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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.

Aug 27, 2013

Dulce Can't Help But Be Emotional As Voice Coach In 'Anak Ko Yan'

AT THE PRESSCON of “Anak Ko Yan”, Dulce, who’s the voice coach, apologized to us for something she has done more than 30 years ago. She just then won the grand prize at the Asian Songfest in Hongkong in 1979 for “Ako ang Nagwagi” and we were assigned to interview her. She was then managed by writer Lulubelle Ramos who arranged for us to go to her apartment in Makati. We were shown in by the maid and we waited patiently for her for more than an hour but she never came down.

“Sorry, takot na takot kasi ako sa’yo noon,” she now says. “Baguhang-baguhan ako, Maria Teresa Llamedo from Cebu, tapos iinterbyuhin mo. Sabi ni Lulubelle, darating siya para samahan ako, pero biglang nagpasabing hindi na makararating kaya hindi na kita nababa. Sorry talaga.”

We told her it’s water under the bridge. Dulce is now happily to married with Bernard Cruzata, who’s with the Interpol. They have two kids and the youngest is only 6. “Humabol na lang kasi 46 na ko nang isilang ko siya. Pinag-pray pala nitong si Bernard when we were in Korea and the Lord gave His blessing.”

Her three kids with Danny Cruz are now grownups. One, David, is a good tenor who sings opera, while another one is working abroad. Dulce did a great performance in the Chito Rono musical “Emir” and she was last seen on stage as Olivia in “Katy” at the Meralco Theatre. On TV, she also went into acting in “Juanita Banana”.

“There were other offers after that pero ang hirap gumawa ng soap kasi magdamagan ang taping tapos mapupuyat ka. Naaapektuhan ang boses ko, which is not good kasi may singing engagements ako. Alam mo naman, singer ako before an actress, so ayoko na munang mag-soap. But itong ‘Anak Ko Yan’, okay lang kasi coach naman ako ng mga batang contestants sa singing. Ang taping namin hindi inaabot ng magdamagan. Ang mahirap dito, emotional ako by nature at naaapektuhan ako sa mga personal kuwento at pinagdaraanan nila in the course of the reality show. Naiiyak talaga ako. E hindi mo naman maaalis ‘yon kasi tunay na buhay ito. So talagang emotions are involved at kasama naman talaga yun to develop their talent.”

“Anak Ko Yan” is now being seen Monday to Friday at 10:45 AM, just before “The Ryzza Mae Show”.