Sylvia La Torre is back in Manila

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2010 07:09 PM | Updated as of Nov 23 2010 03:47 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Queen of Kundiman Sylvia La Torre returned to the country Sunday for a benefit show titled “Laro: Child's Play at the CCP” with Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo.

"Gusto naming tulungan at suportahan ang mga young talented children na mahihirap who are really good in their music," said La Torre, who is now based in the United States.

According to La Torre, the show will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on Saturday, November 27, at 6:30 p.m. They will be joined by world renowned tenor Andrew Fernando.

The veteran singer admitted that she has yet to meet Geronimo, but she saw her performances on television.

She said she's excited to perform her hits "Sa Kabukiran" and "Waray-Waray."

When asked if she will do pop songs, she said: "Hindi ako kumakanta ng ganoon. Ang kinakanta ko ay 'yong na-record ko noong araw, 'yong mga sinauna nating awitin."

La Torre became a household name in the 60s when she did the radio show "Tuloy ang Ligaya." She was also part of hit noontime TV show "Oras ng Ligaya."

She honed her singing prowess by doing stage shows during World War II. After the war, she took up music at the University of Santo Tomas.

She also appeared in various films including "Tuloy ang Ligaya," "Ulila ng Bataan" and "Ang Asawa Kong Americana."