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CHITO MIRANDA Inspires Netizens To Quit Smoking

Lance Paolo Lim

Posted at April 16, 2018

Over the weekend, Chito Miranda inspired thousands of netizens after sharing his journey to quit smoking.

"I started smoking nung Grade 6 ako. Subok subok lang para cool kunyari. Tapos medyo dumalas nung 2nd year highschool dahil kay Buwi hehe! Magtatago kami sa gilid ng chapel sa tabi ng bahay nila tapos magyoyosi lang kami dun habang nagkukwentuhan. Pagpatong ng 3rd year highschool, nagsimula na akong bumili ng sarili kong pack at mag-yosi araw araw. Dun na nagtuluy-tuloy. That was 1992," the Parokya ni Edgar frontman wrote about how he became a smoker.

"Sobrang sarap mag-yosi habang umiinom, after kumain, sa backstage habang naghihintay sumampa, habang nagsusulat ng kanta, habang nagrerecording, etc," he continued.

"Sa katunayan (at alam ng mga kabanda ko 'to, pati ng mga sound engineers namin), na di ko kayang kumanta ng maayos ng hindi naka-yosi. Ang normal process namin during recording was, kakanta muna ako paulit-ulit para aralin yung kanta at yung delivery ng vocals, and once alam ko na kung paano ko gusto kantahin yung song, mag-yoyosi ako sandali, tapos pagbalik ko sa vocal booth, sakto na yung timpla at quality ng boses ko," he revealed about how smoking slowly affected his career as an artist.

Then again, he realized that it wasn't worth it.

"Pero 4 years ago, I decided to cut down because I realized na kahit enjoy ako mag-yosi, mas enjoy ako tumugtog, kaya na-isip ko na mas alagaan ang sarili ko, and more importantly, my throat. Puff puff nalang ng konti bago kumanta sa gig or sa recording, para lang lumatag ng maayos ang boses ko, pero pag walang gig, no yosi whatsoever," he said. 

Detailing his decision to quit the said vice, Chito said he found "a bigger purpose".

"But a year after that, I found a bigger purpose...a more important reason to be healthy. Mas importante pa sa pagbabanda at sa timbre ng boses ko."

"Kinasal ako and started a family. Tinigil ko ng todo ang paninigarilyo nung pregnant si Neri kasi ayoko ma-contaminate yung baby namin hehe! And nung lumabas si Miggy, nag-decide ako to live as healthy as possible, kasi gusto ko ma-alagaan ng todo ang pamilya ko hanggang sa pagtanda."

"Medyo nahirapan ako kumanta nung simula, pero pinanindigan ko at sinanay ko yung sarili ko na kumanta nang hindi naka-yosi. Eventually, nasanay din ako, at ayun...pangit pa rin boses ko. Wala naman yatang nakapansin," he continued, joking about how it "affected" his voice.

"You simply need to be stronger than your cravings, and remind yourself why nag-quit ka in the first place," the "Inuman Na" singer ended.

Check out his post below:

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