“I’m seventeen, I was born in Calgary, Alberta, May twenty-first,” ang umpisang sinabi ng Filipina-Canadian singer na si Mary Kate Aquino.
Proud din siya na ka-birthday niya ang Superstar na si Nora Aunor.
May album si Mary Kate na out na ngayon sa market kung saan puro original compositions ang nilalaman.
Songwriter rin si Mary Kate at ang una niyang demo album ay may isa siyang kanta na sinulat.
Available na rin sa Google Play at iTunes ang single niyang "Sayang" na nilkha at produced ni Vehnee Saturno.
Nakabakasyon hanggang ngayong Agosto sa Pilipinas si Mary Kate at babalik siya sa Canada para ipagpatuloy ang pag-aaral niya doon.
Nakausap namin si Mary Kate kamakailan sa ginanap na Mr. and Miss Campus Face Universe-Philippines 2016 sa Music Museum kung saan isa siya sa mga guest performers.
DISCOVERY. Paano siyang na-discover si Mary Kate ng show organizer-director na si RC Perez?
Kuwento niya, “He came to Calgary and I performed in one of his shows, from then on we just worked together.”
May career rin bilang singer sa Canada si Mary Kate.
Aniya, “I’ve also sang for the Premier of Alberta, which is like the mayor but bigger.
“I’ve also performed for Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.”
Noon nga raw nakita ni Mary Kate ng malapitan ang British royal couple ng umawit siya nang bumisita ang mga ito sa Canada.
Sabi pa niya, “I also perform with the Filipino artists that come from the Philippines to Calgary.
“I open for them, I’m their front act, so I’m pretty well-known in the Calgary area and in the Alberta area.
“I’ve also done interviews and stuff like that.
May pagkakahawig ang mukha at boses nina Mary Kate at ng Fil-Am American Idol runner-up na si Jessica Sanchez.
Kilala rin niya si Jessica at flattered siya na maikumpara ditto.
Bata pa raw siya noong nagkaroon ng Canadian Idol kaya hindi siya nagkaroon ng pagkakataong sumali sa naturang singing contest.
Samantala, ang self-titled album niyang Mary Kate Aquino ay naglalaman ng mga kantang ‘Trouble, Your Eyes,’ ‘All The King’s Horses,’ ‘Ur Hurting Too.’ at ‘Angel Of Mine’ na mula sa Beyond Infinity Productions Corp.
INSPIRATION. Canadian citizen si Mary Kate kaya hindi katakatakang idolo niya ang Canadian diva na si Celine Dion.
“She’s my inspiration. Celine Dion was my first inspiration.
“Her song ‘To Love You More’ was the very first song that I sang in a competition and I won!
“She is really a big inspiration in my life… she’s the one who inspired me to do the music and take this path in the music industry.
“I look up to a lot of artists, I love artists like Whitney Houston, Ariana Grande… the divas, I really like them.
“I really like R&B Pop ‘cause that’s where my style is whenever I sing.
Sa mga Filipino artists ay paborito niya sina Regine Velasquez, Pops Fernandez, Martin Nievera, Sarah Geronimo at Sharon Cuneta.
Nakilala niya ang mga ito nang mag-show sila sa Canada, “I’ve also met James Reid, Nadine Lustre.”
LOOKING FORWARD. Parehong Pilipino na mga taga-Pangasinan ang mga magulang ni Mary Kate.
Grade twelve na si Mary Kate sa pasukan sa Canada sa September.
Noong bata pa siya ay madalas siyang sumali at manalo sa mga singing contests sa Canada.
“I’m part of the Young Canadians, which is a performing arts group in Calgary, it’s very big.
“We are under a very big foundation called the Calgary Stampede.
“The Calgary Stampede is like a fair, like a carnival, something like that.
“That happens every July for ten days and we perform on the grandstand stage.
“We perform a show, which is performing in front of twenty thousand people every night… it’s really big.
“It’s usually an hour and thirty minutes and so we perform there every night, there are fireworks and a lot of people.”
Sa isang taon ay babalik siyang muli sa Pilipinas para subukan ang kapalaran niya sa showbiz dito.
“I have to finish one more year, then I get to decide.
“First I wanna finish off high school and then I can just carry on with my life.
“After high school, at least I have an education then I could move forward to college, too if I want to.”
Kapag bumalik na siya sa Pilipinas next year at nagkaroon siya ng magandang showbiz career dito, handa ba siyang mamalagi rito at iwan na ang Canada?
“Well it’s gonna be hard to say goodbye to my friends because I’ve grown up with them, I see them everyday, almost.
“Also to give up my family ‘cause most of my family is already there in Canada… I won’t be able to see them for a long time.
“But you know it’s for my career and this is what I want.
“Like if I wanna go after my dream I have to go and do it.
“I can’t just sit around and stay home, you know.”
Bukod sa pagiging singer at dancer, kung magkakaroon rin raw siya ng pagkakataon na maging artista at modelo ay ikatutuwa iyon ni Mary Kate.