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Pinoy Pop Star Season 4

Meet the singers

POPSTAR.NEW.SCHEDSThe countdown is now on for the semi-finals of the Pinoy Pop Star singing contest. Forty singers will compete over two evenings at the McPhillips Station Casino (2nd floor) on Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5, 2019.

The talented performers – all from Winnipeg – are vying for 12 spots in the Pinoy Pop Star Season 4 Grand Final, which will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Who will win the top prizes? Meet some of the singers and get to know a little about them and their love of music.

The Grand Champion will win $2,000 cash and Grand Prize trophy. The First Runner-up will take home $750 cash and Second Prize trophy, and the Second Runner-up will receive $500 cash and Third Prize trophy.

All shows start at 8:00 p.m. on the second floor of the McPhillips Station Casino. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be bought on line through Ticketmaster:
Semi-Finals: $10.00 each plus GST and agency fees.
Grand Finals tickets: $20.00 each plus GST and agency fees.

Buy your tickets in person at the McPhillips Station Casino or the Club Regent Casino and save $3.25 on your total ticket purchase. Ticket outlets are in the gift shops of either casino. The McPhillips Station Casino gift shop is located near the Skywalk entrance on the second floor, close to the free parking. The Club Regent gift shop is located at the north entrance, close to the Event Centre.

You can also use your Club Card Player Points to purchase tickets (in-person at Casino only). Club Card members receive a $10 Free Play at each Semi-final or Grand Final event they attend.

The Semi-Finalists


Friday January 4, 2019

1 Suban 1. Kristina Gamurot Suban
Music is her passion, next to being a wife and a mother of two children. She graduated from The Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba with a major in Human Resources Management and is currently employed at Great-West Life.
2 Ang 2. Ylin Ang
A health care student at the Academy of Learning College, Ylin’s hobbies include singing, dancing and cooking.
4 Dumangan 4. Richard Dumangan
A native of Pangasinan, Richard is married with three children. His love for music started when he was a child. At the age of 17 he joined a band called Caravan, which entertain guests on cruise ships. Upon returning to Manila after seven years, they performed in several hotels. Richard and his family moved to Canada in 2017.
5 Naquila  5. Glenn Naquila – Currently working as an IT technician in downtown Winnipeg, Glenn was an undergrad of the UST Conservatory of Music in the Philippines, and was an active member of Coro Tomasino. He has performed with various Filipino groups such as Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and the UST Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at the CCP’s Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Araneta Coliseum, and the Folk Arts Theatre. Glenn is currently a member of St. Peter’s Church Grand Choir and he participated in their recently concert, Tu Es Petrus. He is also the front man of the band, No Boundaries, which recently opened the Spongecola concert held recently in Winnipeg.
6 Gatdula 6. Klayd Gatdula
A graduate of the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Diploma program at Red River College, Klayd started singing and playing the guitar when he was in Grade 9.
7 Mendoza 7. Ryan Mendoza
A hip hop producer, Ryan’s daily life consists of work, making music and playing video games.
8 Ambrosio 8. Robbie Ambrosio
He loves writing screenplays and hopes that one day he can see his work on the big screen. He has already appeared in several TV commercials. His all-time favourite singers are Stevie Wonder and Sam Smith.
9 Dimayuga 9. Vina Dimayuga
Singing since the age of six, Vina is an active member of Magdaragat Philippines Inc., and has performed at Folklorama for the past 12 years. She is currently a student at the Canadian Mennonite University, where she is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. Vina one day hopes to help heal and inspire others through her love for music.
10 Orbeta 10. Benjie Orbeta
A BS graduate in Computer Science from at STI College in Makati, Benjie is also a graduate of the Health Care Aide program at Robertson College in Winnipeg. He is currently working at the Royal Canadian Mint. His hobbies include singing, playing basketball and billiards.
11 Maranan 11. Jonathan Maranan
Currently an education student at the University of Winnipeg, Jonathan is planning to become an English teacher in the near future. In his free time, he enjoys recording music and spending time with family and friends.
12 Teodoro 12. Noel Teodoro
The lead singer of the Winnipeg band Soulblast, Noel also works in an aircraft manufacturing company. Aside from singing, he loves to keep fish as a hobby.
13 Macasaet 13. Andrea Macasaet
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Andrea is a student at the University of Winnipeg. She is also a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria BC.
14 Ventura 14. Emogen Ventura – Formerly a lead vocalist in The EC Jammers Orchestra in the Philippines, Emogen also sang in a band called Killer Bee and worked as an in-house wedding singer in a hotel in the Philippines. He currently works at Maple Leaf Consumer Foods as a forklift operator and is a member of the ALIW acoustic live group. His hobbies are playing basketball, ping pong, billiards and singing.
16 Fernando 16. Ariel Fernando – Born and raised in Navotas City, Ariel was a high school teacher who also used to work as a music researcher at ABS-CBN TV for variety and reality shows. He arrived in Winnipeg in 2014 and is now a Certified EAL Teacher for Newcomers; Immigrants and Refugees. He is currently taking courses at the University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Education.
19 Hipol 19. Rogelio Hipol
A newcomer to Canada in 2016, Rogelio works as in business operations support at an insurance company. His hobbies are watching movies and singing videoke. He loves dogs and cats. He says he is not picky when it comes to food; he loves to eat everything!
20 Ferrer 20. Joyce Amante Ferrer – She is the administrative coordinator at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending quality time with her kids Kai, Kia and Kaleb, and her husband, Tim. Singing is her first love and she is grateful for the opportunity to share her love of music with the talented semi-finalist group for this years’ Pinoy Pop Star.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

