CERTIFIED KAPAMILYA NA ang Filipino-Canadian YouTube sensation na si Maria Aragon after she signed a recording contract with Star Records. Naririto siya ngayon sa bansa hanggang September to fulfill her various showbiz commitments.
Looks like we will be seeing more of Maria in the coming days. Aside from doing her first solo album, nakatakda ring mag-guest si Maria sa mga Kapamilya shows at sa nalalapit na concert ni Yeng Constantino. She will also sing a new rendition of Lea Salonga’s hit song You’re My Home for Star Cinema’s movie Way Back Home starring Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes.
Hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin makapaniwala si Maria sa mga dumarating na suwerte sa kanya. “It’s just a really big opportunity and I feel so blessed.”
Sa wakas ay natupad na ni Maria ang pa-ngarap niyang makarating ng Pilipinas. Although she was born in Winnipeg, Canada ay marunong siyang mag-Tagalog at proud siya sa kanyang pagiging Filipino.
Going back to the Philippines even for a short while is a great time for Maria to go back to her roots. Ayon sa report ni Ginger Conejero for ABS-CBN News, sinabi ni Mommy Menchie (Maria’s mother) that she is glad that the record deal paved the way for their whole family to return to the country after 14 years. They plan to go to Ormoc after Maria finishes her commitments para makita naman ng young singer ang kanyang lola at ibang kamag-anak.
Maria now joins the league of other Pinoy singing sensations gaya nina Charice at Arnel Pineda na patuloy na namamayagpag sa global arena. Her cover version of Lady Gaga’s hit song Born This Way has gone viral on YouTube and received million hits. This also caught the attention of Lady Gaga who invited Maria to perform a duet with her on a concert in Toronto which is part of the pop superstar’s 2011 Monster Ball Tour.
It was a dream come true for Maria pero hindi rito nagtatapos ang lahat. Bagkus ay ito lamang ang simula upang mas lalo pa siyang makilala. She guested on popular American shows like The Ellen Degeneres Show and Good Morning America. It was reported that her performance of Born This Way on Good Mor-ning America was broadcast on a giant screen in New York’s Times Square.
Isang malaking karangalan din para kay Maria na bisitahin sa kanilang bahay sa Winnipeg ni Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper because he wanted to meet the young singer. Maria also performed before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the celebration of Canada Day.
Kaibigan, usap tayo muli!
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by Boy Abunda