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Yam Concepcion recounts how grateful she is toward the late singer Claire dela Fuente, claims the Jukebox Queen paved the way for her showbiz career

Then, Concepcion almost broke down because she had a last call for a few minutes from dela Fuente before she passed away. 

Kapamilya actress Yam Concepcion recounted how the late singer Claire deal Fuente discovered her as a talent.

In the media conference for the highly-anticipated ABS-CBN Star Creatives’ teleserye, Init sa Magdamag, Concepcion shared to the members of the press how dela Fuente first saw her in Mayonaise’s Sinungaling music video.

“Hindi po ako singer, drummer po ako ng banda. Kabanda ko po si Monty Macalino ng Mayonaise tapos inimbita nya akong maging leading lady sa music video nila nung ni-release nila yung single nila na ‘Sinungaling.'”

Concepcion said that dela Fuente contacted her after seeing the music video.

“Tapos nakita ni Tita Claire yung music video tapos kinontak nya si Monty. Tapos ayun dun kami nagkakilala, tapos nirefer nya ko sa Viva kaya din ako napunta sa Viva Entertainment.”

Then, Concepcion almost broke down because she had a last call for a few minutes from dela Fuente before she passed away. 

She also mentioned dela Fuente congratulated her for landing a top-billing role after seeing the trailer for Init sa Magdamag.

“Nakakagulat eh. Sobrang sudden yung nangyari.

“Nung Sunday, tumawag pa sya sa akin. Sabi nya sa akin, ‘Yam napanood ko na yung trailer ng Init sa Magdamag’.

“Sabi nya ‘Congratulations’. Four minutes lang yun sa telepono. So sabi ko, ‘Thank you, Tita Claire’. Di ko naman in-expect na bigla na lang sya mawawala. 

“So you know itong project na ito para din sa kanya. Gusto ko lang sya i-recognize dahil kung di dahil sa kanya wala ako dito ngayon. So iyon, this is for Tita Claire. May her soul rest in peace.”

Dela Fuente passed away at the age of 63 on March 30, 2021. She suffered cardiac arrest brought upon by the anxiety she felt when she contracted COVID-19. The late singer’s situation shed light on the horrific situation in hospitals in the country amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

Hottest Kapamilya stars Gerald Anderson, Concepcion, and JM de Guzman top-bills the highly anticipated ABS-CBN Star Creatives series, Init Sa Magdamag. Directed by Director Raymund Ocampo and Director Ian Lorendos, the teleserye airs on April 17 on the iWantTFC app and website and WeTV iFlix. It premiers on free TV this April 19 on TV5 and A2Z channel on free TV and via digital TV boxes like ABS-CBN TVplus.


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