1-on-1 with Lyca: 'Voice Kids' champ charms with wit, energy


Posted at Aug 19 2014 06:59 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2014 06:16 AM

9-year-old poised for career upswing

MANILA -- On stage, Lyca Gairanod impresses with her singing talent, but in interviews or casual conversations, the nine-year-old charms with a different weapon.

'The Voice Kids' champion Lyca Gairanod, with her parents, emotionally accepts her trophy during the singing competition's finale last July 27. ABS-CBN

Less than a month after winning ABS-CBN's "The Voice Kids," Gairanod has become a TV darling after a string of guest appearances. Most recently, she portrayed herself in a top-rating "Maalaala Mo Kaya" episode about her story as a scavenger helping her family earn in Tanza, Cavite.

Now dubbed a "Little Superstar," Gairanod is also set to conquer the big screen in the Vice Ganda-starrer "Praybeyt Benjamin 2," which will compete in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.

This is on top of a singing career that's poised to take off this year, with a solo album in the works under MCA Universal, and a guest stint in music veteran Lani Misalucha's upcoming concert tour.

On Tuesday, Gairanod was among the guests who kicked off Resorts World Manila's fifth anniversary festivities, reprising her winning song "Narito Ako" originally performed by Regine Velasquez.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual before her performance, Gairanod showed her wit and signature spunk, which fans caught glimpses of in her previous guestings in talk shows.

"The Voice Kids" viewers may remember Gairanod describing host Alex Gonzaga's outfit as "pantulog." On Korina Sanchez's "Rated K," the young singer quipped that she thought the news anchor was a hundred years old, after Sanchez teased that she acts like a 25-year-old.

Aside from obliging to sample her favorite songs, Gairanod, in her interview, even offered to share a new talent she is working on -- beatboxing.

When asked about the huge success of her "Maalaala Mo Kaya" episode, Gairanod started to feign crying, as if to reenact her well-received scenes.

Before the interview wrapped up, Gairanod offered to show her newly learned ramp-modeling skills, drawing laughs and cheers from onlookers.