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Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo

(1988-07-25) July 25, 1988 (age 31)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • dancer
  • record producer
  • commercial model
Years active2002–present
Agent ABS-CBN Entertainment
Television The Voice of the Philippines
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Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo [1] (Tagalog pronunciation:  [hɛˈɾɔnɪmo] , born July 25, 1988) is a Filipino singer and actress. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Manila, Geronimo started a career in music at the age of 14 after winning the television singing contest Star for a Night . [2] She then signed with music label Viva Records and rose to fame with the release of her debut album Popstar: A Dream Come True (2003) which became a multi-platinum record. Geronimo is known as the Philippines' pop princess. Her fame and contributions to the entertainment industry earned the honorific titles "Popstar Princess", and "Asia's Popstar Royalty." She is oftentimes associated with a mockingbird and regarded by most of her fans as the "Asia's Mockingjay" for her versatility and capability to sing in various genres such as Pop, Rock, ballad, R&B, Jazz, Hiphop, and Dance Music. [3]


Geronimo's music was generally categorized as pop until the release of her tenth studio album Expressions (2013), when she added R&B|Jazz and dance into her style. Following a crossover in musical form, she eventually achieved two consecutive Album of the Year prize from Awit Awards for Perfectly Imperfect (2014) and "The Great Unknown" (2015). [4] [5]

Geronimo began her television career with ABS-CBN in 2004. She appeared in projects such as ASAP (2004–present), Bituing Walang Ningning (2006), Sarah G. Live! (2012-2013) and a coach in The Voice of the Philippines (2013 to 2017). She also ventured into mainstream cinema and is best known for playing the lead role in the films: A Very Special Love (2008), You Changed My Life (2009) and It Takes a Man and a Woman (2013). She received Box-office Queen titles from GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards for each of these films and two nominations of FAMAS Award for Best Actress respectively. [6] [7]

Throughout her career, Geronimo has received 15 Awit Awards, 8 Aliw Awards, 28 Myx Music Awards (the most in the award's history) and a FAMAS Golden Artist Award.

Life and career

1988–2003: Early beginnings and Star for a Night

Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo was born on July 25, 1988, in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines to Delfin Geronimo, a retired PLDT employee, and Divina Tua, who ran a beauty salon in their house. She is the third of four children. [8] She started singing publicly at age two. At the age of four, she was accompanied by her mother to join auditions for different television programs. Geronimo became part of the shows Penpen De Sarapen (4–6 years old), Ang TV (7–8 years old) and NEXT (8–9 years old). [9] She has also played as an extra in the movie Sarah... Ang Munting Prinsesa (1995). [10] In between auditions, Geronimo would perform at shopping malls and hotel lounges. Geronimo, then age 7, was one of the performers during the 1995 visit of Pope John Paul II. Geronimo at an early age joined different singing contests the first of which was Tuklas Talino sponsored by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).

In 2002, Geronimo competed on the television singing contest Star for a Night aired in IBC. At the age of fourteen, she won the grand prize that included PHP 1 million and a managerial contract from Viva Entertainment. Geronimo released her first album Popstar: A Dream Come True in 2003. Her acting debut was a supporting role in the film Filipinas (2003). She had another supporting role in Captain Barbell (2003).

2004–2007: The Other Side and In Motion

Still managed by VIVA, Geronimo signed a TV contract with ABS-CBN network in 2004. [11] She starred in her first television series, Sarah the Teen Princess (2004) and became a regular host and performer on the variety show ASAP (2004–present). [12] [13] Geronimo again had supporting roles in the films Masikip sa Dibdib (2004), Annie B. (2004) and Lastikman: Unang Banat (2004). Geronimo sang the Philippine National Anthem at the pre-inaugural ceremonies of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on June 30, 2004. In November 2004, Geronimo released her second album, Sweet Sixteen that included the single "How Could You Say You Love Me". Geronimo performed in the Night of the Champions concert at the Araneta Coliseum with other singing competition winners Rachelle Ann Go and Erik Santos.

