By JANI ARNAIZ
October 5, 2011
MAASIN CITY – They have been singing since their younger days but never thought they will get a semblance of stardom.
But when they passed a rigid audition and bagged a semi-final stint of a reality TV talent show of a big network, all have changed and they started aiming high to become the next famed Apo Hiking Society.
They are the Maasinhon Trio composed of 38 years old Bonifacio Salubre, Licinio Lolo, 43 and Andrew Sanchez, 40, who blended good an Original Pilipino Music (OPM) song by the Apo “Ang Ganda ng Ating Musika that got three yeses of the three judges of the reality talent show of ABS-CBN Pinoy Got Talent season 3.
The Trio was previously part of the MenVoyz, who were sought out in parties and weddings. They parted though and formed a quarter with singing priest Fr. Dodong Cordovez.
When Fr. Cordovez was assigned to a parish outside Maasin, the tree formed the Maasinhon Trio and invitation to parties and wedding became a regular fare outside of their respective work.
Salubre, who is a fireman, started singing on top of meal table on the prodding of his mother, has become the voice of his peers at Mantahan village during drinking sprees. “My mother always prods me to sing at dinner table during family gathering when I was yet a toddler,” Salubre told Inquirer.
Lolo, secretariat head of the provincial bids and awards committee, on the other hand, started playing the guitar and singing in school gathering when he was still in grade school. The highlight of “his singing career” was winning in a cultural show in high school.
“My mother won’t allow me to sing in public because as she told me she’s embarrassed. But when I was prodded to sing at the cultural show when I was in fourth year, I escaped through the window of our house, and won in the singing contest,” recalled Licin as he’s fondly called.
Sanchez, who works at the Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative engineering dept., got his musicality from his father who was musician. He learned his guitar at age 10. “I was already playing the guitar when I was in grade school and was motivated by my father.”
Residents here and Southern Leyteños are all hyped up as the Maasinhon Trio is set to take a crack at a grand final slot in a popular reality TV show over on October 8.
The Maasinhon Trio is among the 36 semi-finalists, who will blow their lungs out, break their legs and dance their way out on ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Got Talent season 3 (PGT3).
Supports for the group shoot-up after they bagged a semi-finals slot.
Riding on the bandwagon of support from their kababayan, the city government joined the bandwagon and will gather all their employees to the gym this coming October 8 to cast their text votes, where the Maasinhon Trio will perform live.
Mayor Samaco also lends the group government vehicles for their campus tour around the province to campaign for text votes.
Since they hurdled their audition in Tacloban and Cebu and after being chosen as one of the 36 semi-finalists, the Trio has acquired some celebrity status. Audience always greeted them with applause as they appeared during functions, just like celebrities.
At their campus tour around Southern Leyte, they were also greeted like celebrities.
Tarpaulin of the Trio on how to cast their text votes are all over town.
Aurora Salazar, marketing manager of a local radio station DYDM, said Maasinhon Trio is good but I doubt they could win the finals, but definitely they would in the finals.
Nick Lanugon, a village councilor, said, they are good I hope they would win the P2M prize.
Weeks after singing the OPM “Ang Ganda…” they were called to Manila and asked to perform at a videoke bar. To their surprise, while singing, Freddie Garcia barged into the room and asked them if they can join their gigs.
“We were really surprised when sir FMG came and told us the good news,” Salubre called his wife by mobile phone.
Sanchez said, “We would prove to the whole world that we could sing and promote Original Piilipino Music.”
“God really is good. He answered our prayers,” Lolo told FMG who shot back, “Did you pray really hard?” adding that talent has no bounds, no age limit if you have talent you have it.
After singing the APO ditty, Ai-ai de las Alas, told them, “Ang linis ng blending nyo. Bihira na lang tayo makarinig ng ganyang kanta, ang galling nyo.”
Kris Aquino said, “Kita kita tayo sa semi- finals.”
Former ABS-CBN COO, Freddie M. Garcia said, “Ang ganda talaga ng ating musika. You got it.”
Co-hosts, Luis Manzano and Billy Crawford liken them to the famous trios who made good.
To vote, text PGT3<space> Maasinhon and send to 2331 for globe, TM and 231 for smart, TNT and sun subscriber.