From a timid person that he was before, the Philippine version of Endemol’s Operación Triunfo (Operation Triumph)—Philippine Dream Academy (PDA), Ronnie Liang chose to stay strong in the industry that gave him a lot of challenges and successes in life.
Liang was the Top Three in the said reality show that has a format similar to Big Brother, where a set number of finalists (billed as scholars throughout the series) would live inside the Academy for four months and will be trained by guest teachers to be multimedia performers. Activities in the Academy are being monitored 24/7 by the headmaster.
His Life after PDA.
Looking back, 12 years ago, he has grown to be confident about himself and of the things he can do. Through the said show—he was able to fulfill his dream of becoming a full-fledged performer. And he’s thankful for the opportunity that helped shape him as an individual and as an artist.
He continued how he felt after placing third to Yeng Constantino and Jay-R Siaboc, “Masaya. thankful sa maraming nangyari at natupad ang pangarap ko.
“Binago ang buhay ko.”
It’s been seven years since he moved out from the Star Magic camp and with Viva Artist Agency he has also explored a lot in terms of his being an artist.
With Viva Artist Agency, he has done a lot.
He has no regrets with the many things he has done over the years and Viva, his new family after Star Magic, he has achieved too many things.
“Nagkaroon ako ng concert, albums, songs, movies and TV series,” he shared.
He is thankful to both Ms. Veronique and Mr. Vincent Del Rosario for the opportunity given to him to grow as an artist.
He was able to venture into other fields like dancing and acting; in fact, he was awarded Best Actor in a Featured Role in 28th Aliw Awards in 2015 for his appearance in the all-new Filipino musical based on a hit movie from Viva Films—Bituing Walang Ningning.
A New Albumon His 12th Years in Showbiz
He just recently promoted his single from his new album Ronnie Liang 12. He’s thrilled to share his thoughts about the single—Tila.
“It sounds original but it’s a revival. Halong love song and I dedicated this to my mom who died in February.”
The song was originally by Clara Benin from Riverchild album.
Tila is his ode for his mom, to whom he realized that he missed spending much quality time with prior to her passing. Each text in the song is his way of conversing to his mom about his feelings and his love toward her.
Life would never be the same without her mom, but life goes on.
Today, with all the blessings that came his way and the ones that are still on its way, he summed up himself as humbled and blessed.
Since he left the Philippines, the stars continued to align with this dedicated original Pilipino music (OPM) artist—Garth Garcia to still live his dreams of being a singer as he has been blessed with opportunities to sing his heart out in events and other special occasions.
Today, Garcia is one of the most sought-after performer in Los Angeles and he has been invited to perform in various cities. Recently, he performed live with Prince of Teleserye Theme Somgs—Bryan Termulo on December 21 at Aztig Grill in West Covina.
Also, his Christmas song title Nilisan nang Pasko did hit in number four spot in OPM Christmas countdown and reached 500k streams on Spotify.
Come January 2019, he will be releasing a duet with the Modern Jukebox Queen—Sheryn Regis of the Star in a Million fame and a former Star Magic artist who also sang the theme songs of television hit series, the likes of Marina, Krystala, Kampanerang Kuba, Gulong ng Palad, Maria Flordeluna and Prinsesa ng Banyera.
Garth is the epitome of what Jonas Salk have once said that the greatest for doing something is the opportunity to doing more. He is not the type who waits for success to come to him, but he is willing to make things happen for himself.
Early next year, the OPM’s Pop Sentimental Heartthrob is set to have three concerts, first in Modesto on January 20, next in San Francisco on January 24, and a Valentine concert with US-based artists as well.
It’s the first day of the traditional nine-day novena Simbang Gabi, and what’s apt to celebrate the season is through a popular song and a Christmas classic by Franz Xaver Gruber’s Silent Night, which has been rendered in a totally different sound; an electronic upbeat version by Viva Artist Lance Raymundo.
According to Raymundo, “It was the result of a calculated risk. Viva arranged for a recording session with me and some musicians to do a Tony Bennet-Michael Bublé sounding rendition of Silent Night and it was originally just intended to be a facebook release for the holidays.
“But when they left me in the studio with all the musicians, I let my creativity flow and we ended up making this version, which was very far from the original plan. I knew it was a risk but I was also very confident about it. Sure enough, Viva liked it when we presented it and I got even more than I bargained for from a mere fb release, Viva decided to make it an official Christmas single and even produced an animated Lyric Video.”
The video was released on November 30 in all Digital Platforms. Currently it is being played in radio stations for the holiday playlist.
Listen to Raymundo’s Christmas single and make the season of love and generosity via Silent Night in a more festive way.