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Eric Bolante – Production Manager

Eric Bolante – Production Manager

Eric Louie Bolante may be a Finance Expert eight hours a day, but it is music that fills his heart 24/7.

“I started when I was four years old,” Eric Bolante said after a brief moment of silence as he recalled the first time he laid eyes on the black and white ivory keys of the Grand Piano. Despite his very early fascination with the instrument, it wasn’t until he was in first grade that he formally took lessons from a private teacher. Since then, he has been loyal to his first and favorite musical instrument.

Unfortunately, when Eric entered the seminary in high school, he had to say good bye to private lessons. But his passion for music drove him to continue to learn via self-study and playing for the school choir. He often played the Church Organ, sang in the choir, and even picked up the double bass and guitar a few times. After a few years, he was in charge of training the new members of the choir.

After high school, Eric joined the DLSU Pops Orchestra in college, which allowed him to express himself musically in various genres. With the DLSU Pops Orchestra, Eric toured the Philippines, playing Pop, Jazz and Orchestral songs. Though he was immersed in music his whole college life, Eric never forgot his studies. He was a competent student who completed his requirements as a student in Finance.

Eric went from playing arpeggios on the piano to crunching the numbers on his calculator and then back again. He knew that his talents were also aligned for the corporate world, but his passion and love for the piano would never stop badgering his heart.

Eric chose to enter Finance after graduating and stayed in the realm of numbers for seventeen years. He excelled in the corporate world, being awarded and recognized as one of the best employees from his department. Despite his good performance, his heart was still in want.

Now, Eric is happy being the Finance Head of the orchestra, being able to apply his skills in fiscal matters while being able to contribute to the planning of concerts for the orchestra. Eric is also active in Hangad, a choir group that performs both in church and at local events. He is the group’s Keyboardist and one of the tenors. “Hangad isn’t only a singing group. The music that is played there touches your whole being. The inspirational songs we play, the great company, the bonding we all have together, it all makes me feel fulfilled to serve God and others with my talent as a musician.” Eric said that very often, when the group would perform some of their more touching songs, they would pour themselves out into the performance and tears would have to be wiped from their cheeks before they perform their next number.

From his many years of being in the corporate world while still being in love with the art of music, Eric shared to me that it is important to keep your love and passion for music alive: “balance your life.” “Even if I have been and will be in the corporate world, I will never ever give up my passion. I don’t think I should, nor do I think anyone should. Everyone should balance his or her life so that their passion is still lived.”