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Darren Espanto – Be With Me (Deluxe) – 2017 ALBUM

Darren Lyndon Gonzales Espanto (born May 24, 2001) is a Filipino-Canadian singer and actor well-known for his cover songs such as Chandelier, originally sung by Sia. He first joined a competition at the age of ten, where he won the Masters Finals of the Pinoy Singing Sensation competition in Edmonton. He made his first television appearance at the same age when he joined YTV’s reality television The Next Star in 2012; he became the youngest finalist in the history of the show to be included in the Top 6. However, he rose to prominence after joining the first season of The Voice Kids Philippines. On June 1, 2014, Espanto became a part of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic.[3]

Espanto released his first full-length self-titled studio album, Darren in December 2014, under MCA Music Inc. (Philippines), a Universal Music Group company. It debuted at number 1 on the Philippine charts of Apple’s iTunes store and Astro Chart; it is now a certified Double Platinum. In May 2015, Espanto staged a major solo concert at MOA Arena, he set a record for being the youngest artist to perform at the said venue at the age of 14. In May 2016, he released his sophomore album titled Be with Me, also under MCA Music Inc. (Philippines), featuring his carrier single “7 Minutes”, that was then followed by “Starlight” and “Parachute”, which also became number 1 on the Philippine charts of Apple’s iTunes store after just being released. The said album is now a certified Platinum. In August 2018, he later ventured into acting where he played Yohan (younger brother of George, portrayed by Bernardo) in The Hows Of Us starring Kathryn Bernardo with Daniel Padilla directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina which happens to be one of the highest-grossing Philippine movies of all time to date. In April 2019, Espanto was the only Filipino artist invited as a guest performer in the grand finals of Singer 2019 in China. Espanto, along with Asia’s Phoenix Morissette Amon, was also handpicked by Disney to perform the rendition of “A Whole New World” as part of the Philippine promotion of the movie Aladdin in May 2019. In November 2019, the theme song for the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit titled “Side by Side” was launched, where he participated as one of the 11 ASEAN singers representing each member country. The same month, he released his original composition, “Sasagipin Kita”, also under MCA Music Inc. (Philippines). The song debuted at number 1 on the Philippine charts of Apple’s iTunes store on the first day of its release. In April 2020, Espanto was appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (under its Philippine office) as its first-ever celebrity Youth Advocate to promote its Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, focusing on climate action, biodiversity conservation and youth empowerment. In November 2020, Espanto released a new Christmas single, “Believe in Christmas”, under MCA Music Inc. (Philippines) which debuted at number 1 of Apple’s iTunes store Philippines two hours upon its release.

Arnel Pineda – AP (Deluxe Edition) – 2017 Album

In this Philippine name, the middle name or maternal family name is Campaner and the surname or paternal family name is Pineda.
Arnel Pineda
Arnel Pineda of Journey performing in Macau, March 20, 2009
Arnel Pineda of Journey performing in Macau, March 20, 2009
Background information
Birth name Arnel Campaner Pineda[1]
Born September 5, 1967 (age 53)
Tondo, Manila, Philippines
Origin Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Rockhard rocksoft rockOPM
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1982–present
UniversalCapitol Records
Associated acts
Ijos BandAmoNew AgeMost W@ntedThe ZooJourney
Arnel Campaner Pineda (born September 5, 1967)[1] is a Filipino singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the Philippines during the 1980s and internationally in 2007 as the new lead singer of the American rock band Journey.Arnel Pineda was born on September 5, 1967, at St. Jude Thaddeus Diagnostic Clinic in Tondo, Manila, Philippines to Restituto Lising Pineda and Josefina Manansala Campaner.[1] His mother instilled his love for singing at an early age, encouraging him to sing along to her favorite singers[3] like Karen Carpenter and Barbra Streisand. Growing up, his parents entered him in many singing contests.[4]

His mother, who had been suffering from heart disease, died when he was 13 years old. Her illness had left their family deep in debt.[5] Being more than six months behind on their apartment rent and unable to sufficiently provide for the family, his father decided to move out and ask relatives to take in Pineda’s siblings. To ease his father’s burden, Pineda quit school and started working.

He spent about two years on the streets, sleeping wherever he could: in public parks, or on a narrow bench outside a friend’s crowded house. He earned meager money by collecting glass bottles, newspapers, and scrap metal and selling them to recyclers. He would also go to the pier with his friends and take on odd jobs like cleaning scrap metal and docked ships. He didn’t have much to eat, sometimes rationing a small package of Marie biscuit as food for two days.[6]