Jolina Magdangal signs up with Viva Records

"Why not? Naku naman, si Sarah naman nung naka-work ko siya sa Viva na movie na Annie B [2004], napakagaan niyang kasama. At saka...si Sarah yun, e. Lahat naman gusto siyang maka-work," says Jolina Magdangal about Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo after signing a three-year, three-album deal with Viva Records.


Jolina Magdangal signed a three-year, three-album contract with Viva Records yesterday, October 6, at the Viva Entertainment Group office in Mandaluyong City.

The singer-actress, TV host, and entrepreneur said she's very excited to start her new album with Viva Records.

"Talagang matagal ko nang hinihintay ito at excited na akong gawin ito. Matagal ko na rin pine-prepare, e. Parang gusto ko kasi talagang may involvement ako dun sa mga ginagawa ko.

"And ngayon nga, finally, na-sign na yung recording contract with Viva, tutuluy-tuloy na yung mga ideas [ko]," Jolina said to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press after her contract signing with Ms. Veronique del Rosario-Corpuz and other Viva Records executives.

Jolina also wants to get more ideas from the people in her new recording company and is looking forward to working with them. "Para more ideas, mas maganda," she said.

Her boyfriend, Rivermaya drummer Mark Escueta, will play a part in her upcoming album with Viva. "Siya yung magbibigay ng suggestions pagdating sa areglo."

For her first album under Viva, Jolina plans to come out with a cover album, but she's very careful now in picking the songs she wants to cover. "Siyempre, kailangan ko ring i-consider kung ilang beses na bang na-cover yung kantang yun."

She has a long list of songs she wants to cover, but erases some of the songs from her list from time to time. "Siyempre, nagbabago rin yung taste."

Jolina, who started her recording career in 1996 with the album A Wish Come True under Star Records, has done revival and cover albums in the past.

Back in 2000, her album On Memory Lane under Star Records was a certified 6-time platinum-record awardee by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI). Her follow-up cover album Jolina Sings The Masters got a gold-record award in 2002, also from PARI.

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DAVID POMERANZ. Asked if she's going to have guests in her album, Jolina replied she's not thinking about it for now. But if an idea or a song is presented where a guest artist would be perfect, she would definitely go for it.

When PEP asked Jolens for the artist she's dreaming of collaborating with in an album, the 31-year-old multi-media star answered, "David Pomeranz!

"Ang senti, 'no? Pero gusto ko kasi talaga ang mga kanta niya, e. Parang ang feeling ko, bawat gawin niya, alam na [niya] yung kiliti ng puso ng Pilipino.

"Kasi, di ba, welcome ang mga kanta niya? At saka hanggang ngayon... 'Tsaka ang gusto ko talaga, kung may original, maging classic nang konti," Jolina raved about the American composer-balladeer who was responsible for the hits, "Got To Believe in Magic," "King and Queen of Hearts," and "Born For You."

A Sarah Geronimo-Jolina duet is also possible since they are now both Viva artists.

"Why not? Naku naman, si Sarah naman nung naka-work ko siya sa Viva na movie na Annie B [2004], napakagaan niyang kasama. At saka...si Sarah yun, e. Lahat naman gusto siyang maka-work."


BIRTHDAY SURPRISE. Jolina will be celebrating her birthday on November 6. PEP asked if she's cooking up something big for her birthday celebration.

"May mga inaayos-ayos. Pero parang kailangan ng isa pang sit-down meeting. Pero...basta abangan n'yo na lang!" she said.

Jolens remembered that her last big birthday celebration was her 18th birthday.

"Nung debut ko. Yun na yata yung talagang... May maraming bisita, main event... Itong birthday ko this year...sana, sana matuloy...basta abangan na lang nila!" Jolina said.


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