First time’s the charm
It was her first international competition. But at eight years old, Chacha Cañete proved that age does not really matter.
The co-host of ABS-CBN’s ‘Biyaheng Bulilit’ recently won two silvers at the 17th World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Los Angeles, California. She sang “The Climb” and “Climb Every Mountain” in the competition’s Pop and Gospel segments respectively.
“I was so happy,” she says. “I was a bit nervous at first but I was also very excited because it was my first time to compete in an international singing competition.”
She underwent training for the WCOPA, together with other members of the Philippine contingent for the competition. “We had to evaluate our songs and we practiced a lot,” she says. “I trained three to four times weekly since I became part of the team back in March.”
Chacha stayed in California for 10 days. Upon arriving in the US, she says that she also had to do additional training before the competition officially started. This was despite her experience in the industry. She had already released an album, ‘Bulilit Rockstar,’ which featured the carrier single ‘Bakit O Bakit,’ a song that tells people how inquisitive kids grow up to be intelligent adults.
But Chacha’s US trip wasn’t totally just for the competition. During her free time, she visited Universal Studios and Disneyland. “I stayed in Disneyland for a whole day,” she shares. “I loved the theater shows there like Mickey Mouse and the Magical Map. We also watched the live version of Tangled. In Universal Studios, I loved the 4D Theater as well as the theme park’s features on Shrek and Star Wars and the tour of the studios.” It was also in the US where she met some fans from the Filipino community.
Although there were a lot of great food to try in the US, Chacha longed for Filipino cuisine when she was there. Her favorite: sinigang, which she got to eat at a Max’s Restaurant in California.
While other kids would want to stay in the US longer or at least have a one day rest day, Chacha went straight to school immediately after arrival.
“We arrived 6:00 am and by 7:00 am, Chacha was already in school. It’s a good thing she slept during the plane ride already,” says her uncle Tofie Runas.
While she regularly does regular tapings for ‘Biyaheng Bulilit’ and ‘Goin’ Bulilit,’ Chacha has put a premium on her education. Weekdays are allotted for school, while weekends are for tapings. Chacha is currently a Grade 3 student at the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City. She is a consistent honor student. She loves Science, Reading, and Math.