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Belle Yambao, Contributor
March 10, 2011

Filipina Divas: Over 20 Female Singers

These Filipina singers make us proud to be Pinay. By Belle Yambao
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If there’s one thing Filipinos enjoy doing, it’s singing. Whether it’s in a karaoke room or on the big stage, you can be sure you’ll find Filipino countrymen belting out their favorite songs wherever they are in the world.

Impressive vocals and undeniable stage presence are just two of the traits that make Filipino talent something to watch for locally and internationally. In the gallery below, Female Network pays tribute to 20 amazing Filipina singers who make us proud to be Pinay.

Which of these women do you admire the most? Did we miss your favorite singer? Tell us about her in a comment.

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  • Felicia S. Mar 10 2011 @ 03:13am Report Abuse
    I like this. We are blessed here with so much talent! Wow I love ALL our beautiful Pinay singers old and new but lately I can't stop listening to Queen of Jazzipino Charmaine Clamor who I saw at the JazzFestival twice. So great. She just sang for Noynoy by request! Charmaine Clamor was our only Filipina on the album with David Byrne about Imelda. The world is hearing us ladies!
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  • leah Mar 10 2011 @ 03:35am Report Abuse
    I am proud to be Pilipino when I listen to these talented ladies sing. Great list!
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  • crescendo Mar 15 2011 @ 11:19am Report Abuse
    Thanks for this article FN! :) I'm just wondering where did you get the information about Regine selling 7M copies of album. I know she's Philippine's best selling artist of all time but I thought its just somewhere near 4M?

    Other highlights in Regine's vocal journey and contributions in the music scene. Too bad that the new generation may have not known this facts since she's concentrating on acting in late 2000...

    - She became Asia Pacific Singing Champion (1989) beating other professional recording and broadway artists in the East including Australia and New Zealand. Her pitch perfect voice prompted the foreign crowd to shout "MANILA, MANILA" during the announcement of winner. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgeD_TWowR0 ) She was then hailed as Asia's Songbir.

    -Regine set the standard in "birit" style of singing with her unmatched chest voice and vocal acrobatics. Her influence is STILL very evident up to now.

    - Velasquez was the first Filipino to stage a SOLO concert at the Main Hall of Carnegie Hall, NY.

    -R2K was hailed as the best concert act in Asia in 25 years by a Malaysian magazine.

    - Received two MTV Asia Favorite Artist (Philippines) trophies for 2002-2003.

    - Dubbed as Diva of All Divas by MTV Asia through Coco Lee.

    - Dubbed as FILIPINO SUPERSTAR by CNN (during a 30-min interview of TALK ASIA with Ms Regine)

    - Dubbed as Asia's Queen of Pop after the success of her albums in the Philippines and in other major markets in Asia (under Polycosmic/Polygram label).

    - Female Entertainer of the year awardee for 10 consecutive years (1991-2000 then 2003-2005, 2007)

    - Best Concert Act Awardee for five consecutive years (2000-2004 then 2007)

    I think what makes her special is the fact that with her immense talent she went up SLOWLY but SURELY...And you won't feel shortchanged after her concerts. Expect her to deliver even if she's sick or paos. Making her the MOST CONSISTENT and MOST IDOLIZED DIVA or music icon for 25 years now. ^_^
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  • GR Rodis Mar 15 2011 @ 06:29pm Report Abuse
    Thanks for including Rachel Alejandro in this list. She oftentimes underrated so I happy to see her name in this list. Of course there are a few more names that could have been included here- Celeste Legaspi, Joanna Ampil, Geneva Cruz, Cooky Chua, Lolita Carbon, Bituin Escalante, Ana Fegi, Agot Isidro,Menchu Lauchengco... I could go on and on...
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  • jenna Mar 15 2011 @ 08:47pm Report Abuse
    wow great to see nina being part of the list!ive seen her perform and she's really amazing!you can really feel that she sings from the soul!she made me feel proud as a 'kapwa-pinay'!good job Belle Yambao!!!nice one Female network!!!
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  • Mr.MusicManny Jun 24 2011 @ 07:58pm Report Abuse
    CAMILLE VELASCO....have you heard of her, she was in the same season as Trias far more better than Trias, vocally,and more appreciative of her Pinoy heritage rather than Trias, if you still remember what she had said, good thing that you didnt mention that Nicole WHATEVER IT IS of Pussycat Dolls, same thing as Trias also.
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  • Kathrine29MORROW Jun 28 2011 @ 09:47pm Report Abuse
    Some time ago, I really needed to buy a car for my corporation but I did not have enough cash and couldn't order anything. Thank God my mate adviced to try to take the home loans at reliable creditors. Hence, I did so and was happy with my credit loan.
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  • hugo Aug 04 2011 @ 02:01pm Report Abuse
    Hello I'm from Mexico and when I saw Charice at Youtube I felt a huge impression for his beautiful voice...And the most important thing is that she's an example for us 'cause in her youth is a woman that carries about her own family...Congratulations Charice I Admired you Greetings from Mexico. =)
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  • buddy pineda Aug 05 2011 @ 05:18pm Report Abuse
    thanks to certain crescendo.....all that you have mentioned about Ms. regine are all true...and will always be the testament for the greatness of this petite but very powerful DIVA our country ever had...

    Yes, she may not be able to penetrate the international scene (the MAINSTREAM Hollywood) but she had her shares of international awards/citations/and success, and everything i think is in written in many papers (with authority)

    She's the most consistent female performer/concert artist/vocalist ever

    that every newcomer aspires and dreams of becoming like her, to be with her, to sing with her, even to copy her (thats the sad truth)

    Actually di na dapat pinag uusapan to eh....although we are all entitled to our own opinion as they say...BUT if we only open our eyes, our ear, our true self...and kung aaminin lang ng iba diyan...kung magiging totoo lang tayo NO ONE STILL NO ONE....have achieved even half of what Ms REGINE have done, have ever accomplished through these years

    basta yun na yun,,,STILL REIGNING SUPREME, the ONE and the ONLY SONGBIRD...Ms REGINE VELASQUEZ....

    HAIL to the Queen

    i may be exaggerating but i know im telling only the truth
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  • joseph Aug 30 2011 @ 12:23am Report Abuse
    I love Zsazsa Padilla.Such a unique voice..a divining one.divine voice,divine beauty too.
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  • rey navarro Aug 30 2011 @ 08:00pm Report Abuse
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  • Melvina Tio Sep 19 2011 @ 09:23pm Report Abuse
    Joey Albert is the best Filipino singer , rendering the most sentimental love songs like Tell Me, Iisa Pa Lamang, Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin, etc. She was the first OPM artist to record on CD or Compact Disc.
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  • charot Sep 19 2011 @ 11:38pm Report Abuse
    dnt love charice,,neither sarah or lea..very ordinary talent..i like ragine
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  • *****RA***** Aug 03 2012 @ 02:36am Report Abuse
    Don't forget to include Jessica Sanchez :-)
  • marv Feb 26 2015 @ 06:02am Report Abuse
    Her performances in Les Miserables and Miss Saigon are unsurpassed. Love Lea Salonga. No one sings more clearly.
  • marilyn baldovino 8 months ago Report Abuse
    Sarah geronimp is the best...
  • marilyn baldovino 8 months ago Report Abuse
    Sarah geronimp is the best...
  • marilyn baldovino 8 months ago Report Abuse
    Sarah geronimo is the best...
  • marilyn baldovino 8 months ago Report Abuse
    Sarah geronimo is the best...
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