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|Born||Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo
July 25, 1988
Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
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Sarah Geronimo (\ˈser-ə, ˈsā-rə\,\jə-ˈrä-nə-ˌmō\, born Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo; July 25, 1988) is a Filipino singer and actress. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Manila, she attained popularity after winning the Star for a Night singing competition on television in 2003. Geronimo substantiated the fame with the release of her first album in the same year titled Popstar: A Dream Come True, when it became the best-selling debut album of all-time in the country. Following the success of the record, she staged her first major solo concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. At the age of 17, the singer became the youngest solo artist to have filled the well-renowned venue. As a singer she has received six Awit Awards, five Aliw Awards, nineteen Myx Music Awards and was recognized as Best Asian Artist in the Philippines at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2012 as well as National Best-Selling Artist at the World Music Awards in 2013.
She gained further prominence in media when she signed a deal with ABS-CBN in 2004. After appearing in several television programs, the singer-actress ventured into film when she starred in A Very Special Love in 2008, a partnership between Star Cinema and VIVA Films. The romantic-comedy project eventually grossed ₱ 179 million in theaters, which became a film series and released its third installment in 2013 with a title It Takes a Man and a Woman, her most successful feature film to date with records of as much as ₱ 387 million.
At present, with over a million albums sold in the music industry and three Box-Office Queen titles, Geronimo has also been acknowledged by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, declaring her as a Goodwill Ambassadress for Music in 2013. Geronimo also elevated into an Anak TV Seal Hall of Famer in the same year subsequent to consecutive honors from the organization for the past decade. She currently serves as a coach for The Voice of the Philippines and its follow-up The Voice Kids.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Artistry
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Awards and accolades
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Life and career
Childhood and early beginnings
Sarah Geronimo was born on July 25, 1988 in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines, to Delfin Geronimo, a retired Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) employee, and Divina Tua Geronimo, who ran a beauty parlor from the family home. She studied at Dominican School Manila. Geronimo’s first performance was in a mall show when she was two years old. At the age of four, she made her first appearance on national television and was a member of the children's television show Pen-Pen de Sarapen for two years. At age six, she performed at a short concert at Isetann Cinerama on Recto Avenue in Manila. She sang for Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Philippines in 1995, when she was six. At the age of eight, her father enrolled Geronimo at the Center for Pop Music Philippines, where she received her first formal music and voice lessons. Geronimo performed in hotel lounges, on campuses, in shopping malls, and on a few TV shows. Around this time, she was part of the cast of the ABS-CBN children's show Ang TV. At the age of nine, she joined the cast of the TV show NEXT. She also played an extra in Star Cinema’s Sarah, Ang Munting Prinsesa.. Sarah is currently a student of University of the Philippines Open University.
2002–03: Star for a Night
In 2002, Geronimo competed in the Star for a Night competition. At the age of fourteen, Geronimo won the competition, which included a ₱1 million cash prize and a managerial contract to Vicente Del Rosario, owner of Viva Artists Agency. She was given the title of Pop Star Princess.[not in citation given] Her mother said, "Her cash prize in Star for a Night was a big help, This school year, we don't need to borrow money from other people because of my children's tuition fees."
Geronimo became the featured artist in MTV's Rising Star in September 2002, and she released her first album Popstar: A Dream Come True, in late 2002. Her first concerts, in conjunction with her first album, were staged in October 2003.
Geronimo's first movie role was in Filipinas, released in late 2003. According to the Philippine Star, Geronimo's co-star in the film, Maricel Soriano, "predict[ed] a bright future" for her and stated, "That girl will go far. She’s only 14, right? For someone like Sarah, for the first time she appears and acts in a film, she's good. Maybe some people have high expectation on her but for me she's good."
2004–07: Career expansion
The Manila Bulletin states that 2004 was the year that Geronimo's career "boomed". Geronimo signed a contract with the ABS-CBN network, which aired her first television series, Sarah the Teen Princess. Later that year, she became a regular host and performer on the variety show ASAP. She sang the Philippine National Anthem at the pre-inaugural ceremonies of president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on June 30, 2004. In November 2004, Geronimo released her second album, Sweet Sixteen, with "How Could You Say You Love Me" as its first single. After a week of its release, the album was certified gold and quickly achieved triple platinum status when it sold more than 90,000 copies nationwide. Geronimo performed in the Night of the Champions concert at the Araneta Coliseum ("the Dome") with other singing competition winners Rachelle Ann Go and Erik Santos, followed by a tour in the U.S.
In 2005, Geronimo recorded the theme song of the Star Cinema movie, Can This Be Love. She joined the fourth-season cast of the teen-oriented television program SCQ Reload: Kilig Ako and appeared in the fantasy movie Lastikman, produced by VIVA Films. She hosted three talent competitions: Search For Star in a Million, Little Big Star and Little Big Superstar.
