Glaiza de Castro on ABS-CBN actress Angelica Panganiban: "We're actually working on a project..."

IMAGE Yugel Losorata (Glaiza)

Glaiza de Castro (left) on ABS-CBN actress Angelica Panganiban: "Nagpapasalamat ako na naging part siya ng album ko."


Will best friends Glaiza de Castro and Angelica Panganiban appear together onstage for a concert?

Some showbiz friendships are interesting by own merits. The bond between Glaiza and Angelica have gone past doing the crazy, child-like tricks together, evolving into an artistic collaboration in the form of songwriting.

At the launch of Glaiza's latest album titled Magandang Simulain, their friendship also reached a new high after the singer-actress told the press that Angelica, who used to insist she won't take the spotlight in terms of her lyric-writing, is now comfortable to let the public know she had written lyrics that found their way into her album.

"Before hesitant siya talaga na i-share na kami ang gumawa ng ilan sa mga originals ko. Di ko alam kung bakit," said Glaiza, referring to Angelica whom she first met in ABS-CBN's '90s teen-flick series Berks.

Knowing the reason seems irrelevant now that there's no more hesitation. "Nag-usap kami recently at sabi niya 'sige sabihin mo na sa tao,'" happily recalled the 29-year-old Encantadia star.

With Glaiza serving as melodist, Angelica penned the lyrics to the album tracks "Ganti," "London," and "Sinta" which is Glaiza's lead single for her eight-song album distributed by Polyeast Records and launched at Dong Juan restaurant in Quezon City.

The other numbers are mostly covers from classic Pinoy acts Asin ("Itanong Mo Sa Mga Bata"), Aegis ("Dinah"), Cinderella ("Bato Sa Buhangin") and Juan Dela Cruz Band ("Ang Himig Natin"). 

MUSIC MUSEUM GIG. After a short four-song set that included "Sinta," a piece wherein her voice came off full-bodied, Glaiza gleefully talked about her collaboration with the ABS-CBN actress.

Glaiza recalled, "Hindi talaga namin plano mag-record professionally. Basta nangyari na lang ito. She texted me some lyrics or words concerning yung mga pinagdadaanan niya nung time na yun."

She added, "Naging proud naman ako bilang kaibigan niya kasi meron siyang ganitong strength. Gusto ko sana siya isama sa recording ng 'Sinta' pero hindi magtugma ang schedule namin. Wala naman kasi restriction from our respective networks pagdating sa music we share."

With such an upbeat mood, Glaiza is set to do a special concert at the Music Museum on October 27 titled Kun(g)diman and featuring Mike Hanopol and Gloc-9 as guests. It's obvious what that "g" stands for, while kundiman is a word embracing her current plot of paying tribute to iconic nostalgia acts.

Asked if fans can expect Angelica to appear in flesh come concert night or pursue more collaborations with her, Glaiza replied, "Pwedeng oo, pwedeng hindi. Pero definitely may contribution siya na ishe-share ko sa concert. We're actually working on a project na baka maisama pa sa concert."

Let the guessing game begin.

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ONLINE COLLABORATION. What started as a kind of girlish trip became a serious connection that made use of today's technology. Because both of them are busy with their separate careers, often Glaiza and Angelica write their songs by way of online communication, a far cry from the traditional eye-to-eye way of writing songs together.

"Ever since baliw na talaga kami," mused Glaiza, "Nagsimula kaming gumawa ng lyrics na walang sense hanggang sa naging therapy na namin ito sa mga personal experiences namin."

Stressing on why she became close to Angelica, she noted, "Si Angelica kasi yung tipo na naturally nakakatawa. Nasasabayan niya ako sa mga antics ko."

She said gratefully, "Nagpapasalamat ako na naging part siya ng album ko."


FOCUS ON MUSIC. As for the latest on her TV and movie exposure, Glaiza mentioned a film project in the works and having done "a couple of test shots" for a teleserye she's lead starring in.

It's likely that she will have to tackle this duty by the end of the year; at this time she couldn't reveal even the working title.

Besides, at this point in her career, this seriously motivated singer who plays acoustic guitar would rather prefer concentrating her energy on her upcoming concert and to her ever-going musical sojourn.

In Kun(g)diman, she's bound to perform "Ang Himig Natin" with Mike Hanopol, one of the 'jeproks' from the seminal Pinoy rock band Juan Dela Cruz. She hasn't met Mike yet and she's excited to rehearse with him.

"Gusto ko talaga maging musician bago pa ako maging actress. This time I want to give the audience something different. Ang okay sa concert this October is makakapag-explore pa kami sa arrangements ng mga kanta na different from the ones heard in the album."

She noted of the fact she's often associated with band personalities and she likes it that way. Years ago she appeared on the music video for Pupil's "Disconnection Notice", a dream-come-true of sort as she got to work with Ely Buendia. In the early stage of her collaboration with Angelica, the ones that pushed them to doing it seriously were people like Wendell Garcia, Kakoi Legaspi, and Rommel Dela Cruz-- all of whom being noted session musicians and mainstream band members.


GIVING BACK. Recently, Glaiza was chosen as ambassadress by the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc, owner and operator of Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center.

She pointed out, "Habang tumatagal ako sa industriya, I realized na may deeper meaning ang existence ko. Mas nagkaroon ako ng urge to help people. I didn't expect this opportunity and I am so thankful being given this kind of confidence and trust by such a respected group."

Asked about her goal as artist with a cause, she said, "Gusto ko magkaroon ng center for performing arts. I want more Filipino artists to go global."

Last July, Glaiza also attended the opening of a photo exhibit at Fisher Mall that was still part of the 140th anniversary of PCCAI. The exhibit showcased the several humanitarian and charitable activities done in the past, with Glaiza contently on board serving as its link to the current generation. The oldest charitable organization in the country certainly saw in her the quality of someone who is well-loved and can serve as a good model for the right causes it promotes. 

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