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Friday, April 26, 2019

Ciar: Anna Fegi-Brown ug iyang bag-ong prioridad

KAHINUMDOM pa tingali mo ni Anna Fegi, ang lumad nga taga-Toledo nga nisikat sa Manila isip mag-aawit. Una siyang nadiskubre ni Ryan Cayabyab sa edad nga 16 ug nahimong usa sa mga sakup sa Smokey Mountain. Nawala si Anna sa local showbiz dihang gikuha siyang singer sa cruise line nga Royal Caribbean International, diin mokabat sa 60 ka mga nasud ang iyang gilibot gikan Asia ug Middle East, paingon sa Europe. Nidula usab siya sa papel nga “Naia” sa Festival of the Lion King sa Hong Kong Disneyland. Niadtong 2012 nibalik siya sa Pinas bitbit ang iyang ambungang langyawng kapikas. Anna Fegi-Brown, Sssuper Ka!

What’s new with Anna Fegi?

Aside from being a Brown now, I am back home with my husband Adam. We are building a music school- Brown Academy of Music, Bam! We are now based in Cebu as I try to perform again with my roots. I have been away for so long performing everywhere around the globe. I miss home and our music school is such a long-time dream for Adam and me. It’s time. 

Ngano wala na man ka mag-base sa Manila?

Cebu is my home. I know tua gyud ang daghang work sa Manila, but right now ang among music school, Bam!, ang akong priority. Mo-fly ra ko sa Manila for work. Cebu is a beautiful city to also nurture the arts and music for the world to know that we still have so many great talents here.

What’s your lovestory?

I met my husband in 2010 aboard an international cruise ship- Brilliance of the Seas. Our itinerary was in Europe. So fortunate and blessed kaayo ming duha nga ma-experience ang mag-date in places like, Santorini and Athens, Greece. We even visited the pyramids in Egypt, we explored the holy city of Jerusalem, and visited so many other places such as Italy, Spain, etc. He was the drummer and the musical director of the orchestra on board and I was one of the featured singers. We both are passionate in music and performing. When we started talking, we both realized we have the same passion. The conversation just started from there. I am very proud of my husband. Hilumon ra na siya. Mauwawon. Opposite mi anang dapita kay tabian man ko.

Musikero gyud siya by profession?

Yes but he didn’t really start playing drums in a band. He studied music in University of North Texas and his degree is in music education. He was summa cum laude with his master’s degree in education a few years later. He was a music teacher in the USA for five years before he started working as a musician and musical director on international ships. He was responsible not only for running the orchestra with so many different nationalities, but also for all the other musicians on the ship, from the bands in the lounges to solo entertainers, which even includes x-factor and performers from Broadway and London’s West End. 

How long you’ve been married?

Going 3 years now. 

Di ba naa man moy school sa una with another business partner? Unsa nay nahitabo sa kaso?

The case is still ongoing, both the civil and criminal cases. It is something my husband and I are fighting for until we get justice. It’s more on fighting and standing up for what is right and the principles. But while waiting for the result, we will continue on our dream of owning a music school. I always believe that things will happen in God’s time, not ours.

So, tell us about your school of music. 

I am very happy and grateful that Bam! has finally arrived. I think one great fact I am proud of is that kaming duha, performers mi and we both have been doing it for something like 20 years. The music school is our way of passing along our knowledge that we have learned and experienced from here and around the world, from carnival celebrations in Brazil to people jamming in a pub in Ireland to classical music in Russia to opera singers in Italy and to cultural groups throughout Asia. 

Asa ang location sa inyong school?

Sa second floor of Northgate Centre in Banilad, atbang sa Gaisano Country Mall.

What courses are you offering?

We offer lessons in voice as well as many intruments such as: drums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, violin, and even horns such as trumpet, saxophone, and flute. We are also very excited about offering a new kind of program for children ages 6 months through 5 years old. It is a fun, learning experience that teaches the foundation of music. The whole program is based upon age-appropriate lessons and they meet the US national association for music education standards.  

What about doing a new album?

I love to dream. And one of which is to release an album with Bisaya songs. Daghan na kaayong venues diri sa Cebu para sa tanang aspiring singers, performers and songwriters nga maka-create og Bisaya songs. I have so much respect for all those who are very active in providing venues like these. Yes, I dream to release an album with Bisaya songs. Please know that Bam! started as a dream. Maayo lang unta di sad abton og katuigan. I-try jud nako.

Is it true nangluod ka sa BMG Records?

No. I have no reason nga mangluod ko. I feel blessed that I was able to release two solo albums during my time years ago. It was a great venue for me to experience recording, producing, putting it out there, promoting and it also opened doors for me to perform in so many amazing places and venues, from TV stations, malls, concerts, radio tours, musicals and even fly to other countries and perform. So, that’s not true. I am so proud and so grateful that I was a part of the BMG family.

Si Regine Velasquez niangkon nga nibahar na ang iyang tingog tungod sa iyang edad. Naka-encounter kag ingon aning problema?

It happened to me so many times and you just have to deal with it, give what you can deliver, and move on. We all are humans. We get sick. That is why everyday I always pray for good health for me and Adam so we can always give our best show in every performance.

As a singer naa pa kay gustong ma-achieve?

I should say as an advocate of music, I want to continue providing venues to the next generation. Guide them, help them find their own uniqueness, their voice, and to support them.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about being a performer?

I have learned to just tell the story from the heart. Be genuine in doing so. As a performer, we are blessed to be given a venue to perform. We should respect it and take care of every chance we get.  

Any plans for the coming Christmas and New year?

I don’t even know, but i know it will be here in Cebu. I had plans of traveling out of the country, but we have missed so many holidays with family and friends, so we will spend some quality time together.

Unsay imong Christmas wishes?

Good health to my family and friends, Bam! will go smoothly and that all students, parents and employees will love going to the school. And peace and love to the world!
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