28 February 2012

Who's Singing At Pacquiao Fight?


A Filipino-American lass will sing the Philippine National Anthem before the world stage when Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao fights American Timothy Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas, ABS-CBN News reported Saturday.
Kirby Asunto, a 14-year-old New Yorker, was handpicked by Pacquiao to follow in the footsteps of Charice, Arnel Pineda, and Maria Aragon, who sang “Lupang Hinirang” in Pacquiao’s previous bouts.
The report said Asunto caught Pacquiao’s attention when she sang at the Mass offered before the boxing pound-for-pound champ’s November 2011 match with Juan Manuel Marquez. “That’s when he first heard me sing,” Asunto said in an e-mail to ABS-CBNnews.com.

Pacquiao was captivated by the young talent’s voice that he asked her to perform in his after-fight concert, following his controversial win over the Mexican.
While in the US last week to promote his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight showdown with Bradley, Pacquiao invited Asunto to his Los Angeles residence and asked her to sing the national anthem on fight night.
Asunto said she didn’t think twice and said “yes.”
“He asked me if I knew how to sing the national anthem of the Philippines,” Asunta told ABS-CBNnews.com by e-mail. “I actually had a video on YouTube of me singing ‘Lupang Hinirang’ here in New Jersey.”
Born on November 6, 1997 in the Philippines, Asunto said she has had aspirations of being a professional singer since she was young.
“I aspire to be a famous singer one day. I want to be just like Adele, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, and many other famous singers whom people know today.”
Her ticket to fame may be her coming performance in Las Vegas when the world watches Pacquiao vs. Bradley.
“I would want to be known in the whole world so that my fellow young talents back in the Philippines would be inspired to be a famous singer,” she said. “I was very happy and very honored.”

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