As the youngest in the family who has lived a very sheltered life growing up, Kiana Valenciano had always dreamed of moving to another country and living on her own.
This was the singer's admission when she opened up about her decision to live independently abroad in a recent episode of the entertainment podcast PUSH Bets Live.
According to Kiana, she considers leaving home and moving to the United States as "starting from scratch", something that she has to do in order for her to grow both as a person and as an artist.
"For me, I think, growing up in Manila, I lived a very sheltered life siyempre with my parents and my brothers, ako 'yung bunso. So medyo sinusunod ko lang 'yung rules, I was just following everyone's footsteps,” said Kiana, the daughter of music veteran Gary Valenciano and talent manager Angeli Pangilinan.
"So for me to leave the country was parang nagi-start ako from scratch. And I was able to make decisions for myself—until now I'm still doing that. And really, bini-build ko na talaga 'yung future na gusto ko para sa sarili ko. And blessed ako na my parents stand by that, my brothers are so supportive."
She also shared the initial reaction of her parents when she told them that she had decided to live abroad.
"I think 'yung parents ko, medyo alam na nila na mangyayari 'yun. Kasi from a very young age pa lang, I wanted to experience life abroad. So college pa lang, 'yung dream ko was to go to New York and study there. Pero alam mo naman, medyo strict and with all of, like, the decisions that I've been making at the time, medyo hindi talaga siya pasok. So when I decided and I told them na I really want to live in California for now... At least, you know, foreseeable future, I want to try to see where my ambition can take me," she said.
Kiana said it was what her father told her next that pushed her, despite her own worries, to go through with her plan.
"To be honest, at first medyo na-shock sila pero it was very short-lived kasi 'yung sinabi sa akin ng dad ko was, 'I want you to go so that you'd have no regrets. Do what you have to do. If you want to come home, we're always just going to be here. But just go and live your life.' And 'yun 'yung push na hinintay ko, I think. Even for me, nakakatakot naman kasi talaga to start from scratch 'di ba. But hearing that from my dad, that was the push that I needed for sure," she said.
Meanwhile, aside from her move to the US, Kiana also opened up about her friendship with actress Nadine Lustre.
"I think, you know, there are certain friends na kahit hindi kayo mag-usap araw-araw, when you see each other, it's like no time has gone by. And that's kind of the relationship that I have with ... Nadine," she said.
"Ako kasi hindi ako ma-text. I'm more of like a call-type-of-person. And it's hard to fit calls into our schedule especially now with the time difference," she continued. "I think the beautiful thing that I have with [Nadine and my friends], at least the way that I love them is I know that no matter the time and distance, if we need each other, andoon kami. That's the friendship that I share with them."
In the interview, Kiana also talked about her EP "Daze", how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her craft, and her reaction to getting featured on the billboard at Times Square in New York.
Listen to the full episode below:
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