The Farmer’s Son
Pride of Puerto Galera
Full Name:LIEZEL GARCIA
Place of Birth:Oriental Mindoro
Occupation:OFW (office work)
Educ. Attainment:Mass Comm.
School Last Attended:PolytechnicUniversity of the Philippines
Interests (other than singing):Dancing, acting
Favorite Singers:Beyonce Knowles, Celine Dion
Musical influences:Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles, Kyla, Lani Misalucha, Jaya, Sarah Geronimo, Ella Mae Saison
Discovering my voice:When I was very young, my grandmother and I would get up at 5:00 a.m. She would teach me Tagalog songs and we’d sing together. I remember I started singing in public since I was three years old.
First song ever performed:Dalagang Tagabukid
Musical instrument I can play:Guitar (basic chords only)
Musical instrument I’d like to learn:Piano, drums
Greatest achievement:My two greatest achievements: when I finished college and when I was chosen as a finalist in PDA
Biggest frustration: I want to be a model but I know I’ll never be one because I’m too small
Greatest Dream:To be a professional singer
Song of my life:On The Side Of Angels
Quote Me: “You should fight for your life even thru trials… we need to grow, explore and move on.”
Notes on Zhel:
Probably her lola had great dreams for Zhel, thus the early morning trainings at 5:00 when she was too young to even appreciate what it could mean for her later in life.All she knew was that people would go crazy over her whenever she was given the microphone and made to sing in public.
She was able to use this talent as she grew up, gaining popularity in her hometown as she reaped first prizes in local singing contests.Now that she has moved on to a grander scale, it’s just too bad that her lola can’t watch and hear her sing anymore.
But what her lola can’t hear, perhaps her father can.He was never there to listen to her in her every singing contest; he left the family when she was six years old and was never heard from again until she was 20, then disappeared again.Maybe, inside the Academy, her voice will be able to reach out to her father and make him come home again.
Place of Origin:Sultan Kudarat
Favorite Singer/Band/Performer:Lea Salonga
Full Name:VAN LOUELLE POJAS
Place of Birth:TalisayCity, Cebu
Educ. Attainment:B. S. Physical Therapy (ongoing)
School Last Attended:CebuDoctorsUniversity
Interests (other than singing):Playing the guitar
Favorite Bands:The Used, Mayday Parade, Paramore
Musical influences:Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon
Discovering my voice:At school, my teacher asked me to sing.
First song ever performed:I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
Musical instruments I can play:Guitar
Musical instruments I’d like to learn:Piano
Greatest achievement:Making it to PInoyDreamAcademy as a scholar
Greatest Dream:To finish my studies and be a very good physical therapist
Songs of my life:All That I’ve Got by The Used; Warrior Is A Child by Gary V.
Quote Me: “I’d go as far I could go as long as people love to hear my music and my voice. I would do my best to show my talent.”
Notes on Van:
Coming from a well-off family, good-looking, and talented, Van is expected to be contended with his life. But when asked what song would describe his general feeling, his immediate reply is “Incomplete.”
Van’s family used to be compete and happy until his parents separated.His mom is now based in the States while his father has his own life away from Van.All by himself, he has no one else to turn to but his textbooks and his music.But since it’s music that makeshim happy, he has opted to postpone schooling for the meantime.
PDA will not give the Van the feeling of wholeness that he yearns for, but it will train him to become a better singer and perhaps, a complete artist.
The Cancer Survivor
Full Name:HANSEN NICHOLS
Place of Birth:Burlingame, California, USA
Educ. Attainment:B.S. Economics
School Attended:University of San Francisco
Interests (other than singing):Dancing
Favorite Singer:Justin Timberlake
Musical Influences:Martin Nievera, Ariel Rivera, Gary V., Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Enrique Iglesias, Babyface, Jenner Mallari (a friend), Mom, and my Ate
Discovering my voice: I remember my Mom would sing at parties and family gatherings and everyone would watch her and it inspired me to want to sing.We discovered my talent before I was in Kindergarten.
First song I ever performed:If I remember correctly, If Your Not Here By My Side by Menudo.
Musical instruments I can play:When I was in elementary school I took violin lessons and learned how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.On Piano I learned how to play SwanLake.
Musical instruments I’d like to learn:I want to re-learn playing the piano or keyboard and the guitar.
Greatest Achievement:Being able to finish college despite doing (cancer) treatment at the same time
Biggest Failure:Not making it into PDA Season one
Greatest Dream:To be successful, rich and famous by way of the entertainment industry, and to go into business
Songs Of My Life:Angels Brought Me Here, This Is Now
Quote Me: “I’m very passionate about music and show business. I’m here at this level of the competition because I’m living my dream rather than just watching others life it. I have every reason to quit through rejection, but I forged on and made sacrifices, which is why I’m here today.”
Notes on Sen:
Will Sen survive all lessons, challenges and competitions at the Academy and graduate with flying colors?
The Romantic Crooner
Full Name:MIGUEL MENDOZA
Place of Birth:USA
Educ. Attainment:A.B. Philippine Mass Media (Freshman)
School Last Attended: De La Salle University-Manila
Interests (other than singing):Playing musical instruments, arranging and putting melody in a song
Favorite Singers:Billy Porter, Mariah Carey, George Benson, Regine Velasquez, John Legend, Eric Benet, Justin Timberlake, Gary V.
Musical influences:Eric Benet, Ryan Cayabyab, John Legend, David Foster, Jay Durias, Jose Villanueva, Kitchy Molina, Billy Porter, Beyonce
Discovering my voice:My mom enrolled me into music schools and in the process I discovered my musical ability.
First song ever performed:Ikaw by Sharon Cuneta
Musical instrument I can play:Piano, drums, guitar
Musical instruments I’d like to learn:Saxophone, violin, cello
Greatest achievement:Having worked with music icons at a very young age and having them appreciate my talent even if it is still in the process of improvement.
Biggest frustration:To go back to the country where I was born.
Greatest Dream: To be able to achieve a showbiz career, to have a pretty much stable business, to make my family whole again, to make everything I see pleasant to look at
Quote Me: “The wrong decisions that I have done and the mistakes that have occurred are already part of a better me.”
Notes on Miguel:
Singing is Miguel’s first love.And like most first loves, it has caused him a great deal of frustration and pain.
But like all great lovers and great dreamers, Miguel has managed to emerge from his anguish and bounce back. Now he is again ready to face all the challenges, the criticisms, even the intrigues.Only this time, he knows he will be armed with knowledge shared by the best music mentors in the industry.
At the same time, he will be on the same journey the girl he loves, Bea, who will be singing her dreams alongside his.