While classical music was always my first love, musical theater is a work flirt that has gotten out of hand. I earned my first paycheck when I was 12 as an accompanist for a musical theater workshop at a top media conglomeration in Manila, where I was introduced to the likes of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, The Sound of Music, and The King and I, among others. I since went through my time at the Ateneo de Manila University playing piano and conducting with the country’s best college-level musical theater organization, Blue Repertory. Productions I did include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Last Five Years, Summer of ’42, Bare, and Tick, Tick… Boom! One time I even played Sheriff Earl in All Shook Up. I would later abandon the theater in 2010 to pursue “serious” composition outside the Philippines.
Fast-forward eight years, New York City: after a string of orchestral and large ensemble projects that left me feeling creatively drained, I longed for a change of pace and felt impelled to apply to the famous BMI Lehman Engel Musical Workshop in the summer of 2018. Before writing music and lyrics to three brand-new songs that I would use for my audition, I had only written exactly two songs in my entire life: one, a failed entry to a songwriting contest at my high school, and two, a tune called “Fucking Internet!” which has never been performed.
After many years away from the theater (all the while secretly harboring dreams to write musicals), I have finally come crawling back into its loving arms, starting with the the BMI Workshop. So far, I have written songs with my talented workshop friends Caitlin Collins, Mike Ross, Ethan Andersen, Marialena DiFabbio, Sonya Hayden, and Jared Corak, and have ongoing collaborations with Joshua Stackhouse, Kara Cutruzzula, and Alison J. Freeman.
Eventually this page will have more information on my latest projects and a lot more media, so stay tuned!