By Abner Galino
ROLANDO “Rollie” Javier used to be the “famous” musician in the family. After all, he had a short stint with the “Hotdog,” the popular Filipino band that set out the classic songs “Manila” and “Annie Batongbakal” into the airwaves.
“That was 1978,” Rollie recalled, “I stayed with them for a short while until I got into another band, a 12-man band.”
Well, that was one for the books for sure. But the said feat has since been eclipsed on September 2013 when his daughter Janice became one of the four finalists in the well-liked television show “The Voice of the Philippines.”
Janice was so impressive that while she was still competing in the talent show, she was also guested in popular TV noontime shows such as Showtime, ASAP, and the Singing Bee game show.
Rollie’s daughter lost The Voice of the Philippines Season 1 crown to Mitoy Yonting but that did not dampen her star’s shine.
Janice went on to perform with the icons like Gary Valenciano, Apl.de.Ap, Morisette Amon, Lolita, True Faith and Zsa Zsa Padilla, among others.
A band vocalist in Bangkok, Thailand before she joined the Philippine competition, Janice later got back to performing with bands around Asia, US and Australia.
Janice has since won the Awit Award for Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist and was nominated for the Awit Award for Best Dance Recording.
Last year, Javier released her self-titled debut album that contained songs such as “Imagine,” “I Believe I Can fly,”
“Greatest Love of All,” “Chain of Fools,” “He’s Out Of My Life,” “Why Can’t It be” and “Starting Over Again.”
Unfortunately, Janice’s powerful voice has been damaged recently after she had a vocal chord surgery to remove a polyp. She has been under stringent care for two months and has since stopped performing due to her post surgery condition.
Rollie revealed that some of the songs in Janice’s repertoire for her upcoming concert on September 30 at the Josephine’s Restaurant in Cerritos have been adjusted to be at least half a note lower than the original.
“Yung mga dati na kayang-kaya niyang kantahin, medyo pinababaan muna para hindi siya masyadong mahirapan,” Rollie intimated.
Another concert has been set on November 9 at The Alpine Village Restaurant in Torrance.
“Music is her passion and her life. Her ultimate purpose is to give joy and happiness to everyone by sharing her God-given talent. Through ‘The Voice for Life Encore’ benefit concert event and with your generous support, the proceeds will help cover her medical expense needs in the Philippines,” wrote a blogger at Carpe Diem, a Los Angeles based on line site.