“I’m Daniel. That’s my English name. I suppose I don’t have to tell you my Korean name – it’s very Korean; I want to spare you the trouble of having to figure out how it’s spelled. Let’s leave it at that, so just put ‘Daniel.’”
“My parents wanted me to study business management but since I’m sort of a music buff, I tried to look for a way to make them approve of what I wanted. Back in Korea, I worked to send myself to a music school. I did it for six months. I figured they saw that I really wanted to take a music degree so they finally gave their permission. So they sent me back here. (I finished high school in Manila. I’ve been here in the country for eight years now.)”
“I was taking Bachelor of Arts in English when I decided to sign up for Bachelor of Arts in Music; UB just opened Bachelor of Arts in Music at that time. I think music found me... I learn something new everyday in my class and I haven’t been more excited to learn about music.”
Does that make you feel like you’re on the right path?
“Absolutely. There’s this thought that’s been going on in my head since I took my first class in the Music course, which – I think – has become my one goal, and that’s being able to influence someone, even just one soul, on a profound level through music. I’m not sure how I’m going to do it but maybe if I could be able to teach music someday then I could have the chance.”
Photo by RENE PASCUA
Interview & Text by RONA LIN