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Sarah Geronimo
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Background information
Birth name Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo
Born (1988-07-25) July 25, 1988 (age 26)
Origin Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
Occupation(s) Increase ₱ 54 million (2012 est. salary)[1]
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present

Official Website

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Sarah Geronimo's Signature

Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo (born July 25, 1988) simply known as Sarah Geronimo (\jə-ˈrä-nə-ˌmō\), is a Filipino singer, actress and television personality. She received attention after winning a singing contest on television in 2003. Since then, Geronimo has established herself as a successful Pop musician with five Awit Awards, six Aliw Awards and nineteen Myx Music Awards (the most in the awards history). She later on ventured as an actress and played the lead role in the films A Very Special Love (2008), You Changed My Life (2009) and It Takes a Man and a Woman (2013). All of which are in the list of highest grossing films in the Philippines and earned her two FAMAS Award nominations respectively.

Geronimo signed with music label Viva Records (as part of the prize she won in the singing contest) and released her debut album, Popstar: A Dream Come True (2003). The record was a commercial success and gave her two Awit Awards, including Best Performance By A New Female Recording Artist for the single "Forever's Not Enough". In 2004, Geronimo started her television career when she began working in ABS-CBN. She appeared in projects such as ASAP (2004–present), Bituing Walang Ningning (2006) and Sarah G. Live! (2012-2013)

Geronimo had already been acting for VIVA Films since 2003, but her movie career became well-known when she played the lead actress in the romantic-comedy film A Very Special Love (2008), a project that apparently became a trilogy due to its box-office success. Geronimo continued to record studio albums and perform in concert tours along with her film and television career. In 2010, Geronimo received the Aliw Award for Entertainer of the Year. In 2012, the Philippine Association of the Record Industry awarded the Best Selling Album of the Year to her eighth studio album, One Heart (2011). Geronimo's music was for a time distinguished as Pop until the release of the albums Expressions (2013) and Perfectly Imperfect (2014), when she experimented on R&B and Dance. Subsequently, her 2013 single "Ikot-Ikot" won the Awit Award for Best R&B Recording.

In a span of one decade, Geronimo has received some notable accolades, including Best Asian Artist (Philippines) at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2012, Ani ng Dangal or "Harvest of Honors" state recognition from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Anak TV Seal Hall of Famer (both in 2013) and Best Selling Filipino Artist at the World Music Awards in 2014. At this time, she serves as a coach for The Voice of the Philippines and The Voice Kids.

Life and career[edit]

Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo was born on July 25, 1988 in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines. She is the third of four children. Her father, Delfin Geronimo, is a retired Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company employee, while her mother, Divina Tua Geronimo, ran a beauty salon in their house.[2] At the age of four, her mother accompanied her in auditions of different television programs. Geronimo became part of the shows Pen-pen De Sarapen (4–6 years old), Ang TV (7–8 years old) and NEXT (8–9 years old).[3] She also played as an extra in the movie Sarah... Ang Munting Prinsesa (1995).[4]

2002–03: Star for a Night[edit]

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.[5][6][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."[7]

Geronimo became the featured artist in MTV's Rising Star in September 2002,[8] and she released her first album Popstar: A Dream Come True, in late 2002.[7][9] Her first concerts, in conjunction with her first album, were staged in October 2003.[10]

Geronimo's first movie role was in Filipinas, released in late 2003.[6] 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."[11]

2004–07: Career expansion[edit]

The Manila Bulletin states that 2004 was the year that Geronimo's career "boomed".[12] Geronimo signed a contract with the ABS-CBN network, which aired her first television series, Sarah the Teen Princess.[13] Later that year, she became a regular host and performer on the variety show ASAP.[14][15] 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.[5] 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.[16]

In 2005, Geronimo recorded the theme song of the Star Cinema movie, Can This Be Love.[17] 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.[5][14]

On September 30, 2005, Geronimo performed a solo concert, The Other Side. The Manila Bulletin reported that, "The Dome became one huge oven."[18] 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.[19]

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,[5][20] 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.[21] 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."[22]

