Saturday, February 11, 2006

Biography: Julia Roman Abueva


Julia’s dream since she was 5 years old is to be a singer when she grows up. Julia’s not quite a grown up yet, but she is somehow already living her dream. Discovered at the age of 7 by Singapore local singer Cat Ong, Julia’s first performance was as a guest performer in Cat Ong’s concert at the Esplanade Theaters By the Bay where she sang ‘Tomorrow’ from Annie, and ‘Where Is Love’ from Oliver. At age 8, she was signed up by Kuo Po, Kids Performing Managing Director, to be one of the 8 original members of the Jazzkids, the first ever group of young children in Singapore (aged 8 to 14 years) to perform popular Jazz songs.

Always unaffected and ‘only a little bit nervous’ before a performance, Julia’s focus is unwavering when she’s on stage. She loves to sing for people and it shows in every performance which is why she has earned the attention of artists and producers not only in Singapore, but in the Philippines as well. At the tender age of 9, Julia has to her credit almost 100 public performances both in the Philippines and Singapore – singing both with the Jazzkids, and as a solo performer. As a solo performer, Julia has sung before Singapore heads of state including Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President S.R. Nathan, and is a favorite in launching national events including the Singapore Arts Festival and Annual Singapore Quality Awards. She has also performed with Philippine artists like Monique Wilson and Martin Nievera. It was in one of Julia’s performances in the Philippines that she was spotted by no less than Ligaya Salonga (mom of world renowned artist Lea Salonga), who since then has become Julia’s talent manager. Julia recently cut her first single, soon to be released with a collection of songs from 8 celebrated Filipino artists in the United Nations Millennium Album.

Although from a family of academes (Julia is the granddaughter of 2 UP Presidents, Jose V. Abueva, and first woman UP President, Emerlinda R. Roman), Julia was showing signs that she is more artistically inclined at a very early age. At age 1, Julia started singing in family gatherings (often volunteering when no one else wanted to perform), and enjoyed tapping away at the keys of her lola’s piano – it therefore came not as a surprise that she composed her own song when she was 4 years old.

Julia’s repertoire includes a wide selection of jazz and big band songs, as well as Broadway and Disney songs. Among her favorites are ‘Tomorrow’ (performed at the Istana, Singapore for heads of state), ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ (performed with Monique Wilson) and ‘When You Believe’ (performed at the UP 19th President Investiture Rites). Her favorite Jazz and Big Band songs include ‘Route 66’, ‘L-O-V-E’ and ‘New York, New York’ (performed at the Singapore Esplanade and Arts House). Julia also takes pride in being able to perform tagalong songs for fellow Filipinos. She’s had the opportunity to sing Lea Salonga’s ‘Small Voice’ (at the 107th Philippine Independence Day celebration in Singapore), and ‘Ako Ay Pilipino’ and ‘Sa Ugoy Ng Duyan’ (at the ‘UP Naming Mahal: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao’ concert), and is hoping to do more performances in the Philippines.

Julia dreams of doing theater work someday, and was recently taken to play the role of Auster, the child fairy in ‘Peter Pan the Musical’ staged at the Esplanade in October 2005. She prays that she can someday star in the musical ‘Annie’, which she quotes as her ‘dream role’.

When asked how she feels about her singing and what she has achieved so far, Julia confidently shares ‘I just follow my dreams and I always give my voice back to God’.

Julia is currently a 4th grade student at the Singapore American School, an active member of the student council and plays soccer and basketball on Saturday mornings. Her family moved to Singapore in 2001 when her mother, who works for Procter & Gamble International was assigned a regional role. She is the 3rd and youngest child of Jonas and Regina Abueva. On days when Julia is not preparing for a performance, Julia enjoys spending time with her family, including her brother Joshua and sister Jerone, and loves playing with her beagle George.

