Though she answered The Sunday Times Magazine’s question in her typically sweet and polite manner, it was clear that singing sensation Sarah Geronimo no longer wants to be called the “Popstar Princess.”
Her sentiments come at a time when she is eager to show her audience how she has matured as a performer—specifically when she goes on stage to mark her decade-long career in the music industry via the anniversary concert Perfect 10 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 15.
“Malaki po ang utang na loob ko na nabigay sa akin ang title na Pop Princess for the most part ng career ko,” said the 25-year-old platinum record awardee on Thursday. “Pero ayoko naman pong maging stuck doon na laging sing-and-dance ang ginagawa ko. Gusto ko din pong ma-appreciate as an artist and hindi lang as a performer kaya umiiwas na po ako sa ganong production numbers.
“Sana po ngayong sisimulan ko ang 10th anniversary ko sa pagiging singer, sana ma-appreciate po ng tao ang boses ko alone na walang tulong ng production design, backup dancers and choreography,” Sarah wished.
Indeed, the 15-year old whose lungs of steel won the grand prize of the singing contest Star for a Night in 2003 has undergone a complete transformation as a musical artist. Save for her perpetual girlish nature and typecast movie roles as the big-hearted positive-thinker, Sarah’s song choices, be they on ABS-CBN’s ASAP or the recently concluded Voice of the Philippines, have been big and challenging. She put her depth on Katy Perry’s “Roar” to name one of her most talked about performances, and has even gone into song writing and composition as of late.
“The last 10 years of my singing life have been very colorful,” she looked back. “Maraming pong naging achievements pero mas natuto po ako sa mga pagsubok na pinagdaanan ko as an artist, and ngayon, masasabi ko na alam ko na ang identity ko, ang genre ko at kakayahan ko bilang singer.”
“Noon kasi akala ko ang batayan lang ng pagiging magaling na singer ay ang wide range at malinis na boses. But as time went by hindi pala doon lang yon—kailangan ng balanse lahat, at ang pinaka importante lahat galing sa puso.”
In other words, ticket holders of Perfect 10’s sold out show (tickets have no longer been available since August) should not expect gimmicks on concert night. No saccharine segments with surprise appearances of Sarah’s possible special someone.
“Ayoko nang dumepende sa lalaki,” laughed the 5th Star Awards for Music’s Female Recording Artist of the Year. “Sa past shows ko laging may ganon, pero ngayon sinabi ko talaga gusto ko lang kumanta!”
According to her long-time mentor and Viva Group of Companies big boss Vic del Rosario, Sarah is completely immersed in preparing for the concert, personally choosing her repertoire, her sophisticated costumes changes, and even the appropriate stage design.
As the title implies, the show, which will have a repeat at the Mall of Asia Arena because of ticket demands on November 30, has to be a “Perfect 10” for the artist. And maybe from there, a more suitable title will arise for the Popstar Princess—one that reflects the profound passion she has nurtured for her craft in these last 10 years.
For ticket inquiries call Ticketnet at 911-5555, SM Tickets at 470-2222 and Viva Concerts at 687-7236.