The Emotional Soul Performer

During his auditions this guy was noted to be full of emotions as he sings from the heart – which fittingly goes with the moniker  “The Emotional Soul Performer”.

Dennis Mamac - Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4
Dennis Mamac – Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4

Dennis ‘Dhen’ Mamac was born on December 10, 1986 and hails from San Pedro, Laguna.  He claims ballad as his favorite music genre and lists Gary Valenciano and Sarah Geronimo amongst his top favorite artists.  Dennis shares his biggest musical influence is his family. Dhen previously had the feel of being in the spotlight when he was pitted as one of the finalists in the recent JPOP 2014, a singing competition also in Jeddah.  He believes joining Jeddah Pop Icon 2014 presents an avenue for him to show and share his music – a Gift from God – to others, while trying to be the ultimate winner.

Image credits: Jace Domingo of Jace’s Portraits


Oh! Oh! Lime!

I woke up to this awww moment. 👌😻

This is a repost of an Instagram post by my brother @wherejoyresides:

‘ They say that, “when we’re away, our #pets actually miss us more than we miss them.” I just left four of ours back home. Meet the very playful, Lime. #GoldenRetriever #dogs #doglovers #lovinglife #mansbestfriend ‘

The Gifted Protégé

Eugene Manimtim - Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4
Eugene Manimtim – Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4

Representing Camarines Sur of the Bicol Region is Eugene Burog Manimtim.  Eugene, the singing barista is also known in this competition as “The Gifted Protégé”.  This 29-year old Pop Icon contender is no stranger to winning singing competitions both in the Philippines and abroad.  His previous stints include: ‘The Voice of McDonald’s Philippines 2005’ Nationwide Champion, Finalist in GMA TV Network’s ‘Protégé 2011’, a nationwide reality-based singing talent show for television in the Philippines, ‘Himig ng Kalayaan KSA 2012’ Grand Champion, and ‘Talentadong Pinoy Dubai 2013’ Semi-Finalist.  In addition to these decorated achievements, Eugene will try and make it once again and become the Jeddah Pop Icon 2014 grand winner as he believes he has both the talent and the personality deserving of that Pop Icon status.

Image: Jace Domingo

Danube’s Birit Prince

Eman Alcantara - Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4
Eman Alcantara – Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4

Pop Icon contender Emmanuel ‘Eman’ Flores Alcantara a.k.a. “Danube’s Birit Prince” is into R&B music.  His favorite musicians include Ne-yo, Ogie Alcasid, and Regine Velasquez.  This Birit Prince finds singing by his lonesome a very relaxing pastime.  Eman admittedly shares joining FAME’s Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4 is yet his second time to join a singing competition.  His reasons in joining talent contests are primarily personal as he would like to overcome his fear – not the fear of losing but the fear of not being able to give his best performance in front of his audience – as for this 27-year old Bulakenyo becoming a singer has always been his long-time dream. And he will once more fulfill this dream as he believes he has in him what it takes to be the next Jeddah Pop Icon.

Image: Jace Domingo

Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4 Grand Finalist Paolo Melendres a.k.a. “The Voice of a Dreamer”

Van Paolo Melendres - Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4
Van Paolo Melendres – Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4

“The Voice of a Dreamer” – as the label goes for this 28-year old Pop Icon contender from Bukidnon – G. Paolo ‘Van Pacaldo Melendres who has a radio show on Dream Radio FM Philippines.  Paolo Melendres, better known by his stage name, Van Paolo, is a pop balladeer.  He has a profound liking for ballads and loves taking on his own versions of popular ballad pieces popularly covered by his favorite – ‘The Singer’s Singer’ and Star Records artist Jed Madela.  Aside from singing, Van Paolo also loves doing voice-overs, another area where his well-modulated vocals are being put to good use.  He has also done some corporate shows in the past one of them was as a guest performer at a Red Cross Anniversary.  He reveals to Jeddah Pop Icon his artistic inclinations can be largely ascribed to a group of close friends who share the same love for music.  Van Paolo believes he is ready to show what he’s got on the Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4 stage.

Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4 Grand Finalist Mark ‘Krob’ Mercader a.k.a. “The Soul Prince of Pop”

Mark 'Krob' Mercader - Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4
Mark ‘Krob’ Mercader – Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4

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.