complaining, and sometimes I do wish it took longer because on the rare occasion that it does, there’s no better feeling than to see the dark horizon turn slightly blue waiting for the sun, especially when you’re in the company of musicians who had just played in small bars for little or no pay at all. When the music quiets down to a bright day is a rare and fleeting moment, one that gives you focus and tells you that life is beautiful.
It has been my life and it made me happy whenever people would thank me for sharing stuff when they couldn’t make it to a gig or if they wanted to just remember what they saw that evening. Apart from the local bands, it was a treat to actually be noticed by some of the international musicians I look up to.
Being a digital girl since I was small, my life ironically was, if not facing a stage or on tour with bands, I was either in front of the computer or my nose stuck to my cellphone.
Somehow these experiences become more memorable when shared with people and I’ve always made sure everyone would be able to see what I saw, for they would mean nothing if I just kept everything to myself. If there was a way for me to see something that I love, I would go for it. It’s a blessing to be able to experience something grand and be able to share it, when others couldn’t and at every opportunity, day or night, sleep or no sleep, I make sure I do!
There is something magical about music that it reaches out to a lot of people, myself included. Because of it my life has been, and still is one big colorful ride and I’m never ever going to fall out of love with it.
Just being able to attend a concert is already something worth being thankful for. While writing this post and looking back on all the things I’ve done for music, I realized it’s been an adventure I never once thought I’d be brave enough to go through and yet amazingly I did! The chance to be able to share my experiences to a whole lot more people through MTV Asia’s Insider contest would make me even happier. If there is at least one person who is happy with what I share, then that just makes my day.
P.S. Plus I have still yet to top being able to see or meet celebrities that are more popular than these guys, haha.
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