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Blind Pinay Singer Amazes Netizens with Another Awesome Song Cover

Remember Elsie Atig Balawing, the blind Filipina singer who went viral for singing an awesome rendition of a Whitney Houston song?

Well, she is back with a new cover that has once again amazed netizens. This time, Elsie sang a powerful rendition of ”Listen” by Beyonce.

Even with her first viral cover, Elsie truly amazed people because she can enunciate the English lyrics well despite the fact that she actually has no idea what she is singing about because she does not know how to speak in English!

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Born blind at a small fishing village in the Philippines, Elsie was not able to receive formal education. She listens to music on the radio, something that she liked doing very much. Soon, her family realized that though she was blind, she had a beautiful singing voice.

Despite not having formal education or knowing how to speak in English, Elsie was able to listen well to the singers and copy what they were saying – and this made her an instant viral hit! She couldn’t speak English yet she sings so beautifully in the language and pronounces the words well.

Just like her performance of Whitney Houston’s hit song, “I Will Always Love You”, Elsie definitely nailed her cover of Beyonce’s “Listen”! No wonder her video has once again gone viral, gaining her more fans.

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What made the video even more admirable is that Elsie’s stunning voice was a striking contrast to her ‘studio’ where it was recorded. Unlike well-known artists who do recordings in professional studios, Elsie did hers outside her humble nipa hut.

A fishing net was hung at her back, a silent proof that hers is a simple life in the fishing village. Yet this also proves that anyone can dream big and make their dreams come true, no matter how simple their lives might be…

Watch and be amazed by this blind Pinay singer’s performance here:

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Vlogger’s Hilarious Video Goes Viral: “What It’s Like to Have a Filipina Girlfriend”

While individuals have different quirks and habits, there are also things that a lot of people often do based on their country’s customs and culture. This is the reason why, for instance, habits that many Filipinos think are common and ‘the usual’ are actually things that would make people of other nationalities laugh (or get mad!).

Recently, an American YouTube star went viral for his hilarious video entitled, “What’s It’s Like to Have a Filipina Girlfriend.” While many nationalities might not be able to understand the jokes on this clip, Filipinos know that the video was on point! It’s really quite hilarious.

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Just about 2 weeks after Markian Benhamou posted the video, it has gone viral and received over 29 million views! The clip also got nearly 520k reactions and more than 60k comments.

If you’re a Filipino watching this clip or someone who knows a Filipino (or has a Filipina girlfriend!), then you’d surely have a good laugh over the things featured on the video. How many of the things shared here can you relate with?

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Some might think this is an insult to Filipinos, but you’d be surprised that everyone’s actually laughing over this skit.

At the beginning of the clip, Markian’s Pinay ‘girlfriend’ was cutting the toilet papers so that they now have ‘twice as much’! LOL. Americans might think that’s crazy because you could just buy more or choose the smaller ones, but these are ‘clever’ Pinoy hacks.

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The ‘balut’ thing is also quite authentic, especially because Filipinos not only love to eat this delicacy but also enjoy watching their foreign visitors and friends attempt to eat it! LOL.

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Others on the list are just as funny: the balikbayan box, bargaining, ‘hiding’ from the sun while going to the beach, measuring water using fingers, saving the rice cooker, using a water bucket and ‘tabo’ when taking a bath, mommies or lolas or titas feeding you even if you don’t like to eat anymore, mangoes, Vicks, and other things.

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Check out this video and tell us what you think:

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Story of Wowowin Contestant Who Collects Grains of Rice for Food Makes Audience Cry

Life is not fair – and this holds true for many Filipinos who live far below the poverty line. These people have to rely on the mercy of others just to find food or have something to eat for the day. Many of them don’t even get to eat a good meal everyday – and a lot only get to eat once a day.

On ‘Wowowin’, the TV game show hosted by Willie Revillame, an old man recently went viral as he made netizens cry because of his very sad story.

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The old man does not have a family. His wife had long passed on due to a medical condition and they didn’t have children. Due to hardships in life, he is not able to find a good job to support himself. This led to him needing to collect grains of rice at the market, just so he could have food for the day.

As he shared his story, the audience could not help but cry as they could not imagine having to collect grains of rice just to have some food. Life must truly be so difficult for his old man that he had to do this to survive!

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His story was a sad example of what many people go through in the Philippines – and it was easy to see why the audience felt so sad about it.

Another contestant felt lucky to realize that though she might not be rich, she has received more blessings than other people – and this was a great realization.

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Meanwhile, one of the contestants is a young lady who was set to go abroad for a job on a 2-year contract. She made everyone cry and smile at the same time as she shared that she will be doing this for her family and would do her best to go through the difficult times abroad just for them to have a better life.

Watch their stories here:

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El Gamma Penumbra Wows at World’s Got Talent, Makes Everyone Cry

Four years after winning Asia’s Got Talent (AGT), Filipino shadow theater group El Gamma Penumbra has moved to a bigger stage as they joined World’s Got Talent, once again meeting David Foster who was among the judges of AGT.

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Set in China, the contest features some of the best talents around the world.

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This time, El Gamma Penumbra touched hearts with their interpretation of ‘Anak’ which included Chinese lyrics, perhaps in a bid to better reach the Chinese judges and audience.

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In their performance, the group showed the story of ‘Anak’, based on the song lyrics by Freddie Aguilar. Just like in the song, El Gamma Penumbra shared the story of a young kid who was cared for by his mother. She made sure to send him to school and cared for him, even preparing his food. Yet he forgot about his mother and took the wrong path.

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As his life took a darker, difficult turn, his mother was still there; though she was certainly broken hearted over what happened.

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She visited him in jail but the story implied that he stayed there for such a long time that when he was finally able to get out, she was already gone.

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Even as the young man got out into the stage, carrying his mother’s portrait, the judges and the audience were already in tears! No one could take that the mother was gone when this young man was already ready to change his life.

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As expected, thought, the superb performance raked in great comments from the judges. David told El Gamma Penumbra that he always finds their performance magical, especially because he could not understand how they were able to create those superb shadow images to match the story.

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Needless to say, the group made it to the next round! Watch their impressive performance here:

World's Got Talent El Gamma Penumbra

"Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving"Grab your box of tissues and watch this moving presentation that will bring you that much-needed catharsis (spoiler's galore)A heartfelt performance of El Gamma Penumbra @ World's Got Talent in Changsha, China."Anak" by Freddie Aguilarversion of KZ Tandingan w/ Mandarin translation.

Posted by El Gamma Penumbra on Sunday, April 21, 2019

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