David Archuleta on impressions about the Philippines: "Everything happens really fast here, really quickly, but it’s been fun. It’s been exciting."

David Archuleta, American Idol Season 7 runner-up, on the current crop of the contest’s hopefuls: "To the current crop of contestants, I would just say, I mean... something I could say is that don’t keep in mind that you might be compared with the other contestants in the competition. You just focus on being yourself and think about how you could bring out what you love doing and do your best in every performance, and


Isang malaking karangalan daw para kay David Archuleta na makatrabaho ang Filipino musical artists.

Ito ay kaugnay ng OPM album na ginawa niya kasama ang kanyang album producers na sina Jay Durias at Jimmy Antiporda—ang David Archuleta... Forevermore.

Nagkaroon na nga ng album launch para sa OPM album ni David noong Miyerkules, February 15, sa Kamia Room ng EDSA Shangri-La Hotell

Laman ng album ni David ang mga OPM songs na "Forevermore," "You Are My Song," "I’ll Never Go," "Reaching Out," "Rainbow," "Tell Me," Hold On," at marami pang iba.

Kanino niya dedicated ang mga kanta sa album?

"Well, I was thinking more of the fans.

"I connected with the songs the way I wanna connect with the fans... that’s what I was thinking while I’m doing this album," sagot ng international recording artist.

Sa album ay ni-revive ni David ang mga komposisyon nina Ogie Alcasid, Louie Ocampo, Jay Durias, Jimmy Antiporda, Cecil Azarcon, at iba pang Filipino composers.

NEW SEASON OF AMERICAN IDOL. Nagsimula na ang Season 11 ng sikat na reality singing contest sa Amerika na American Idol.

Noong Season 7 ng American Idol ay naging runner-up si David sa nanalong si David Cook.

Ano ang masasabi niya sa mga bagong contestants ngayon ng reality show na pinanggalingan niya?

"To the current crop of contestants, I would just say, I mean... something I could say is that don’t keep in mind that you might be compared with the other contestants in the competition.

"People will try to compare you with the other contestants, but that’s not what your focus should be.

"You just focus on being yourself and think about how you could bring out what you love doing, and do your best in every performance, and that’s how people will remember the most."

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ON WHITNEY HOUSTON.Hiningan din ng reaksiyon si David tungkol sa pagkamatay ng American singer na si Whitney Houston.

Ani David, "Before I came here, I was watching Whitney videos...

"I dunno, I just happen to watch her videos before I came here, like her video of ’I Will Always Love You’ and ’The Greatest Love of All.’

"She is a great talent!

"She was one of my early inspirations with my music, especially when I was young.

"Her song ’I Will Always Love You’ is one of my personal favorites.

"She is also one of the artists that my mom listens to a lot.

"One of my personal favorites is ’I Will Always Love You,’ especially when I have a high voice back then.

"I still have a high voice, but not nearly as high."

Patuloy ng batang singer, "I was so scared! It was a memorable experience for me, it’s one of the greatest songs, I think, ever written and one of the best recordings.

"I think she is one of the most influential people in the world, with her music and her voice.

"She will be greatly missed and she will always be remembered."

VALENTINE’S DATE? Natanong naman si David kung paano siya nag-celebrate ng Valentine’s Day dito sa Pilipinas.

Meron ba siyang nakasamang someone special noong nakaraang Araw ng mga Puso?

Ayon kay David, puro trabaho ang inasikaso niya noong araw na iyon.

Nagkaroon siya ng photo at music vide­o shoot para sa kanyang Forevermore album during the day.

During the music video shoot raw ay nagkasayahan sila ng mga kasama niya sa shoot.

"That was my Valentine’s Day experience, but it was really special.

"I got to spend time with the people that I’ve worked with that felt like family.

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"So, it was great to spend the day with them.

"In between takes, while we were doing the video, we were doing karaoke, which is awesome!" sabay tawa ni David.

"So, that was fun," pahabol pa niya.

Noong gabi naman ay nag-guest siya sa concert nina Ogie Alcasid at Regine Velasquez na Mr & Mrs. A sa Araneta Coliseum.

Aniya, tungkol sa kanyang experience, "And then, getting to perform as a special guest at Regine and Ogie’s concert, it was very special.

"I have so much respect for them.

"I look up to them so much, and not just because of how ta­lented they are, how good people they are, but they’re just very loving people, and I have much respect for both of them!

"That’s why it didn’t feel like work, really. I mean, well... I kept busy, it was a busy day."

Sino ang maituturing niyang "special someone" noong Valentine’s Day?

"I called my mom, if that counts.

"I wished her a Happy Valentine’s Day—even though it wasn’t Valentine’s yet over there [in the States]—after the concert.

"So, yeah. That’s the only special someone I called," at muling tumawa si David.

LONGEST STAY. Samantala, ayon kay David, ito na ang pinakamatagal niyang pamamalagi outside of the US para sa isang project.

Mahigit isang buwan na siya sa Pilipinas para sa mini-serye niya sa TV5 na Nandito Ako at sa iba pang proyekto, kabilang na nga ang kanyang OPM album.

"Everything happens really fast here, really quickly; but it’s been fun, it’s been exciting.

"This is quite a unique experience, staying this long away from home.

"But I will definitely come back," pangako pa ni David.

RELIGIOUS MISSON. Pag-uwi ni David sa kanyang hometown sa Salt Lake City, Utah, pagkatapos ng isang buwan, sisimulan na niya ang kanyang two-year mission para sa The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Gagawin niya raw ito "to serve God and to serve the people."

Sabi pa ni David, "It’s a very difficult, challenging experience.

"It’s not an easy one. It’s not a comfortable lifestyle.

"But that’s how you grow so much from it. It is something that I needed to do."

Sa nakaraang apat na taon, pinagsumikapan niya na marating kung nasaan man siya ngayon, kaya napakahirap para sa kanya na basta iwan na lang ang lahat ng ito.

"I don’t know what’s gonna happen after two years.

"I don’t know if I’m gonna have to start from scratch again.

"But I trust God. I trusted Him so far and He hasn’t let me down.

"I don’t wanna let Him down. Because this decision is for Him.

"He will provide a way when I get back, like He once has," saad ni David.


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