Singing from the heart is his edge over other artists claims the “Soul Prince of Pop”. ‘Unlike other artists na mataas ang boses, bumibirit, ako isinasapuso ko ang bawat kantang aking inaawit,’ quips Mark ‘Krob’ Ligo Mercader, a pure Tagalog being born and raised in his hometown of Calamba, Laguna. He loves to sing and make drawings as his favorite pastime. Krob’s taste in music is more into the soul, ballad, and classical music genres. Music was ingrained in him early on by influences mainly from his equally gifted family and friends, and was nurtured in time by shadowing his fave artists, household names such as Michael Buble, Martin Nievera, and Eric Santos to name a few. He is also blown by the unique crystal clear voice of rising singer Klarisse De Guzman. As a one-time grand finalist in a previous singing competition here in Jeddah, JPOP 2012, Krob is again back in the running – this time to become Jeddah’s next Pop Icon.