It's often that kids follow in their parents’ footsteps, hence many households eventually sharing one profession or line of work. It's the same case in the local music industry—take the Alcasids, the Valencianos, and most recently because of their young, talented daughter fast creating ripples in the scene, the Avanzados. To those who have been living under the rock, Prince of Original Pinoy Pop Dingdong Avanzado and Phenomenal Diva Jessa Zaragoza have recently launched the career of Jayda Avanzado—who, at 15, is a certified singer-songwriter under Star Music and boasts of a Spotify profile with at least 100,000 monthly listeners.
While Jayda has picked up her songwriting flair from her dad, she does keep a deep and sultry tone and mestizahin looks comparable to her mom's. As with any other celebrity parent-child pairs, Jayda and Jessa are then inevitably brought up as one news topic together. And these items come with the term "powerhouse mother-daughter tandem" in them most of the time!
Jayda, after the success of her EP In My Room released last year, is currently working on some new songs and shows in and out of the country. Jessa, meanwhile, is mounting a concert with Richard Poon, promoting an album with her hubby Dingdong, and doing a few television shows, too. Out of their busy sched, ABS-CBN Lifestyle pulled out Jayda and Jessa to talk about the best things in their unique twosome that have strengthened their relationship both as family and best friends!
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What does your typical day at home look like?
Jessa: Normal day sa bahay, sobrang simple lang talaga ako—‘yung totoong ako. Ayokong nagme-makeup, loose clothes lang. Mas gusto ko ng shirt na luma na pero masarap sa balat. Like, naka-pajama lang all day. Tapos manonood lang ng Netflix, chill lang talaga. Usually marathon lang ng series na napanod ko na dati, papanoorin ko ulit. Ang plano ko nga after ng concert ko, ima-marathon ko ulit ‘yung Game of Thrones!
What is one thing that you’ve greatly instilled on your child?
Jessa: ‘Yung discipline. Na-a-apply ‘yun ni Jayda sa work nya. Saka ‘yung respeto sa craft na ginagawa mo. Nakakatuwa na nakikita namin sa anak namin ‘yun, so happy ako as a mom na na-impart ko sa kanya ‘yung ganung attitude, ‘yung ganung pag-iisip.
How has your upbringing helped you in your growth?
Jayda: It played a huge part in shaping me to the person that I am and to the person I’m trying to become. I totally attribute that to my upbringing, to my parents. They taught me so much in every aspect, sa ugali ko and my work ethic. That’s the reason why I’ve been able to persevere and face all the ups and downs that I’ve had so far.
What’s the lesson from your career that you’re able to apply in being a mom right now?
Jessa: I became more mature sa lahat ng bagay and you don’t take things for granted lalo. Precious yung bawat oras, eh. Ganun din sa motherhood. Personal life is important, pero yung trabaho is important as well. Nag-me-marry yan together. Kumbaga, kailangan nila ang isa’t-isa, nagko-complement sa isa’t isa. So kailangan aalagaan mo pareho.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Jayda: I’d say it’s seeing the impact your music has made on people. Especially for my song "Happy For You," it was used as theme song for PBB Otso. Ever since then, I’ve been getting messages on how the song has touched their lives and helped them go through a hard time, or it speaks to them and they relate to that. And I feel like as an artist, one of my biggest goals is to be able to inspire people and make them feel something.
What’s the most challenging part of your work?
Jessa: Ako, naiintindihan ko talaga yung mom friends ko na they have a career, yung iba pa maraming anak, na mahirap. Pero sa totoo lang, mas mahirap din kasi ako si Jessa. Kasi I really have to take care of myself since nandito pa ako sa business na ‘to. So I owe it to my fans, to those people na sumusuporta pa rin na inaabangan kung anong i-she-share ko sa kanila. I have to go to the gym, to take care of my skin, may conscious effort kung paano aalagaan ang sarili ko. But at the same time, inaalagaan ko pa rin yung pamilya ko.
