Saturday, August 23, 2008

Featured Scholar of the Day: Bugoy

Another personal favorite among the scholars of the Pinoy Dream Academy is Bugoy. He is the farmer’s son from Camarines Sur who confessed that he used to practice singing with the cows and the birds while on the farm. Now, the whole county has been mesmerized with his great voice and talent.

Age: 18
Birthdate: 01 January
Place of Birth: Camarines Sur
Height: 5’5”
Civil Status: Single
Occupation: Working student
Educ. Attainment: College undergraduate (2nd year)
Course: Food Service Institutional Management
School Attended: University de Sta. Isabel
Interests (other than singing): Sports (track and field, swimming), acting, dancing
Favorite Singers: Guy Sebastian, BoyzIIMen
Musical influences: Guy Sebastian
Discovering my voice: When I was in first year college and a working student, my friend would hear me singing while holding the mop. He encouraged me to join a singing contest in our school.
First song ever performed: Nasaan Ang Liwanag
Musical instruments I can play: Wala po
Musical instruments I’d like to learn: Guitar, piano
Greatest achievement: Being a Pinoy Dream Academy scholar
Biggest failure: When I lost my scholarships. Hindi ko alam kung saan ako kukuha ng pera pampaaral sa sarili.
Greatest Dream: To be a successful singer and chef!
Song of my life: Angels Brought Me Here
Quote Me: “I’d sing until my last breath… Kahit man lang sa kanta ko, mapangiti ko sila.”

Notes on Bugoy:

Bugoy only recently discovered that he had a stage-ready singing voice, and only accidentally.

Coming from an impoverished family in a far-flung area in Camarines Sur, the hard-working farmer’s son went into university with the dream of earning a degree. He payed his tuition through scholarships and earned his pocket money working as janitor, dish washer and other odd jobs.

It must have been a habit for Bugoy to sing while doing menial jobs. But back in the farm where only the cows and the birds could hear him, his voice went unappreciated. It took a friend, who heard him singing while cleaning with a mop, to make Bugoy realize that he could actually carry a tune. Winning school competitions soon emboldened him to dream some more and try out for PDA.

Look where he is now. Pursuing his dream of becoming a singer. Wherever this takes him, Bugoy will has packed enough prayers in his suitcase to see him through. And he has yet another dream… to meet someone he could fall in love with and call his girlfriend. “Para hindi na ako paghinalaang bading.”


Songs Performed

1. You'll Never Walk Alone - Frank Sinatra
2. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
3. Forevermore - Side A
4. If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys, duet with Zhel
5. I'll Make Love To You - Boyz II Men
6. Yesterday - The Beatles, a cappella trio with Sen & Van
7. Tearin' Up My Heart - *NSYNC, trio with Sen & Van
8. Nakapagtataka - Sponge Cola, face-off with Apple
9. As - George Michael & Mary J. Blige
10. Back At One - Brian McKnight, counterpoint with Laarni
11. Muli - Gary Valenciano & Regine Velasquez, duet with Vina Morales


Zarebski said...

Wow... you can play musical instruments, I too love them & used to shop at musical instruments for their discounted prices.

Dominque Tibbitts said...

I heard Bugoy sings when he made a tour in the United States!


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