As one of the granddaughters of “Asia’s Queen of Songs” Pilita Corrales, it’s no surprise that Janine Gutierrez’s physical features and talents has been likened to her paternal grandmother. Janine is the eldest daughter of Lotlot de Leon and Ramon Christopher Gutierrez who is the only son of the music icon. In 2019, the two mestiza beauties posed together for a magazine with Janine revealing that her lola has always been her fashion icon.
In her Instagram account last August 22, Janine, who is set to star with Paulo Avelino in the new romantic comedy series Marry Me, Marry You next month, shared a tribute post for her lola on Pilita’s 82nd birthday along with her favorite throwback and current photos of the ‘Kapantay Ay Langit’ singer through the years.
Janine wrote, “I count my lucky stars every day that you are in my life. my north star. the greatest I love you so much, mamita. and that is an understatement. happy birthday ”
In a separate post, talent manager and singer Carlos Orosa shared more details about Pilita which Janine reposted.
“Pilar ‘Pilita’ Garrido Corrales was the first woman to top the Australian pop charts. Born in the Philippines, Pilita began her distinguished recording career in Australia, after being shipwrecked off the coast of Arnhem Land. She went on to perform in Sydney, Darwin, and Melbourne. Pilita was an instant hit and was featured on popular TV shows, thrilling audiences with her English, Spanish, and Filipino songs. In Sydney, she released ‘Come Closer to Me’ with Astor Records in November 1959; it was a cover of ‘Acércate Más’, a 1946 track written by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés and performed in Spanish.
“Pilita recorded at least three LPs in Australia before returning to the Philippines in 1963." She is considered one of the 'Great Dames of Victorian Radio and Television' and still has a street named after her in Melbourne today.
“I asked Mamita why she even came back here after her success in Australia. She said it was getting too cold Today, she is better known as Asia's Queen of Song.”
Even at 82 years old, Pilita continues to be active in both acting and singing.