|ED KOWALCZYK (SECOND FROM LEFT) WITH HIS NEWFOUND FANS IN RENER CONCEPCION, MADONNA MA, CHRIS HARDIN, RICHEL DIOKNO, AGO DIOKNO, AND VIM NADERA|
Vim Nadera: What did you take up in college? Why?
Ed Kowalczyk: After high school, I went straight into the University of Rock and Roll, I’m guessing the cover of Rolling Stone and a few million records sold counts for at least a bachelor’s degree. LOL.
VN: What was your ambition where you were a young boy with a unique surname?
EK: I was just happy to have people say it correctly!
VN: How Polish are you?
EK: My father’s side is 100% Polish, my mother’s side is English and German. Add in America and you get the melting pot of Ed K.
VN: What about your kids? Could you tell us about your family?
EK: I have 3 wonderful daughters. They are 10, 7 and 1 year old. They and my wife are the lights of my life.
VN: In the Philippines, we usually equate Poland with Pope John Paul II. Are you, being a Good Samaritan, a Catholic too?
EK: I was born and raised a Roman Catholic and have recently returned to practising the faith of my youth.
VN: How active are you with World Vision?
EK: We have an ongoing partnership. We have connected over 200 children with new sponsors as a result of my tours. We are on our way to raising money to dig a well in rural Zambia as well.
VN: What is your impression about us, the Filipino audience, before and after your first concert in Manila?
EK: Wonderful! So much energy and I could tell that the fans were genuinely happy to see me. What a great feeling!
VN: Were you surprised that you have a huge following in this part of the planet?
EK: It’s always a very pleasant surprise to travel as far away from home as Manila and have such an incredible reception. During Lightning Crashes at the Araneta Coliseum, I was smiling inwardly the
whole time thinking: “ I wrote this song in my bedroom in little old York, Pennsylvania, and look at all these beautiful Filipinos singing it back to me!” Such a great feeling.