21 Colada 21. Joyze Colada – A first year student at the University of Winnipeg, Joyze aspires to be a teacher and she is currently taking French as her major. She took part in a scholarship for young Filipinas called Dalagita and was one of the five girls of the Year 2 of Dalagitas. Some of her hobbies include playing guitar, singing, filming and editing videos. She also takes part in a religious community called The Light of Jesus Family: The Feast, where she serves in the music ministry.
22 Caldo

22. Josh Caldo
A recent high school graduate, Josh has grown to be a passionate musician. He is currently pursuing musical theatre and is in two upcoming shows with Winnipeg Studio Theatre – Reefer Madness and Pippin.

23 Tagarda 23. Marini Tagarda
A university student majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology, Marini aspires to become a lawyer or have a career in government that involves helping people. She currently works at Chachi’s. She loves to read, write and, of course, sing!
24 Golondrina 24. Audrey Chavez Golondrina
Her love for singing began in elementary school and she has participated in musicals, competitions, and concerts. She works full time as a program assistant at the University of Manitoba. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, trying new foods and, of course, singing!
25 Dago 25. Jocelyn Dago
A Winnipegger for a little more than three years now, Jocelyn works as a security officer at Balmoral Hall School for girls. She is a loving mother to her 17 year-old daughter, and she in a relationship with Bobbie Bilgera.
26 Quinit 26. Richelle Quinit – A first year student at the University of Manitoba, Richelle has loved music and singing since the age of five and she has also found a new passion for dancing with L.I.V.E. She has performed and in many events and competitions in Winnipeg and loves sharing her passion for music with others through performing. Richelle is thankful for every opportunity she is blessed with and hopes to make her family and friends proud.
29 Alcid 29. Oishly Alcid
Presently working full-time at a nursing home Oishly is on a waitlist for Nursing. She has participated as a front act in some concerts here in Winnipeg. Oishley was a member of her high school choir and vocal jazz group. She was the grand champion of LPAM’s Got Talent 2016. Oisley likes to share her cover songs via her Youtube channel.
30 Lacno 30. Mark Anthony Lacno – He works full-time as a health and safety officer in Maple Leaf Foods and works part-time at Symcor, a business outsourcing company. Singing has been Mark’s passion since he was eight years old. He loves to sing Karaoke with his family and friends. Being health conscious, Mark works out everyday at the gym. He loves sports like bowling and weight lifting, and he would really love to travel and explore different places.
32 Cantalejo 32. Rowelie Cantalejo – Currently working at St. Boniface Hospital, Rowelie has been singing since the age of four and also has a love for dance, musical theatre and performing. Rowelie has also performed in the Rainbow Stage productions of Big, the Musical, Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat and The King and I. She was a member of the Highlights Performing Group, Synergy Dance Production and Kayumanggi Philippine Performing Arts. Rowelie dedicates her performance to her grandmother.
33 Maliwanag 33. Cherry Maliwanag
A university student, Cherry also works part-time as a unit clerk at Seven Oaks Hospital.
35 Mari 35. Keesha Mae Mari
A recipient of The Nariman Ayed Award for Music, Keesha was a featured artist at the 2018 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival and she is the regular co-host of AYOS, the Ayos Diva.
36 Villanueva 36. Joey Villanueva
A student of residential design at Red River College, Joey is also a special orders coordinator at Rona Home & Garden Centre. His hobbies include curling and swimming.
37 Eleno 37. Jan Eleno
Currently a Grade 12 student, Jan actively participates in her school’s choir and various student groups. Jan’s hobbies include singing and drawing.
38 Castro 38. Lawrence Castro
An active member of the Winnipeg Glee Club, Lawrence also works for the City of Winnipeg, Water & Waste Department. He enjoys working out in his free time.
39 Samson 39. Delailah Samson
Originally from Tarlac, Delailah came to Canada in 2009. She is health care aide who loves to play badminton in her spare time. She is the proud mother of a 17-year old young man.
40 Combate 40. Louise Combate
An EEG tech at The Children’s Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, Louise studied with a BSc Major in Psychology at the University of Manitoba. She plays guitar and likes badminton and volleyball. She also loves dogs and would love to rescue or foster one.

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