Name: Camille Antonette Marollano
Nickname: Cams, CA
Height: 5 feet 1 and a half (5’1 1/2″)
Birthdate: March 29, 1996
Birthplace: Bislig, Surigao del Sur
Hometown: Legazpi City, Albay
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Facebook: Cee Aey
When I first meet someone I…: Immediately find out their zodiac signs and read it
I am mostly: sleeping, hanging out with friends, or writing stuff… and also energetic. And hyper. But seen mostly alone (and lovin’ it)
Personality: Happy-go-lucky, Weird, Crazy, “Maldita with a heart”, Sweet, Funny, Blunt, and HONEST! 🙂
I love…: Eating, chilling with friends, writing anything, everything under the sun, puns, sarcasm, food
I am most interested in…: Conspiracy theories, untold stories of historic events, serial killers, murder, and religion documentaries, music production, blogging
You describe yourself as…: A strong and independent hopeless romantic who easily falls in and hardest to fall out of love. And also a couch potato
Three random things about you:
1. I love champorado (Filipino chocolate porridge) without milk
2. I eat mashed potato without gravy
3. I pray when I poop
What you want people to know: I may have a resting-bitch face, but I am a child at heart! 🙂
WANT TO GET TO KNOW ME BETTER? READ ON!
My full name is Camille Antonette Sario Marollano. I go by the nickname, “Cams” most of the time. Recently, I’ve established a new nickname for my future employers. I also use it whenever I write open letters on social media, etc. Name’s, “CA” (pronounced as “Sī ei” as per Latin diacritics & diphthongs, not “Ká”).
Okay, so before I proceed blabbering, here’s a quick backstory of who I am and where I came from.
I was born on March 29, 1996 in the suburbs of Bislig, Surigao del Sur. When I was like, two we migrated to Mabalacat, Pampanga where my brother (born on 2000) and I grew up as a kid. In 2006, our family went back to Bicol where two more of my siblings were also born. I have three sibs by the way.
I attended grades 1 – 3 at Mary Help of Christians School, Mabalacat, Pampanga (today it’s an “all-girls” school) and Genecom Institute of Science and Technology for grades 4 – 6 (thank God we weren’t part of the recent K-12 system). I wasn’t really a good kid back in elementary school for I was this hyperactive kid who isn’t friends with anyone (mostly because I don’t fit in lol). Although, I did some great things when I was in fourth to sixth grade. Like, in fifth and sixth grade, I always won the Pambansang Wika singing competitions as “Champion” in school (for two consecutive years), joined the dance troupe (though, I never really had the talent for dancing lol), and the speech and theatre arts club.
We had a sort of school play back then in sixth grade and I won best supporting actress. From a comedic role to the antagonist, hey, that was pretty much a challenge! I might have brought my A-game back then. Heh. Lol.
I was up for singing competitions and writing my own music ever since I was eight years old until high school. I went on a huge hiatus despite my love for music and arts. Nah, school stuff.
I attended Aquinas University, Science High School (now known as University of Santo Tomas – Legazpi) in high school. There were two curriculums, by the way. The aforementioned is like the “Bachelor of Science” degree in college (Science High School) and the other one is like the “Bachelor of Arts” (Special Program in the Arts). My father wanted me to take the former.
I am a huge fan of poetry, music, and arts. Growing up, you’d see me writing my own poems, songs, and/or sketching my favorite animes. Despite being in a Science & Technology curriculum in high school, I was able to juggle my passion in arts while studying for head-smashing exams on Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Trigonometry, and Research. Physics is also one of my favorite subjects, by the way. Meaning, that subject never was a pain in the ass unlike the formerly aforementioned. Passing and graduating from that school was a huge challenge, and thank God that never included me, being kicked out or transferring to the other curriculum due to failure on academics.
Going back my reputation of being an “emo-punk” in high school precedes me (eek! Don’t wanna discuss them here lol). Well, the bottom line is I was fond of going alone. I was an “emo-punk” because I used to wear all black and eyeliners in school (although the latter was really prohibited lol), and I used to love post-hardcore music by Black Veil Brides and Pierce The Veil. I used to be alone and an outcast in school, with music and poetry as my company. Well, I had friends. Apparently, the ones who love school (the nerdy ones) and anime (hence my fondness for using them as my muse when I sketch lol). Those people put up with me a lot on my high school “depressive” moments (lol), and I consider them one of the bests. Those friends were the first ones who pushed me into pursuing my love for music. Until college.
