Erik Santos used to earn P200 from wedding gigs; Angeline Quinto used to perform in funerals

Prior his career as a professional singer, Erik Santos fondly recalled that he used to earn P200 from his wedding gigs. Angeline Quinto, on the other hand, said that she's not choosy about her singing engagements even if it means performing at a funeral mass.



Two of the country’s best pop singers, Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto are staging a major concert together at the Araneta Coliseum on August 15, Saturday, at 8PM.

Angeline, who jumpstarted her singing career after winning a talent search in 2011, said that performing at the Big Dome is definitely a dream come true.

“Contestant pa lang ako sa Star Power [Sharon’s Search For The Next Female Pop Superstar] dream ko na magkaroon ng concert sa Araneta.

“Siguro lahat naman po ng singers yun ang pangarap.

“Ngayong nabigyan ako ng chance, talagang nagpapasalamat ako sa Cornerstone na family ko at siyempre kay Erik kasi sobra yung tiwala niya sa akin sa pagkanta.

“Excited talaga ako. Hindi ko maipaliwanag yung tuwa na nararamdaman ko,” said Angeline.

Erik, for his part, is confident about his teamup with Angeline since they often perform together in out of town shows and concert tours abroad.

“Ang tagal na po namin itong inisip, e. Ang dami na naming shows na pinagsamahan [sa] out of town [at] sa ibang bansa.

“Maraming nagsasabi sa amin na bakit ‘di kayo magkaroon ng major concert sa Manila kasi ang ganda daw ng chemistry namin on stage.

“Buti na lang nandiyan ang Cornerstone na nagtiwala sa amin na ipag-produce kami ng ganito kalaking proyekto.”

STRUGGLING YEARS. Like Angeline, Erik is also a product of the now defunct Kapamilya talent search Star In A Million in 2003.

But the journey to stardom was not an easy one for Erik, who used to earn a meager income back when he was moonlighting as a wedding singer.

“Before ako naging professional singer, naging wedding singer muna ako.

“Tapos naging part ako ng isang boy band then.

“Grabe yung struggle ko nun kasi imbis na kumita ako mas nagpapaluwal ako.

“Hindi naman ako nakakahingi ng extra [money] sa magulang ko kasi estudyante ako nun,” he fondly recalled.

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Asked about how much he earned back in those days, Erik replied: “Sa weddings kakanta ako sa buong mass [and] reception tapos babayaran ako ng P200.

“Tapos bibigyan ko pa ng bonus yung [nag-play sa] keyboard. So, all in all P150 [ang take home fee ko].”

Angeline also went through the same challenging but unforgettable beginnings in her singing career.

“Bata pa lang ako pangarap ko na maging singer. Nung una ayaw ako payagan ng mama ko na sumali ng singing contest kasi napapabayaan ko [yung] pag-aaral ko.

“So, dumating sa point na kumakanta ako sa mga patay.

“Kasi, ‘pag sinasabi na, ‘May kilala ba kayong kumakanta sa misa sa patay?’ [go ako agad].”

“So, ‘pag mayaman ang namatayan binibigyan nila ako ng isang libo, siguro mga tatlong kanta.

“Kumakanta rin ako minsan sa kasal, birthdays…

“Kasi sobrang mahal ko ang pagkanta, so dati kahit saan ako kumanta basta may kitain lang ako kahit maliit, go lang ng go!”



MEMORABLE THEME SONGS. To date, Erik and Angeline have both recorded an extensive number of theme songs of movies and teleseryes.

Erik has a total of 37 recorded theme songs under his belt, while Angeline has 35.

Asked about their personal favorites, Angeline revealed that “Saan Darating Ang Umaga,” which is the theme of the now defunct teleserye Budoy, is closest to her heart.

Apparently, it reminded her of her best friend/neighbor who died at the age of 17.

Angeline related: “Dahil Budoy yung title ng teleserye, habang nire-record ko yung song talagang umiiyak ako so nahirapan ako tapusin yung kanta.

“Actually, natapos ako seven ng umaga sa recording studio.

“Kasi meron akong best friend dati na pinatay. E, Budoy yung pangalan niya.

“Seventeen years old siya nung namatay siya, taga-Sampaloc [Manila] din.

“So, hindi mawala sa isip ko habang kinakanta ko yun, sobra akong naapektuhan.

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“So, yun ang isa sa kanta na hanggang ngayong gustong-gusto ko.”

Erik, on the other hand, cited the most-requested theme songs that he recorded including "Maging Sino Ka Man" from the hit teleserye of the same title, "May Bukas Pa" from the teleserye of the same title, and "I’ll Never Go" from the hit movie One More Chance.

“Hindi ko naisip na sobrang [tatatak] yung mga theme songs na yun sa buhay ng mga tao.

“Every time na magsho-show ako, hindi mawawala yung mga kantang yun na nire-request ng mga tao until now.

“So kahit simpleng mall show lang ‘yan, hindi mawawala yung 'Maging Sino Ka Man,' 'May Bukas Pa' at 'I’ll Never Go.'”

But he was quick to say that the concert Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto at the Araneta Coliseum will not just focus on their hit theme songs.

“Isa siyang malaking musical extravaganza.

“Wala po itong halong mga effects. Ang maririnig talaga nila magagandang music na sobra naming pinaghandaan through beautiful arrangements,” Erik cheerfully stated.

Another much-awaited segment of the concert is their back-to-back performance with Concert King Martin Nievera and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

As early as now, Angeline can’t help but feel nervous about sharing the stage with her long-time idols at the Big Dome.

“Kahit every Sunday ko nakakasama si Sir Martin sa ASAP at kahit ilang beses ko nang nakakasama kumanta si Ms. Regine, ganun pa rin ang feeling ko, before ako tumapak ng stage kinakabahan ako.

“What more kung [sabay kong makakasama sina] Ms. Regine and Sir Martin?

“So, ang paghahanda na gagawin ko dito, practice lang po talaga siguro para hindi naman ako maiwan kumbaga dun sa production [number] nila Sir Martin and Ms. Regine.”


For ticket reservations, call Ticketnet at Tel. No. 911-5555 or log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph.

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