Living the moment
By JAYSON MANGALUS, Contributor
December 11, 2012, 11:54am
Amid a flourishing career, Erik Santos takes all the success in stride, and treats every performance as if it were his last…
Photography Neil Edger Ramirez, Creative Direction JASER A. MARASIGAN, Styling JP Diche, Special thanks to Cornerstones Talent Management Center
With mostly heavy songs and a voice full of depth and emotion, many tend to think that singer Erik Santos is a serious and timid person.
But when the Students and Campuses Bulletin (SCB) team visited him in his house recently, we were surprised to find a bubbly and energetic home buddy who would rather spend his free time with his family.
In fact, the Prince of Pop isn’t the only one who likes to spend time with his parents.
“Yung mga kaibigan ko kahit noong nasa college at high school pa ako, ay madalas mag bakasyon sa bahay namin kasi sobrang close sila sa Nanay ko. Para kasing inampon sila ng Nanay ko. Sinasabi nila ang cool niya daw,” shares Erik whose father Nato himself even prepared a sumptuous feast for the SCB team during this interview and photo shoot.
A TOTAL PERFORMER
With several concerts, a platinum for his debut album “This is the Moment”, and the championship title of the ABS-CBN talent search “Star in a Million” attached to his name, the singer could be perceived to be confident and sure of himself. But surprisingly, it is the other way around for Eric who still feels uneasy during public performances.
“Kinakabahan pa rin ako kahit simpleng mall show lang. Lalo na kapag hindi ko masyadong gamay yung kanta. Iyun ang mahirap sa singer, walang take two. Mortal sin pa sa amin ang pagkanta na lip-sync,” admits Erik who began joining amateur singing contests at the age of four.
He has managed to turn this challenge though into something positive, as he tries to give his best effort each time he performs, with or without the butterflies in his stomach.
“Always seize the moment. Kasi hindi mo alam kung ano ang ibibigay sa iyo ng Diyos kinabukasan so might as well do your best now as if there is no tomorrow. When I sing, parang wala nang bukas kasi hindi ko alam bukas baka wala na kong boses. At least nabigay ko ‘yung best ko. At turo sa akin ng manager kong si Tito Boy Abunda na laging tatandaan na I am as good as my last performance,” says the 30-year-old Erik.
Among all the trophies and recognitions that are displayed in his music room, it is his graduation photo and diploma that brings the most pride for him.
Before entering show business, Eric has been a consistent honor student in class and collected both curricular and extracurricular awards including the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Leadership Award.
Amid his busy schedule as a musician, Eric has given his studies at the Central Escolar University equal importance. Whenever he had to go abroad for shows and concerts, he made sure to complete and submit his projects and assignments on time. There were even some instances that he sacrificed his work just to meet school requirements.
But all his hard work and effort paid off in 2010 when he finally graduated from CEU with a degree in Psychology. To him, finishing one’s studies is something to proud of, more than the achievements that he has earned as an artist.
“Ang perception kasi ng ilang tao kapag nasa showbiz ka, walang laman ang utak mo. Ang hindi nila alam, marami rin sa showbiz ang matatalino at nakatapos ng pag-aaral,” says Erik who also enrolled in Dentistry and Nursing before shifting to Psychology.
Erik is also a doting son who prioritizes his family above everything else. This love for family was evident right from the time he won in the ABS-CBN singing competition. Coming from flood-prone Malabon, it has always been his goal to provide a better place for his family.
“Noong nanalo ako, ang una ko talagang aim ay bumili ng bahay. At dalawang bagay ang sinigurado ko, na malakas ang tulo ng tubig at hindi binabaha. Gusto ko rin na medyo malayo from the city kasi gusto ko ‘yung environment na parang sa probinsya,” says Erik who now lives with his family in Novaliches, Quezon City.
What makes his house even more homey aside from the presence of his loved ones is Erik’s collection of Mickey Mouse figures. His over a hundred collection of Disney’s most popular character was mostly given by his fans while some came from his tours abroad.
If there is anyone that Erik loves to sing to the most, it is his family who is also the source of his inspiration and success. Thanks to his parents’ way of raising him, he has remained humble and grounded despite all the fame and fortune he has attained. For him, being a celebrity shouldn’t make one proud and confident. Instead, it should keep him at his toes all the time.
“Kailangan ‘yung support system ng family ay intact. Dapat may mga taong laging nakapaligid sa ‘yo na nagpapa-alala na hindi ikaw ang pinakamagaling, hindi ikaw ang the best, at anytime puwede kang palitan,” he says.
While he still has a long way to go in the business, Erik continues to live life to the fullest, and makes sure that he makes every moment in his career worthwhile.
“Gusto kong maalala ako ng mga tao as someone who sings from the heart. There are singers who sing just to impress, but there are only a few na kapag kumanta, ramdam mo sa unang letra palang, ‘yung emosyon,” he says.