Sarah Geronimo has changed so much from the time she burst onto the entertainment scene after winning the television-singing contest Star for a Night in 2003. She subsequently rose to fame with the release of her debut album Popstar: A Dream Come True.
Since then, the country’s new Queen of Pop continuously reinvents herself to keep her star in the limelight. And with numerous accolades under her belt, 49 Platinum and 8 Gold Record Awards in a span of 10 years, selling more than a million albums, Sarah has crafted one of the most successful recording careers on the local music scene.
With her reinvention comes her endeavor to provide something new to her fans. And in the latest music video for her single “The Great Unknown,” her collaboration with the band Hale, we see a very different Sarah singing an unconventional song and portraying a more mature image.
For people who have been following her recording career, it’s a pleasant surprise that Sarah G opted for a more mature sound, not even pop or R&B. It’s a glaring testament that she is really after for musical reinvention.
“As a music artist, I still have a lot of dreams. I want to record more original material. I want to keep on surprising my fans. I don’t want to limit myself because I know I can do more,” the pop star told the Manila Standard in a recent interview.
The 28-year-old actress and recording superstar is aware that she’s part of a very dynamic industry that the only way to keep herself relevant is to become aware of her limitations and strengths. By doing so, she can work on her weaknesses and further improve on what she’s already good at.
“It’s all about overcoming your fears. I remember my father telling me when I was young that I can’t expect for something to happen tomorrow if I didn’t do anything today,” she shared.
She related her father’s advice when she was still a virtually unknown singer trying to win all the singing contests available. It actually took her three attempts before she was accepted as a Star for a Night contestant.
“I almost gave up after my second try. But my family pushed me to go for another try. I told them I’m not cut out to be a singer. Then when I went for that third try, I was told I’m already in,” she narrated.
And as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Realizing how fortunate she is to have been able to fulfill a lot of her dreams at such a young age, Sarah has started doing philanthropic efforts. The most recent being is her visit to Museo Pambata where she met with kids of Gawad Kalinga.
“I have been given so much early in life that I want to give back this time around. I am fortunate that I was able to invest my blessings in a trusted financial partner. Now that I am confident of a secure future for me and my family, I can start helping others follow their own dreams,” said the pop star who’s also one of Manulife’s celebrity ambassadors.
Sarah furthered that with most of her ambitions fulfilled, she is at a stage of her life where she wants to start giving back.
“Sometimes, even if you have achieved success, you feel empty. I think we can find a lot of joy in being able to reach out to those who have not been as fortunate and interact with them, as we are doing with the GK kids,” she mused.
Images by Sonny Espiritu