Wednesday, January 4, 2017


When success comes to you in show business at an early age, it can be a heady experience; more so if the triumphs start coming one after the other. It can reinforce the notion that the child performer has lots of potential that could lead him to further greatness as he grows older and stays in the biz, but with careful management of his life, ability and gains. Much like how it goes in the Japanese entertainment scene – somewhat – a promising young talent found fame in a singing contest and is now cementing his rep as both singer and bankable TV actor.

I’m talking about MYX Celebrity VJ for the month of January 2017, Juan Karlos, or rather “JK” Labajo, the 15-year- old wunderkind taking Philippine network giant ABS-CBN and its followers by storm. In 2013 he entered the first Philippine season spin-off of the international reality singing competition “The Voice Kids”, where he went under the tutelage of renowned Pinoy rocker Bamboo Mañalac and ultimately finished in second runner-up. Having automatically been added to ABS-CBN’s Star Magic stable of actors and actresses, JK would in addition to honing his song-craft begin making appearances in the network’s family drama series and anthologies all through 2015, featuring in “Hawak-Kamay”, “MMK”, “Ipaglaban Mo”, and “Pangako Sa Yo”.

It would also be in 2015 that JK would release his self-titled first album, with eight songs and covers showcasing his developing singing talent driven by his awesome voice. In the following year JK would become a housemate on the latest iteration of “Pinoy Big Brother”, subtitled “Lucky 7” wherein he lasted until day 23, just narrowly missing out on being a finalist for the Celebrity contestants.

Needless to say, this kid is good and more big breaks are coming his way. There’s the matter of his first solo concert in the country, to be held February 5 this year at the KIA Theatre, sponsored by Star Magic as well as his record label MCA Music Inc. This is just over two years ever since he began his dream on “The Voice Kids”, and look how far he’s come. Making their debut to audiences here will be songs from his second self-titled album, “JKL”, which now features his own compositions, the better to finally reveal his full creative power, much to the delight of his JKUFC fan club, JKUFC MCC and JKUFC Believers.

That’s not all. Also in 2017 ABS-CBN will be presenting a new drama entitled “A Love to Last”, guaranteed to make viewers giddy and squeeze the tears out like all its predecessors and contemporary shows on the network. Primarily starring Bea Alonzo and Ian Veneracion, the series will also star JK in the cast, further polishing his skills on this side of the showbiz coin as well. I’ve gotta say it, JK Labajo looks set to go even further.

JK is also nominated on Wish 1075 as Best Wishclusive Performance by a Young Artist and Wish Young Artist of the Year. He also got nominated for his song 'Para Sayo' as Wish Ballad Song of the Year and Wish Original Song of the year. Voting ends on Jan. 16, 2017, 12nn.