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10-Year-Old Pinay with Impressive Vocals Gets ‘Golden Buzzer’ from David Foster

For the second week in a row, a Filipina act has earned the much coveted ‘Gold Buzzer’ on Asia’s Got Talent, season 3. This week, 10-year-old Eleana Gabunada received a standing ovation from the studio audience and judge David Foster – and he pressed the Gold Buzzer for the Pinay girl!

Eleana shyly went on stage and told the judges that she wanted to become a performer and Broadway singer someday.

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Wearing a charming yellow dress reminiscent of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, the lovely young girl sang an impressive cover of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” with such finesse that David Foster couldn’t help but be amazed by her performance.

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Of course, David wasn’t the only one impressed by the stellar performance. Judge Anggun could be seen smiling from ear to ear as she enjoyed Eleana’s song. As Eleana finished her song, Anggun called her as “Baby Streisand”, an obvious allusion to singer Barbra Streisand.

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Anggun even excitedly told the other judges she wanted to vote first – and she voted “yes”!

While Jay Park didn’t seem as enthusiastic as the other judges, he did praise Eleana’s performance and pointed out that she’s one of the very few acts that received a standing ovation from David.

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There’s a lot of people much older than you that could sing that song but they don’t understand the genre, they don’t know what they’re supposed to be doing,” David told Eleana.

But somehow at the age 10, you understand your mission and your job. And there’s no doubt in my mind that if you want to be in Broadway one day, you will be.

Then, David stood up and pressed the Golden Buzzer! Wow. The Golden Buzzer hit means Eleana goes straight to the semi-finals.

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As David goes on stage, he reminds her to practice and to not let him down. This young lady is quite impressive; let’s see what she’ll be doing next…

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For now, watch her stellar performance here:

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Pinoy Pro Surfer Gets Married to Foreigner GF in Australia

A Pinoy professional surfer gets married to foreigner GF in Australia. Their photos went viral, mostly because of the stark contrast between their outward appearance. Netizens are calling it true love while others chided those who unfairly judged the two because of how the surfer looks!

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True Love Wins

While it is true that it’s not good to judge people for their appearance, the reality is that people are still amazed when someone simple marries someone with a strikingly gorgeous or handsome face, everyone would say it is true love.

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It is the same with Pinoy professional surfer John Mark Tokong and his long-time girlfriend, now wife, Danni Hughes. The two recently got married in Australia, surrounded by Danni’s family and their charming little daughter.

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John Mark shares some photos taken from their wedding in Australia on his Facebook account.

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And Now We Are MR & MRS 😊. The day we celebrate our love @natureearthlings 💚💚💚 💏💍💫,” he proudly announced, tagging his wife’s account.

Aside from their photos as a newlywed couple, he also shared pictures with their daughter and with Danni’s family.

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Many netizens say that this is true love!

But while many think that their outward appearances matter and that Danni might deserve a better-looking guy, others told these judgmental people to stop judging the two. After all, looks should not be the basis of falling in love with someone, although most people that way.

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While John Mark might not be a handsome guy for most people’s high standards, he is a well-accomplished athlete in the field of surfing. He has won his fair share of local, national, and even international competitions!

He’s won medals during the South East Asian Games (SEA Games) held in the Philippines in 2019.

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Surfing Capital of the Philippines

Siargao is the surfing capital of the Philippines. It is located at the southern area of the country. Meanwhile, San Juan in La Union is considered to be the Surfing Capital of the Northern Philippines.

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Yamyam Gucong Inspires with Successful Life after Becoming PBB Otso Big Winner

His life story inspired many people as he worked hard to give his poor family a better life, but “Pinoy Big Brother: Otso”(PBB Otso) Ultimate Big Winner Yamyam Gucong wowed netizens anew with what he did with the money he received from winning the show.

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Working Hard for the Family

On PBB Otso, Yamyam shared that he stopped pursuing education at fifth grade in order to find a job to sustain his family’s financial needs. He worked several jobs in Cebu and was not ashamed to reveal that he became a water-delivery man and as a house help.

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He auditioned to be part of PBB, just like many hopefuls across the country who wish to find fame in the reality show and have a career in showbiz. He landed a spot as a housemate on January 6, 2019, later becoming the show’s winner.

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Just like many other show winners, Yamyam had several guestings on various shows on ABS-CBN as well as mall shows and interviews. He also got a supporting role in the Filipino sit-com “Home Sweetie Home”.

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Better Life Back Home

Just like he always dreamed of, Yamyam was able to give his family a better life. Back in his hometown in Inabanga, Bohol, Yamyam built a small bakery for his family – and it’s now a popular spot for his neighbors to enjoy delicious breads while sometimes being able to take photos with the PBB Otso star who travels there from time to time.

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“Yamito’s Bakeshop” is managed by Yamyam’s parents and siblings. Many netizens as well as his friends in showbiz are happy over what this young man was able to achieve, particularly for his family.

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He also received lots of blessings, even outside his stint in PBB. For instance, he shared a photo of the bike he got from Bisekleta Manila. According to Yamyam, he had always dreamed of having a bike when he was still a kid but that dream finally came true now.

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Yamyam Gucong Inspires
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What is PBB?

PBB is the Philippine version of the “Big Brother” reality show franchise. Just like the format in other “Big Brother” shows, the contestants live in a house with lots of cameras that record their every move. In the Philippines, the house is often referred to as “Bahay ni Kuya”, the Filipino translation for the show’s name.

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Blind Pinoy Balladeer Gets Invite from Ellen DeGeneres after Sam Smith Cover Goes Viral

It all started when blind Pinoy balladeer Carl Malone Montecido unmindfully sang “Too Good at Goodbyes”, one of the iconic songs of Sam Smith, while inside SM Bacolod in Bacolod City, central Philippines. But someone was so impressed by his voice and took a video that would soon take the internet by storm.

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Posted by Trixie Madison, the video would gain over 14 million views – and quickly reached Sam Smith who praised the young man for his impressive cover! Soon, many celebrities also praised his performance, leading no less than popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to extend an invitation for the young man to appear on her show!

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And we are all quite positive that once Carl will be on the show, Ellen is surely going to let him meet face to face with Sam Smith. Wow.

A number of avid TV viewers quickly recalled that Carl was one of the finalists of ABS-CBN’s Showtime’s “Tawag ng Tanghalan” in 2016. He finished as in Top 5. He was also invited to participate in GMA Network’s “Clash” but was quickly eliminated during the first round.

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While the young man wishes to have a better singing career, he was no longer invited to anymore shows. So, he’s back in his hometown when he was unexpectedly “discovered” again. This time, it would seem that he is on the path to make his talent known worldwide!

Days after his cover went viral, SM Bacolod management invited him back. He once again sang “Too Good at Goodbyes” to the cheers of the crowd. He also sang “Exchange of Hearts” by David Slater.

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This time around, the SM Bacolod management had prepared a surprise for this young performer. Accompanied by his parents Ferdinand and Divina, Carl received two big carts of groceries, brand new Grand videoke symphony pro plus, and SM gift certificates.

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Photo credit: SunStar Bacolod

The young man confirmed that they received an invitation from Ellen but the details need to be smoothed out first. We sure to watch him on the show soon!

Here’s the video the made him go viral:

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Posted by Trixie Madison on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

What’s a Balladeer?

A balladeer is someone who sings or composes ballads, a type of slow, sentimental music that often tells a romantic story.

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