TAMPA, FL — TFC’s “Sama Saya 2017” started with a bang in Tampa, Florida over the weekend.
Kapamilya star Janella Salvador headlined this year’s TFC Hour at the annual fiesta.
Janella is known for her roles on TFC teleseryes, such as “Please Be Careful with my Heart,” and Oh my G.”
The OPM pop sweetheart is also a Disney Princess.
She has performed for disneyland’s 10th year anniversary in Hong Kong as well, as in a Disney concert called “Tale as old as Time.”
She recently performed a version of the Lin Manuel-Miranda song “How Far I’ll Go” for Disney’s animated hit “Moana” Philippine release.
Traveling all the way from the Philippines for a weekend show in Tampa is not always easy for TFC kapamilya stars, but Janella says it was all worth it.
“Grabe talaga yung pinagdaanan namin sa airport, I waited for almost 6 hours, more than 6 hours just to rebook the flight,” said Salvador. “We were all so tired but when we got here, when I saw all the people, they’re so warm.”
Kapamilya fans in Tampa got to sing along with their OPM pop idol.
“Sobrang natutuwa ako na ang daming Pinoy pala dito sa part na ito and, kiinakanta nila yung song ko, it made me really happy,” said Salvador.
Janella will be starring in Star Cinema’s horror/thriller called “Bloody Crayons,” and a mermaid movie from Regal Films, called “My Fairy Tail Love Story.”
“It was very challenging sa totoo lang,” Salvador shared. “Kasi I have to go through diving lessons, mermaid lessons, medyo takot ako sa pag dive… pero na-enjoy ko siya super.”
Janella is the daughter of Jenine Desiderio, West End’s Miss Saigon veteran who is among those who played the lead role of “Kim” in the 90’s.
Being a triple threat actress who can sing, dance and act, her biggest dream is to follow her mom’s musical footsteps in the future…
“When I watched it became one of my favorites na talaga, it’s such a beautiful role. I wish I could play it one day,” she said.
Janella, together with Elmo Magalona, will be starring in a new teleserye “Kung Kailangan mo Ako” to be aired on TFC this year.