“Discipline, practice and always listen to the teachers.” Francois Mendoza enumerated what he believes to be the three most important things to become an able musician.
The list obviously shows his innate humility-laden perspective toward life. When asked about what it feels like to be the youngest member in the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, he replied, “Noong una, akala ko di kaya… ngayon, feeling ko part of the family na. Kapamilya na. Mas-confident na ako ngayon.”
At the age of ten, “Papu” Francois Mendoza, picked up the trombone and began playing in the marching band, Morriz Wind Orchestra at Morong, Rizal. As a young musician he was even more inspired when he joined a summer music camp, which exposed him to classical music. He started following international trombone players, further fueling his love for music. All this led to Papu studying music at UST.
Papu was part of the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band since he was fourteen years old. Up to now, he still joins them once in a while, as he recognizes it as one of his roots.
All his discipline and humility paid off as Francois placed 3rd in category C of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists when he was eighteen years old. He was also able to perform in the International Band festival in Chiayi as part of the Morriz Wind Orchestra, and be part of the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in 2008 and 2010.
Francois is now planning to take a masters in music, should a scholarship be offered.