Elijah Canlas: From award-winning actor to rap artist?

Is the award-winning actor Elijah Canlas serious about becoming a rapper at the same time?

He is being drummed up these days as a special guest in the concert of the Thai duo Scrubb on 10 February at the Block 123 in Mandaluyong City.

The publicity about Canlas getting into rapping has been coming in weak spurts since April last year when he signed up with Island Record Philippines, a sister company of Universal Records Philippines. Canlas was soon publicized as a guest in a smorgasbord concert dubbed The Rest is Noise Ph, held at The Balcony in Makati in May last year.


In February last year, Canlas also signed up with Cornerstone Entertainment Inc. as a talent. Among Cornerstone’s other talents are Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby and Catriona Gray. 

In November, Island Records released on digital platforms a rap track Canlas himself wrote, “Kilala Kita.” By this he was already very visible as a major actor on the ABS-CBN youth series Senior High, topbilled by Andrea Brillantes in a dual role.

At that time, too, fellow Senior High actor JK Labajo had begun to soar once more as a singer for his single “Ere,” whose most famous line has cuss words. No one seemed to have heard of “Kilala Kita” even as a press release about the rap track mentioned that Canlas performed part of it in the series. 

“Kilala Kita” has not risen to the Top 20 of any streaming charts. We have not caught Canlas guesting on any TV show to promote his rap song, either.

Cornerstone surely has grand plans for Canlas though they still have to reveal them. The company may have negotiated another ABS-CBN series for him, and it’s the station’s call when the project may be strategically revealed. Senior High was Canlas’ first series with the network-turned-content supplier and collaborator. 

Canlas is too remarkable an actor not to be busy at any time with engrossing drama shows or movies.