Four months after suffering her latest heartbreak, Rachelle Ann Go said she feels unbreakable, but she clarified that her current state of mind isn’t the reason why she named her latest recording as such.
"Meron akong song sa album na ’Unbreakable’ ang title," she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the promotional tour of her CD held on October 7 at the Glorietta Activity Center.
"It’s written by Judy Klass and Jimmy Borja. Parang ang ganda lang niya na title sa album.
"Last year ko pa pinag-iisipan ’yan at thankful ako na nagkatotoo."
She’s also thankful that "Whispered Fear," the song she wrote four years, is part of her 14-track album.
"Marami na akong nasulat na kanta, pero ngayon ang ako nagkalakas ng loob na i-record," she intoned.
"I wrote the melody and the lyrics, tapos pina-arrange ko kay Mark Lopez.
"Sana sa next album ko puro o kaya nakakarami ang original composition ko."
She described her first recorded songwriting effort as an inspirational ballad.
"Dumadating tayo sa buhay na parang ang lungkot, naguguluhan. Bigla ko na lang siyang nasulat.
"Si God talaga yung hindi iiwan sa atin," she explained on how she wrote "Whispered Fear."
FULLY RECOVERED. The singer and now songwriter cited personal experiences—whether her own or other people’s—as her main source of material for her compositions.
She just won’t say which ones were culled from her lovelife. But she revealed she has already recovered from her failed relationship with actor and TV host John Prats.
Rachelle Ann and John started dating late last year until rumors of a breakup swirled in June, reportedly because of his closeness with his Happy Yipee Yehey co-host Bianca Manalo.
John eventually announced on his noontime show that he’s single once more while a dazed Rachelle Ann, in an interview later on with a showbiz program, gave the impression that she was the last to know about the separation.
"Marami ang nagtatanong kung pa’no ko nagawa [na maka-recover] at surprised din ako.
"I just surrendered everything to God at nag-relax na lang talaga ako," she explained, adding that her faith in God is what makes her unbreakable.
"Kahit ano pa ang pagdaanan ko, kaya ko ’yan. Let go. Be happy."
Rachelle Ann revealed that she and John saw each other when she went twice to the wake of John’s brother-in-law Anthony Linsangan, who succumbed to nasopharyngeal cancer on September 23 and was laid to rest four days later.
She had gotten close to John’s sister, actress Camille Prats, and the rest of his family.
"Ando’n siya," she nodded, referring to her immediate ex without elaborating.
"Ayoko na kasing pag-usapan. Wala na naman kung anuman ang nangyari in the past.
"And I was there to condole with [Camille]. It’s sad what happened, pero gano’n talaga, e.
"I pray for her. Nandito lang naman ako for her."
FOCUSED ON WORK. Rachelle Ann said her recovery from her botched romance—her fourth after fellow singer Christian Bautista, dancer-musician Gab Valenciano, and band member Kean Cipriano—has been hastened by focusing on her work, which lately has been plentiful and varied.
Aside from putting out her Unbreakable album and regularly performing on GMA-7’s Sunday musical program Party Pilipinas, she was recently chosen to be a mentor on the reality-talent competition Protégé and the lead of the Philippine staging of the Broadway version of the Disney classic Little Mermaid.
On Protégé, she admitted to be taken by surprise.
"Ang sabi ko, ’Are you serious about this?’
"Thankful ako kasi, ’yun nga, pinagkatiwalaan ako ng GMA-7 bilang sabi nga nila, galing ako ng reality singing competition."
Rachelle Ann won Search For A Star in 2004, which led to her becoming one of the most sought-after young singers in the industry.
She’s now imparting what she’s learned in her seven years in the industry to her protégé, Nomer Limatog.
"Hands-on ako, so ako ang nagiging vocal teacher niya, sa performance niya, sa lahat," she shared about her young protégé.
"Mahiyain kasi siya, pero pag nasa entablado na siya, nawawala ang hiya niya.
"Gusto ko lang hulmahin siya as a performer. Nakakatuwa na nase-share ko sa kanya ang mga natutunan ko.
"Nakikita ko ang sarili ko sa kanya kasi sumali ako ng competition noon. Kita ko ang hiya, nangangapa talaga.
"Nakikita ko naman na nag-e-enjoy siya.
"Ako ’to na lalaking version. Iba lang kasi ang naririnig n’yo na kinakanta ko, pero yung mga kanta na gusto ko, nakikita ko sa kanya.
THEATER WORK. On the other hand, Rachelle Ann has been looking forward to doing theater.
"Pinag-pray ko itong Mermaid.
"Sabi ko, sana may dumating na musical na para sa akin talaga—na kaya kong gawin at bagay sa akin.
"Binigay naman sa akin, so I grabbed the opportunity," she said.
The theater newbie recalled that the musical’s director, Bobby Garcia, asked her manager if she wanted to do the play—and the answer was a resounding yes.
So, off Rachelle Ann went to audition for the part of Ariel and bagged it.
She’s now deep into rehearsals, excited for the opening night slated on November 18 and up until the curtain closes on December 11.
Rachelle Ann made it clear that Atlantis Productions’ forthcoming offering, after Next To Normal and In the Heights, is different from the one starred in by Carol Banawa in 2000.
"This is the Broadway version of the Disney movie and this is the first staging in Manila," she pointed out.
"Sobrang pressured kami kasi manonood dito yung mga boss sa Broadway production.
"Kung ano ang costume sa Broadway, yun din ang isusuot ko—shells lang!" she added with a laugh.
"Yung mga sisters ko na mermaid, all Asians. Ako ang bukod-tanging Pinay.
"Naka-Filipiniana costume ako pero kita ang tiyan. Sobrang bongga kasi si Eric Pineda, ang designer.
"Sa Broadway, naka-high heels ang mermaid, pero hindi naman gagawin ’yan dito kasi delikado.
"Yes, naglalakad ang mga mermaid pero ang paglalakad namin dapat smooth."
This early, Rachelle Ann is already planning her next move after fulfilling her theatrical dream.
"Gusto kong mag-produce ng concert ko na galing sa akin ang concept at baka ako na rin ang mag-direct," she enthused.
"Nagpaalam na ako sa Viva [her management and recording outfit], pumayag naman sila."
What she doesn’t see herself doing in the immediate future is acting in movies.
She’s done roles on TV, like for GMA-7’s musical-comedy series Diva and the daytime soap Nita Negrita but she remains a reluctant actress.
"Kung aarte man ako siguro dapat may singing pa rin. Singing is my first love," she emphasized.
And singing won’t ever give the unbreakable Rachelle Ann a heartbreak.