Sarah Geronimo

Sarah Geronimo is a Filipino recording artist, songwriter, producer and actress. Born and raised inSampalocManila she rose to fame after winning the Star for a Night singing competition in 2003. Her debut album, Popstar: A Dream Come True, reached quintuple platinum status and made her, at age 16, the youngest multi-platinum recording artist. Following the success of her debut album, she had her first major-solo concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum at the age of 17, making her the youngest solo performer to have filled the Big Dome.

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In 2012, she was the first Filipino to win the Mnet Asian Music Awards as Best Asian Artist. The year after, she snagged three nominations at the World Music Awards. In 2013, her movie It Takes a Man and a Woman broke box office records and became the highest grossing Filipino film of all time.

Childhood and early beginnings

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Sarah Geronimo was born on July 25, 1988 in Santa Cruz, ManilaPhilippines, to Delfin Geronimo, a retired Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) employee, and Divina Geronimo, who ran a beauty parlor from the family home. She studied at Dominican School Manila. Geronimo’s first performance was in a mall show when she was two years old. At the age of four, she made her first appearance on national television and was a member of the children’s television show Pen-Pen de Sarapen for two years. At age six, she performed at a short concert at Isetann Cinerama on Recto Avenue in Manila. She sang for Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Philippines in 1995, when she was six. At the age of eight, her father enrolled Geronimo at the Center for Pop Music Philippines, where she received her first formal music and voice lessons. Geronimo performed in hotel lounges, on campuses, in shopping malls, and on a few TV shows. Around this time, she was part of the cast of the ABS-CBN children’s show Ang TV. 0At the age of nine, she joined the cast of the TV show NEXT.She also played an extra in Star Cinema’s Sarah, Ang Munting Prinsesa.

2002–2003: Star for a Night

In 2002, Geronimo competed in the Star for a Night competition. At the age of fourteen, Geronimo won the competition, which included a 1 million cash prize and a managerial contract to Vicente Del Rosario, owner of Viva Artists Agency. She was given the title of Pop Star Princess. Her mother said, “Her cash prize in Star for a Night was a big help, This school year, we don’t need to borrow money from other people because of my children’s tuition fees.”

Geronimo became the featured artist in MTV‘s Rising Star in September 2002, and she released her first album Popstar: A Dream Come True, in late 2002. Her first concerts, in conjunction with her first album, were staged in October 2003.

Geronimo’s first movie role was in Filipinas, released in late 2003. According to the Philippine Star, Geronimo’s co-star in the film, Maricel Soriano, “predict[ed] a bright future” for her and stated, “That girl will go far. She’s only 14, right? For someone like Sarah, for the first time she appears and acts in a film, she’s good. Maybe some people have high expectation on her but for me she’s good.”

2004–2007: Career expansion

The Manila Bulletin states that 2004 was the year that Geronimo’s career “boomed”. Geronimo signed a contract with the ABS-CBN network, which aired her first television series, Sarah the Teen Princess. Later that year, she became a regular host and performer on the variety showASAP. She sang the Philippine National Anthem at the pre-inaugural ceremonies of president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on June 30, 2004. In November 2004, Geronimo released her second album, Sweet Sixteen, with “How Could You Say You Love Me” as its first single. After a week of its release, the album was certified gold and quickly achieved triple platinum status when it sold more than 90,000 copies nationwide. Geronimo performed in the Night of the Champions concert at the Araneta Coliseum (“the Dome”) with other singing competition winners Rachelle Ann Goand Erik Santos, followed by a tour in the U.S. 

In 2005, Geronimo recorded the theme song of the Star Cinema movie, Can This Be Love. She joined the fourth-season cast of the teen-oriented television program SCQ Reload: Kilig Ako and appeared in the fantasy movie Lastikman, produced by VIVA Films. She hosted three talent competitions: Search For Star in a MillionLittle Big Star and Little Big Superstar. On September 30, 2005, Geronimo performed a solo concert, The Other Side. The Manila Bulletin reported that, “The Dome became one huge oven.  Viva Records released a live DVD album of her concert at Araneta Coliseum titled The Other Side: Live Album. In the summer of 2005, a repeat of Night of the Champions toured the U.S. for two months.

In 2006, Geronimo starred in ABS-CBN’s primetime soap opera, Bituing Walang Ningning, a remake of the 1985 movie. She played the role of an aspiring singer named Dorina Pineda, originally played by Sharon Cuneta in the movie, and released a soundtrack of the series.

In the summer of 2006, Geronimo’s third studio album, Becoming, was released in the international market. Produced by Christian De Walden, the album went platinum a month after its release. De Walden said that Geronimo was “definitely the biggest talent I have come across…the last ten years.” He was particularly astounded by Geronimo’s ability to not only learn a song quickly but to give it her own distinctive style.  The album yielded three singles: “I Still Believe In Loving You“, “Carry My Love” and “Iingatan Ko Ang Pag-ibig Mo.” One critic said, “The album isn’t completely successful. It’s nevertheless heartening to hear Sarah spreading her musical wings by trying new types of songs that wouldn’t have been considered in the lineup of her showy first albums.”

