"Reluctant singer" mang matatawag ang bunsong anak nina Gary Valenciano at Angeli Pangilinan na si Kiana Valenciano, hindi pa rin siya napigilang sumabak sa showbiz katulad ng mga kapatid niyang sina Paolo at Gab Valenciano.
Dahil unti-unti nang nakilala si Kiana bilang isang solo artist, may alinlangan pa ba siya?
Sagot niya, "Scary, yeah, it’s really scary.
"There’s so much pressure, of course, ’cause my dad is really doing so well.
"It’s really the pressure that everyone in the family has set the bar, and I feel I have to surpass them or what.
"It’s a challenge and are both scary and exciting.
"I never know what’s gonna happen, I never know what will happen to my career.
"I never know where it’s gonna go, ’di ba?"
Nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at ilang miyembro ng press si Kiana sa presscon ng anniversary cum birthday concert ni Gary Valenciano, ang ARISE: Gary V 3.0, The Repeat, noong July 1.
Gaganapin ang concert ni Gary sa August 2, sa SM Mall of Asia Arena.
CAMERA-SHY. Ramdam na ramdam na ba ni Kiana na talagang nasa showbiz na siya?
Nakangiting tugon niya, "Well, I really don’t know.
"I love music and still... I was even telling my dad na I just want to be a YouTube star na lang.
"I don’t know... I guess, I’m just still a little shy, a little camera-shy and it’s hard.
"I still don’t wanna grow up.
"Can I just stay a baby na lang forever?" pabirong sabi pa niya.
Para sa kanyang mga magulang, na parehong kilala sa showbiz, hindi problema kung sakaling sundan ni Kiana ang kanilang mga yapak.
Ayon kay Kiana, "They’re pushing me.
"They are very supportive naman and they know that I can do it naman.
"It’s really the music. I like all kinds of music and I can go to all genres, like I can go from metal to classical.
"I can listen to them, I can’t sing all of them, but I love listening to them.
"When you grow up with music and understand, it really pushes you to try to achieve something.
"So it pushes me and inspire me that music is a growing thing."
WEIRD. Mahirap ba ang maging anak ng isang Gary Valenciano?
Nangingiting rebelasyon ni Kiana, "Yeah, like when you’re in a public place and somebody notices who you are.
"Like, sometimes, when I’m lining in a fastfood chain, and then somebody at the back will sing a Gary V song.
"Sabi ko, ’Oh, no!’ I just smile at them and say, ’Okay.’
"It’s kind of weird... I can’t say na I enjoy it but it’s funny.
"Maybe because I’m not used to it.
"Pero nasanay na rin ako because I was born with a spotlight in my family."
BASHERS. May ilang nagsasabi na mabilis nakapasok sa showbiz at nabibigyan ng maraming opportunities si Kiana dahil anak siya ng isang sikat na singer.
Sabi naman ni Kiana tungkol dito, "Yeah, there will always be bashers, there will always be haters.
"But at the end of the day, they are behind the computer, they are people behind the cell phones, I don ’t know them.
"Let’s not just mind na lang.
"It hurts because they don’t realize that the people in the industry are people with feelings, but whatever, bahala na sila.
"I have a strong support system. I have my family and friends, they’re all that I need."
INTERPRETER. Ang latest achievement ni Kiana ay ang pagkakapili sa kanya bilang interpreter ng kantang "Dear Heart" ni Mike Villegas para sa PhilPop 2014.
Pagmamalaki niya, "It was my first [without] my dad.
"It’s a different song, kasi it’s a fun song.
"I’ll just do my best and sing my heart out.
"When I got the news na napili kami, oh my God, I was freaking out!
"Sabi ko, ’Would I jump at it or wait a little longer?’
"My family and friends are telling me na i-try ko, I have fun naman.
"And with their enormous support, nagiging confident naman ako."