First of all, thank you SimplySxy for even choosing to interview me in the first place. To everyone who is reading this, hi! I’m Ashley So Chan from Manila, Philippines. Graduated with my Master’s Degree in Management from University of Asia and the Pacific back in 2018. Formerly a theater actress and radio DJ and now an events host and a businesswoman.
How did you get started into hosting events and being a theater actor?
I started joining theater workshops at the young age of four and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with performing onstage. To be honest with you guys, theater was something my mother pushed me into doing so it wasn’t “love at first sight”. While all my friends were traveling with their families and enjoying their summer break, I was enrolled into theater camp and this went on every summer for nine years straight. When I turned 12, I finally joined theater professionally and landed the role of Brigitta in Repertory Philippine’s The Sound of Music back in 2006.
I would say that theater has made the biggest impact in my life, to the point where I do not think I would be the same person I am now without it.
Hosting events on the other hand is something I learned after I auditioned to be a student radio jock for Magic 89.9 back in sophomore year of college. I’ve always been the type who “NEEDED” to do something artistic to feed my soul. So, not having the time to pursue theater in college, I thought, why not radio? I mean, radio pretty much checked out all my “boxes”. It was literally playing good music, a performance every single time you turn on that microphone, and it’s a passion driven art. So back in 2014, my friend Michael and I decided to audition and thankfully we both got in!
Which is a memorable or unforgettable experience you have had that you can share with us?
I don’t have one in particular but I’d say I’m a very sentimental person. When my boyfriend travels, he sends me postcards from every city he visits, with personal handwritten notes. As cliché as it sounds, it was honestly such a memorable series of movie-like moments.
What is the best compliment you have received?
The biggest compliment would probably be when someone told me that they got inspired to go to graduate school because of me. She graduated with her Master’s Degree last 2018 and even sent me her graduation photos. I always appreciate it when my friends compliment me on my looks or outfit but this one hit me hard.
What are 3 fun sights you recommend to tourists to take in when visiting your country?
Boracay preferably if you plan to take a trip with your friends. El Nido, I’d say for your special someone and Palawan or Siargao to bring your whole family. Better yet, bring everyone in this list to all the places. The Philippines truly has so much to offer. From food, culture, and sightseeing.
On a scale of 1-10, how much of an adrenaline junkie are you?
I would give myself a 7. I always have to “try everything once” but after making sure it’s safe for me to do. Haha skydiving and bungee jumping is definitely on the bucket list. I usually say yes to anything thrilling and adventurous. Well, if someone is willing to do it with me.
Would you rather have the power to control objects or animals?
I love animals too much to want the power to control them so I’ll go with the power to control objects. Just imagine all the insane things you can do if you had telekinesis? Since you guys did not give me any limit to my power, first line of business is that I would stop buying fuel for my car and just control the wheels to move. #MaximumSavings
What turns you off on a date?
Someone who keeps talking about superficial things like looks, money, and achievements.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Ashley. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Sexy is being unapologetically yourself and never having to conform to impress someone or to fit someone else’s mold.
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