This year is the first time Jake Zyrus will be joining Himig Handog.
The artist, formerly known as Charice, willingly accepted the offer as one of the competition’s interpreters.
He will be singing “Bagyo” by Agatha Morallos.
He shared that he sees this as a huge part of his fresh start as a trans-man singer because he wanted to experience new firsts ever since he came out.
Whether he wins or not, he considers it an achievement. Although he has been internationally acclaimed, he still feels nervous about his stint, he disclosed in a Pep story.
Jake added that he still feels a bit of tension just like before but describes it as a different kind of pressure. “Noon po, ‘yung pressure medyo mabigat kasi kailangan kong laging kantahin ‘yung ‘All By Myself’ at saka ‘yung ‘One Moment in Time. Kailangan kong mag-high slit at saka mag-high heels, so talagang pressure po talaga ‘yun, mabigat din.”
[Before, the heavy pressure comes from the necessity to sing ‘All By Myself’ and ‘One Moment in Time’. I needed to wear high slit and high heels, so it was really a pressure, a heavy one too.]
He compares it to now where he, as just the mere interpreter, is pressured to perform better to help the song win; saying: “Ngayon po, ‘yung pressure, nandun ‘yung sinasabi nila… Ngayon pong kami ang interpreter, basically, ang mananalo ay sila [composers].”
[Now, the pressure, what they were saying.. Now that we are the interpreters, basically, the ones who will win are the composers.]
He also values what the composer has to say, “Ang sa akin, ang importante lang, as long as sinasabi sa akin ni Ms. Agatha na gusto niya ang kanta, confident siya about it, okay na po ako dun.”
[For me, what’s important is that as long as Ms. Agatha likes the song and she’s confident about it, then I’m okay with it.]
Out of 7000 entries submitted by Filipinos worldwide, only 10 songs were selected on this year’s Himig Handog.
Following its tradition, 10 of the local artists will be interpreting each song in their own way and winners will get a cash prize of as high as 1 million pesos.
The Himig Handog 2017 grand finals is on November 26 on ASAP.