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Singer Karylle is now a certified Kapamilya as she signed a one-year contract with ABS-CBN on Tuesday.
"Officially, isa na po akong kapamilya. Thank you sa pag-welcome sa akin," Karylle said.
Fresh from Las Vegas where she sang the Philippines national anthem in the Manny Pacquaio-Oscar dela Hoya bout last Saturday in Las Vegas, (Sunday in Manila), Karylle was thrilled over the warm welcome she received from the Kapamilya network.
The singer said that her decision to move to ABS-CBN was basically due to the many changes in her life.
"Siyempre maraming changes sa buhay ko. With these, I also changed management, so now, I'm under Stages, with Carlo Orosa and Audie Gemora. Sila yung in charge sa ‘West Side Story‘. Sila ang nag-head noon," said Karylle.
She added: "Since maraming kaguluhang nangyari, yung career ko, I just left it up to them to decide. Kasi at that time, hindi ko na maisip ang kahit ano pa mang bagay. So I trust them completely and I know that they are very, very capable of making right decisions for me. So noong sinabi nilang lilipat ako, I trusted it and I'm very, very happy to be here and it's really the right decision."
She denied reports that she left GMA-7 to be away from former sweetheart actor Dingdong Dantes, adding it was dictated by her career rather than personal plans.
"It's a lot of different things, kasi yung tingin ng ibang tao, feeling nila ‘yun lang ang dahilan. Pero more than anything else, it's a career decision," she said.
Karylle said she's not trying to avoid Dantes, adding that showbiz is only a small world. She even revealed that she saw Dantes in Las Vegas last Sunday and he even congratulated her.
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” said Karylle when asked to give other details of their encounter.
Present during the contract signing were Karylle's manager and ABS-CBN executives.
“Next year, makakasama ako sa [TV series] Maruja, and this Sunday (December 13) I’m gonna be in ASAP,” she said,
Karylle also said she was glad she would finally be able work with her mother, Zsa Zsa Padilla, an ABS-CBN contract star.
Aside from her mom, Karylle also said she wishes to work with Piolo Pascual and Claudine Barretto.
"Na meet ko siya noong commercial shoot nila dati, tapos sabi ko, 'Oh my God, ang gwapo pala ni Piolo.' Kasi yun yung first time na nakita ko talaga siya, tapos tinignan niya ako, eh kinilig naman ako. Sobra pala siyang charming," she said.
On Pacman-dela Hoya fight
Karylle said she was really happy she was the one picked to perform at the MGM Grand for the "Dream Match," and she shared some experiences in Las Vegas with Pacman.
"That day was a very, very nice day kasi what happened in the morning, may misa sa room ni Pacman. So nandoon lahat ng mga Fiipino sa hotel. It was at the Mandalay Hotel. So ang mga Filipino, makikita mo sa lobby hanggang sa floor of the suite. Then nandoon si Ms. Jinky at yung sister niya. She's (Jinky) eight months pregnant na, so hindi yata siya nakapananood ng live kasi baka manganak siya doon," she said.
"So binisita namin siya (Pacquiao) doon sa kwarto niya. Nagpapamasahe na siya doon so ganoon pala siya. Relax lang siya tapos nakahiga, tapos minamasahe tapos nagjo-joke lang siya. Yung mga tao, pumapasok sila pero bawal magpa-autograph kasi mapapagod ang kamay, ‘yung picture bawal ang flash....Okay naman siya, nakikinig ng audio books. So he just let us stay there with him kwento lang siya, nagjo-joke siya kasi magbi-birthday na siya, magti-twenty na daw siya,” Karylle narrated.
The singer also admitted that she really felt nervous singing the anthem.
"Oo, kinakabahan talaga ako, and I guess it's also the whole feeling of being overwhelmed in front of yung mga kababayan mo. And alam mo, ‘yung madadala ka sa excitement ng moment, you know it's such a big deal pero I’m happy naman na natuwa naman ‘yung mga tao about it,” she said.
Karylle also disclosed that she almost had a problem singing the anthem.
"I wasn't able to really get to drink before and I was really the first on the ring. I think the most important thing naman, especially the Filipinos who were there, they felt good about it and talagang they felt what I meant when I sang. And you know I sang it with all my heart, and to me, it might not be perfect but that's what my heart could give, and I'm happy that a lot of people felt it naman,” she ended.