KZ Tandingan at the Wish Bus in Manila.


What does KZ Tandingan miss before star status?


DUBAI – She thought she would never go further than singing in the bathroom but KZ Tandingan is now rocking global stages, including the UAE where she is set to hold her first solo concert later this month. But there are still things that the international star misses.

The multi-award winning singer will be back in the emirates to perform in Dubai’s World Trade Center Arena on March 22, becoming the first Filipino artist to ever hold a concert in the 8,500-capacity arena.

In Abu Dhabi last year, KZ wowed the Filipino crowd at a collaborative concert with other Filipino artists, sending fans screaming and on their feet at the Mubadala Arena. But the singer from Davao del Sur in the Philippines remained down to earth and reached out to the crowd, including former choir mates whom she kindly acknowledged while on stage.

Speaking to from the Wish Bus in Manila on Monday (March 4), KZ said that while she is “very thankful” for her skyrocketing celebrity status, she still misses the “simple old days”.

“Na miss ko yung lumalabas ako ng bahay na hindi nagsisipilyo at hindi naliligo (I miss going out of the house without brushing my teeth or taking a shower),” she said, laughing.

The star said that she also misses waking up to a lazy day and dressing down when going out to buy chips from the neighbourhood store.

“Namimiss ko yung kung gaano kasimple ang buhay dati, pero I am very thankful na may mga bagay na kinailangan kong I give up nung pinursue ko yung career na ito (I miss the simplicity of life back then, but I am very thankful for the things I have had to give up when I pursued this career),” she told

KZ, however, said she is extremely grateful to have landed a career that allows her to earn enough to provide for her family as well as inspire people.

“I get to help them, I get to inspire people with my music and I get to inspire people [to embrace their quirks],” she said. JY/PIA/MFD/Expat Media

Don’t miss it

What: KZ Tandingan Live in Dubai
When: March 22, 7:30pm
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre Arena
Tickets:, UAE Exchange and 7-Eleven
Price: Starting at Dh95


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