WHEN Jose Rizal said, “The youth is the hope of our future,” these girl bosses proved him right by making waves in their different fields. They are also living proof that age is just a number because as young as they are, they are able to run and rule their own worlds like a pro.
If you need extra inspiration to keep reaching your career goals, continue reading and learn from these goal-diggers.
Feature dates: March 21 (LOURDES), March 22 (May Antonette Leuterio) and March 23 (Rejzl Anne Awit).
22 Tango Records
SunStar LIVE! (SL): Who were some of your role models growing up? Explain why.
LOURDES (L): Growing up, my Lola became my role model. I looked up to her because no matter how ugly the situation, she always kept her composure. She defined grace under pressure. She never got mad. She was a very strong woman—so compassionate and loving. I love my Lola.
SL: What have been some of your career highlights so far?
L: It started when I championed in Vispop 1 and Vispop 2 with “Laylay” and “Buwag Balik.” Another highlight was when I released my first single “Empty Sheets.” It was also memorable for me to release “2 Cents” and have it at number 1 in Y101’s Weekend Top 20 for four weeks. I’ll have to say that the “Ruin the Party” album launch was also a favorite. Now, I’m glad to have “Ruin the Party” at number 1 in Y101’s Weekend Top 20 for three weeks now.
SL: How did you achieve the success that you have attained now?
L: Success for me was completing the album. It took years of pouring my heart out just to finish it. Everything else after is just a bonus which I am very blessed and grateful for.
SL: What do you find most fulfilling about what you do?
L: I always take it to heart when people say, “Your whole album is my anthem.” I feel like these pieces of me had a purpose and lived it.
SL: For you, what qualities should one have in order to succeed?
L: Grit. Passion and talent is not enough. You should be hungry to claim it. Want it. Own it.
SL: What’s the best piece of advice you can give young women who are also trying to succeed in their fields?
L: Don’t be afraid to take up space. Speak up when things are wrong. Be unapologetic of who you are.
Photographer: Kurt Fick
Photographer’s Assistant: Junmar Sprite Dulosa
Make-up Artist: Karlo Damolo
Hairstylist: Jerwin Bastatas
Locale: Maayo Hotel