Cebuana songstress Sally Rama who has been performing in Asian countries for almost two decades now says this tall order is no longer difficult for her. 

"A singer should know a little of everything because this is what the audience appreciated best and taking care of one's reputation is vital to stay longer in the business."--Sally Rama

So impressed are the Japanese with her dedication to her work that she became the first ever Filipina to have been granted a live-in contract for seven years at the famous Capitol Tokyu Hotel in Akasaka, Nangatachu in 1986. There she rubbed elbows with New Jersey rock star Jon Bon Jovi, Rita Collidge, Roberta Flack, Billy Joel, Basia and even the king of pop himself Michael Jackson.

Sally had also relatively long and interesting musical career abroad, mostly in Japan where she worked in the Capitol Tokyu Hotel formerly called Tokyo Hilton Hotel where the famous The Beatles also resides.


She also worked in Ana Hotel in Japan, peppered with brief stints in such countries as Singapore, Korea, Guam and Thailand. She also did broadway shows with her back up singers and English dancers.

The drama that is the stuff of Sally’s life began during her elementary years in an exclusive school for girls in St. Joseph College and blossomed when she reached high school in St. Mary’s Academy at Tagbilaran City, which are managed by nuns.

Being from a conservative and supportive family from the Rama clan in Cebu, Sally finished her studies despite the hard work under bright lights. But not long after completing a BS-Education major in Physical Education at the Divine Word College, she left Tagbilaran to pursue her ambition—to carve a niche in the music world.

She arrived in Cebu around 1983 and listed Eddie’s Log Cabin, Red Carpet, and the defunct Magellan Hotel as among her early singing gigs. And since she did’nt want to let grass grow under her feet, she traveled again and found fulfillment in Japan.

Needless to say, she also did dinner show at Shangri-la Hotel and Plantation Bay and two big major concerts in Cebu at the Grand Convention Center and Cebu Plaza Hotel that now became Marco Polo Plaza.