The Voice Kids champ Lyca Gairanod is already revealing her cheeky personality. And to think she's only ten years old!
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with her before she went onstage during The PEP List Year 2 press conference, where she was announced as PEPster's Choice Child Star of the Year.
After initially being interviewed in English, the singing champ unabashedly asked, "Puwede po Tagalog?"
She humbly admitted, "Kasi nahihirapan ako sa English, e."
With her PEP award further validating her worth as a singer and performer, the young singer acknowledged the people who helped put her on a pedestal.
Visibly elated, she said, "Masaya po. Salamat sa mga fans at lahat ng bumoto sa akin sa PEP."
Not one to rest on her laurels, Lyca revealed that she still continues to do what her coach-mentor Sarah Geronimo had taught her.
She said, "Nagbo-vocalize lang sa CR, 'tapos sa kuwarto.
"Sa CR, doon magandang mag-vocalize kasi doon po lahat maibubuga para wala pong maingay."
She could not say how many hours a day she would this, although she confessed, "Minsan 'di ako nagbo-vocalize."
Lyca was feeling so good she indulged us with a few lines of a song before she sat down to get her make-up done.
SACRIFICES. A singer's life isn't all rosy, though. In order to protect her golden voice, Lyca shared that some sacrifices have to be made.
Lyca revealed, "Madami po, chocolate, candy, 'yan yung mga na-miss ko, 'tapos ice cream, mga ice..."
But then she has her brother as partner in crime, "Sinasabi ko sa kuya ko na gusto ko ng ganito, kasi bawal ako magtago, e."
Lyca continued rattling off her no-no list: "Chocolate 'tsaka ice cream, chicherya."
"’Yan bawal talaga, kasi 'yang chicherya, dapat konti lang, ganoon po talaga mga singer.
"Tanggap ko naman na ganoon talaga," she sighed.
PERKS. On the other hand, there are perks in a singer’s life that outweigh the hardships.
She gets to travel, for instance. Lyca animatedly recounted her travel experiences.
She recounted, "Pinakagusto ko yung sa Brunei, kasi birthday ng prinsesa, nung Top Four kami."
After The Voice Kids, Lyca also got to travel to Canada for the first time, "Masaya po. Na-enjoy ko yung saya."
STARSTRUCK. At ABS-CBN, she has been given the chance to meet and rub elbows with the stars she could only dream about when she was just a child.
Asked if there's anyone else she would like to meet, she answered, "Lahat naman, lahat ng nakita ko.
"Nakita ko na si James Reid, Daniel Padilla, and Ate Nadine [Lustre] and Kathryn [Bernardo].
"Dati pangarap lang na yung gusto ko makita si Ate Kathryn, pero yun, nakita ko na siya," she gloated.
PROJECTS. With all her accomplishments, Lyca revealed she wants to do more.
She intonesd "Acting, pareho po, kumanta at sumayaw."
However, Lyca said she would want to do lighter roles, "Yung parang sa Nathaniel lang muna."
What about romantic comedies, like her idol and mentor Sarah?
She unabashedly declared with a straight face, "Paglaki ko na yung love-love, gano'n."
The girl is evidently excited about her forthcoming album, "Lalabas na yung album ko, malapit na po.
"Puwede Nang Mangarap yung title at nag-music video na ako doon!"
We teased her about her partner was in her music video, she naughtily quipped, "Secret po!"
MATURE. Before she finished getting her hair and make-up done for The PEP List presscon, Lyca also shared how her classmates have changed their perception of her— thankfully for the better.
She shared, "Kasi inaaway nila ako, 'tapos yung kapatid ko lagi nilang pinapaalis tuwing pumapasok kami sa room.
"Pinapaalis ng teacher ko, minsan nakakaistorbo sa class."
As she continued telling her story, she sounded grown up, displaying a level of wisdom and maturity uncommon for someone her age.
"Ngayon po, ako na po yung humingi sa kanila ng sorry, kailangan po talaga ako ang mag-sorry kasi ako po yung may kasalanan," she pleaded.â€¨
HUMBLE. Now that she’s enjoying a fair amount of fame and fortune, Lyca acknowledges her humble beginnings.
Citing how much has changed since her stardom, she shared, "Marami po, nagkaroon kami ng bahay, at saka nakakapag-aral na yung mga kapatid ko nang maayos.
"Maganda na yung tinitirhan namin at hindi naaano ng bagyo.
"Okay na, at hindi na kami naghihirap ngayon, yun po."
Teased about her newfound fortune, she humbly said, "Konti lang po."
Young as she is, Lyca is aware of intrigues in showbiz and knows how to stay away from negativity, "Hindi po ako nagbabasa ng comments.
“Kasi po yung mga sinasabi nila, bawal ko pa mabasa kasi mga bad yung sinasabi nila kaya bawal pa sa amin."
SECURITY. A way that Lyca has ensured the future of her family is to put her money in trust.
According to her, ABS-CBN hasn't released her P1-million prize money yet.
She explained, "Hindi pa po nila binibigay.
“Kasi po, sa paglaki ko pa lang ibigay para may magagagastos ako noon.
"Habang bata pa ako, hindi muna ako makahawak ng pera.
"Kailangan yung perang binibigay nila, hindi muna gastusin nang gastusin.
"Kasi po, yung puwede ka na bumili ng kahit ano, paglaki ko na puwede gawin yun."
How do they survive then?
"Binibigyan din naman kami... ayaw lang po namin na gagastos kami ng pera."