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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Why Bohol is in Kirby Asunto’s heart

Rising Broadway star Kirby Asunto, who was handpicked by Manny Pacquiao to sing the Philippine National Anthem in the Pacman-Bradley fight in Las Vegas in 2012, is back again in the country, and she considers this latest visit as extra special.
 “This is special because I will be helping my fellow Boholanos,” said the 16-year-old Kirby during the presscon of her ‘Gift of Joy’ concert.
Kirby Asunto on Bohol: ‘It’s more fun here.
The best octopus is in Bohol!’ 
Courtesy: Shirley Asunto
Kirby feels it is important she should go back to her Visayan roots and help her kababayans who are victims of the killer quake.
It’s not really only for Loon, but it’s for whole Bohol. I did it because I want to help out to my fellow Bol-anons since my mom is from Garcia-Hernandez,” said Kirby.
“There are lot of guests that are coming. Pop songs, Whitney Houston songs, more Broadway songs..a lot!” exclaimed Kirby.
Guests are Arnel Pineda, Jacob Benedicto, Marlo Mortel, Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA, and the Loboc Children’s Choir.
Kirby should feel right at home in Bohol because this is her second visit.  In her first visit late last year, Kirby had admitted to knowing the Filipino culture, having been born in Manila and migrated to the US at age 6.
You see, her mother Shirley is from Garcia-Hernandez from the Madelo clan.
Her mom said she raised her four kids (Kirby is the youngest) very Filipino.
Kirby said she loves Bohol “because the best octopus (kugita) is here.”
“I also love dinuguan,” shared Kirby.
Like a true-blue Filipina, Kirby is warm and friendly and very “connecting.”  Her sing-song voice as musical as ever, answering every question with infectious verve, straight from the heart. She easily breaks into laughter that makes her so charming. I’ve seen it for myself during our interview with her.
Career-wise, she plans on recording her debut album next year.
Asked if she has a boyfriend, Kirby laughed.
 “No, I don’t have a boyfriend.”
Kirby Asunto (with concert producer Dr. Rosendo Lopez III)
at dyRD to promote her concert on Dec. 13. 
Courtesy: Shirley Asunto
“Wala talaga, way uyab,” said Mommy Shirley.
To prove that she is a Boholana by heart (and still looking for someone ‘special’), Kirby sang Ang Bol-anon (she will be expected to sing Visayan medley songs during the concert):
Kung ikaw Inday mangita'g pamanhonon  
Siguro-a baja Inday ang Bol-anon,    
Kung matuman mo suwerte ka,  
Ang Bol-anon buotan gayud
magmahal kanimo hangtud sa kahangturan. 
Apan ayaw baja Inday hikalimti
Bisan dako’g gusto magpadili-dili
Ilabina na gayud sa palikerong ulitawo
Kay gusto siya mohangyo kanimo ay..
Magmahal kanimo hangtud sa kahangturan!
After the presscon, I made my way to ask her some questions.
Her eyes lit up and she cooed, “I really like your hair!”
Oh well, I know she was telling the truth. And when she flashed her million-dollar smile at me, I was transfixed.
Kirby Asunto made my day.
(Note: Rebuilding Loon “Gift of Joy” happens on Dec. 13, 7 p.m. at the Bohol Wisdom Gymnasium. It is produced by Dr. Rosendo Lopez III in collaboration with K&N Productions of LJ Lumayag and sponsored by  City of Tagbilaran, Bohol Quality, Island City Mall (Alturas Group of Companies), J&N Caltex, Lite Shipping, Dr. Oliver Yu, YS Construction, Madelicious, Du Ek Sam, Goldilocks, Vita Derma, Apple One, Hydrotech Water Refilling Station and Best Diagnostic. Ticket prices: P1,000 (VIP), P700 (Platinum Seats), P400 (Gold Seats) and P250 (General Admission).. Call 09173041183/09157572551/09275649047.)
Fil-American singer Kirby Asunto with the Bohol media. Courtesy:  Shirley Asunto
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