By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
September 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES – A few years ago, singer Ivy Violan moved here in America not knowing how difficult her life here will be. She shares how she recovered, and what makes excited to be here now.
Ivy Violan’s powerful voice first became popular in the original Pilipino music scene in the ’80s.
She staged a sold-out show at the Rockwell Stage in Los Angeles last Sunday to celebrate her 34th year as a performer and to signal a new chapter in her life.
Being back onstage was something Ivy craved.
After experiencing setbacks in recent years while adjusting to her new life in America, she thought her performing days were over.
In 2012, Ivy made a life-changing decision of immigrating to America to be with her aging mother who moved to the U.S. in the ’80s right when the singer’s career was taking off in the Philippines.
“Now is my chance to serve my mother,” said Violan. “It’s been many years that we have not been together and this is the first time that we’re living in one roof.
I get emotional about it because I love my mom. When I was young, when she’s out, wala sya sa bahay, I used to hug her duster. Maybe she doesn’t know how much I love her.”
Unable to land a steady performing gig to survive in America, she took any job available even as a cashier at a check-cashing outlet.
“It may sound mushy to everyone but as soon as I stepped in here, I asked for a bible group,” said Violan. “That’s the only way that I’ll get my strength because I was very new here. Oh, my gosh, I was crazy. Everything was very new to me. I thank God for it. It humbled me, it made me stronger.”
Initially unfamiliar with driving in Los Angeles, she took a five-hour round trip by bus everyday to be able to make a living.
“At first malungkot,” said Violan. “I said, “What am I doing here?” I packed my bag. I just exited Manila, French exit. Because in my mind I always say, I should do something new every year. At first I was crying because ‘Why, why, why?’ But then now, I said, ‘This is it”.
Ivy says she has no regrets leaving her pampered life in Manila because she knew her mission now is to be with her mother.
But her faith was tested again, when she had an accident a few months ago.
Alone and about to have surgery, Ivy worried if she’ll ever wake up again so she sent her will to a friend.
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