Costanilla: Boys dominate in ‘Sinulog Idol’

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By Sam Costanilla


Sunday, January 20, 2013

SUCCESSFUL. This year’s Sinulog Idol singing competition, held nightly at the Fuente Osmeña circle, was an overwhelming success, thanks to all those that cooperated with one another. The contest’s fourth season was as colorful as its past three editions although the crowd became even bigger this year despite those rainy nights. There were 12 finalists, most of them college students, whose singing voice could qualify them to become professional performers. But each night, the three judges had to eliminate a singer for a variety of reasons. They had to comment or give their insights to each contender so that the eliminated singer—as well as the general public—would be enlightened as to why he or she failed the judges’ expectations.

Judges. Just like its past three editions, this year’s Sinulog Idol featured three judges who ably and competently did their task. Theirs was not an easy and enjoyable work as they had to pay close attention to all contenders, grading them as they sing and noting their lapses from beginning to end. But nobody, not even a single member of the audience or any relative or friend of the contestants, ever complained of bias or unfair comment on the part of the judges. It only means everybody agreed with the judges’ comments and suggestions, or even criticisms, given to the contenders. After all, the contestants benefited from the comments. Assigned the hard task of judging the participants were former Pinoy Dream Academy scholar Apple Abarquez, entertainment talk show host and columnist Ryan Mark Borinaga and Center for Pop Music Phils. Cebu manager and vocal coach Jay Unchuan. They really were able to accomplish their job. Splendid work, guys.

Drama. Each night could be considered a showcase of real-life drama after a contender is eliminated. You see, all of them, as well as those in the working committee, have already developed some kind of close relationship, a type of friendship that is so special. As emcee of this yearly event, I have seen this special bonding among the contenders, so it is understandable on their part that once one of them is eliminated, all of them—and us in the working committee—would automatically feel sad. But that’s how competitions go; there will always be victors and losers.


Boys. For this year’s Sinulog Idol, and for the first time ever, three boys made it to the top three. Claro Maylon, Jr., a.k.a. Chingkee, convinced the judges and the crowd with his soulful rendition of two songs, namely, How Am I Supposed To Live Without You and Angels Brought Me Here. This 21-year-old second year bachelor in music student of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation is also working as a part time call center agent. Chingkee possesses a very powerful singing voice and the judges were right in choosing him as this year’s grand champion. First runner-up Alden Asehan, Jr. did When You Say You Love Me and Impossible Dream while second runner-up Dan Valentin Escasinas III interpreted Wildflower and Imagine.

Excellence. As an annual event, the Sinulog Idol singing competition is undoubtedly an avenue for fostering love, camaraderie and teamwork. Gani and Gloria Villarojo of Soundtraxx Production Studio and their able staff (Roland Villarosa, Alex Entrada, Bea Daitol, Jun Alcuizar and Raymart Labra) as well as the voice and acting coaches of the Center for Pop Music Phils. Cebu had to be credited for a job well done. They all personified excellence. This is not to mention the fact that Sinulog Idol is actually a stepping stone for our homegrown talents to become big-time entertainers in the future.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 21, 2013.


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