Pia Mia, other celebrities here for Liberation Day

HEADLINER: Guam native Pia Mia will headline this weekend's Liberation Day festivities. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Singer and actress Pia Mia, who catapulted to fame after posting videos of herself singing as a girl, is on Guam and preparing to perform at this year's 75th Liberation Day carnival.

The 22-year-old Guam native attended a press conference at Adelup on Friday afternoon, along with three other celebrities with connections to Guam.

Pia Mia recently hit the big screen in the film "After," an adaptation of a novel about a college student who enters into a stormy relationship with a man with a mysterious secret. Pia Mia played the supporting role of Tristan, a friend of the lead character. Her latest single, "Bitter Love," headlined as the main song in the film's soundtrack.

Having come a long way in the world of entertainment, she has not left behind a love for her island and travels back to Guam regularly.

At Friday's press conference, she said she was "so happy to be home."

"I am really just so honored to be part of the 75th Liberation Day, so thank you," Pia Mia said. "It makes me so proud to be here supporting and performing and representing our island. ... There are few things I am more proud of than coming from an island where our people are so resilient."

David Cruz III, a matchmaker on BRAVO TV's "The Millionaire Matchmaker" and the founder of Finding-Cupid.com, was also on hand at the press conference.

"I am so happy and proud to be back on the island," he said. Cruz called the opportunity to be on Guam for the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day "very humbling."

"It makes me very proud to say that I am from Guam ... and to say I am a proud CHamoru everywhere I go," Cruz said.

Professional musician and songwriter from Guam Rose Laguana, who has played major festivals across the United States and is currently on tour in South America with Cirque Du Soliel's "Amaluna," said, "It's really great to be here and be home. ... The resilience of our people, it's a beautiful thing. We are descendants of the survivors. ... We have to pay tribute to them."

Valerie Concepcion, a Filipina actress best known for playing the role of Nora Ferrer in the soap opera "Sinasamba Kita," has visited Guam several times recently as she is engaged to a Guam resident.

"There is a big Filipino community here in Guam and I'm just happy blessed and honored to be representing all the Filipinos," Concepcion said. "I'm really happy to be here and celebrating the 75th Liberation Day with you guys."

Other celebrity visitors

Four other celebrities will be on Guam for the long weekend celebration including: Adran Alandy a Filipino actor and model whose first role was on the popular television series "Pangako Sa'yo"; Chelsea Robato, a model who rose to fame after winning the pilot season of a Philippine reality competition fashion show in 2011; Makana, originally from Hawaii, an internationally acclaimed musician who is also known for his social activism; Benjamin Alves, a Guam-born Philippine-based actor who currently stars in the afternoon soap "Dahil sa Pag-ibig"; Precious Quigaman, an actress and winner of the 2005 Miss International pageant held in Tokyo; and Marco Alcaraz, a Filipino actor and model who found fame with his portrayal of a Japanese soldier in the movie "Aishite Imasu 1941."

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