“The Star Balladeer”

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Edgar Miranda – Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4

“Practice makes perfect.” As cliché as this catchphrase may sound these words have always rung true for Pop Icon contender Edgar ‘Ed’ Dela Torre Miranda.  Ed Miranda also dubbed as “The Star Balladeer” has always lived by this line and for him he should not stop until he believes he has perfected whatever it is he is putting his energy into especially in his craft – his singing ability.  29-year old Ed who works in Sales for upper end supermarket chain Danube is not inexperienced in the field of singing and singing contests as he has previously qualified as finalist in JPOP Season 2, an experience he vowed to use to his advantage in future.  And such future is here  – only a few months after he again made it as Finalist in Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4 to sing it off with other talented artists.   Musicality-wise he is into ballads singing popular solos by his favourite Gary Valenciano. He also loves the gorgeous voice of La Diva Jonalyn Viray.  With talent and pop star factor in hand Edgar is more than ready to conquer the Pop Icon stage.

Image credits: Julius Domingo

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The Neo-Soul Balladeer

 

Efren Dignos – Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4

“Music is my life.”, says our “Neo-Soul Balladeer” Efren ‘Fren’ Baybayon Dignos from Masbate City.

Joining Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4 is an entirely new experience for the 22-year old singer who was very excited when he was declared as one of the finalists.

Aside from his singing voice he has also been endowed with a talent in playing the guitar and from early on has fostered the influence for the love of music with a musically-inclined group of friends.  Fren’s type of music is R&B ballad and his personal favourite is John Lennon’s classic piece ‘Imagine’ and his favourite male and female singers are Michael Buble, and Jaya, respectively.

Fren goes by the words ‘Live Life!’ and is determined and wants to be the next Jeddah Pop Icon.

 

Image: Jace Domingo

 

Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4 Contender Bryan de Vera a.k.a. “The Concert Prince”

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“The Concert Prince” Bryan ‘Yan’ Canero De Vera is another pop ballad artist in this competition.  His favourite artists are all high vocal ranged singers – Eric Santos, Jed Madela, Michael Bolton, and Celine Dion.  By looking up to these powerhouse artists, Yan has definitely set a high standard for his own singing style.  He has acquired a major part of his musical influence from his parents. At his age of twenty eight joining talent-based competitions is not new to this contender.   He has previously joined two local singing competitions, Himig ng Kalayaan Season 2 and JPOP Season 1.  This artist from Pangasinan says he believes in the power of his dream and that dream is to be the next Jeddah Pop Icon winner. His go-to line in life, by his own words, goes something like this: ’If you want to reach the top, in the middle of the road don’t stop.’

Kale – Superfood, Supergood

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The Cheesecake Factory’s Kale Salad

I’ve said it before. The Cheesecake Factory’s kale salad has become my go to salad. Yes, it’s kale! Never mind the nutritional value of this superfood (That’s already a given!). I think it’s all about that burst of the cocktail of flavors – the distinct taste of pine nuts, sun dried raisins and fresh crunchy apples combined with the sweetness of kale tossed over just the right dressing all just sums up into a perfect flavor marriage.

Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4 Contender Dennis Bernardo, Jr. a.k.a. “Mr Pure Soul”

15 Dennis copyVoice quality. Check! Vocal ability. Check! Pop star quality. Check! Three main ingredients in the formula to making a Jeddah Pop Icon are already innate to this contender.  Dennis Bernardo aka “Mr. Pure Soul” is a soulful ballad singer who can effortlessly play the piano and the guitar. He loves the music of Gary Valenciano whose song ‘The Warrior is a Child’ is his favourite piece.  25-year old Dennis is just on an official  transient work here in Jeddah with a three-month assignment as Passenger Service Agent at the King Abdulaziz International Airport.  Despite that he is still fully determined that he will finish the competition and end up as the Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4 winner before finally going back to the Philippines.  As Dennis believes, ‘Many people dream but only a few make those dreams happen.’  And this soul singer is one of those few who want to make a move and make that dream happen.

Sweet Enchantress

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Rachell Bartolome – Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4

“Sweet Enchantress,” is how we call this talented young lady by another name.  Rachell Precioso Bartolome, our contender from Cagayan Valley, is a 22-year old nurse.  Rachell’s music inspiration is something that evolved somewhere close to heart – at home – from her Mother who is a big music lover.  Her favourite genre is acoustic pop with Celine Dion and Bryan Adams as her fave musicians.  Not only does she possess an enchanting angelic voice she also has a gift in playing musical instruments like the flute and the banduria.  She believes in the words “I can and I will’ – words she promises to harness in trying to become this season’s Jeddah Pop Icon.  This singing enchantress gave a stunning audition by her flawless rendition of Alicia Keys’s  ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ which rightfully earned her her spot in the Finals.

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Image: Jace Domingo | Jace’s Portraits

HMU: Jonathan Agudaña