Last December 2, Lea Salonga was announced as one of the celebrity judges of Avon Voices, a global online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women.
The Filipina singer joins a renowned panel of music industry leaders composed of Grammy-winner Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, legendary songwriter Diane Warren, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, Australian Artist of the Decade Delta Goodrem, Brazilian pop star Ivete Sangalo, and Russian sensation Valeriya.
Avon Voices marks the start of the company's year-long 125th anniversary celebration in 2011. The CCP Little Theater was selected as the venue for the regional launch of Avon Voices, which had its New York City launch just a day before, on December 1, 2010.
During her short interview with the press last December 2, a loud voice was heard, belonging to none other than Nicole, Lea's four-year-old daughter.
The singer-actress immediately entertained Nicole who couldn't stop admiring her mom's gorgeous gold evening dress.
Nicole waited patiently beside Lea, occasionally asking her mom something during the course of the interview.
FALSE ISSUE. When asked about the rumored "dedmahan" between her and Sharon Cuneta during the concert of Ai-Ai delas Alas, Lea says, "That's really weird, I really don't know how that came up, I came off the stage from Ai-Ai's concert, I saw her and we hugged each other."
She declares, "It totally makes me angry, it's totally untrue because there is no issue between me and Mega.
"I'm even getting tweets from total strangers, and I'm like, 'What the heck, paano naman ako nasangkot dito?'"
She believes it's unfair to both of them when something like this [untrue stories] happen.
Lea reveals, "She [Sharon] always treats me nicely, with kindness, and she's always nice.
"She even acknowledged me from the stage. It ticks me off that someone invented this [falsehood]."
SHARON-AGA TAMPUHAN. When asked about the tiff between Aga Muhlach and Sharon, Lea was very careful in answering because "they're both friends of mine."
She explains, "One, hindi ko talaga alam ano ang naging pasimuno ng away, ng tampuhan nila, di ko alam, I don't know.
"It's hard to base comments on hearsay, on what's been coming out in the papers, kasi baka may kulay na, malayo na sa katotohanan.