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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 3, 2016

Nyoy Volante Gets To Join Both Himig Handog And Philpop 2016 Songwriting Competitions, Will Also Star In Broadway Musical 'Jersey Boys'

NYOY VOLANTE was an interpreter in the recent Himig Handog Songwriting Contest of ABS-CBN, singing “Patay na si Uto”. Now, he’s also an interpreter in PhilPop 2016 whose finals night will be held at Kia Theatre on July 23 and aired on TV5. This time he is singing the song “Sintunado” by Jeroel Maranan. It’s good he’s allowed to perform in both songwriting competitions. “Nagpaalam naman ako, e,” he says. “And I just feel so lucky to be given the chance to interpret these songs, which are both great.”

So which one does he prefer between the two? “Pareho. Magkaiba naman sila ng genre. Any singer will feel so blessed na sila ang mapili para kantahin ang entries na ito.”

Aside from Himig Handog and PhilPop 2016, Nyoy is also busy preparing for the hit Broadway musical that will be staged by Atlantis Productions locally for the first time, “Jersey Boys”. He will play the lead role of Frankie Valli who sings “You’re Just too Good to be True” in the show that will be staged at the Meralco Theatre in September. His co-stars are Christian Bautista, Markki Stroem and Nino Alejandro.

Nyoy walked down the aisle with theatre actress Mikkie Bradshaw a couple of months ago. So how is married life so far? “Great, we’re doing okay.” Do they intend to have a baby soon? “Next year na siguro, marami pang trabaho, e.”

Here’s wishing Nyoy good luck. May his song “Sintunado” win the P1 million grand prize. Other favorite entries of ours are “Tinatangi” by Bayang Barrios and Cookie Chua with the Benjamins, “Lahat” by Jason Dy, “Di Na Muli” by Itchyworms and “Stars are Aligned” by Jimmy Marquez and Acapella-go. At the presscon of PhilPop 2016 recently, the Acapella-go stole the scene when they were asked to sing their version of the children’s song, “Tatlong Bibe”, which is a big hit on youtube. We’d like to thank Viva for sending us a CD sampler of all the finalist songs. The judges will really have a tough time choosing the winners as they are mostly great and endearing.