I Sing from My Heart, by Steven Abalayan (aka MacMac)

Steven MacMac Abalayan SIAC May 2015

Steven Abalayan, fondly called MacMac, is age 10 and one of seven male siblings. His mother washes clothes for a fee and his dad drives a taxi tricycle earning about PhP150 ($3.40/£2.25) a day. They have a little room rented in a depressed area in Project 4, Cubao. His two eldest siblings graduated from high school sometime ago and this encourages him to continue to study. He ranks seventh in his class of about 40!

MacMac might not always sing in tune, but he puts his heart into it. Others enjoy watching him sing just for this reason. We know his pitch will improve as he continues to practice and sing in the Children Christian Band in a Cart. Below, he shares his thoughts on learning to sing:

“I was asked to try again after making mistake in singing difficult songs. I am happy especially if people clapped their hands and when they say I sing well. I will continue to sing and will organize another band when I get older.  Love, Steven”

Steven MacMac Abalayan essay Sings from His Heart SIAC May 2015
Steven MacMac Abalayan on keyboard SIAC May 2015

The Children Christian Band in a Cart currently has one trained keyboard player, so MacMac is trying it out in order to be their backup. Since he is determined to learn music, and in general gives his all to any task, we have high hopes!