Geronimo continued to perform in concerts throughout the world, in places like Taiwan, Canada, the U.S., and Dubai.[23][24] Philstar News reported that Geronimo was the first Filipino to perform at the Harris Theater in Chicago.[24] 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.[23][25]

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.[26] She spent the rest of 2007 performing concerts in the Philippines and the U.S.[14][27] and recording her fourth studio album, Taking Flight,[28] 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.[14]

2008–10: The Next One and Record Breaker[edit]

Sarah Geronimo in her 2009 album Music and Me

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".[29] 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.[30][31][31][32] The movie opened with 14 million pesos and Isah V. Red of The Manila Standard Today said, "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.[33] 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.[34][35] 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.[36] 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.[37] Geronimo’s Just Me album, was re-released, adding You Changed My Life.[31] 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).[36]

In February 2009, Geronimo made a movie again with John Lloyd Cruz in You Changed My Life, the sequel of A Very Special Love.[38] The film’s total theatrical earnings earned over ₱240 million, and holds the record for the highest grossing Filipino movie made.[39] Geronimo traveled to the US in March–April 2009 for her The Next One tour, where she received positive reviews about her performances.[40] In June 2009, she re-staged the Sarah Geronimo: The Next One Philippine concert tour.[41][42] 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.[43] 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.[44][45] The Philippine Daily Inquirer called the concert "a qualified success".[39] During the concert, Geronimo became emotional while talking about her struggles trying to succeed in a music industry inundated by aspiring singers.[44] At the same day of her concert, she released her sixth studio album, Music and Me. [46][47][48] In December 2009, Your Christmas Girl and Music and Me both reached platinum status after a month of their release.[49]

On December 1, 2009, Sarah Geronimo received a star on the Philippines Walk of Fame at Libis, Eastwood.[50] 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."[51]

In September 2010 a Music-Serye was aired in ABS-CBN entitled 1DOL and she appeared in the film Hating Kapatid under Viva Films.

2011–2012: Catch Me, I'm in Love, Sarah G. Live! and concerts[edit]

Sarah Geronimo in Dubai 2011 concert

In February 2011, she had a Valentine concert with Martin Nievera titled "What Love Is" at the Araneta Coliseum.[52] 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:

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.[54] 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.

Geronimo is had her solo weekly musical-variety show every Sunday night titled Sarah G. Live! and her movie with John Lloyd Cruz is in production.[55]

In July 2012, Geronimo staged her fifth major solo concert in the "Big Dome" entitled 24/SG.[56]

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.[57] Geronimo also bagged major awards in Awit Awards, Aliw Awards and PMPC Star Awards for Music.[58]

2013–present: The Voice of The Philippines and international activities[edit]

In 2013, Geronimo will have her own drama anthology entitled Sarah G. Presents.[59][60][61] Geronimo is also set to be a coach and judge in The Voice of the Philippines.

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 [62] 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.[63] 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 April 2013, Geronimo was chosen as the new brand ambassadress of SM Development Corporation.[64]

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.[65] It was released on July 22.[66] To promote the album's release, Geronimo held launch events at various shopping malls across Quezon City from August 3.[67] On August 8, Geronimo became the brand endorser of KakaoTalk together with K-pop boyband Big Bang.[68]

In December 2013, she was elevated into Anak TV Seal Hall of Famer for being a "credible, wholesome and worth emulating by the youth".[69] Geronimo was also nominated for the Best Southeast Asian Act category in the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards.

On February 2014, she was chosen as newest product endorser of Toyota.[70] Geronimo joined the coaching panel for the Philippine version of The Voice Kids and confirmed her return for the second season of The Voice of The Philippines.

On August 26, 2014, Spotify Philippines revealed that Sarah Geronimo was one of the most streamed artists within the country alongside band Eraserheads.[71]

Geronimo release her eleventh studio album titled Perfectly Imperfect on October 4. The album also included songs which were written by international music producer Adam Hurstfield and Canadian singer Elise Estrada. The album's lead single, "Kilometro", premiered on September 17 and was written by Thyro & Yumi.[72][73]

Sarah Geronimo was voted as the Best Southeast Asia Act at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.[74][75]

She's one of the ' 20 Filipino Music Artists You Need To Listen Right Now' a list created by, an Internet News Media Company in New York.[76]

Sarah Geronimo has been chosen by Disney to re-interpret the theme song of its Princess franchise. In a teaser aired on Disney Channel, Sarah revealed that she did her own version of "The Glow" and that its music video will premiere on December 6, 2014.


