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Gaining notice is supposedly easier now for wannabes as social media gives them easy access to a core audience. Really?

(Clockwise from down left): Thea Panaguiton and Adora San Pedro of The Three of Us, Andre Thad Raña, Rappl, and Rie Aliasas (Photos by Manny Llanes/Manila Bulletin) /mb.com.ph

(Clockwise from down left): Thea Panaguiton and Adora San Pedro of The Three of Us, Andre Thad Raña, Rappl, and Rie Aliasas (Photos by Manny Llanes/Manila Bulletin)

Bulletin Entertainment caught up with several YouTubers to learn more about it:


If you have an idea, don’t be afraid to try it out. Who knows, you just might hit it big.

Rose Lopez or Rappl to followers, started creating YouTube videos in 2006. Like many people, she started the thing out of sheer boredom.

“In the early days, I called the videos I do ‘loner vids,’ they are just among things I do when I’m all alone and got nothing else to do. I just thought it would be fun,” she recalled.

She started by posting instructional videos then sketches before deciding to do covers of popular songs. It was when she hit paydirt.

“People seem to like it more when I do covers so I kept at it,” she said.

Rappl has since joined forces with other YouTubers like former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate Baninay Bautista with whom she covered Yeng Constantino’s “PAASA (T.A.N.G.A.),” which, as of this writing, has already amassed 25,000 hits.

“My advice for would be YouTubers is that they simply go for it,” she said. “They have nothing to lose. In fact, they have more to gain.”


It doesn’t matter if your camera or your musical instrument or even your microphone aren’t top-of-the-line. It’s all about heart and passion.

Take it from Rie Aliasas who started out using an old phone, shooting her videos inside her not-so posh bedroom.

“I started kasi when I was like 13 pa lang and our family were based in Saudi Arabia so, medyo limited lang ang pwede kong gawin doon,” she related. “When I started doing videos, hindi ko inisip na baka pangit ang kalabasan kasi wala pa akong gamit na maganda. I just did it because I want to.”

Rie got noticed performing her version of Jireh Lim’s “Buko” following a heartbreak.

“I believe people like it when you give your all in a performance,” she said. “Kahit medyo malabo ’yung video, and ’yung built-in mic pa nu’ng phone ang gamit ko I guess, ang mas nagustuhan ng mga tao is ’yung effort ko, na ramdam ko talaga ’yung pag-kanta ko ng lyrics and all.”

The video has over 116,000 views now.


The competition is tight so it’s good to have some sort of gimmick that’s going to make you stand out.

The Three Of Us, composed of young musicians Adora San Pedro, Thea Panaguiton and Ivy Hermogenes, specialize in doing acoustic guitar-tinged versions of popular electronic dance music hits.

“What we found out kasi, people get curious kapag you offer them a new idea,” said Adora.

So far so good for the group, who actually just started out a year ago, with their acoustic cover of DJ Snake’s “Middle,” having already amassed 68, 000 views.


Having a hard time getting those hits? Tag your favorite artist. Rie did so and got more notice for it.

“Nakakatulong talaga, like ’yung cover ko ng ‘Buko’ nag pick-up ang views nu’ng ni-like siya ni Jireh Lim mismo, same with my other cover videos, nakatulong na i-like ng artist kasi ’yung fans nila pinapanood ka din,” she related.

Among other artists who gave Rie a hand is Up Dharma Down who helped her cover of “Tadhana” notch over 1.6 million views.


The world out there could be harsh so be strong.

“Masakit sa umpisa makabasa ng ugly comments pero masasanay ka din,” Rappl said. “Ako now I simply take it from Selena Gomez, I just ‘Kill Em With Kindness.’”

“It also pays to know your worth,” added Andre Thad Raña. “Ako alam ko na lang na kahit asarin ako, I know I could perform live.”

“Minsan totoo naman ’yung comments eh,” he added. “So you take it positively, you learn from them para you get better, you grow.”


You could earn from doing YouTube videos but it is not something you should lose your day job for.

“I do earn from it but I’m not exactly a millionaire naman,” said Rie. “Parang bonus na lang siya. Nakakatuwa lang ’yung idea na you get something doing what you love.”

“But it shouldn’t be something na you should strive for,” said Rappl. “Madi-disappoint ka lang kasi hit or miss siya eh. Hindi lahat ng videos mo kikita. Hindi lahat ng videos mo mag-ba-viral.”

“Actually earning from it is the last thing on my mind,” said Andre. “First and foremost I do it because I want to entertain people. I want to share my talent to the world and that’s what kept me going.”

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