Translation: Kirby Vicente
Antonette: Good day to everyone! I’m Antonette Go, you can call me Toni with an I. Right now I’m in my house at General Trias, Cavite. Now it’s November 17 and 4:44 pm.
Mayen: I’m Mayen Estañero. I’m currently in Melbourne, Australia, I’ve been here since February 20. Right now it’s 7:52 PM. 3 hour time difference with the Philippines.
Question: Where are you coming from?
I’ll start before going into Manila Notes. I was a film student from De La Salle University Manila. That was my background and I joined a theatre organization in De La Salle Manila which is Harlequin Theatre Guild. That was my exposure to theatre. My exposure back then to theatre was backstage work. I’m doing Lights Executioner, Props Making, and Stage Management and stuff. When I went to Tanghalang Pilipino in 2013. Like how I started, I was a film student and I joined a theatre organization to make films that are character or actor based. That was my goal then. So I said then that the best thing to know what an actor based film is to be an actor also and how to know the processed. I kind of got lost in this process, not that far, but it lead me to this track of performing. When I got into Tanghalang Pilipino in 2013, I was still studying. They still took me in the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company on my last term
For my history, I am an actor for 20 years. I started at 19 years old. But the desire to be an actor started when I was 13, 2nd year high school because I came from an All-Girls School in Parañaque. Since you’re in an All-Girls School, and you have no choice but to take all the characters in the book. In our Filipino Class, we needed to present Florante at Laura. No one wanted to take the role of Florante in our group. So no choice, I took the role so we can have our grades. My teacher liked our performance and she invited me to join an oration competition and we won. That’s when I realized where I had some sort of gift. I like the feeling of creating a character that’s not me and it felt like home back then. I was moved in to tears because I found what I wanted to do. Because my desire to be an actor was great, I got scared that when I was about to go to college I don’t know if I can pursue it because I can’t take the thought of rejection so I took Literature. It’s still within the arts but it’s not acting. My problem back then was my method of book analysis was different, it was character based. I felt that I didn’t belong there. When I was in 2nd year, I saw an audition ad for Rent on a newspaper. So I tried auditioning, I think I was number 378 on the queue. I didn’t mind waiting for 2 hours. When it’s our turn, 10 of us auditionees were lined up on the stage and we were asked to sing. Suddenly there’s a, “Thank you!”, so it’s like that just humming. So I sang a song in the chorus part.
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