Tagbilaran, Saturday, 9 May 2009 15:55:18
My Manila trip last week despite the H1N1 fear allowed me to meet some balikbayans (who have duty free items for pasalubong) at the airport who're homing to Bohol for the fiesta. Most of them are from the Middle East.
They enthusiastically shared their stories in foreign lands. I've had heard about success and painful stories of our OFWs and when they shared about an OFW, who is now a rising "star" in Middle East, that something and a great story.
The "rising" star they are referring to is a Boholano - Julius "Yuan" Galve - son of Aureliano and Julieta Galve of Mansasa District, Tagbilaran City is qualified for the final gala performance night on May 15 after placing 4th place in the second elimination round on April 30.
"He has a good voice and we love his performance," shared a fan Hanna Sevilla, an OFW in Riyadh.
The Saudi Arabia Pop Icon is a singing competition for the Overseas Filipino Workers in Saudi Arabia organized by S.E. Productions (SEP), a recognized community service and cultural organization by the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia. After the success of Pop Icon Season 1 in 2005 and the TFC POPSTAR in 2006, SEP brings back the POP ICON Season 2 which is now a kingdom-wide search.
Yuan says, "I am a simple and very friendly person. Some will say that I am a bit snobbish but I am not. If you will get to know me better then you will know that I am not like that."
Here're basic facts about Yuan shared by Hanna Sevilla who is based in Saudi Arabia:
|Name:||Julius Z. Galve|
|Occupation:||Operating Room Technician (OR STAFF)|
|Specialty in Music:||RnB and Pop|
|Music Award, Competition Won:||None|
|Hobbies:||Singing, Reading, Surfing the net, Martial arts|
|For you what is music?||Music is the food to our soul that soothes everything in our life.|
|Influential Person in Music:||Guy Sebastian, Josh Groban, Martin Nievera, Gary V. and Regine Velasquez|
Yuan Julius Galve.
Leo P. Udtohan