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Performing with a passion while breaking barriers.

Who am I?

I am a Filipina-American performer based in Southern California, who is passionate about diversity and representation in the performing arts. 

I grew up in sunny Anaheim, CA, and at a young age, all I wanted to do was perform! As a young Filipino girl, I often stole the karaoke mic from my mom, and started singing around 2 years old. When my elementary school posted a local theater’s audition for Annie, my mom knew she had to take me. The show actually ended up being Annie Get Your Gun! Despite that misunderstanding, I participated in the show, and fell in love with musical theater.

"The Impossible Dream"

"Maybe" and "Tomorrow"

3 Bucks, 2 Bags, One Me!

When I was 10 years old, I submitted virtually (before self-tapes were popular!) for the 2012 revival of Annie (yes, this time it was little orphan Annie!) For my video submission, I sang the powerful and epic song “The Impossible Dream” from The Man of La Mancha (I know right, what was I thinking!) I was then asked to submit “Maybe” and “Tomorrow” from Annie. After those video submissions, I was asked to attend in person callbacks in New York City. My mom and I scraped up all the money we could, and off we went! For a girl who’s never left Orange County, NYC was just how I heard it in the song. I got to watch my first Broadway musical, and experience my first Broadway callback. Despite being sick and having no training, I was kept until the very end, and flew back home. A couple of weeks pass, and I was asked to return to NY for final callbacks. Being a single mom with another young daughter, my mom regretfully declined, as we could not afford to make another trip. However, that experience made me fall head over heels with performing- I knew I could never go back.

Forging my own path; OCSA

In 7th grade, instead of enrolling in my home school, I was fortunate to attend the Orange County School of the Arts, a prestigious performing arts and academic school, that offered a more enriching and supportive educational experience than my home school. During my time there, I seized every opportunity, and paved my own path. When I wasn’t cast in the main stage show with my friends, rather than get disheartened, I auditioned for the unpopular revue show. The year later, I asked to assistant direct and choreograph that show, which lead to me assistant directing the main stage show. I finished my academics as early as I could in my OCSA career, so I could take more dance classes, since I couldn’t afford them outside of school. By my senior year, I was taking only 2 academics, and 4 dance classes, challenging myself to new styles like Ballroom and Tap, and assistant teaching. At 14 years old, I actively pursued a way to make my own money, in which I found princessing! With my newfound income, I was able to fund my own dance lessons, and took my mom and myself back to New York City! While I did not have the financial resources available to succeed, I sought out my own opportunities and embraced them. 

"The Impossible Dream"

"Maybe" and "Tomorrow"

3 Bucks, 2 Bags, One Me!

When I was 10 years old, I submitted virtually (before self-tapes were popular!) for the 2012 revival of Annie (yes, this time it was little orphan Annie!) For my video submission, I sang the powerful and epic song “The Impossible Dream” from The Man of La Mancha (I know right, what was I thinking!) I was then asked to submit “Maybe” and “Tomorrow” from Annie. After those video submissions, I was asked to attend in person callbacks in New York City. My mom and I scraped up all the money we could, and off we went! For a girl who’s never left Orange County, NYC was just how I heard it in the song. I got to watch my first Broadway musical, and experience my first Broadway callback. Despite being sick and having no training, I was kept until the very end, and flew back home. A couple of weeks pass, and I was asked to return to NY for final callbacks. Being a single mom with another young daughter, my mom regretfully declined, as we could not afford to make another trip. However, that experience made me fall head over heels with performing- I knew I could never go back.

I am a Filipina-American performer based in Southern California,

who is passionate about diversity and representation in the performing arts.

I grew up in sunny Anaheim, CA, and at a young age, all I wanted to do was perform! As a young Filipino girl, I often stole the karaoke mic from my mom, and started singing around 2 years old. When my elementary school posted a local theater’s audition for Annie, my mom knew she had to take me. The show actually ended up being Annie Get Your Gun! Despite that misunderstanding, I participated in the show, and fell in love with musical theater.

