Singer-actor Iñigo Pascual is another living proof that good things come to those who wait.
Though he is the son of Piolo Pascual, one of the most respected and well-known singer-actors, it was not easy for him to reach his dream.
In an interview with Bulletin Entertainment, he shared how thankful he is that his single, “Dahil Sa’Yo,” has become a big success. The artist and the song have won many awards, including First Chart-Topper Artist in Billboard Philippines, Best New Artist of the Year in MOR Music Awards and Song of the Year in Alta Media Icon Awards.
“Dahil Sa’Yo” has got him nominated in the Best Performance by a New Male Recording and Best Pop Recording in the upcoming 30th Awit Awards. It is in the Song of the Year category.
Few know the story behind the song. Though it could be taken in a romantic sense, Iñigo divulged he wrote it as his way of thanking God for everything that’s been coming into his life.
“I wrote this last year just before my recording for the album. I was very happy, I was in my teleserye, ‘And I Love You So,’ and I was told that I could make an album and stuff. A lot of opportunities are coming so sabi ko gagawa ako ng kanta to somehow thank Him,” he shared.
Recall that the lyric goes on “Ang dati kong pangarap ay katotohanan na… Dahil sa’yo ako’y matapang, dahil sa’yo ako’y lalaban. Para sa’yo pagmamahal na walang katapusan…”
He revealed that when he was writing the song, everything flashbacked to him. Note that it was not easy for him as he waited for three years before he was given the chance to work on his music.
Iñigo wanted to pursue music even before he came to the Philippines. Recall that he was already in a boy band in the States.
“I came here pero walang music opportunity so ako I grabbed the opportunity that was offered to me which was mostly acting. And I waited three years bago ako nabigyan ng tamang panahon na i-release ’yung kanta ko, mga records and all that.”
Because of those things, he wanted to write something positive. However, Iñigo was not confident writing the song as “parang feeling ko when I write a Tagalog song it sounds off. Parang hindi tama ’yung mga phrase, ’yung mga verbs, ’yung mga words na nilalagay ko.”
The 20-year-old singer-actor consulted with older artists like Yeng Constantino, Sam Milby and Moira dela Torre. He asked for their honest opinion and it was Yeng who advised him to make “Dahil Sa’Yo” his carrier single.
“Pero ‘Dahil Sa’Yo’ was my least favorite that time. Sobrang hindi ko favorite,” he revealed.
Now that the song is getting rave reviews, Iñigo can look back on his journey with a smile.
“Sobrang dami kong natutunan with the process na napagdaanan ko. With that song kasi I learned na minsan ’yung dina-doubt mo na concept or idea, that can be the strongest,” he enthused. “Parang iniisip mong hindi okay pero ’pag nagtiwala ka lang sa proseso it can surprise you. A lot of things can happen so that’s what ‘Dahil Sa’Yo’ did to me.”
Iñigo has been receiving even more opportunities – writing a lot of songs, doing collaborations, having different endorsement deals and shows, performing here and abroad, and preparing for his upcoming first solo concert.
“It’s something that I really wanna work on because I just wanna be able to work in our music industry here and show that, you know, musicians are not just musicians. We make to do other things as well and kinda change that stereotype idea na ‘’Pag singer ka, singer ka lang.’”
Iñigo wants to further showcase his talent and prove what he’s got through his music and performances.
“Kasi the way I see it when you’re an actor people kinda appreciate you as your character but when you’re a performer you don’t have a character so you have to show who you are,” he differentiated between the two.
The young artist is in the process of discovering himself, particularly on what he wants to do and what he wants people to see in him.
“I just wanna be able to really kinda establish myself as an artist and not just as a performer,” he said.
“Parang hindi ka nagtatrabaho when you enjoy something you are doing. Masaya ako na nagagawa ko ’yung mga nagagawa ko ngayon. I’m happy that I’m able to work on music.”
But does he still have time to rest?
“It’s a trade-off. I mean sometimes you have to sacrifice something in order to get what you want. Sa akin mas gugustuhin ko pang magtrabaho ng mahirap ngayon and enjoy life in the future rather than enjoying life now and not being secured for the future,” he explained.
He added that as long as he has the energy, he will always take the opportunities.
Iñigo does not mind losing some rest time as “ayokong isipin ng negatively. Parang opportunity nga ’yun na makapag-travel, opportunity nga ’yun makapag-perform sa harap ng tao.”
But the Kapamilya singer-actor noted he felt exhausted in his career at one point.
“There was a time na sobra na akong na overwhelmed sabi ko ‘Pagod na pagod na talaga ako,’ parang I’m doing work tapos biglang magte-text sila about inquiry,” he shared. “Parang nag iisip ako na pagod na pagod na ako, nasa trabaho pa ako, ‘Do I accept this?’ pero parang tinanong ko sa sarili ko ‘Kung wala ’tong opportunities na ’to ano ba ’yung ginagawa ko ngayon?”
He ended up answering his own questions.
“So ngayon na nandito na ’yung opportunities bakit hindi ko kunin? ’Yun ’yung mentality ko na palagi kong iniisip na pagod ka man ngayon pero isipin mo na kung wala ’to ano bang ginagawa mo rin? Its working for that dream, that goal you have.”
Iñigo was recently introduced as one of the ambassadors of Krem-Top together with Yassi Pressman, Ronnie Alonte and Joshua Garcia.
The four are part of the music video of that classic OPM song “Sumayaw, Sumunod.” The presscon also saw the launch of “Bagong Timpla Songwriting Competition.”
“Sobra akong na excite kasi that’s something I’m very passionate with. I really want people who are really talented, who are skilled with songwriting, na magaling mag sulat na hindi napapansin (na ma-discover),” he said.
He believes the competition is a good platform to acknowledge people who are passionate and deserving to get the spotlight.
Among his role in the competition is to promote “Na ’yung mga kabataan, ’yung mga youth, we have the right to speak and right to do what we want to do.”
“Also if we’re passionate about something we should never feel na we’re limited because of what people tell us that we can’t do or can do so kami ’yung mga napiling guest/endorser na makatulong,” he added.
He encourages the youth to speak and share their idea and trust their abilities.
“There are a lot of songwriters that are doubting themselves, katulad ko na lang. With this campaign it kinda pushes those people na mahiyain to be confident and try something new na hindi sila kumportable,” he said.
The competition is open to non-professional as they want to encourage and discover a new generation of artist.
Recently, the Top 10 songwriters and musicians who made it were introduced. All of their performances are on the official YouTube and Facebook channel of the brand. Winners will be determined by public voting.
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