Geronimo continued to perform in concerts throughout the world, in places like Taiwan, Canada, the U.S., and Dubai. Philstar News reported that Geronimo was the first Filipino to perform at the Harris Theater in Chicago. On November 18, 2006, Manny Pacquiao chose Geronimo to sing Lupang Hinirang, the Philippine national anthem, before his match against Mexico’s Erik Morales at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Geronimo’s second major solo concert In Motion, took place on July 14, 2007, at the Araneta Coliseum. Unlike her first solo concert at the Dome, this concert went off with no technical glitches. She spent the rest of 2007 performing concerts in the Philippines and the U.S. and recording her fourth studio album, Taking Flight, which sold more than 60,000 units and achieved double platinum status. In the latter half of 2007, Geronimo appeared in her third television series for ABS-CBN, Pangarap Na Bituin.

2011–present: Sarah G. Live!Expressions, and international activities

In February 2011, she had a Valentine concert with Martin Nievera titled “What Love Is” at the Araneta Coliseum. Geronimo worked with Gerald Anderson in the film collaboration of Star Cinema and Viva Films titled Catch Me, I’m in Love which was shown on March 23, 2011 in theaters nationwide and shown as a summer release in the Philippines. Raymond Lo, U.S. correspondent for The Philippine Star said:

In November 2011, Geronimo made a movie again with Gerald Anderson in which earned ₱20 Million on its opening day. Geronimo signed an exclusive one-year contract with ABS-CBN, it states her future projects and commitments such as having a weekly solo show, an extension as a performer in ASAP Rocks, and a movie with John Lloyd Cruz for the third time.


Also this year, Geronimo is declared as the Princess of Philippine Movies by the Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Awards for her movie, Catch Me, I’m In Love together with Gerald Anderson.

Geronimo is had her solo weekly musical-variety show every Sunday night titled Sarah G. Live! and her movie with John Lloyd Cruz is in production.

In July 2012, Geronimo staged her fifth major solo concert in the “Big Dome” entitled 24/SG.

In November 2012, Geronimo was chosen as the “Bayanihan Ambassadress” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

In December 2012, Geronimo won a string of awards one of which is the Best Asian Artist Award (Philippines) at the recently concluded Mnet Asian Music Awards. Geronimo also bagged major awards in Awit AwardsAliw Awards and PMPC for Music Awards.

In 2013, Geronimo will have her own drama anthology entitled Sarah G. Presents. Geronimo is also set to be a coach and judge in The Voice of the Philippines.

In March 2013, Geronimo received two Presidential Awards, Ani ng Dangal for Multi-Discplinary Arts and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (Philippines) Goodwill Music Ambassadress. Geronimo is nominated for three categories at the 2013 World Music Awards (WMA): best entertainer of the year, best live act, and best female artist. This year’s list of WMA nominees include AdeleBeyonce KnowlesCeline DionKaty PerryMariah CareyPsy, and many others. The awarding date is yet to be set.

In April 2013, Geronimo is chosen as the new brand ambassadress of SM Development Corporation.

In June 2013, Viva Records announced that she will be releasing her tenth studio album on July before her birthday. The album’s title was later revealed to be Expressions, which will contain mainly original songs that she co-produced herself. It was released on July 22. To promote the album’s release, Geronimo held launch events at various shopping malls across Quezon City from August 3. On August 8, Geronimo became the brand endorser of KakaoTalk together with K-pop boyband Big Bang.

“Sarah_G._Presents” . Geronimo is also set to be a coach and judge in The Voice of the Philippines.

In March 2013, Geronimo received two Presidential Awards, Ani ng Dangal for Multi-Discplinary Arts and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (Philippines) Goodwill Music Ambassadress. Geronimo is nominated for three categories at the 2013 World Music Awards (WMA): best entertainer of the year, best live act, and best female artist. This year’s list of WMA nominees include AdeleBeyonce KnowlesCeline DionKaty PerryMariah CareyPsy, and many others. The awarding date is yet to be set.

In April 2013, Geronimo is chosen as the new brand ambassadress of SM Development Corporation.

In June 2013, Viva Records announced that she will be releasing her tenth studio album on July before her birthday. The album’s title was later revealed to be Expressions, which will contain mainly original songs that she co-produced herself. It was released on July 22. To promote the album’s release, Geronimo held launch events at various shopping malls across Quezon City from August 3. On August 8, Geronimo became the brand endorser of KakaoTalk together with K-pop boyband Big Bang.

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