MANILA - Singer Jake Zyrus, formerly known as Charice, is joining this year's interpreters for Himig Handog 2017.
In a press conference on Thursday, Jake Zyrus shared why he agreed to be part of the competition.
"Siyempre po, ever since na nag-come out ako as Jake Zyrus, gusto ko po lahat ng experience ko ay fresh, maraming first time," said Jake Zyrus, who will interpret the song "Bagyo" composed by Agatha Morallos.
"Noong nabigyan ako ng opportunity na makasali dito, talagang hindi ko na pinalampas. Kasi sabi ko napakalaking opportunity nito sa akin at hindi ko ito nagagawa before. Bilang isang Pinoy singer ay napakalaking achievement nito sa akin, manalo o matalo," he added.
Jake Zyrus went on to recall the first time he heard "Bagyo," which he will interpret.
"'Noong unang narinig ko 'yung kanta eh ang sakit... I'm sure na makaka-relate ang mga kababayan natin. Kasi una sa lahat, kahit na hindi tayo nasasaktan ay gustong-gusto nating nakikinig sa mga masasakit na kanta," he said.
"Masaya ako ngayon, pero nakaka-relate ako noon. Noong narinig ko 'yung kanta eh perfect na perfect sa lahat ng pinagdaanan ko sa buhay," he added.
Ten songs made it to Himig Handog 2017 out of almost 7,000 entries from Filipinos across the globe.
Aside from Jake Zyrus, this year’s interpreters include Migz Haleco for Eric de Leon's "Bes," Inigo Pascual for Michael Aikee Aplacador's "Extensyon," Morissette for LJ Manzano and Joan Da's "Naririnig Mo Ba," and Jona for Raizo Chabeldin and Biv De Vera's "Sampu."
Also part of the competition are Unit 406 for Gabriel Tagadtad's "Tanghaling Tapat," Kyla and Jason Dy for Soc Villanueva's "Tayo na Lang Kasi," Kaye Cal for Karl Gaurano and Teodoro Katigbak's "The Labo Song," Moira for Libertine Amistoso's "Titibo-Tibo,” and Janella Salvador for Karlo Zabala's "Wow na Feelings."
The song entries will be performed on "ASAP" starting this Sunday, October 15.
The Himig Handog 2017 grand finals will be held on November 26, also on "ASAP."