Kyla has many things to be thankful for the past year. Her original song with R&B Prince Jay-R, "Back in Time," has been recognized with many awards by various radio stations and award-giving bodies.
"Masarap kasi yung R&B title, di ba? Parang ang sarap din at kailangan bigyan ng justice na tinatawag kang R&B Princess. Dapat ma-satisfy din yung mga listeners," Kyla said about the honor bestowed on her by the industry.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to interview the R&B Princess last January 28 at The Lounge on Tomas Morato.
For 2010, Kyla is not resting on her laurels as she plans to do another album. She has plans to compose some songs. In her last album, she collaborated with Jay-R to create the song "You Make Me Feel."
"Hopefully, more original songs this time. I'm also hoping that Jay-R and I can collaborate once again on our album. Kasi Jay-R will be releasing an album next month," she said.
Kyla could not hide her excitement about her next album, for which she also plans to collaborate with another artist.
"Kapag pumayag siya... Actually, band siya. Favorite band ko sila. Hindi ko pa puwede sabihin kung 'oo' na ba sila. Last time I heard, okay naman daw. Gusto naman nila makipag-collaborate kasi we're in the same label," said Kyla, refusing to divulge any details.
ON HER FOUR-YEAR RELATIONSHIP. Kyla is also thankful to her boyfriend, basketball cager Rich Alvarez, with whom she had a relationship for the past four years already.
"Going strong. 'Saka mabait din kasi si Rich. Wala akong reklamo sa kanya. Talagang ang suwerte-suwerte ko sa kanya. Mabait siya, God-fearing, and he takes care of me.
"Kumbaga, kapag every Sunday, alam niya na puwede ako magsimba, magsisimba kami after work. Kapag wala din siyang game, nagsisimba kaming dalawa.
"May bodyguard ako sa kanya, talagang ang suwerte ko talaga. Kapag kasama ko siya, hindi na ako nakikita, siya na lang. Puwede ako magtago sa likod niya!" she said jokingly.
The singer admitted that she still considers her boyfriend a hot hunk. She enumerated the other things she likes about Rich. "Mapagmahal din siya sa magulang which is very important to me. Mahalaga 'yon para sa lalake kung mahal niya yung magulang niya kasi... Kasi, di ba, kapag magalang ka sa magulang, ganun ka din sa babae? Very respectful din siya sa babae."
Despite their long years together, Kyla admits that she still gets jealous when girls go after her boyfriend.
"Minsan nagseselos din po ako. Nagseselos din ako pero nasa lugar naman. Siyempre, pero hindi naman ako nagna-nag. Parang pa-cute lang. Cute na selos lang. Tinutukso ko siya, pero selos na ako nun."
When asked what would happen if she were in a similar situation like James Yap and Kris Aquino, she said: "Hindi naman po siguro. Palagay niyo po mangyayari 'yon? Parang hindi ako maniniwala. 'Saka mabait naman po si Rich. Hindi naman ako dapat magselos.
"Siyempre, I have to trust him. Kailangan ma-feel din niya na mayroon kaming foundation of trust," Kyla emphasized.
She also said that Rich doesn't get jealous of the people she works with.
"Every time na may concert, nanonood naman siya palagi. Sometimes, ni-re-record niya pa yung show. Very understanding. Naiintindihan niya yung trabaho ko. Naiintindihan niya na kailangan ako mag-perform with other guys, collaborate and sometimes even have to be sweet on TV. He understands that," Kyla pointed out.
VALENTINE'S DAY. February 14 would be a little different for Kyla and Rich because she will be guesting with Nikki Gil in Groovin' Love, a concert featuring Jay-R and Billy Crawford at the SMX Convention Center (Halls 1 and 2).
"Ang date namin ni Rich is February 15 parati," said Kyla. "Kasi yun yung tapos ng work, yun yung walang shows. Or sometimes, February 16 or even before that. Depende kung kailan ako may show. Kasi kapag 14 or 15 usually, e, may show or concert.
"Nagdi-dinner lang kami. Kapag kasama ko si Rich, napapakain po ako kasi ang sarap niyang kumain. Nakakahawa pero nakakatuwa talaga kasi conscious din siya sa kinakain niya. Healthy pa din. Vegetables pa din. Wala masyado junk food. As much as possible, ayaw niya kumakain kami sa mga fastfood," she revealed.