Asia’s Got Talent Auditions

I really don’t know what came into my mind after seeing the advertisement of Simon Cowell on AXN Channel.  There was this sudden blood rush that went through my veins after seeing that commercial.  

Watch the commercial video:

I remember the exact date when I saw this video, it was aired on the night of Wednesday (September 24, 2014), then the day of the Auditions will be on Sunday (September 28, 2014) right away.  So that leaves me like 3 days to rehearse for my piece.  I was hesitant at first, but at the back of my mind, my subconscious mind is telling me…

“Go for it, you can do it!  What have you got to lose?  Who cares what other people would think?!”

I posted a status on Facebook:

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I treated this status as a joke.  It was my cousin (Emerlyn Lampitoc) who pushed and convinced me that I should go for it.  I was hesitant…really hesitant.  I told her that I am not qualified to that competition because I don’t have the SKILLS.  I thought about what she said, it was her comment on facebook that strongly convinced me to go for it:

“My darling Mackie – You have been through so much that you shouldn’t worry about “skills” . YOU ARE TALENTED. You’ve been singing since your were in grade school and even then everyone was saying how great a singer you are. And now, I’m sure you’re better than most of the singers who actually audition on that show. Go for it and know you already have international fans and that I’ve set money aside to buy your first album.”

Wow!  That boosted my self-confidence to the max!  So then, I started to look for a perfect song piece for my audition.  I chose the song “Dance with my Father” sung by Celine Dion.

In preparation for my audition, I enrolled for a 2 day voice coaching at Center for Pop Music Philippines.  I realized that being a singer is a tough profession.  Aside from having a talent, you have to know the techniques like proper breathing, posture, knowing the proper song choice, etc.

These were the video and photos that kept me going:

 

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Photo Credit: Lifehack Blog
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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Video Credit: American Idol

I had so many agendas listed for me to do.  I wasn’t able to show up to my voice coach due to lack of time.  I told myself, “Lord, pinagkakatiwala ko sa inyo ang aking talento” (Lord, I place my talent unto your hands).

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I got the chance to visit my Dad’s grave at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery) before the day of the audition.  I talked to him for a while because I dedicate this audition to him.  I really miss him so much and how I wish he was there for me as my no. 1 supporter.  Even if he is not around, I know that he is proud of me.

The day finally came, with a few hours of sleep, I excitedly jumped off from my bed and took a quick bath.  It was 3:00 in the morning, and it was as seem that I had an 8 hour sleep well in fact I only had 3 hahaha.  I really wanted to be in front of the line to make sure that they won’t close the doors for me.  In short I was too excited to showcase my talent.

lineWe arrived at the SMX Convention Center around 5:00am and it was too dark.  It was a blessing that my sister was with me, I told myself, “At least I’m early!”  The venue was still closed so we decided to eat breakfast at Microtel and waited there.  We went back to SMX around 7:00am and there were at least 10 people who are in line.  The line quickly piled up with talents and we didn’t notice that it was already filling up the area.  The organizers of Asia’s Got Talent were able to control the crowd.  They directed us to the other side of the building were there are more spaces for the talents.  The sad thing is, that side of the area is so hot!  Well, we didn’t have a choice but to wait patiently under the sun.  I was able to meet people from all walks of life.  One person came all the way from Cebu City and the other one lives in Metro Manila.

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I was able to have a long conversation with this one family.  I wasn’t able to get their names but at least I got a photograph of their child.  As I can barely recall, we were already sitting on the floor because of the long wait.  Everyone in line were entertaining themselves.  I asked the parents of the girl what talent she’s going to showcase, they said that their child is going to sing.  The conversation continues and we didn’t notice that it is time for us to enter the building.   Until finally the door opens for us after waiting for 3 hours! As we entered the area, we were all thrilled to feel the comfort of the air conditioner inside. We temporarily said goodbyes and went on our separate ways.  

insideAs you can see the photo at the right side of this paragraph, that is the view inside the Convention Center.  I saw a lot of talented Filipinos as I entered the room.  Some were hip hop group dancers, magicians, musicians, acrobatic dancers, and many more.  I got a little bit intimidated for awhile but I told myself, “Mackie, you are who you are, you just have to do your best.”  

We were grouped according to categories.  After I register my name, we were directed to a place where we will wait for our names to be called.  I heard someone said, “Calling Ms. Maricris Maglonzo!”, I immediately followed the organizer who directed me to the room where the judges are waiting.  As I reached the area, I saw a few talents waiting for their turn.  I met another set of talents, one person is a song writer and another one is a Theater Actor/Singer.  I got the name of the Theater Actor, his name is Vien Alen King.  We became instant friends, he is 10 years younger than me and I felt that he was a little bit nervous.  I advised him that we just have to do our best and everything will be in God’s hands.  

Everything was a breeze and it was my time to enter the room.  I inhaled deeply before entering the room and the rest was history.  To make the long story short, I was not accepted in short I was rejected!  

I am grateful for this experience, what matters most is I gained a lot! I didn’t took notice of the people who told me “I told you so”, or “Just a wishful thinking”, but I focused on how I grew as a better person.

Wait, I forgot to mention to what had happened to the girl I met while waiting in line…. Luckily, she was accepted.  I saw her advanced to the next level.  Surprisingly, she was able to make it to go to Singapore!  

Well, that is another story….  stay tuned to my next blog!  

