Thursday, September 06, 2012

Aiza Seguerra Celebrates 25 Years in Show Business with Bente Singko

In my book, Aiza Seguerra is one of the few child stars who continued to shine long after she has grown up from being the cute and talkative toddler who was fondly remembered dancing to Buchikik. Aiza has blossomed into one of the Philippines' most respected acoustic singer-songwriters and guitarists today.

Time does fly by very quickly. I was surprised to find out that the little kid who made us laugh with her antics in the 1987 Little Miss Philippines and as Vic Sotto's daughter in Okey Ka, Fairy Ko, is now 28 years old and that her musical and artistic craftsmanship have already spanned 25 years! 

Armed with more than 30 movies and ten award-winning albums under her belt, Aiza shares her gratitude for this silver milestone with BENTE SINGKO, her anniversary concert scheduled for September 28 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The event is a production of MediaNation, Blackbird Music Creations, and That's Ntertainment Productions.

Joining Aiza on stage as the major acts are Eat Bulaga's Tito, Vic, and Joey, Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano, and Concert King Martin Nievera. As early as now, I'm sure eager fans are anticipating that these artists' enduring ballads will fill the coliseum with energy, passion, and nostalgia.

Admittedly not a big fan of big production numbers, Aiza shared during the press con that she'd prefer concentrating on the songs during the concert sans the elaborate numbers. "Kahit malaki ang stage, gusto naming singers na halos magkakadikit habang kumakanta. Mas iba ang vibe."

Aiza, who is one of the mentors in the show Protege: The Battle for the Big Break, will have her ward, grand winner Krizza Neri as a special guest. "I'm happy to become a mentor because I can pay forward yung mga naitulong sa akin nung nagsisimula pa ako," expressed Aiza.

The CompanY will also be there to serenade audiences with hits such as Pakisabi na Lang, a song that Aiza has also popularized in radio stations.

To complete the night with their own distinct brand of music are Aiza's fellow ASAP sessionistas Juris, Richard Poon, Princess, and Nyoy Volante as well as Gloc 9, Bayang Barrios, and Cooky Chua of Color It Redd.

Providing musical depth to the evening would be the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra which will be under the guidance of accomplished conductor Gerard Salonga while Mike Villegas and Ria Osorio will serve as Musical Directors.

Aside from Aiza's success on film and TV, she has built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments since her 2001 debut album entitled Pagdating ng Panahon. "Dun ako nakilala bilang singer," she said of the piece she described as a song about hope, "na kahit papano you'll get noticed. Ako yun eh." 

And got noticed she did! That year, the album reached five times Platinum award and her song Pagdating ng Panahon won as Best Pop Recording, Best Produced Record of the Year, and Song of the Year in Awit Awards. Her recent CD Perhaps Love (2010) was also released in Singapore and ranked no. 2 on the sales chart.

Despite her young age, Aiza has proven that 25 years is not enough to remain passionate in her commitment to her art. "When I produce music, I make sure I don't sacrifice quality. I believe ang music ay buhay at hindi dapat ikahon." She also affirmed that OPM has a lot of amazing underground artists. "As Filipinos, puso tayo eh. [Ang paggawa ng musika], hindi dapat driven by money, but by heart. Hanggang may kumakanta at nagsusulat ng musika, hindi mamamatay ang OPM."

25 years into the business, Aiza said she has learned to know and love herself and take good care of the gifts she was given. "I [also] learned to respect the competition [and that] it's actually more about [challenging yourself] to be better, loving your job, and trying to be happy no matter if things are [sometimes] not going well."

Apart  from being a musician, Aiza continues with her acting career and currently portrays a co-starring role in ABS-CBN's top-rating teleserye Please Be Careful with My Heart.

BENTE SINGKO: Aiza Seguerra Anniversary Concert is also made possible by ABS-CBN, ASAP Rocks, Eat Bulaga, MYX, Love Radio 90.7, Tambayan 101.9, Barangay 97.1, YesFM 101.1, Easy Rock 96.3, Crossover 105.1 and Mellow 94.7, Yahoo! Philippines, Philippine Concerts, Manila Concert Scene, PEP,, The Telenovela Channel, AstroPlus,, BusinessWorld, and Star Records.

Tickets are prices as follows: VIP P3000, Patron P2500, Lower Box P2000, Upper Box A P750, Upper Box B P400, and General Admission P300. Reserve tickets by calling 234.2117. 

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