Why Lea Salonga puts coconut oil in her coffee
Her crystal-clear singing first caught people’s attention when she was seven years old. A career in television, memorable movie appearances, and a long, fruitful and successful association with the stage have earned Lea Salonga the respect of the world. Now the fun, vivacious coach on "The Voice of the Philippines" talks to StarStudio about lessons she’s learned, her thoughts on sexuality, and—get this—coconut oil in her coffee.
"Love is never to be taken for granted. Every relationship takes work, but it shouldn’t feel like it’s back-breaking, bone-crushing work."
"Happiness is relative because everyone has a different definition of it. Like when I’m coaching somebody on 'The Voice of the Philippines,' and they get something that I’ve given, or they are doing something that I told them to do, it makes me feel happy."
"Mothers are extremely underlauded. They are not celebrated enough, given that these women will go through so much heartbreak for no pay and do everything out of love… and they’re often taken for granted. They have to be celebrated more."
"A woman is never to be taken lightly. I was in a home where my mom is the king. I was brought up in an industry where the first director and first musical director I worked with were women. So a lot of my firsts in the industry were with women."
"The Filipino voice is competitive. And I just don’t mean singing-wise: when you have people like Patricia Evangelista who wins a speech contest in the UK; and then when you have people like Charice, you have people like apl. de.ap, people like Arnel Pineda—these are people who are just so good they cannot be ignored by the world at large."
"Sexuality is personal. You can’t pigeonhole people into a certain sexuality. It’s not a static thing. I am not gonna let somebody say, 'Oh! You’re a straight woman, therefore…' How I express myself is my own. Nobody can define that."
"Haters are fans in disguise, at least that’s what some people say."
"Tomorrow is another opportunity for anything. There’s always a possibility to get right something you might have gotten wrong the day before."
"Call me crazy, but I actually put butter and coconut oil in my coffee. My husband and I found on the Internet this recipe called Bulletproof Coffee. And the purpose of it is that the combination of caffeine and the healthy oils in the butter and the coconut oil help you become more mentally aware. Mental acuity is the gain."
"You’re never too old to look really, really, really, good. I’m getting compliments on how I look on 'The Voice of the Philippines' and I think more compliments on my looks in my entire life than I did in my 20s and 30s."
"You are never too young to be considered knowledgeable about something. You can be 18 years old pero 'yun pala you’re like some genius. Do not ever underestimate somebody young."
"The Filipino race is a force to be reckoned with and respected."
"Take everything from me except my family. Take away my ability to sing; that’s fine."
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