Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo (born July 25, 1988) is a singer, host, model, dancer, and actress from the Philippines. Geronimo started her career at a young age and appeared in children's variety shows such as Pen-pen de Sarapen, Ang TV and NEXT.
Geronimo won the Star for a Night singing competition and released her first album Popstar: A Dream Come True in 2003.Following her debut, she recorded five more albums: Sweet Sixteen in 2004, Becoming in 2006, Taking Flight in 2007, Just Me in 2008, and Music and Me in 2009. She also recorded a Christmas album, Your Christmas Girl, in 2009.Geronimo has had a series of concerts at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila and several world-wide concert tours, often done in conjunction with a new album or movie appearance.
Sarah Geronimo, aside from being a singer, is also a TV and movie actress. She appears in television with the musical variety show, ASAP Mania. As for her movies, she starred in the movies A Very Special Love and its sequel, You Changed My Life, which is the highest-grossing Filipino movie as of 2010, with box office receipts of over ₱400 million. In 2010, she is nominated as Best Actress in FAMAS awards due to her outstanding performance in You Changed My Life
In 2010, Geronimo received the "Entertainer of the Year" award from Aliw Awards Foundation in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the field of entertainment, making her the youngest Filipino artist to receive such award. Aside from the Entertainer of the Year award, Geronimo also won Best Female Major Concert for her sold-out Araneta show "Record Breaker."
Life and career
Childhood and early beginnings
Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo was born on July 25, 1988 in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines, to Delfin Geronimo, a retired Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) employee, and Divina Geronimo, who ran a beauty parlor from the family home.
Geronimo’s first performance was in a mall show when she was two years old. At the age of four, she made her first appearance in the national television and was a member of the children's television show Pen-Pen de Sarapen for two years. At six, she performed at a short concert at Isetann Cinema Complex on Recto Avenue in Manila. She sang for Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Philippines in 1995, when she was eight. Also at the age of eight, her father enrolled Geronimo at the Center for Pop Music Philippines, where she received her first formal music and voice lessons. Geronimo also performed in hotel lounges, on campuses, in shopping malls, and on a few TV shows. Around this time, she was part of the cast of the ABS-CBN children's show Ang TV. At the age of nine, she joined the cast of the TV show “NEXT”. She also played a cameo role in Star Cinema’s Sarah, Ang Munting Prinsesa.
In 2002, Geronimo's family's financial problems inspired her to compete in the Star for a Night competition, hosted by Filipino pop singer Regine Velasquez. At the age of fourteen, Geronimo won the competition, which included a ₱1 million cash prize and a managerial contract to Vicente Del Rosario, owner of Viva Artists Agency. She was also given the title of Pop Star Princess. Her mother said, "Her cash prize in Star For a Night was a big help, This school year, we don't need to borrow money from other people because of my children's tuition fees".
Geronimo became the featured artist in MTV’s Rising Star in September 2002. Her "break" came when she released her first album Popstar: A Dream Come True, also in late 2002. Her first concerts, in conjunction with her first album, were staged in October 2003.
Geronimo's first movie role was in the film Filipinas, released in late 2003. According to the Philippine Star, Geronimo's co-star in the film, Maricel Soriano, "predict[ed] a bright future" for her, and stated, "That girl will go far. She’s only 14, right? For someone like Sarah, for the first time she appears and acts in a film, she's good. Maybe some people have high expectation on her but for me she's good."
In 2004, Geronimo signed a contract with the ABS-CBN network, which aired her first television series, Sarah the Teen Princess. Later that year, she became a regular host and performer on the variety show ASAP. She also sang the Philippine National Anthem at the pre-inaugural cerenomies of president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on June 30, 2004. In November 2004, Geronimo released her second album, Sweet Sixteen, with How Could You Say You Love Me as its first single. After a week of its release, the album was certified gold, and quickly achieved triple platinum status when it sold more than 90,000 copies nationwide. Geronimo performed in the Night of the Champions concert at the Araneta Coliseum ("the Dome") with other singing competition winners Rachelle Ann Go and Erik Santos, followed by a tour in the US.
Sarah Geronimo performing on stage during her London concert in November 2007.
In 2005, Geronimo recorded the theme song of the Star Cinema movie, Can This Be Love.She joined the fourth-season cast of the teen-oriented television program SCQ Reload: Kilig Ako, and appeared in the fantasy movie Lastikman, produced by VIVA Films. She hosted three talent competitions, Search For Star in a Million, Little Big Star and Little Big Superstar.
On September 30, 2005, Geronimo performed a solo concert, entitled The Other Side. A Philippine newspaper, the Manila Bulletin, reported that, "The Dome became one huge oven".Viva Records released a live DVD album of her concert at Araneta Coliseum entitled The Other Side: Live Album. In the summer of 2005, a repeat of Night of the Champions toured the US for two months.
