Wishcovery runner-up Kimberly Baluzo reaches new heights in ‘Rak of Aegis’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2019   •   2596

Kimberly Baluzo

Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo takes on new heights as she plays the role of ‘Aileen’ in the hit musical ‘Rak of Aegis’.

Born in Daet, Camarines Norte, the 20-year-old Kimberly started singing when she was only three years old.

With only several more weeks before the opening of ‘Rak of Aegis’, Kimberly has three words to describe how she feels about the whole experience: overwhelmed, blessed, and grateful.

She auditioned for ‘Rak of Aegis’ without any idea about the musical. However, she was able to get the part, besting quite a number of aspirants who auditioned for the role.

READ: Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo stars in “Rak of Aegis”

“I didn’t have any clue kung ano ang daloy ng play, as in 0%! Talagang expect the unexpected. God is so amazing dahil binigay niya itong Rak of Aegis as part of my journey. Tunay nga ang kasabihan na kung para sa’yo, para sa’yo talaga, (I didn’t have any clue about the flow of the play, as in 0%. It was really an “expect the unexpected” moment. God is so amazing for giving me Rak of Aegis as part of my journey. What people say is really true: if it’s meant for you, it will be yours),”Kimberly said.

What is it like working with the team and other famous singers?

Sobrang nakakainspire (It’s so inspiring), and knowing them more and hearing their experiences make me feel motivated. Also, [they inspire in me] the eagerness to explore and learn more.

What is your most unforgettable experience with the production so far?

For me, the most unforgettable experience is the bonding and family-like relationship that has been established among the Rak of Aegis cast. Dito ko na feel na pantay-pantay kaming lahat. Walang mas sikat o bago. At lahat rin nagtutulungan. Walang lamangan o pagalingan. Magkasama sa hirap at ginahawa (They never made me feel anything less than an equal. No one is a star or a newbie. Everyone helps each other. There is no competition. We are together through thick and thin). [During performances] pinapalakas nila loob ko, (they encourage me) to stand strong and face my fears.

What is your next goal after Rak of Aegis?

I don’t have any goals yet after this. I will keep trusting God’s plan in my life dahil ang plano niya ang the best, (because His plan is the best).

What is your advice for singers who would also like to perform in a musical?

Don’t ever ever give up and just be yourself. Huwag kang mag padala sa takot at kaba (Don’t let fear and anxiety drag you down). When you dream, aim high. Stay humble and don’t forget to thank God for everything that He has given you.

Kimberly Baluzo (right) with original lead star, Aicelle Santos (left) and the rest of the Rak of Aegis cast

Kimberly’s ultimate goal and wish as a singer is to have a solo concert, release an album, serve as an inspiration to others, and be of help to the less fortunate especially abandoned children.

Rak of Aegis is Kimberly’s first professional theater experience

The iconic original Pinoy musical will have its 7th run starting on July 5 to September 29 at the PETA theater. — aac

Wish 107.5’s ‘Wishcovery Originals’ to Premiere on September 29

UNTV News   •   September 27, 2019

A new breed of OPM singer-songwriters is about to hit the digital space. 

On September 29, Wish 107.5 is set to premiere “Wishcovery Originals” on its YouTube channel. Serving as the third edition of the radio station’s online talent search, the show aims to discover and give a platform to aspiring Filipino artists who can both perform and compose their own songs.

“What we’re looking for right now is a singer and composer. We want, this time, the composer to express his feelings through songs that he himself wrote,” Kuya Daniel Razon, the creator of the competition and the main man behind Wish 107.5, remarked in a previous statement.

The first two seasons of the show focused on the singing prowess of the contenders. 

Series of Eliminations

Touting a brand-new concept for Wishcovery, Wish 107.5 is on a mission to scout, introduce, and hone promising music makers in the country. It opened its auditions last June and has since received hundreds of entries from singing-songwriting acts online and via the Wish 107.5 Bus.

Out of these hopefuls, only a select few will have the chance to showcase their talent and songs on the competition proper. 

After the program’s pilot episode — which is dedicated to giving the audience a walkthrough of what to expect throughout the show’s run — a series of weekly and monthly eliminations will take place.

Every Sunday, four contenders will battle it out on the weekly eliminations, the winners of which will advance to the monthly finals. Featuring a brand-new song for this stage, the top contender will earn a spot in the grand finals and a cash prize worth Php 20,000.

For the weekly battles, the scores will solely come from the panel of judges, which includes Mayonnaise frontman Monty Macalino, the country’s King of R&B Jay R, and veteran hitmaker-producer Jungee Marcelo.

For the monthly eliminations, the judges will only take up 75 percent of the total scores. The remaining 25 percent will come from the power-viewing statistics of the contenders’ Wish Bus performances to be uploaded on a dedicated platform for these videos, the Wishcovery YouTube channel. 

Despite this fierce competition, exciting rewards await the grand winner of the show. 

As in the previous editions of Wishcovery, Wish 107.5 will give a whopping set of prizes for the show’s grand champion — Php 1 million in cash, a recording contract worth Php 1 million, a brand-new car, and a house and lot. 

Follow the journey of aspiring Filipino singer-songwriters and hear new OPM songs on Wishcovery Originals! The show, which will air every Sunday on Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/wish1075official), will premiere on September 29. Meanwhile, full videos of the contenders’ Wish Bus performances will be available on the Wishcovery YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/2kJ4Oyn).

Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo stars in “Rak of Aegis”

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 5, 2019

Kimberly Baluzo

Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo stars in “Rak of Aegis” as “Aileen” alternating with Aicelle Santos, Kim Molina, and Shaira Opsima.

“PETA’s iconic Filipino musical phenomenon makes a much-awaited return from July to September 2019 at the PETA Theater Center,” according to the PETA’s official page.

In her Facebook post Kimberly is grateful to be a part of the musical.

Wishcovery Season 2 The Singer and the Song album gets gold and platinum awards

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 5, 2019

Wishcovery Season 2 The Singer and the Song album gets gold and platinum awards after their album launch on Tuesday (June 5).

The eight Wishcoverees finalists also showed off their talent at the Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night during the The Singer and the Song concert.

Wishcoverer-composer Jungee Marcelo was elated with the performance of the Wishcoverees.

“Finally, you see the fledgling little kid that you trained and then she did everything that you asked her to do and more and seeing her finally perform the song even better,” he said.

Composer Noel Cabangon also expressed his excitement for their musical wards. “I’m really proud of our Wishcoverees because they’re very good and now they have a portfolio, one of the things that they can show,” he said.

Following the album-launching concert, Wishcoveree grand finalists, Rhea Basco and Paula Guevarra shared their overwhelming experience.

“Hindi ko maiwasang maluha kasi habang kinakanta ko ang song ko na parang, ‘andito na kami,’ (I couldn’t help but tear up while I was singing my song I thought to myself, ‘we’re here’)” Rhea said.

Paula hopes that their songs will boost the public’s patronage of Filipino music.

“Sana po iyong album namin ma-inspire lahat ng mga Pilipino na i-patronize pa din ang OPM, (I hope our album inspires Filipinos and patronize OPM)” she said.(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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