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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.

Mar 7, 2013

Singer Jayke Reyes Born & Raised In The U.S. But Remains Very Conservative

SINGER JAYKE REYES was born and raised in the U.S. by her mom and LAPD dad but she’s a Filipino at heart. At 19, she’s proud to proclaim she has never had a boyfriend and remains a virgin, something rare in a culture where virginity is now a non-issue. She studied at the L.A. High School for the Arts but is now a protégée of Boy Abunda. She launched her debut album of new and familiar songs recently under Ivory Records, with “Kay Palad Mo” as the carrier single. Other cuts are “Pakaingatan Mo”, “Perry’s Will”, “Paano Na Kaya” and “We’re All in This Together” that comes with a minus one.

Jayke sings in ABS-CBN’s “ASAP”. Would she like to try acting also? “I do, I want to be in teleseryes, but I have to be more fluent with my Tagalog first. I can sing in Tagalog well, but it’s different when you deliver Tagalog lines, lumalabas yung accent ko. I’m now working on it with the help of a tutor. I also want to try local musical theatre. I saw K-La in ‘In the Heights’ and I want to audition in an Atlantis Productions’ show. They say theatre discipline is very different and I wanna experience that.”

She’s very lucky to have very supportive parents. “They agreed for me to stop schooling just to try showbiz here in Manila. We’re only two in the family. I have an older brother who’s 13 years older than me. My mom now accompanies me here in Manila while my dad visits me every so often.”

Is she ready to face showbiz intrigues? “Yes, my dad prepared me for it. I have a fan page and there are hecklers who say they don’t like me. Iyakin ako but I’ve learned to ignore them and just let it go.”

Jayke will have a show at Trinoma this afternoon, Friday, 5 PM, tomorrow at Robinson Forum, and Robinson Angeles on Sunday, March 10, all with fellow Ivory artist JM de Guzman. On March 16, she’ll be with Luke Mejares at Robinson’s Manila, and back with JM de Guzman at SM Bacoor on March 23 and SM Dasmarinas on March 24. For inquiries about Jayke, call Backroom at 4351108 and 4351120.