MANILA, Philippines – On the day of his birthday, Journey frontman and Filipino singer Arnel Pineda also celebrated the baptism of his newborn baby.
|Journey frontman Arnel Pineda. File photo
Pineda was at a loss for words from his happiness during the joint celebration of his 45th birthday on Wednesday, September 5, and the baptism of his baby girl Thea Chenelle.
Among the celebrity godparents of Thea are singer Martin Nievera, Journey pioneer Neal Schon, and Schon’s partner, Hollywood TV star Michaela Salahi.
“The best thing about Arnel is that he’d never forget his friends, where he came from, his roots, and more importantly, his country,” Nievera said.
“Marami akong naibibigay sa family ko, marami akong naipo-provide, hindi lang materyal na bagay, kundi ‘yung pagmamahal,” Pined said.
The celebration’s guests were roused to laughter when Pineda’s daughter burst into tears during the affair. Thea is said to have close resemblance to the international singing sensation.
Pineda’s brief homecoming is also a cause for celebration for his wife, Cherry Pineda, as the Journey singer is set to leave shortly for the band’s concert tour across America and Europe.
“Sobra, miss na miss namin ‘yung isa’t-isa,” Cherry said.
The Filipino singer also denied that Journey is behind a viral music video that features the mixed vocals of Pineda and Steve Perry, the original vocalist of the band.
On speculations that he has plans to run in the coming 2013 elections, Pineda said: “Oh no, ano lang tayo, foundation lang. Gusto ko lang tumulong sa mga kids talaga.”
“Tsaka kailangan alagaan din natin ang environment natin para sa next generation,” he added.
Meanwhile, the biographical film on his rise to fame, “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” will be screened in a number of international film festivals. The film was made by Filipino documentarist Ramona Diaz. – Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News