Filipino singers and Whitney Houston: A love affair

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Whitney Houston songs have always been a favorite of Filipino singers


MANILA, Philippines – Ask any Filipina singer who her favorite singers are, and chances are she would include Whitney Houston in her list.

Houston, who died on Saturday, February 11 (Sunday, February 12 in Manila), had a repertoire of distinctly soulful and vocally challenging songs that Filipino singers love to belt out, whether in the shower or infront of millions on live television.

Her hits, such as I Will Always Love You, The Greatest Love of All, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, and I Wanna Dance With Somebody, have been a staple of singers from Filipino noontime shows to barangay singing competitions.

A quick search on YouTube reveals a bevy of videos of Pinoys singing to her hits, in TV studios to living rooms across the archipelago and even abroad.

Here is a sampling of videos of Filipino singers singing the R&B diva’s songs – from local superstars to young undiscovered talents yearning to shine in the industry. 

Divas Lani Misalucha, Bituin Escalante, and Frenchie Dy singing a medley of Houston songs (How Will I Know, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, and I’m Every Woman) at the TV5 noontime show PO5

1980s child singer Banig, singing The Greatest Love of All, in the US show Arsenio Hall Show

Sarah Geronimo, singing The Greatest Love of All

Even male singers sing Whitney Houston songs. Here, Jed Madela singing One Moment In Time

Ilongga singer Sheila Barrios sings One Moment In Time at a local singing contest

9-year-old twins Juan Miguel and Juan Carlos Urquico singing Try It On My Own

Madonna Decena, former Britain’s Got Talent contestant, singing a Whitney medley

Rachelle Ann Go singing Saving All My Love For You in local TV show Party Pilipinas

International Filipino superstar Charice, singing I Will Always Love You in an Italian TV show

Another Charice rendition of a Whitney Houston song, this time, I Have Nothing

Charice expressed her grief on Twitter. On @officialcharice, she wrote:”I still can’t believe this. I’m really shocked and sad. :'( I feel like I lost a relative. I’m gon cry. I’m shaking. Love u Whitney… :'(”  –

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