MANILA (Mabuhay) — Singer and Siquijor Vice Governor Dingdong Avanzado has decided not to run for re-election in next year’s elections since he wants to focus on his family and music career.
Avanzado, who is married to singer Jessa Zaragoza, announced that his 12-year-old daughter Jayda is embarking on a music career and had been chosen to be the opening act for the popular British pop band The Vamps when they perform in Manila on January 30 next year.
“Nagawa ko naman ‘yung makilala ‘yung Siquijor, hindi lang ‘yung dating image ng Siquijor. Ngayon lumaki na ‘yung visitor arrivals ng Siquiror, so I want to move on to other things for now, especially our daughter is growing up. Gusto kong mag-focus on that, especially itong pagpasok ng new chapter sa buhay ng anak namin,” Avanzado said at a press conference for his wife’s solo concert “I Am Me” on January 15 at the Music Museum.
Avanzado also wants to be more active in his own music career with his band Doorbells.
“Last three years ‘di kami naging active, pero nung nakita ko ‘yung feedback nung ‘Hitback’ (concert), it was very well received. So sabi ko sayang naman ito kung hindi namin bibigyan ng pansin. I can’t go on tour — which is a I want to do — if I’m a public official. I’m not gonna do justice to the position. So sabi ko it’s better na lang, mas maganda dito ako based sa Manila,” he explained.
However, Avanzado clarified that he is not totally closing his doors on politics.
“If the opportunity presents itself, kung saan ako mas alam kong makakatulong, I’m very open to it. Like I said, my family has been in the public service for the longest time from the time of my grandfather pa. Nandiyan naman ‘yan. Actually sa Siquijor, hindi naman totally mawawala kami. it’s just that I’ll focus on other things,” he said.
Avanzado is also hoping to have another child.
“Gusto ko sana mag-baby na kami. We want to do other things as well,” he said. (MNS)