In case you there are some things you wanted to know, here’s my Personal FAQ page.
So you’re an “actress”. What exactly have you done?
Mainly, I have done musicals – the most notable one being the 2014-2016 West End Revival of Miss Saigon where I was casted as Kim alternate. If you’re interested, you can view my theatre credits here. In terms of TV, I was once a recurring character on a comedy-lifestyle show that aired weekly on the now defunct RPN9. But that’s about it.
“Miss Saigon” as in the same Miss Saigon that skyrocketed Lea Salonga’s career?
Yes. Same musical, different production year.
How do you pronounce your last name?
Mah-NA-lang. Like saying Manila. Not MEH-nuh-lang. The Brits pronounced it that way and, every time, I would secretly let out a mini vomit. On the inside.
How tall are you?
Why are you so tiny?
I ask myself the same thing everyday. I have learned to embrace it, though. It’s part of who I am.
Is there anything else you did before you decided you wanted to become a full-time singer/actress?
As part of my college requirements, I became an intern for McCann Philippines. It even came to a point where I actually wanted to pursue a career in the advertising world, completely abandoning all dreams of becoming an artist. But it never happened. I always fell right back to my first love – musical theater.
When did you start acting/singing?
Around four or five. Professionally, I started when I was eight. I went on hiatus from third year high school until just before I graduated college. Graduating and getting a degree was my priority then.
What parts of the world have you been to?
I lived in London for two years doing Miss Saigon. I took advantage of that time by travelling to several cities in Europe during my holiday breaks (or “vacation leave”, as we like to call it here in the Philippines). I’ve also been to Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, among others. As of this writing, I am planning to go to Japan late this year.
If you could live anywhere else, which city would you live in?
I’d still choose Manila. Plus, the beaches in this country are matchless. Sure, traffic in the city is royally sucking ass. And I’d rather spare you and myself the migraine by not discussing Philippine politics. But honestly? I wouldn’t trade the life I have here with anything.
So does this mean Manila is your favorite city in the world?
Oh, God, no! LOL. Just because I wouldn’t want to leave this place doesn’t mean it’s my favorite city in the world. If that even makes the slightest bit of sense.
Since when did you start blogging?
Since I discovered what blogging was. I was around thirteen or fourteen that time. I started with Tabulas, moved to LiveJournal during my angst-ridden teenage years, transferred to Tumblr when life just made a little more sense, and now, I’m here! I bought this domain in 2016.
Why do you talk about so many things in your blog? Can’t you just stick to one general topic (i.e. travelling, or your acting career) to give your website a more central theme?
Because I like a lot of things! This space is about everything I love about life. It’s also where I can write about every single thing that interests me. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find some indispensable ideas. So if I’m going to write an entire post about that time I found a curly fry accidentally mixed in with my regular fries, I will. If you have anything to write about, you should just go ahead and do it. Don’t be afraid that it’ll mess up your blog’s chi. That’s what the categories section is for. Use it well.
Can you write about our company or do a review of our product on your website?
Yes! Please contact me so we can discuss it more in detail.
How can I book you as an artist/singer/host for an event?
You can send me a message through my contact page. Or you can also send an email directly to my manager ctmanalang [at] ultimate [dot] com [dot] ph
Can I have a look at your CV?
Yes! It’s right here.
Where can I find you on social media?