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Sarah Geronimo may become the next Nora Aunor (minus the controversies) if Sarah’s management play their cards right. Sarah’s career resembles Nora’s early success in the 1970s. During Nora’s peak as an entertainer, she sold many albums and starred in one box office hit movie after another. Certainly, most of Nora’s early movies were commercial formula films, but those films cemented her hold on her fans. Like Nora, Sarah is also an accomplished singer and a bankable actress. Her last movie, “It’s Takes a Man and a Woman,“ is currently the highest grossing Filipino film of all time, unseating the now unpopular Vice Ganda. Sarah also has her very own weekly musical variety show “Sarah G. Live!” just as Nora had “Superstar” decades ago.
However, Nora did not just stop at just being a commodity; she also produced quality films such as “Banaue” and starred in some of the most critically acclaimed Filipino films of all time, namely “Minsan May Isang Gamu-Gamo,” “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos,” “Atsay,” “Bona,” “Himala,” “Bulaklak sa City Jail,” and most recently, “Thy Womb.”
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I think it is time for Sarah’s people, if not Sarah herself, to take a calculated risk. Sarah is now ready to do her “Banaue” or her “Atsay,” or her “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos.” It is excessively early for her to do her “Himala.” Sarah needs to bag a best actress award, and she needs to win it magnanimously, without question the same way Nora won her first Urian Award for “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos.”
Undeniably, Sarah has her millions of fans, but it is time for her to court the critics and the deities of art of filmmaking. If she wins the hearts of the intellectual moviegoers, those who flock to see “Bwakaw,” and “Thy Womb,” then she will earn legitimacy. New innovative directors will scramble to get her in their films. For now, Sarah only has Star Cinema and Viva Films. I think if Sarah makes a successful transition from pop idol to serious actress , she will have a longer career and perhaps achieve legendary status like Nora Aunor.
We will wait for her next step. I hope Star Cinema and Viva Films will try to squeeze one outstanding Sarah Geronimo film between several commercial film installments of “A Very Special Love“ with John Lloyd Cruz, or Gerald Andersen? Gulp!