The road to stardom is not easy, and Josh admits there were times he wanted to give up. His determination paid off, and he is now more optimistic that bigger things are yet to come. The 29-year-old says the first 26 years of life has been a long, hard journey. "There were times na feeling ko patapon ako. I was questioning why bad things were happening to me, and whether I deserved them."
Through all of the challenges, music was his constant companion. "During the times that I was questioning myself, doon ako kumukuha ng lakas sa mga artists na pinakikinggan ko. I was by myself since I was 15, at walang nakakaintindi ng mga pinagdadaanan ko. Through the moments na wala akong makausap, nag-rely ako sa music na ginagawa ng mga idols ko. Ginawa ko silang mga role models, na someday I will be like them and give inspiration to others."
Things have definitely changed for the better, with SB19's music awards, professional endorsements, and even an ambassadorship with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
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"For 26 years talagang ginapang ko ang buhay namin, ginapang ko ang mga pangarap ko. Nuong naging artista ko, tapos nag-viral kami and na-recognize yung group, for the first time, naramdaman ko na ito na yung start of something na puwedeng magbago ng lahat, not just for me but for the entire industry."
In the beginning, he says people could not understand the concept of P-Pop. Haters called them copycats of K-Pop groups. He explains, "I think it's all about authenticity. Iyong experience natin as a Filipino, hindi natin mapepeke. We are telling our own stories. We are sharing our own experiences. Kung ano iyong kinalakihan namin, iyong environment natin, it's how it makes us P-Pop."
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As in one of their group's hit songs "Mapa," Josh is taking care of his mom, who is one of his biggest supporters. "Before nag-hihirap kami. Ngayon, kinuha ko na si Mommy ko. Binigay ko agad sa kanya iyong mga kailangan niya, especially with the house needs, lahat ng appliances. Stress-free na siya. Hindi na siya magwo-work. Wala na siyang ibang iisipin."