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Balladeer Erik Santos feels good about how his career is going. But he thinks he’s missing out on something important -- a family of his own.
“Siguro, in the next three to five years, I have to establish my own family na rin. Kasi, kailangan din yun di ba? Yung maka-build ka ng sarili mong pamilya. I’m looking forward to that,” Erik told the press at the pictorial for his 10th anniversary concert “InTENse” on Tuesday, September 10.
Is he single and ready to mingle?
The 30-year-old bachelor replied, “Yeah, I can say.”
Erik shared that he is not exclusively dating, but he prefers non-showbiz girls to avoid controversies.
“Nagdi-date naman ako. They’re private people. As much as possible (non-showbiz), para tahimik,” he said.
In his ten years in showbiz, Erik feels “fulfilled as a singer.” He has won various awards, including the Star Awards For Music’s Male Pop Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka.” Erik has also released more than ten albums, some of which went double and triple platinum.
“I think sa loob ng sampung taon, naikwento ko yung bawat kwento ng kantang kinakanta ko. Kailangan kasi, when you sing, you have to story-tell. And sa bawat kwento ng mga awit na kinakanta ko, ang pinakamalaking achievement doon ay yung maraming mga tao ang naapektuhan din sa kanta.”
A Gary, Martin wannabe
Erik hopes to be like Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera, who hold concerts to this day.
“Sana, 20, 30 years from now, sana ganoon pa rin ako. Ako kasi yung tipo ng performer na hindi nagiging kampante. Ang mentality ko when I perform is, wala nang bukas. Walang half-baked, kesyo paos ka, kesyo may sakit ka. Because I believe people deserve the best performance that you can offer to them.”
As a singer, Erik wants to conquer the international scene.
“Siyempre, dream ko iyon. And dream yun ng bawat singer na katulad ko. Ako kasi naniniwala na kung sa ‘yo naman, sa ‘yo talaga. Kailangan mo lang pagtrabahuhan din talaga.”