MEET THE WISHFULS
Collectively known as the WISHFULS - Carmela Ariola, Kimberly Baluzo, Hacel Bartolome, Louie Anne Culala and Princess Sevillena were the grand finalists of Wishcovery, an online singing competition by Wish 107.5.
The rising music talents are a living proof that talent, coupled with hard work and determination, can make one’s wish come true. With their successful album launch and sold out concert, the Wishfuls are on track to reach the stardom. Watch them conquer new heights as their wishful journey continues in the UAE.
Kimberly Baluzo wishcovery videos
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WISHFUL KIMFrom Metro Manila
Twenty-year-old Kimberly Baluzo is currently a Mass Communication student of La Verdad Christian College-Caloocan.
She was only three years old when her parents discovered she could sing. But apart from showing off her musical chops through her favorite genres -- pop-rock and R&B -- she also dabbles into songwriting and playing musical instruments such as guitar, ukulele and flute.
Her musical heroes and dream future collaborators are British pop star Jessie J, and world-class OPM acts Sarah Geronimo, KZ Tandingan, and Julie Anne San Jose.
Asked about her ultimate goal as a singer, she wishes to have a solo concert, release an album, serve as an inspiration to others, and be of help to the less fortunate especially the abandoned children.
Princess Sevillena wishcovery videos
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WISHFUL PRINCESSFrom Metro Manila
Princess Sevillena, 25, has been singing since the age of three. A supply chain coordinator based in the bustling city of Makati, she is also into songwriting, guitar-playing, and beatboxing.
According to her, it was her family and her best friend who first told her to pursue a career in music. Her favorite genres include pop, ballad, R&B and gospel music.
She regards the Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, as her ultimate musical hero. It is her dream to do a collaboration with her, as well as with one of the most versatile acts in the Philippines -- Mr. Pure Energy, Gary Valenciano.
She also looks forward to leveling up her skills not only in singing but also in playing musical instruments.
As an artist, she is driven by her goal to become a living testament to the mantra that “waiting patiently and praying fervently will lead you to the best that you can be.”
Hacel Bartolome wishcovery videos
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WISHFUL ACEFrom Cavite
Hacel "Ace" Bartolome
Hacel "Ace" Bartolome is a band vocalist from Cavite City. According to her, she is the only one who is musically inclined in their family.
She recalls that as early as the age of five, she was already singing 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” while playing a guitar toy. She says that the pivotal moment that further motivated her to perform was when her Grade 3 teacher heard her sing “This I Promise You” and told her that she has a great voice that needs to be shared with others.
The 27-year-old singer-guitar player is a fan of ballad, slow rock, and pop music. Her musical influences are Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Bruno Mars.
She aspires to perform a duet with Aiza “Ice” Seguerra, have her own album, and stage a solo concert in iconic venues such as the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and the Mall of Asia Arena. However, her ultimate wish as a musical artist is “to gain respect in spite of her sexual orientation and receive undying support not only from the LGBT community but from all the listeners who believe in her God-given talent.”
Louie Anne Culala wishcovery videos
WISHFUL LOUIE ANNFrom Bulakan
Louie Anne Culala
Louie Anne Culala hails from San Ildefonso, Bulacan, a province north of Manila. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management.
Encouraged by her family and friends to sing, she first discovered her gift of music during her grade school years.
Her roster of musical influences includes her father, and OPM stars such as Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Dulce, Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo and Morissette. When it comes to the international music scene, she looks up to Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Tori Kelly -- whom she wishes to do a collaboration with.
Carmela Ariola wishcovery videos
WISHFUL CARMELAFrom Metro Manila
Fondly called as “Carmi” by her loved ones, Carmela V. Ariola is an Israel-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
The 21-year-old artist, now based in Batangas, grew up listening to the music of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. Her parents first discovered her singing ability when she was only three. But according to her, it was when she turned eight that she felt the passion to pursue music.
Though she is more into pop, ballad and soul, she is still exploring other genres that she can perform. She believes that an artist must continuously grow, especially with the unceasing coming in of new and aspiring talents.
It has been her childhood dream to become a well-known artist, not only to share music but also to serve as an inspiration to people. She is a firm believer that her ultimate and true purpose as a musician is to “touch hearts and souls.”
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