Sharlene san Pedro
seems like only yesterday that Sharlene San Pedro was an almondeyed little girl, dishing out jokes on the kiddie comedy show Goin’ Bulilit. But on April 5, her 18th birthday, she officially bade goodbye to childhood— and started to look forward to a new chapter in her life. Three days later, she had a simple yet fun-filled party at Ibarra’s Garden in Malate, courtesy of her biggest fans. With good food and great company, the singer-actress-VJ ushered in her 18th year of life.
The former child star tells YES! that she has two priorities at the moment: “my family, of course, and work.”
She elaborates: “Kasi lagi ko naman po sinasabi na showbiz is not forever. Kaya hanggat may work, trabaho lang. Para sa family, para sa future... Pero ito talaga ’yong bagay na sana tumanda ako na ginagawa ko pa rin—ang pag-arte. Kasi passion na po talaga siya. From dream, naging work. Ngayon, gusto ko na po at mahal ko na ’yong ginagawa ko.”•
Sharlene practically grew up on television, where she began her showbiz career as a rosycheeked five-year-old girl. Now that she’s an adult, she wants to slowly shed her kiddie image. “Yes, now that I’m 18, gusto ko talaga, little by little, day by day, may changes sa akin,” she says in her email interview with YES! “Pero siyempre, dapat ’yong change na ’yon ay makabuti at hindi makasama… Sabi nga, change for the better.. :))”
One such change is Sharlene’s venture into the recording industry—which explains her guitar-themed cake. The actress and video jockey (VJ), who is skilled with the guitar, is set to release her debut album this July, and she’s optimistic about the upcoming release. “Easy listening lang ’yong buong album. Most of the tracks nga po, hugot. Para sa kabataan talaga. Hopefully, magustuhan ng lahat.”