Philippines, 17 Aug 2018
  Home >> News >> List of Articles >> Rich Mazon

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        




 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
List of Articles by Rich Mazon


 

Fil-am from New York to sing Philippine National Anthem alongside singing pastors

By Rich Mazon
PhilBoxing.com
27 Apr 2015


Banawis.

New York – Nineteen year-old Gail Banawis of the Bronx has been singing the Philippine National Anthem since she was a kid. She has also performed in a numerous times in various cultural, artistic and sports event in the Tri-State area.

On May 2nd (May 3rd in the Philippines), the Filipina-American teenager and a recognizable name in the Fil-Am community in the New York and New Jersey performing scene, will sing it in the biggest stage of them all.

Banawis has been chosen by no less than Manny Pacquiao himself to perform the “Lupang Hinirang” alongside a group of singing pastors from the Philippines.

“I was invited by the Congressman himself to come over and try to work it out with the pastors and see if we could work together,” Banawis told Philboxing.com.

Banawis and her family flew to Los Angeles last week, met with the singing pastors and she rehearsed with the group for the first time Saturday.

“It was pretty exciting, because just having all the voices blend together, it felt like magic actually.”

The rehearsal went pretty smoothly according to Banawis, and in the words of a typical teenager, she described the experience as “awesome.”

Gail is a Vocal Major graduate from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School Performing Arts in the Upper West Side, an esteemed high school in Manhattan that is specializing in teaching visual and performing arts. The said school was where the motion picture “Fame” was based on. She is currently a second semester freshman at Brooklyn College, taking Speech Pathology.

Excited was the least adjective that one can use to describe her reaction when she received the notice from Pacquiao. She was once asked by the Filipino icon to perform the national anthem in his previous fights but that did not materialize as planned. On Saturday, not only will she get her wish, she will also be joining Pacquiao in the biggest fight of the boxer’s career.

“This is a Manny Pacquiao fight and not only just any fight. It is the one against Mayweather, so of course it’s a big deal for me. I was pretty speechless. I am just excited and nervous at the same time.“

Gail’s nervousness is valid, as her performance with the Word Chorale choir will be watched by a nation of a hundred million. Everyone in the Philippines will be glued to their screen on Sunday, May 3rd, and they will watch, sing with them and even critique their performance of the national anthem.

But Gail is no amateur; she has been performing in the public eye since she was seven. She has been a part of various shows involving Filipino and international performers when they toured the Tri-State.

She has an upcoming show with Air Supply on June 13 at the Town Hall on Times Square.

“Before any performance in general, I get really nervous but I always psyched myself or that kind of thing. It’s also a heartwarming feeling that I won’t be alone in that stage and that I will be performing it with the World Chorale during this big moment.

Like Gail, the World Chorale are no strangers to the big stage, this was the second time that the group was tasked to perform the national anthem during a Pacquiao fight. They sung the national anthem when Pacquiao faced Chris Algieri in Macau, China last November.

Gail’s mom, Janette is from Cebu and her dad Gilray is from Kidapawan, Cotobato.

You can reach the author at rrmaze24@aol.com and is on Twitter @Freemazon910.


Back to Rich Mazon 's Articles Listing



Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • WEIGHTS FROM MANDAUE FOR REGIONAL TITLES: ARANETA, TOMOGDAN; ZAYANI, MANCITO MAKE WEIGHT
    By Dong Secuya, 17 Aug 2018
  • Snips and Snipes 16 August 2018: Frampton Brings Boxing Back in Belfast
    By Eric Armit, 17 Aug 2018
  • ANDREW CANCIO VS. DARDAN ZENUNAJ OFFICIAL WEIGHTS
    By , 17 Aug 2018
  • AC Fight Night Presser: Jennings + Hart Bring Philly Power to Boardwalk
    By , 17 Aug 2018
  • Official "Homecoming" weights from Worcester, MA
    By , 17 Aug 2018
  • Press Conference: Santiago-Miño, Ortiz-Ortiz, Matias-Prescott, Santiago-Figueroa
    By , 17 Aug 2018
  • UNDEFEATED KNOCKOUT ARTIST JON FERNANDEZ TO FACE FELLOW 130-POUND PROSPECT O’SHAQUIE FOSTER FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
    By , 17 Aug 2018
  • CARL FRAMPTON vs. LUKE JACKSON FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    By , 17 Aug 2018
  • Selina Barrios' Opponent Announced, Faces Patricia Juarez, Sister of WBC Bantamweight Champion Marina "Barbie" Juarez on September 22 in Corpus Christi
    By , 17 Aug 2018
  • ABS CBN S+A Replays ALA's IDOL 3 on August 17, 25 & 27
    By Carlos Costa, 17 Aug 2018
  • Boxing photographer Emily Harney Enters ring to KO Cancer
    By , 17 Aug 2018
  • 12-TIME WORLD CHAMPION JAMES TONEY CONFIRMED FOR FOURTH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO
    By , 17 Aug 2018
  • CANELO-GGG UPDATE 2: ALVAREZ WILL ADJUST AND WIN SAYS DE LA HOYA; HE RAN IN THE FIRST FIGHT SAYS SANCHEZ
    By Maloney L. Samaco, 16 Aug 2018
  • Greg Cohen Promotions Signs Undefeated Canadian Heavyweight Champion Mladen ‘Monster’ Miljas to a Promotional Contract
    By , 16 Aug 2018
  • Filipino chess wizard Jayson Jacobo Tiburcio bags silver medal in 2018 CAP International Youth Chess Open Championships in Chinese-Taipei
    By Marlon Bernardino, 16 Aug 2018
  • From 1951 to 1962, Pinoy cagers lorded it over their counterparts in Asiad
    By Eddie Alinea, 16 Aug 2018
  • CANELO INT'L MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL: "IN THE FIRST FIGHT, I LEARNED I CAN HURT GOLOVKIN, CAN KNOCK HIM OUT"
    By , 16 Aug 2018
  • Media Workout Notes & Quotes: Bryant Jennings Ready For Heavyweight Showdown
    By , 16 Aug 2018
  • DEVIN HANEY PROMOTIONS GRANTED BOXING PROMOTER'S LICENCE IN CALIFORNIA
    By , 16 Aug 2018
  • CARL FRAMPTON vs. LUKE JACKSON & TYSON FURY vs. FRANCESCO PIANETA PUBLIC WORKOUT PHOTOS FROM BELFAST
    By , 16 Aug 2018





  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2018 philboxing.com.