VANCOUVER, Canada – Filipino singing contests are popular all over Canada. Aside from being a venue to showcase talents, some say it is also a way to connect to the country they left behind.
The PNT Singing Idol is now on its 3rd year in Vancouver. While the contest's name may sound as a spin-off from the famous talent search in the US, the format is not.
Named after one of the local papers here, PNT Singing Idol hops from city to city in the greater Vancouver area to tap young Pinoy talents willing to belt it out in front of a busy mall's large crowd.
Five-year-old James Inocencio was one of them. His father Anthony said James wanted to try singing on stage. Unlike many kids born and raised here, James speaks fluent Filipino. His parents say it’s because of his love for OPM (Original Pilipino Music).
Among James’ favorite Filipino singers are Rey Valera, Ariel Rivera and Nonoy Zuñiga.
“Doon nila nami-maintain ang pagsasalita ng Tagalog. That's one thing,” said James’ father.
Meantime, 10-year-old Andrea Legaspi joined the contest for the 3rd time after coming in second place during the previous years.
Andrea said it’s because she loves singing, and she'll jump at every opportunity to show it.
With Filipino singing sensation Charice and Arnel Pineda making waves now, Andrea believes singing is part of being Pinoy.
“It shows that Filipinos are very strong and are very talented,” said Andrea.
The PNT Singing Idol will have its grand finals in the last quarter of the year where the winner gets to win a roundtrip ticket to the Philippines. Balitang America