Other Info
Full Name: Julia Roman-Abueva
Birthdate: 26 November 1995
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Height: 4 feet 8 inches
Weight: 35 kg
Eye Color: Brown
Hair: Black
Hobbies: Singing, Playing Piano, Arts and Crafts
Sports: Swimming, Soccer, Basketball,
Race: Filipino
School/ Level: Singapore American School, 4th grade
Favorite Food: Cheese Pizza, Japanese Crackers
Hobbies: Playing the piano, making friendship bracelets, SINGING!
Favorite TV show: That’s So Raven, Lizzie Maguire
Favorite Musical: Annie, Les Miserables


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Julia!
This is Jacqui! i somehow stumbled onto this website and i must say...nice...:-)
i rly rly like it and ur gonna make it big!
Cya soon!

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julia Abueva (Update)

9 years ago, all the way in the Philippines, an extraordinarily confident little angel took up a
microphone and performed for her family in celebration of her beloved lolo’s (grandfather) birthday. This marked the beginning of a spectacular and unforgettable journey for little Julia Roman Abueva. A star was thus discovered.

She hails from a family of outstanding and talented individuals. Her grandparents are 2 University of the Philippines Presidents – Dr. Jose V. Abueva and Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman. Her parents, Jonas and Regina, have successful careers in Singapore and set aside time to coach her in her singing skills and write lyrics for her songs. Her older sister, Jerone, is a young sculptor and at age 13 has already sold an art piece that will be featured in a gallery in Canada. Her older brother Josh, is a skilled athlete and dabbles in music as well by playing guitar and the saxophone.

At first glance, she appears to be like any other 10 year old. Spending quality time with a loving and wonderful family, playing with her hyperactive but adorable beagle George, supportive friends who helped her in her studies, lounging in her private sanctuary adorned with sweet pink bedsheets, and seeking comfort in Pitan, a fuzzy leopard-looking soft toy who has been her constant companion for as long as she could remember. Yet this is a girl, a seasoned performer, who has sung and danced in over 200 events in Singapore, the Philippines and recently Indonesia and Sri Lanka for the past 3 years. From the moment she starts to sing, you will be captivated as your breath is taken away. Her powerful, crystal clear vocals and mellifluous voice can express an amazingly wide range of emotions from the joys of a first love and celebration to the pain and poignancy of a heartbreak.

Julia’s first foray into public performances was at the tender age of 7. She burst into the Singapore music scene in 2004 with JazzKids and was part of the first group of children in Singapore performing to big band, swing and jazz standards. Notable performances include a special tribute to her grandmother during her investiture as President of the University of the Philippines, the 107th Anniversary of Philippine Independence celebration organized by the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, 108th Anniversary of Philippine Independence celebration mounted in Manila and the 28th International Organization for Standardization (ISO) General Assembly where Singapore played host for the first time to 400 international Chairmen and CEOs of national standards bodies, representatives of business associations, and business leaders from 120 nations. She has also performed alongside famous Filipino stars such as Martin Nievera, Monique Wilson and Lea Salonga. However, her most memorable performance was the 2005 Southeast Asian Games which was held in Manila. Watched by 11 South East Asian nations live telecast and close to a million spectators including the Philippine President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Julia sang her way into the hearts of her fellow countrymen and the millions of viewers around Southeast Asia with a beautiful rendition of the Game’s hymn “We’re All Just One”. As the song came to an end, everybody rose to their feet to give her a standing ovation.

She has performed in 3 Musicals – “Peter Pan”, “Aspects of Love” and “Children’s Letters To God”. Julia was also invited to sing “Bata Pa Ako” (“I’m Still A Child”) which focused on one of the Millennium Goals in the MGD album entitled 'Tayo Tayo Rin Sa 2015 - Sing the Songs. Find your Voice. Change the World. It's your Choice'. It was an album released by the United Nations in the Philippines which featured 27 Filipino artists, including Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano and Freddie Aguilar. She is now hard at work with her very first recording which is targeted for release early in 2007.

In just 3 years, Julia has had the honour of performing before Presidents, foreign dignitaries and diplomats, CEOs, internationally renowned singers and musicians and ardent fans. She has been called a “child prodigy”, a “singing sensation”, an “exceptional talent” and even a “Lea (Salonga)-in-the-making”, but Julia has both of her feet planted firmly on the ground. She attributes her musical talent to God and desires to give her gift – her voice – back to God. She hopes that one day, she would be able to take on the lead in a musical, perform on Broadway, have her own Television show and make her country proud. The road to stardom may be long and arduous, but nothing will dampen her enthusiasm and zest for performing.

