MANILA -- A 17-year-old singer who was born with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was officially launched by Star Music on Tuesday as its newest artist.
Lnard Antonio "L.A." Santos, who signed a contract with Star Music last December, has already been featured on the magazine show "Rated K" for his inspiring story.
According to his mother, Florita Santos, music helps his son control his condition.
"Nung na-diagnose siya noong four years old siya, mayroon siyang first stage of autism. Ang autism and ADHD ay life-long condition. You can't treat it. You just have to do something na makalimutan ng bata na may ganoon siya," she said.
In an interview with reporters, Santos said he's grateful to be given an opportunity to become a recording artist.
"Thankful ako kay Lord, very thankful to my mom at sa lahat ng tumutulong na mangyari ito. Hindi ko kakayanin na gawin mag-isa ito. I know not every person gets this chance po na maging Star Music artist or mag-release ng album po, kaya no words can explain how much I'm feeling grateful," he said.
Santos hopes to be an inspiration to others who are also battling ADHD.
"Gusto ko sa part ko na maging inspiration sa mga tao. Kasi usually ang iba maggi-give up, parang di nila ginagawan ng paraan. Gusto ko maging image para sa kanila na lahat ay pwedeng mangyari," L.A. said.
His self-titled debut album, which will be released soon, includes the tracks "Miss Terror," "Mine," "Ikaw Kasi," "Bakit Ang Pag-Ibig," "Hanggang Kailan," "When I Was Your Man," "Forever's Not Enough," "One Greatest Love" and "Tinamaan."