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Jayda Avanzado might be one of the newest faces in the local entertainment scene but she’s already curving her name. The only child of veteran musicians Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado is nominated for this year’s MYX Music Awards under the category of New Artist of the Year. 

The 15-year-old singer is competing against other talented artists such as AC Bonifacio, Shanti Dope, and I Belong to the Zoo. “It’s nice to be lined up against talented artists, I’m honoured to be part of that line up,” Jayda told MB Life. 

However, she also said that even though it feels good to be recognized, this is not her priority. “I think lahat naman gusto natin na manalo, but I don’t think that’s the priority for me when I came in to the business,” she explained. “Because pumasok po ako sa industriya na ito kasi ito po talaga yung hilig ko, singing and songwriting. It’s my passion.”

On the controversy 

As a public figure, although she’s just a newbie, Jayda couldn’t scape public’s scrutiny. Recently, the young artist received hateful messages from online bashers, claiming that she’s a copycat of actress/singer Ylona Garcia. 

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“I was concern about my safety because such comments were already below the belt and had gone way too far,” Jayda said. She even shared that she received threats but decided not to elaborate any further details. 

On this tough times, the “Happy for You” artist is grateful that she’s surrounded by loving parents and supportive friends. “When I came into this industry, I was aware that this is part of it. And I think it’s just a matter of learning how to deal with it properly, and surrounding yourself with the right people, to be able to cope with something like this.” 

Friendship with Darren Espanto

She also said that she’s thankful to her friend Darren Espanto for depending her against the trolls. “I’m obviously thankful for him coming to my defence, I appreciate him and having a friend like him.”

It can be recalled that on the peak of the controversy, Espanto defended Jayda asking everyone to “respect Jayda and stop the hate.” Apart from this, she also shared that Espanto sent her private messages to comfort her. 

“I believe tough times like this really test your friendship with somebody and I feel like it just makes the bond much stronger.”

Despite what happened, Jayda said she didn’t shed a tear. “Syempre tao lang naman po ako and it’s normal to be initially be affected by the situation,” she said. “But I think this is just a bump on the road, an obstacle, this is a part of my journey, and I think it only makes me stronger.”

“And I use it as motivation for me to get even better as an artist and to keep continuing,” she ended. 

To vote for your favorite artist for the #MYXMusicAwards2019 log on to myxph.com.

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