SARAH Geronimo-Guidicelli, who has had a sterling music and movie career in Philippine showbiz, heads the list of prominent personalities celebrating their birthdays in the summer month of July. She turns 34 on July 25.
Geronimo rose to prominence after winning one of the many singing competitions in the Philippines, “Star for a Night,” which rewarded her with a recording contract with Viva Records. Since that auspicious win, the talented Manileña has put out more than a dozen albums, starred in numerous concerts, and parlayed her status into a successful showing in movies and TV.
Sarah has been recognized both locally and internationally with music industry awards and accolades. Her local awards include 12 Awit Awards, 8 Aliw Awards, 28 Myx Music Awards and a FAMAS Golden Artist Award; she has also won Best Asian Artist at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Best Southeast Asian Act at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, Best Selling Filipino Artist at the 22nd World Music Awards and Best Asian Performer at the 2016 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.
In the movies, her partnership with actor John Lloyd Cruz has yielded blockbusters. She has been awarded with the GMMSF Box Office Queen title three times (2008, 2009 and 2013) and the GMMSF Princess of Philippine Movies award in 2011. Sarah has been nominated for her acting prowess a few times, winning the the 2019 Star Awards Best Actress trophy for work in the movie “Miss Granny.”
The multi-hyphenate star is also one of the most sought-after endorsers in the Philippines. Among the many companies/products that she has endorsed include Jollibee, Colgate, Fern-C, Maggi Supreme Sarap, Sunsilk, San Marino Corned Tuna, Sangobion, Banco de Oro, Cebuana Lhuillier, Cherry Mobile, JAG, Hapee Toothpaste, Kamillosan, Lipton, Magnolia, Manulife, Nescafe and Philippine Airlines.
According to past reports, the singer counts the late Michael Jackson and international superstar Beyonce as among her music influences.
Sarah is also known for her philanthropic efforts, holding regular benefit concerts for various charities and cancer patients. She is also known to be involved in outreach programs and organizations like Gawad Kalinga.
Geronimo is married to actor Mateo Guidicelli, whom she tied the knot with in 2020.
Other July birthday celebrants are:
July 1: Former Miss RP-USA Rea Oblea, former beauty queen Violet Recinto, Filipina singer Vivian Arcega;
July 2: Former First Lady and former Ilocos Norte Congresswoman Imelda Romualdez Marcos, movie actress Vilma Valera, former Mutya ng Mindanao Vicky San Diego Rufino;
July 3: Duggan’s Serra Mortuary Special Assistant to the President Teresa Proano;
July 4: ABS-CBN Auditing Head Millet Santos Mortiz, Filipina singer Pam Serrano;
July 6: Former Vice President and TV Patrol host Noli de Castro, Asian Journal office manager Greg Michael Nitro, the late movie actress Liberty Ilagan;
July 7: Former Miss Universe 4th runner-up Venus Raj;
July 8: San Jose religious leader Maria Cruz Back;
July 11: San Jose fashionable lady Susan Pacifico, Dr. Jun Sison;
July 12: Former banker Gualbert Picache who now resides in Danville, CA;
July 13: Ma Mon Luk Noodle House owner Tonette Wong Arce;
July 14: Regal Films president Roselle Monteverde Teo;
July 15: Broadcast journalist and former Channel 2 TV host Julius Babao, former Miss RP-USA Theresa Burch;
July 16: Well-loved Filipina nurse Rachel Forneas Satorre, former Miss International and fashion model Melanie Marquez;
July 18: Actress Sunshine Cruz, Asian Journal Publications publisher and Chairman of the Board Roger Lagmay Oriel;
July 19: Oracle Development Manager Walter Back, Star Cinema actor Diether Ocampo;
July 20: French-Filipina actress Solenn Heussaff of GMA Pinoy TV, celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto, Star Cinema actor and dancer/TV host Rayver Cruz;
July 22: Filipina ballerina Nickie Munoz Roco;
July 23: Star Cinema actor Zanjoe Marudo, Health Professionals Inc. owner Rey Benitez Satorre, actress-TV host Eugene Domingo of Kapuso Channel 7;
July 28: Dr. Celso Espiritu, Founder/Executive Vice President of Carousel Productions (which runs the Miss Earth Beauty Pageant) Lorraine Schuck, the late movie legend and often-mentioned Queen of Philippine Movies Susan Roces;
July 29: Senator Cynthia Aguilar Villar, Asian Journal Northern CA bureau chief Joseph Peralta;
July 30: Handsome actor Troy Montero, Philippine Airlines former sales manager Herminia R. Lavarias, actor/rapper Andrew E;
July 31: ABS-CBN movie/television reporter Mario Dumawal, movie/entertainmnent writer and artist manager Ethel Ramos.
To all July birthday celebrants, Many Happy Returns of the Day!