In 2005, Geronimo joined the cast of the teen-oriented television program SCQ Reload: Kilig Ako and hosted two seasons of the singing competition show Little Big Star (2005-2007). On September 30, 2005, Geronimo staged a solo concert at Araneta Coliseum entitled The Other Side.

In 2006, Geronimo starred in ABS-CBN's primetime soap opera, Bituing Walang Ningning , a remake of the 1985 movie. She played the role of an aspiring singer named Dorina Pineda, originally played by Sharon Cuneta in the movie, [14] [15] and released a soundtrack of the series. In July 2006, Geronimo release her third studio album, Becoming , produced by Christian De Walden. The album yielded three singles: "I Still Believe In Loving You", "Carry My Love" and "Iingatan Ko Ang Pag-ibig Mo". On November 18, 2006, Manny Pacquiao chose Geronimo to sing Lupang Hinirang, the Philippine national anthem, before his match against Mexico's Erik Morales at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. [16] [17]

Geronimo staged her second major solo concert "In Motion" on July 14, 2007, at the Araneta Coliseum. Unlike her first solo concert, this concert went off with no technical glitches. [18] She spent the rest of 2007 performing concerts in the Philippines and the U.S. [12] [19] and recording her fourth studio album, Taking Flight , [20] which sold more than 60,000 units and achieved double platinum status. In the latter half of 2007, Geronimo appeared in her third television series for ABS-CBN, Pangarap Na Bituin . [12]

2008–2010: The Next One and Record Breaker

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Sarah Geronimo performing in London in 2009

In early 2008, Geronimo reunited with Erik Santos, Rachelle Ann Go, and Christian Bautista in a Valentine's Day concert at the Araneta Coliseum, entitled "OL4LUV". [21] Before Geronimo released her fifth studio album, she released I'll Be There as the fourth single from Taking Flight. On July 30, 2008, Geronimo starred with Filipino actor John Lloyd Cruz in A Very Special Love which was produced by Star Cinema and VIVA films and grossed almost 180 million. [22] [23] [23] [24] The movie opened with 14 million pesos and Isah V. Red of The Manila Standard Today said, "This only proves that the new generation of Filipino movie audience is ready for their own screen heroine, not someone passed on to them by their parents or grandparents. [25] Geronimo included a track from the film, "A Very Special Love", on her album Taking Flight. Geronimo's fifth studio album, Just Me, included a duet with Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough entitled, "I'll Be There". De Walden again produced this album. [26] [27] Like her previous albums, Just Me achieved platinum status in December 2008. She was recognized for this accomplishment on the 2008 ASAP Platinum Circle Awards show. [28] On November 8, 2008, Geronimo staged her third major solo concert in Araneta Coliseum, entitled The Next One, which marked the first time she accompanied herself on the piano while on stage. [29] Geronimo's Just Me album, was re-released, adding You Changed My Life. [23] She was also recognized by ASAP for attaining platinum status for her albums Taking Flight and Just Me and for her two concert DVDs (The Other Side and Sarah In Motion). [28]

In February 2009, Geronimo made a movie again with John Lloyd Cruz in You Changed My Life , the sequel of A Very Special Love. [30] The film's total theatrical earnings earned over ₱230 million, and holds the record for the highest grossing Filipino movie made. [31] Geronimo traveled to the US in March to April 2009 for her The Next One tour, where she received positive reviews about her performances. [32] In June 2009, she re-staged the Sarah Geronimo: The Next One Philippine concert tour. [33] [34] On August 5, 2009 Geronimo was given the honor to sing the Virna Lisa's 1986 People Power anthem, "Magkaisa" during the funeral of former President Corazon Aquino. [35] Geronimo released a solo Christmas album, Your Christmas Girl in October 2009. In November 2009, she staged her fourth solo sold-out concert, Record Breaker, in the Araneta Coliseum. [36] [37] The Philippine Daily Inquirer called the concert "a qualified success". [31] During the concert, Geronimo became emotional while talking about her struggles trying to succeed in a music industry inundated by aspiring singers. [36] At the same day of her concert, she released her sixth studio album, Music and Me . [38] [39] [40] In December 2009, Your Christmas Girl and Music and Me both reached platinum status after a month of their release. [41]

