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"In my own way, I feel like a winner na rin. I can't ask for more. I just have to pray and do my job well," says former Pinoy Big Brother Double Up housemate Tom Rodriguez. After his stint inside Kuya's house, the new VOIZboys member has been busy with TV, movie, and music projects. 

Photo: Nerisa Almo

After his acting stint in Star Cinema's hit comedy film Here Comes the Bride, newbie Tom Rodriguez now gives singing a shot by joining the all-male group VOIZboys.

The former Pinoy Big Brother Double Up housemate admits that he doesn't really have a background in music. Yet he doesn't feel intimidated by his group mates—Jay-R Siaboc, Guji Lorenzana, and Nico Antonio—who have had enough experience in this business.

"Hindi naman nai-intimidate. More like humahanga," said Tom at the press launch of VOIZboys's first album Fusion last night, June 10, at Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.

The 22-year-old actor-singer added, "Talagang humahanga ako sa kanila.  Lahat sila magagaling. Imbes na ma-intimidate ako, kinukulit ko na lang sila for tips. Mabuti naman they're willing to give criticisms."

To keep up with his VOIZboys co-members, Tom practices his parts on his own. 

He related, "'Yong ginagawa ko, tina-try kong aralin, tina-try kong praktisin. Kumakanta naman ako sa bahay para masanay. 'Yon ang tip sa akin ni Jay-R., kumanta lang nang kumanta. Kasi, if I'm gonna do this as a job, I wanna do it well. Ayaw kong sayangin ang chance, ayaw kong paglaruan. Kasi, nakakahiya sa kanila, ito ang job nila.

"Same with acting ko, I was never an actor before this. I never had experience. My philosophy is I have to give it a try, I have to do it my own. So, kailangan ko ring aralin 'yong script."

The first-time singer also disclosed that when he has earned enough money, he will enroll in a music school for formal training.

MORE ACTING PROJECTS. Aside from promoting the album, Tom will also be busy with his upcoming movie with Star Cinema and an episode in the weekly drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya.

So, even though he didn't win in the Pinoy Big Brother Double Up, the half-Pinoy, half-American is still very thankful for the projects coming his way.

"In my own way, I feel like a winner na rin," he said. "I can't ask for more. I just have to pray and do my job well and just be thankful for everything that has been happening in my life. Kasi, sobrang suwerte ko, wala na akong masasabi."

He expressed gratitude to ABS-CBN for taking a gamble on him. 

"I fell very flattered," said Tom. "Actually, sa point of view ko, masaya lang ako na sumugal sila sa akin. Sobrang masaya lang ako na sumusugal sa akin, na someone who has no experience. Sugal 'yon, e, for someone na ako, walang experience sa acting at sa pagkanta, willing sila maglaan ng pera para makita ang kaya kong gawin. Hopefully naman, sa part ko, hindi ko sila madi-disappoint at ginagawa ko naman po lahat ng makakaya ko."

Since he's a newcomer in show business, Tom says he openly accepts criticisms from anyone. He thinks that this will be very helpful for his self-improvement.

He explained, "Sa akin kasi, I came from a painting background, an artist na you are your own worst critic. So, I'm always too harsh to myself. So, I ask for honest criticisms from different people. Like sa grupo ko, kung may ginagawa akong mali, nagtatanong ako ng advice nila at hindi ko dinidibdib. Kasi, kung constructive siya, in any way at all, it's for me, sa kabutihan ko siya. So, bakit ko naman papairalin ang ego ko kung ang sinasabi ng mga tao is for the betterment of myself?"