Jayda: I think it’s the walang katapusan na kind of process, or you always have to keep on proving yourself. That challenge is something that i take in stride, and I really enjoy challenging myself to be even better each day. Besides that, it’s trying to get better and to always be the best version of yourself. Not just in singing, but you as a person and as a personality.
How do you balance your roles as a mother and a career woman?
Jessa: I just turned 40 nung January, and kapag 40 ka na talaga, marami ka pang gustong gawin pala talaga. And mas na-realize ko ngayon na mas kailangan mo rin pala talagang alagaan yung sarili mo. Kasi lalo na, lumalaki yung anak mo, you want to be there kapag pupunta na sya sa next chapter ng buhay nya. The more na you have to take care of yourself. Hindi lang yung care na nagpapaganda ka ha! Pati yung health! Syempre gusto mo na maging parte ka pa rin ng buhay nya, na once in a while nakakasama ka pa rin sa kanya kasi kailangan ka pa nya, gusto nya rin na nandun ka. Saka time management is very important.
How would you describe each other?
Jessa: Si Jayda, old soul yan. Makulit din yan, maloko. Siguro nakuha nya yung sense of humor ko talaga. Akala nila sobrang seryoso ni Jessa, pero sa bahay, ako talaga yung komedyante. Yung biggest fans ko sa comedy, sya (Jayda) saka yung asawa ko. Also, very responsable syang anak. Ang ayoko lang sa kanya, ako kasi talaga OC ako, so sana mas OC pa sya sa gamit nya.
Jayda: One thing that people really don’t expect is she’s actually one of, if not the, funniest persons I know. Akala kasi talaga ng mga tao sobrang seryoso nya, pero hindi talaga. Another thing is maasikaso sya. That’s something that I wanna pick up from her. I wanna be able to take care of people the way she takes care of people around her. She’s very selfless and always goes out of her way to make things right. And I think my mom is the strongest person I know. She’s just been through so much. I admire that and I aspire to have that—her tenacity and perseverance that she has. As I go through my journey of life, I wanna be that strong especially since I’m in the same industry.
What do you do to bond?
Jessa: Kapag mommy and baby time, wala kaming iniisip na oras, precious sa 'ming dalawa yun. Enjoy talaga kami dun. Yung tipong kwentuhan lang kami, we talk about everything. Tapos mauuwi sa manonood kami sa bahay, kung ano man yung gusto niyang panoorin. Para kaming best friends talaga.
Jayda: Mahilig kaming manood ng Netflix. We’re kind of couch potatoes! So we like to eat junk food also. We’re really content with this because our lives are so busy, we’re always out and about. Minsan nga hindi masyadong nagkakatagpo yung schedules namin. But at the end of the day, we try to find time to sit down and just talk. I feel blessed na I can talk to my mom about anything.
What’s the most important thing to keep in mind when raising a child?
Jessa: I think it’s very important na maging magkaibigan rin kayo ng anak mo. Si Jayda, pinalaki namin na meron syang opinyon, na importante yung opinyon nya. Na kailangang hintayin din yung decision nya especially when it comes to her career. Kasi sa bandang huli, buhay nya yan. So kung ano yung nasa puso nya, like yung passion nya sa music, yun ang susuportahan namin. Basta nandito lang kami to guide her.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned from your mom?
Jayda: To just be grateful for every opportunity that you get. That you have to give your all each time you get up on that stage. That you really have to have thick skin when you’re in this industry because there will be so many people trying to take credit and discredit you with your success. That you just have to remain strong and listen to the people who matter and who actually care about you. And of course, that you have to be original and authentic, because that’s how you’re gonna make an impact in the industry—when you’re yourself and you’re not trying to copy anybody else.
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Produced and directed by Mels Timan | Photography by Vyn Radovan | Styling by Red Dimaandal | Makeup by Denise Go Ochoa | Hair by Eddie Mar Cabiltes | Shot on location at The Retreat Spa at Okada Manila