Sharlene san Pe­dro

YES! (Philippines) - - Celebrity Debut - VENUE: IBARRA’S GAR­DEN, MALATE, MANILA DATE: APRIL 8, 2017 TEXT BY SHARA CAYETANO PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF NICE PRINT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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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.”

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