People now know you as a Bubble Shaker on Bubble Gang, but you broke into the showbiz game via the reality show Protégé. Do you remember what the audition was like? What exactly did you have to do to land that gig?
Merong hosting spiels na binigay sa amin at pinaarte rin kami sa stage ni Direk Gina [Alajar], but the talent I prepared for that day was my dancing. Yun talaga kasi yung hilig ko. I started on season 2 of the reality show; the first season was a singing competition, pero yung sa amin parang StarStruck. We used all kinds of talents: dancing, singing, acting. I auditioned like everyone else. Isa ako sa mga swerteng napili ni Direk Gina.
Did you undergo any formal training to become a dancer?
Nung high school ako, I didn’t know anything about dancing—as in parehong kaliwa yung paa ko! But when I entered college in La Salle Dasma, they had an official dance group called Lasallian Pointes n’ Flexes Dance Company. I danced for them for four years. Our training was almost every day and we had rehearsals for every dance. I was also able to finish college because of the group. I became a scholar through my performing arts.
What part of your body do you like to shake the most?
My hips. There are a lot of moves a dancer can do with the hips. It’s also the most enjoyable part to shake!
I remember when I was still in Protégé, I enjoyed every challenge that was given to me. Sinasapuso ko talaga yung sayaw kasi ang galing nung choreographers and I want to do them justice. When the audience appreciates my dancing, it’s a different feeling all together.
So do you believe that great dancers also make great lovers?
Siguro kasi mas experimental kaming dancers.
Experimental in what way?
Kasi siyempre ang dancers, we like to move, move, move. And that movement is done with grace, so siyempre mag-e-enjoy yung partner. Ha ha!
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