On December 1, 2009, Sarah Geronimo received a star on the Philippines Walk of Fame at Libis, Eastwood. [42] Geronimo released the DVD Record Breaker, filmed at the Araneta Coliseum, on March 16, 2010, and eventually achieved triple Platinum status in December 2010.

In April 2010, Sarah Geronimo was chosen to endorse an online game called Superstar which was launched by X-Play as an online singing star search. Geronimo also lent her voice in singing its theme song "This Is My Dream." [43]

In September 2010, Geronimo starred in a musical series entitled 1DOL which was aired in ABS-CBN and she appeared in the film Hating Kapatid under Viva Films.

2011–2012: Catch Me, I'm in Love, Sarah G. Live! and concerts

In February 2011, she had a Valentine concert with Martin Nievera titled "What Love Is" at the Araneta Coliseum. [44] Geronimo worked with Gerald Anderson in the film collaboration of Star Cinema and Viva Films entitled Catch Me, I'm in Love which was shown on March 23, 2011, in theaters nationwide and shown as a summer release in the Philippines. Raymond Lo, U.S. correspondent for The Philippine Star said:

In November 2011, Geronimo made a movie again with Gerald Anderson in Won't Last A Day Without You which earned ₱20 Million on its opening day. Geronimo signed an exclusive one-year contract with ABS-CBN, it states her future projects and commitments such as having a weekly solo show, an extension as a performer in ASAP Rocks, and a movie with John Lloyd Cruz for the third time. [46] Also this year, Geronimo is declared as the Princess of Philippine Movies by the Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Awards for her movie, Catch Me, I'm In Love together with Gerald Anderson.

Geronimo had her solo weekly musical-variety show every Sunday night titled Sarah G. Live! and her movie with John Lloyd Cruz is in production. [47]

In July 2012, Geronimo staged her fifth major solo concert in the "Big Dome" entitled 24/SG. [48] In November 2012, Geronimo was chosen as the "Bayanihan Ambassadress" of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In December 2012, Geronimo won a string of awards one of which is the Best Asian Artist Award (Philippines) at the recently concluded Mnet Asian Music Awards. [49] Geronimo also bagged major awards in Awit Awards, Aliw Awards and PMPC Star Awards for Music. [50]

2013–2015: The Voice of The Philippines and international activities

In 2013, Geronimo will have her own drama anthology entitled Sarah G. Presents . [51] [52] [53] Geronimo is also set to be a coach and judge in The Voice of the Philippines .

In March 2013, Geronimo received two Presidential Awards, Ani ng Dangal for Multi-Disciplinary Arts and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (Philippines) Goodwill Ambassadress for Music. [54] Geronimo is nominated for three categories at the 2013 World Music Awards (WMA): best entertainer of the year, best live act, and best female artist. This year's list of WMA nominees include Adele, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Psy, and many others. [55] Also her movie which is shown on March 30, 2013, It Takes a Man and a Woman broke box office records and became the highest grossing Filipino film of all time.

In June 2013, Viva Records announced that she will be releasing her tenth studio album on July before her birthday. The album's title was later revealed to be Expressions , which will contain mainly original songs that she co-produced herself. [56] It was released on July 22. [57] To promote the album's release, Geronimo held launch events at various shopping malls across Quezon City from August 3. [58] On August 8, Geronimo became the brand endorser of KakaoTalk together with K-pop boyband Big Bang. [59]

In December 2013, she was elevated into Anak TV Seal Hall of Famer for being a "credible, wholesome and worth emulating by the youth". [60] Geronimo was also nominated for the Best Southeast Asian Act category in the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards.

