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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 17, 2013

Zia Quizon Refuses To Be Compared To Mom Zsa Zsa Padilla And Sister Karylle

ZIA QUIZON is turning 22 on September 23 and she’ll have a special birthday concert at the Music Museum on September 26 with Gloc 9 as her special guest. Zia also just launched her second album, “A Little Bit of Lovin’”, with her writing the title song. Her first album, a self titled one, was released in late 2011 and got her a MYX new artist award and a gold record. Her new album has 8 new songs and 2 covers. “Dapat, last year pa ito, kaso lang, naging madrama ang buhay namin last year,” she says, referring to her dad Dolphy’s passing. “I’m dedicating my new album, which is a bit more personal than the first one, to my dad. And also to my mom (Zsa Zsa Padilla). I wouldn’t be anywhere now without them.”

So how are they now? Have they moved on a year after her dad is gone “We’re still taking baby steps, but we’re learning, we’re growing every day. Life goes on. It’s a nice experience kasi we get to discover more of ourselves.”

Aside from “A Little Bit of Lovin’”, the other songs in her new album are "Pasakalye” (the carrier single), “Seven Nation Army," "Masdan Mo Ang Kapaligiran," "Under and Over," "On The Run", "Sweet Memories", "Kung Ayaw Mo Sa Kin," "Bakit Di Ka Crush ng Crush Mo" and her song with Gloc 9, "Katulad Ng Iba”, which is in support of the Anti-Bullying campaign in schools.

So how is she now compared to the time we first met her in 2011 in her first album launch? “For one thing, I’m 20 lbs. lighter,” she laughs. “Shy pa rin, but I think I’ve gained more confidence now. I’m an open kind of person who goes with the flow. Eventually, I want to work in films also, behind the camera.”

How does she feel when people say she sings better than her mom and sister Karylle? “It’s not fair naman to compare us. It’s not about better, or worse or best. Everyone should just be the best version of themselves. And I think my mom and my sister are the best versions of themselves. So no need to compare us.”

Actually, Zia’s vocal styling is so different from her mom and sister. They’re more pop, more commercial while she’s on the bluesy/jazzy side which is not really appreciated by most of the “masa” crowd. Is this a deliberate move to distinguish her from them? “Hindi naman. Yun lang talaga kasi ang lumalabas when I write my songs. It’s not a calculated move.”