KAPUSO DAYAngel Javier-Cruz – The Philippine Star

October 2, 2021 | 12:00am

We all have dreams. Dreams are the reasons why life is worth living and why we continue to get up every morning. For some, it’s as simple as having their own home or getting a job they’ve always wanted. And then there are those who strive for more. Those who have known at a young age what they were always meant to be. Such is the case for Golden Cañedo, Jeremiah Tiangco, and Jessica Villarubin — the three grand champions of GMA Network’s all-original Filipino singing competition, The Clash.

With hard work, determination, and their God-given talents, the Kapuso singers have managed to successfully reach the top of their games in each season. And suffice to say, their lives took a dramatic turn for the better.

“Sobrang laki po ng pinagbago ng buhay ko pagkatapos kong manalo sa The Clash,” Golden shared. “Nabiyayaan ako ng maraming opportunities na hinding hindi ko makakalimutan. Nabigyan ako ng pagkakataong magawa ang mga bagay na pinapangarap ko lang dati. Sobrang blessed at masaya ako sa mga narating ko at sa mga susunod pa na makakamit ko. Nagpapasalamat ako na narinig ang tinig ko na binigay ni God na nakapagpapasaya rin sa ibang mga tao at sa mga nangangarap na kagaya ko.”

Jeremiah, on the other hand, offers each performance to everyone who continues to support him beyond his journey throughout the show, “Maraming nagbago, maraming tao na ang nag-a-admire sa’yo. Maraming sumusuporta sa ginagawa mo at maraming humahanga. Kaya every performance ko, sa kanila ko inaalay.”

The same goes for last season’s grand champion, Jessica. “Ngayon mas marami na po ang nakakakilala sa akin at nagsasabi na naging inspirasyon din ako sa ibang mga nangangarap,” she quipped. “Mas natutulungan at mas guminhawa din po ‘yung buhay namin ng pamilya ko. Sobrang grateful ko rin kasi regular po akong nag-pe-perform sa All-Out Sundays kasama ang mga bigating singers at artista. Natupad na rin po ang pangarap ko na magkaroon ng sariling single at music video.”

But the best thing about finally achieving one’s dream is getting to find a new one. And for the three of them, there are always new mountains to conquer.

For Golden, it’s exploring new genres of her craft. “I have so many plans at gusto pang gawin as a singer. Marami pa akong mga hindi alam at gusto pang matutunan. Gusto ko mag-explore ng iba’t-ibang genres na babagay sakin. Kaya I just keep going one step at a time.”

Jeremiah gave a short but meaningful answer. “To join an international competition,” he said spiritedly.

Meanwhile, Jessica dreams of the best of both worlds, “Ang dami ko pang gusto ma-achieve sa singing career ko. Wish ko pa po makapag-release ng mas maraming kanta, makapag-perform din po sa iba’t-ibang lugar, not just here in the Philippines but sa abroad also.”

As the Kapuso Network gears up for an exciting fourth season of The Clash, a new breed of aspiring singers are in for an intense vocal battle that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Golden’s advice? “Lakasan lang ang loob at always pray. Maraming magaling, maraming maganda ang tinig, maraming mas aangat sa’yo, pero ang pinakamatinding hamon ay ang doubts and ang sarili mo. Do your best, ‘wag masyadong ma-pressure.”

Jeremiah affirms this with his own guidance to the new Clashers, too. “Prepare themselves — emotionally, physically, and most of all spiritually,” he said. “Kailangan natin ang Panginoon every time. Enjoy their performances and get into a perfect mindset.”

As for Jessica, it’s about pushing through against the pressure and roadblocks, “My advice to them, don’t give up sa pangarap nila. Tuloy lang kahit madami silang paghihirap at pagsubok na madadaanan. Magtiwala sa Diyos, sa sarili, at sa talento nila.”

Truly, dreams don’t work unless you take action. It’s never too early or too late to start. The Clash may have opened doors for Golden, Jeremiah, and Jessica, but there is so much more in store for the 30 new singers looking to make it to the top as well. As always, the competition promises to be bigger, better, and full of surprises.

This year, The Clash Panel is once again led by Ai-Ai delas Alas, Christian Bautista, and Lani Misalucha. Returning as Clash Masters are Rayver Cruz and Julie Anne San Jose; and Journey Hosts Rita Daniela and Ken Chan.

Golden, Jeremiah, and Jessica are already living their dreams. Now it’s time for someone else to make things happen and turn his or her dream into a reality.

Catch the thrilling and tough search for the next singing sensation on GMA 7’s The Clash Season 4 beginning tonight at 7:15 and tomorrow night at 7:40.

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