Erik Santos triumphs over insecurities

Erik Santos triumphs over insecurities
Karen Valeza
Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom
Oct 17, 2013

Erik Santos (George Calvelo/NPPA Images)
Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom – Erik Santos (George Calvelo/NPPA Images)

Erik Santos admits singers like him feel insecure in the face of competition. But he clarified that he doesn’t feel that way anymore with fellow “ASAP Champions” singers.

“Lumagpas na ako sa stage na iyon eh. Dati meron, pataasan kayo. Hindi ko naman pwedeng sabihin na wala, ang plastic ko naman kung wala. Kailangan kapag may hit song yung isa, dapat merong mas maghi-hit,” Erik said at the press conference for his tenth anniversary concert “InTENse” at Plaza Ibarra, Quezon City on Friday, October 11.
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Gusto ko ring magkaroon ng sariling pamilya – Erik Santos

Gusto ko ring magkaroon ng sariling pamilya – Erik Santos
Oct 14th, 2013
Ni Reggee Bonoan

ERIK Santos
GUSTUNG-GUSTO naming nakakatsikahan si Erik Santos dahil napaka-sincere niyang tao at ramdam namin na kahit na gusto niyang itago ang tungkol sa personal na buhay niya ay naikukuwento pa rin niya sa amin dahil feeling niya ay trusted niya kami, ha-ha-ha kahit na madalas natin siyang ibuking, di ba, Bossing DMB?

(,Buti naman at ‘di ka nadadala sa amin, Erik! Ha-ha-ha! -DMB)

At last Friday sa presscon niya para sa kanyang InTENse: A Decade with the Prince of Pop na gaganapin sa November 9 sa PICC Plenary Hall, diretso namin siyang tinanong kung totoo bang nai-insecure siya sa kapwa niya male singers tulad nina Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista at iba pa. Mahirap para sa isang singer na amining insecure siya, pero iba talaga si Erik Santos.
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Erik Santos admits he feels pressure from questions asking when he’s getting married

Erik Santos admits he feels pressure from questions asking when he’s getting married
by Bernie V. Franco posted on October 11, 2013

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Inamin ni Erik Santos na nagkaroon ng kumpetisyon noon sa ibang miyembro ng ASAP Champions na kinabibilangan niya, kasama sina Sarah Geronimo, Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista, Jed Madela, Yeng Constantino.
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Erik Santos discloses plans for celebrating 10th anniversary in showbiz; proudly remains a Kapamilya

Erik Santos discloses plans for celebrating 10th anniversary in showbiz; proudly remains a Kapamilya
by Melba Llanera

Erik on what’s in store for his fans this year: “I’m celebrating my 10th year this 2013. May concert, may dalawang albums ako na lalabas under Star Record. The first album na lalabas is a compilation of all my hits sa loob ng 10 years ko sa business. Yung pangalawa, it’s gonna be all-original pero duets with the icons. By October, yung concert… hopefully sa Araneta.”

Photo By: Noel Orsal

Sunud-sunod nang nawawala ang mga miyembro ng dating grupong The Champions ng ASAP.

Tatlo sa mga ito ay sumakabilang-bakod na mula sa bakuran ng ABS-CBN at ngayon ay nasa Kapuso network na.

Sinimulan ni Mark Bautista at sinundan nina Rachelle Ann Go at Christian Bautista, tanging sina Erik Santos at Jed Madela na lang ang naiwan sa ASAP dahil si Sarah Geronimo ay nagpaalam na rin sa nasabing show noong nagkaroon ito ng sariling programa.

Di naman itinago ng Prince of Pop na nalulungkot siya sa pag-alis ng mga kaibigan at dating kasamahan sa The Champions pero naroon din ang kanyang tuwa dahil alam niyang masaya ang mga ito sa naging desisyon nila.

“Well, unang-una nalulungkot ako kasi sabay-sabay kaming nagmula dito sa ABS pero masaya akong nakikita na masaya sila… masaya ako para sa kanila,” panimula niyang bungad.

Ayon kay Erik, wala raw sa isip niya ang lumipat gaya ng tatlo pero aminado siyang may mga offers siyang natanggap dati at di rin niya tinago na muntik na siyang ma-tempt na lumipat din.
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Erik Santos is still able to consult, ‘talk as friends,’ with Boy Abunda

Erik Santos is still able to consult, ‘talk as friends,’ with Boy Abunda
By: Marinel R. Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 7, 2011 | 12:23 am

erik santosErik Santos said all is well between him and TV host Boy Abunda, who used to head the talent management group Backroom Inc. that managed his career for more than seven years.

Santos ended his business relationship with Backroom in August, and is now comanaged by ABS-CBN’s Star Magic group and Cornerstone Talent Management Center. Abunda said his talent agency had to release the singer because he “badmouthed Backroom and lied to some of our common friends.”
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Disney-mania in Manila

Disney-mania in Manila
By Mirava M. Yuson
The Philippine Star
December 05, 2011

erik santosMANILA, Philippines – One of the most commonly heard complaints about local stage productions is that they’re not “big” enough. What exactly they’re not big enough for is something never quite elaborated on. Presumably, naysayers are picturing falling chandeliers and giant clock faces when they imply lack of stage space (even though CCP was able to fit a life-sized helicopter onstage back in 2000), or worse, a lack of variety in capable performers who can fill the shoes of Broadway greats. Sadly, such claims only prove that characteristic Filipino self-deprecation is still alive and well.

