WATCH: Duterte sings classics at gathering with media

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 23 2017 11:54 AM | Updated as of Sep 23 2017 11:55 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte sings "The Rose". Video by Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News


In a light moment with journalists in Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte took to the stage to showcase his singing chops.

Accompanied by a keyboardist, Duterte sang some of his favorite songs, which included classic ballad "The Rose" and "To All the Girls I've Loved Before."

He dedicated the Julio Iglesias number to his partner Honeylet Avanceña, and women previously in his life.

President Rodrigo Duterte sings "To All the Girls I've Loved Before". Video by Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News

"To one, the only one now...[at] sa lahat ng dumaan sa buhay ko," he said to cheers from his audience.

Duterte also sang "You Raise Me Up," which he dedicated to soldiers fighting terrorists in Marawi City, and Cebuano song "Balud sa Kapalaran".

Duterte has previously rendered impromptu song numbers in public gatherings in the country and abroad. 

He sang "Ikaw," one of his known favorites, to Filipino communities in Malaysia and Cambodia during his official visits last year. 

He even sang "Shalala Lala" with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during his visit to Kuala Lumpur in November. -- with reports from Vina Araneta and Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News