Dulce, or Maria Theresa Llamedo, always knew that she was born to sing. Right at her native town in Cebu City, she was already sending her messages across through song at a very early age of two.
Soon, she found herself among the busy streets of Manila and into recording studios, singing theme songs for movies. One of the earliest she recorded was Dulce Amor Incorporated for a movie of Lorna Tolentino. It was 1978. The song was very memorable as it was where her moniker Dulce came from. One song led to another, until she has sung a total of 25 movie songs—more than enough to earn her the title of Theme Song Queen. In fact, she sang theme songs for almost all big stars during the 1970s, except for Vilma Santos">Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor">Nora Aunor .
Dulce also competed in different song festivals. Because of her extremely powerful voice that can really figuratively move mountains, she also garnered numerous wins. Her first big break was her performance in the Second Metropop Festival when she was 14 years old. She sang one of the late George Canseco’s compositions. She emerged the grand prize winner in the Fourth Asian Songfest, which was held in Hong Kong in 1979. She was also Tinig Award’s Top 10 Entertainers of 1981, and the champion of Asia-Pacific Singing Competition in 1988 after singing an immortal song called Memory. She also traveled to Thailand and eventually won the Second Asean Song Festival as well as the 2002 Australia Open Entertainment Competition. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Recognition during Aliw Awards Night.
Dulce’s voice also found its way on stage. She was a regular of Cats, Flower Drum Song, and Magsimula Ka. Her recent theater appearance was in Himala the Musical, which was staged at CCP. But it was her audition piece in Miss Saigon during 1990 that initiated rumors and controversies but nonetheless catapulted her talent to international fame. She was attempting to covet the role of Gigi. So overwhelmed and awed were the audition team that even Cameron MacKintosh regarded her as a Boeing 747 that is taking off. They also honored here with a standing ovation and an encore. However, because of usual intrigues, she never got herself in New York.
Nevertheless, Dulce will always be remembered for her beautiful renditions of Paano, Ako ang Nagwagi, Maalala Mo Kaya, and Memory. She can also sing One Moment in Time one note higher than its original artist, Whitney Houston. She can also perform with similar intensity as that of Barbara Streisand.
However, despite her successes in the singing arena, she was also suffering from marital problems, which eventually led to separation. It was one of her darkest moments in her life, yet it encouraged her to seek God’s guidance. Today, she’s happily married to another man and enjoying the company of her three children. She’s also using her voice as a mode of evangelization. Moreover, she is a regular host of the 700 Club Asia for several years.