Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo is currently on a month-long US concert tour that will include a show at New York’s Hammerstein Hall on Sept. 15. ABS-CBN held a press conference for Sarah before she left for the States because when she arrives, her latest teleserye “Pangarap na Bituin” would have already been on air.
In the teleserye, Sarah is joined by Rica Peralejo and Maja Salvador and together they play sisters who’re separated from each other. In “Pangarap na Bituin,” Sarah’s leading man is Jericho Rosales. Completing the cast are John Arcilla, Sandy Andolong, Cherrie Pie Picache, Rio Locsin and Joel Torre.
Sarah plays Emerald, an acoustic singer who resides in Boracay where her adoptive parent brought her. She was orphaned at a young age because of the Mayon Volcano eruption that killed her parents. This tragedy also caused her to lose her older sister Sapphire (Rica) who will be reunited with them several years later. Together with her younger sister Ruby (Maja), they were forced to live in an orphanage where they became close to fellow orphan Terrence (Jericho).
Since the start, Sarah has shown that she has the makings of a star, with her humble beginnings, exceptional talent, hard work, and most of all belief in the power of her dream. She became a singing sensation, a brilliant actress and a total performer.
But Sarah did not gain stardom overnight. Her first singing stint was at the age of two when she sang “Pasko na Naman” with Pinky Marquez and Richard Reynoso in a mall tour. At four years old, her mother would accompany her to auditions for different TV programs. Sarah became part of the kiddie shows “Pen-Pen de Sarapen” (when she was between 4-6 years old) “Ang TV” (7-8 years old) and “Next” (8-9 years old). In between auditions, Sarah would perform at shopping malls and hotel lounges. She was one of the performers during the l995 visit of Pope John Paul ll. At an early age, she braved the agonizing process of joining singing contests and even then, people saw her extraordinary talent. Only a few know that she was even part of then “SangLinggo nAPO Sila’s Princess Asia” in l995. But it seemed like fate was waiting for the right time for Sarah to shine.
Viva Records’ “Search for a Star” was the singing contest that catapulted Sarah to stardom. At age 14, she emerged as the grand prize winner with her rendition of Celine Dion’s “To Love You More.” She won R1-million and a managerial contract with Viva Artist Agency. More than that, she gave a new start to televised singing contests and opened the door of show business for hopeful divas and balladeers. After this turning point, what followed were Platinum albums with chart-topping singles, successful concerts here and abroad, movie offers (she played supporting roles in Viva’s “Filipinas” and “Captain Barbell,” and starred opposite Mark Bautista in “Lastikman”), endorsements, and legions of fans here and abroad. Critics also recognized her remarkable talent and contribution in the industry, as Sarah bagged different awards from a number of award–giving bodies each year.
In 2004, Sarah joined the Kapamilya network and had her first TV series, “Sarah the Teen Princess” on ABS–CBN. Not long after, she became a regular on the Sunday variety show “ASAP,” and hosted the talent search “Little Big Star,” which was followed by “Little Big Superstar.” In 2006, Sarah got her biggest break and proved that she can really act when she portrayed the role of the young fanatic Dorina, in the toprating teleserye “Bituing Walang Ningning,” inspired by the movie of the same title, and topbilled by megastar Sharon Cuneta and Ms. Cherie Gil. In “ASAP ‘07,” Sarah is one of the “Champions” where she is featured weekly in its much-awaited Grand Face-Off segment where she displays her vocal acrobatics uniquely her own. Fans are able to appreciate her even more in “The Other Side of Sarah” segment of the same concert-TV show.
Incidentally, Xtreme Magic Sing, exclusively distributed by the Astra Group, recently signed up Sarah as its latest endorser. Sarah’s successful concert “Sarah Geronimo in Motion” was sponsored by Xtreme Magic Sing.
Said Orville Roque, Astra Group President/CEO: “We chose Sarah to endorse Xtreme Magic Sing as she is, like Xtreme Magic Sing, a family unifier. She projects warmth and strength as she is wholesome, hardworking, talented, and positive. For us Filipinos, singing has always played a role in our families, in good times and in bad. Even when we are far away from each other, singing songs that have meaning and history in our families brings us back home even if only while singing the song.”
Sarah will be presenting the latest Xtreme Magic sing X11000: Wireless, the first in the wireless series. This is an all-in-one wireless karaoke system, with a remote control that selects song reservation and random playback, external video input, and a recording function, among mainstay Xtreme Magic sing features such as Song Section Repeat, Voice Change, Real Time Scoring, and Scoring Level Selection, among others.