MANILA – He may not have a very sad background story but he certainly has the talent. This is what Rachel Alejandro said of her cousin, Nino, who was recently welcomed by Lea Salonga in her team on “The Voice of the Philippines.”
Speaking to ABS-CBN News’ Ginger Conejero, Alejandro said she is hoping viewers will vote for contestants who are really talented so her cousin could have his big break.
“Hindi niyo pa siya kilala pero kung magkaroon kayo ng opportunity na makilala si Nino, you would see that he’s the best friend, cousin, father, son, brother that you could ever meet. Napakabait na tao ni Nino, napaka-talented at hardworking. Sana let’s do the right thing and vote for the real talent this time,” she said.
“In the past naman in ‘The Voice,’ nakita naman natin na people really do vote for talent. Nino is a father, he’s just like everybody else. He’s trying to make ends meet also. He doesn’t have the super sad story but he is full of heart. Sana let’s vote for the talent,” Alejandro added.
During the Blind Auditions, Nino wowed coaches Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, apl.de.ap and Bamboo Manalac with his rendition of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell." His performance made all the coaches turn for him. Salonga even went over to hug him after his performance.
“I was so glad that everything that Lea said during the audition was everything that I’ve been thinking all this time na parang ‘Where have you been?’ He’s really developed into this unique artist. The way that he sings is really from the heart,” Rachel said.
Nino, who has been in the entertainment industry since 1995, has released three albums and two movie soundtracks. He now spends his time as a father and as a member of his band.
“Just like what Sarah Geronimo said, there are so many artists now and they record, and there’s auto-tune. All of a sudden, this guy comes along and this is the real deal. It’s raw, it’s real talent. We need more of that in the industry,” Rachel said.