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Christian Joseph Morata Bautista (born October 19, 1981), more popularly known by his screen name Christian Bautista, is a Filipino singer, actor, host, and model. He was a finalist of Star In A Million, a Philippine reality show aired on ABS-CBN channel, winning 4th place in the competition in 2003. After the contest, he signed a recording contract with Warner Music Philippines[1] and released his self-titled debut album, Christian Bautista. The multi-platinum album established his name as an OPM artist with songs such as "The Way You Look at Me", "Colour Everywhere" and "Hands to Heaven". The singer gained popularity not only in the Philippines but in other countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.[1]

Christian Bautista
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Background information
Birth name Christian Joseph Morata Bautista
Born (1981-10-19) October 19, 1981 (age 36)
Origin Imus, Philippines
Genres Pop, P-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, host, model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels Warner Music
Star Music
Universal Records (Philippines)
Aquarius Musikindo (Indonesia)
Website ChristianBautistaOnline.com

Bautista has also collaborated with fellow Filipino singers Nina, Sitti, Rachelle Ann Go, Sarah Geronimo, Sheryn Regis, Erik Santos and Mark Bautista. He regularly appears in ABS-CBN's variety show ASAP 18.

Bautista shot The Kitchen Musical with fellow Stages talent Karylle and other Asian and Filipino talents in Singapore.

After being with ABS-CBN for 10 years, Bautista transferred to GMA Network and signed a three-year exclusive contract on March 20, 2013.[2][3][4]

Contents

Life and music careerEdit

Childhood and youthEdit

Bautista was born in Imus, Cavite on October 19, 1981.[5] He is the eldest of three siblings, sons of Jo and Ebert Bautista. He was a choir member in their church since he was seven years old.[5]

Bautista studied grade school and high school at the International Christian Academy, which also hailed other Filipino actors such as Ryan Eigenmann, Geoff Eigenmann, Rico Yan and Billy Joe Crawford. He then took up landscape architecture at the University of the Philippines Diliman, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[5] He was a table tennis varsity player during college before focusing on singing and entering showbiz.[6]

2003–2004: Star in a Million and self-titled albumEdit

Bautista gained popularity after becoming the first grand finalist on ABS-CBN’s reality singing competition Star In A Million. Though placing only 4th overall, he quickly become one of the most popular contestants, and was offered a recording contract with Warner Music Philippines shortly after he was eliminated from the show.[7][8][9] He released the single "The Way You Look at Me",[10] in 2004 from his self-titled album.[11][12]

The song, penned by American composers Andrew Fromm and Keith Follese,[8] received frequent airplay in Indonesian radio stations and Bautista became an instant hit overseas that record label Warner Indonesia decided to bring him there to perform for his growing Indonesian fanbase.

2005: CompletelyEdit

Completely, Christian Bautista’s second album,[8][9][13] received a Platinum Record Award on its first week of release in the Philippines.[12] The album spawned the singles "Everything You Do", "Invincible", and "She Could Be", a song which was later covered by Corbin Bleu of High School Musical fame. Completely has also reached platinum status in Indonesia.

A special edition of the album Completely, which combines Christian's English songs from his debut and second albums, was later launched in Singapore where "The Way You Look at Me" also topped local charts.[citation needed]

In 2005, RCTI aired a musical special entitled Completely: Christian Bautista where he performed with Indonesian artists 40-piece Magenta Orchestra, Andi Rianto, Krisdayanti and Titi DJ. In the same year, Bautista was cast as one of the leads in Kampanerang Kuba, a musical fantasy television series broadcast by ABS-CBN.[14]

Banking on his massive following among young fans in Indonesia, Bautista has been tapped by San Miguel Corporation to endorse its new line of soft beverage products in the Asian region, starting with Indonesia. Christian also endorses a new mobile content provider based in Jakarta called Star SMS, and soon for Oishi food products in the Philippines, and Indonesia.

Locally, he has been the face for Bench clothing and body spray, St. Augustine School of Nursing, Smart telecommunications, Trumpets Musicademy, Bed Head products, Skechers, and Swatch watches.

2006–2007: Just a Love Song...Live! and Inspired TourEdit

Bautista released his third major album, Just a Love Song... Christian Bautista Live! in 2006 also under the Warner Music Philippines.[8][8][9][15][16] The album, the first live album by the singer, is mainly composed of covers of different old-time hit love songs and was recorded live in a Teatrino Bar in Greenhills with a small number of audience, which are mostly specially invited fans of the singer.[17] Follow up to the success of the live album was the release of his very first live DVD under the same title in early 2007.

