2014 Music video 4m 44s Courtesy of LivenFire Records and Chelo Aestrid
Chelo Aestrid is a Cebu-born, LA-raised, London-educated, and Manila-residing singer, dancer, host, writer, designer, actress, and entrepreneur. With powerful vocals, energetic dance moves, thought-provoking lyrics, funky style, and fun stage persona, she loves to thrill any crowd. She has performed in Asia, North America, and Europe and has opened for international acts such as Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, Timbaland, Nicki Minaj, and Pussycat Dolls. She has toured in Southeast Asia as an adidas Originals sponsored host with urban music legends Ali Shaheed Muhammad of Tribe Called Quest, Maceo of De La Soul, Tony Touch, and the Triple Threat DJ’s. She received “Best Dance Recording” from the Awit Awards, “Female Style Icon” and “Best Music Video” from the Urban Music Awards in Manila. She is a founding member of the Philippine Allstars, the two-time World Hip-hop Dance Champions. She also has experience in acting (TVCs and feature film), hosting, modeling (print), teaching dance, and organizing events. She is a founder of the clothing lines Capital G and BY:CHelo; and of the webstore BarongWarehouse.com, which sells quality barong tagalong at the lowest prices. She has studied Performing Arts, Architecture, and Fashion Design, and she finished a First Honours (Summa Cum Laude) Business Administration degree at Middlesex University, London, U.K. Lastly, she has been involved in non-profit organizations such as Gawad Kalinga, Child Hope, Rock Ed, Greenpeace, and Change.org. She also volunteered for disaster relief efforts including personally raising funds for her provincial hometown of Cebu after Typhoon Haiyan, which led to the creation of the song and foundation “Chance for Change” with XienHow.
Note: Chelo Aestrid collaborated with XienHow on the music video Chance for Change, which CA+T republished in its online exhibition Storm.
In November 2013, Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan devastated most of the Visayas region of the Philippines. Thanks to many friends across the world we were able to provide some assistance to people who lost their homes in Borbon, Cebu. The job is not done, but we wanted to show you a great place to start helping the families already affected, and we wanted to create a sustainable platform for future funding for families affected by natural disasters. We started the CHANCE FOR CHANGE FOUNDATION and created a music video to show the sunny smiles of the Filipinos that never fade regardless of the challenges they face.
As a renaissance artist and a businesswoman, Chelo Aestrid is always striving to be her best self in any given situation through perseverance, passion, and positivity. She has been blessed to be able to do what she’s done so far, and only wishes to continue the good work and help others achieve their own highest potential.
XienHow was born Zen Seville and has had a very interesting life to say the least. Having moved 30 plus times by the time he was twelve, from Baja California all the way up to the Bay Area, he has a perspective that only people who have spent a lot of time traveling can have. Coming from parents with a spiritual background and belief system, he is very open minded and identifies himself as a spiritual person. Having spent the greater part of the last 15 plus years honing his artistic talents and simultaneously working a full time “career job” in the construction industry, he is considered by many as an active member of many philanthropic and artistic circles. His professional experience has allowed him to develop an outstanding work ethic, which in turn helped him fund a lot of the community work and artistic platforms he continuously has provided to artistic communities throughout his career. In 2006, XienHow made his first trip to the Philippines where he fell in love with her people and culture. He has returned 13 times since then and has worked with the local entrepreneurs/philanthropists “Konektado” to continue creating positive and productive outlets and platforms for the people. Through his working relationship with Konektado, he met Chelo Aestrid, which is how the “Chance for Change” collaboration came to life.
XienHow is an artist who focuses his music on the positive development of the mind and on changing the way people view their lives. He draws on the pain, struggles, and successes of his life to make music that he spreads on a global scale. He has worked with many legendary artists throughout the industry and has toured throughout the world and continues to do so. He is willing to work with other people with the same dedicated hard working ethical understanding. He works in the light of God and will not waver at the hands of darkness.
- Born: USA
- Based: San Francisco, CA, USA