Philippine Showbiz Today Vol 11 No 20 - Page 12

12 Philippine Showbiz Today October 22 - November 7, 2016 4th Impact to spend Yuletide season in the Philippines Christmas is a family affair for most Pinoys as with sister act 4th Impact whose members will spend the holidays in the country this year. “After three years na palaging nasa ibang bansa kami nagpa-Pasko eh, ngayon pinili po namin na dito sa Pilipinas mag- Christmas kasi na-miss namin ’yung Filipino food and siyempre family namin,” they said in an interview. The sisters Mylene, Irene, Almira and Celina will return to London in January to continue recording their album set for release sometime 2017. The group revealed that though it will be released internationally, their record producer still wants to put a distinctly Filipino flavor to their sound. “So pinaghalo po (’yung tunog) kaya abangan na lang po nila kasi hindi pa pwede sabihin kung ano laman ng album,” they said. After slugging it out on “X- Factor UK,” 4th Impact has been busy doing shows around the world or, as they put it, “patuloy po naming nire-represent ang OPM music.” The group considers their stint on the competition the most nerve-wracking moment of their career, citing specifically the time they faced show judge Simon Cowell. “Pero dahil sa dami na rin nga ng aming mga pinagdaanan ay nahasa na kami sa (mga) singing contests (tulad non) kaya in-enjoy nalang namin,” they said. The group is proud of other Filipinos who continue to shine in international singing competitions. They cited Filipino singer Ivy Grace Paredes who made it to this season’s “X Factor UK” Bootcamp round. She impressed all four judges with her powerful rendition of Whitney Houston’s “All The Man That I Need.” However, Ivy has dropped out of the competition as visa issues kept her from travelling to the US for the Judges’ Houses section of the show. “Actually nagkita nga po kami nu’ng challenge niya. Nagte- text din siya na ’pag-pray namin siya. Pero ayun nga po nagkaroon ng problem. Pero sabi niya sasali daw po siya ulit,” they said. While in London recently, the group was also able to catch Rachelle Ann Go in “Les Misérables.” “Nu’ng pinanood namin siya eh, naiyak po kami kasi Filipino siya tapos pinapalakpakan siya ng maraming tao. Napaka- humble niya din,” they said. 4th Impact is scheduled to perform with Arnel Pineda, Michael Pangilinan, Morissette Amon, Mayumi & T.O.M.S. Band in the “Powerhouse: Pinoy World-Class Pinoy Performers” concert. “Very excited po kami at kinakabahan to work with them,” the group said. It’s the first time they will perform with Arnel in a concert. The only other time they shared the stage was on “ASAP” where they sang Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Produced by Lucky 7 Koi Productions Inc., “Powerhouse: Pinoy World-Class Pinoy Performers” is on Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. at The Theater of Solaire Resorts & Casino.● - Rowena Tan, MB REYFORT Joel Castro Web Adviser www.joelcastro.com Jose K. Lirios Contributing Writer