“I’m a rock star! Yeah!” that’s one of the many things you’ll hear from this 22-year-old wannabe-Rockstar. Imelda Luzviminda, or simply Imee, is living proof that a girl can rock. Having a natural flair for music, she is able to write her own songs and perform them in front of her closest friends. She also dreams of becoming a very famous rock star one day. “A lot of people have recognized my talent and I’m not hoping to be super famous… just the thought of people appreciating your work makes you feel like you’re a rock star.”
Like all other famous singers, she started singing when she was just a little girl. When she was six years old, she accompanied her father, Aniceto to sing “Don’t Cry Daddy” by Elvis Presley on stage at a Max’s Restaurant. “I stood on a stool beside my dad and was surprised to see a lot people watching me, so I went down and hid behind my papa.”
But that experience didn’t stop her musical interest; she soon enrolled at the Center for Pop Music Philippines, where she learned how to improve on stage singing. Her musical talents developed over time and she was beginning to soar to new heights. She also learned how to play various instruments like the: lyre, banduria, piano and guitar. “I was told I was a natural in music and that I’m a fast learner.”
“In our school, Siena College of Quezon City, we were required to join clubs, so for my third grade, I tried out the Drum and Lyre corps… That’s where I learned to play the lyre. For my fourth grade, I joined the Rondalla Club where I learned to play the banduria.” During her fifth grade, when she joined the choir, she disagreed with some of its teachings because it was contrary to what the Center had taught her. “That’s where I realized that choir and classical music aren’t for me.”
Like most kids however, Imee became more interested in sports and less interested in music by the time she reached the sixth grade. She grew to love volleyball, and watching basketball, making her interest in music deteriorate to just simply listening to it on her walkman. She’d hang out with her childhood friends to play volleyball and other sports.
In her 3rd year of high school at Siena, her musical talents were put to good use when she and Amie Co, a fellow batchmate, formed their own band, “Scythe for no Sneakers.” Their bandmates were Ervin Carreon, a 1st year student, and Winifredo Santos, a 2nd year student. Imee did the vocals and the rhythm guitar while Amie played the lead guitar, Ervin was on bass guitar and Winifredo went on drums. “Amie suggested that name, but it was changed to The Abducted, just when we were about to perform in our school’s jamming activities.” Their band mainly played cover versions, including “Alapaap” by the Eraserheads and “Swing Swing” by the All-American Rejects.
“Our band got disbanded when Amie and I went off to college at the University of Santo Tomas.”
This Journalism graduate pretty much enjoyed her stay in UST, because of the free concerts like Livre and the chance to meet her favorites on the basketball team, a combination of two the things she likes in life, sports and music. Her stay in the university “opened my (her) eyes to lots of things like different music, songwriting ideas, and socializing outside the music world.”
Currently a web copywriter and SEO specialist for a BPO company, Imee says prefers her music to go in the direction of rock, alternative, and a bit of pop rock. We’ll just have to wait and see what UST’s very own “rock princess” will come up with in the future.
© Charles Goyenechea
[ revised/updated May 2009 by Imee ]