Returning diva Lani Misalucha is convinced that their time as the singers at the top of the heap has already passed and that the newer and younger breed of performers have already taken the limelight from them. Instead of wallowing in this fact, Lani said she sees it as a natural occurrence in the business that she and her colleagues just has to openly accept.
“Ganun naman talaga. Sabi ko nga kanina, it’s just a circle of life. Totoo talaga ‘yun, ang buhay ay parang gulong, iikot at iikot ‘yan. May ipanganganak at ipanganganak talaga, kasi ano ang mangyayari kung walang darating na bago?” she asked during the recent launch of her latest studio album titled The Nightingale Returns: Lani Misalucha Sings The Greatest Filipino Songbook.
Inasmuch as they hope to continue making music for the public, Lani said she is aware of the reality that their age is a huge factor in showbiz. “Hindi naman habang buhay, bata kami. Hindi naman habang buhay, nasa tip-top shape ang boses. Hindi naman habambuhay banat ang mukha mo, hindi habambuhay maganda ang hubog ng katawan mo. Ganun talaga ‘yun,” she explained.
If anything, Lani said she admires the new generation singers such as Sarah Geronimo, Angeline Quinto, and others for getting into the business at such a young age. “Ako, hindi ko naranasan ang ginagawa nila na tipong naliligo na nga lang sila, nagte-taping pa, parang tipo na mga ganun. Habang kumakain sila, kailangan nilang mag-record, parang mga ganun. I admire their stamina, their eagerness, their passion,” she said.
Lani clarified that her admiration for their determination to really stay in the business stems from the fact that she started a little old in the industry. “Nag-start na ako sa music industry na may-asawa na ako, may dalawang anak, at hindi na ganun kagandahan ang katawan ko,” she explained.
Speaking of her family, Asia’s Nightingale revealed that despite her return to the limelight she would still have to leave for the US every once in a while. She left showbiz during the peak of her career in 2004 to perform at several casinos in Las Vegas.
Did she ever regret leaving local showbiz for the US especially now that the last casino where she performed didn’t renew her contract?
“No regrets. Oo, nasa peak ang career ko nun. Alam mo, sa totoo lang, gusto ko yung buhay-Amerika. Honestly, mahirap siya, mahirap ang buhay sa Amerika, pero simple,” she said.
Labi underscored that she loved the idea that she can do lots of things on her own sans a personal assistant. “Gusto ko ‘yung ganon, kasi kahit dito naman sa Pilipinas, ganun na ang buhay ko. Gusto ko ako namamalangke, ako ‘yung nag-o-oversee ng lahat, ganun din ang buhay ko dun,” she explained.
However she admitted that she missed a lot of things about being in the Philippines. “Na-miss ko lang yung pagkanta sa mga kababayan natin, ‘tsaka iba ‘pag nandito ka. Nandito ang marami mong mga kaibigan, nandito ang mga kapatid mo, nandito ang mga masasarap na pagkain. Paano naman na hindi mo mami-miss?” she happily recalled.