'Singing diplomat' from Switzerland serenades Davaoeños

Angelo Caballero, ABS-CBN News Davao

Posted at Mar 19 2017 03:15 AM

Swiss envoy Raoul Imbach plans to release a French version of the Filipino classic "Anak." Photo from Angelo Caballero, ABS-CBN News Davao

DAVAO — Raoul Imbach, head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland and dubbed the "Singing Diplomat," performed some of his own musical compositions to Davaoeños at Pinnacle Hotel here on Saturday night.

"I created an album, it's called 'Tribute to the Philippines.' I've been three years here and I want to give something to the Filipino people of my impressions of the Philippines," Imbach said.

Half of the songs on the album are in Tagalog, and will include a French version of Freddie Aguilar's "Anak," he said. The album is already out for commercial release.

In this video posted on Imbach's Instagram on Friday, he and Aguilar share the stage.


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Imbach received an award for his achievement in international performing arts and diplomacy at the 30th Global Excellence Awards.

Imbach said would also love to meet President Rodrigo Duterte again.

"We talked about, of course, (the) bilateral relation between Switzerland and the Philippines," he said on the two occasions he and Duterte met.

Imbach saw that "it's the moment where really the Philippines would take off" under the Duterte administration.