After winning the first season of The Voice Kids PH last year, Lyca Gairanod has already released her debut album Puede Nang Mangarap.
During the press launch of her album yesterday, July 13, the 10-year-old singer told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the media that she is happy and thankful to finally have her own an album, a year after she won ABS-CBN's competition.
“Sobrang happy ko po.
“Dati po kasi nangangarap lang po ako magkaroon ng album, pero po ngayon natupad na po kaya nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng tumulong sa akin.”
Her Puede Nang Mangarap album is composed of 7 tracks that are very inspiring – especially for those who want to achieve their dreams.
The carrier single "Puede Nang Mangarap" describes Lyca’s journey – from being a scavenger to now one of country’s most promising child singers. It was composed by one of the country’s top composers Jungee Marcelo.
However, she considers “Sa Isang Awit” as the song that is closest to her heart.
She explains, “Kasi po, yung dati po kasi… ayun po yung tungkol sa buhay ko dati, yung nangangalakal pa rin po ako pero po ngayon ginawa po sa isang song na ‘to na 'Sa Isang Awit po.'”
Another interesting track from her album is the song “Tayo Ay Maglaro,” composed by the inspirational diva Jamie Rivera. It is about bringing back traditional Filipino games such as Tumbang Preso and Patintero.
According to Lyca, she also likes playing games.
“Opo minsan po nagvo-volleyball po ako, tapos po yung laro-laro po kasi bumili kami ng laruan.
“Bike po na maliit, para pong sidecar na maliit [at saka] habul-habulan po.”
She also added that playing gadgets is not much of her hobby, just as what the song suggests, “Kasi po yung gadget, minsan po nakakapuyat na po yun ng bata.
“Tapos minsan po, namumula na po yung mata natin kaya kailangan po pahingahin.”
Aside from six original compositions, she also did a version of “Iingatan Ka,” which was popularized by Carol Banawa. She dedicated this song to her mother who never left her as she pursued her dreams.
COMPARISON TO DARREN. Even though Lyca won The Voice Kids, runnerup Darren Espanto released his debut album even before the grand winner.
Lyca clarified that she and the other The Voice Kids finalists are happy for each other now that they have released their own albums.
The two other contestants who were part of the final four are Juan Karlos Labajo, who is currently enjoying his stint in Pangako Sa’Yo, and Darlene Vibares.
“Masayang masaya po kami na lahat kami, magkakaroon kami ng album.
“Kahit na po [na] matagal-tagal basta po maging happy lang po kami.
“And maging masaya din po yung mga fans namin.”
Darren has also headlined his own concert at the MOA Arena last April.
Is Lyca ready to topbill her own concert in a large venue already?
“Hindi pa po, parang pagtanda ko na lang po, kaya ko na po mag-concert.”
She said that she’ll be ready to stage a big concert when she reaches 12 years old, which is two years from now.
She reasoned out that she is still too young to take on such a big project.
“Kasi po mahirap din po magka-concert, kasi po mga 20 songs [yung pine-perform sa concerts], masyado pa pong bata yung boses ko.”
LIFE CHANGES. Through this album, Lyca wants to inspire others through her inspirational songs.
“Dahil po sa buhay ko, dahil sila po ang nagbigay ng lakas at loob po para makasali po sa ganito.”
She also said that she never forgets to thank God for all the blessings that she has received.
“And si Papa God din po, siya po ang nagbigay sa 'kin ng blessings and talent.”
She is also proud to say how her life has changed right now.
Lyca has already bought a van, which is a big improvement since she used to ride a sidecar when she was still a scavenger.
“Nagkaroon na rin po kami ng bahay, nagkaroon na rin ng kotse: van po.
“Hindi po kariton, side car po. Kasi po hinulugan lang po ni mama, pinag-ipunan po.”
But despite the big changes in her life, Lyca makes it a point to remember the people who helped her achieve her current success.
“Opo. Di ko naman po sila kinakalimutan kasi po sila po yung tumulong sa 'kin noon,” referring to her neighbors in her old house.
ADVICE TO THE VOICE KIDS FINALISTS. Lyca also shared that her coach Sarah Geronimo is happy that she is finally releasing her debut album.
“Siyempre masaya po si Ate Sarah na nagkaroon na ko ng sariling album, yun po.”
The second season of The Voice Kids recently started airing. What advice can she give to the finalists?
“Ang masasabi ko lang po, sa lahat ng sasali sa singing contest, ano pong mangyari, manalo man o matalo, go pa rin ng go.
“Andiyan pa rin naman po si God [na] sumusuporta sa ‘tin and sa mga pamilya natin.
“Pero libre lang naman po mangarap, kaya po tuloy-tuloy pa rin kayong mangarap, matutupad din po 'yan.”
TRACK LISTING. Puede Nang Mangarap
1. Puede Nang Mangarap
3. Iingatan Ka
4. Sa Isang Awit
5. Ngumiti Ka Lang
6. Kung Kaya Mong Isipin
7. Tayo Ay Maglaro
8. Puede Nang Mangarap - Remix