By NESTOR CUARTERO
February 29, 2012, 2:00am
JUST A THOUGHT: Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. – Kahlil Gibran Sarah Geronimo during the pilot episode of ‘Sarah G. Live.’
Sarah Geronimo during the pilot episode of ‘Sarah G. Live.’[/left]
MANILA, Philippines — SARAH G. IS BABY GIRL: How else must the public take to the recent pronouncement by Gerald Anderson on the premiere telecast of “Sarah G.” last Sunday, Feb. 26 addressing the host of the show as Baby Girl?
The Popstar, on the other hand, called him Babe in an unguarded, videotaped moment during a cruise along Manila Bay, certainly one of the highlights of the debuting weekly musical-variety-cum talk show on ABS-CBN.
Without owning up to the real status of their fast growing relationship, it is evident that Gerald and Sarah have bonded romantically as evidenced not just by speech but through body language. Many of those who watched the first episode of “Sarah G.” heaved a sigh of relief as they seemed to break out into a chorus, “It’s about time.”
“Sarah G.,” the show, is projected to be a showcase of Sarah’s growing maturity as an artist and as a woman. She’s now 23, no longer a teenager and way past the age of reason.
Her new show is calculated to prove to the public the length and breadth of the changes and the experiences that have touched Sarah’s personal and professional lives and how she has learned from these.
In other words, Sarah’s audience is expecting a new dimension unfolding about her persona now that she is 23 and hosting her own “revealing” show.
For starters, “Sarah G.” did well in tickling the fancy of the TV audience. The Manila Bay shoot featuring Sarah and Gerald in a casual mood is a scoop of sorts. The video showed how the two have warmed up to each other after co-starring in two movies.
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GROWING UP: Like its predecessors, “Superstar,” “VIP (Vilma in Person)” and “Sharon,” “Sarah G.” enlists the support of male co-hosts.
As if in allusion to “VIP,” Luis Manzano has been tapped as regular co-host with promise of inviting another male co-host each Sunday. That first episode, Derek Ramsay was the other man on the show. “Vilma” thrived on this formula for a long time, a tradition subconsciously being passed on to Sarah through the participation of the Batangas Governor’s own son.
Sarah’s dancing prowess is tested on the program, which she passes with flying colors. The Popstar successfully pulled off a high-tech opening song-and-dance number that had her huffing and puffing towards the end as the number also required her to sing.
While Sarah is properly costumed for the production numbers, she reverts back to her “manang” manner of dressing between numbers when she delivers her spiels or conducts interviews.
As a TV host of a non-children’s show, Sarah can use a few evening dresses with a bit of a sexy cut. One of the dresses she wore that night made her look like she was going back to school.
There has to be some consistency in what the show is trying to tell us. If “Sarah G.” is meant to bring out the woman in Sarah Geronimo through those suggestive dance steps designed by Georcelle Dapat-Sy, the same womanly touch should be seen and felt in the rest of the show.
Sarah cannot be all-woman while she whips up a sexy dance in a sexy outfit, then revert to the tweetums image of a giggly teenager that has been her template for so long. It’s about time she grew up, not just on TV but also in her choice of roles to play in movies.