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In Focus: Let These 'The Voice Teens' Coaches Teach You A Little About Living Young

In Focus: Let These 'The Voice Teens' Coaches Teach You A Little About Living Young

Sarah Geronimo, Lea Salonga, Bamboo Mañalac, and Sharon Cuneta have been around for years. But once upon a time, they too, were like the rest of us: young dreamers looking to make something of themselves. There couldn't be any more perfect coaches on The Voice: Teens' first ever season than the four. On the show, we see them imparting sage singing advice to budding performers, who are then looking to achieve the same level of success their respectives coaches have had.

With the competition heating up by the day, here's a little #throwback to time the judges themselves started out in the biz. Let them show you that you're never too young to pursue your dreams!


Bamboo Mañalac. In the 90s, between his late teens to early 20s, Bamboo fronted the then-newly formed rock band Rivermaya. Leading the band and playing with Rico Blanco, Mark Escueta, Nathan Azarcon, and Perf de Castro, Rivermaya released its self-titled debut album featuring future classics like "Ulan," "Awit ng Kabataan," "Bring Me Down," and "214." In the middle of their success, Bamboo left the group and moved to the States before deciding (years later) to embark on a solo career in the Philippines.

 The original lineup of Rivermaya

Lea Salonga. Lea was well on her way towards teen idol status. By the time she was 17, the soprano had already released two full-length albums, hosted her own musical show called Love, Lea and was a member of the hit variety show That’s Entertainment—all while completing her secondary studies in OB Montessori and a pre-med course at Ateneo de Manila University. But perhaps her biggest break came when she auditioned for (and bagged!) the role of Kim in the first ever London production of Miss Saigon. It’s one of her most iconic performances to date. She won a Tony Award for it, too (which is a pretty big deal in the world of live broadway)! 


An outtake from her interview with Terry Wogan, her first on British television.  


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Sarah Geronimo. 2003 was milestone year for Pop Star Princess. At the tender age of 14, she would go on to win the now defunct-talent series Star For A Night, which later launched her now-starry career. Next to the cash prize and a time-enduring contract with Viva Entertainment, Sarah launched four albums, scored a slew of acting projects on both the small screen (anyone remember Sarah The Teen Princess or Bituin Walang Ningning?) and big screen (A Very Special Love trilogy). She headlined her own concerts at Araneta Coliseum and even went on to host her own singing competition on TV called Little Big Star. 

The Pop Princess sings her hit single from her debut album Popstar: A Dream Come True. 


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Sharon Cuneta. Sharon's teen years saw her cross over from teenybop recording artist to bonafide film actress. Her earliest movies such as Dear Heart, PS I Love You, and My Only Love were such huge success. (Her reel-to-real romance with Gabby Concepcion then also added to her being a total sensation!) And while most 18 year-olds these days celebrate their "debut" with over-the-top parties or expensive travel plans, the then-debutante married Gabby in a very public ceremony.

 Talk about major #throwback feels!!

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Photographs from,,, / Artwork by Jana Jimenez 




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