On September 30, 2005, Geronimo performed a solo concert, The Other Side. The Manila Bulletin reported that, "The Dome became one huge oven." Viva Records released a live DVD album of her concert at Araneta Coliseum titled The Other Side: Live Album. In the summer of 2005, a repeat of Night of the Champions toured the U.S. for two months.
In 2006, Geronimo starred in ABS-CBN's primetime soap opera, Bituing Walang Ningning, a remake of the 1985 movie. She played the role of an aspiring singer named Dorina Pineda, originally played by Sharon Cuneta in the movie, and released a soundtrack of the series.
In the summer of 2006, Geronimo's third studio album, Becoming, was released in the international market. Produced by Christian De Walden, the album went platinum a month after its release. De Walden said that Geronimo was "definitely the biggest talent I have come across...the last ten years." He was particularly astounded by Geronimo's ability to not only learn a song quickly but to give it her own distinctive style. The album yielded three singles: "I Still Believe In Loving You", "Carry My Love" and "Iingatan Ko Ang Pag-ibig Mo." One critic said, "The album isn't completely successful. It's nevertheless heartening to hear Sarah spreading her musical wings by trying new types of songs that wouldn't have been considered in the lineup of her showy first albums."
Geronimo continued to perform in concerts throughout the world, in places like Taiwan, Canada, the U.S., and Dubai. Philstar News reported that Geronimo was the first Filipino to perform at the Harris Theater in Chicago. On November 18, 2006, Manny Pacquiao chose Geronimo to sing Lupang Hinirang, the Philippine national anthem, before his match against Mexico's Erik Morales at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Geronimo's second major solo concert In Motion, took place on July 14, 2007, at the Araneta Coliseum. Unlike her first solo concert at the Dome, this concert went off with no technical glitches. She spent the rest of 2007 performing concerts in the Philippines and the U.S. and recording her fourth studio album, Taking Flight, which sold more than 60,000 units and achieved double platinum status. In the latter half of 2007, Geronimo appeared in her third television series for ABS-CBN, Pangarap Na Bituin.
2008–10: The Next One and Record Breaker
In early 2008, Geronimo reunited with Erik Santos, Rachelle Ann Go, and Christian Bautista in a Valentine's Day concert at the Araneta Coliseum, entitled "OL4LUV". Before Geronimo released her fifth studio album, she released I'll Be There as the fourth single from Taking Flight. On July 30, 2008, Geronimo starred with Filipino actor John Lloyd Cruz in A Very Special Love which was produced by Star Cinema and VIVA films and grossed almost ₱180 million. The movie opened with ₱ 14 million pesos and Isah V. Red of The Manila Standard Today quoted
|“||This only proves that the new generation of Filipino movie audience is ready for their own screen heroine, not someone passed on to them by their parents or grandparents.||”|
Geronimo included a track from the film, "A Very Special Love", on her album Taking Flight.
Geronimo's fifth studio album, Just Me, included a duet with Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough entitled, "I'll Be There". De Walden again produced this album. Like her previous albums, Just Me achieved platinum status in December 2008. She was recognized for this accomplishment on the 2008 ASAP Platinum Circle Awards show. On November 8, 2008, Geronimo staged her third major solo concert in Araneta Coliseum, entitled The Next One, which marked the first time she accompanied herself on the piano while on stage. Geronimo’s Just Me album, was re-released, adding You Changed My Life. She was also recognized by ASAP for attaining platinum status for her albums Taking Flight and Just Me and for her two concert DVDs (The Other Side and Sarah In Motion).
In February 2009, Geronimo made a movie again with John Lloyd Cruz in You Changed My Life, the sequel of A Very Special Love. The film’s total theatrical earnings earned over ₱240 million, and holds the record for the highest grossing Filipino movie made. Geronimo traveled to the US in March–April 2009 for her The Next One tour, where she received positive reviews about her performances. In June 2009, she re-staged the Sarah Geronimo: The Next One Philippine concert tour. On August 5, 2009 Geronimo was given the honor to sing the Virna Lisa's 1986 People Power anthem, “Magkaisa” during the funeral of former President Corazon Aquino. Geronimo released a solo Christmas album, Your Christmas Girl in October 2009. In November 2009, she staged her fourth solo sold-out concert, Record Breaker, in the Araneta Coliseum. The Philippine Daily Inquirer called the concert "a qualified success". During the concert, Geronimo became emotional while talking about her struggles trying to succeed in a music industry inundated by aspiring singers. At the same day of her concert, she released her sixth studio album, Music and Me.  In December 2009, Your Christmas Girl and Music and Me both reached platinum status after a month of their release.
