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2nd Update: July 3, 2020, 6:45 AM

Updated: July 2, 2020, 9:53 PM

Surrey, B.C.

Surrey’s Glisha Dela Cruz holds record for singing Oh Canada for 12 consecutive years in a Canada Day celebration

Teodoro Alcuitas

Editor

philippinecanadiannews.com

Glisha at 8-years old when she first sang at Fort Langley Canada Day. (Provided)

Glisha at 10 years old. (Photo provided)

Glisha today at 19- years old. (Photo: George Bencze)

A 19-year old songstress has literally grown up on the stage of the Fort Langley Canada Day Celebration.

Glisha Dela Cruz was only eight years old when she first sang the Canadian national anthem at Fort Langley’s annual celebration.

This year she sang it again virtually, not on a stage but in front of the Community Hall. There was no mass of audience because of the Covid restrictions but fans and admirers tuned in to their cell phones to listen to their favourite singer as the celebrations was streamed live via Youtube.

This is Dela Cruz’s 12th consecutive appearance at the Fort Langley celebrations of Canada’s birthday bash.

The young Blues singer-songwriter has been focusing on her music and in 2018 released her first single – ‘Over Myself’. As of today, the album has close to 286,000 streams on Spotify alone, an impressive feat for a debut song.

The debut song was followed by ‘Scars and Scratches’, her first music video, and the recently released “Unheard Of”, written during these pandemic Covid-19 times.

An independent artist, Dela Cruz was recognized with a Canadian Joey Awards “Best Performance in a Recorded Song” in November of 2019.

Now on her second year at a Music Technology course and is currently working on her debut album.

Dela Cruz is the daughter of community activist Narima Dela Cruz and Joel Dela Cruz. Narima is the founding director of the Surrey Philippine Independence Day Society (SPIDS) which runs the annual Philippine Independence Day Celebrations on June 12  in Surrey. This year, because of the Covid pandemic, the society initiated a successful month-long Blood Donor Campaign in the month of June.