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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 25, 2016

Klarisse De Guzman Talks About Her Experiences With Sarah Geronimo As Her Coach, Will Do 'One Voice' Concert In Music Museum

KLARISSE DE GUZMAN first joined a singing contest when she was only 11 years old, “Star for a Night”, where Sarah Geronimo, then 14, emerged as the grand winner. Several years later, she would join “The Voice Philippines” and little did she know that Sarah would be her coach. Did Sarah recognize her when they saw each other again?

“No, kasi sobrang bata pa naman ako noon, naka-pigtails pa ako,” she says. “It’s only when I told her that ako si Klang, which was my nickname then, doon lang niya naalala.”

How is Sarah as a coach? “Coach Sarah is so mabait. Walang ereng big star na siya. Up to now, she’d give me advice, like when I joined Himig Handog, she helped me interpret my piece. Even sa personal life, nag-a-advice siya sa’kin, like how to handle problematic relatives.”

So what did she do between “Star for a Night” and “The Voice”? “I went back to school, taking up music production, sa St. Benilde. Every now and then, sumasali pa rin ako, like sa ‘X Factor’, ‘Talentadong Pinoy’, hindi naman ako nakukuha. Siguro hindi pa talaga time and I’m really meant for ‘The Voice’. But before I joined ‘The Voice’ nagpapayat muna ako kasi tumaba ako noon, e.”
She’s first runner up to Jason Dy and she also got her own self titled album with MCA Records, a combination of the songs she performed in “The Voice” and some original numbers. Including her own composition, “Di Kayang Pilitin”. She now performs with Jason and “The Voice Kids” JK Labajo in a special concert, “One Voice”, to be held at Music Museum on Saturday, October 1.

“We did some brainstorming with our musical director, Marvin Querido, to find out what songs we’d include in the show. We’ll do solos, duets and trios, plus medleys, and of course I’ll do my signature birit songs from Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Lani Misalucha and Jaya. Basta, we’re sure will love and enjoy what we’ve prepared for them.”

Produced by Hills and Dreams, get your tickets for “One Voice” from Ticketworld at 891-9999.