ABS-CBN.com got a one-on-one talk with Grand Star Dreamer Laarni Lozada during the press conference for the Top 6 scholars of Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2.
When asked if she wants to move her parents and two siblings into the city with her, Laarni replied: "Pinag-uusapan pa namin. Pero as much as possible gusto ko sila sa province na lang na malayo sila sa mga intriga. Gusto ko sila protektahan, alam mo naman sa showbiz." Laarni’s family is a native of Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao but now that the young singer is a proud owner of a house-and-lot after bagging the top place in the competition, she has the option of moving her family to Manila as she embarks on her singing career.
"Pagbubutihin ko ‘yung career ko pero ang pinaka-importante talaga is ‘yung foundation ng family ko," she added. Laarni is currently enjoying her time with her family who arrived in the city in time for the PDA finale and is staying with relatives indefinitely.
With more star hopefuls trying their luck in the entertainment industry, having good looks will definitely get one further. However, Laarni, who was first worried of her looks when she entered the Academy, has a different view on this now that she’s conquered the competition with her raw talent.
"Mahal na mahal ko ang sarili ko kahit napakarami kong imperfections. Siguro wala na akong babaguhin sa sarili ko. Kapag inisip ko pa ‘yung mga operation parang sakit lang sa ulo ‘yun. Gusto ko mahalin ako ng tao sa kung paano nila ako nakilala," she told ABS-CBN.com.
Laarni said that she would prefer wearing the best clothes and taking time to learn the correct way of putting on make-up and having the right hair style rather than going under the knife.
Becoming the Grand Star Dreamer was not an easy journey for this former choir singer and competition reject. Laarni recalled her experience inside the academy where she faced a series of probation and emotional breakdowns, but she remained determined in reaching her dreams.
"Siguro kaya ako nami-misinterpret ng maraming tao, first week pa lang probationary na ako. Five times akong na probie. Nakakapanghina talaga ng loob kasi pinaghandaan ko ito tapos mapo-probie lang ako. Grabe ‘yung emotional pressure kaya siguro kahit sino, tao lang naman tayo na nasasaktan, kaya ganun ‘yung naging reaksyon ko. Dinaan ko na lang sa iyak at sa prayer. Inisip ko talaga na ayokong mag-quit," she said.