Sinagot ng international singer na si Lea Salonga ang pagtawag sa kanya sa social media na "Patola Queen" dahil pala-patol daw siya sa bashers.
Pahayag ng dating Miss Saigon star tungkol dito, “Well, sometimes you have to stand up kasi if somebody says something that’s obviously wrong, or you have to stand up for yourself also.
“There are things na hindi ko na papatulan kasi it’s a waste of time.
"But if there’s something I feel na you’re attacking something that I feel very strongly about, then, oo, papatulan talaga kita.
“But I have to be very discerning as to who to answer, as well as who to ignore.
“And usually, it’s like… I have to just figure it out and give it some thought.
"When it gets super-super bastos, they don’t even get an answer. They just get blocked."
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang miyembro ng media si Lea sa presscon para sa Top 6 ng The Voice Kids, na ginanap sa Cocoon Hotel, Quezon City, noong Miyerkules, August 19.
THE VOICE KIDS. This weekend, August 22 and 23, simula na ang mas matinding labanan ng naggagandahang boses ng Top 6 artists ng The Voice Kids.
Marami ang nakaantabay kung sino kina Kyle Echarri at Zephanie Maranan ng Team Sarah; Elha Nympha at Sassa Dagdag ng Team Bamboo; at Reynan Del-anay at Esang De Torres ng Team Lea ang higit na mangingibabaw.
Gaya nina Sarah at Bamboo, to the highest level ang pagku-coach ni Lea sa dalawa niyang protégé.
Aniya, “The only thing I can ask them to do because they’re so young is just learn your song well.
“Dapat alam na alam mo talaga yung kanta, para kahit na anong kaba o takot ang bigla na lang sumulpot on that day, you’re ready.”
Habang humihigpit ang labanan, may mga pagkakataong umiigting din ang punchlines, pagtsi-cheer, at pakikipaglaban ng tatlong coaches para sa kani-kanilang pambato.
Sabi nga ni Sarah, bilang coach ng kids ay hindi ka puwedeng balat-sibuyas.
May pagkakataon bang na-offend o na-hurt si Lea sa nasabi ng kanyang mga kasamahang coach?
Sagot ni Lea, “No. Kasi, going in, we have someone who briefs us before every blind audition.
“And he encourages us to really banter with each other. Kailangan we have to fight, we have to fight for the kids.
“It’s really not for our benefit, e. It’s for the benefit of the child watching us fight.
“Na parang, ‘Oy, ipinaglalaban nila ako! Wow, parang ang feeling ko, ang galing ko!’
“If I see two people I am a fan of fighting for me to join their team, malamang ang mangyayari, e, the one who fought harder is the one I’ll go with.
“So, it doesn’t just make for good TV. It’s also good for the person standing there in front of us picking a team.
“And it’s fun!”
May mga pagkakataong may naipapahayag din si Lea sa social media tungkol sa mga batang kinu-coach niya for The Voice Kids.
Paliwanag niya, “I’m very vocal on certain issues. And I tend to be very complimentary with the kids.
“In whatever I say naman, I have to always make a stand.
"Kailangang panindigan ko na lang kung anuman yung mga sinasabi ko on social media.
“I look at how many Twitter followers I have and, I figured, even a small percentage of this gets to vote and watches the show and supports these kids.”
ON DAUGHTER NICHOLE. Mahusay ring kumanta ang anak ni Lea na si Nicole Chien.
Kung sakaling hindi siya coach sa The Voice Kids, would Lea allow her daughter to join the show?
Tugon niya, “I don’t know... I don’t know.
“Parang ayoko. I mean, these kids [na kasali sa The Voice Kids] go through a lot.
“And we see what they go through. I don’t know if I wanna put my kid through that.
“It’s a lot! It’s really a lot.
“I don’t know if she is prepared necessarily for something like this.”
Pero okey lang ba kay Lea sakaling gustuhin ng kanyang anak na sundan ang yapak niya bilang singer?
“Uhm… she would have to show something really, really special.
"For me kasi, I cannot deny what her talent is.
“Pero parang her talent is lying elsewhere. Parang, what she really loves to do is like draw and paint, and design.
“And that seems to be where she goes. So, parang doon yata yung mapupuntahan niya.
“Parang that’s where her fate is.”