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The Young Voice that Captured my Heart

reynanI have been following the series of The Voice Kids Season 2.  In our family, we have our own bets as to who will be the Grand Winner this season.  My bet is Reynan Dal-Anay.  All his song choices has touched my heart.  What struck me most of his song numbers wen he sang “Itanong mo sa mga bata” Originally Sung by Asin.

Being a singer is not just having a good voice.  To be a singer, one person must have good moral character.  A person who has a positive outlook in life.  Why did I say that?  Because when a person sings, that person gives you the key to what is inside his heart.  This kid is an expert of capturing the hearts of many through singing.  He knows how to control his emotions whenever he sings.  I have seen some singers who are becoming emotional when they perform, thus, their song number suffers.

This kid has his own unique way how to send his message to the society.  His way of life tells us all.  From the mountains of Bukidnon, you will directly determine how he was properly raised by his loved ones.  Reynan, my support is with you and your full Tribo!  You are a winner to me no matter what happens.  Your battle begins after the competition and I believe you have created your mark in the Music Industry.  You have my Salute!

Watch his videos below:

Blind Auditions (Tagumpay Nating Lahat)

Battle Rounds (Lupa)

Sing-Off Performance (Amazing Grace)

Semi Finals (Itanong Mo Sa Mga Bata)

Confessions of a Single Lady

Celebrating-the-Contribution-OthersHow are you? Have you asked yourself lately …… how is your heart and mind right now? When was the last time you heard that question? Is it from a friend? Your family? Parents? Whoever that person is, for sure there is a reason behind that question. It can be how are you…. Are you stressed? Or it can be…. How are you…. Are you happy? Most questions I usually get these days were…. How are you Mackie…. Are you still SINGLE? Whenever I here that question, I would say at the back of my mind…. “Ok, I have been hearing that question again and again and I am tired of answering those.” I responded in a polite way. What I would do is smile and respond with, “I am single and happy!”

I think it is already in our culture that one person is supposed to or must be married. In my point of view, being married is a choice, it is a calling. Not all people are intended to be married.  I met a young lady recently, she shared her life as a married woman.  She wished that she did not rushed things to get married at an early stage in her 20s.  She felt that her life is overthrown everytime she sees her spouse.  After hearing those words from her, I suddenly told myself, “Gosh, I’m so blessed that I am not in her situation, thank you God!”. I began to be thankful of my status right now.  Well, that doesn’t mean that I will start hating men just because one woman said that being married is like being punished. It is our choice to feel bad, it is our choice to be in a situation where we are today.  No one is to be blamed if we are not happy because we have the control to make decisions on how we respond in a certain situation.

Do you believe that our creator is using us to be a blessing to others? If your answer is yes, same here.  When we pray, I believe that He sends out the Holy Ghost to the person who can be a blessing to us. Have you experienced that? There are moments that we don’t obviously see it but it happens. Whenever I feel down, I will automatically silently pray in our adoration chapel beside our parish church. You know what happens afterwards? When I went out of the prayer room, all the people that I needed to see were there to give me advices on what to do. It was an amazing feeling! Isn’t God amazing?

Friends, let me say a prayer for you:

“Dear God, thank you for using me to be a blessing for those who are way down. Strengthen my heart to be able to rise up whenever I fall rock bottom.  I believe that you have created us in your own image and likeness and you have the power to bless us with the gift of wisdom and a loving heart.  Bless the person who is reading my article now. I believe that there are no accidents because everything happens for a reason.  If only we realize that your unconditional love can fill our empty hearts then this planet will be the happiest place to live in. Amen.”

10 Tips for First Time Hikers

Mountain climbing is one of my bucket list of things to do.  I didn’t realize that I can be able to fulfill it with the help of a dear friend named Tin, she is 10 years younger than me but she is very mature for her age.

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Climbing the mountain for me at first I thought was easy. As I go on walking, I am starting to enjoy the activity because I am so excited and enthusiastic to see what is the feeling to be on top of the hill. Then as we elevated slowly, I can feel my knees and thighs hurting. I started to apply these 10 learnings:

1. Take one step at a time
2. Never look back
3. Don’t lose hope
4. Imagine that you are almost there
5. Don’t envy others if they are much stronger than you
6. Be patient
7. Tell yourself “I can do this” all the time especially when your body starts to hurt
8. Get up when you fall
9. Just keep walking
10. DON’T QUIT!

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I had a lot of realizations after that experience. I felt God’s presence when I reached the top. The view was spectacular! All the pain was worth it. I remember the quote that was mentioned from the movie “Peaceful Warrior”…. The journey is all that matters not the destination. One of the things that I have learned from this experience, we must feel the pain in order to shape our character. In short “No pain No gain”.  I will never forget this memorable experience.  This trip contributed a lot to my personal character.  I was able to gain new friends and gained a lot of wisdom as well.  I never thought that I could be able to climb a mountain. My parents kept on telling me that I can’t do it or I must take it easy because of my brain surgery history. I became too afraid to go out from my comfort zone because of that. As years have passed, I kept on thinking what if I try to give it a shot?

Friend, if you are suffering right now, pain is only temporary…. You will make it through if you just believe in yourself that you can surpass all trials to what life can bring.  Just have faith and I promise everything is worth it…. Life is all worth it!

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Kindly click on this link if you want to know how to plan your day hike going to this place.