While millenials his age would want to get results instantaneously, 20-year-old Derrick Monasterio has proven that there is truth in the age-old adage “patience is a virtue” with the release of his self-titled debut album.
A bona fide singer even before entering showbiz—he had long competed internationally as part of his high school’s choir—Monasterio dreamt of having his own album the moment he started his career in 2011 at age 15.
But alas, his mother network had other plans for him. Instead of taking the recording artist route, Monasterio was molded to be a young actor and eventually leading man to GMA Network’s talented roster of leading ladies such as Barbie Forteza and Bea Binene.
Jealousy naturally came to Monasterio. He admits to questioning why young stars his age, who can barely carry a tune, had churned out album after album, while he was relegated to recording singles for movies and teleseryes, and singing live on the network’s variety shows.
“Medyo nakaka-sad lang para sa mga [totoong]singers kasi parang unfair. I don’t have anything against them, pero I would sometimes think, ‘Bakit siya meron, ako wala?’” Monasterio confessed at his album launch.
The young singer-actor also admitted that he reached the point of hopelessness.“Naiinip din po siyempre at saka nagtatampo na ba’t nauna pa siya sa akin. Dumating sa point na hindi ko na siya naiisip, na parang OK na yan kahit di na ako magkaka-album.”
Looking back, Monasterio boldly shared his thoughts on what it really means to have an album in the industry today. “Siguro kasi, these days yung mga album para yan sa mga sikat, hindi siya para sa mga marurunong kumanta.”
Not getting what he wants for his career could have been an excuse to quit the business or transfer to other networks—a rumor that surfaced not quite long ago—but Monasterio remained patient.
And that patience has finally paid off with his debut album Derrick Monasterio.
“Natagalan po pero worth it! Kanya-kanyang oras yan eh at yung time ko feeling ko dumating na. Ito na yung tamang panahon,” the singer exclaimed.
An alternative/ ballad/ rock compilation, as Monasterio would like to call his self-titled album under GMA Records, features three originals tracks namely “Pano Nga Ba?” “Reyna,” and “Batobalani” and three revivals such as “Kailangan Kita,” a duet with Hannah Precillas “Kailangan Mo, Kailangan Ko,” and his carrier single “Give Me One More Chance.” An added treat in the album is his duet with Julie Anne San Jose entitled, “Ang Aking Puso.”
Stressing that he does not rely on the infamous voice-enhancing program Autotune, Monasterio said he can guarantee the authenticity of his first album. “I’m 100-percent confident na kung ano ang tunog ko sa album na ito, ganun din ang magiging tunog ko live kasi nung nagre-record ako, sinasabi ko sa [sound]engineer na as much as possible wag na pong i-edit, na pag may hindi ako nagustuhan, uulitin ko na lang para 100-percent [authentic]talaga.”
Moreover, the balladeer said he is assured with the quality of his album as he poured out all his emotions in recording his tracks. “Ang importante sa isang album, hindi yung tono o notes na tinatamaan—yung feelings and emotions, those are the essence of a true singer.”
Monasterio later related he almost cried while recording “Give Me One More Chance” as it triggered memories of his recent breakup with his first girlfriend.
As he is releasing an album after his comrades did, Monasterio has suddenly been pitted with the likes of Alden Richards, among other young singer/actors.
“For me, nag umpisa yung success nung nakakuha ako ng album. Of course, I’d be happy kung dumami yung sales ng album ko pero having one is already something for me. Kaya kahit na hindi siya ganun kalakas as compared to Alden, basta ako nasabi ko kung ano ang gusto kong sabihin through my songs,” Monasterio generously shared.
Now that he is a certified singer with an actual album, is there anything else that he would like to achieve for his singing career?
“Yes. I want to have a concert at Araneta [Coliseum]. I envision it as this—me standing in front of a lot of people, thousands of people, wearing a coat tapos may spotlight and then I’m singing my original song. Tapos, lahat sila sings along with me,” the balladeer dreamily described.
“Yun talaga yung ultimate dream ko, siguro pag nandun ako sa moment na yun baka ma-iyak ako,” Monasterio happily ended.