When he left Davao del Sur to try his luck at a singing career in Manila Wilbert Ross always knew that success was a gamble. But it was a bet he was willing to make.
“Nagdecide kami ng Mama ko na makipagsapalaran sa Manila kahit maituturing na sumugal kami kasi wala naman kaming koneksiyon dito.”
For a couple of months he stayed at a cousin’s place. And his acquaintance with Asian Artists Agency artist manager Philip Rojas proved significant.
He auditioned for Pinoy Big Brother where he was often shortlisted. His efforts made him a familiar face even to the likes of TV entertainment big boss Laurente Dyogi.
Wilbert adds, “Malaking sacrifice sa akin na ipagpaliban ang full academic scholarship ko sa probinsya namin para ako ay maging isang engineer. Pero pakiramdam ko ito na ang opportunity for a career na gusto ko talaga. I have one shot at ito na iyon.”
It was not an easy life for Wilbert. His story makes for a good dramatic movie plot.
He has never seen his Chinese father and he was bullied in school. Wilbert also felt that his efforts were not appreciated especially by people close to him.
But things are coming up roses for this promising and hard working talent. He leads a hectic schedule doing workshops, rehearsing dance numbers, practicing his dance steps, and vocalizing.
But Wilbert is happy, all his handwork is paying off. He is now part of the group Hashtags, where with his 6-foot tall frame and powerful singing voice, he is a stand out both literally and talent-wise. The group is seen daily performing on the hit noontime show, Showtime.
Wilbert sings in a manner that touches the listeners’ hearts. Singing is a talent that naturally comes from within him. It is a force that pushes him to do other artistic endeavors like dancing, acting, and playing instruments, especially guitar and beat box.
“Singing po ay isang bagay na ginagawa ko at di ako napapagod gawin. Gusto ko talaga itong gawin,” says Wilbert,
Wilbert’s artist manager, Philip Rojas, thinks of it as his strength. He’s not a belter, but he sings in the mold of Ariel Rivera and the other singers who are very emotional with their singing.
Wilbert writes songs, which to him is an advantage. It is one aspect of his many talents that will be tapped anytime soon. There are plans for him to record song covers.
Wilbert became a member of Hashtags after his remarkable performance in Pinoy Boyband Superstar, a TV contest recently aired on ABS-CBN. He also competed in Tawag ng Tanghalan, a segment in Showtime. His rendition of Lionel Ritchie’s “Hello” earned him several two-thumbs up from viewers and netizens.
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