On December 1, 2009, Sarah Geronimo received a star on the Philippines Walk of Fame at Libis, Eastwood. Geronimo released the DVD Record Breaker, filmed at the Araneta Coliseum, on March 16, 2010 and eventually achieve Triple Platinum status in December 2010.
In April 2010, Sarah Geronimo was chosen to endorse an online game called Superstar which was launched by X-Play as an online singing star search. Geronimo also lent her voice in singing its theme song "This Is My Dream."
2011–present: Career prominence and international activities
In February 2011, she had a Valentine concert with Martin Nievera titled "What Love Is" at the Araneta Coliseum. Geronimo worked with Gerald Anderson in the film collaboration of Star Cinema and Viva Films titled Catch Me, I'm in Love which was shown on March 23, 2011 in theaters nationwide and shown as a summer release in the Philippines. Raymond Lo, U.S. correspondent for The Philippine Star said:
|“||Catch Me, I'm in Love is thoroughly entertaining and watching it has got me thinking that Sarah Geronimo is to today’s Philippine cinema what Sharon Cuneta and Maricel Soriano were in their prime. In Catch Me, I'm in Love, Sarah proves that she is an endearing and credible heroine. I am tempted to say that Philippine cinema has found its new queen!||”|
In November 2011, Geronimo made a movie again with Gerald Anderson in Won't Last A Day Without You which earned ₱20 Million on its opening day. Geronimo signed an exclusive one-year contract with ABS-CBN, it states her future projects and commitments such as having a weekly solo show, an extension as a performer in ASAP Rocks, and a movie with John Lloyd Cruz for the third time. Also this year, Geronimo is declared as the Princess of Philippine Movies by the Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Awards for her movie, Catch Me, I'm In Love together with Gerald Anderson.
In July 2012, Geronimo staged her fifth major solo concert in the "Big Dome" entitled 24/SG.
In November 2012, Geronimo was chosen as the "Bayanihan Ambassadress" of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
In December 2012, Geronimo won a string of awards one of which is the Best Asian Artist Award (Philippines) at the recently concluded Mnet Asian Music Awards. Geronimo also bagged major awards in Awit Awards, Aliw Awards and PMPC for Music Awards.
In March 2013, Geronimo received two Presidential Awards, Ani ng Dangal for Multi-Discplinary Arts and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (Philippines) Goodwill Ambassadress for Music  Geronimo is nominated for three categories at the 2013 World Music Awards (WMA): best entertainer of the year, best live act, and best female artist. This year’s list of WMA nominees include Adele, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Psy, and many others. The awarding date is yet to be set. Also her movie which is shown on March 30, 2013 It Takes a Man and a Woman broke box office records and became the highest grossing Filipino film of all time
In June 2013, Viva Records announced that she will be releasing her tenth studio album on July before her birthday. The album's title was later revealed to be Expressions, which will contain mainly original songs that she co-produced herself. It was released on July 22. To promote the album's release, Geronimo held launch events at various shopping malls across Quezon City from August 3. On August 8, Geronimo became the brand endorser of KakaoTalk together with K-pop boyband Big Bang.
In December 2013, she is elevated into Anak TV Seal Hall of Famer for being a "credible, wholesome and worth emulating by the youth".
In 2014, she is chosen as newest product endorser of Toyota. Geronimo is also back as coach for The Voice Kids (Philippine TV series) and The Voice of the Philippines (season 2) to be shown on May and August respectively. She will also have a movie with Coco Martin entitled "Maybe This Time" to be shown of May 28, 2014.
Music and voice
Geronimo's music is generally pop and sings songs mostly about love. Geronimo's voice is premier and her music encompasses all genres. International producer Christian de Walden praised Geronimo's voice and said "The personality of her voice is phenomenally distinct. Many have great voices but they tend to imitate foreign divas like Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston. She definitely is the biggest talent I have come across with in the last ten years...".
Geronimo is widely known for her musical versatility and effortlessly singing while dancing. Rito P. Asilo of Philippine Daily Inquirer stated in a review of her album "it’s hard to resist the rich and lush quality of her melodies when they fall smoothly and squarely on her confident middle registers" and has praised her transition saying "her phrasing style to her interchanging shifts in vocal placement, from deep chest tones to heady soft trills, and back which isn’t really a bad thing: In fact, it could represent growth, because Sarah used to win her admirers solely with the lung-busting high notes."
Influences and Legacy
Geronimo has cited Michael Jackson as her major influence and she grew up singing and dancing to his music. Geronimo said “As a child my dream was to be hugely popular like Michael Jackson. I wanted to have that kind of worldwide fame,” added, “I want to be like him, while performing, everyone gets so wild and emotional. Besides that, I see him as not only a performer, he’s an inspiration to many people, and that’s what I also want to become.” Geronimo also cited American pop star, Beyoncé as one of her influences in singing and dancing live.
