Jayda on Darren Espanto: "He's one of the most genuine people I've met."

by Julie E. Bonifacio
Jun 10, 2018
Jayda, the daughter of Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado, says about Darren Espanto: "He's like a good friend of mine kahit binu-bully niya ako minsan."

Binibigyan ng ibang kahulugan ang friendship ng newbie singer na si Jayda Avanzado kay Darren Espanto. Inakala tuloy ng ilan na may relasyon na sila.

“Hindi po. Bawal pa po [mag-boyfriend]. Career muna po. Pag-aaral pa po muna,” sunud-sunod na tanggi ni Jayda.

Inamin naman ni Jayda na mabuti silang magkaibigan ni Darren.

“Ah, well, he’s a genuinely nice guy. He’s one of the most genuine people I’ve met in the business. He’s like a good friend of mine kahit binu-bully niya ako minsan. Talagang pinagtri-tripan niya ako palagi,” ngiti pa niya.

What’s the best thing about Darren?

“His personality and obviously his talent po. I have so much respect po with Darren as an artist. He’s super dedicated.

“Actually, it was the first time I saw him live in concert nung Unstoppable. Mapapabilib ka talaga.”

Pero marami rin ang nakapansin na may chemistry ang young singers nung mag-perform si Jayda sa concert ni Darren na Unstoppable.

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Possible kaya na maging loveteam sila ni Darren?

“Uhm, right now I’m really focused on my singing career. Pagdating po sa mga loveteam or things like that, I haven’t discussed anything like that po with my management. But in the future, I can’t really say what will happen

“Pero sa ngayon po talaga, focus po alaga ako sa singing ko. And as a singer/songwriter, lumabas na po yung single ko na ‘Text’ which is out now in all digital platforms.

"And my EP, ‘In My Room,’ is coming out in July. So abangan niyo po.”

OPENING ACT. Excited na si Jayda sa inaabangang concert ng One Direction member na si Niall Horan.

Magpe-perform si Jayda bilang front act niya sa Flicker Tour in Manila na gaganapin sa SM Mall of Asia Arena this Sunday, June 10.

“Well, I was contacted by the organizers of the event but apparently, I was shortlisted for this event.

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“And then, they put my name on it. I didn’t know while this is happening.

“And then, bigla na lang kinontak po nila ako. Tapos sinabi po, well, through my parents po and they were told they got me.”

How does it feel?

“Surreal po and amazing na parang, it’s a dream come true because I’m a huge fan of his. I have so much respect for him as an artist.”

May list na ba siya ng mga kantang gagawin niya sa concert?

“Well, I have. They fixed my list po.”

How many songs ang gagawin niya?

“Ah, I can’t really reveal that right now po. Surprise po.”

Magpapa-picture ba siya with Niall?

“I hope so po. I’d love to take a picture with him,” kinikilig niyang sabi.

“Parang it’s a fan girl dream come true opportunity to have a picture with him coz I’ve always been a fan of his and he’s actually po my favorite in One Direction po.”

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Ano ang favorite song niya na inawit ni Niall?

“Siguro po I love his song ‘Flicker’ po which his tour is named after.

“'Flicker' po, 'Slow Hands,' yung mga hits niya po. I love that.”

KWAI AMBASSADOR. Another milestone sa career ni Jayda ang mapili bilang isa sa mga ambassadors (along with The Voice Kids finalist Kyle Echarri) ng Kwai, isang video sharing platform sa Asia.

Nakipag-sanib pwersa naman ang Kwai with Cornerstone Entertainment, Inc. para sa Super K Star, the first ever online talent search contest.

Super K Star! aims to discover the stars of tomorrow through a series of auditions conducted in the Kwai application.

Ayon sa Kwai executive na si YK Teng, “Kwai actually originated from China. We have 750 million users in China alone. Almost like every two Chinese people. One of them is using Kwai in China.

“This is a short video format where it allows you to upload your video within a minute. So, you can showcase any moment in your life. Your talent, your life moment or even as simple as of what we are doing everyday.

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“So, starting March we decided to bring it here, in this country with all such fantastic talents. That’s the reason why we decided to partner with Cornerstone, one of the mega-entertainment all-stars in the Philippines. They will be the mentors.

“The screening process is very simple. What we’re doing right now, you can already upload your video within 57 seconds.

“But first, you have to download Kwai from your Google app store. Then, you can start uploading your video of singing or any of the talent. Make sure your hashtag is superstar. As simple as that, you are already a part of this particular talent search.

“For the first round, we will get as many as we can get. Then, we will shortlist first 100 based on the fans that you can gather that will like your video.

“So, what you could do, once you uploaded your video, encourage all your friends and fans to start uploading Kwai and vote for you, as well.

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“Once you do that, we are also encouraging to upload more and more video so that one of your videos will gather most of the like which make you allow you to get to the second round, and the mentors, all the talents here [from the Philippines], will start to actually to put in more input and share to you all their tips. So, that you can be the next superstar.”

In the final round, the top 20 contestants will be selected based on professional judging criteria.

“We will select from the Top 20 the final winner. All this Top 20 will have a chance to be the next star. The winner will signed up for an exclusive management contract with Cornerstone.”

The Super K Star winner will also have a chance to perform in China, which is one of the largest performing stages in the world and be marketed across Asia.

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All top 20 contestants will get to sign a contract with Kwai to be a premium Kwai Vodcaster (with contract value worth up to P100,000).

Ang mga mentors ay sina KZ Tandingan, Jay-R, Claudia Barretto, Markki Stroem, at Kyla.

Paano napili si Jayda na maging ambassador ng Kwai?

“I was contacted by my management Cornerstone which you know that they’re partnering with Kwai for this and I feel really very privileged.

“It’s an honor to have been chosen for this. I mean, this is really a great platform to showcase your talent.”

Ano napi-feel niya for getting busy with her career now?

“Medyo ano po kasi I’m enjoying po. Kasi this is something I’ve always wanted to do. I mean, it’s a little overwhelming but in the good way if that makes any sense. I’m enjoying the ride and hopefully things would continue going right.”

Sa kabila ng pagiging busy ni Jayda sa kanyang showbiz career, tuloy pa rin daw ang pag-aaral niya through home study.

“Sa ngayon po Grade 11 po ako,” aniya.

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Hindi ba’t nagaral din siya sa U.S.?

“I did po, for a while and actually, I’m enrolled into a U.S. program. So, yung curriculum ko po, doon. And so because I’m under the intention of studying in college grad po.”

Alam na ba niya kung ano ang gusto niyang kunin sa college?

“The course I want to take up in college...I want to study in Berkley College of Music in Boston.

“And I really wanted to take up music production because I’m not only a singer/songwriter but I’m also involved po in the production of my songs, and I really like the aspect po. So, I’m very hands on with my craft po.”


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