The winning of Angeline Quinto in the talent search, Star Power, sends one message: Never give up your dream!
I admit I am a fan of singing contests. And I think you will not wonder. If it does, you don’t know me yet. For those who know me, if I explain it, it will just be sheer redundancy. So I will leave it that way.
Watching television when I was in school was never an issue. I have the freedom to switch on our TV set, any time of the day and any time of the year. I could not remember any house rule that said, No TV when its 7pm or No TV when its exam days. And I was very happy about that including my sister.
Having confessed that, I have religiously followed a lot of singing contests on national television. And I know a lot of singers, now popular, coming from these talent searches.
Ethel Booba whose name before was Ethel Gabison is a product of Sing Galing, a videoki contest hosted by an Ilonggo Allan K and Ai-ai delas Alas at ABC 5. People may not know about it but she is a certified belter. She can nail effortlessly Barbra Streisand’s “People and leave you with your jaw dropped.
Sarah Geronimo is a grand winner of the talent search, Star for a Night, hosted by Regine Velasquez. She won over Angeline Quinto in that contest. I will not dwell much on Sarah G. because you might know more things about her than I do. After all she is tagged as the next big thing.
When Star Power presented their big catch of hopeful singers after a nationwide series of eliminations, one face seemed very familiar. I am talking about the reticent lady who prefers to be just on the side, Angeline.
When she was little, I already watched her in the Singing contest, tagged “Sing Ala Regine” at MTB, ABS-CBN. I must say, she really sounded like Regine minus of course the emotional maturity when Regine sings. But the tonal quality, belting technique, phrasing, emphasis of the e and i, climaxing, were totally that of Regine.
She also joined, “This is it kantahan” hosted by Bayani Agbayani at GMA 7 but she lost.
Until Star Power was created hosted by Sharon Cuneta that she proved to be the voice to reckon with. Among the songs that she hammered very well were Habang May Buhay (her song in the finals of Star for a Night), Through the Fire, I don’t Wanna Miss a thing, and Ikaw.
It was during the grand finals that she really spewed fire. It appeared to me that she wants to tell her audience, this is my stage! The songs are mine! Belting is just a walk in the park. Her vocal calisthenics was showcased in her rendition of, “What Kind of Fool Am I”, a foreign song arranged by a Louie Ocampo for Regine Velasquez. Her singing of “I don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” revealed that she does not fear any note in a musical piece! And those attributes gave her the wings to fly inside Ynares Center that made her deserve the title, Pinoy Pop Superstar!
Angeline’s success is a long ride. But she persisted. And now she tells the story of a young lady with a lesson in life that giving up your dream is like giving up your life!