|Christian Bautista graces the Asia Pacific launch of Windows 8 in Singapore. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – When he is not making fans swoon, balladeer Christian Bautista is busy playing computer and video games.
The singer, dubbed as “Asia’s Romantic Balladeer,” made the revelation during the recent regional launch of the Windows 8 operating system in Singapore, where he graced the event as one of Microsoft’s Southeast Asian ambassadors.
According to Bautista, he has been playing “hardcore” games since he was young, similar to another well-known Filipino singer, Lea Salonga.
“Basically, I like playing games,” he told ABS-CBNnews.com. “Hardcore games talaga. So before when I was in high school, it was ‘Command and Conquer,’ ‘Red Alert,’ mga ganyan.”
“Command and Conquer” is a real-time strategy computer game franchise which first became popular in the late '90s. “Red Alert” is a game that is also set in the “Command and Conquer” universe.
“Yeah [I’m still playing games until now]. Sometimes nga napupuyat na ako sa Xbox ko,” he added, referring to Microsoft’s video game console. “My favorite game is ‘yung mga RPG (role-playing game). I like ‘Skyrim,’ I like ‘Fallout.’”
“’Pag magkakasama kaming mga brothers ko, ‘Street Fighter’ naman kami, ‘yung mga ganun. We grew up playing together eh. So hanggang ngayon, dala-dala namin.”
“Skyrim” is an open-world action RPG that is available on the Xbox 360, on the Windows PC and on Sony’s PlayStation 3 console. “Fallout,” on the other hand, is a series of post-apocalyptic RPGs that can be played on both a computer and a video game console.
“Street Fighter,” meanwhile, is a long-running series of competitive fighting games, with the first one released in the late '80s.
It was exactly because of his love for games and his passion for music that Microsoft picked him as one of its ambassadors for the Asia Pacific region. “I’ve been a Windows user all my life and for me to be part of this introduction of the new system is very, very fantastic. I’m very glad that they picked me,” he said.
He went on to say, “And right now, since we know that the whole world is going mobile already, that’s where they’re (Windows) going. So they’re making the PC mobile already. Parang tablet na ‘yung lahat ng screen and if you notice, most of these laptops, they’re all touchscreen na. Like we’re in a 'Star Trek' world already.”
Bautista rose to fame after his runner-up finish in the defunct singing contest “Star in a Million.” He recently marked his 10th year in the local entertainment industry by holding a concert billed as “X Class.”
“I just finished my 10th-year concert. It was called ‘X Class.’ We did five shows in Meralco Theater. It was very, very successful,” he happily shared.
Bautista is busy rehearsing for his upcoming musical play “Rama Hari” with Karylle, his co-star in the pan-Asian series “The Kitchen Musical.” He is also set to promote his newest album in Indonesia this month.