On May 27, 2014, Sarah Geronimo are among acts that won accolades in the 2014 World Music Awards held in Monaco, winning the Best Selling Philippines Artist award. She became the first Filipino music artist who received an award in the World Music Awards history. [61]

On August 26, 2014, Spotify Philippines revealed that Sarah Geronimo was one of the most streamed artists within the country alongside band Eraserheads. [62]

Geronimo release her eleventh studio album titled Perfectly Imperfect on October 4, 2014. The album also included songs which were written by international music producer Adam Hurstfield and Canadian singer Elise Estrada. The album's lead single, "Kilometro", premiered on September 17, 2014, and was written by Thyro & Yumi. [63] [64]

Sarah Geronimo was voted as the Best Southeast Asia Act at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards and was also nominated as Best Southeast Asia, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwanese Act. [65] [66]

She was included in BuzzFeed's 2014 list of The 20 Filipino Music Artists You Need To Listen Right Now. [67]

Sarah Geronimo has been chosen by Disney to re-interpret the theme song of its Princess franchise. In a teaser aired on Disney Channel, Geronimo revealed that she did her own version of "The Glow" and that its music video will premiere on December 6, 2014. [68]

In July 2015, Sarah Geronimo with her song "Kilometro" represented the Philippines in the 10th International Song Contest:The Global Sound hosted by Australian jury, as one of the 70 semi-finalists from different countries all over the world and later on advanced as one of the top 25 finalists. At the final round, Geronimo was adjudged as the winner and received the Gold Global Sound award. ISC:The Global Sound confirmed on their Facebook page that this is the first Asian country to win the contest. [69] [70]

Geronimo also starred in the blockbuster movie The Breakup Playlist, together with Filipino actor Piolo Pascual, which was shown in cinemas on July 1. The movie grossed PHP 200 million. [71]

In October 2015, Geronimo was chosen to record Felix Manalo 's theme song "Ang Sugo ng Diyos Sa Mga Huling Araw" and later won Best Movie Theme Song on both PMPC Star Awards for Movies and FAMAS Awards in 2016.

Geronimo is the biggest pop star in the Philippines. Xeleb Inc., the first celebrity mobile games company in the Philippines, tapped Geronimo for its newest gaming app, Sarah G Popsters. [72] The app officially launched on November 24, 2015, and is already available for download in Google Play for free.

In December 2015, for the second consecutive year, Spotify Philippines hailed Sarah Geronimo as one of the most streamed Filipino artists alongside bands Eraserheads and Up Dharma Down. [73] [74]

On December 9, 2015, Sarah Geronimo bagged her 10th Awit Award. At the 28th Awit Awards, "Perfectly Imperfect" was awarded "Album of the Year". [75]

On December 18, 2015, Sarah Geronimo was voted as the Asian Artist of the Year at the Hello Asia! K-Pop Awards 2015. [76]

2016–present: Endorsements, film career and accolades

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Geronimo in February 2019

On February 29, 2016, Big Apple Music Awards announced on their official Twitter account that Geronimo has been nominated as “Best Filipino Female Artist”. [77]

In March 2016, Philippine Airlines officials, led by Chairman Dr. Lucio C. Tan and President Jaime J. Bautista, celebrated the airline's 75th anniversary during a gala dinner for PAL employees at the SMX-MOA in Pasay City, where the flag carrier also unveiled its new advertising campaign – The Heart of the Filipino: Shining Through – with top Filipino singers Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo and Lea Salonga as endorsers. [78]

On September 21, 2016, Sarah Geronimo was announced as one of the nominees in the Best Southeast Asian Act for the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards set on November 6, 2016, at the Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. [79]

On October 12, 2016, Sarah Geronimo's The Great Unknown won Best Secular Album in the 38th Catholic Mass Media Awards. [80] This is the second time Sarah received the award, the first was for Perfectly Imperfect album.

