There’s no doubt that nine-year old Lyca Gairanod can sing. She’s The Voice Kids first grand champion lang naman.
Her being small but terrible in stature made Lea Salonga remark during the Battles that all she could think of was Nora Aunor, thus Lyca being tagged as Little Superstar from then on.
Lyca Gairanod: Singing sensation at 9
While still fresh from her winning, with millions of Filipinos around the globe ecstatic about her feat, ABS-CBN took advantage of featuring her life story on Charo Santos’ Maalaala Mo Kaya, with Lyca playing herself in the long-running anthology.
She underwent acting workshop before the cameras rolled and proved that she can deliver the goods.
In a dramatic scene with Malou De Guzman as Lyca’s mother
Acting out her own life story was not hard for Lyca, but it became easier because of her innate talent in acting, just like in singing.
And wow, she can act!
“First time ko lang po umiyak nang dalawang beses. Sabi po ng direktor umiyak ako, umiyak po ako. Hindi naman po mahirap masyado,” she said of her dramatic scenes.
Another dramatic scene with Ronnie Lazaro as Lyca’s father
If Nora became a national singing champion via Tawag Ng Tanghalan at 14, and Vilma Santos became an acting sensation via Trudis Liit at 9, the scavenging daughter of a fisherman from Tanza, Cavite has become both at her tender age.
It’s like saying that Lyca is even better than the Superstar because Nora did not act (although debuted in All Over The World in the same year she won Tawag Ng Tanghalan) in movies and television until later; also better off than Star For All Seasons Vilma Santos because the actress-politician has not been gifted with a good singing voice even if she won Best Child Actress in her debut film.
The street child/scavenger that was Lyca
And just fresh off the press: Lyca joins Hawak Kamay, a teleserye (which replaced Dyesebel) topbilled by Piolo Pascual. She will start taping this week with the kids – Zaijan Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat and Andrea Brillantes. The Voice Kids third placer Juan Karlos Labajo was recently added to the series.
(See related article Piolo Pascual only choice for ‘Ako Si Ninoy’ indie musical film https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/piolo-pascual-only-choice-for-ako-si-ninoy-indie-musical-film/)
Lyca during the Blind Auditions
Lyca, along with second placer Darren Espanto will also be Lani Misalucha’s special guests in Asia’s Nightingale’s Philippine Tour on August 22 (Friday) at the Waterfront Cebu Hotel in Cebu, and on August 29 (Friday) at SMX Convention Center in Davao.
Team Sarah shortly before the announcement
An MCA Universal album for The Voice Kids Top 6 (Lyca, Darren, Juan Karlos, Darlene Vibares, Tonton Cabiles and Edray Teodoro) is under way. This is on top of Lyca’s solo album as part of her winning the grand prize in the ABS-CBN singing reality show.
Lyca’s life story on Maalaala Mo Kaya (titled Red Envelope for the color of the envelope that contained the announcement that she passed the audition) posted a rating of 38.4%, even higher than that of The Voice Kids finale with 37.2%. MMK had a national average rating of 26.4% for the month of July.
‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion hugged by parents
When the Top 4 guested on Gandang Gabi Vice (GGV), it was Lyca who asked Vice to include them in the movie the comedian is doing for the Metro Manila Film Festival. Vice said the Top 4 will be included, so true enough, Lyca debuts in a movie soon, a filmfest entry no less with the Unkabogable Box-Office draw of them all in Praybeyt Benjamin 2.
Lani Misalucha gets the honor of guesting Lyca first in her concert
The Little Superstar also doused the apprehension and concern of some of her supporters that she might change too soon and become swell-headed.
“Thank you po sa mensahe n’yo po sa akin na hindi po ako magbabago. Para sa inyo po ito, at sa pamilya ko, lalung-lalo na po kay God,” she assured.
Lyca Gairanod: Philippine entertainment’s newest darling
Yes, the street child, scavenger, poor little girl that was Lyca is now Philippine entertainment’s newest darling… and she’s on a roll!
Click link to view full episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knxNwMnr-hE
Click link to view Mario Dumaual’s interview with Lyca at the Resorts World 5th anniversary celebration last August 19.http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/08/19/14/1-1-lyca-voice-kids-champ-charms-wit-energy
Related stories in this blog:
- ‘Little Superstar’ wins: Lyca Gairanod is ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion! https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/little-superstar-lyca-gairanod-is-the-voice-kids-grand-champion/
- ‘The Voice Kids’ Big 4: Lyca, Darren, Juan Karlos, Darlene in grand finals! https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/the-voice-kids-big-4-lyca-darren-juan-karlos-darlene-in-grand-finals/
- Darlene, Tonton, JK, Edray, Lyca & Darren battle for vocal supremacy in ‘The Voice Kids’ live semifinals https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/darlene-tonton-jk-edray-lyca-darren-battle-for-vocal-supremacy-in-the-voice-kids-live-semifinals/
- Darren, Lyca banner Team Sarah in ‘The Voice Kids’ semis https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/darren-lyca-banner-team-sarah-in-the-voice-kids-semis/
Photos and videos from http://www.abs-cbn.com