Arnel Pineda, the Filipino front man of America’s popular rock band “Journey,” received a special award on Wednesday during the commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the first people power revolution in Quezon City.
The Spirit of EDSA Foundation conferred him a special plaque of recognition for showcasing outstanding Filipino music talent that brings pride and honor to the country.
Pineda’s life is a true inspiration and that his rare talent, faith, sacrifice and perseverance are the hallmark for success and a true reminder of the timeless spirit of Edsa, the foundation said.
It added that Pineda’s success is a result of his determination to achieve his goals in life.
The award was given to Pineda by former president Fidel V. Ramos, one of the key players in the 1986 bloodless revolution.
Pineda has been in the music industry for 25 years now. In the early part of his career, Pineda was a vocalist for “Zoo.” The band’s album, “Zoology,” which features 10 of his original compositions, was released in September of 2007.
Journey discovered Pineda via video-sharing Web site YouTube.
The Spirit of EDSA Foundation also honored international singer Charice.
Charice is now in the United States to record her first international album. Recently, she was also invited to perform at post-Oscars party.