Gerald Santos

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Gerald Santos
Birth name Gerald Padua Santos
Born (1991-05-15) May 15, 1991 (age 25)
Navotas City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Genres Ballad
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Years active 2006–present
Labels Prinstar Music GMA Records

Gerald Padua Santos (born May 15, 1991, Navotas City, Metro Manila, Philippines) is a singer and actor. He was the grand champion of Pinoy Pop Superstar (Season 2) in 2006 and is now dubbed as "The Prince of Ballad".[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

He was born as Gerald Padua Santos on May 15, 1991 in Navotas City, Metro Manila. Born in an average family in Navotas, he is the 2nd child in a brood of 5 His parents both worked in Navotas Fish Port and were earning just enough to support the whole family. Singing has been a big part of his family and his immense interest in music was fully supported by his parents. He started singing at the age of 7 years old and started singing in his elementary school ( Daanghari Elementary School ) in Navotas. He later joined amateur singing contests ( around 50 amateur singing contests ) and won in many of them( within Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Laguna and Bulacan ). He was in Tangos National High School in Navotas when he decided to audition for Pinoy Pop Superstar of GMA-7 at the age of 15.

Career[edit]

Singing[edit]

In 2006 Gerald Santos became the grand champion of the second season of GMA 7's show Pinoy Pop Superstar. He was the youngest champion of the biggest reality singing contest then hosted by Ms. Regine Velasquez. He is not the typical "biritero" but he is noted for his heartfelt singing and can melt everyone's heart with his simple singing.[1]

After winning the PPS, Gerald signed a five-year contract with GMA, including a record deal with GMA Records, and became a regular on the TV series SOP Rules. He was cast for the primetime TV series I Luv New York, and was a co-host of QTV's Popstar Kids in 2006. His SOP role earned him a nomination for a PMPC STAR Awards For TV.[citation needed] as Best New Male TV Personality. His first single, "A Day on the Rainbow", was released in November 2006. In 2008 he released his second studio album, Gerald Santos: Pinakahihintay.

In October 2010, a year before his contract with GMA expired, Gerald transferred to TV5. He then released the repackaged edition of "Pinakahihintay" and did a national album mall tour. He won several awards for the studio albums he made. Gerald won in the 3rd Star Awards ( October 2011 ) For Music for the "Pinakahihintay" Repackaged edition Album as Male Pop Artist of the Year. In September 2012, he released his 3rd album, Gerald Santos The Prince of Ballad which garnered 4 nominations in the 5th Star Awards For Music including Male Recording Artist of the Year, Male Pop Artist of the Year and Revival Album of the Year. The album went on to win the Revival Album of the Year in the 5th Star Awards For Music ( October 2013 ).

Gerald's 4th album, GERALD SANTOS KAHIT ANONG MANGYARI was commercially released in July 2015. It is an all-original album the songs of which were written for Gerald by renowned composers. Gerald has two compositions in this album. The repackaged edition of this album is in the offing and will be released first half of 2016.

Concerts[edit]

In the concert scene, Gerald has done five ( 5 ) major solo concerts. Gerald has been nominated for 4 consecutive years as Best Male Concert Performer ( 2011-2014 ) in the prestigious ALIW Awards, winning the coveted award in 2011 for his MAJOR MOVE concert at the Music Museum. In May 2012, Gerald Santos held his ISANG PASASALAMAT concert at the PETA Phinma Theater which earned for him a second nomination from the ALIW Awards as Best Male Concert Performer. In 2013, his THE PRINCE OF BALLAD SOARING HIGH concert also got nominated in the 5th Star Awards for Music as Male Concert Performer of the Year, aside from the ALIW Awards.

GERALD SANTOS IT'S TIME! was held at the SM North EDSA SKYDOME on June 28, 2014, earning for him another nomination in the ALIW Awards. He also earned a nomination for this concert in the 2015 Star Awards For Music.

