JEDDAH — Fifteen Filipinos will vie on the finals of the Philippine Independence Himig ng Kalayaan 2010 singing competition finals night, organizers said.
The 15 — eight males and seven females, some of whom coming from as far as Abha and Shaiba — passed the month-long audition held in La Parilla. A total of 38 Filipinos participated in the audition.
Edgar Mendoza, chairperson of the group Pinoy Expatriates for Social Organization and Sports (PESOS) thath organized the event, said the competition in Jeddah is in line with this year’s 112th commemoration of the Philippine Independence Day.
Mendoza said those who would compete in the finals on June 18 are Vincent Valiente, Sheryl Hipolito, Ronnel Pacanan, Princess Valmonte, Patria Sirajam, Nerie Hipolito Ostonal, Myra Colina, Marchie Roxas, Jovann Ibanez, Imee Aragones, Cris Manalo, Christopher Garcia, April Faye Bautista and Andrei Laxamana
Marchie Roxas, one of the contestants who flew in from Abha, said he does not mind that he is 500 kilometers away from Jeddah. He said the more important reason why he joined the competition is for him to show his talent and meet new friends.
Mendoza said the competition would be an exciting one especially because the contenders have previously participated in various singing competitions. “It will be a tough fight so watch it,” he said.
Those who want to watch the event may get in touch with Mendoza (0502346231) and John Lagrimas (0554590912). — Ronaldo Concha and Jerrie Abella/KBK/RSJ, GMANews.TV