Sarah Geronimo was recognized as this year's Best Asian Performer during the Classic Rock Awards 2016 held in Tokyo, Japan on November 11, 2016. Geronimo attended the awarding ceremony at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo, where she performed the song "Anak" by Freddie Aguilar. Other performers at the Classic Rock Awards include Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Rudolf Schenker, Richie Sambora and Orienthi, Tesla, and Cheap Trick. [81]

On November 29, 2016, Geronimo held her album show entitled The Great Unknown: Unplugged in Kia Theatre in promotion of her platinum-selling album The Great Unknown. Due to its success, Geronimo brought the show in different provinces in the country including Albay, Pampanga and Iloilo. [82]

In March 2017, Sarah Geronimo confirmed that she will be returning as one of the coaches of The Voice Teens Philippines making it the second The Voice Teens franchise in the world and the first in Asia. Geronimo will return to the teens edition along with coaches Bamboo, Sharon Cuneta, and Lea Salonga. [83] [84] [85] [86]

On May 15, 2017, US-based World Top Musicians included her in their website.

In July 2017, Geronimo starred in the movie Finally Found Someone with John Lloyd Cruz. The movie served as a reunion movie of Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz tandem after four years. [87]

In January 2018, Geronimo released the single called Sandata and topped the iTunes Philippines chart for 4 consecutive days. The song also landed on Spotify Philippines Viral Chart. The official lyric video of the song was published on Viva Records' official channel a week later. On April, she released two singles called Ganito and Duyan. Both songs topped the iTunes Philippines songs chart. [88] [89]

In March 2018,Sarah Geronimo was included at Spotify's "Amplify: Women of the World" global playlist with her song 'Tayo' in celebration of the Women's Month. She is the only OPM artist included alongside Rihanna, Dua Lipa, CL and more.

On April 14, 2018, she held her 15th anniversary concert called "This Is Me" stylized as "This 15 Me" at the Araneta Coliseum. The sold-out concert was reported as the "Highest Grossing Local Concert of All-time." The concert's official hashtag was also the number one trending topic on Twitter Philippines on the day of the concert with over 200,000 tweets, whilst recorded performances from the said concert instantly trended on YouTube Philippines, including her opening number Dulo , her song and dance number for Tala , the well-applauded rendition of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing and the second to her last song, the rendition of Aerosmith's I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing that gained her standing ovation from the crowd. Geronimo's take on the Dame Tu Cosita Dance Challenge also went viral on various social media platforms including Facebook. [90] [91] [92] [93]

In August 2018, Geronimo starred in her first title-role movie Miss Granny, a remake of the 2014 South Korean film of the same name. The film was both critically acclaimed and a commercial success. Her performance was praised by both critics and viewers. Writing for Cosmopolitan Philippines, Ro Manalo stated "In my opinion, this was her (Sarah Geronimo) best performance as an actress to date. No other local female celebrity has the combination of characteristics required for the role—impeccable comedic timing, a talent for drama, a powerful singing voice, and an old soul with an almost manang charm. Sarah was so believable as a 70-year-old woman inside a 20-year-old's body." She is currently nominated as "Best Actress" at the 2018 Rawr Awards and Inside Showbiz Awards. [94]

She released the first single from Miss Granny's Movie Soundtrack entitled "Kiss Me, Kiss Me" prior to the release of the film. The song went number one on iTunes Philippines and became an instant hit in the country. On July 15, Miss Granny soundtrack was released and also went number one. While its tracks "Isa Pang Araw" "Kiss Me, Kiss Me" and "Rain" all stayed on iTunes Philippines songs chart during and even after the run of the film in Philippine Cinemas. [95]

In October 2018, Geronimo along with her father Delfin Geronimo appeared on a TV ad for Executive Optical.