On June 13, 2015, his biggest concert ( GERALD SANTOS : METAMORPHOSIS ) was held at the historic PICC Plenary Hall. People came in droves and packed the convention center. Gerald is now one of the few solo artists who has conquered PICC. For his PICC concert, Gerald was nominated once more in the ALIW Awards 2015 for Best Major Concert - Male. This concert won for him the Best Major Concert - Male in the 28th ALIW Awards, beating the more popular concert artists.

With his achievements in the concert scene, Gerald is deserving of the title "CONCERT PRINCE".

Gerald is slated to do his t0th anniversary concert later in 2016.

Musician[edit]

As a composer, Gerald has composed and written a dozen songs, 4 of which were included in his sophomore album, Gerald Santos PINAKAHIHINTAY The Repackaged Edition ( "Kailan Masasabi" , "I Cannot Imagine", "This Feeling Inside", "Gotta Be Strong" ). For the "SAN PEDRO CALUNGSOD THE MUSICAL", Gerald composed 8 songs. For his 4th album ( Gerald Santos KAHIT ANONG MANGYARI ), Gerald did two (2 ) compositions ( "#MMK" and "Sorry" ).

Theater[edit]

In the theater scene, Gerald has done two major productions where he both played the lead roles. his first was in 2011 in Gantimpala Theater Foundation's "SINO KA BA JOSE RIZAL", where he scored an ALIW Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical. The second is Redlife Entertainment Productions Inc.'s "SAN PEDRO CALUNGSOD THE MUSICAL" which is currently on a nationwide tour. For this particular musical play, Gerald Santos is also the play's composer. Just recently ( March 2016 ), Gerald auditioned for the new production of Miss Saigon and he was shortlisted for the role of Thuy in the hit musical.

Television[edit]

Gerald Santos was the grand champion of the season 2 of PINOY POP SUPERSTAR in GMA 7 in June 2006 and it opened the doors of his TV career,

On TV, Gerald was part of the long-running SOP. He was also a performer in Party Pilipinas. He was cast in GMA's primetime teleserye "I LUV NEW YORK" in 2006 where he played the brother of its lead star, Jolina Magdangal. He also appeared in GMA's top rating programs like "MAGPAKAILANMAN", "SIS" among others.

From GMA he transferred to TV5 where he appeared in several shows PO5 ( 2010 ), "Fantastik" ( 2011 ), "Sunday Funday" ( 2012 ), "Hey It's Saberday" ( 2012 ). He sang the theme song of Ms. Nora Aunor's TV comeback "Sa Ngalan Ng Ina" in 2011; a song composed by Mr. Ryan Cayabyab.

At present, Gerald is a free lancer and is not tied to any of the major networks. He is open though to being a contract artist of a major network if given the opportunity.

Movies[edit]

Gerald Santos has finished his first feature film in 2015, MEMORY CHANNEL, an edgy film which tackles retrograde amnesia and panic/anxiety attack. Gerald stars with Epy Quizon, Bodjie Pascua and Michelle Vito in this movie directed by first-time full-length movie director Rayn Brizuela. This is Gerald's first ever movie which is intended for local and international film festivals. Gerald has also finished doing the docu-film EMILIO JACINTO : UTAK ng KATIPUNAN for LEGIT Entertainment, produced by National Historical Commission and directed by Pat Perez. Gerald was tapped to essay the lead role of Emilio Jacinto. This docu-film will be shown in schools as part of the government's effort to thoroughly educate the youth about our national heroes. To this date, Gerald has played three legendary national figures : Jose Rizal, Emilio Jacinto and Pedro Calungsod. Gerald's first feature film "Memory Channel" is an official selection in the 2016 World Premieres Film Festival. It competed against 5 other quality Filipino films and was hailed by the festival as an edgy film. Gerald, likewise received favorable reviews for his acting in this movie as an amnesia patient also suffering from anxiety/panic attacks.

