By Jani Arnaiz
October 20, 2011
MAASIN CITY – They are no big stars yet but already a star just the same on their own right.
Bonifacio Salubre, Licinio Lolo and Andrew Sanchez who composes the Maasinhon Trio, bagged a grand finals slot in ABS-CBN’s reality TV show, the Pinoy Got Talent 3 on October 16. With that they also won P50,000 in cash and a one year recording contract with Star and Star Magic records.
Only last Sunday, they guested at ABS-CBN’s variety show ASAP directly coming from Maasin City on a free round trip tickets.
They will be singing for history on Oct. 22.
Singing Sharon Cuneta’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” the Trio readily got the nods from the show’s three judges in Ai-ai de las Alas, Fredie M. Garcia and Kris Aquino.
“Kagabi, perfection talaga ang pagkanta nyo, super linis talaga yong pagkanta sobrang linis. And it brings back the happy memories memories ng mga tatay natin,” said Kris Aquino.
While Ai-ai de las Alas, said, “Congratulations sa mga matured, yan ang mga OPM OPM na’yan. Ang dami talagang fans nila sa TFC.”
FMG, on the other hand, said, “Ang lakas ng sex appeal.”
Getting the highest number of text and online votes, the Maasinhon Trio is the ninth grand finalist.
When the show’s hosts, Luis Mansano and Billy Crawford announced their winning the finals slot, the Trio was just overwhelmed.
Punching the air, Salubre, said, “We never really expected to win but the support of Maasinhons and Southern Leyteños were really huge. Thank you so much Maasinhon, Southern Leyteños and to all who supported us.”
“Thank you Lord,” Lolo prayed. Sanchez was simply overjoyed he didn’t say anything.
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 finals stint of Pinoy Got Talent season 3, all have changed and they are now aiming high to become the next famed Apo Hiking Society.
When they got home, their fans jested them with signing authographs.
The Trio was previously part of the MenVoyz, who were sought out in parties and weddings. They parted though and formed a quartet 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, and that’s started it all,” 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, luckily I won in that 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.”