While he wasn't the big winner in Star in A Million, Christian Bautista manages to conquer the music here and abroad.
While he failed to bag the Star In A Million title in 2003, Christian Bautista remains an inspiration to non-winners of singing contests. The balladeer said that he had his share of trials and is glad that it paid off. "Hindi siya madali. Maraming ups, maraming downs, maraming challenges, maraming big moves na kailangang gawin, maraming heartbreaks na kasama pero all that, natutuwa ako kasi bini-bless ako ng blessings," Christian explained at the launch of his Christmas album entitled A Wonderful Christmas under Universal Records. "Ang pinaka-pinakaimportanteng lesson na maituturo ko, 'lsquo;yung ibang non-contest winners, sa akin lumalapit, eh. Sinasabi nila, 'lsquo;Christian kahit natalo ako, walang problema kasi 'lsquo;pag nakikita ko 'lsquo;yung ginagawa mo I can still make it.'rsquo; So 'lsquo;yun ang the best."
Christian was even able to establish an international career. "Nagpapasalamat ako na kahit non-winner ako marami pa ring blessings na dumarating. Thank you kay God," he said. Christian recently finished shooting his first film outside the Philippines in Indonesia.
What is most challenging for Christian now is that he regularly needs to travel in and out of the country while maintaining his career locally and in other countries. "Ang plano namin is to always leave something relevant, significant para pwede kaming makaalis," revealed Christian. "Like when we went to Singapore to shoot the video of 'lsquo;Please Be Careful With My Heart'rsquo; in Mandarin, we had to do some promo here first and go there in Indonesia to do a movie, then go back here and do Star Power. Meron namang Star Power sa ngayon."
But the singer said that he is willing to go through these troubles because not everybody is given the chance to penetrate the international scene. "Medyo tricky siya pero minsan lang din makakuha ng trabaho sa ibang bansa so I'rsquo;ve been here for six years na rin naman and gina-grab ko lang talaga 'lsquo;yung opportunity kasi malaki talaga ang opportunity."