Our SIMPLE GIRL Zia is the BIRTHDAY GIRL. Her birthday month will forever be a memorable time for Zia as she releases her debut album, shoots her first music video, and celebrates her birthday with a Teatrino concert and an ASAP rockin' birthday. Phew! Talk about leaving your teens with a bang!
And yes, her new album is #4 OPM (#7 overall) in the Astrovision/Astroplus Top-Selling albums list from September 19-25, 2011.
Who's that girl, you ask?
TWIN GIRL. Let's start from the very beginning, the cutest place to start. No she doesn't have a twin but when she was younger, our mama Zsa Zsa Padilla would dress her and our other sister Nicole in similar clothes which made onlookers think they were twins.
Here's a magazine photo of my sisters Nicole and Zia. Aren't they the cutest? I hope they don't kill me for putting this photo here.
BOOKWORM GIRL. Zia loves to travel with a set of her favorite books ever since she was young. Mama likes to call them "comfort books" because they make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. I do the same now too which is part of the reason why I had to pay $600 for my overweight luggage! =)
True to form, Zia's now an English Lit major in De La Salle University. But she doesn't just have her nose stuck in her books, she writes as well. She penned her first single Simple Girl which is a feat given the climate of today's local music scene. Since this album looks like a big success already, there's clamor for her other compositions which will hopefully be released soon enough.
Needless to say, Zia is also a SMART GIRL. She's on the dean's list in De La Salle University.
This is Zia with her trademark glasses. I love this look of hers.
TRENDING TOPIC GIRL. I know what you're thinking. You can't trust what they would call a "stage sister" as a credible source but the people have spoken. Moments after Zia's impressive performance in @asapofficial, she was a certified Trending Topic on Twitter. Don't believe me? The evidence is in the screen cap below =)
GUITAR GIRL. After taking only three guitar sessions, Zia finally learned how to play the guitar on her own. She started tinkering with it ("That's what she said," she would probably say midway through this sentence) when she was nine years old.
Zia on guitars and vocals in her Teatrino Birthday Concert.
FUNNY GIRL. In her first concert at Teatrino, the crowd laughed at her every joke. The seemingly shy girl sure knows how to deliver a punch line. She's also IMPERSONATOR GIRL. She copies people rather well. My favorite character of hers is when she copies our Grandmother Esperanza "Kating" Padilla a.k.a. Manga or the Divine Grandma.
Zia and our Las Vegas based Grandmother during our recent Singapore adventure.
HEARTTHROB GIRL. I can't even tell you how many guys have told me that they have a crush on Zia.
QUOTABLE QUOTES GIRL. No no no no, not that kind of cheesy quote. She often quotes lines from her favorite actors verbatim complete with matching accent and gestures. These random spurts of joy come from movies such as Waterboy, Billy Madison, Borat, Hangover 2, The Mask or TV shows like Family Guy, The Office, and SNL.
DADDY'S GIRL. Zia could've studied anywhere in the world but she chose to study in Manila to be close to her dad, King of Comedy Tito Dolphy.
SWEET GIRL. In the ASAP ROCKS dressing room on my last day before moving to Singapore, I asked Zia if she could visit me during my OFW stint. She whipped out a travel guide from her bag and told me that she already planned her activities for her Singapore trip. Now, that's what I'd like to call SWEET!
That's Zia and I posing with our beautiful Lola in Singapore's Universal Studios.
BUNSO GIRL. She is our youngest sister. I'd like to think she's the "baby" sis but I think the nickname "bunso" suits her better. But lately, bunso boy Gael Quizon is getting a lot of attention as the baby of the family. Check him out on twitter @gaelquizon. I'm not allowed to say that he's a dog though because our mom might get mad.
Hanging out with Zia at the lawn of the Singapore Art Museum.
THE SIMPLE GIRL ALBUM LAUNCH
A photo of the unassuming Zia on the other side of the stage just before her very successful album launch.
Zia in the spotlight during her first ever concert.
Zia with fellow Stages talent JayR onstage singing Back in Time.
*Photos courtesy of Gian Carlo Vizcarra
Martin Nievera, Robin Nievera, Kuh Ledesma, Isabella Ledesma, Vina Morales, John Knight, Alyanna Martinez, Yael Yuzon, Divine Lee, Victor Basa, Magic 89.9 DJ Jessica Mendoza, Budoy's Janice de Belen, Popoy Carotativo, Arnee Hidalgo, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Cristalle Belo Henares, Garlic Garcia, Morisette Amon, Robert Seña and Rufa Mae Quinto.
Zsa Zsa Padilla and ASAP head writer Garlic GarciaBackstage at the Teatrino: Martin Nievera, Cristalle Belo-Henares, Zia,
*Photo courtesy of Garlic Garcia @bigbadbawang
Family: Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dolphy Quizon, Kating Padilla, Iza Calzado, Jungee Marcelo (composer of Zia's single Ako na Lang), Rap Fernandez, Renz Fernandez, Epy Quizon, Dos Quizon, Vandolph and Jenny Quizon.
Polyeast Records Family: Ramon Chuaying, Jesmon Chua, Ethel Cachapero, Willie Monzon, Arleen Zabala, Kris Plata, Mel Katigbak, and Tonton Jose.
Stages family: Manager Carlo Orosa, JayR, Krista Kleiner and Audie Gemora.
Zia with our manager Stages' Carlo Orosa
MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT. AKO NA LANG.
Zia's first music video was shot by Nani Naguit who is known for his videos for Hale, Sam Concepcion, Kyla and myself. Enrique Gil is Zia's first ever leading man fresh from the success of his Star Cinema movie Way Back Home with Sam Concepcion and Mara Clara stars Kathryn Bernando and Julia Montes.
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF ZIA...HERE ARE SOME MORE SITES YOU CAN CHECK OUT. CLICK AWAY!
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/ZQUIZON
Stand Up the United Nations Millennium Campaign.
Zia Album Launch in ASAP Rocks:
Zia Album Sampler 1
Zia Album Sampler 2
Check out @divinemlee's blog on Zia with amazing photos taken by @victorbasa.
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