“Try and try until you succeed.” We know this may sound cliche, but this has been the creed of dreamers since time immemorial, including the greatest, most legendary men and women of history. Sounds quite heavy, right? Well, this only reflects the weight of Rachel Gabreza‘s dreams for herself since she was young. But, with enough courage and determination, these dreams have finally transformed into her reality—once an aspiring saleslady, she is now a champion singer who has an international title under her belt.
Prior to her joining the competition, the 25-year-old already has a generous experience in school and amateur singing contests. It would seem, however, that this wasn’t enough for her to snag the grand champion title in “It’s Showtime’s” Tawag Ng Tanghalan. Over and over again, Rachel attempted to earn the first spot, but she could only go as far as getting to the grand finals.
Little did she know, there’s a silver lining to her defeat that would show just months after. In August of last year, Rachel joined the international competition in London, “Stars of the Albion“, where she would compete with fellow singers all over Europe, Canada, and America. But, out of all the 30 contenders, it was she who went home with the “Grand Prix” trophy, as well as the honor of being the 1st Asian to win the contest.
In her guesting on an episode of “Rated K“, the sales representative narrated how she prepared for the contest.
“Kailangan din po kasi iba yung talento nila doon sa ibang bansa. May nakalaban po akong Operatic, mga ganon. Kaya naghanda po talaga ako … Buwan din po siya, pero hindi naman sobrang tagal kasi po more on ang pinaghandaan ko po yung processing po nung mga visa… kasi po first time ko lang pong makalabas po ng bansa.”
When it comes to her vocal practice, Rachel said that she wants to get deep into the story behind every song she sings.
“Bale po, ‘pag nagpa-practice po ako, pinapakinggan ko po yung kumakanta, tapos inaalam ko po kung ano po yung nilalaman nung song para mas maramdaman ko po yung pinaka-story po.”
Looking back on her defeat on “Tawag Ng Tanghalan“, the newest Pinoy Pride admitted to feeling sad. But, her next statement only goes to show that she’s really a born fighter.
“Meron din pong part na nalungkot po ako kasi syempre po pangarap ko po, pangarap po ng pamilya ko. Pero po sa puso’t isipan ko na ‘wag mawalan ng pag-asa kasi kumbaga “Try and try until you succeed”, nga po. Yun po yung lagi kong initatatak sa isip ko.”
Apparently, it was her dad Benjie who molded her into being a singer. So, it came as no surprise that he takes pride in his daughter’s success. He was heard as saying:
“Syempre, masaya na nag-champion siya sa ibang bansa. Nagbigay siya ng karangalan sa Pilipinas tsaka parang yung pagod naming na maliit pa hanggang nag-practice kami, parang meron talagang napanalunan siya na nag-grand champion siya.”
Now, Rachel couldn’t be more thankful for getting to where she is now, and she extends that gratitude to her supportive family and friends.
“Nakaka-overwhelm po kasi marami pong sumusuporta pa po sa akin atsaka marami pong mga blessings na dumarating po.”
What can you say about Rachel Gabreza being able to achieve her dreams? Are you thrilled to see what the future holds for this amazing singer? Pitch in your thoughts and reactions via the comments section below!