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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.

Feb 22, 2014

Jonalyn Viray Denies She’s The Reason Why La Diva Disbanded

PINOY POP SUPERSTAR first winner Jonalyn Viray celebrates her 9th year in showbiz with a major solo concert, “Jonalyn: Fearless”, on Friday, February 28, 8pm at the Music Museum. Why is the title “Fearless”?

“Kasi magiging fearless ako sa pagkanta,” she says. “I’ll step out of my comfort zone and sing all the songs na before, I’m afraid to sing. Of course, I’ll also sing the songs na nagustuhan sa’kin ng tao, like ‘Close to Where You Are’ that’s composed by Danny Tan, the theme song of ‘Darna’ na ‘Di Na Nag-iisa’, the theme song of ‘My Husband’s Lover’ composed by Tata Betita na ‘Help Me Get Over You’, ‘Makita Kang Muli’ from the Koreanovela ‘Padam Padam’ and ‘Sa Piling Mo’ from the Mexicanovela ‘Lola’. But I can also apply the title to my life right now, kasi fearless na ako in facing all the challenges na dumarating sa buhay ko. Dati kasi, I get affected pag may nanlalait, like when I won na ang sabi, sino ba yan? Maliit na, ang itim pa. Masakit, pero dahil doon, natuto akong mag-ayos at magsalita with more self confidence. Now, when I hear things like that, ini-ignore ko na lang. ”

Is she really the reason why her trio with Maricris Garcia and Aicelle Santos, La Diva, was disbanded? “That’s not true. It was a mutual decision with management. Kasi 5 years na rin kami together and we all want to grow individually as we all started naman as solo singers. Wala kaming samaan ng loob.”

How come she didn’t show up when GMA hosted a surprise birthday party for Aicelle two weeks ago whereas Maricris was there? “Simply because I wasn’t informed. Hindi ko talaga nabalitaan. Ni hindi ako na-text. Siguro rin, dahil may gigs ako noon sa abroad.”

Her guests in “Fearless” are Regine Velasquez, Kuh Ledesma and her “Pinoy Pop Superstar” colleague Brennan Espartinez. How come she didn’t invite Aicelle and Maricris to join her? “It’s the decision of the producer. Kasi nga naman, if I’m cultivating a solo career that will establish my individuality as a singer, dapat wala muna yung mga dating identified with me. But I will invite them to watch the concert and it’s up to them if they want to watch or not.”

Is she willing to go into theatre like Aicelle who’s getting great feedback as the lead in “Rak of Aegis”? “Actually, I was told to audition there and I did. I was then told that I qualified for the major role but nagkaproblema kasi kasama ako sa ‘My Husband’s Lover’ concert tour sa U.S. at matagal akong mawawala. So I begged off kasi baka hindi ko ma-fulfill ang rehearsal skeds nila. I hope they’ll still get me next time.”

“Fearless” is directed by Dennis Marasigan, who also helmed Jonalyn in the movie, “Cattleya: An OFW Story”, where she played the best friend of drug mule Glaiza de Castro to open in theaters on Wednesday. For tickets to “Fearless” produced by GMA Network and Creative Media Entertainment, with Soc Mina as musical director, get them at ticketworld.com.ph and Music Museum, tel. 721-6726.