There are a lot of young people who dream of tasting the limelight, with their starry eyes and hopeful souls patiently waiting to get a glimpse of glamour and fame. For most, this might be a simple, whimsical fantasy, but these dreams are a reality for the lucky ones such as Paolo Sandejas and Patrick Quiroz.
These two might be only new to the local entertainment scene, but they are constantly proving that they aren't at the top of their game by chance. They each have a unique drive, talent, and character perspective that captivates audiences in a dapper and smooth fashion.
The Charm of Patrick Quiroz
There are now millions of ways to get famous. Whether it's via Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and now Tiktok, people have found all sorts of ways to become famous— making the internet an exciting place. For the dreamers, it is where dreams are made, superstars are born, and many of today's great artists start their careers like Patrick Quiroz.
Patrick has been making a name for himself in the local digital sphere since he signed with Star Music sub-label Star Pop. For the 22-year-old actor and singer, performing in front of people always has been his dream.
"Back when I was still in middle school, I already knew that one day I will be performing in front of people," he tells PARCINQ Magazine. "I have always wanted to share music with people."
Despite being new to the entertainment industry, Patrick is persistent in proving that he deserves a space in a crowded room of talented people. Before his career fully took off, Patrick took on roles in commercials before landing acting stints on television and in the digital sphere with the iWant series Spirits Reawaken back in 2018, A Soldier's Heart in 2020, and Hello Strange.
But apart from fulfilling his dreams to be an actor, music really resonates in Patrick's heart, and it shows in his songs, "Paano Ba Naman", "Ikaw Pa Rin," "Lullaby," "Love Love Love" and most recent release, "Dito ka lang."
"I want to be remembered for my artistry," Patrick said. "The films I was part of, the contents I uploaded on the internet, and of course, my music."
And now that he is at arm's length from realizing this dream, he's keeping his head on the game. His secret? The constant assurance of self-success.
"I always tell myself that 'I am successful,' and that always helps me get into focus and reignite the fire in me," Patrick said. "That is something I want everyone to remember, to be your own cheerleader. Being your own cheerleader means keeping your spirits up and cheering for yourself even when others belittle what you're trying to achieve."
The Artistry of Paolo Sandejas
Just when you thought you've already run out of talented artists to stan, another one appears better than the other. It takes courage and perseverance to stay relevant in the entertainment industry, but for Paolo Sandejas, his music and artistry are all the things he needs.
Behind his boy-next-door facade, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter is more than what meets the eye. With his amazing catchy songs, Paolo is a rising star in the music industry that even BTS member Kim Tae-Hyung couldn't stop listening to!
"I've always loved to write songs and make music, but I never thought I'd get a chance to really share my craft with the world," Paolo said during his interview with PARCINQ Magazine. "It wasn't until Universal Records reached out to me that I realized I had a golden opportunity to make my dreams a reality. At that moment, I decided to grab that opportunity and do my best to keep honing my craft to push it as far as it will go!"
It was back in the year 2018 when Paolo, who was just 17 years old, decided to perform at his high school's Battle of the Best. Little did he know that his life was about to change forever. That day, Paolo not only bagged the top prize, but he also went on to get scouted by the record label Universal Records and became one of the youngest artists currently signed to the label under which he remains signed today.
"I really hope at the end of the day people know me as an artist who is honest and sincere. As a writer, those two attributes help to make your music stand out and reach the most people because listeners can really feel that," he said.
As Paolo gets groomed up during his PARCINQ Magazine cover shoot, we caught up with him to talk about his music, realizations, and mantra in life.
What is the mantra of your success?
Probably a mantra that my Lola shared with me when I was younger from St. Jerome. "Good, better, best. Never let it rest.' Til your good is better, and your better is best". It's a constant reminder that there's always something you can improve, and it's motivated me in everything I do, from music to my studies.
What would you be up to if you weren't in showbiz right now?
Probably working as a software developer/data scientist. I'm still actually doing that now on a part-time basis while making music. Before I decided to really give music a shot, a career in the tech industry was my initial plan of action since my dad is an academic. He really influenced me, especially in learning how to code and eventually taking Computer Science in college.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I feel like the music I typically create is a result of the music I'm drawn to. I love making music that you can relax and unwind to. The type of music that makes you wanna sit back and chill.
Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician.
Probably like every other musician, writer's block sucks. Especially when you really want to write, but you just can't seem to create anything. However, what I've learned from my experience as a songwriter is that every episode of writer's block that I've had has led to some new discoveries for me in terms of how I write music. Whether it's learning to collaborate with other musicians or learning to incorporate new sounds and techniques into my songwriting toolbox, these obstacles helped me grow into the artist I am today.
What suggestion would you give to young aspiring singers?
Have a strong grasp of why you write music! In your darkest hours, that "why" will keep you going. Make sure you keep it close to your heart.
Photography and Styling by Rxandy Capinpin
Grooming by Nadynne Esguerra
Words by Mark Baccay
Special Thanks to Universal Records Philippines and Cornerstone Entertainment