It's been said that there are two ways you can go with pain. You can let it destroy you or you can use it as fuel to drive you. Actor, singer and TV host Marlo Mortel has been through a lot in the last couple of years, but instead of letting his pain destroy him, he used it to fuel his dreams.
On October 26, Marlo will stage ImMORTELized, his first major solo concert at the Music Museum. The last time he performed there, he did so with Bryan Santos, Joseph Marco, and Michael Pangilinan - the other members of the boy band Harana.
As part of the group, Marlo had hit singles and a sold-out concert. Now that he's finally striking out on his own, he hopes his first solo outing on the local concert scene will draw as big a crowd as Harana's show did. Not only is he eager to show people the full range of his talents, but he also wants to make his family proud.
It's no secret that Marlo and his family have been through a lot in the last year or so. His beloved mother Merlie Pamintuan succumbed to breast cancer last August 24. Marlo and his mother were very close, and her passing hit him and the rest of their family very hard.
But to his credit, Marlo is holding up well under the circumstances. He could have let pain overwhelm him, but he didn't. Instead, he found a way to use his grief to spur himself on to greater heights.
He has been working harder than ever to support his family. Aside from hosting a segment on Umagang Kay Ganda, he has also been working on movies as well as recording material for his debut solo album. Earlier this year, he released "I Pray," which he dedicated to his late mother. Last month, Marlo dropped the track "Sana Ikaw Na Nga." A music video for it recently premiered on MYX and YouTube.
Both songs will be among those Marlo will perform during the show. It will be directed by Marvin Caldito, with musical direction by Adonis Tabanda. Elisse Joson, John Roa, LA Santos, and Sue Ramirez are slated to guest. ImMORTELized is sponsored by the Calayan Surgicentre and Megasoft.
Marlo's mother may have passed on, but she's surely looking down on her son with pride as he makes his debut as the OPM concert scene's newest solo star.