MANILA - Lyca Gairanod, the 9-year-old champion of ABS-CBN's "The Voice Kids," will make her acting debut in an upcoming episode of "Maalaala Mo Kaya" telling her own life story as her mother's helper in scavenging junk for a living.
On Thursday, Gairanod underwent a workshop to prepare for her role and spoke with ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe about her first try at crying on cue.
She will be portraying herself in the episode.
"First time ko lang po umiyak nang dalawang beses. Sabi niya po [ng direktor] umiyak ako, umiyak po ako! Hindi naman po mahirap masyado," she said.
Asked which between acting or singing she prefers to focus on, Gairanod said: "Kumanta po... atsaka po umarte."
Gairanod has been likened to screen veteran Nora Aunor, herself a singing champion, because of her humble background and talent.
In Tanza, she helped her mother, Maria Nessel, scavenge junk to sell.
She also performed for her neighbors for extra cash.
Her father's earnings as a fisherman, along with what they got from scavenging, were able to send her to school.
"Thank you po sa mensahe niyo po sa akin na hindi po ako magbabago," Gairanod said, when asked for her message to her supporters. "Para sa inyo po ito, at sa pamilya ko, lalung-lalo na po kay God."