(Left to right) "The Voice of the Philippines" coaches Lea Salonga, Bamboo Mañalac, Sarah Geronimo and Allan Pineda. Photo from ABS-CBN/handout
MANILA, Philippines - Singer-actress Sarah Geronimo admitted that she feels intimidated working with three of the country's biggest music artists.
Geronimo will be one of the judge-coaches of the upcoming reality singing competition "The Voice of the Philippines." The others are rock singer Bamboo Mañalac, Allan Pineda or apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas, and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga.
"Sobrang intimidated. Hindi niyo po alam kung gaano kalakas ang kabog ng dibdib ko. Dinadaan ko lang sa pa-Ingles-Ingles na barok," Geronimo told reporters in a press conference for "The Voice of the Philippines" on Friday.
While she is intimidated by the success of her fellow judge-coaches, Geronimo said she also sees her newest project as a chance to help fulfill another person's dream.
"Tinitignan ko na lang 'yung bright side nito, kung bakit ako naging part ng show na ito. It's a chance to be part of someone's journey towards pursuing his or her dream," the young singer-actress said. "Isang malaking karangalan na maging parte ka doon at maibigay mo ang contribution mo doon sa taong nangangarap na 'yon."
A product of a singing contest herself, Geronimo believes that she can help the contestants of the Filipino edition of "The Voice."
"Ako po ay dumaan sa ganitong proseso at I'm sure marami akong mare-relate sa kanila. I'm excited kung ano ang maibibigay ko sa kanila o 'yung maibibigay namin sa isa't isa, 'yung pagtutulungan namin para makamit ang 'The Voice of the Philippines' title," she said.
Asked what kind of coach she plans to be, Geronimo replied: "Curious ba kayo sa bitchy side ko? Hindi naman sa nangongopya ako, kasi wala naman ako talagang knowledge sa pagme-mentor. Ang maibibigay ko lang ay 'yung sincerity at pagtulong ko o pagbahagi sa nalalaman ko, 'yung nalalaman ko for ten years being in the business."
The singer-actress added that she will be open to her future team's views and preferences.
"Nandoon 'yung pagiging open ko sa kung ano ang gusto ng team ko or ng team members ko, kung paano nila iatake ang isang kanta. 'Yung respect nandoon and sana magtulungan kami ng team members ko," she said.
"The Voice of the Philippines" will be aired on ABS-CBN in June.