GABRIELLE CURRENT is a Filipina Rose Parade Princess
A Filipina is turning heads as a member of the 2015 Tournament of Roses Royal Court. Meet Gabrielle Current, a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada Flintridge, CA. Gabrielle was selected from over 800 hopeful young ladies who competed to be a royal Princess at the 126th annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
The 18-year-old from Pasadena went through a rigorous month-long audition process in September, which pitted her against hundreds of other girls in front of a panel of 10 judges from the Tournament of Roses organization. Finalists are chosen based on their personal and academic achievement, poise, personality, public speaking, and community/school involvement. There were four rounds of interviews and events, narrowing down the competition, until 6 princesses and one queen were chosen as Royal Court ambassadors.
“It has always been a dream of mine to serve on the Royal Court,” Gabrielle told Asian Journal proudly. “I am so incredibly lucky and grateful for this opportunity.”
She remembers the entire process as “challenging, but supportive.” She met and became close with many of the other girls auditioning, and even knew some of them from her senior class at Flintridge Sacred Heart. Gabrielle was gushing with joy when her entire senior class supported her by attending the announcement and coronation ceremony in October at the Tournament House.
Half Filipino, a quarter Korean, and a quarter Swedish, Gabrielle is proud of her family’s mixed roots and culture. “They always call me the ‘number 5 plate’,” she joked, “because I’m a mix of everything.”
Gabrielle has loved acting, singing, and modeling since childhood and has been doing all three since she was five years old. Her mom, Kathy Current, always encouraged her to be active in school and to pursue her passions, including singing and playing guitar, being involved in musical theater, and auditioning for modeling and acting gigs.
“I always knew she wanted to be an entertainer, especially a singer,” said Kathy. “She was always singing as a child.”
Gabrielle also studies classical voice at the Colburn School of Music, and has been involved in multiple musical theater productions at her school. She regularly posts covers and original songs on her YouTube channel and SoundCloud. She signed with LA Models in 2013, and has been featured in a Coca Cola World Cup campaign, as well as advertisements for major retailers like Macy’s, Target, and even Kohl’s “S.o. R.a.d. collection.”
Aside from showcasing her talents, Gabrielle is also known for her big heart and strong faith in God. As the president of a youth-run organization called Vivace & Friends, she helped put on a benefit concert this past summer which raised $5,000 for Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), an organization which helps to provide underprivileged kids in the city with musical instruments and lessons.
“I helped assemble the talent, organized ticket sales and programs, and even chose the organization where the money went,” Gabrielle said. “It was a rewarding experience, being on the front lines of it all, and I especially love being able to help fellow aspiring musicians like myself.”
She was also named one of the teen ambassadors of Goodwill for the Philippines, recognized for her work with YOLA and her ongoing passion for music and helping kids.
After graduating high school in 2015, Gabrielle hopes to attend college and major in music management. Her big dream is to go to the Philippines to further her entertainment and singing career, possibly on TFC. She looks up to Filipina actress and recording artist Anne Curtis as a role model.
“It is nice to see a Filipina-American breaking barriers, representing our community on something so nationally-recognized as the Tournament of Roses Royal Court,” Gabrielle’s mom Kathy remarked proudly.
Since becoming a Rose Parade Princess, Gabrielle has attended over 100 public and media functions and community events, all while maintaining her busy student schedule and applying to colleges. She looks forward to attending the Rose Bowl Game and riding on the televised float with her fellow princesses come January 1.
“It has been a blessed journey—the people she is meeting and the whole experience and support is something that cannot be bought,” added Kathy.
“I am a big believer in ‘whatever is meant to be will be, and the reason behind that is beautiful regardless’,” Gabrielle said of her achievements. “Whatever path you’re supposed to be on is where you’re supposed to be. Dream and never give up.”
(LA Midweek December 31,2014-January 2, 2015 MDWK pg. 3)