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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 9, 2021



ETHEL BOOBA is the original Sing-Galing BidaOke Champion and she now makes a grand comeback after 19 years as a special guest this season on the iconic videoke show for more laughs, plus a stunning revelation. 

Ethel has proven herself not only as a good singer but also as a truly hilarious comedian so she surely makes the show much more lively and entertaining. 

It was in 2002 that Ethel Booba boosted her showbiz career when she successfully defended her title as BidaOke Star for four weeks in “Sing Galing”. Known for her flamboyant outfits as well as her powerful singing voice, the popular comedienne is simply one of the most entertaining Sing-Galing singtestants to ever grace the show’s stage. 

She sang her own rendition of classic songs such as “Memories” by Barbra Streisand, “My Valentine” by Martina McBride & Jim Brickman, and “All Behind Us Now” by Patti Austin, for which she was able to win and reign as a champion. 

“I’m so happy to be back here dahil it gave my career such a big push then,” she says. 

“For my special comeback this season, I’ve prepared a big surprise for all Sing-Galing viewers. 

"Wag nyo na lang itanong kung ano, kasi surprise nga no? Abangan nyo na lang and basta I promise you masisiyahan kayo.”

Having her back on the program will surely double the show’s entertainment factor led by hosts and Sing Masters Randy Santiago, Donita Nose, and K Brosas, and the judges called Juke Bosses Rey Valera, Ronnie Liang, and Jessa Zaragoza.

Originally aired in the late 1990s, "Sing-Galing" is a multi-awarded Videoke Game program that was the first of its kind in the Philippines and Asia, allowing everyone an equal chance to win and earn by singing. 

Today, its inclusive karaoke format continues to draw in the gutsiest and bravest participants to have fun on the show. 

Don’t fail to see Ethel Booba for an entertaining and enjoyable bonding experience for everyone and anyone who enjoys singing, "Sing Galing, Ang Original Videoke Kantawanan ng Bansa!" every night at 6:30PM on TV5. 

Produced by Cignal TV and TV5, it encourages anybody who enjoys singing—young or old, professional or amateur—to join in, heralding its slogan "Magkaka-sing galing tayong lahat!" 

Each episode has three singtestants competing in three rounds to crown the BidaOke Star of the Night, who will vie for a spot in the grand finale