Pinoy with Batangueño roots nation’s newest singing pride

Duets' third placer Jason Farol, who traces his roots to Batangas (photo by ABC)


MANILA–Arnel Pineda of Journey, Apl de Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Jasmine Trias, Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Charice Pempengco, Jessica Sanchez. No matter the ratio of the Filipino blood for some of these celebrities, their 7,107-island homeland that’s some 7,000 miles away from the US had been proud of them.  [Read more…]

[Top story online] Duets prediction correct: Jason Farol of Batangas is third


More on Jason Farol’s feat in Duets will be reported in the next newspaper edition of The Filipino Connection next week.


MANILA–The prediction by Jenn Lee of BuddyTV in the US was correct: Filipino Jason Farol placed third in the inaugural season of the reality singing  show Duets[Read more…]

[Top story online] From ‘unnoticed’ to confident: Farol takes singing in stride

Filipino-American Jason Farol while singing "Feeling Good" in the July 5 episode of Duets (photo by ABC)


MANILA–Jason Farol, unlike Internet success stories such as compatriot Charice Pempengco and Justin Beiber, claims he’s an “unnoticed, overlooked” talent.

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[Top story online] Batangueno underdog in finals of singing show on US’ ABC channel

Jason Farol, whose family traces its roots in Rosario, Batangas, hopes to win the grand prize in the pilot singing reality show Duets that's being shown on ABC. Farol's grand finals will be on July 20 or July 21 Manila time (Photo from Jason Farol's Facebook account).


MANILA–After Jessica Sanchez’ successful stint in American Idol Season 11, another Filipino-American singer has been raising Pinoy pride in the United States.

Jason Farol, son of an architect-father born in Rosario, Batangas and a nurse-mother raised in Caloocan City, recently rallied to reach the season finale of ABC’s new singing reality show, Duets, and this underdog now vies to get the first ever title of the show this July 20 (July 21 Manila time). [Editor: The details about the parents’ roots in the Philippines have been corrected from the previous version of this story thanks to comments from readers, including Jason’s uncle in the US. Our apologies] [Read more…]