Music and voice[edit]

Geronimo's music is generally pop and sings songs mostly about love. She is a mezzo soprano. Geronimo's voice is premier and her music encompasses all genres.[77] 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...".[78]

Geronimo is widely known for her musical versatility and effortlessly singing while dancing.[79] 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."[80]

Influences and legacy[edit]

Geronimo has cited Michael Jackson as her major influence and she grew up singing and dancing to his music.[81] 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.[82]

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."[83]


Geronimo has received praised for her live stage performances.[84] 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."[52]

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 Concert Queen of the New Generation." Aside from her singing prowess, Geronimo's dancing skills has improved greatly.[85]

Public image[edit]

Sarah Geronimo with Jerry Lozano (Global Sales Director, Philippines).

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.”[86] 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".[87] 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.[88]

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.”[83]

She is currently in a relationship with Filipino-Italian actor, model, racer and singer Matteo Guidicelli.

Media reception[edit]

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.[89] In 2013, she ranks as the sixth highest female taxpayer and as fourth top endorser.[90][91]

In 2014, the entertainment publication YES! Magazine has ranked Sarah as the "Most Beautiful Star" leading the list as the top 1 of the top 100 celebrities.[92][93][94]





Year Film Role Notes Box Office Gross
1995 Sarah... Ang Munting Prinsesa Sarah's Classmate Background only
2003 Filipinas Kathleen Introducing
Captain Barbell Mara
2004 Masikip Sa Dibdib Cameo
Annie B. Patty
Lastikman: Unang Banat Lara Manuel
2008 A Very Special Love Laida Magtalas First Movie in a Leading Role or Debut Film
Highest Grossing Filipino Film of 2008[95]
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office Queen[96]
₱180 million nationwide
2009 You Changed My Life
Highest Grossing Filipino Film of 2009[95]
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office Queen[97]
Nominated — FAMAS Awards for Best Actress in a Lead Role.[98]
Nominated — ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical/Comedy).[99]
₱230 million nationwide
2010 Hating Kapatid Cecilia 3rd Highest Grossing Filipino Film of 2010 ₱85 million nationwide
2011 Catch Me, I'm In Love Roan Sanchez Nominated – ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical/Comedy).[100]
3rd Highest Grossing Filipino Film of 2011
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Princess of Philippine Movies
₱130 million nationwide
Won't Last A Day Without You George Apostol/DJ Heidee 5th Highest Grossing Filipino Film of 2011 ₱90 million nationwide
2013 It Takes A Man And A Woman Laida Magtalas Highest Grossing Filipino Film of All Time
Biggest Opening Gross in Filipino Film of All Time
Highest Grossing Non-MMFF Movie of All Time
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office Queen

Nominated — FAMAS Awards for Best Actress in a Lead Role

2014 ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical/Comedy)

₱586 million worldwide [101]
2014 Maybe This Time
Stephanie Asuncion May 2014 ₱ 210 million worldwide[102]


Year TV Program Role Notes Network
1992—1994 Penpen de Sarapen Herself Main host RPN
1995—1996 Ang TV Herself Main cast ABS-CBN
2002—2003 Star for a Night Herself Contestant (Grand Winner) IBC
2003 SOP Herself Guest GMA Network
2004—present ASAP Herself Co-host/Performer ABS-CBN
2004 Sarah The Teen Princess Sarah Alagao Main role
2005 Little Big Star Main Host
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"
Little Big Superstar Main Host
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) ABS-CBN
2012 Sarah G. Live! Herself Host, Performer
2012—present Popstar Diaries Herself (Diary Show) VIVA TV
2013—present The Voice of the Philippines Herself (Coach and Judge) Season 1—2 ABS-CBN
2014 The Voice Kids Philippines Season 1
Kapamilya Blockbusters: Frozen Elsa Singing Voice

Awards and accolades[edit]



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