If you ever see Tippy Dos Santos in person, you’ll agree that she literally glows. Blessed with a beautiful face, a petite frame, and a voice as clear as a bell, the 22-year-old singer, thespian and MYX VJ is one of those rare celebrities who simply radiate positivity be it in a performance, a meet-and-greet, or an interview such as this.
A Filipino-American born and partly raised in Houston, Texas, Dos Santos joined local show business in 2009 as part of ABS-CBN Star Magic talents. Versatile in singing, acting and public speaking, she quickly landed roles in such shows as Jim Fernandez’s Galema, Anak Ni Zuma, Luv U, Princess and I, Growing Up, Shout Out, 1DOL, as well as the movies Crazy Beautiful You, Once a Princess, Raketeros, and I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila! to name a few.
Spotted by theater companies as a triple threat, she was also lured to the stage and headlined popular productions like Grease and Peter Pan, and even played the story teller Pink Fairy in Ballet Manila’s 20th season’s production of Pinocchio.
“I had to take a crash course in ballet for that” she recalled laughing. “But I was so lucky that I had no less than prima ballerina Lisa Macuja to teach me.”
And for more than a year, Dos Santos has further captured the millennial audience as a daily video music jock on MYX. To them, she is not just a celebrity but someone they connect with through her fun and easy going spiels.
Moreover, what makes Dos Santos an effective role model for the youth is the fact that despite pursing her dreams in showbiz, she graduated from college just this June, and now holds a diploma in BS Family Life and Child Development from the University of the Philippines-Diliman no less.
“I never put my career on hold but neither did I stop prioritizing my studies. Somehow, it all worked out schedule-wise especially since Star Magic was so supportive of my decision that school always had to come first,” she related.
With more time in her hands now to focus on her career, she is open to more projects be it TV, the movies or theater.
“I’m trying to get as much work as I can now that I am free to do that because, honestly, I think I may go back to school eventually as well. I took my course in college with plans to go into Medicine,” she admitted with a sheepish smile.
“A friend of mine, Robi Domingo, also wants to go back to school, so you could say we’re on the same path right now. He gave me good advice though that before I go ahead with my plans to take up Medicine, I shouldn’t rush myself, since to become a doctor is a lifelong commitment.
“Torn between that and my love for performing, I thought it best to focus on my career for now, especially since I’ve never had 100-percent of my time for showbiz until I graduate. So I’ll take it from here and see where all of this will take me,” she added optimistically.
Asked for one thing she hopes that young aspiring artists takes away from how she has successfully juggled two different dreams, Dos Santos said it would be striving to finish college.
“Just the fact that a lot of people have done it before, and not just myself, means anyone can do it too. It’s not easy, yes, and there will be so many nights you wish you could just go to sleep because you worked all day and still had to study at night. But once you get that degree, all the nights out you had to pass on with friends, all the sacrifices you’ve made will all be worth it,” she enthused.