By: Priscila

Name:   Santalina

Date of Interview:  01/18/2005

Location of Interview:  Manila Bay Bar&Grill

Song list and typical songs they play:  Four Leaf Clover(Remix), Nonstop (Remix), Vegas, Bring It On

Artist Management:  Jaxum Records Eric Cui CEO

Awards/Achievements: Top 10 Finalists for Philly Idol, Sixers National Anthem Wachovia Center, Performance for a packed 1300 audience seating Red Cross charity event, National Anthem for WUSA Soccer team attended by over 10,000 people, performed in almost every nightclub in Philadelphia, popular venues and events in Virginia, NYC etc.


How long have you been singing?

For as long as I can remember…ever since I started talking my parents told me I sang!  My parents have tapes of me singing and standing in my crib. 


What got you to start performing?

Singing has always been a part of me at a very young age.  I think I was almost born to entertain and perform.  I’ve also been doing that since I was a toddler.  I loved standing in front of an audience, making them smile, and just giving them a good time.  I liked being in the center of attention. 


What motivates you to keep on singing?

There are many things that motivate me.  I think the biggest things that do motivate me are my parents for always being there for me.  I feel like I have to help them and that I owe them a lot for giving me what I have now and for making me the person that I am.    The other thing that motivates me would be one of my label mates who passed away about a year ago.  We were supposed to do a track together and perform together…so I sort of feel like I need to do this for two people.  Myself and “Miss Clay”


What obstacles do you find that you face occasionally that could make you quit?

I come across many obstacles.  Such as people who don’t believe in me because of my nationality, or people that just think I COULD have what it takes…but I’m not there yet.   But, I don’t think that I will ever quit.  What they say only makes me stronger.  It makes me angry and aggressive until I finally do get there.  I consider myself to be a fighter not a quitter. 


Who do you look up to?

– Once again I’d say I look up to my parents.  I may not say it much, but they mean a lot to me.  They worked hard to get the things they have and to get what me and my sister had.  We were never a very wealthy family, so I look up to their hard work and love for me.


Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years… that’s a tough question because I was asked the same thing 5 years ago.  But you know what, I did and accomplished so many things in 5 years.  And I believe in my heart and I feel it.  I think that in 5 years, I’ll be gold…hopefully platinum. Hehe  


What do you think about your male fans?

I love them!  Without my male fans, my show wouldn’t be as fun or I would basically have nothing.  Don’t get me wrong, I have females fans as well because my album is strongly based on the female aspect…so they love the album.  But, my males fans just add that little spice and I guess helps me entertain a little better and shake what I got for them.  Hehe 


What do you like doing on your spare time?

SLEEP!!!  Chillaxin… kickin my feet up and watching cable.  I also like to read when I get the chance to.  I’m always busy, so I don’t take those things for granted.  


Are you single? Yes.


What’s turns you on? Passion and drive.  Guys with goals, ambition, and who have their shit together turn me on.  I like guys with good heads on their shoulders who know what they want in life and shoot for it.


What turns you off? Negative energy.  People that are in a bad mood, hang out with their friends for a good time…make a huge scene to get attention and bring everyone's positive energy down. 


Describe your perfect mate? No ones perfect.  What I noticed with my past relationships and my friends past relationships, is that everyone always wants what they don’t have at the moment.  But, all I ask for is a trustworthy, honest, sweet, caring, loving, smart, funny and comfortable guy who understands my busy and hectic schedule…understands that I’m an entertainer and not a flirt onstage or when I network and meet new people.  Someone who believes in me and loves me for who I am.  


When your time has come, how do you want to be remembered? I want to be remembered as the first Filipino/Asian American woman to succeed in the music industry domestically and internationally.  I want to be a role model for kids all over the world…and show them that dreams can come true if you believe in it enough and work your butt off to get there.

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