For years, we’ve seen Filipinas’ musical prowess recognised both on the local and international stage: Lea Salonga has made us proud by becoming the Disney princesses we love and leaving us in awe during her powerful performances in musicals; Rachelle Ann Go had proven yet again that we can conquer theatre with her powerful performance in Miss Saigon; Vanessa Hudgens has given us a childhood to remember through High School Musical; Nicole Scherzinger has made songs with the Pussycat Dolls that we just love to bop to. And up until now, female singers from our country are leading the global charts.
Here are some of Filipinas dominating the contemporary music industry:
It’s definitely HER year. This singer and songwriter has been making hits in the US with songs like I Can’t Breathe, which won the 2021 Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and Fight For You, which won at the 2021 Oscars. Despite being known for her English tracks, at home, HER belts out Maging Sino Ka Man for her Filipino relatives, who have supported her for years. She remarks that her Filipino mother keeps her humble after all this time.