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Janah Zaplan: 2023 PPop Best New Solo Artist of the Year!


After finishing her academics for the course Bachelor of Science and Aviation Major in Flying (“flying hours na lang ang kulang to become a full-fledged pilot!”) and having won as PH Pop Best New Solo Artist of the Year from the 8th Philippine Pop (PPOP) Awards, which all took place in November 2023, Janah Zaplan launches her Christmas single, “Pasko’y Nagbabalik.”

Yes, everything is coming up roses for the Millennial Pop Princess whom we met when she was 17 and was just starting her singing career. And look at her now! Her years of hard work and dedication to her studies and craft paid off.

Janah with mediacon hosts Rommel and Mildred of the PMPC

Over the years, Janah has won over many fans throughout the nation with her contagious energy and deep vocals. R&B, soul, electronic, and other genres are blended in her music to provide a unique and contemporary sound. Her songs are entertaining and deep, with lyrics that discuss relationships, love, and self-discovery.

The gifted singer-songwriter (she still has to record her own compositions -- it’s all in the works) has already had a big impact on the pop music scene in the Philippines. She is a rising talent who continues to enthrall and inspire crowds with her performances and contagious music that reflect her distinct sense of style and persona.

“Pasko’y Nagbabalik” was released under Star Pop. The track highlights the importance of spending the holiday season with loved ones. It was composed and produced by Jonathan Manalo.

“This is a reminder of how good this season is by reminiscing memories and creating new ones this Christmas. We wanted to bring back the joy and happiness we had during the Christmas season. I think that was our main motivation to do it,” Janah said about the song.

Here are some thoughts Janah shared during her mediacon together with ABS-CBN Music honcho Jonathan and Rox Santos.

On her songs and music genre:

“I am open to suggestions and collaboration. And I am happy that StarPop would be allowing me to write and record my songs, soon! Thank you so much for your trust and for allowing me to be me or give my input. Nakakatakot, may kaba but that would be most welcomed.”

For now, the performer and storyteller in Janah prefers the “danceable and good vibe music that will keep your feet up and dance to it. That’s what I want to share with everybody, but at the same time (the song) has a deep meaning, hindi lang siya pangkatuwaan (it’s not just for fun), but people can relate to it when they listen to the lyrics more. Hindi po kasi ako biritera (I’m not a belter).

On becoming a pilot:

Janah will soon be part of the growing number of women in the airline and aviation industry who are making a name for themselves. She’s pursuing her dream via the Air Link International Aviation College (ALIAC) in Pasay City. She does her flight training in Lubang, Mindoro.

Janah as  a pilot student 

“I want to test my capabilities as a person and know kung hanggang saan talaga ang kakayanin ko dahil I want to trust myself more and have confidence in myself. Especially in becoming a pilot, you have responsibilities also to yourself while carrying your passengers. It gives a sense of empowerment. I believe women can do it in a sense that men do it.”

On other projects and interests:

Aside from singing, Janah has been receiving offers for acting projects and lately for pageantry, the upcoming Miss Tourism Philippines 2024. But she has to decline due to her busy schedule.  

“I am not yet ready for beauty contests, maybe when the right time comes. I need to learn more and be prepared for it should I decide to do one in the future.”

Janah has released several dance-pop anthems including Di Ko Na Kaya, More Than That, Mahal Na Kita, Maiba Naman, Eh Ano Ngayon, and “Dancing on My Own. Her latest single “Pasko’y Nagbabalik” is available on various streaming platforms. For more details, follow Star Pop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

Congratulations, Janah, and may you have more projects to come in 2024!

Janah with this writer

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