Jona comments on ASAP and defunct GMA-7 musical variety shows

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Jona admits, "Naging maganda po talaga yung takbo ng career ko po dito sa ABS-[CBN]."



Jonalyn Viray’s first self-titled album Jona under Star Music was launched on February 24, at the ELJ building as she celebrated a year of many firsts with the Kapamilya network.

The singer was launched to stardom after winning GMA-7’s first Pinoy Pop Superstar in 2005. Exactly a year ago, she transferred to ABS-CBN and changed her screen name to Jona.

“Kahit po nirebrand ako, kahit na binago nila yung pangalan ko, actually hindi po pala binago kundi iniksian lang po nila yung pangalan ko, hindi pa rin naman po nagbabago  yung values ko talaga kung ano ako noon, nandoon pa rin naman po 'yon," assured Jona.

“Kung nagbago man po ako, it’s for the improvement, for the better. Ganoon naman po tayo, di ba? Dapat kung nagbabago tayo, hindi yung pagbabago na hindi maganda kundi towards the betterment.”

“Sa bilis po ng panahon, parang hindi ko po napansin na one year na po pala ako dito sa ABS hangga’t hindi po sinabi sa akin ng mga kasamahan ko.

“Naging maganda po talaga yung takbo ng career ko po dito sa ABS. Sobrang dami ko pong nagawa na first time ko pong na-experience.”

Aside from having changes in styling, Jona also made a few changes in her singing to make themes more relatable to her listeners.

“Makakarelate pa rin naman yung mga adults pero yung mga young ones, I think mas naaabot ko na po sila.”

Jona’s self-titled album contain collaborations with Regine Velasquez-Alcasid for “Matibay,” Gary Valenciano for “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” and BoybandPH for “’Til The End Of Time.”

Among the other soundtracks are “Ano? Bakit? Paano,” “You,” “Ano Nga Ba Tayo?,” “Pusong Ligaw,” “Last Message,” and her Himig Handog 2016 interpretation “Maghihintay Ako.”

Supervising producer Jonathan Manalo pointed out: “We are confident na aabot sa Platinum yung certification ng album na ‘to kasi magandang maganda siya.”

“Kakarelease pa lang ng album, ‘pag tinignan mo na yung track list, may hits na kaagad and marami pang mga future na magiging theme songs ng upcoming shows ng ABS.

“We are very confident with this album and siyempre si Jona.”

Starting February 27 (Monday), fans of Jona may listen to her album on Spotify.

Jona will be available for purchasing in all leading music stores starting Friday next week, March 3, 2017, and it will also be available for digital downloading on Spotify and Apple Music the following day.



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ON MUSICAL VARIETY SHOWS. In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Jona pointed out that longevity is the biggest difference between GMA Network’s now defunct Sunday music variety shows SOP and Party Pilipinas and ABS-CBN’s ASAP, which celebrated its 22nd anniversary this 2017.

“Sa pakiramdam ko lang, kaya siguro hindi masyadong nagtagal yung mga variety shows namin noon sa GMA, I think they have to come up with another idea para mas mapaigting pa, mas mapaganda pa lalo yung programa kaya they keep on changing.”

“Nagkataon kasi na yung trend ngayon is dumating sa point na mas nagugustuhan yata ng mga tao ang napapanood nila ‘pag Sunday ng tanghali is puro katatawanan or mas novelty pa.

“Parang nagcome-up din naman sila ng ganoong concept sa ASAP so ngayon lang na bumalik ulit sa musical, concert style, dahil siguro namiss ng mga tao yung ganoong klaseng concept every Sunday ng tanghali.

“Nagkataon din na maraming mga musical artists na nandito sa ABS. Kaya siguro bumalik yung ganoong klaseng concept ng show."

Although she hasn’t seen former La Diva members Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia in a long time, Jona mentioned that she often sees Jaya in ABS-CBN.

“Noong first time na pagkikita namin ni Ate Jaya, sobrang ano, parang pakiramdam namin, sobrang tagal namin hindi nagkita. Talagang ang higpit ng yakapan namin. Parang sa magkaibigan na nagkamustahan.”



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