Last Tuesday, October 15, Katrina Velarde graced the offices of Viva for the official press conference of her upcoming concert SiKATi2! Katrina Velarde Live In Concert. This is her second concert for the year.
It could be recalled that the Suklay Diva had her first concert this year at the New Frontier Theater last February 1, 2019, when she had no less than her idol, Regine Velasquez, surprising her with an impromptu duet.
During the press conference, Katrina revealed some of her singing regimens which, to everyone’s surprise, including not restricting herself to sweets and cold drinks—the usual no-nos for other belters.
“Sa akin po, kasi sanay po ako sa hamog, ’yong mga puyat, ’yong mga singing contests na wala talagang tulog,” she recalled. “After singing contests, diretso school, may dala na kaming uniform tas diretso na’ng school.”
“Katulad po nitong malamig, okay lang po siya sa akin. Chocolates, okay lang po,” she added. “The more na hindi ko siya gawin tapos nag-inom lang ako ng malamig nang konti o kumain lang ako ng chocolate ng konti, mas lalo po siyang nag-iinarte [’yong boses].”
The press then asked her if her days as a participant in singing contests gave her durability when it comes to consuming food and drinks not usually allowed for singers.
“Opo, ’yong tibay din po talaga,” she answered. “’Yong stamina, ’yon po talaga. Kasi, araw-araw po talaga, hindi po talaga kami nagpapahinga.”
The Suklay Diva, then, recalled her times as a kontesera, reminiscing that she travels from town to town in Batangas every week—coming from Tondo, Manila—just to participate in each town’s singing competition.
“Ano oras na kami natatapos [noon],” she told the press. “Minsan may araw na, kumakanta pa rin po kami. Totoo po. Para po sa amin noong panahon na ’yon, ’yong mga premyo po sa singing contest sa part ng Batangas [at sa ibang] province po, malalaki po talaga ’yong premyo. First, second, third. 30,000, 20,000, 10,000.”
But she’s gone a long way since.
Watch Katrina sing her heart out in her second concert of the year SiKATi2! Katrina Velarde Live In Concert at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City, happening on November 29, 2019.