- Kiana Valencia opened up why it took her some time to follow her parents’ footsteps
- The 25-year-old rising star also admitted that having the Valenciano family name has both perks and pressures
- Kiana also shared the valuable lessons she learned from her dad
Kiana Valenciano, the only daughter of singer Gary Valenciano and artist manager Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, is indeed one of the fast-rising stars of her generation.
But little did we know that it has never been easy for Kiana to enter the entertainment industry despite having celebrity parents. In fact, KAMI learned that she was initially hesitant to enter showbiz.
Due to her hesitance, Kiana’s mom Angeli dubbed her as the “reluctant star” of their family. Angeli was also wondering why her only daughter had not followed dad Gary V.’s footsteps yet.
But when Kiana decided to get into the music scene, the Valencianos were very supportive of her. In fact, her mom was “pleased and excited” while her dad was willing to help her in her craft.
Despite the overwhelming family support, Kiana admitted that being a Valenciano has advantages and disadvantages. She was also determined to show that she is not just Gary V.’s daughter.
But as Kiana finds her own light, the undeniable pressures come rushing in. Kiana even explained that the pressure was from everyone who expects her to be her father.
“The pressure comes from everyone else,” Kiana told InterAksyon. “The pressure is there because everyone expects me to be my dad — or to surpass him.”
“But I think right now, I’m a little bit too busy to let everyone know who I really am, outside the Valenciano name,” she added. “You know, like, ‘Yeah, I’m Gary Valenciano’s daughter, but I’m also Kiana.”
Kiana also stressed that she is far from just a celebrity’s daughter. She could also never deny inheriting most of his father’s trademark characteristics such as her singing voice and morena beauty.
But seeing Kiana performs, it is also noticeable that she has her own grove and energy whenever she dances.
As for life lessons, Kiana shared that she has learned a lot from her father. And the one valuable lesson she takes by heart is just “be yourself” whether she’s performing or interacting with other people.
“One thing I always keep in mind is to remember who I am and to stick by that,” Kiana shared. “And the other is to strive for excellence, not perfection.”
Kiana explained that one could never find happiness if he or she seeks perfection. But with excellence, a person could be happy.
When it comes to bashers, Kiana admitted that she would never let the bashers affect her life or her craft. Kiana pointed out that there are a lot of supportive people who got her back.
As for goals, Kiana is just taking one step at a time, saying she does not want to pressure herself. She is also optimistic that one day, she will be able to reach all her goals in life.
Meanwhile, Kiana has been working on another single that will be part of a soon-to-be-released EP. She also has a budding love life with Sam Concepcion and a high-profile friendship with JaDine.
Kiana is more than just a rising recording artist because she is also considered a fashion influencer and a social media superstar.
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