November 26, 2017
SINGAPORE SINGING IDOL SA BIYAHENG LANGIT
Sa bawat sulok ng mundo ay may Pilipino, minsan pa’y samahan niyo kaming bisitahin sila, ito po si Pareng Rey, kasama ang ating Kasanggang si JR Langit binisita namin ang kalapit na Bansang Singapore. Isang Pilipino ang aming nakilala sa Singapore, kakaiba ang kanyang estilo, ginagawa niyang umaga ang gabi at gabi ang umaga upang harapin ang mga challenges ng kanyang pakikipag sapalaran sa ibang Bansa. “Aside from a doing my day to day job as an architect, in the evening I’m a singer and a performer.”
ARCHITECT SINGING IDOL
Kinapanayam namin si Robert Sunga na napanood nitong nakalipas na Biyernes sa aming Biyaheng Langit sa PTV4 ng alas dies ng gabi. Si Robert ay isang professional landscape architect at kilalang mang aawit on the side. Katunayan nakasali siya sa top 4, ng sikat na singing contest sa Singapore. Siya ay napapanood sa telebisyon bilang Singing idol. Landscape architect by profession, at ngayo’y matagumpay na namumuhay sa Singapore. Narito ang kwento ni Robert Sunga.
Robert: I was the top 4 in that show, it’s actually a local talent show here in Singapore and it was shown on TV. It’s like American idol where you have to vote. Just to break free from what I normally do every day because architecture and or designing is a really very stressful job so you need some outlet. I always make it a point na as a part time I can actually sing and perform.
Dalawang buhay ang ginagampanan ni Robert sa Singapore, isa bilang mang-aawit, pangalawa, bilang arkitekto. Ang mga trabahong ito ginagawa niya hindi lamang para magsakripisyo, kundi upang punuan ang mga pangarap na siyang bumubuo sa kanyang pagkatao.
JR Langit: Ano ang very recent project na ginawa mo bilang Architect?
Robert: I just currently finished a project in Middle East somewhere in Deira so it’s a waterfront development, I also did the landscape for Resorts World Hard Rock Hotel.
Binansagang Landscape Architect sa umaga, iniidolong Singer sa gabi. Tubong Calumpit Bulacan si Robert Sunga, isang licensed architect sa Pilipinas.
Robert: after graduating from Bulacan State University as an architect, I took up architecture. After passing my board exam, I think it was 2002, I just worked for about a year sa Philippines. I came here as a tourist and then I was just walking by. Uso pa kasi noon yung for hire naka lagay sa window of an interior design shop. I was walking along there, tinry ko lang if I can actually get a job. Noong pag pasok ko di ko alam interview na pala yun. I got in the next day. They told me to bring all my papers and then they would hire me as an assistant interior designer.
DREAM AND CHALLENGES
JR Langit: Ever since dream mo na talaga ang mag trabaho sa abroad?
Robert: I think it’s always been my dream. I don’t see myself working sa Pilipinas na cause syempre yung lahat ng mga bagong graduate nun mataas yung aspirations. Sabi ko maybe I should challenge myself more and go to Singapore and try something new. I want to be exposed to international projects, doing different projects all around the globe. That’s why I decided to go to Singapore.
Sa ngayon mahigit labing limang taon na siyang nagtatrabaho sa Singapore bilang arkitekto.
JR Langit: Dito sa Singapore marami ka na bang nagawang design?
Robert: In Singapore, and some condominiums as well medyo marami na rin so it’s just that I’m very blessed to be able to get the opportunity to design. Hopefully someday we I use my experience to help din sa atin sa bansa.
PILIPINAS PA RIN!
Bagamat matagal na si Robert sa labas ng bansa, aniya, nais pa rin niyang bumalik sa Pilipinas at dito mag retire.
Robert: Hopefully, we will always go back to where we came from. Syempre mahal ko yung Pilipinas so when I grow, old hindi na makapag work, I hope to teach in my university. They always invited me to like share some experiences here.
REY LANGIT: Papaano kapag may nag offer sayo sa Pilipinas na mas lucrative?
Robert: Pwede naman po para atleast mas malapit sa family.
JR Langit: Sa atin sa Philippines, mayroon na rin bang na design ang company nyo?