She represent the Philippines at the 2nd ASEAN-Japan Music Festival held at the NHK Hall in Tokyo on October 4 where she performed her original hits "Kilometro" and "Tala." The recorded performance of Geronimo landed on YouTube Philippines Trends and went viral on Facebook. The event was hosted by Hikaru Nishida and Pico Taro coincided with the 45th anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. [96]

She went to Dubai for her This 15 Me concert and filled the 5,000 seater Dubai Duty Free Stadium on September 20. Days after performing on ASEAN Music Festival, Geronimo staged her Nagoya, Japan leg of This 15 Me on October 7. She is set to stage her concert in Spain, Oman and various cities in the Philippines. [97]

While filming "Miss Granny" and touring the Philippines and the other side of the world for "This 15 Me" Geronimo has been winning on various award giving bodies in Manila. She won three awards at the 2018 MYX Music Awards including the "Female Artist of the Year" award and was hailed by EdukCircle Awards as the "Most Influential Actress" for her 2017 film Finally Found Someone. [98] [99]

In November 2018, Geronimo was hailed as the Best Pilipino Artist and the Most Popular BAMA 2018 Artist at the 2018 Big Apple Music Awards (BAMA),Geronimo failed to attend the ceremony held in New York but according to BAMA, the trophies were already sent to Geronimo. She staged her This 15 Me Laguna concert in Santa Rosa Sports Complex, Laguna the next day. It was the first ever sold-out local show in the history of the said arena. On December 23, 2018, she was announced winner at Universal Music Awards 2018 in Warsaw, Poland with her song "Ganito." She beat more than 200 intries from different countries including songs by Ed Sheeran, Little Mix, Charlie Puth, Taylor Swift and more. She also bags Popular Award, while Charles Aznavour won Historic Award.

On December 26, 2018, Geronimo's song "Sandata" tops CNN Philippines' "The 15 Best Filipino Songs of 2018" list. [100] [101]

Sarah also supports incumbent senator Sonny Angara's re-election because 'of his advocacies'. Sarah also sang her song 'Sa Iyo' as Angara's campaign jingle in 2013 and was reused in the upcoming elections. [102]

Music and voice

Geronimo's music is generally pop and sings songs mostly about love. International producer Christian de Walden praised Geronimo's voice and said "The personality of her voice is phenomenally distinct. Many have great voices but they tend to imitate foreign divas like Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston. She definitely is the biggest talent I have come across within the last ten years...". [103]

Rito P. Asilo of Philippine Daily Inquirer stated in a review of her album: "it's hard to resist the rich and lush quality of her melodies when they fall smoothly and squarely on her confident middle registers" and has praised her transition saying, "her phrasing style to her interchanging shifts in vocal placement, from deep chest tones to heady soft trills, and back which isn't really a bad thing: In fact, it could represent growth, because Sarah used to win her admirers solely with the lung-busting high notes." [104]


Geronimo has cited Michael Jackson as her major influence and she grew up singing and dancing to his music. [105] Geronimo said: "As a child my dream was to be hugely popular like Michael Jackson. I wanted to have that kind of worldwide fame," added, "I want to be like him, while performing, everyone gets so wild and emotional. Besides that, I see him as not only a performer, he's an inspiration to many people, and that's what I also want to become." Geronimo also cited American pop star, Beyoncé as one of her influences in singing and dancing live. [106]


Geronimo has received acclaim for her live stage performances. [107] After Geronimo's concert in Araneta Coliseum dubbed as "The Other Side", The Manila Bulletin said:

"Sarah's very successful concert showcased the various facets of her personality. She's an old soul who can sing Celine Dion’s "If I Could" and Mariah Carey’s "Through the Rain" with such emotion. She's an 80s baby who can moonwalk to "Billie Jean" ala Michael Jackson. She's a budding belter who can hit the high notes of Whitney Houston’s "The Greatest Love of All" with Regine Velasquez."

In 2009, Geronimo said in a press conference for her concert "Record Breaker" that she hopes to break new records as a concert artist and was quoted as saying, "This is to showcase my new standards as a total performer. Hopefully I'll give this show justice, entertain my audience and even make them dance with my performances all throughout the night."

