Miko Manguba of T.O.P. embraces the pressure of being part of GMA’s new boy band

October 3, 2015


“Ok lang Miko kahit di ka manalo.”

Miko Manguba declined an opportunity to study abroad to be part of To The Top yet this was running through his mind, letting go of any expectations that he would be chosen to complete GMA Network’s newest boy band. 

READ: Miko Manguba chose to be part of To The Top over a chance to study in Europe

“To be honest, magiging happy talaga ako kung sino man ang palarin dahil para ko na silang mga kapatid. Magiging sobrang proud ako sa kanila,” he continued.

Though dubbed as The Music Man, he remained unassuming throughout the competition.

WATCH: Miko Manguba is To The Top’s Music Man

He recalled, “Akala ko kakanta lang ako dito sa show. Akala ko magpe-perform lang ako gaya ng lagi ko nang ginagawa sa school. Di ko inexpect na mas malalim pa pala doon ang magagawa ko dito at 'yun ang pag-lead at pag-inspire ng mga tao.”

His journey in To The Top has taught him that “it’s better to shine together than to shine alone.” He admitted how they all wanted to outperform each other during the early stage of the competition, but that the brotherhood with their fellow artists has positively influenced their mindset.

“Lahat kami noong una gustong umangat dahil competition nga naman ito. Nang naging pamilya na kami, ‘di na namin inisip ang sarili namin dahil team kami dito. Mas masayang nakikita na ang buong grupo ang umaangat at ‘di lang isang miyembro. Sabay-sabay kayong natututo along the way,” he said. 

Armed with all the experiences and lessons he got from the show, Miko is now prepared to take on a greater responsibility as a member of T.O.P. 

“We are now ambassadors of Original Pilipino Music and even though it may be such a heavy responsibility, we are very much up for it. The five of us will try to prove our win by contributing to the quality of music that we have here in the Philippines,” he declared. 

“Hindi ko inakalang mapupunta ako sa ganitong posisyon and I’m very honored and thankful sa lahat ng dumarating na blessings sa amin ngayon," he also added.