Pat Cardoza began writing songs when she was just 13 years old. “I started in high school. It was then when I first tried composing songs. I just got used to doing it when I kept writing lyrics,” said Pat, adding, “I’m passionate about it. (writing songs) was already in my system at an early age.”
“But yes, I did start out as a singer. My first public performance was when I was in 5th grade, it was just a project that I needed to do for school. My mom was surprised when I did a good job at singing. So, from there she urged me to join singing contests.”
When Pat Cardoza was sixteen, she joined GMA-7’s Our Little Next Big Star. She made it far enough into the competition, but it wasn’t for her. At least it wasn’t her time yet to delve deep into music. She focused on her studies and eventually graduated and achieved her goal of becoming an international flight attendant for Philippine Airlines.
Pat was a full-time working flight attendant when she saw an ad from Viva for the latter’s songwriter search. She tried her luck to see if her song composing skills can pass muster. Sure enough, Pat eventually became one of the chosen songwriters on Viva Musika.
Finding that not only was Pat a very good songwriter, the folks at Viva found her to have the total package so they signed her up as a recording artist. Her debut came via the mid-tempo ballad “Kailan Ka Babalik.” The single, released early last year, is of Pat’s own making. Pat’s dulcet singing on said song recall Aia de Leon formerly of Imago fame.
As a songwriter, Pat also gets asked if she can write lyrics for existing music. She did exactly that for “Nasa Puso Ko” which became one of theme songs for the TV drama series Encounter. The song, originally a Korean love song, was reimagined with Tagalog lyrics, was recorded by Daryl Ong and Pat with her own female version.
And just like that, Pat is getting her momentum as a music artist.
Good thing too, especially now when being an international flight attendant isn’t exactly panning out in the age of the pandemic.
“It’s truly a blessing in disguise, I thought it was already the end of the world when I got retrenched as a flight attendant, because I really love what I’m doing,” shared Pat. “But I think this is God’s way of telling me, ‘O dito ka muna mag focus.’ I realized that the situation is like ‘Bloom where you are planted.’ I just try to be at my best wherever I am now.”
And Pat Cardoza is doing exactly that.
Her most recent song “Habang Buhay” is now the theme song for the upcoming Vivamax movie The Wife. Said film, from Gawad Urian Best Director Denise O’Hara, stars Louise delos Reyes, Diego Loyzaga and Cara Gonzales (the film is slated to premiere on the subscription platform on February 11).
“Habang Buhay” is a lovely sounding piano-decked ballad that Pat wrote.
“I like writing love songs. And writing positive-themed tunes is more my style. My lyrics are the opposite of a ‘hugot’ song,” Pat injected with a laugh, adding “Marami nang sawi dyan, I’m more about the uplifting feeling that being in love gives.” At her young age, she professes that the APO Hiking Society is a major musical influence for her while she regards Arthur Nery as the ultimate dream collab.
"Dati naman, gumagawa din ako ng songs about pagiging sawi," Pat added. "Pero lately lang nakakapagod nang makinig ng mga songs na sinasaktan ka palagi. Gusto ko namang ipakita this time na yung love meron din siyang side which is beautiful na ginagawa kang masaya palagi. Gusto kong ibahin ang vibe ng love songs from sawi to happy naman."
Currently, Pat is a full-time singer-songwriter. And she believes that that’s a good thing. “I’m also pitching for three more upcoming movies, and I already have recorded songs that we (Viva) are choosing to release next titled 'Duyan' and 'Mahal'.”
“I really enjoy writing songs and I’ve really concentrated on this passion of mine this past year. And I love it!”
Listen to “Habang Buhay” on https://bfan.link/habangbuhay-patcardoza?fbclid=IwAR1BpCzaR5BZv2zLoXQL1vQwap465MeVXBEgMjypYxRoAEhTqd0qIqoanF8