LaLa - Stars 2007
Skarmela Kartodirdjo (nicknamed Lala by her mom) is of Filipino and Indonesian descent, and was born and raised in Indonesia. The 22-year-old charmer now lives with her grandmother and other relatives. It was only last year when she moved here to pursue a singing career. “I’m loving it,” she instantly replies when asked about how her stay in the Philippines has been. “Every day, I learn something new.” Riding the MRT and tricycle are some of her unforgettable first-times in the country. She adds, “My life’s better. I learned to be independent here. I grew up talaga, because I am away from my family, and I have to learn things on my own.”
Lala would also love to wander around and see the beautiful places the Philippines is known for. “People have been telling me to go to Boracay for the really nice beach and Baguio because of the ukay-ukay, but I haven’t been there yet,” she says.
Although she’s only been here for a little over a year, make no mistake: Lala isn’t exactly new to show business. She was into acting back in Indonesia. She recounts, “I remember playing the role of a kontrabida, and it was so much fun! Acting is really interesting—working with the director, talking with other cast members, portraying somebody you’re not.” A self-confessed fan of Maging Sino Ka Man and Sana Maulit Muli, the singer-composer is very much open to pursuing acting, too, but admits that she has to improve her speaking skills first. “Sayang nga kasi my mom didn’t speak to me in Filipino when I was in Indonesia. So when I came, I only understood very few Tagalog words. Now, medyo marunong na, pero hindi diretso magsalita. I really hope in time, I’d get to speak fluent Filipino.”
She also used to have a band—Inersia—and was able to release an independent album. Her current manager Ronnie Henares chanced upon the group’s music video. He then invited her to come here to do some gigs. That’s how it all began for Lala’s solo career.
01 Better Off Alone
02 It’s You
03 Not Your Ordinary Girl
05 Unperfect [acoustic]
08 What About You [acoustic]
09 What About You
10 Unsaid Feat. Christian Bautista
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