The Phillipian Star – By Maine Manalansan
MANILA, Philippines – Dancing is slowly becoming one of the most famous forms of exercise. With Zumba classes and Just Dance, everyone is making the switch from good ol’ boring gym to fun, funky group jives. If you don’t have enough confidence to bust your moves in public, you can always turn to YouTube for a quick tutorial, or you can simply turn your TV on for instant inspiration from the country’s pop stars.
Chief among them is Sarah Geronimo. Her career started on Star For A Night, a singing contest in the early ‘00s, where she won the grand prize with her rendition of a Celine Dion song. Since then, she’s made a name for herself as a triple threat—a Whitney-esque singer, a strong dancer, and a bankable actress. Aside from her stint on ASAP, Sarah is now preparing for another season of the top-rated The Voice of the Philippines.
Another hot talent who’s catching fire with his strong dance moves is Enrique Gil. Unlike Sarah, his career started with small roles in indie films such as Pitas and Diego and His Brothers. He later joined Star Magic and played alongside notable actors in various soap operas. One of his most famous soap operas to date is Princess and I where he played the role of a prince alongside Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
Aside from starting at an early age and having the late King of Pop Michael Jackson as their childhood hero, another thing that Sarah and Enrique have in common is the “Do The Moves” campaign alongside international pop star and actor Elmo Magalona.
The campaign launched last March 15 in Glorietta Activity Center with performances from endorsers Sarah, Enrique, and Elmo and the Philippine All Stars. Prior to the event, Rexona Teens visited different schools around the country to promote confidence and freshness through an audition process for the biggest Teen Dance Competition this year.
Despite their busy schedules, endorsers Sarah and Enrique took the time to talk to Young STAR about their dreams for the youth, self-expression through dance, and how they stay confident through it all.
YOUNG STAR: You’re known for your Whitney-esque style. What made you decide to incorporate more movement in your performances?
SARAH GERONIMO: No question that Whitney Houston is one of my musical influences. (She’s) one of the international female artists. Michael Jackson is my biggest musical influence. Singing and dance. I really love pop music.
Is there a particular Michael Jackson performance or song that inspired you?
Wow. The “Dangerous album,” In The Closet.
Now that you have more movements in your performances, rehearsals must be tougher than before. How do you boost your confidence whenever you feel down?
I’m blessed to have these people around me. The people I work with are very supportive and understanding when I’m tired. The strength of the support system I have, mainly my family, my parents and my team. Those are my friends. It’s where I get my self-confidence.
After a day’s work, what do you do to unwind?
After work, I go out with my friends. I watch a movie. we eat dinner. Then we have a dog at home.
Your idol Michael Jackson has a signature move which is the Moonwalk. If you were to name your own, what would you call it?
(Laughs) My bungisngis move.
What’s your message to anyone who wants to pursue their craft?
They really have to know what they really want. It may be difficult because their young. There’s nothing wrong starting at an early age and they should be open to trying a lot of things, right? If they want to play basketball, learn how to play basketball If you want to sing, take singing lessons.
Like me, boy I just knew I’d really be a performer or singer. Should nothing hold them back from doing what they enjoy doing.
YOUNG STAR: We’ve seen you dance everywhere. Is it something you loved doing as a kid?
ENRIQUE GIL: No, I had never danced, never sang, and never acted. We had to learn. So when I learned how to dance, I got to say “okay.” So, I wanted to learn more.
As you were learning, did you have any inspirations?
Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Poppin’ Pete, and Mr. Wiggles. They’re like some of the best poppers out there.
If you were going to name your signature dance move, what would it be?
I don’t know. (Laughs) Something to do with like ”keep it fresh.“
Do you think dancing is an art form?
It is an art, and for me I also think it’s a sport. In a way, competition like dance-offs or crew against crew, are like the Olympics. And it’s really, really athletic. It’s even crazier than the stuff that you see in sports. We do (stunts), we do tricks, we breakdance. It’s a sport and an art at the same time.
What’s on your day-to-day playlist?
(When I) wake up in the morning, I like to play house music like Joel Fletcher, Avicii, and Deorro, relaxing music and hip-hop.
If ever you have a dance partner, dead or alive, who would it be?
King of Pop, any day. Michael Jackson. If not Michael Jackson, Chris Brown. I’d love to work with him. And Les Twins! Hands down, they’re the best dancers I’ve seen so far.
What’s your message for the youth who want to pursue their art?
First you have to work on yourself. Confidence is number one because before I didn’t have enough. Only when I got in the this business, they brought me out of my shell. I got to see what I could really do. I wouldn’t know that I could dance and act if I didn’t even try it in the first place. To try it, you need confidence. Believe in yourself. In order to say that, keep it fresh, stay confident, do what you gotta do.
Read more: http://www.philstar.com/young-star/2014/03/21/1303151/all-right-moves