Longtime fans of Belle Mariano may know her primarily as a former child star on Goin’ Bulilit who has blossomed into a talented actress who starred in last year’s hit series He’s Into Her as well as the blockbuster film Love is Color Blind. This month, the 19-year-old star holds her first ever digital concert Daylight after launching her debut album last year.
“Nasanay ako talagang kumanta in front of everyone since growing up ako nga yung tipo ng bata na bida-bida kunyari may family gathering or reunion. Ako yung tipong lalapit sa mga titas at kakanta. O kapag may videoke ako yung unang ga-grab ng microphone and then I’ll perform. From there on, dun ko na ne-develop na ang saya pala kumanta. Ang saya mag-entertain ng tao,” she said during the Daylight concert media conference last January 20.
Admittedly a self-taught singer, Belle said her family and friends can attest to her deep passion for singing.
“All throughout the years, I watch YouTube, I watch voice trainings. Pero hindi talaga ako nakapag-attend ng voice training. So really it was just my family’s influence over me kasi my lolo does sing. Siya yung nag-ga-guide sa akin. Yung mga friends ko, alam talaga nila na kumakanta ako. Let’s say kapag bibisitahin ko sila sa houses nila, talagang minsan nagkakantahan kami, ganun and feeling ko, dun rin nila na-discover,” she shared.
Juggling two careers is not a problem for Belle who said her love for entertaining is what keeps her going.
“Growing up as a kid I used to sing and perform in front of my family pag may family reunion. Number two, when it comes to acting naman, I’d watch my idols on TV and I just wanted to be like them. I just love entertaining people. As long as I’m enjoying parang hindi mo kasi namamalayan na you’re really performing in front of other people. But simply the thought that you’re also enjoying what you’re doing, you wouldn’t feel any anxiety once you’re in that moment,” she added.
When asked why she wants to pursue a singing career even when she is already on the rise with her love team DonBelle, the Daylight singer talked about her other passions in life.
“Because I love singing too. Hindi lang naman puwedeng isa yung passion ko. Madami naman. I don’t think it just applies to me. it applies to everyone na madami tayong passion and madami tayong gustong gawin and one of those is singing. I love singing. I love performing. As long as I can entertain people and I can make people smile and connect, na-enjoy ko siya. Siguro one thing I’m also passionate about as of the moment is really art. Anything related to art. I just love anything na aesthetically pleasing sa eyes, na parang you just see art in everything. Maybe that’s one thing I’m passionate about as of the moment. Make and appreciate art. And just decorating, I love it. Na-enjoy ko siya (laughs),” she admitted.
Watch Belle Mariano in her first major solo digital concert, Daylight on January 29 (Saturday) by purchasing tickets at www.ktx.ph.