Bautista debuts as an actor on the big screen in Regal Entertainment's 2006 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di. In this film directed by Joel Lamangan and written by Abi Lam-Parayno, Dode Cruz and Andrew Paredes, Christian plays Timothy a.k.a. Felix Yan, an Asian pop star, providing support to the bankable love team of Angel Locsin and Richard Gutierrez. The single "My Heart Has A Mind of Its Own" from "Completely" is used as one of the film’s soundtrack.

He launched a four-city tour in Indonesia on January 26 to February 2, 2007. The tour included visits in Jakarta, Makassar, Surabaya, and Bandung.

In October 2007, he embarked a concert tour, Inspired, a one-night show in the Cuneta Astrodome with guest appearances by Gary Valenciano, Tricia Amper Jimenez, Joni Villanueva and Sam Milby.

He collaborated with Rachelle Ann Go on the song "Pag-ibig Na Kaya?", a Filipino version of "Perhaps Love" (originally sung by Howl & J), that was used in the Koreanovela Princess Hours, aired on ABS-CBN.

Bautista re-released Just a Love Song...Live including a CD of different Christmas songs.

2008: West Side Story and CapturedEdit

Bautista was included in the Valentine Concert on February 13, 2007, Ol 4 Luv, which was held at the Araneta Coliseum with Rachelle Ann Go, Erik Santos and Sarah Geronimo.

Bautista's live album, Just a Love Song...Live!, sold close to Double Platinum following the release of the repackaged Christmas edition containing his rendition of Gary Valenciano's "Pasko Na Sinta Ko" as well as other Christmas songs.

A musical talk show starring Bautista, The Christian Bautista Show, also aired on the Makisig Network. Bautista also won the award for Favorite Musical Artist Act at the first Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Philippines, held in 2008.

Alongside Filipina singer Karylle, Bautista was also a part of the theatrical cast of West Side Story in 2008.

In July 2008, Bautista's third studio album Captured was released. The album features bossa nova singer Sitti.

2009: Romance RevisitedEdit

Early 2009, Bautista released his last single for Captured, Limutin Na Lang which featured a Music Video containing compilations of his videos and pictures from his past albums/album tours.

In 2009, Christian Bautista released his very first compilation, The Platinum Collection. It would be his last album released under Warner Music Philippines.

By early August 2009, Bautista had transferred to Universal Records. His first project under the recording label featured 19 tracks and songs originally performed by the legendary Jose Mari Chan. The album, Romance Revisited, rose to the top of the charts immediately after its release. Bautista performed several duets in the album, with popular pop stars Sarah Geronimo, Lani Misalucha and Regine Velasquez who early in her career also collaborated with Chan.[18]

In November 2009, Bautista was a guest at Sarah Geronimo's Record Breaker Concert where they sang their duet "Please Be Careful with My Heart".[19]

2010: Dahsyat and A Wonderful ChristmasEdit

In February 2010, Bautista appeared again in Dahsyat, an Indonesian variety show from RCTI in Jakarta, where he performed a duet with Indonesian singer Bunga Citra Lestari with an Indonesian version of "Please Be Careful with My Heart". He was the first and only Filipino singer to appear in an Indonesian TV series.[citation needed]

In November 2010, Bautista released his seventh overall album and first Christmas album under Universal Records, titled A Wonderful Christmas. On December 2, 2011, the album was certified Diamond by PARI.

2011: OutboundEdit

Bautista released his fifth studio album and seventh overall album, Outbound, in 2011. He also joined the cast of a musical drama series, Kitchen Musical, with Karylle, Thou Reyes, Art Acuna.

2012Edit

During the first quarter of the year, the First Class: Outbound Expanded Edition album was launched. Together with Karylle, they received top billing at the Love & Laughter concert at the Resorts World on February 29. Bautista remained active on Kitchen Musical for the 2012 season. In the third quarter of 2012, he was part of 10th anniversary special of The Way You Look at Me that celebrated his 10 year in the industry. Bautista was also featured on the series Princess and I, which aired on ABS-CBN during 2012. Bautista's sixth studio album, and eighth full-length X-Plus was released in October 2012.

2013: Transfer to the Kapuso NetworkEdit

In March 2013, Bautista transferred to the GMA Network after months of rumors. He performed for the first time on Party Pilipinas on March 24, 2013, also marking the third anniversary of the show. He signed a three-year exclusive contract with GMA Network on March 20, 2013.[2][3][4]

TheatreEdit

Trumpet's production of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe was Bautista's first big break. He earned raves from critics for his acting debut.

