ThE siNgiNg chiNita pRiNcEss

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Ikaw Lang ang Iibi­gin star Kim Chiu, known to her fans as Kimmy or as the Chinita Princess, marked her 11th year in show busi­ness by launch­ing Chinita Princess: Touch of Your Love, her third record­ing al­bum un­der Star Records.

The singer-ac­tress ad­mit­ted that, even if she has been per­form­ing be­fore large au­di­ences for many years now, she has yet to build up her con­fi­dence for live per­for­mances.

“Kun­wari may ASAP, may kanta, may sayaw ako do’n, hindi ako one hun­dred per­cent con­fi­dent. Nahi­hiya pa rin po kasi ako, e. Ki­nakaba­han ako. Kat­u­lad no’ng nag-ASAP ako, ku­manta ako nang live! Naiyak ako after. Nanginginig ako. Ini­isip ko, ke­lan ba matat­a­pos ’yong kanta?

“Parang ki­nakaba­han pa rin po ako lagi kasi hindi ko alam ang per­cep­tion ng mga tao. Kasi so­brang thinker po kasi ako. Parang… hindi ko alam, wor­rier, thinker. Pero masaya ako pag nagpe-per­form ako.”

Kim’s al­bum—which con­tains eight tracks, in­clud­ing the car­rier sin­gle “Okay Na Ako”— aims to in­spire peo­ple to never give up on love.• Kim, who has a nat­u­ral flair for com­edy, proudly told the press at the al­bum launch that her singing voice has im­proved a lot, thanks to voice lessons. “Hindi na po ako boses k***!” she gig­gled, us­ing the For Adults Only Ta­ga­log word for fe­male pri­vate parts. Then she quickly added: “Ay, ’wag n’yo pong ilal­abas video no’n. Baka makita ng mga bata! Haha!”

But though she’s a much bet­ter singer now, Kim con­fessed that she wouldn’t dare do an Araneta coli­seum con­cert yet. “Pang-Ki­aTheater lang po ako, saka [sm] sky­dome,” she laughed. “Masyado pong nakakatakot ang Araneta.”

she also ad­mit­ted that she’s re­al­is­tic in her song selections. in her new al­bum for in­stance, she, along with her record pro­duc­ers, only chose songs that are within her vo­cal range and singing style.

“Siyem­pre, ang pinili ko, ’yong kaya ko lang. ’Wag na tay­ong man­garap nang mataas-taas diyan. ’Yong kaya lang ng boses ko at ’yong gusto kong mes­sage na la­man ng al­bum ko.”


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