Robert: Yes we do have the airport, yung Naia 2 ata or 1 so yeah, and then Resorts World Manila.
JR Langit: kumusta naman Robert yung salary mo, yung kinikita dito?
Robert: So far ok naman. Siyempre mas magaan yung buhay if I have savings. Singapore has a system, since I’m a permanent resident, where get a percentage of your salary and it goes to your cpf which is the central provident fund. When you retire or let’s say you want to go back and renounce your permanent residency, you can actually get it. Malaking malaking bagay malaking tulong din.
JR Langit: Meron din bang masasabi mong parang discrimination, ano ba yung pagtingin ng mga Singaporean sa mga Pilipino dito sa Singapore?
Robert: for one it’s always been a fact na Filipinos are very hard workers. They really do appreciate the fact na meron tayong talent talaga. So they get talents from the Philippines because unang una sa lahat we can speak English. It’s one of the points that foreigners could actually work para mas maayos. In fact they really take care of Filipinos kasi were just here to work and ultimately they know that we are really magaling and dependable.
Bukod sa pagiging abala sa trabaho, isa sa libangan ni Robert ay ang umawit. Isang singing contest ang sinalihan niya sa Singapore, ito ang nagbukas ng maraming pinto sa kanyang singing career.
SINGAPORE IDOL’S TOP 4
Mapalad siyang umabot ng top 4, sapagkat lahat ng kalaban niya dito ay mga lokal na Singaporeans.
JR Langit: Anong song yung nilaban mo dun sa contest?
Robert: Marami. It’s every week and it’s like Singapore idol or American idol. You have a genre. I think the one that I really like performing was Superstar by Karen Carpenter. We have to remash the old to new. After the show I met a lot of musicians. They asked me, “Do you want to form a band or do you want to join us? Do you want to try out?” That’s how I actually ventured into singing here in Singapore.
50/50 SA CAREER
JR Langit: Ano ang mas mahal mo? Ang pag kanta o pagde design mo ng mga landscapes?
Robert: 50/50, pero siguro I think it’s always been singing. It’s the first love. Both of my parents are into music, I mean they’re both in a choir. That’s why I got the exposure to music from my parents.
Sinaksihan namin ang kanyang pag-Awit. Pinakingan ang kanyang tinig at pinanood ang kanyang estilo. Hindi ordinaryo ang kanyang talento sa pag awit.
Robert: Thank you po. At im glad that you guys enjoyed it. It’s a just to you know just to break free from what I normally do every day because you know architecture and or designing is really very stressful job so you need some outlet to of course being Pinoy syempre nasa atin yung puso ng musika so I always make it a point na on a spare time or you know as a part time I can actually sing and perform.
ATTRIBUTION OF SUCCESS
JR Langit: Kanino mo maa attribute ang sikreto ng tagumpay mo rito sa Singapore?
Robert: Sikreto ng tagumpay siguro yung pananampalataya sa Diyos, believing in yourself snd syempre hardwork din. You have to put effort in everything that you’re doing.
JR Langit: Ano yung masasabi mong nabago na sa buhay mo ngayon na successful kana dyan sa kinatatayuan mo?
Robert: I think success is not measured by what we have but when you’re happy. I think I’m more confident. I have a lot of experiences maybe in singing or in the day job.
JR Langit: Ano yung pwede mong ibigay na advice sa mga Pilipino na gusto ring subukang makipagsapalaran dito sa Singapore?
Robert: Kailangan know your craft. Nowadays other countries are more advanced than us, so for my profession, you have to be at par, on their level. You need a lot of experience, have the guts, and of course syempre lakas ng loob. Mahirap din ang malayo sa family.
Dalawang buhay ang ginagampanan ni Robert sa Singapore, isa bilang mang-aawit, pangalawa, bilang arkitekto. Ang mga trabahong ito ginagawa niya hindi lamang para magsakripisyo, kundi upang punuan ang mga pangarap na siyang bumubuo sa kanyang pagkatao. Hanggang sa susunod na paglilibot namin siguradong hindi tayo mauubusan ng kwentong Pinoy sapagkat sa bawat sulok ng mundo ay may Pilipino. Minsan pa ang aming pasasalamat sa inyong walang sawang pakikipaglakbay sa aming “BIYAHENG LANGIT.”
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