Sunday, January 24, 2010

About Sarah Geronimo And Mark Bautista

Philippine pop stars and actors Sarah Geronimo and Mark Bautista visited Kuala Lumpur on January 24, 2010.

They performed in the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

I interviewed them shortly afterwards.

Read all about them here. Thanks, Wikipedia.

Sarah Geronimo.

Sarah Geronimo (born July 25, 1988), is a Filipino singer and actress.

She signed a recording contract with VIVA Records after winning a singing contest in 2003.

A year later, she entered ABS-CBN and became part of a variety show ASAP.

She also acted in shows like Bituing Walang Ningning and Pangarap Na Bituin.

She starred in the movie A Very Special Love in 2008 and You Changed My Life in 2009.

To date Geronimo has sold over 450,000 records in the Philippines.

Sarah was born to Delfin Geronimo, a national telephone company employee and Divina Geronimo who runs a beauty salon in Santa Cruz, Manila.

Sarah is the third of four children.

Adolfo Geronimo, a TV host and producer is Sarah's uncle.

At six, she joined a singing contest and won first prize.

She performed in the TV variety shows Pen-Pen De Sarapen from 1992 to 1994, Ang TV from 1995 to 1996 and NEXT from 1996 to 1997.

In 2002, Geronimo entered a nationwide singing contest with a million-peso prize, Star For A Night hosted by Regine Velasquez.

Geronimo won the grand prize singing To Love You More and To Mother With Love.

In 2003, Geronimo released her debut album Popstar: A Dream Come True with the hit singles Forever's Not Enough, To Love You More and Sa Iyo.

In 2004, Geronimo signed a contract with ABS-CBN, where she had her first acting project in a drama series Sarah, The Teen Princess.

She also starred in musical variety show ASAP.

In 2005, Geronimo sang the theme of Star Cinema movie Can This Be Love.

She also joined the fourth season of the weekly teen variety show SCQ Reload, Kilig Ako.

She also starred in the fantasy movie Lastikman, produced by VIVA Films.

In 2004, Geronimo released her second album Sweet Sixteen with How Could You Say You Love Me as the first single.

Along with reality talent stars Rachelle Ann Go and Erik Santos, Geronimo performed in the Night Of The Champions concert at the Araneta Coliseum, followed by a tour of the United States.

In 2005, Geronimo staged her first major concert at the Araneta Coliseum titled The Other Side.

In 2006, she was cast in ABS-CBN's prime time soap opera Bituing Walang Ningning, a remake of the 1985 hit movie.

She starred as an aspiring singer Dorina Pineda, and the role was originally played by Sharon Cuneta in 1985.

She also released a soundtrack of the series.

Her third studio album Becoming was released in 2006.

The album yielded three singles I Still Believe In Loving You, Carry My Love and Iingatan Ko Ang Pagibig Mo.

Geronimo also held concerts in Taiwan, Canada, the United States and Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

In the United States she visited San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and Honolulu.

In 2006, she was chosen by Manny Pacquiao to sing the Philippine national anthem prior to his match against Mexico's Erik Morales at the Thomas and Mack Centre in Las Vegas, the United States.

She held her second major solo concert in 2007 at the Araneta Coliseum. It was titled Sarah Geronimo In Motion.

In the same year she released her fourth studio album Taking Flight with the hit singles I'll Be Alright and Ikaw.

She took the lead role in ABS-CBN's prime time drama Pangarap Na Bituin in 2007.

In 2008, Geronimo reunited with Erik Santos, Rachelle Ann Go and Christian Bautista in a Valentine's Day concert at the Araneta Coliseum themed OL4LUV (All For Love).

Geronimo released the In Motion DVD filmed at the Araneta Coliseum that year.

She also released I’ll Be There as part of her fourth album. It was a collaboration with Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough and was produced by Christian De Walden.

In 2008, Geronimo starred with Filipino actor John Lloyd Cruz in A Very Special Love.

Geronimo recorded her own version of the song A Very Special Love which was included in Taking Flight.

She also staged her third major solo concert in Araneta Coliseum, titled The Next One.

In 2009, Geronimo appeared in the follow-up movie with John Lloyd Cruz, You Changed My Life (A Very Special Love Sequel).

The film is ranked as the Highest Top-Grossing Filipino Film Of All Time.

She also recorded the theme song of Sunsilk, Record Breaker.

She also sang Virna Lisa's Magkaisa at the funeral of former President Corazon Aquino.

Geronimo released her first solo Christmas album, Your Christmas Girl in 2009, followed by her sixth studio album Music And Me.

Mark Bautista.

Mark Bautista (born August 10, 1981) is a Filipino singer, actor and commercial model.

Born in Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines, Bautista received his career break when he finished second in Philippine reality talent search Star For A Night behind Sarah Geronimo.

Bautista is the son of Darni and Sue Bautista. He is the third of four siblings.

Participating in singing competitions since childhood, he eventually joined a band called Voizemale and performed cover versions of songs by Earth, Wind & Fire and Backstreet Boys.

After finishing second in Star For A Night, he became an artiste of ABS-CBN and performed in ASAP.

He also hosted Search For The Star In A Million (first two seasons), a singing competition.

In 2005, he released his first album Dream On which had the hit single I Need You.

In 2006, he had his first major solo concert at the Aliw Theatre, themed Pop Heartthrob.