Pinay among finalists in singing contest in Italy

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 03 2010 04:11 PM | Updated as of Oct 04 2010 12:11 AM

ITALY – A Filipina is among the finalists of the singing contest Premio Mia Martini 2010, which will be held on October 7 to 10 in Reggio Calabria.

Myles San Jose will go up against 28 other foreign contestants who will vie for the best original composition in Italian language.

“Nag-audition talaga ako at pumila talaga ako. Maraming hirap, pawis, sacrifice, kasi composition, and you have to make your own,” said San Jose.

San Jose’s family is thankful that the 28-year-old Pinay’s hard work has finally paid off.

“Kasi minsan may kakantahan siya sa ibang parte siyempre sasamahan ko kahit madaling araw kami umuwi. Sakripisyo para sa kanya tapos bandang ala-sais gigising ihahatid mo naman sa ibang kakantahan niya,” said San Jose’s husband, Lenard Balba.

Her family is her source of support and inspiration.

“Sa lahat ng laban niya, andyan kami at sama-sama na kaming lahat. Two years old pa lang iyan alam na niya ang kanta ni Sharon. Bata pa lang siya alam ko nang marunong na siyang kumanta,” said her mother Amparo.

San Jose’s vocal instructor is also proud of what she has already achieved.

In 2001, San Jose bagged the 1st place in the LBC International Contest and placed 2nd in a singing contest in Madrid, Spain. She also got the 3rd spot in the Premio Concorso Canoro Filipino in Italy in 2008. - Jocelyn Ruiz, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau