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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.

May 28, 2021



LANI MISALUCHA is having a virtual concert with Martin Nievera, “New Day”, at the Solaire Theatre on June 5 and 6, to be shown streaming. 

We ask her what happened to her exactly when she got sick and had to excuse herself from being a judge in GMA-7’s “The Clash”.

“I’m not going to lie,” she says. “Im not good, I’m not feeling well physically emotionally. But just like what everybody says, we have to go on. Our lives have to go on. And that’s what I’m trying to do now. The show must go on.”

She reveals she and her husband both got sick. 

“August of last year, my husband and I had our health issues. It’s not covid but bacterial meningitis. The problem is nadamage ang ibang nerves namin sa brain. 

"Nagkaroon ng swelling and hemorrhage. We had loss of hearing. Nabingi kami. 

It’s a medical situation na nangyari sa buhay namin that has affected us immensely.”

There was a time she wanted to give up. 

“I said I don’t wanna sing anymore if it’s just going to be this way. Umabot sa ganon ang way of thinking ko noon. Singer ka, tapos, bingi ka. 

"Buti bumalik na rin ang pandinig ko, but I have to wear hearing aids. But I have to be careful kasi konting movement of my head lang, nakakahilo na.”

She now has to exert more effort when she performs. 

“Sa ‘All Out Sundays’, all of our songs, I have to practice a thousand times muna para yung tono, makuha ng muscle memory ko. I listen paulit-ulit to it on the computer or sa cellphone ko para hindi maiba ang tono. I’m now semi-disabled, but it will not stop me from doing the things i love to do, like singing. 

"There might be struggles here and there, but I want my life to go on and be normal again. I want to be the usual lively and energetic Lani.”

She hopes her “New Day” concert with Martin will help lift up the spirits of all those who’ll watch it. 

"We’re living through difficult times and the pandemic will now be a part of history. No matter what we do, hindi na natin malilimutan ito. Mahirap mag-perform in this new virtual setup, like wala kaming live audience, but what can we do? 

"We should learn how to adjust even if there’s no one to watch us live. We just have to work around it and do our best and give the ticket buyers the same amount of energy and quality that we give in a live concert. 

"And I will always be grateful for all the support of all the people out there who help motivate me to go on.”

How is it performing with Martin? 

“It’s always a good feeling, a breeze to perform with Martin. Masyado siyang maasikaso sa kasama niya, lagi siyang mindful of his partner and that is a very commendable ugali ni Martin. 

"He’ll always make sure you are comfortable. Basta with him, I’m doing to do a concert anytime.”

“New Day” with Martin and Lani will be held at The Theatre at Solaire and stream worldwide on KTX.ph, IWantTFC, TFC IPTV on June 5 8 PM/ PST/US and on June 6 8 PM/ Manila time, with tickets priced at P2,500 for VIP and P1,200 for regular.