Photos by JV Rabano
When people ask who Kiana Valenciano is, most of them answer, “She’s the lovely daughter of Mr. Pure Energy, Gary Valenciano.” Or: “She’s the friend of *insert celebrity name here*” But beyond that, who is Kiana Valenciano?
People have their own versions and expectations of who Kiana is. Having all eyes upon her can be fun but sometimes it leads her to questioning her identity, especially when those expectations dictate what she should do. Having all of this on her shoulders, Kiana began to have deep personal and mental struggles. It got to a point when it was all just too much.
This phase of her life is reflected in her album’s debut single, See Me, and bonus track, Soldier. Both songs embody Kiana’s hardships. During that time in her life, she was doubting herself, and whether she should even continue her career in music. But with the support of her friends and family, she soldiered on.
Kiana wants everybody to see her for who she really is. Not only as her father’s daughter, but as a stronger person who has survived tough times while still remaining vulnerable.
Young STAR chatted with Kiana during her “See Me” album launch last Feb. 28 at 20:20 in Makati. We talked to Kiana about her creative process, album influences, and the message of her first full-length album.