Julia has proven her capacity and ability to perform in front of thousands. What sets her apart is her down-to-earth nature and generosity in sharing her gift with everyone. Blessed with an extraordinary voice and nerves of steel, Julia is set to achieve what some may think of as the impossible dream. “Dream big, always follow your dreams and never give up!” Spoken like a true star indeed.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Micaela Stevens said...

I know Julia Abueva. She is now 10 yrs old. She's really nice.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Julia! Your singing is so fab! I long to sing like you! One day, you will be a famous singer, I'm sure! If only I can meet you one day!

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Julia!
I saw one of your videos on Youtube and had to find out more about you! I must say, great work!
I wanted to ask, it is the year 2007. Where are u now? R u in Singapore or in Philipines or somewhere else?

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Julia! I know will be a a big star soon!!! Continue your dreams. God is so good! keep believing!

God Bless You and your family!!!

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ur an AMAZING singer!!! i am in LOVE with ur voice... its beautiful!!
keep on singing!!!
ps- im from sas and i know that guys and dolls are coming up! good luckk! <3

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Julia. It's Adam Reed (a.k.a Sky Masterson) from guys & dolls. nice website! By the way, you were amazing at practice today. This is going to be the best play ever!

8:15 PM  
Blogger Heart said...

WOW JULIA. Ur voice is so great
Its AWESOME... Keep on like that girl...

P.S People is Julia reading these commments at all?

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Julia,

I heard your voice on YouTube when you were singing the song "Two Words" by Lea Salonga. Your voice was very lovely. I'm getting married six months from now, and I wanted to sing that song also. The problem is, I haven't had any luck finding the sheet music in the internet for the song. Do you know anybody who has it? The piano player in that wedding, maybe? I really appreciate your help.

my email address is

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Julia,
Its...well i'll tell u hu it is @ skwl becuz i fell a little un comfortable putting my name on da internet...
well i wanted 2 say u r a fabulous singer and i no u'll go far. U BETTER. then i can say "i was frenz with her!" wen i c u on TV. LOL
p.s i was in guys and dolls with in 6 grade. gess hu?

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi julia.. i stumbled upon your video on youtube. now i'm yone of your biggest fan. you brought tears to my eyes when i heard you sang mama... i wish my daughters could have a talent like yours when they grow up. i'm a singer myself and i really admire your great talent. keep it up.. you make us filipinos very proud.. you sing like an angel... thank you for your songs.. :) love, alma from cebu city

1:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Julia,

I got an message via email from Samantha Yeo last Sep 15 asking your contact information. She has an upcoming event and would like to inquire on how to contact you. Her contact details is pasted below.

Benjie Manalo/Psalmideo

Samantha Yeo | Project Co-ordinator. Festival Square Circle Pte Ltd
155 Neil Road, Singapore 088882 | Tel: 6220-8180 X 305 | Fax: 6220-0632 | Url:

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mabuhay Julia,

Someday, I hope you will sing with a partner of Makisig Morales, whose age is same as yours.

11:16 PM  
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9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christ shes famous Ive alwas known her as the girl on my bus whos good at sinnging

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i grew up loving lea salonga's voice but my brother loved her more than I do. When I first heard your sing in Channel News Asia Aug24,2009 I must say, it was like going back in time ! You're a very gifted person. I am sure you will be the next rising broadway artist. Keep it up . Manuhay Ka ! fetori29

9:50 AM  
Anonymous azel said...

nakita ko lang to sa dyaryo e. tumigil mundo ko.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a pinoy expat based in Vientiane. I happen to watch the closing ceremonies at the National Stadium in Vientiane this afternoon with my colleagues. All of us became instant Julia's fans the moment you began to sing. I was wondering why singapore would be represented by someone who looks like a filipino, with a pinoy sounding name, singing a Ryan Cayabyab composition. To satisfy my couriousity, I googled your name, and alas! you are indeed a Filipino. More power to you kid. Ang galing mo.


1:43 AM  

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