Year Show Role
2002 The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
2002 Joseph The Dreamer
2008 West Side Story Tony Wyzek
2012 Rama Hari Rama
2013 Cinderella Prince Charming
2014 Ghost: The Musical Sam Wheat

DiscographyEdit

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2003 Star in a Million Himself ABS-CBN 3rd runner-up to Grand Champion Erik Santos
2004 ASAP Himself 2004–2013
Sarah the Teen Princess Christian Leynes Guest Role
2005 Kampanerang Kuba Lorenzo Main role
2006 Your Song Michael Episode "If You Walk Away"
Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di (I Love You) Timothy / Felix Yan Feature film
2008 The Christian Bautista Show Himself Host
2009 Your Song Presents: Feb-ibig Arnold Episode "I'll Never Get Over You, Getting Over Me"
Kimmy Dora Waiter Feature film, cameo
2010 Kulilits Himself Guest star (1 episode)
Take Me Out (Indonesia) Himself Guest star (1 episode)
Your Song Presents: Beautiful Girl James Main role
2011 Star Power Himself Co-host
A Special Symphony Jayden August (Philippines); Awaiting Release (Indonesia)
2011-2012 The Kitchen Musical Daniel Ray NTV7 (Malaysia)

Studio 23 (Philippines)
MediaCorp TV Channel 5 (Singapore)
Metro TV (Indonesia)
AXN Asia (Southeast Asia)
International Channel Shanghai (People's Republic of China)
TVB Jade (Hong Kong)
Formosa Television (Republic of China)

Lead Role
2012 Princess and I Priam ABS-CBN Special Participation/Antagonist
2013 Party Pilipinas [2] Himself GMA Network Regular Member
With a Smile Aston Martinez Lead Role
2013-2015 Sunday All Stars Himself/Performer
2014 Strawberry Lane Richard Tolentino Supporting Role
2015 My Mother's Secret Anton Guevarra
To the Top Himself / Host
2016 Eat Bulaga! Himself / Performer First Time one contestant split-screen duet from Just Duet.
Encantadia Apitong
Lip Sync Battle Philippines Himself with Mark Bautista
2016–present Superstar Duets Himself / Judge
2017 My Love from the Star Winston Libredo

AwardsEdit

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2011 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Recording Artist of the Year [20] Won
2012 [21] Won
2013 [22] Won
2014 [23] Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Christian Bautista - Wow! Celebrities
  2. ^ a b c http://www.philstar.com/pang-movies/2013/03/17/920765/christian-bautista-kumpirmadong-kapuso-na
  3. ^ a b http://entertainment.inquirer.net/86233/christian-bautista-leaves-abs-cbn-moves-to-gma-network
  4. ^ a b http://www.pep.ph/news/37965/christian-bautista-is-now-a-kapuso-signs-three-year-contract-with-gma-7
  5. ^ a b c "Christian Bautista Biography on IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Christian Bautista's interview for the UP Fighting Maroons Web Portal". Archived from the original on 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  7. ^ Enriquez, Clarra (March 18, 2004). "Christian Bautista's Star Rises". MTV Asia. Archived from the original on September 2, 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Christian Bautista Profile". Official Christian Bautista Website. Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  9. ^ a b c "Christian Bautista Discography". Official Christian Bautista Website. Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  10. ^ Christian Bautista album profile on TitikPilipino.com Archived September 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Kaye Villagomez (September 28, 2004). "Christian Bautista launches album in A.S.A.P. today". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  12. ^ a b Enriquez, Clara (December 30, 2005). "Christian Bautista Takes On Asia". MTV Asia. Archived from the original on 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  13. ^ Completely album profile on TitikPilipino.com Archived 2007-12-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Kampanerang Kuba
  15. ^ Jojo P. Panaligan (2007-02-04). "Christian Bautista woos CD buyers back with 'Love Song'". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  16. ^ "Just a Love Song... Christian Bautista, Live!". Original Pinoy Musikahan. January 23, 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  17. ^ Just A Love Song...Live! album info on TitikPilipino.com Archived 2008-10-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ http://www.christianbautistaonline.com
  19. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/23793/Sarah-Geronimo
  20. ^ "42nd Box-Office Entertainment Awards honors outstanding actors and actresses of 2010". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  21. ^ "Vice Ganda named Phenomenal Box-Office Star; Derek Ramsay is Box-Office King while Anne Curtis and Cristine Reyes share Box-Office Queen title". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  22. ^ "44th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  23. ^ "Star Cinema named most popular film producer". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-05-19.

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