MANILA - Noel Cabangon said he could not believe that he and fellow singer Ogie Alcasid were mentioned during the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III last Monday.
In an interview on Friday's episode of "Kris TV", Cabangon said he was surprised and flattered when he heard his name mentioned by the President on television.
"We didn't expect it. We were having a meeting... We were at the Universal Records office, we were watching and then biglang, suddenly, he mentioned my name and Ogie's name... I was flattered and shocked. It was really unexpected and I was really surprised. Tapos sabi nila, 'oy, namumula ka,'" the singer told "Kris TV" host Kris Aquino, who is the President's youngest sister.
During his fifth SONA, President Aquino praised Cabangon and Alcasid, referring to them as artists who are not self-centered.
"Meron din naman sa sektor, sabihin na nating mga culture tulad nina Noel Cabangon at ni Ogie Alcasid na hindi pansarili lang ang iniintindi," he said.
How Noel met PNoy
Cabangon went on to share that he first met the President around ten years ago during one of his gigs.
"It's a reggae bar owned by a friend. Matagal na siguro, 2000 something. Mga 2003 or 2004," he said.
"Nagkaroon din ako ng gig sa Makati where his staff and him... They also go there. Not that frequently, kapag lang gusto nila makinig ng music," he added.
Kris said that her brother has always been a music lover and is a fan of Cabangon's music.
"He is really a music lover, that's why mula noon ang alam ko ay favorite ka niya. And in fact recently, nung nag-show ka sa Music Museum, he really made time to watch you," she told Cabangon, who replied: "He was there. I'm so touched and privileged."
In a previous interview, President Aquino said he considers Cabangon as one of the best Filipino musicians.
Others even dubbed Cabangon as one of the "presidential singers."