All Eyes on Angelina Montano
Barely five minutes into the interview and we've already called it. We love Angelina Isabele Montano and people are going to love her, too. Not that we didn't see it coming the moment we met her at 7107 Culture + Cuisine on the day of our shoot. We just waited for the shy 15-year-old to warm up a bit. And when she did, we discovered that she's sweet, polite, pretty—both inside and out, and with great skin to boot! But what sealed the deal was her candor.
In a world of often disregarded or overlooked "How to be you po?" and "You're so pretty" comments on Instagram, Angelina Isabele Montano had us when she admitted to feeling kilig over comments like those. Because in this day of downplaying the enthusiasm over one's number of followers and likes even if it's obvious that it's the only thing that matters to them, it's refreshing to know that someone admits to liking the feeling and owns up to it. "I'm really thankful about that. I'm flattered by those comments. There are also people DM-ing me stuff and I answer them with, 'Oh thank you, thank you.'" And we totally get her! We can only imagine how exciting it is to have 145k Instagram followers without a serious attempt to do so, such as devoting five lines on an IG caption for hashtags alone or commenting #likeforlike or #ROW on Kylie Jenner's Insta. It's quite a feat for a "regular" 15-year-old who's not an actress, a blogger, or a famous YouTuber (yet!).
And by "regular," we mean she's a typical teenager who goes to school, is a fangirl, likes being on social media, and the like. It just so happens that her parents are talented celebrities Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano.
Angelina was quite young when she realized that her parents are famous. "There was this one time my parents and I went shopping and then a mob of people went up to them [to take pictures] and I'm like 'Oh, okay'." In a way, she's gotten used to it, but not to the point where she doesn't get excited about the social media attention she's getting anymore. In fact, she counts her following as one of the pros of being a celebs' daughter. "Because of them, I get a lot of followers on social media. I'm thankful that I have fans, actually. Thanks to my parents," she admits. The con, unsurprisingly, is having little to zero privacy. "There are some situations when people tend to ask about your private life [to the point that they overstep the bounds]." That and the bashers that come with being Instagram-famous. "I noticed that the more followers I have, the more bashers I get." But instead of letting the negativity get to her, she found an antidote in the form of the best advice her mom has taught her: "To be myself, and 'Don't be bothered by what other people think of you because whatever you do, you're doing it for yourself and for God'." So whenever she comes across horrible comments—not that she pays attention: "I usually just ignore them, 'cause the positive comments are really overwhelming that I tend to overlook that negative ones"—she blocks and deletes them right away.
Bashers and haters aside, Angelina is enjoying her newfound fame and uses it as an avenue to share her other talents. She posted about an artwork once and revealed to us that she really likes the craft. "I really like painting. I've been doing it since I was really little. And I usually practice during class. If there's nothing to do, I usually just doodle on my notebook." Unfortunately for us, that's the only artwork she's ever posted (aside from some WIPs on Twitter). The upside though is that it's not her only talent—she also sings and plays the ukulele and, yay for us, she posts about it more often!
It was only last year when she really started singing and playing the ukulele. "It took me a while to come out with my singing because I'm kinda shy 'cause my sister Sam's very good at it. She's so good. She's a belter, and I'm just...new," she says and adds that Sam and their younger sister Chesca are used to performing in school talent shows while she isn't. Thanks to her mom and some YouTubers and 'grammers, Angelina found the courage to post her singing and ukulele-playing videos online. "I saw a few videos on the internet about people doing it and I'm like, 'Oh, so I'll just do it also,' and my mom also encouraged and told me, 'Don't be shy. Just do it, you're okay naman eh, you're good.'" And so when she finally posted it, the response from her followers was overwhelming! "They liked it. So I started making covers and decided to make a YouTube video." A few months later, she signed a recording contract with Universal Records.
Painting, singing, ang playing a musical instrument aside, Angelina also models for a makeup brand, which she says came as a bit of a shock for her. She admits that she's never seriously considered the possibility of being a model. "I guess I did want to become one, but I didn't really expect it to happen." So when she got a text message from her mom asking if she wanted to endorse a makeup brand, she started screaming. In school. Which initially caused worry among her friends.
Funnily enough, "I'm screaming" was also her tweet when she found out that the person she admittedly stalks the most on IG followed her back on Instagram, no less! "I really admire Liza Soberano! She's super pretty. She's perfect," she says. If you come to think of it, this whole thing could only be the beginning of their great working relationship together. Angelina looks forward to working with her (aside from her mom, of course) the most if ever she does decide to enter show business and now that Liza already follows her back, maybe she'd think the same, too. Oh, the possibilities are endless!
No wonder Angelina gets asked "How to be you po?" a lot. She's pretty, talented, and gets almost everything she secretly and openly wishes for. While it may be later rather than sooner before she finishes her studies and decides to join show business, we're pretty sure that Angelina Isabele Montano will always have a place in the industry, what with her talent, attitude, and good looks. To that we say, ready when you are, Angelina!
