From Cagayan de Oro, lumipad nang solo ang seventeen-year-old na si Mico Hendrix Chua pa-Manila to literally chase his dream of being a star.
As early as seven-years-old daw kasi ay ginagaya na niya ang mga napapanood niyang performers on TV at nagsasa-sali na rin siya sa iba’t ibang talent competitions through the years.
“I actually came here alone in Manila,” pagbabalik-tanaw ng Ingliserong bagets. “I had no companion to accompany me...going here, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know if this will be successful. but I am gonna go after this.”
Now, alam na niya ang sagot. It was a successful journey dahil not only did he land on the Top 6, isa na siya ngayong Viva artist.
Dahil napatunayan ang sarili, he earned not just the support but also the respect of his parents, lalo na ng dad niya na tutol noong una sa mga pangarap niya dahil he was grooming his to be a businessman like himself.
“Now they are very supportive because of what I’ve reached,” say ni Mico. “And they’ve also enjoyed my performances and they really see the passion in me that’s why they’re so thankful for what I’ve achieved.
“My mom was very supportive... but my dad, when I was little, he wants me to focus more in the business because we have a family business and he wants me to focus there. But in the long run, after various performances, he also learned to like what I do and also support me as well.”
Passionate and perfectionist, hindi raw siya naging masaya sa nang-unang salang niya sa BTBS stage. Na-overwhelm daw siya sa presence ng mga big-named judges. He would have done it other way daw kung maibabalik lang ang chance.
“I was so nervous,” nahihiyang pagre-reminisce niya sa pikapika.ph. “I wasn’t me that time ’cause I wanted to do something... I wanted to present myself in other way. At first, I was very nervous to the judges kasi I saw them first time when I went to the stage and these big names like Andrew E., Sam Concepcion and also the others... like, I was afraid during the interview I was like smiling and laughing but I was really nervous.”
Critiquing himself, he said he should’ve prepared more sa kanyang Top 6 elimination performance, kung saan may nakalimutan umano siyang lyrics sa rap portion ng kanyang number.
“It was so short lang and I just improvised ’cause I didn’t know what to do na,” natatawang kwento pa niya. “I was really pressured that time. Ilang bases na rin pong na-change ’yong rap. I wasn’t really prepared. It was my fault actually that it happened. I messed up actually. It’s just a little part of my performance...but I know I could do better and I could’ve prepared more. I was embarrassed.”
Looking back, kay Star Agent Sam Concepcion daw siya pinaka na-intimidate.
“Because during my audition, he didn’t press the star...he said he didn’t know what my intension was, he was a little bit confused. Thankfully, he enjoyed my next performances after my audition.”
Si judge Andrew E. naman daw ang pinaka-inspiring ang mga laging sinasabi sa kanya. Moreover, nakaka-dagdag sa kilig niya ang fact na si Andrew E, na isang iconic performer, ang pumupuri sa kanya.
“Coming from him, you know, it’s Andrew E...for him to say these spectacular things about me... he’s like creating metaphors, he’s like so witty in constructing his criticism. So, that’s why I was amazed and thankful to hear those from him.”
Ayon kasi kay Andrew E., nag-evolve na si Mico at malaki na ang in-improve mula noong unang salang nito. At thankful si Mico na napansin iyon ng iconic rapper.
Ani Mico naman, hindi raw niya alam kung anong genre ang talagang forte niya. But thanks to BTBS, tila he found himself daw...he found his style and the genre that fits him most.
“... before, if people would ask me what my forte was, I didn’t know what to answer. But based on the competition and what they’ve [star agents] said, I found myself... I could actually do rock. I could do all other type of genre but I think I found that I could do rock.”
Given the chance in the future, sana raw ay maka-collab niya ang idol niyang si Darren Espanto na gaya niya ay produkto din ng isang talent search.
“I really look up to him when I started palang singing.”
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