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Happy birthday, Sarah G: 10 milestones in the Popstar Princess’ career

In celebration of her 26th birthday on July 25, we’re having a Sarah Geronimo weekend! In this special feature, we pick some of the highlights in the music royalty’s career.

Star Cinema Admin
Star Cinema Admin

7/27/2014 in News
Happy birthday, Sarah G: 10 milestones in the Popstar Princess’ career

Sarah Geronimo once said that she almost gave up in pursuing her dreams as a singer. Good thing she didn’t because look where she is now, already an accomplished artist with still many things ahead of her.

Here we list some of the best moments in Sarah’s career:

Releasing her debut album

The Popstar Princess’ victory in “Star for a Night” (2002) is indeed a fulfillment of a long-held dream. It’s only fitting that she called her first album “Popstar: A Dream Come True.” It was the first of many, the latest of which is her 10th studio album, “Expressions.”

Moving to ABS-CBN

In realizing her dreams, Sarah took risks in terms of career decisions. She moved to ABS-CBN in 2004 and one of her first shows was the afternoon series “Sarah, the Teen Princess.” She also became part of one of the longest-running variety shows in the country, “ASAP.”

Becoming a primetime actress

Sarah further flexed her acting muscles for her first primetime project in 2006, “Bituing Walang Ningning” with Angelika dela Cruz and Ai Ai delas Alas. Although the series was a showcase of Sarah’s acting, she also got to do some singing for it. She starred in a few more musical dramas namely “Pangarap na Bituin” (2007) and “1DOL” (2010).

Delving into hosting

Aside from singing and acting, Sarah also got to hone her hosting skills via the talent searches “Search for Star in a Million,” “Little Big Star,”  and “Little Big Superstar.” These apparently served as platforms for what would eventually be her biggest hosting-performing solo TV project: “Sarah G. Live!” Through the show, which aired from 2012 to 2013, Sarah treated TV viewers to a concert experience every Sunday night.

Becoming box office queen

After being cast in a number of films, Sarah finally snagged her first Box Office Queen Award for Star Cinema's “A Very Special Love.” Her first big screen team up with John Lloyd Cruz got them the Box Office King and Queen honors from the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation. 

“A Very Special Love” spawned two more movies, “You Changed My Life” and “It Takes a Man and a Woman,” following the love story of Sarah’s Laida Magtalas and John Lloyd’s Miggy Montenegro.

Singing at major events

Sarah already conquered various stages in her career, but a few stand out and can be considered “once in a lifetime” opportunities. She sang the Philippine national anthem in Manny Pacquiao vs. Erik Morales in Las Vegas back in 2006. Three years later, she sang Virna Lisa’s “Magkaisa” at former President Corazon Aquino’s funeral.

Marking first decade in the industry

To celebrate her first decade in the music industry, Sarah held a three-leg concert called “Perfect 10.” She held shows at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu, and SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Having international collaborations

Sarah upped her musical game by collaborating with international producer Christian De Walden for her third album “Becoming” (2006). Christian, who has produced for artists such as Anne Murray and Engelbert Humperdinck, also took on her fifth album, “Just Me” (2008). In that album, Sarah recorded a duet with Backstreet Boys member Howie D called “I’ll Be There.”

Being recognized locally and internationally 

Sarah’s artistry has not only been recognized here but abroad as well. She was the Best Asian Artist - Philippines at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2012 in Korea and the Best-Selling Artist - Philippines at the World Music Awards 2014 in Monaco. She was also the first recipient of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards’ Pinoy Wannabe Award in 2004.

Even the local government acknowledges Sarah’s contribution to the industry. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts gave her the Ani ng Dangal for Multi-Disciplinary Arts and named her Goodwill Ambassadress for Music both in 2013.

Mentoring on “The Voice”

Although she initially had apprehensions about coaching on “The Voice of the Philippines,” it turns out that Sarah has gained enough experience and wisdom to impart to aspiring artists. Two of her artists, Klarisse de Guzman (runner-up) and Morrisette Amon (semi-finalist) are slowly making their own marks in the business. It’s also worth noting that in “The Voice Kids,” two out of the four finalists are from Team Sarah.

What do you think are the other milestones in Sarah’s career? Talk about it on Fans Speak!

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