In 2006, Geronimo starred in ABS-CBN's primetime soap opera, Bituing Walang Ningning, a remake of the 1985 movie. She played the role of an aspiring singer named Dorina Pineda, originally played by Sharon Cuneta in the movie,and released a soundtrack of the series.
In the summer of 2006, Geronimo's third studio album, Becoming, was released in the international market. Produced by Christian De Walden, the album went platinum a month after its release. De Walden said that Geronimo was "definitely the biggest talent I have come across...the last ten years". He was particularly astounded by Geronimo's ability to not only learn a song quickly but to give it her own distinctive style. The album yielded three singles: "I Still Believe In Loving You", "Carry My Love" and "Iingatan Ko Ang Pag-ibig Mo". One critic said, "The album isn't completely successful. It's nevertheless heartening to hear Sarah spreading her musical wings by trying new types of songs that wouldn't have been considered in the lineup of her showy first albums."
Geronimo continued to perform in concerts throughout the world, in places like Taiwan, Canada, the US, and Dubai.Philstar News reported that Geronimo was the first Filipino to perform at the Harris Theater in Chicago. On November 18, 2006, Manny Pacquiao chose Geronimo to sing Lupang Hinirang, the Philippine national anthem, before his match against Mexico's Erik Morales at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Geronimo's second major solo concert took place on July 14, 2007, at the Araneta Coliseum. Unlike her first solo concert at the Dome, this concert went off with no technical glitches.She spent the rest of 2007 performing concerts in the Philippines and the US and recording her fourth studio album, Taking Flight, which sold more than 60,000 units and achieved double platinum status. In the latter half of 2007, Geronimo appeared in her third television series for ABS-CBN, Pangarap Na Bituin.
Concerts and film: 2008—present
Geronimo performing during her Record Breaker Concert Tour in Araneta Coleseum in November 2009.
In early 2008, Geronimo reunited with Erik Santos, Rachelle Ann Go, and Christian Bautista in a Valentine's Day concert at the Araneta Coliseum, entitled "OL4LUV". Before Geronimo released her fifth studio album, she released I'll Be Here as the fourth single from Taking Flight. On July 30, 2008, Geronimo starred with Filipino actor John Lloyd Cruz in A Very Special Love which was produced by Star Cinema and VIVA films and grossed almost ₱180 million. Geronimo included a track from the movie, "A Very Special Love", on her album Taking Flight.
Geronimo's fifth studio album, Just Me, included a duet with Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough entitled, "I'll Be There". De Walden again produced this album. Like her previous albums, Just Me achieved platinum status in December 2008. She was recognized for this accomplishment on the 2008 ASAP Platinum Circle Awards show. In November 8, 2008, Geronimo staged her third major solo concert in Araneta Coliseum, entitled The Next One, which marked the first time she accompanied herself on the piano while on stage. Geronimo’s Just Me album, was re-released, adding You Changed My Life. She was also recognized by ASAP for attaining platinum status for her albums Taking Flight and Just Me and for her two concert DVDs (The Other Side and Sarah In Motion).
Sarah Geronimo's star on the Philippines Walk of Fame, given in December 2009.
In February 2009, Geronimo made a movie again with John Lloyd Cruz in You Changed My Life, the sequel of A Very Special Love . The film’s total theatrical earnings earned over ₱240 million, and holds the record for the highest grossing Filipino movie made. Geronimo traveled to the US in March–April 2009 for her The Next One tour, where she received positive reviews about her performances. In June 2009, she re-staged her successful Sarah Geronimo: The Next One Philippine concert tour. On August 5, 2009 Geronimo was given the honor to sing the Virna Lisa's 1986 People Power anthem, “Magkaisa” during the funeral of former President Corazon Aquino. Geronimo released her first solo Christmas album, Your Christmas Girl in October 2009. In November 2009, she staged her fourth solo sold-out concert, Record Breaker, in the Araneta Coliseum. The Philippine Daily Inquirer called the concert "a qualified success". During the concert, Geronimo became emotional while talking about her struggles trying to succeed in a music industry inundated by aspiring singers. At the same day of her concert, she released her sixth studio album, Music and Me. In December 2009, Your Christmas Girl and Music and Me both reached platinum status after a month of their release.
On December 1, 2009, Sarah Geronimo received a star on the Philippines Walk of Fame at Libis, Eastwood. Geronimo released the DVD Record Breaker, filmed at the Araneta Coliseum, on March 16, 2010.
Last September 6,2010 a Music-Serye was aired in ABS-CBN entitled 1DOL, which was Geronimo's TV rebirth after Three years. But due to constricts in production it only succeeded 35 episodes.
In late December 2010 or in early 2011 Geronimo will release her latest studio album.