Jake Zyrus sees Himig Handog 2017 a huge part of his fresh start as trans-man singer

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"Noon po, yung pressure medyo mabigat kasi kailangan kong laging kantahin yung 'All By Myself' at saka yung 'One Moment in Time.' Kailangan kong mag-high slit at saka mag-high heels, so talagang pressure po talaga yun, mabigat din," said Jake Zyrus about the pressure of being a singer when he was still known as Charice.

Jake Zyrus joins Himig Handog for the first time.

The trans-male singer happily accepted the offer to be one of the interpreters in Himig Handog 2017.

The artist formerly known as Charice will be singing Agatha Morallos's “Bagyo.”

According to the 25-year-old singer, he considers this as another opportunity to do new things after he transitioned to being a male singer.

“Ever since nag-come out ako as Jake Zyrus, gusto ko po lahat ng mae-experience ay fresh, maraming first time.

“Noong nabigyan po ako ng opportunity na makasali po rito, talagang hindi ko na po pinalagpas kasi sabi ko, napakalaking opportunity po talaga nito para sa akin.

“Hindi ko pa po nagagawa ito before.

“Bilang isang Pinoy singer, napakalaking achievement po nito sa akin, manalo o hindi,” Jake told entertainment reporters at the press conference of Himig Handog 2017 held last October 12.

Although he has been recognized as a professional singer here and abroad, Jake still feels a bit nervous about his Himig Handog stint.

“Sa totoo lang po, parehong nakaka-pressure, iba lang yung feeling.

“Noon po, yung pressure medyo mabigat kasi kailangan kong laging kantahin yung 'All By Myself' at saka yung 'One Moment in Time.'

“Kailangan kong mag-high slit at saka mag-high heels, so talagang pressure po talaga yun, mabigat din.”

Jake was referring to the time when he was still performing as Charice, an alumna of ABS-CBN's now defunct singing talent show, Little Big Stars.

He continued, “Ngayon po, yung pressure, nandun yung sinasabi nila... Ngayon pong kami ang interpreter, basically, ang mananalo ay sila [composers].


“Yung kanta po talaga ang mananalo, siguro yun po talaga ang pressure.

“Ang sa akin, ang importante lang, as long as sinasabi sa akin ni Ms. Agatha na gusto niya ang kanta, confident siya about it, okay na po ako dun.

“Pero I will still give my 100%, yung best ko para maibigay, mai-share sa mga tao, mabigyan ng justice yung emotion na binigay ni Ms. Agatha doon sa kanta. Yun lang po ang gagawin ko.

“Yun lang po siguro ang pressure na nararamdaman ko, kailangan kasi no matter what, kahit sabihin nating lahat na hindi tayo competitive, it's still a competition.

“Nandun yung hope na sana yung kanta ang manalo. Yun lang ang pressure na mapi-feel kasi lahat tayo family rito.

“Nandun yung ano na kailangang manalo yung kanta because they deserve it."

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For the 2017 edition of Himig Handog, ten songs were chosen from almost 7,000 entries submitted by Filipinos all over the world.

In Himig Handog tradition, these compositions will be interpreted by some of today’s hottest local artists.

Aside from Jake Zyrus, the other interpreters are Migz Haleco for Eric de Leon’s “Bes,” Iñigo Pascual feat. Aikee for Michael “Aikee” Aplacador’s “Extensyon,” Morissette Amon for LJ Manzano and Joan Da’s “Naririnig Mo Ba?” and Jona for Raizo Chabeldin and Biv De Vera’s “Sampu.”

Other interpreters included in the lineup are Unit 406 for Gabriel Tagadtad’s “Tanghaling Tapat,” Kyla and Jason Dy for Soc Villanueva’s “Tayo na Lang Kasi,” Kaye Cal for Karl Gaurano and Teodoro Katigbak’s “The Labo Song,” Moira for Libertine Amistoso’s “Titibo-Tibo,” and Janella Salvador for Karlo Zabala’s “Wow na Feelings.”


The song entries will all be performed on ASAP. The first batch started last Sunday, October 15, with Moira, Janella, and Morisette showing their interpretations to the public.

On October 22, viewers will be able to see the performances of Jona, Kaye Cal, and Iñigo with Aikee and the October 29 episode will feature Migz, Unit 406, Jake, Kyla and Jason.

Himig Handog 2017 composers and interpreters.

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This music videos of Himig Handog 2017 are produced by 10 participating schools: Bulacan State University (“Bagyo”), Columban College Olongapo (“Bes”), Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna (“Extensyon”), Southern Luzon State University (“Naririnig Mo Ba?”), Holy Angel University-Pampanga (“Sampu”), De La Salle Lipa (“Tanghaling Tapat”), MINT College (“Tayo Na Lang Kasi”), Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Bataan (“The Labo Song”), International Academy of Film and Television – Cebu (“Titibo-tibo”), and St. Louis University Baguio (“Wow na Feelings”).

The songwriter with the best composition gets the grand prize of P1 million cash. Runners-up also get these prizes: P500,000 cash prize (2nd place), P200,000 (3rd place), P150,000 (4th place), and P100,000 (5th place).

Special awards will be given to MOR’s Choice, Star Music Listeners Choice, and One Music PH Choice for Favorite Interpreter, each with P50,000 cash prize.

Another special award goes to TFC’s Global Choice for Favorite Song that comes a cash prize of $2,000. The MYX Best Music Video will be awarded to the winning students with a P50,000 cash reward.

The Himig Handog 2017 grand finals will take place on ASAP on November 26.





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