Pinay Finds Success as Nurse and Singer | Pinay.com
Marielle Castro, a Filipina nurse by profession and based in Dubai, is passionate, persevering and inspiring people through her music.
“I started singing when I was young. I remember singing during my Kindergarten years,” says Castro. Now, at 25, she is making a name for herself, less than a year after launching her singing and songwriting career in the Philippines.
Her ease with words has allowed this Pinay to write her own songs and record them. Castro’s words are sad but optimistic. She sees a world full of lies, deceit, unfaithfulness—and yet promising.
“Bubble,” her first single, is about creating a brand new world and making a dream come true. “We will chase the wind and build our dream, “ she sings from words in her diary.
“We have to create a certain bubble to protect our loved ones, our relationships with our families, friends and that special someone in our life,” she tells Pinay.com.
The single was released by GMA Records and available through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and OPM2GO.
“So let me reach the stars and open up the jars. Of every broken dreams and future … and fill it up again… So everyone would see how beautiful…life is for you and me,” writes Castro for her other song Escape. The song has been made the theme song of “Fabulous Boys,” a GMA Asianovela.
Currently Castro is working with another producer and with GMA records to release a new song, this time a country music.
Singing and writing songs used to be just a hobby until her friends made the connection to GMA Records. She was by then settled in Dubai when one day she was singing outside of her friend’s house and they asked her if she wanted to be a singer.
Castro gave a video of her own songs to her friends, which in turn sent it to different recording companies in the Philippines. Rene Salta, a managing director at GMA Records responded first and asked her to see him when she visits her home country.
So last year, on her first vacation after moving to Dubai in 2010, she went to see Salta. She later signed a contract with the recording company.
It hasn’t always been that easy for Castro, who graduated from Manila Doctor’s College in 2009 and passed the Philippine Nursing Board Examination in July of the same year. In between settling in Dubai she worked in a calling center in Manila. She says she wanted to help her younger sister Marion to go to college just like her and that drove her to aspire and find a job.
In 2010, she went to Dubai on a tourist visa and started looking for a job. She recalled walking from clinic to clinic, hospital to hospital in the dead heat of the sun.
Eventually she was hired as a nurse. Her dedication paid off. She took and passed the Dubai Nursing Board in the same year. Right now, she works as a nurse/laser therapist in Dubai Medical College.
Like most Pinay working overseas, she works hard to earn a living and provide financial support to her only sister. True to her promise, Castro was able to help her sister finish her college education.
Still, singing is her first love. “I grew up loving music,” she says. “But it was when I started working that I realized the fun in writing your own songs.”
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Olive Melaya Strohman worked at The Manila Chronicle and is currently based in Agawam, Massachusetts. She is currently active in the Filipina-American community and in the Bayanihan Association of America.
All photos were taken by Rene Salta, managing director of GMA Records.