Among the number of stereotypes associated with being a Filipino, it is the ability to sing that many kababayans proudly embrace.
To be fair, there is no shortage of proof that Filipinos are indeed among the best singers in the world. Homegrown talents (Lea Salonga, Arnel Pineda and Jake Zyrus) and stars of mixed ethnic heritage (Bruno Mars, H.E.R. and Olivia Rodrigo) all seem to exemplify that vocal prowess does come naturally to those with Filipino blood. But does it?
You know the drill: working in the arts, according to your hard-nosed Asian elders, is not a viable career path. You will not make money; you will suffer; you will die broke, wishing you listened to your parents. Right?
Perhaps not. I had the opportunity to interview three musicians of Asian descent. They’re not world-famous mega stars, not exactly rags-to-riches stories you study out of ambition. They’re pretty much just regular people who have, through good old fashioned hard work and unextraordinary patience, found themselves with lasting careers in the arts. They are able to feed themselves consistently through art.
Japanes idol singer Kaori Matsumura revealed she has received several gifts from her fans, from innocent stuffed toys to plushies, but some of them may not be as innocent as one might think.
Matsumura, who is a member of the idol girl group SKE48, admitted during her guest appearance on Ogiyahagi no Busu TV that she deliberately hits the stuffed toys at times for security reasons.