Asia’s Sentimental Songstress Imelda Papin’s success in the entertainment industry has indeed been written in the stars. As a little girl, Imelda’s mother encountered a fortuneteller who predicted that she would soon become the family’s ticket to good fortune and would emerge as an idol of the masses. Her father decided to tag her along in Manila where she started out as a performer in clubs, earning five pesos per night until the prophesy turned into a reality. Imelda has become one of OPM’s finest gems, with the song “Isang Linggong Pag-ibig” on top of her list of classic hits.
After her long stint in the States, Imelda was hesitant to revive her local career until “Isang Linggong Pag-Ibig” landed unto her hands. Imelda was certain that the said piece would bring her back to the “Jukebox Queen” throne. Hence, the seasoned singer considers “Isang Linggong Pag-ibig” as her comeback anthem.
Three decades later, the classic jukebox hit was given a millennial flavor by versatile performer KZ Tandingan. The OPM legend gives KZ a thumbs-up for the impressive cover. “It’s her style”, Imelda said about KZ’s unique tweaks in the song.
Among Imelda’s contemporaries are Eva Eugenio and Claire dela Fuente, also known for their classic jukebox hits. Imelda revealed that their rivalry was tough during the peak of their careers. But the competition has come to an end and they are all good friends now. In fact, Eva and Claire are Imelda’s special guests in her upcoming concert entitled “Imelda: Queen at 45”, a musical celebration of her 45th showbiz anniversary. “Ako ang tunay na Jukebox Queen,” Imelda told Eva and Claire in jest.
As she took on the Fast Talk segment, Imelda revealed that she had a past romantic relationship with ‘70s matinee idol Roel Vergel de Dios. Imelda, who is currently the Vice Governor of Camarines Sur, says both music and politics carry the same weight in her heart.