Gerald Survives, Iriga Celebrates Great Year
MANILA, Philippines - JUST A THOUGHT: What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now. - Buddha
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GERALD SURVIVES: Five years after winning the championship in reality-style singing competition "Pinoy Pop Superstar," Gerald Santos looks forward to branching out to an acting career on the side.
He's happy to have survived five years in the industry, where he continues to win accolade for his performances while other winners of similar reality shows have vanished into thin air after their so-called 15 minutes of fame.
Gerald hopes TV5 will allow him to grow as an actor as well even as he appears regularly on the network's Sunday noontime show, "Party on 5."
Grateful over what he calls a work-filled December, the young singer kicks off a series of mall shows in January to promote his new album, "Pinakahihintay."
Catch Gerald Santos, Prince of Ballad, on Jan. 2 at SM Lipa, Jan. 16, SM Rosario, Cavite; Jan. 21, SM San Pablo; Jan. 23, SM Calamba; Jan. 28, SM Baguio; Feb. 11, SM Bicutan; Feb. 19, SM Las Pinas.
Gerald's Visayas-Mindanao promo tour will hit the road in March.
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NEW BELIEVER: A funny thing happened to Gerald and his entourage when he performed during the inauguration of the new city market of Iriga, Camarines Sur on Dec. 11 upon the invitation of Mayor Madelaine Alfelor Gazmen.
His flight back to Manila was cancelled on the last minute that he had to take a bus back home.
"I enjoyed the trip, however," he says, "especially the scenery."
Gerald didn't mind the long trip, taking almost all of 10 hours. He had found a new believer in Mayor Gazmen, who found him not only talented but also kind and professional.
Gerald formed part of a bunch of solo artists and bands who performed in Iriga for two consecutive weekends in celebration of the city's new public market and their multifarious achievements in 2010. …