Geronimo's participation in the "What Love Is..." with Martin Nievera concert was described by Baby A. Gil of the Philippine Star with the comment, "Who needs a dancing Martin anyway when you have the long-limbed Sarah there, who is a daring, enthusiastic dancer? I like watching her dance and finding her moving even better now than the last time is a treat. Of course, she has also become an even better singer. To those who are wont to ask, has she gotten rid of her Celine Dion tendencies? Well, she still sings a good To Love You More, but she has obviously come to her own with fuller tones, nice, sexy low notes." [44]

In her 24/SG concert People's Journal commented, "Sarah has reached a new level in her career as a concert artist. In fact, she has earned the right to be called the Concert Queen of the New Generation." Aside from her singing prowess, Geronimo's dancing skills has improved greatly. [108]

Her performances gained industry attention and earned her a win at the 2016 Classic Rock Awards in Tokyo as "Best Asian Performer". [109]

Public image

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Sarah Geronimo in Dubai, 2011

Camille Bersola of The Philippine Star described Geronimo as more than just a pop icon for being an inspiration especially to today's youth. She stated: "In amateur singing competitions, there will be at least three contestants that will have their own rendition of 'To Love You More' or 'Forever's Not Enough'. When these little girls are asked who their favorite singer is, and whose path they’d like to follow someday, you can bet more or less 75 percent of them will have the same answer: Sarah Geronimo." [110]

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte described Geronimo in The Philippine Star: "She's wholesome on and off camera, untainted by unsavory rumors. She's an ideal daughter and that makes her a good role model for the youth." [111] Wilson Lee Flores of The Philippine Star said, "She is a breath of fresh air in terms of wholesome image, humility, real talent and source of good news for the Philippine entertainment industry". [112] In 2005, Geronimo was awarded with "Pinoy Wannabe Awardee", a prestigious Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards given to a celebrity whom kids consider as their role model. [113] In 2006, QTV 11's magazine show Ang Pinaka named her as "Ang Pinaka Idol na Singer ng mga Bata." [114]

Geronimo however admitted it's not always easy protecting that image, especially since everyone looks up to her as a role model for young people. She said, "It's a bit hard although I'd like to become a role model. I rather take it as a big challenge because it is probably my purpose being here in this industry. This may also be the reason why I'm being trusted by companies to promote their products." [110]

Media reception

In 2010, Geronimo was ranked as the top two in the list of Bureau of Internal Revenue (Philippines) top celebrity taxpayers. In 2011, she was ranked as the third in the top celebrity endorsers by the AGB Nielsen Philippines survey. [115] In 2013, she ranks as the sixth highest female taxpayer and as fourth top endorser. [116] [117] In 2014, the entertainment publication YES! Magazine ranked Geronimo as the "Most Beautiful Star", leading the list as the top 1 of the top 100 celebrities. [118] [119] [120] She also ranks in 2014, as the fourth highest female celebrity taxpayer. [121]

Since 2014, Geronimo has been the most streamed solo Filipino artist in Spotify Philippines. [122] [123] [124]

Personal life and philanthropy

Sarah Geronimo attended Dominican School Manila for her primary education. She enrolled at University of Santo Tomas Education High School but later completed her secondary education at Angelicum College. Geronimo studied Associate in Arts program in University of the Philippines Open University (UP Open University). [125] [126]

Sarah Geronimo regularly holds benefit concerts for various charities for children and cancer patients and has been involved with several outreach programs and with Gawad Kalinga. [127]

In November 2019, Sarah announced her engagement to long-time boyfriend, actor Matteo Guidicelli. [128] [129]


Concerts and Tours



YearTitleRoleNotesFilm Production
1995Sarah... Ang Munting PrinsesaSarah's classmateBackground only
Credited as "Sarah Asher Geronimo" [130]
Star Cinema
2003FilipinasKathleenDebut film Viva Films
Captain BarbellMara
2004Masikip Sa DibdibCameo role
Annie B. Patty
Lastikman: Unang Banat Lara Manuel
2008 A Very Special Love Laida MagtalasFirst movie in a lead role

GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office Queen

2008 Highest Grossing Non-MMFF Filipino Film

2009 ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards- nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Comedy/Musical)

Star Cinema and Viva Films
2009 You Changed My Life GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office Queen

2010 FAMAS Awards- nominated for Best Actress

2009 Highest Grossing Non-MMFF Filipino Film

2010 ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards- nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Comedy/Musical)

2010 Hating Kapatid Cecilia Viva Films
2011 Catch Me, I'm in Love Roanne Sanchez GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Princess of Philippine Movies Star Cinema and Viva Films
Won't Last A Day Without You George Apostol/DJ Heidee
2013 It Takes a Man and a Woman Laida Magtalas GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office Queen

2014 FAMAS Awards- nominated for Best Actress

2013 Highest Grossing Non-MMFF Filipino Film

2014 ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards- Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Comedy/Musical) [131]

2014 Maybe This Time Stephanie Asuncion
2015 The Breakup Playlist Trixie David2016 PMPC Star Awards for Movies- nominated for Movie Actress of the Year
2017 Finally Found Someone Aprilyn EsguerraComeback Movie with John Lloyd Cruz
2018 Miss Granny Feliza "Fely" Malabaño / Audrey de LeonRemake of the 2015 South Korean movie of the same title

2019 Star Awards - Best Actress winner

2019 FAMAS Awards - Best Actress Nominee

2019 EDDYs - Best Actress Nominee

Viva Films and N²
2019 Sarah Geronimo: This 15 Me HerselfFirst Asian artist to have an Original concert film on Netflix Netflix
Unforgettable Jasmine Lagman Viva Films and The Idea First Company


1992–1994 Penpen De Sarapen Herself/Performer RPN
1995–1996 Ang TV Herself/Performer ABS-CBN
2002–2003 Star For A Night Herself/Grand Winner IBC
2003 SOP & Search for a Star Guest Performer GMA Network
2004–present ASAP Host/Performer ABS-CBN
2005 SCQ Reload Kilig Ako Sarah ABS-CBN
2005–2007 Little Big Star Herself/Host ABS-CBN
2005 Search For The Star In A Million Host ABS-CBN
2006 MMK: Kwintas Episode Rose Erea ABS-CBN
Bituing Walang Ningning Dorina Pineda ABS-CBN
2007 Pangarap Na Bituin Emerald Gomez ABS-CBN
2008 MMK: Dollhouse Episode Marie ABS-CBN
2009–present Popstar Diaries Herself ABS-CBN
2010 1DOL Belinda "Billie/Jean" Suarez ABS-CBN
2012–2013 Sarah G. Live! Host/Performer ABS-CBN
2013 The Voice of the Philippines (season 1) Coach ABS-CBN
2014 The Voice Kids (season 1) ABS-CBN
2014–2015 The Voice of the Philippines (season 2) ABS-CBN
2015 The Voice Kids (season 2) ABS-CBN
2017 The Voice Teens (season 1) ABS-CBN
2019 The Voice Kids (season 4) ABS-CBN
2020 The Voice Teens (season 2) ABS-CBN

Awards and accolades

Sarah Geronimo has received more than 200 awards in the entertainment industry (music, film, and television) and from other organizations including different international award-giving bodies including 12 Awit Awards, 8 Aliw Awards, 28 Myx Music Awards (the most in the awards history) and a FAMAS Golden Artist Award. She has also won the Best Asian Artist at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2012, Best Southeast Asian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2014, Best Selling Filipino Artist at the 22nd World Music Awards and Best Asian Performer at Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards in 2016. She was inducted into the Anak TV Hall of Fame in 2013. Geronimo is a Goodwill Ambassador for Music of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and a recipient of their Ani ng Dangal or "Harvest of Honors" state recognition for multi-disciplinary arts.

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