Singing Gollayan Sisters recognized by California city

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Jan 15 2014 02:16 PM | Updated as of Jan 15 2014 10:16 PM

CARSON CITY -- They were grand champions on ABS-CBN's popular noontime variety show "It's Showtime" in 2012. Now the Gollayan Sisters are bringing their talent to the US.

Almira, Irene, Mylene and Celina, aged 18 to 24, came from humble beginnings. Their father supported the family of 8 by collecting cans, while their mother sold Tupperware and beauty products.

But the girls found joy and success in their voices.

"This talent is our source of living in the Philippines and we finished our studies because of our singing and we thank God for this talent," Almira Cercado Gollayan, the eldest sister, said.

Just weeks after getting their performance visas, the heavily Filipino populated City of Carson honored the Gollayan sisters for showcasing Filipino talent in the community, especially during the 2013 World Championship of Performing Arts.

"In recognition of your achievement in receiving 24 gold medals in the 2013 World Championship of Performing Arts in singing and dancing, congratulations," Jim Dear
Carson City mayor, said.

"It's a huge opportunity po and a big blessing to be recognized by the Carson City especially Mayor Jim Dear... Hindi namin inexpect mag appreciate and mag recognize ang talent namin," Almira said.

After winning 16 medals and 4 championships at the World Championships of Performing Arts in 2006, the sisters returned to Hollywood last year to bring home 20 golds, 4 silvers, and 4 overall championships at the 2013 competitions.

Battle tested from several Philippine-based singing competitions, including "It's Showtime", competing for high stakes was nothing new to them.

"Na taunan natin from Showtime and World Championships of Performing Arts especially WCOP because 2006 nag-join na kami as juniors and ngayon pa na bibigyan kami ng pakataon na represent the Philippines for senior division with the help of Showtime. Malaking tulong and lessons na tutunan namin yung discipline and perseverance at tsaka yung patience sa ginagawa ko especially sa mga kapatid we've been doing this for 10 years," Almira said.

After conquering every major Philippine singing contest and WCOPA, the next gig for the Gollayan sisters, building their American dream while helping the Philippines through their music.

"Our petition is a charity so half of the proceeds ng concerts namin pupunta sa Philippine children's charity," she said.