Setting aside a first love

IN SHOWBIZ, one of the first rules a newbie learns is to “strike while the iron is hot”. For ex-Pinoy Dream Academy scholar Kristoff Abrenica, that has meant not just taking advantage of the various opportunities coming his way, but also—even if painful—setting aside

By Aprylle Liabres (Contributor)

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Published: Thu 19 Apr 2007, 11:01 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:47 PM

kristhis first love, which is music. Since being forced to leave PDA after he became the first scholar to be nominated for expulsion five times, Kristoff got busy with work outside. Initially, he was hoping to land singing engagements and maybe record an album, but unfortunately for him, that didn’t materialize. Instead, what he did get was an offer to join the cast of the youth-oriented show Let’s Go where he was paired with fellow newcomer Eda Nolan.

Apparently, Kristoff is just as gifted an actor as he is a singer. His performance on Let’s Go brought him to the attention of ABS-CBN management, which soon followed that up with offers to do other shows, including his latest, a guest appearance as Zanjoe Marudo’s younger brother on Love Spell.

“All the offers I’ve been getting lately are offers to act, but it’s really music that I want to do,” says Kristoff, who still has a little problem with delivering his lines in Tagalog. Kristoff was born and raised in Canada and isn’t that conversant with his native language. Empress Schuck, his love interest in Love Spell, observed that Kristoff struggled with his pronunciation during the taping. But overall, he acquitted himself well, and that’s why offers to act keep coming.

It pains him to have to set his music aside—it is, after all, his first and true love—but Kristoff knows he must seize the moment. Or, as they say in Latin, carpe diem. Opportunity knocks only once, and lightning never strikes twice.

Besides, points out Kristoff, this is hardly the end of the road. It’s just the beginning.

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