Thursday, December 20, 2007

Great Talents: Charice, Arnel and Emile

First I'll post my new discoveries of Filipino talents. (I love my own LOL)

Filipinos are known for their love of music. Hence a lot of us (ehem) can sing. And a good number have excellent singing voices. I just found out that 15-year old Filipina Charice Pempengco is making waves in Korea, the United States and the world. Was it just recently that she was a finalist in Little Big Star? Maybe this is the prize for not winning that contest. Search for her in youtube and you'll find several videos of her performances. She also came out as a guest in the Ellen DeGeneres show last December 18.

Then after that big discovery, lo and behold, another big one popped up. Cover band The Zoo singer Arnel Pineda was just hired to be the new lead vocalist of The Journey. Now isn't that cool or what? Just like how Ellen discovered Charice, Arnel was discovered by Journey via cover videos of Journey songs posted on Youtube. Wow, the world is really getting smaller... Check out this sample:

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Emile Hirsch, whom I just recently saw in the movie Lords of Dogtown, was nominated for a best actor SAG award for his work in Into the Wild. Although he wasn't nominated for a Golden Globe, the SAG's choices supposedly have more chances of being nominated for an Oscar. Let's hope Emile gets an Oscar nod. And let's hope the cinemas here get to show that film.

If you haven't seen any of his movies yet, go find one. People say he's got the intensity of Leo and/or River Phoenix (looks like them, too), which you will eventually observe. It's hard to find a good actor his age these days. (I would like to mention he reminds me of Whitfield Crane, Ugly Kid Joe's vocalist.)


P.S. Quentin Tarantino wore a barong Tagalog in Golden Globe's nomination night. Astig! Hahaha really, really makes me proud!!!

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