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Love can wait for Kelvin Miranda

December 17 ------ With his show biz career starting to pick up, Kelvin Miranda feels that now may not be the right time to get into a relationship.

“At this point in my life, I feel like it would be tough to fit that in. I’m OK with dating, talking. But to be in a really committed relationship? I don’t think I can handle that on top of my other obligations and responsibilities,” he said in a virtual conference for “Sumayaw,” his latest single. The past two years saw Kelvin landing lead roles in such television series as “The Lost Recipe,” “Stories from the Heart: Loving Miss Bridgette” and the ongoing afternoon soap “Unica Hija.” He was also part of the sitcom “Tols.”

“I had to wait for a while before I managed to land these kinds of projects. I don’t think that having a love life will automatically derail my progress. But I view a relationship as something that comes with responsibilities that you have to fulfill as a partner and as a couple. It won’t be easy. It’s something that I find daunting,” he related. But should he change his mind, the 23-year-old Kapuso actor said he would prefer to be with someone not from show biz. “It’s because we know how it is here. So if ever I find myself in that situation, I want someone nonshow biz, so the relationship can be more low-key,” he said.

Besides, he pointed out, “love life” need not always be romantic in nature. “Every day we grow and we discover something new. And that’s healthy. When you say love, it shouldn’t necessarily mean having a romantic partner. It can be love for friends or for your family. It can also mean self-love,” he said. Unlike his previous single, “Slow Dance,” which is a waltzy, sentimental tune that evokes prom night memories, “Sumayaw” is a more upbeat offering that compels one to just go with the flow.

“‘Slow Dance’ is quite sad. It’s about yearning, asking for another chance. ‘Sumayaw’ is happy. There are styles that you know you can pull off. But this one is more upbeat than what I’m used to. The song is about not letting anything stop you. Dancing is something I associate with happiness, so let’s jive and let’s dance … let the wind carry you,” he said, adding that it can also be interpreted as giving yourself a breather.

“Sometimes, you have to loosen up. You don’t need to be serious all the time,” he said. This is something Kelvin knows all too well. While he feels grateful for all the blessings and projects he has been getting, both in acting and music, he admitted that the workload can be overwhelming from time to time. So while he has goals to achieve, he doesn’t obsess over them.

“I try to enjoy the journey. I have to find ways to make sure that I continue to enjoy what I’m doing, so that I don’t grow tired or lose motivation. Because once you find yourself in a slump, it can be tough to get out,” said Kelvin, who finds time for other interests and hobbies. “I do martial arts, I go jogging, I listen to music and watch movies. I hang out with my friends. I play musical instruments even if I’m not that good. Basta enjoy. These things can be therapeutic. Because if you do nothing but work, you will eventually feel burned out,” he said.

“Sumayaw” is written by his composer friend Viktor Sabiniano. While he’s open to recording songs by other artists, Kelvin said he hopes that his next releases will have more of his creative input. “I want to be able to eventually write and produce my own songs. Or at least play instruments on them. It would be nice to put out a song and say that you were involved in the creative process,” he said. “I can draw inspiration from my personal life, as well as stories of the people I meet. I have yet to write a song, but I do write poems. I just have to find my own way of writing.”

Acting will always be Kelvins’ first love, his childhood dream. But the good thing about recording music, he said, is that it also involves acting in a way. “When I sing, I try to feel the lyrics and the message the song wants to convey. I put emotions into it. So it’s like you’re acting, like you’re playing a character to deliver a story,” he said.



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