Masbateño hailed 'Jeddah Pop Icon'

MASBATE CITY—A 22-year-old Masbateño won this year's Jeddah Pop Icon, a singing competition among Filipinos in the Middle East.

Efren Dignos is this year's Jeddah Pop Icon
Efren Baybayon Dignos, nicknamed the "Neo-Soul Balladeer," was chosen as the winner after he sang his renditions of "Go The Distance" by Michael Bolton and "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz.

He revealed that he drew inspiration from his sister, who was at the hospital while he was competing.

He added that his earlier struggles also kept him going.

Despite being the youngest among three kids, he works as the breadwinner of their family as his father died when he was only 18 years old.

To cope with their dire situation, he said that he worked as a janitor and studied at night.

He recalled having borrowed food from neighbors just so his family would not go hungry.
Apart from his love for his family, he also has deep passion for music.

"Music is my life," he said in his Jeddah Pop Icon profile.

His favorite song is "Imagine" by John Lennon, while his favorite singers are Jaya and Michael Buble.

Apart from singing, he plays the guitar.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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