When I was 10 years old, I submitted virtually (before self-tapes were popular!) for the 2012 revival of Annie (yes, this time it was little orphan Annie!) For my video submission, I sang the powerful and epic song “The Impossible Dream” from The Man of La Mancha (I know right, what was I thinking!) I was then asked to submit “Maybe” and “Tomorrow” from Annie. After those video submissions, I was asked to attend in person callbacks in New York City. My mom and I scraped up all the money we could, and off we went! For a girl who’s never left Orange County, NYC was just how I heard it in the song. I got to watch my first Broadway musical, and experience my first Broadway callback. Despite being sick and having no training, I was kept until the very end, and flew back home. A couple of weeks pass, and I was asked to return to NY for final callbacks. Being a single mom with another young daughter, my mom regretfully declined, as we could not afford to make another trip. However, that experience made me fall head over heels with performing- I knew I could never go back.

In 7th grade, instead of enrolling in my home school, I was fortunate to attend the Orange County School of the Arts, a prestigious performing arts and academic school, that offered a more enriching and supportive educational experience than my home school. During my time there, I seized every opportunity, and paved my own path. When I wasn’t cast in the main stage show with my friends, rather than get disheartened, I auditioned for the unpopular revue show. The year later, I asked to assistant direct and choreograph that show, which lead to me assistant directing the main stage show. I finished my academics as early as I could in my OCSA career, so I could take more dance classes, since I couldn’t afford them outside of school. By my senior year, I was taking only 2 academics, and 4 dance classes, challenging myself to new styles like Ballroom and Tap, and assistant teaching. At 14 years old, I actively pursued a way to make my own money, in which I found princessing! With my newfound income, I was able to fund my own dance lessons, and took my mom and myself back to New York City! While I did not have the financial resources available to succeed, I sought out my own opportunities and embraced them. 

I graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts from the Musical Theater conservatory at 16 years old. Since then, I have been working professionally in regional theaters in Southern California such as Musical Theatre West, McCoy Rigby Entertainment/La Mirada, Moonlight Amphitheater, San Diego Musical Theatre, Candlelight Pavilion, 3-D Theatricals, and more! I have also been fortunate to perform across the nation in the Rudolph National Tour. I am also proud to consistently be one of, if not the youngest performers in most rooms I am in. I was only 14 years old when I started performing professionally, and I have always pushed myself to accomplish great things, and have never found age as a restriction. 

As a performer, I’ve consistently aimed to surpass expectations by shouldering additional responsibilities within my capacity. Since high school, I’ve fallen in love with assisting. In my professional career, that has turned into an excitement for dance captaining, understudying, and swinging. This has challenged my capabilities in being resourceful, maintain a wealth of information, and to expect the unexpected. It has also given me a deeper level of understanding for my craft, as well as the behind the table look of what goes into making a show.

Through my journey in the performing arts, not only have I honed my skills in navigating the intricacies of the theatrical world, but I’ve also faced challenges related to racial bias. I’ve been told that my successes only come from being ‘different’ or because of my ‘ambiguous’ look. While certain projects may call for certain ‘types’, I believe my successes are beyond who I am or the color of my skin. I aim to empower minorities for our differences, and embrace them despite the norm. When I was 15 years old, I was fortunate to play Janet van de Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone. While a high school show may seem insignificant and trivial to most, playing that glamorous, show-driving, stereotypically white role as a young person of color had a MAJOR impact on my views of myself within the theater industry. Now, as a working professional, I am often one of, if not the only person of color in the room. I am proud to be playing roles like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, and pushing the limits of what musical theater performers ‘should’ look like. While I LOVE doing projects representing my community, I am driven to represent in spaces beyond. I know that little brown girl belting her face off to “The Impossible Dream” would be proud to see people who look like her represented onstage and beyond. 

From karaoke to Southern California’s renowned stages, my journey as a Filipina-American performer has been a whirlwind of passion and resilience. The pursuit of performing led me to OCSA, where I seized every opportunity and carved my path despite financial hurdles. I’m committed to empowering minorities by challenging norms, striving to redefine expectations in the world of performing arts. My journey embodies the spirit of seeking excellence- marked by passion, persistence, and an unwavering pursuit of dreams. Thanks for dancing through my story with me, we’ve got so much more to explore!

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