Many Filipinos can carry a tune like it’s no one else’s business.
Thus, it’s no surprise to see many professional Pinoy singers making their presence felt even abroad – and there’s just no stopping them.
Two in Singapore
Darren Espanto and KZ Tandingan will headline the first-ever “One Music X” in Singapore.
The musical event is the highlight of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Philippine-Singapore relations.
“TFC’s One Music X Singapore concert will be an exciting event for Filipinos in Singapore and people who like good live music,” Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap said in a statement.
“This concert will be one of the various events that will bring together Filipinos in Singapore to celebrate and commemorate the anniversary of Philippine Independence,” he added.
Joining them are Ben&Ben, Bugoy Drilon, and Jayda Avanzado.
“We at ABS-CBN are honored to be part of commemorating the 50th anniversary of Philippine-Singapore bilateral relations. We hope that through our musical event, One Music X Singapore, more people from different nationalities get a first-hand experience of Philippines’ rich musical culture and talent,” said ABS-CBN global country manager for South Asia and regional marketing head for Asia Pacific Maribel Hernaez.
The “One Music X show in Singapore” is on May 26 at the SCAPE Playspace at Orchard Link.
Another Filipino pride is Aicelle Santos.
The 34-year-old represented the Philippines in the Asian Culture Carnival held at the National Stadium in Beijing, China last May 15.
The concert involved dozens of artists from all over Asia as part of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, whose theme this year is “Exchanges and Mutual Learning among Asian Civilizations and a Community with a Shared Future.”
Around 1,500 experts from around the world, including heads of state, and prominent government officers attended the event.
In a series of posts by her manager Carlo Orosa on Instagram, Aicelle was seen wearing a red Filipiniana dress. She sang Basil Valdez’s “Nais Ko” before a crowd reportedly consisting of 30,000 concertgoers.
Ruling the roost in Russia
Those who watched “Pitch Perfect” know what Filipino vocal group Acapellago is capable of.
Acapellago is a Filipino contemporary a cappella group originating from the province of Bulacan. Founded in November 2012, the group is composed of five young artists namely Michelle Corpoz, Almond Bolante, Joshua Cadelina, Happy Lemon Laderas and Bogart Laderas.
They first got noticed when they emerged as grand champion of the Talentadong Maloleño contest in 2012. The group was also named Grand Champion of Ryan Cayabyab’s first Akapela Open singing competition.
The group became more popular thanks to their viral rendition of the nursery rhyme “Tatlong Bibe.”
To those wondering what are they up to now, well, they were recently in Russia. Not for a vacation, mind you, but because they competed there and were declared First Prize winner in the Medium Vocal Ensemble Category of the Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival 2019.
The Pinoy group bested more than 100 entries from 26 countries, which all performed in 51 venues for the whole 12 days.
During the competition, Acapellago performed a repertoire that had Russians singing and dancing along. Perhaps, the most laudable part for Pinoys was when they did a version of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Da Coconut Nut.”
The group also sang “Show Me How You Burlesque” by Christina Aguilera, “Conga” by Gloria Estefan, “Safe And Sound” by Taylor Swift,” and “Queen Of The Night” by Whitney Houston.