MANILA - A Filipino crooner drew a standing ovation at the recently concluded tribute concert held in honor of the 100th birthday of music icon Frank Sinatra at "one of the most beautiful concerts halls" in Czech Republic.
Arthur Manuntag, who was personally invited by organizer Jan Smigmator, delivered a heartfelt rendition of "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" as part of the gala night of the "Sinatrology" concert series last December 12.
For the past few weeks, a video of his performance, as well as a clip of the rousing reception he received, at Prague's Smetana Hall has been making rounds online.
"I am so privileged and honored to carry the Philippine flag and the rest of Asia's for this once in a lifetime event," Manuntag wrote as the caption for the video.
In an interview with The Manila Bulletin's Roy Mabasa, Manuntag shared that Smigmator, known as the Czech Republic's "King of Swing," came across him when the Czech was looking for videos of Tony Bennett on YouTube.
"He became an instant fan. After five years, he made a Facebook account and befriended me. Then in 2014, he offered me to join his project 'Sinatrology,' and the rest is history!" Manuntag was quoted as saying.
Last month, Manuntag, a veteran balladeer in the Philippines, won the award for Best Jazz Recording for "Hindi Magbabago" at the 28th Awit Awards held at the Music Museum, San Juan City.