Awards / Nominations / Recognitions[edit]

2006   People's Choice Award      (  Pinoy Pop Superstar Grand Finals, May 2006  )
2006   Nominated :  New Male TV Personality  (  SOP;  Star Awards for Television ) 
           
2011  Nominated :  Male Pop Artist of the Year    -   Pinakahihintay, The Repackaged Edition Album       (  3rd Star Awards for Music )
2011  Nominated :  Best Concert Performance  ( Male )   -  Major Move Concert, Music Museum  ( June 18, 2011 )    (  24th Aliw Awards )
2011  Nominated  :  Best Actor in a Musical   -    Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal    ( September, 2011 )      (  24th Aliw Awards )
2011 Winner :   Male Pop Artist of the Year   -  Pinakahihintay, The Repackaged Edition Album       (  3rd Star Awards for Music )
2011 Winner :    Best Concert Performance ( Male )    -    Major Move Concert, Music Museum ( June 18, 2011 )   (  24th  Aliw Awards )

2012 Nominated  : Best Male Concert Performance ( Male ) - Isang Pasasalamat, PETA Phinma Theater ( May, 2012 ) ( 25th Aliw Awards )

2013 Nominated  : Male Recording Artist of the Year - The Prince of Ballad Album ( 5th Star Awards for Music )

2013 Nominated : Male Concert Performer of the Year - The Prince of Ballad Soaring High, Music Museum ( April 30, 2013 ) ( 5th Star Awards for Music )

2013 Nominated: Male Pop Artist of the Year - The Prince of Ballad Album ( 5th Star Awards for Music )

2013 Nominated :     Revival Album of the Year    -   The Prince of Ballad Album   -   ( 5th Star Awards for Music )
2013 Nominated :    Best Concert Performance ( Male )   -   The Prince of Ballad Soaring High, Music Museum ( April 30, 2013 ) ( 26th Aliw Awards )
2013 Winner  :    Revival Album of the Year          -         The Prince of Ballad Album        ( 5th Star Awards for Music )

2014 Nominated  : Best Concert Performance ( Male ) - It's Time! Concert, SM North Edsa Skydome ( June 28, 2014 ) ( 27th Aliw Awards )

2015 Nominated  : Male Concert Performer of the Year - It's Time Concert, SM North Edsa Skydive ( June 28, 2014 ) ( 7th Star Awards for Music )

2015 Nominated :    Male pop Artist of the Year      -     Kahit Anong Mangyari Album      ( 7th Star Awards for Music )
2015 Winner :   Pinakapasadong Dangal ng Kabataan    -  ( April, 2015 )                      ( Gawad PASADO )

2015 Nominated : Best Major Concert - Male ( 28th ALIW Awards )

2015 Winner : Best Major Concert - Male ( 28th ALIW Awards )

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

  • A Day on the Rainbow ( November 2006) - This album contains his official first hit song "Mahal Kita" which became the theme song of the top rating "Marimar" in Channel 7.
  • Pinakahihintay ( November 2008) - It contains his revival of the song "Hanggang", the song which won for him in his very first TV appearance in Pinoy Pop Superstar, scoring a near-perfect 99% from the judges and is literally his ticket to the music industry.
  • Pinakahihintay The Repackaged Edition ( October 2010) - This album won for him the Male Pop Artist of the Year Award from the 3rd PMPC Star Awards and ( October 2011 ) and contains his original compositions.
  • Gerald Santos The Prince Of Ballad ( September 2012) - This album, which won the Revival Album of the Year from the 5th Star Awards for Music was Gerald's first revival album and contains the hit song "Maghintay Ka Lamang" which until now is a source of inspiration among the Filipinos.
  • Gerald Santos Kahit Anong Mangyari" ( March 2015 ) - In this album, Gerald scored a nomination for the 7th Star Awards for Music as Male pop Artist of the Year ( November, 2015 )

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frayna, Severino (17 June 2011). "Why Gerald Santos is singing a happy tune". The Manila Times. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 

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