PHOTOS Shaira Luna HAIR Sher Pua MAKEUP Moriel Lim STYLING JL Crespo assisted by Joaquin Rodrigo and Tyrone See of Team Ryuji Shiomitsu CLOTHES LCP, Kashieca, Eustacia by Stacy Rodriguez, H&M SHOT ON LOCATION 7107 Culture & Cuisine at G/F Treston International College University Parkway District 32nd Street corner C5 Road Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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By: Jairus Gabriel A. Cardinoza
With the world suffering by crisis and chaos today, where everyone of us seems to be caged, may be in our home, in our thoughts, with our regrets, or even with someone whom we can never have, while sulking in our house with our home works and household choirs, there are those idle moments when I stop and stare into oblivion, I can’t help but to think about those moments where we are the happiest, or we are the most sad, we have our own highlights of our life, either our downfall or shortcomings, sometimes our triumphs, but how about those moments caught in between but played as much as important episode to those we remember the most?
Sometimes you can’t help but to think about those moments in between. We think that our life is built by big moments, but little do we realized how little they play in our lives, we barely even consider the little things, that made a huge impact in our lives, maybe it wasn’t about the medal you’ve got from winning an essay contest, but the stranger who let you borrow his/her pen because you forgot yours at home, maybe it wasn’t the brand new watch that your parents gave you as a present but the person that you saved unconsciously, asking you what time is it because he/she was worried he/she might be late for the class.
Admit it, or not, we have all took those moments for granted, those moments when everything is in between. In times like this, where a crisis is on the midst, our mind often wanders elsewhere, there will always be that moments that the silence of our room will be filled by the cacophonies of our thoughts that strangle us in the subtle ways. The only solace we could find in this misery is sometimes our memories, not the big ones but those moments we once thought idle, who would have guess that the last time you drink your favorite coffee was a month ago, or the comfort of your favorite street you passed after school, hoping you could meet the person you want to talked to accidentally, the way you rush to the favorite fast food chain after a tiring day, hoping for a cone of ice cream, our life will always be built by these moments.
There will always be something in between, that stiches two extremes into a one fine art, between love and pain, there is learning, the midnight always reminds us that yesterday is over but there is always a tomorrow waiting for us to rise, between our dreams and our failures, there is hope, the wisest person sometimes understand that life is a prism, it can blind us with all the colors and wonders of its side, but there is one source of light that made all those colors possible. Take a chance to be that light, that sees not only the parts that we hide, nor the highlights of our lives but those moments of everything in between.
TITLE: Good night
It was the morning of May 5; I went to the ICU to take the morning shift. I peeked from the sliding door and saw a female doctor and 3 nurses probably making their rounds. Half asleep, I entered the room not realizing what was happening. I sat in front of my grandma’s bed, waiting for the doctors to leave. My aunt was crying from the corner of the room, I thought that perhaps my grandma was deteriorating. Then the monitor on the upper left part of the bed kept beeping, then the lady in white coat announced “time of death 8:50”.
Everything froze, I didn’t understand a thing. I saw my aunt hug our grandma so tight, shaking out of grief and desperation. I sat there frozen and speechless, it was so surreal I thought it was a dream. My sister who was sitting beside me took a few heavy steps towards grandma’s bed. She hugged our grandma and whispered words lost in between her sobs.
When it was my time, I held her right hand, the hand I used to wipe and hold. It wasn’t cold, it was still warm, soft and wrinkly. The bruises from countless injections she endured. I pressed her hand trying to wake her up, more tears rolled when she wouldn’t respond. “Inang! Agriing kan a, bigaten!” (Granma wake up, it’s morning already) I wrapped my hands around her, she’s the same Inang I used to hug but this time she isn’t hugging me back. I tried to wake her up a couple more times more desperate than the last. I wanted to see those little eyes open again and look at me. I wanted her to ask me “apaya nakkong?” (why my dear?) once more. How about calling me miss Universe when she forgets my name. I loved her and will love her even if she calls me the wrong name.
I still remember the night she held my hands so tight she said “ haan nak panpanawan a, ta nu matay nak ket haan ko nga maymaysa.” (Please don’t leave me so that if I die, I will not be alone “I hope I fulfilled my promise to her I hope she didn’t die lonely but happy. The room was enveloped with grief engraved in the cries we made but in the middle of the room, there she lies. She laid still, she looked so serene and peaceful. It looked like she was having a good nap. It was the first time in years that I saw her sleep so tight.
After all the restless nights she can finally sleep. I wiped my tears as I marvel the way she looked. It was a painful but beautiful sight. I wanted her to wake up but how could I ask that if she looked so peaceful now? After all the pain she endured she is finally resting. I couldn’t ask her to come back when I know she’s in a better place. She is free now, free from pain and suffering. I stop waking her up and held her hand tightly, in between my cries I bid goodbye. To my dearest Inang Nani, go on find the light. I know Tatang and Tito are waiting for your arrival. Rest well Inang, Good night.
