Now on his 25th year in showbiz, particularly as a top recording artist and concert performer, Dingdong Avanzado has so much to be grateful for.
"I feel a deep sense of gratitude and fulfillment," he said. And he also stressed: "It was never about just making it big. It was about making it last!"
He added that he was overwhelmed by his successful career that now spans 25 years. "I didn't expect it to turn so well. I just feel so blessed!"
His sold-out anniversary concert, "3.25" was held at the Music Museum last Nov. 9. The concert's title refers to his breakthrough hit "Tatlong Beinte Singko" released 25 years ago.
The concert earned for him a nomination for Best Performance by a Male Artist in this year's Aliw Awards.
The concert, according to Dingdong, was made special by his guests who had important roles in his career. They were Rachel Alejandro (for whom he wrote the classic "Paalam Na"), and wife Jessa Zaragoza and their daughter Jayda.
His first solo album, "Download," brought him back to the chart. The successful album featured original songs, including the title track which he co-wrote with Ogie Alcasid and Noel Cabangon, with the follow-up single, "Limutin Ka." The album earned for him Best Male Pop Artist nomination at the recent Star Awards For Music.
Looking back, Dingdong said that what matters most in one's career is preparation. "Because you never know when the opportunity comes."
Dingdong was a former city councilor of Quezon City, and he is also back in politics, gunning for vice governor in his home province, Quezon.
Meanwhile, Jessa Zaragoza will receive on Dec. 1, 2012 her star in the renowned Eastwood City's Walk Of Fame.
Jessa is now deep in several GMA-7 shows, like in fantasy series "Kokak," "Cielito de Angelina," and in "Pepito Manaloto."
Of course, she has not abandoned her singing career, and released recently under GMA Records, her "Pag Wala Na Ang Ulan." A cut from the album, "Buti Na Lang," was chosen the theme song for GMA's latest Korean telenovela, "The Princess's Man."