Camille Bersola of The Philippine Star described Geronimo as more than just a pop icon for being an inspiration especially to today's youth. She quoted "In amateur singing competitions, there will be at least three contestants that will have their own rendition of "To Love You More" or "Forever's Not Enough". When these little girls are asked who their favorite singer is, and whose path they’d like to follow someday, you can bet more or less 75 percent of them will have the same answer: Sarah Geronimo."
Geronimo has received praised for her live stage performances. After Geronimo's concert in Araneta Coliseum dubbed as "The Other Side", The Manila Bulletin said:
"Sarah’s very successful concert showcased the various facets of her personality. She’s an old soul who can sing Celine Dion’s "If I Could" and Mariah Carey’s "Through the Rain" with such emotion. She’s an 80’s baby who can moonwalk to "Billie Jean" ala Michael Jackson. She’s a budding belter who can hit the high notes of Whitney Houston’s "The Greatest Love of All" with Regine Velasquez."
In 2009, Geronimo said in a press conference for her concert "Record Breaker" that she hopes to break new records as a concert artist and quoted “This is to showcase my new standards as a total performer. Hopefully I’ll give this show justice, entertain my audience and even make them dance with my performances all throughout the night.”
Geronimo's participation in the "What Love Is..." with Martin Nievera concert was described by Baby A. Gil of the Philippine Star with the comment, "Who needs a dancing Martin anyway when you have the long-limbed Sarah there, who is a daring, enthusiastic dancer? I like watching her dance and finding her moving even better now than the last time is a treat. Of course, she has also become an even better singer. To those who are wont to ask, has she gotten rid of her Celine Dion tendencies? Well, she still sings a good To Love You More, but she has obviously come to her own with fuller tones, nice, sexy low notes."
In her 24/SG concert People's Journal commented "Sarah has reached a new level in her career as a concert artist. In fact, she has earned the right to be called the new Concert Queen." also added that aside from her singing prowess, Geronimo's dancing skills has improved greatly.
Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte described Geronimo in The Philippine Star “She’s wholesome on and off camera, untainted by unsavory rumors. She’s an ideal daughter and that makes her a good role model for the youth.” Wilson Lee Flores of The Philippine Star quoted "She is a breath of fresh air in terms of wholesome image, humility, real talent and source of good news for the Philippine entertainment industry". In 2005, Geronimo was awarded with "Pinoy Wannabe Awardee", a prestigious Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards given to a celebrity whom kids consider as their role model.
Geronimo however admitted it’s not always easy protecting that image especially since everyone looks up to her as a role model for young people. She said “It’s a bit hard although I’d like to become a role model. I rather take it as a big challenge because it is probably my purpose being here in this industry. This may also be the reason why I’m being trusted by companies to promote their products.”
In 2010, Geronimo was ranked as the top two in the list of Bureau of Internal Revenue (Philippines) top celebrity taxpayers. Also, in 2011 she was ranked as the third in the top celebrity endorsers by the AGB Nielsen Philippines survey. In 2013, she ranks as the sixth highest female taxpayer and as fourth top endorser.
|1992—1994||Pen Pen de Sarapen||Herself||
|2002—2003||Star for a Night||Herself||
|2004||Sarah The Teen Princess||Sarah Alagao||Main role|
|2005||SCQ Reload: Kilig Ako||Sarah||Main role (50 episodes)|
|2006||Bituing Walang Ningning||Dorina Pineda||Main role (105 episodes)|
|Your Song||Mitch||Episode "Forever's Not Enough"|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya||Rose||Episode "Kwintas"|
|Your Song||Marge Hernandez||Episode "Pers Lab"|
|2007||Your Song||Sophia "Pia" Rodriguez||Episode "Carry My Love"|
|Pangarap na Bituin||Emerald Gomez||Regional Finalist, 2008 Emmy Awards Drama Category
Main role (70 episodes)
|Love Spell||Donya Rosing||Episode "Sweet Sixty"|
|2008||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Rose Marie Calderon||Episode "Doll House"|
|2009||Your Song||Lisa||Episode "I Still Believe In Loving You"|
|2010||Hair Is Your Moment (Miniseries)||Jenny Raymundo||Main role (10 episodes)|
|1DOL||Belinda "Billie/Jean" Suarez||Main role (35 episodes)|
|2012||Sarah G. Live!||Herself||Host, Performer|
|Popstar Diaries||Herself||aired in Viva TV (Diary Show)|
|2013-present||The Voice of the Philippines||Herself (Coach)|
|2014||The Voice Kids Philippines||Herself (Coach)|
Awards and accolades
- Myx Music Awards
- It Takes a Man and a Woman
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