Celebrity Pegs

Celebrities look like they have a spotlight hovering over them and every move they make is recorded. Oftentimes, they are put in a pedestal that we see even their simple achievements. However, the downside is that their silly mistakes are often magnified. It does take a toll on their lives. As an observer, it also grounds us.  It shows us that every person has personal battles to face. Such challenges chose no one. They may be  beautiful women, rich and popular, yet they are not immune to problems.  It must be difficult to live their lives and I would not wish that for myself.

If someone asks me right now who are my celebrity pegs, I have 3 beautiful women on top of my head. They are not my pegs just because they are popular and beautiful. These are women with character, attitude and qualities whom I think young and beautiful girls must emulate.

Lea Salonga

Source: Frederick M. Brown on Getty Images

Source: Frederick M. Brown on Getty Images

I have been a fan of her since forever. She has that crystal clear voice that makes you wonder if that is how angels sing. Beyond the golden voice, I admire her for being feisty in what she believes in. She is never afraid to say what is on her mind. In interviews, she is very eloquent that I have hoped that I can have the same confidence as her when in front of strangers and a huge crowd.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey is proof that having a good sense of humor is sexy. Being smart is something to aspire for.

Sarah Jessica Parker

I was never a fan of ‘Sex and the City’.  Maybe because I never had the time to watch it when it was popular.  I always see Sarah Jessica Parker clad in gorgeous clothes that she seemed too high fashion for my taste.  I recently saw this video of hers and I am impressed at how down-to-earth she is and I love her home- nothing too high strung.

These three women showed us that we do not need to be perfect girls to live a good life. We just have to be true to ourselves.

LSS!

I was not able to watch this one when it was aired. Thanks to Youtube and ABS-CBN  I can play this over and over again.  I am huge Lea Salonga fan  and this is such a great birthday present (Yes, feeling ko niregalo sa akin ang performance. haha).  Patti Austin’s music touches the heart.  I love what she said about singing from the heart.  Enjoy!

LSS= Last Song Syndrome- having the last song you heard stuck on your head for a while.

Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

I cannot claim to be a Whitney Houston fan. I did not follow her career. However, I do acknowledge her voice is captivating and powerful. Her untimely death is a great loss to the music industry.

The Dubai Fountain paid tribute to Whitney Houston’s legacy though a fountain show choreographed to “I  Will Always Love You”.

In the recent Grammy Awards, Jennifer Hudson also paid tribute to Whitney Houston.

Last week, in a Lea Salonga fan group, we were busy talking about the BYU feature on Lea Salonga. When Lea Salonga auditioned for Miss Saigon, her audition piece was “On My Own” from Les Miserables. When Claude-Michel Schonberg asked her to sing another song, she sang “The Greatest Love of All”. This is a clip of from the BYU feature with Lea singing her version of “The Greatest Love of All”. Little did we know, this turned out to be a fitting tribute to Whitney Houston.

Incidentally, I wrote a blog post on singing last December. I cited “The Greatest Love of All” as one of the three songs that I know from the heart. I did mention Whitney Houston in that post.

RIP, Whitney Houston.

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