Ms. Jessa Zaragoza, the Philippines’ “Phenomenal Diva,” is all set to take Los Angeles by storm when she brings her multi-acclaimed concert dubbed “I AM ME: Jessa Zaragoza” to the City of Angels on August 12, 2017 at the Aratani Theatre.
The high production value concert marks Jessa’s 20th year in the music and entertainment industry, a career marked by extraordinary professional success and her significant influence on an entire generation of Filipino music lovers all over the world.
As part of her 2017 world tour which kicked off in Manila and Oahu, Hawaii, Jessa’s I AM ME concert series begins at the Cache Creek Resort and Casino in Sacramento, California and culminates at the Aratani Theatre on August 12. The concert features Jessa’s wide musical repertoire and includes collaborative numbers with the “Original Prince of Pinoy Pop”, Dingdong Avanzado, together with up and coming artist Jayda Avanzado.
The I AM ME: Jessa Zaragoza concept show has received very good reviews capped by several nominations during the 29th Aliw Awards: Best Female Performance in a Concert for Jessa Zaragoza; Best New Female Artist for Jayda Avanzado and Best Concert Stage Direction for Dingdong Avanzado. Jessa eventually went on to garner the top award as Best Female Performance in a Concert during Aliw Awards night.
Jessa began her career in show business in 1987 at the age of eight when she joined Little Miss Philippines, a popular beauty pageant for young girls. In the early 1990s, she joined German Moreno’s That’s Entertainment, Philippine TV’s longest running variety show. She also appeared in several TV sitcoms and movies under Viva Films before embarking on her phenomenal musical career.
As a musical artist, Jessa enthralled her audience with her first album entitled Just Can’t Help Feelin’, gaining stellar status when her single Bakit Pa topped the charts and became some sort of “national anthem” for Filipinos all over the world. Jessa’s album turned platinum eight times, making it one of the biggest selling debut albums in Philippine music history. Not content to rest on her laurels, Jessa continued to produce one hit album after another, churning out unforgettable songs such as Di Ba’t Ikaw, Paano Kaya, Baliw na Puso, Siya ba ang Dahilan, Ibigay Mo Na and Hindi na Bale.
Jessa also ventured into films, starring in several motion pictures including Bakit Pa, the movie that launched her career as an actor under Octo-Arts Films.
In December 2012, Jessa was inducted into the Walk of Fame for her contributions to the Philippine entertainment industry. That same year, she released the album Pag Wala Na ang Ulan, from which almost all songs became theme songs or were used as sound track for GMA’s telenovelas and Koreanovelas. Two years later, Jessa won the Star Music Listener’s Choice Award for Bumabalik Ang Nagdaan, a song she interpreted for composer SJ Gandia.
Jessa is married to Certified OPM Hitmaker and “Original Prince of Pinoy Pop” Dingdong Avanzado. They have a daughter, 13-year-old Jayda, a musical artist in her own right and all set to embark on a musical career of her own. In 2006, Jessa and Dingdong set a new record as the very first married couple to release an all-duet OPM album dubbed Laging Ikaw under Universal records. Dingdong himself will hold his first ever solo live concert in Southern California on July 21 and 22 at Josephine’s Bistro and Music Bar in Cerritos.
Produced by Mendrei and Cecile Leelin of Rosy Cheeks Production, the I AM ME: Jessa Zaragoza concert features all three musical artists together in one venue as Dingdong and Jayda join Jessa for a tour de force performance that showcases the best in Philippine entertainment. The show promises to be a fun evening filled with several unexpected creative numbers and will likely be the concert that Los Angelenos will not forget.
Tickets are available at Seafood City Supermarkets in Los Angeles County, Leelin Bakery and Café in Cerritos, Eagle Rock, Vermont, West Covina, North Hills and Panorama and Aratani Theatre at 244 S. San Pedro S., Los Angeles, CA 90012.