MANILA — Sarah Geronimo is a proud “mom” as her former wards in the various editions of “The Voice of the Philippines” continue to reach new career heights, with a number of them even sharing the stage with her in concerts and shows like “ASAP Natin ‘To.”
Geronimo, who is returning as a coach for the upcoming fourth season of “The Voice Kids,” mentioned the likes of Darren Espanto, Morissette, and Kyle Echarri as former Team Sarah members who have each earned big breaks in showbiz.
“Iyon naman po talaga ‘yung goal ng show, ‘no — para matupad ‘yung pangarap ng mga pumapasok po dito, na minsang nangarap, whether ito ‘yung stepping stone nila para maging artista, o maging international star.
“Masarap sa pakiramdam, iyong talagang with pride na sasabihin mo: ‘She came from my team!’ Talagang maipagmamalaki mo,” she said.
Geronimo spoke with ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe on Wednesday on the sidelines of the final taping for the Blind Auditions leg of “The Voice Kids.”
Geronimo, who similarly entered showbiz via a singing competition in 2003, also gave words of encouragement to past Team Sarah members who crossed over to other talent shows, among them the ongoing “Search for the Idol Philippines.”
Finalists Zephanie Dimaranan, Fatima Louise, and Dan Ombao were all former recruits of Geronimo across three editions of “The Voice” — kids, teens, and adults, respectively.
“Mga anak ko sila! Mga kapatid ko!” she said. “Sobrang nakaka-proud, kasi talagang hindi sila tumigil, e. Hindi nila sinabi sa sarili nila na, ‘O, hanggang dito na lang ako.’ Kitang-kita ‘yung determination nila na talagang, ‘I will go after my dream!’”
Asked for her advice to the hopefuls, she said: “Just never stop believing in yourself. At saka, totoo ‘yun, e — may timing ang lahat ng bagay. Hindi man sila nanalo sa show… Katulad ni Darren, ni Morissette, si Kyle… May mga pagkakataon na matatalo tayo sa buhay, pero hindi iyon ang katapusan ng lahat. Kumbaga, iyon ay setup lang sa atin ni Lord, preparing us for something greater, something better, or the best plan for us!”