Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo stars in “Rak of Aegis”

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 5, 2019   •   2067

Kimberly Baluzo

Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo stars in “Rak of Aegis” as “Aileen” alternating with Aicelle Santos, Kim Molina, and Shaira Opsima.

“PETA’s iconic Filipino musical phenomenon makes a much-awaited return from July to September 2019 at the PETA Theater Center,” according to the PETA’s official page.

In her Facebook post Kimberly is grateful to be a part of the musical.

Wishcovery runner-up Kimberly Baluzo reaches new heights in ‘Rak of Aegis’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2019

Kimberly Baluzo

Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo takes on new heights as she plays the role of ‘Aileen’ in the hit musical ‘Rak of Aegis’.

Born in Daet, Camarines Norte, the 20-year-old Kimberly started singing when she was only three years old.

With only several more weeks before the opening of ‘Rak of Aegis’, Kimberly has three words to describe how she feels about the whole experience: overwhelmed, blessed, and grateful.

She auditioned for ‘Rak of Aegis’ without any idea about the musical. However, she was able to get the part, besting quite a number of aspirants who auditioned for the role.

READ: Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo stars in “Rak of Aegis”

“I didn’t have any clue kung ano ang daloy ng play, as in 0%! Talagang expect the unexpected. God is so amazing dahil binigay niya itong Rak of Aegis as part of my journey. Tunay nga ang kasabihan na kung para sa’yo, para sa’yo talaga, (I didn’t have any clue about the flow of the play, as in 0%. It was really an “expect the unexpected” moment. God is so amazing for giving me Rak of Aegis as part of my journey. What people say is really true: if it’s meant for you, it will be yours),”Kimberly said.

What is it like working with the team and other famous singers?

Sobrang nakakainspire (It’s so inspiring), and knowing them more and hearing their experiences make me feel motivated. Also, [they inspire in me] the eagerness to explore and learn more.

What is your most unforgettable experience with the production so far?

For me, the most unforgettable experience is the bonding and family-like relationship that has been established among the Rak of Aegis cast. Dito ko na feel na pantay-pantay kaming lahat. Walang mas sikat o bago. At lahat rin nagtutulungan. Walang lamangan o pagalingan. Magkasama sa hirap at ginahawa (They never made me feel anything less than an equal. No one is a star or a newbie. Everyone helps each other. There is no competition. We are together through thick and thin). [During performances] pinapalakas nila loob ko, (they encourage me) to stand strong and face my fears.

What is your next goal after Rak of Aegis?

I don’t have any goals yet after this. I will keep trusting God’s plan in my life dahil ang plano niya ang the best, (because His plan is the best).

What is your advice for singers who would also like to perform in a musical?

Don’t ever ever give up and just be yourself. Huwag kang mag padala sa takot at kaba (Don’t let fear and anxiety drag you down). When you dream, aim high. Stay humble and don’t forget to thank God for everything that He has given you.

Kimberly Baluzo (right) with original lead star, Aicelle Santos (left) and the rest of the Rak of Aegis cast

Kimberly’s ultimate goal and wish as a singer is to have a solo concert, release an album, serve as an inspiration to others, and be of help to the less fortunate especially abandoned children.

Rak of Aegis is Kimberly’s first professional theater experience

The iconic original Pinoy musical will have its 7th run starting on July 5 to September 29 at the PETA theater. — aac

Wishcovery Season 2 The Singer and the Song album gets gold and platinum awards

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 5, 2019

Wishcovery Season 2 The Singer and the Song album gets gold and platinum awards after their album launch on Tuesday (June 5).

The eight Wishcoverees finalists also showed off their talent at the Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night during the The Singer and the Song concert.

Wishcoverer-composer Jungee Marcelo was elated with the performance of the Wishcoverees.

“Finally, you see the fledgling little kid that you trained and then she did everything that you asked her to do and more and seeing her finally perform the song even better,” he said.

Composer Noel Cabangon also expressed his excitement for their musical wards. “I’m really proud of our Wishcoverees because they’re very good and now they have a portfolio, one of the things that they can show,” he said.

Following the album-launching concert, Wishcoveree grand finalists, Rhea Basco and Paula Guevarra shared their overwhelming experience.

“Hindi ko maiwasang maluha kasi habang kinakanta ko ang song ko na parang, ‘andito na kami,’ (I couldn’t help but tear up while I was singing my song I thought to myself, ‘we’re here’)” Rhea said.

Paula hopes that their songs will boost the public’s patronage of Filipino music.

“Sana po iyong album namin ma-inspire lahat ng mga Pilipino na i-patronize pa din ang OPM, (I hope our album inspires Filipinos and patronize OPM)” she said.(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Wishcovery Season 2 Finalists earn respect of Season 1 Wishfuls

Maris Federez   •   March 1, 2019

(Left to right) Wishcovery Season 1’s Princess Sevillena, Louie Anne Culala, Carmela Ariola, Ace Bartolome and Kimberly Baluzo stun the crowd with their impressive performance of National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab-penned hits during Wishcovery Season 2 grand finals night.

The performance of the Wishcoverees at the grand finals night of Wishcovery Season 2: The Singer and The Song held on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, was akin to a grand concert.

Aside from the judges and the large following that each Wishcoveree has gathered in their Wishcovery journey, season 1 finalists, Princess Sevillena, Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Ann Culala, Carmela Ariola and Ace Bartolome have also expressed their amazement at the fresh talents of the first and biggest online singing competition in the country.

The Wishfuls said, one cannot deny the uniqueness of the talents of the season 2 finalists who, although neophytes in the business, have had their skills honed under the guidance of their mentors as evident in their grand finals performance.

Meanwhile, Christian Bautista, Kyla, Jona and Bugoy Drilon who all collaborated with the wishcoverees in the finals night, have also said expressed how much they enjoyed their respective numbers.

They were also one in advising these musical gems to stay humble and to give their best in every performance.

Wishcovery season 2 host, Kris Lawrence, expressed admiration to the innovator of Wish 107.5 and all the men and women behind the online singing competition.

“I love it. Wish doesn’t only help us as musicians as artists, as it helps us as artists. As Wish helps the Music Industry with Music we also help the charities, we also help the people,” said Kris.

Kuya Daniel Razon, the brains behind Wish 107.5 promises to continue the Wishcovery journey for aspiring singers.

He also announced the release of the album of the Wishcovery Season 2 Finalists.

“Kasama na din diyan iyong pag- launch ng album nila, ng walo na naging finalist. And we will be putting iyong songs nila in an album together with the projects natin for them, including the concert where we will be launching their album,” said Kuya Daniel. — Maris Federez

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