Aspiring Filipino singers give audition for contest
Web posted at: 11/14/2009 7:6:20
Source ::: THE PENINSULA
BY RAYNALD C RIVERA
DOHA: Excitement builds up as the longest running annual singing competition for Filipino expatriates kicked off yesterday with an audition held at the Philippine School Doha (PSD).
Aspiring singers 18 years old and above impressed the judges, belting out English and Filipino songs acapella to secure a spot in the contest which searches for the best singer not only with the most impressive voice quality (40 percent) but also unparalleled voice control (20 percent) and diction (20 percent) and striking personality (20 percent).
“Most Filipinos carry an innate ability in singing, since they are inclined into the activity, which has been a favourite pastime in most households in the Philippines,” said Aladino Bulan, Project Head of the competition hosted by Pag-Iribang Bicolnon Qatar (PIBQ), who are organizing the search for the fourth consecutive year.
“This God-given talent is brought by Filipinos wherever they go around the world,” said Bulan, himself a veteran in singing tilts both here and in the Philippines, including prestigious ones like ‘Bagong Kampeon’ and ‘Pasikatan sa Trese’.
Attractive prizes await the winners among which are cash awards worth QR3,000, QR2000, and QR1,000 for the top three contestants.
“Proceeds of the event will go to the ongoing projects of PIBQ and the calamity fund which is allotted for helping Filipinos stricken by various disasters such as typhoons,” said Dulce Tingzon, one of the officials of PIBQ.
Since its launch in 2003, Sing Out Doha has been one of the most awaited spectacular event that enthrall thousands of Filipino singing buffs all over Doha.
Out of dozens who auditioned yesterday, ten official contestants were chosen to compete in the Elimination Round on Friday. They are Michael Vergel Grenas, Joey Ausan, Ernesto Banzuela, Jr., Rommel Espinosa, Rico Martizano, Jr., Joey Ilagan, Judith Layco, Jennylyn Lopez, Magiting Carbungco and Rocky Rakiin. The ten contestants will be trimmed down into seven during the semi-final round in which five will qualify for the finals to be held on December 11.