Meet Donnalyn Bartolome. She's the VIVA talent behind “Kakaibabe,” first heard in the movie adaptation of the Wattpad bestseller, Diary ng Panget.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on June 4 at the Amerasian Studio, the bubbly rapper/singer related what it was like recording her first song.
“Sobrang fun, meron pa nga pong part diyan na tumatawa ako, e. Pero they used that as a creative thing.
"It’s my first time recording a Tagalog song na single, so parang nakakatuwa saka bago po siya talaga.
"So, just excited!"
Donnalyn’s genre seems to be a mixture of RnB, pop, and rap.
Why did she choose to focus on writing fast songs?
“Kasi wala pa pong mainstream rapper na babae akong nakikita dito sa Philippines.
"So inisip ko, kaya naming gawin, bakit hindi ko subukan?
“When I tried doing it, people loved it. Siguro yun yung peg ko, people look [for their niche] and I think I found mine,” she said.
NOT YOUR TYPICAL RAPPER. Wearing a feminine floral dress, she didn't look like the rapper type.
“It’s unusual and usually, guys po gumagawa noon [rap]. So why isn't it acceptable for a girl to do it? Maybe I should try, so ito.”
What was the feedback for "Kakaibabe"?
“Okay naman po, tanggap naman po ng fans ko. Actually mas natutuwa pa sila, kasi it contradicts [yung] itsura ko. Hindi ako gangster pero okay naman sa kanila.”
SEARCHING BUT NOT LOST. Referring to her music video, how much of it reflects the real Donnalyn?
She answered, “Ganyan naman po ako manamit, pero kapag tinotopak lang po ako.
"Pinakita rin po sa music video na I was wearing this white shirt and skirt. I just wanted to be simple. Definitely, that’s me."
While she's happy doing what she's doing, she continues to search for her true path.
“I’m not totally lost, but nandoon po ako sa path, so papunta po ako doon... [I am] searching but not lost.”
Who are the people she wants to collaborate with?
The 19-year-old newbie answered, “Ang taas po ng pangarap ko, pero si Sarah Geronimo po, kahit isang song.”
She added, “Kami rin po ni Anne Curtis, kahit anong collaboration pa 'yan. Kahit paglilinis ng rest room with her or something, sa isang scene, go ako diyan.”
Her album is set to be released this year.