Spotlight on Himig Handog Interpreters, Part 6

Every year, Himig Handog makes sure to include a wide array of interpreters—which includes beginners in the music scene and those who have spanning careers through different platforms. One of them this year is Your Face Sounds Familiar performer and acoustic singer Nyoy Volante. Although Nyoy was a first time interpreter in the tilt, he boasts of a really strong singing background both onstage and in theater.

Oliver Narag’s heart wrenching yet eye-opening and blunt song Patay na si Uto got a much-needed intense emotion through Nyoy’s interpretation. Patay na Si Uto’s music video was made by iAcademy.

Nyoy includes the local adaptation of Rock of Ages, Hairspray, Legally Blonde and Shrek as part of his past projects. But Nyoy’s first venture into the music scene happened in 2000 when he released his self-titled LP.


After taking on TV and the big screen, love team Marlo Mortel and Janella Salvador are set to conquer the Himig Handog Finals Night stage together and for the first time at that. Following his participation on music video of Janella’s 2014 interpretation of Mahal Kita Pero, Marlo has finally joined her on the tilt as an interpreter. They are the third duet to be part of this year’s competition.

MarNella, as they were popularly called, was tasked to sing Francis Louis Salazar’s Mananatili about the lingering memories and emotions of a past relationship after a former couple sees one another anew. Mananatili’s music video was made by Asia Pacific Film Institute.

After being partnered for the first time on the hit daytime serye Be Careful with My Heart, MarNella soared higher as they got an offer to star in their first movie which was also their first Metro Manila Film Festival. But on the musical side, their first duet happened on Janella’s debut album, which was released last year for the song Kapag Tumibok ang Puso.

Janella hails from a musically inclined family led by her mother Jenine Desiderio who played Kim, the iconic character on the West End production of Miss Saigon. Marlo for his part, like Michael Pangilinan, was also part of the all-male boy band Harana Boys. But his name only came into the mainstream consciousness after auditioning on X Factor Philippines in 2012.


Almost two decades since she performed Super Pinoy on Handog’s first edition, which was then titled Himig Handog sa Bayaning Pilipino, the Original Queen of Star Music, is back as part of Himig Handog this year.

Jolina lent her voice to Agatha and Melvin Morallos mature take on love with Tama Lang, which tells the story of learning to love someone not only because you want to but because you have to. Tama Lang’s music video was created by Ateneo de Manila University.

While many know Jolina as the bubbly girl on the youth-oriented show Ang TV in 1992 and eventually as a bankable actress, she can actually boast of being an accomplished pop star and recording artist. Of the many albums that she released which even included chart-topping songs that made it into movie and TV soundtracks, her most notable releases were Jolina (1999) and On Memory Lane (2000) which became certified platinum for selling more than 150,000 copies.


Apart from having a podium finish, Himig Handog interpreters can also take home other recognitions during the finals night. To vote for the One Music.PH Favorite Interpreter simply head on to their website.


Thinking of supporting your favorite composers, interpreters or even seeing your favorite host and performers live during the Himig Handog Finals Night? It’s just simple!



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