Loneliness that Turned into Beautiful Solitude
Are you one of those many people who experienced loneliness? The moment where you do not have someone else to rely on. Have you experienced it? Going home with a lot of thoughts running in your mind but no one was there to listen. Have you ever felt bad for yourself? In realizing that you were the only one left. When every one else was leaving. When most people around you have chosen others over you. Have you experienced the pain? The pain of being alone? A lot of people are afraid to be alone for various reasons. Some people says that they are just used to something that there is always someone out there for them. Someone who is always there. Someone who is always ready to accompany them in all. Someone who is always willing to stay. Stays in your best and most especially at your worst. While others simply do not have the courage to face the world of loneliness. I, experienced the pain of loneliness but gained a lot of benefit from it.
Living alone is not a simple thing for me to do but for me to survive and acquire proper education, I have to. I have to learn to live alone. In living alone, I had face a lot of difficulties. I encountered a lot of problems that were made to be fixed by many but was able to get it fixed by myself. Yes it was hard, it is hard. It was never easy to begin with. There will be times or days that it can make you drain and cause you countless sleepless nights. Yes, it is painful. But we have to realize that in loneliness, we can also find peace in ourselves. The "YOU". The genuine "YOU".
People are so afraid to experience loneliness. Most of us do not realize that with so much fear of being alone, we started to forget that good things come from being alone. As time pass by, I got used in solving problems by myself, I learned to live alone, I saw the "beauty of loneliness" that's how my loneliness slowly turned into beautiful solitude. As time passes by, I realized that there are a lot of good things that you can get in being alone. So, for those who are reading this, I hope you guys learn to appreciate the beauty of being alone.
Old is New
The issue of the pandemic, COVID-19, have resulted to quarantine. Stuck in the house and only going out when needed. This may be a boring routine but to me, this is an opportunity to get to take care of myself and pay attention to myself.
Since I started college in 2019, I rarely get to do any of my hobbies and sleep has become a diamond in the rough. This is because I was focused on my classes and getting my school requirements done but now that face-to-face classes have been suspended and the school has decided to resume it through the use of the internet, this gave me time check on myself even if it's only for a short while before I get back on finishing the tasks given.
For the passed months I have been spending time with my family, eating, and sleeping more along with doing my school requirements. We got to get to tell stories about what has happened before the quarantine. I have also gotten back to recording songs in Smule, an app I use a lot before, learned a few recipes and I have even started learning songs to play on my piano keyboard.
Since we're in quarantine, I recommend everyone to try and get back to what they like doing and/or even learn new things. My sister heard me trying to learn a song and asked me to teach her, so I did just that. I taught her a song she wanted to learn which is "Love Is All That Matters" by Eric Carmen. But I am not a professional, I mostly search for sheet music and tutorials on YouTube.
When it comes to learning a song, I usually only learn the chords and sing along to the melody, but my sister wanted to learn the whole song so I did my best to learn not just the chords but also the melody on the piano. My sister has only learned to play the melody but is having a hard time playing it together with the chords. I can see her determination in learning the piano because whenever she comes home from work, I hear her practice the song on the piano and every time she practices, she improves.
Me, on the other hand, have been and singing with my friends on Smule. Despite the pandemic going on right now, I have managed to go back to my old hobbies, pay attention to myself and even spend time with my family. I hope everyone is also for happiness during this dreadful times.
Things Every Titas of K-pop Went Through
For someone who has been a K-pop fan since 2009, I’ve witnessed how the Korean wave continuously stayed on our shores and how it blossomed from the 2nd generation of K-pop Idols to the 3rd generation. And before we can even enjoy social media and live-streaming today, we had a hard time fangirling back then and here, I’ve listed the struggles only Titas of K-pop can relate to.
1. Dealing with a slow internet connection
For some reason, the internet back then was significantly slower than it is today. Youtube videos take too long to load and watching your favorite Korean music show online requires you to dwell on the never-ending buffering that the slow internet connection gives. Patience is a virtue, sis!
2. Downloading k-pop songs
Before we can even enjoy the existence of Spotify, the only way to revel in our favorite k-pop songs multiple times is to have them downloaded or sometimes, you have to buy the physical album first and have the songs ripped from the CD. The struggle is real, I know!
3. Your favorite k-pop group just don’t visit your country
Since K-pop is still not popular in the country back then, when your favorite K-pop group announces world tour, there’s a zero probability that you will get to see your bias in the flesh because Philippines is not always a part of their tour. It’s seriously heartbreaking, tbh!
4. Buying a merch is a rough quest
Few years ago, K-pop was not as popular than it is now, so there are only few k-pop shops online who ship merchs in the Philippines but when they do, the shipping fee is way too expensive and sometimes they cost more than the merchandise itself. But now, you can drop by Divisoria or anywhere in Manila and you’ll find a k-pop merch at a cheap price! Imagine!
5. Watching videos without subtitles
The struggle is real when the most anticipated appearance of your idol on a TV show comes out only to find out that there are no subtitles! So you just end up waiting for someone to upload the subtitles and for the extreme level, you find time in learning the Korean language and wish to speak Korean so you can watch in peace. To become a fan might be one of the most challenging roles to play but believe me when I say that it is just one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
/Cover photo from SM Entertainment