My college years in Bicol University, College of Arts and Letters was one of the best roller-coaster rides I had ever experienced in my entire life. I was given a huge break, my academics soared high, I was able to open my eyes into dating land (yes, I started dating in college) and got my heart broken, and was able to do amazing stuff for people when I was part of the student government. I was also given an opportunity to sing my songs in front of a large audience. That’s when I became known in school. For my talent (and some says good looks? Lol).
I play a bit of the guitar and piano (err, keyboard). When I write songs, I usually write them based on experience (hence the content of my album), and/or based on what I feel. In college, when I was 18, I was given the grandest opportunity to be part of ABS CBN’s Himig Handog PPOP Love Songs 2014’s at Top 500 and Top 200. That’s already an achievement because I got into the final breakdowns out of the 6,000+ entries they’ve screened (and I regret not taking a screenshot of it because I thought it’d stay there forever).
You can listen to the tracks I submitted on Himig Handog here.
You Are The Reason (Top 500)
Better Unsaid (Top 500 & Top 200)
Anyway, going back.
When I was in college, I had my internship at the same media company (ABS CBN) but more on their film productions department (Star Cinema). I was a production associate and script continuity intern for “The Break-Up Playlist” starring Sarah Geronimo and Piolo Pascual. Yep, I was able to see and talk to them up-close. 😉
Moving on, that was the time I also met my independent music distributor in person (2015). He met me during the course of the national songwriting competition and offered me to be part of the indie label he’s pioneering/setting up.
It was great, we were able to get along with each other, talked about the music business, etc. I laid out my song, “You Are The Reason,” as the ‘promotional single’ of my future album, *Summer Love (still not sure when this will be up, hopefully, soonest), but unfortunately in 2016, we switched channels that’s why my music’s currently down across all streaming platforms and online stores worldwide. Moving on.
August 10, 2015, was the official release of my song, “You Are The Reason,” in iTunes, Amazon, and 700 other stores worldwide. I even went number one in Netherlands’ new released indie music!
That was the most unforgettable experience I have ever had in my entire life! I never thought I could do so much at 19 (or, so I thought)! I’ve met a bunch of people willing to help me out on my music career early on and had a bunch of connections that allowed me to release my music on a more local audience.
MOR 93.9 Legazpi, the number one radio station in Legazpi City, was one of the radio stations I’m most thankful for! Most especially to DJ Bespren Simon, of course. And to the founder of Bicol X, the largest recording studio in Bicol, who happened to help me out in promoting my music on local radio stations! I was at the peak of my fame (though, locally), and everyone across the whole town of Legazpi loved my music! It was really dreamed of ever since I was a little girl (too bad I’m just on a hiatus today lol). And, I couldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world.
I was also given an opportunity to judge a talent competition back then, became popular for my “thesis-editing” sideline (if only my life had been this consistent, eh?).
I never thought I’d be given a chance to do what I’m most passionate about while keeping a good track on my academics (was an academic scholar for three years); juggling student council and my part-time job at McDonald’s Legazpi on mornings before school starts at 2PM (technically my first job). After a while, I was admitted to the Contributing Writers Team of two famous Digital Magazine Publications based in New York (Elite Daily and Thought Catalog). I graduated college in April of 2016.
Although my life today is boring (truth be told), I am still looking forward to the best that has yet to come! I will always thank the good Lord for blessing me much more than I deserve! And even if it is now part of history, the memories of those profound moments will always be intact in my mind and heart. Because those memories remind me that, “I CAN DO ALL THINGS WITH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME!” (Philippians 4:13). Now that I’ve said it, so can you!
We have to always keep believing in what He does and have faith in Him even in the course of stagnancy. And even when impatience keeps kicking in, you just have to keep reminding yourself that God is always there, creating His plans for you.
Never give up, mate! There is so much more that’s in store for you in the future – for us! I am looking forward to it, too.
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