An 11-year-old Filipino kid earned a standing ovation from various dignitaries, philanthropists, and beauty queens with his performance at the Miss World 2011 Charity Ball held in London last Oct. 31.
Clark Gamul’s rendition of the Smokey Mountain classic “Paraiso” at the said event was met with warm cheers from the audience, as seen in the video recently uploaded by global corporate branding company Fusion Excel—in which Clark is a beneficiary and child ambassador for its “Hope For Children" program —on YouTube.
Following this latest accomplishment, Clark is said to have received invitations from other countries including South Korea, South Africa, and New Zealand, as reported by abs-cbnNEWS.com on Nov. 15.
As stated in Fusion Excel’s Facebook fan page, Clark, together with his family, were invited by Miss World Organization CEO and founder Julia Morley.
Clark’s father, tricycle driver Ermelito Gamul, is apparently brimming with pride and happiness over his son’s achievement.
“Sobrang tuwa ko po sa nangyari kasi hindi po namin inasahan na darating po sa ganitong punto,” abs-cbnNEWS.com quoted him as saying.
Clark’s sponsor, Pastor Art Medina, related in the same report, “Nag-volunteer kami na tulungan siya para mabago ang kanilang buhay at ma-develop ang kanyang gift of singing.”
In a separate interview in the abs-cbnNEWS.com report, Clark, who hails from Cubao, Quezon City, recalled that his father “discovered” him when he was five years old.
“… kaya tini-train niya po ako, tapos ‘yun na nga po, kumakanta na po ako, minsan sa palengke po,” he added.
It was also his talent that helped change his family's simple, humble life at an informal settlers’ community, having performed in Asian countries such as Thailand and Malaysia, added the abs-cbnNEWS.com report.
By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