29 June 2011

'PGT' grand winner Marcelito Pomoy on family and winning talent

After winning top prize on “Pilipinas Got Talent” Season 2, Marcelito Pomoy’s next fight may well be mending his broken family.

Underneath his seemingly effortless singing ability is a sob story: At a tender age, he and two of his siblings were abandoned by their mother after their father was imprisoned. While their eldest sister stayed with their mother, Marcelito and his other siblings were taken under the wing of foster parents.

The Kapamilya talent search had not only made Marcelito P2 million richer; his recent victory served as a bridge to bring his family together.

In an exclusive interview with Bulletin Entertainment, the 25-year-old Caviteño related that his family held a simple celebration after the June 26 grand finals night.

“Nag-dinner kami para magkasama-sama, kahit ngayon man lang, kasi ‘yung father ko may asawa nang iba... Nag-usap-usap kami na sana, patawarin na ‘yung mother ko o kung sino man ang may kasalanan sa kanila, kasi tao lang naman tayo eh,” he said.

Being with his family, dining peacefully together, gave Marcelito tremendous joy.

“Since bata pa talaga ako, ulila ako sa magulang, siyempre sabik din ako. Masaya na ko na nakita ko sila," he said.

However, he added, “Pero ‘yung pagmamahal na ramdam ko na magulang ko talaga sila, wala. Konti lang.”
It was a long and apparently tedious journey before Marcelito found his family. In a separate interview with DZMM aired on June 28, he recalled that at age seven, he learned from his foster parents that he was adopted. He eventually left them to search for his father.

Marcelito made ends meet all by himself, selling ice cream and balot, and working in construction and in a poultry farm. His search paid off after almost 10 years when  one of his father's friends recognized him and clued him in on his father's whereabouts. Marcelito was already 16 by then.

Although he was happy to have been reunited with his father, Marcelito left the former’s home after month. As he related to Bulletin Entertainment, “Hindi ko nagustuhan ‘yung pagtrato nung asawa niya. Siyempre napaisip ako nun, kaya umalis ako’t lumayas. Nagtrabaho, pumunta ng Maynila, tapos nagkita kami uli mga 24 na ko.”

Little did he know that this reunion with his father would lead him to see his mother again.

“Alam niya ‘yung mother ko sa Maynila. Nandun ako sa Maynila pero hindi ko talaga siya (mother) mahagilap. Tapos ‘yung cellphone number ng panganay namin na nasa kanya (father), binigay niya sa’kin. Sabi ko gusto kong pumunta ng Maynila para makita ko talaga. Kaya bumalik po ako ng Maynila,” he recounted.

Marcelito eventually saw his mother again. However, he confessed in the same DZMM interview, “Parang wala lang. Kumbaga dapat sabik ako nung makita ko ‘yung mother ko pero hindi eh.”

Nevertheless, Marcelito said he has forgiven his mother.

“Humingi rin siya ng tawad sa’kin, ‘Pasensya na kayo kasi aburido rin ‘yung utak ko no'n, hindi ko alam kung anong gagawin ko, kung anong ipapakain ko sa inyo…’

“Sabi ko, ‘Okay lang po ‘yun, kasi hindi ko naman po puwedeng hindi ka patawarin dahil nanay ko rin kayo. Kung wala kayo wala rin ako’,” he said.

On a lighter note, Marcelito shared how he acquired his talent, which not only wowed audiences but even earned standing ovations from “PGT” judges Kris Aquino, Ai Ai delas Alas and Freddie “FMG” Garcia.

“Nung nagtrabaho ako sa poultry [farm], tuwing nagii-spray ako sa ilalim ng kulungan ng mga manok, eh kumakanta ako. Ang kinakanta ko kasi dati ‘yung kay Celine Dion, ‘yung sa ‘Titanic’,” he told Bulletin Entertainment, referring to the classic, “My Heart Will Go On.”

He added: “Inisip ko po pa’no kaya kung gayahin ko ‘to, kung makukuha ko. Kasi hindi ko naman talaga in-expect na makukuha ko… kumakanta lang ako pero pagdinig ng ibang tao, iba na. Sabi nila, ‘Ang ganda ng boses mo, pambabae’.”

Performing “duet” songs using his male and female voice followed.

“Nag-try po ako umpisahan sa ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You.’ Nag-try po ako  kung kaya nang magche-change ng boses ko… Eh nakaya ko naman po,” he said.

Winning on “Pilipinas Got Talent” was an unexpected feat for Marcelito.
“Marami pong magagaling. Kaya nagulat na lang po ako, natulala na po ako,” he said.

Marcelito has yet to figure out what he’ll do with his prize money. He did say, though, that he hopes to build a house for his family.

He may not have a clear grasp as to where he’s headed next, but he doesn’t seem to mind.

“Basta kung ano na lang po ang dumating sa buhay ko ‘yun na ‘yun,” said Marcelito.

But given the chance, the “PGT 2” champ hopes to have his own album and concert---where he’ll showcase his now-famous 'dual' voice.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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