It may be true that we have a bizarre love for scaffolding, as well as abstract backgrounds that can stand in for different locations (a colorful one can be the stained-glass windows of a church, for example, or a uniquely starry night). However, these tendencies for “minimalist,” mostly urban-set musicals, are an indication of progress rather than proof of hindrance.

As theater companies work their way up the Tony-winning roster of play rights — while mixing in Broadway classics that aren’t being performed anywhere else — we are getting closer and closer to the showstoppers many have been yearning for. If Atlantis Production’s The Little Mermaid is any indication, more space and a myriad of stage actors are not a matter we should be concerned over.

Although it is based on the world-renowned Disney film of the same title, which was released all the way back in 1989, the musical opened on Jan. 10, 2008 and is actually a fairly new creation. Alan Menken, who composed the movie’s original score, and Greg Slater collaborated on around ten new songs. And the soundtrack garnered them a Tony Award for Best Original Score.

Amidst the general air of Disney-brand nostalgia that’s been floating around (The Lion King 3D is here for a reason), The Little Mermaid was therefore one of the more fitting choices of musicals for families to enjoy while anticipating the holidays.

The play opens — literally — with a storybook, though the parallels to Hans Christian Andersen’s short story stop there. Nevertheless, for every adult ready to judge the on-stage depictions of long popular numbers such as Part Of Your World, I Kissed A Girl and Under The Sea, there would be a much younger counterpart that is, in all likelihood, discovering the magic for the first time.

And what a magical first time it was, thanks to Atlantis Productions’ and directors Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga’s efforts in maintaining topnotch production value. From the get-go, the bottom of the ocean floor was quite the spectacle. And if the sequined fins, wispy threads and more than 20 different species of fauna weren’t enough to bring color to Ariel’s world, glow-y appendages, shadow puppetry and a lot of sparkling props and costumes made memorable appearances, and were a sight even for seasoned eyes.

erik santosThere are some notable differences from the animated movie version, naturally, most likely to justify bringing together such a large and diverse cast. Playing a slightly more demure Ariel is Rachelle Ann Go, while Erik Santos is love interest Prince Eric. The two characters provide solace for each other’s rather controlling families, and are woven together in a Cinderella-esque tale as Prince Eric tries to find the siren who serenaded him while he was sinking, and — you know the rest.
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Happily ever after

Going Out
BusinessWorld Online
Posted on 06:55 PM, December 01, 2011
Happily ever after

The Little Mermaid
Presented by Atlantis Productions
Until Dec. 11
Meralco Theater, Ortigas Ave., Pasig

WHEN The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway in January of 2008 amid high expectations and fanfare, it was met by a surprisingly uneven mix of reviews from critics and viewers alike. Those who liked it praised it for its inventiveness and unique take on underwater settings; those who didn’t, well, let’s just say that “garish,” “plastic,” and “too busy” were some of the kinder words used.

No wonder then that while Beauty and the Beast ran for 5,464 performances between 1994 and 2007, making it the 8th-longest running production in Broadway, and The Lion King is still being played on Broadway and in many other parts of the world (eclipsing Beauty and the Beast to become 7th in Broadway’s list), The Little Mermaid has found very limited success among the staged Disney musicals.
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“The Little Mermaid’ has got the sparks for Erik, Rachelle Ann

“The Little Mermaid’ has got the sparks for Erik, Rachelle Ann
Gossip Girl
By GISELLE SANCHEZ – November 30, 2011

erik santosMANILA, Philippines — Gossip Girl just heard from a fish in the sea that lead star of Little Mermaid Rachelle Ann Go is healing a broken heart. According to my sea urchin (did I say fish a while ago?), Rachelle Anne who happens to be a kapuso star was dating a kapamilya TV host just about the same size and age as she. But her broken heart did not at all affect her acting and musical performance as Ariel in Atlantis Productions of “The Little Mermaid.”

As I quote Ursula, her “vibrato, her legato, and even her belt” was impeccable! Even her eyes, which supposedly mirrors what a person really feels, were bright and gleaming with happiness and bubbliness just like Ariel in the Disney movie. I can say that she can be the next Lea Salonga. Even Lea Salonga herself said, “I don’t know that the superlatives in my vocabulary could cover just how wonderful I thought she was (Rachelle Ann Go).”

Erik Santos was grand and regal, very princely indeed. From our trip two years ago in Santorini, his diction in English has vastly improved and I was impressed.

Of course his voice is forever enchanting and powerful which is the reason why he was the grand champion of the very first “Star in A Million” in ABS-CBN. He is also very handsome so I am just counting the days when Rachelle Ann gets smitten by his gentleness and charming looks.

My daughter and I who both watched their performance actually got “kilig” on their kissing scenes when both their lips pressed. Erik and Rachelle Ann have a loving chemistry onstage that I am hoping can develop offstage.
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An under the sea, magical experience

An under the sea, magical experience
The Philippine Star

erik santosGiven the very good track record of the people at Atlantis Productions with staging musicals, there was really no question that they would be able to pull off Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Still, the results proved to be such a joyous surprise. Sweet, magical and lots of fun, the show now running at the Meralco Theater up to Dec. 11 is a total delight for kids and adults alike.

The songs that many recall from the animated film are all here. Then, there are new ones written for the stage version. It may take a while for the kiddies to relate to these but the adults will surely find lots to like in The World Above, Beyond My Wildest Dreams and If Only by The Little Mermaid played by Rachelle Ann Go; in the vampy I Want The Good Times Back and Poor Unfortunate Souls by Jinky Llamanzares as the sea witch Ursula; or in the other numbers like Human Stuff by Scuttle and the seagulls and the riotous Les Poissons by Chef Louis.
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