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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
AJ Raval’s Bedroom Cleanup Video Goes Viral
Everyone’s doing various videos about different stuff these days, but who would have thought that a bedroom cleanup video would receive more then 2.1 million views in just a few days, huh? You’ve got to hand it to AJ Raval to keep something as boring as that become so interesting!
AJ Raval’s Bedroom Cleanup Video
These days, there are so many celebrities who are sharing stuff about their day-to-day lives on social media, creating vlogs for their followers to watch. So many are creating prank videos or are doing good deeds on social media, with netizens saying that they are just doing that for the likes and views.
But there are also those who go viral even without doing these “do good” stuff! Just like AJ Raval who recently went viral with her bedroom cleanup video.
In less than a week, the nearly 23-minute clip has gained over 2.1 million views – and we’re quite sure that 90% of those views are from guys, for obvious reasons.
But the video had such a simple title, “Cleaning My Bedroom.” You would have thought that it would gain a maximum of 10 views, huh?
That certainly means that AJ knows how to keep things interesting in her video to keep the people watching.
Check this out:
As you can see in the clip, it’s obvious that there’s really nothing amazing or new about the bedroom cleanup that AJ was doing. Everyone’s doing right about the same thing from time to time, huh?
But her outfit in the video and the way she makes the chores appear to be so much fun made people continue watching until the very end. That’s certainly something, considering that the video is nearly 23 minutes long.
Did you watch it to the end?
Who is AJ Raval?
AJ Raval is the daughter of Jeric Raval. The young star admitted in past interviews that her dad isn’t really supportive of the things she’s doing on social media and in her movies! Guess all dads will always feel that way, huh?
Sitti Responds to Netizen’s Post about Her Song and Chicken Cordon Bleu at Weddings
“Ito yung pineplay sa kasalan habang nakapila ang tao sa buffet. Hayss miss ko na [chicken] cordon bleu,” a netizen jokingly lamented while alluding to Sitti’s “Para sa Akin” song. LOL.
Sitti’s Song Popular in Wedding Receptions
Pinay bossa nova singer Sitti Navarro recently went viral after responding to a netizen’s post about her song and chicken cordon bleu at weddings. The netizen was simply having some wishful thinking about attending a wedding to eat chicken cordon bleu while Sitti’s song, “Para sa Akin”, plays in the background as the guests choose food from the buffet table.
The singer laughed at how people have come to associate the song with wedding buffets (and chicken cordon bleu since this is a popular reception menu). She also admits that she misses attending and singing at weddings or other special events. Though she did not mention it, Sitti refers to the lack of events due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Amused over the netizen Ron Ron’s comment about her song, Sitti promised to sing at his wedding. She also jokingly promised to pay for the cordon bleu, adding that she will definitely not scrimp on that order.
Soon, the post reached the netizen who commented on the post. It turned out to be a certain Ron Aldwin De Ramos who wrote, “Salamat Ms. Sitti Navarro at dun sa ig user na nakapansin ng post ko! Hahaha sana po kayo ang kumanta sa kasal ko at isang tray ng cordon bleu ang inyo hahahahaha char!!”
Meanwhile, a lot of netizens commented that they feel the same way that Ron Ron does when they hear Sitti’s song because this is often played in the weddings that they had attended.
“Pag pineplay to naaamoy mo yung mga handa sa buffet. Hahaha,” one wrote.
“Kanya kanyang plate kasi sa buffet kaya bagay yung song na “Para sa kain”(Akin) 😂😂😂,” another joked.
Who is Sitti?
Sitti Navarro, popularly known simply as ‘Sitti’, is a bossa nova singer in the Philippines. She started her professional singing career as one of the winners of “MTV Supahstar: D’ Super Search” that led to her recording contract.
“Tattooed On My Mind” is one of the most popular songs that Sitti released on her debut album, Café Bossa. Sitti has released a total of 7 studio albums and 2 live albums. She won “Favorite New Artist in a Video” for “Para sa Akin” in the 2006 MTV Pilipinas Music Awards.
Former Bus Conductor Now Owns Rental Cars in US, Hollywood Celebs Among Customers
A Filipino former bus conductor now owns a fleet of luxury rental cars in the US – and several Hollywood celebrities have been his customers! How amazing is that, huh?
Pinoy Former Bus Conductor Meets Hollywood Stars
He was born to a poor family and sometimes felt ashamed about how their house looked after visiting his classmates’ homes, but Felix doubled his efforts to succeed in life. This led to him owning a fleet of rental cars in the US and meeting several Hollywood stars and celebrities in the process.
“Nu’ng bata ako, akala ko lahat ng tao ginagawa ‘yung ginagawa namin. ‘Yung nanay ko nagluluto sa kahoy, naghuhugas ng plato sa balde. Pero nu’ng napunta ako sa bahay ng kaklase ko nu’ng high school, nakita ko na meron silang couch. Maganda ‘yung lababo nila. Hiyang-hiya ako sa katayuan ng buhay namin noon. Doon ko na-realize na dapat akong magsumikap,” he recalled.
But being poor did not become a hindrance for Felix. Instead, this became his inspiration to try harder to succeed in life so he could also enjoy the same conveniences that his classmates had.
Things were not easy for him at first. As bus conductor, he only earned a few pesos per day, but someone inspired him to try harder to reach for his dreams.
“Naging konduktor ako. Sumusweldo ng 10-15 pesos kada araw. May naging kaibigan ako. Siya ‘yung nag-push sa akin na ‘wag mawalan ng pag-asa. Kaya nagkaroon ako ng lakas ng loob gawin ‘yung gusto ko. Naghanap ako ng paraan. Sumampa ako ng barko. Hanggang sa nagkaroon ng oportunidad dito sa Amerika,” Felix added.
In America, the former bus conductor found fortune after investing everything he had in a fleet of cars for rent.
“Sinugal ko lahat ng naipon ko para masimulan ‘tong business na ‘to. Sa awa ng Diyos, may mga tumatawag na mag-aavail ng car rental service. Nagkaroon ako ng pasaherong Hollywood celebrities, gaya nina Patti Austin, Simon Cowell at si Captain America Chris Evans!” he happily shared. “Basta ‘wag kang mag-give up. Aim high.”
Why are Bus Conductors Important?
Bus drivers are supposed to stay focused on the road but with so many passengers getting on and off, it would be hard for him to collect the fare and give the passengers’ change. This is where the bus conductor steps in. His task is to collect the fare and ensure that the passengers pay the right amount, depending on how far they traveled and other factors.