Emerita “Emmie” Domingo of Tyler Boom Entertainment brings together Rey Valera and Hajji Alejandro with Dulce in “Hurado Na, Kilabot Pa,” Music Museum, December 2, 2017.
We sat with It’s Showtime’s Tawag Ng Tanghalan punong hurado and the Diva of All Divas for an afternoon of throwbacks and englightenment.
Dulce loves to be called a diva. But kinda easy with the title. Diva of all Divas.
“It is very humbling. Pero syempre, ang iba nilalagyan kasi ng negative connotation. So, I don’t really see myself in that light. Kasi, I welcome all the new singers. I support them. At hindi ako ‘yung makikipag-compete pa sa kanila. So, if someone needs my support, am all out at ibibigay ko ang moment na ‘yun to them.”
Seasoned, we can say.
“I am at that cozy place now where I already know my stature as a singer. As Dulce. Nothing to prove. But I will continue to share my craft. Now, as you can see, I do shows in and out of the country and to the different provinces especially to our tired and wearied soldiers who came home from Marawi. Noon pa naman, I already told you that God gave me this voice with a purpose.”
In the show, will she be poking jokes with the Hurado and Kilabot. Especially Rey shared anecdotes that there were moments in the past that he said they shouldn’t be together.
“Ang galing naalala pa niya ‘yun. May reasons naman siguro for things not to push through. Dekada na ‘ata the last time I’ve worked with Rey. Here and abroad. My favorite Valera song is “Malayo Pa ang Umaga.” I hope ‘yun ang i-duet namin.”
How is the punong hurado? His experiences as a judge of the myriad of talents he hears everyday?
“Hindi madali. May mga days na nakakausap ko muna sila bago sumalang. But may times, hindi ko na sila naaabutan backstage. Mahirap magsalita kasi, kailangan alam mo rin kung paano mo ide-deliver ang judgment sa kanila. Na hindi sila masasaktan o mao-offend. Sumasablay ka rin. Human nature. Kinakabahan ka rin. Kasi ang mga tao nadi-discern din nila.
“May time na nagkamali ako with my comments. Ang naging dating kasi nag-body shaming ako. Ilang weeks din. Ayoko na sana bumalik. Nag-usap naman. So, now talagang before I open my mouth, iniisip ko rin muna talaga.”
The hurado has many different dimensions. But more than anything, he is a composer. A weaver of emotions.
“People think, “Sinasamba Kita” is my composition. Lyrics lang ang sa akin. It’s George Canseco’s music. Kaya kinanta ko rin. Pero maraming versions ang lumabas.
“Nagsisimula ang music ko sa topic, eh. I observe. Halimbawa, dalawang tao in a restaurant gagawa na ako ng maiisip kong kwento nila. O tungkol sa mag-boyfriend. Empathy ba ang tawag dun. You place yourself sa kanila.”
The first song he wrote was “Ako Si Superman.” “Mr. DJ” is another story. And the rest is history.
“Now, I am good. Ini-enjoy ko na ang pagiging hurado ko. Ang importante, hindi ako nawawala sa concert scenes. Thanks to people like Tita Emmie.”
Hajji was in another part of the globe when the interview happened.
“Minsan, misunderstood lang si Hajji. Kasi perfectionist. OA. Pero siya ang komikero talaga sa amin. Lalo na ‘pag kasama namin si Rico (J. Puno). Siya talaga ang director namin. But in the show, the musical director is Gerry Matias.”
The Hurado and the Diva will share their “hugot” songs with the Kilabot for a Christmas treat!