Moira dela Torre’s soft, soulful voice has been her greatest weapon in the music industry, allowing her to reach one milestone after another.
The 25-year-old has just received two trophies from the recently-concluded Myx Music Awards 2019. These are Mellow Video of the Year for the song “Tagpuan,” directed by John Prats; and Collaboration of the Year for her and December Avenue’s “Kung ’Di Rin Lang Ikaw.”
Last March, the “Malaya” singer was also named the most-streamed Filipina artist in the Philippines by Spotify.
Talking about her achievements, Moira is on cloud nine.
“I’m so grateful. To be honest, I didn’t expect this. It’s really an honor (being able to receive these awards). I consider this as my biggest achievement (as an artist),” she said.
Moira promises to continue touching people’s lives through music.
According to her, no matter how sad the listener may be, he or she could find solace in her songs then move on with hope in heart.
At present, she gears up for the release of her “Braver” album. It is said to have been produced by one who worked with the likes of Kanye West and Justin Bieber.
Moira is also preparing for a major concert at the Araneta Coliseum this August.
Moira thinks these awards indicate she has what it takes to be one of the judges on “Idol Philippines.”
Note that ever since she was announced to be part of the singing competition, she has been receiving not-so-good response from some netizens who question her capabilities.
Some also cited her deemed “pabebe” way of talking, even suggesting she should take energy drink.
Though she accepts the criticisms, Moira admitted she feels hurt over these.
But she will never give up, the artist noted.
“They’ll always be entitled to their own opinion. For me, I know that Fremantle (international TV content and ABS-CBN Management) chose me, gave me this position.
“At the end of the day, my listeners placed me in this position. You know what, there will be people who won’t like me but there are people who do. As long as I know people love me, I’m credible to be there,” she said.
Moira was embroiled in two instances that became controversial.
First when she and fellow judge Regine Velasquez had clashing opinions regarding singers who have the “same sound.” Next was when netizens and some OPM singers became upset when reggae singer Luke Baylon did not pass the auditions.
Asked about this, Moira first quipped, “At least nagba-viral!”
Turning serious, she admitted: “Well, of course, it hurts. But this isn’t my first time being bashed (online). It hurts, honestly, and it’s not okay. I want to say ‘Kebs lang, okay lang, i-ignore mo lang like everyone else kasi lahat naman diyan sa ABS(-CBN), naba-bash!’ But at the end of the day, it’s still not right.”
The singer-songwriter didn’t deny the fact that she has still room for growth as judge.
She explained, “I take constructive criticism to heart and I know I have much to improve. As a judge, well, I am really a shy person so if I will suddenly have energy on stage, it will look like OA (overacting) because I’m not really like that. But I’m improving, I know I’m going to get better.”
Despite the bashing, Moira stood by her decision to say “no” to reggae singer Luke.
She explained, “You know, he’s great, he’s a great singer. He’s such a great artist.
“But during the auditions po kasi, I really, really liked him, but I just feel like there’s still a lot of contestants, and a lot of the opinions online, it’s as if Luke is the last.”
Reflecting on it all, Moira continued, “God has different ways of telling our stories and that was what? Five, six years ago already, and ngayon lang nag-boom ’yung career ko so I really believe that Luke has his own story to tell.”