Matteo Guidicelli happily granted the wish of 15-year-old Zaika from Northern Luzon Association for The Blind Inc. (NLAB) to be able to speak with her idol Sarah Geronimo.
Zaika was among the four visually-impaired students who showcased their talent in music at the pop-up store opening of AvelxMatteo jeans at Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, yesterday, September 20.
NLAB is also the beneficiary of partial proceeds from Matteo's collaboration with designer Avel Bacudio.
Speaking to reporters, Matteo said he learned that Zaika is a huge fan of Sarah when he met the kid at a private meet-and-greet prior to the media event.
"Nakausap niya si Sarah. Favorite niya si Sarah. Nakausap niya kanina lang.
"Kasi she told me, 'Pangarap ko makita ko si Sarah.'"
Referring to Sarah's current whereabouts, Matteo added, "Nandun siya sa Dubai, so they talked over the phone."
Matteo took a video call with Sarah and then passed his phone to Zaika for the latter to have the chance to speak with the Popstar Princess.
A video of the Zaika's phone conversation with Sarah circulated online, as seen below:
How did Zaika react after speaking with Sarah?
Matteo answered, "Masaya, natuwa nga siya, e. Hindi siya makapaniwala."
Matteo went on to say that he was amazed with Zaika's talent for singing especially when she performed "Ave Maria" during the main program.
"Ito yung second time na narinig ko sila. Yung first time sa taas, may private show ako doon.
"Yung Italian song, nakakaiyak, kasi paboritong kanta ng lolo ko yun, e.
"So, narinig ko kanina, nung kumanta yung mga bata, maraming umiyak sa audience.
"Very touching, very nice. Beautiful kids."
As for Sarah's part in making Zaika's wish come true, Matteo said, "She's always there for me. She's always supportive, so I'm very grateful."