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LOOK: "Pinoy Dream Academy" Scholars... 10 Years Later!

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There's no denying that Pinoy Dream Academy was one of the most talked about reality talent shows during its time! Hosted by VJ Nikki, the first season was launched in August 2006. PDA stood out from other singing competitions with its PBB-inspired format wherein aspiring musicians were housed under one roof. These "scholars" were mentored by celebrity experts led by Headmaster Jim Paredes of APO Hiking Society and faced expulsion from the Academy until a Grand Star Dreamer was hailed.

Aside from producing notable songs like "Hawak Kamay" and "Salamat", PDA launched the careers of very talented singers and songwriters who were once called "Dreamers"! Let's check out what they are up to now!

 

Sampung taon. Medyo reunion prod in a bit. ????

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Runner-up Jay-R Siaboc resurfaced in July after surrendering to local authorities in Toledo City, Cebu and vowing to stop using illegal drugs. He eventually reunited with his batchmates on ASAP and Family Feud! Meanwhile, check out his MYX Live! performance of "Himala" with Yeng Constantino below:

Ronnie Liang scored a hit with the song "Ngiti" which has been used in different TV shows over the years. His current single "Pakisabi Na Lang" was featured in the movie Camp Sawi! Plus, he's the go-to guy for serenading beauty pageant contestants!

 

Thank You #tulunan #northcotabato damo gid nga salamat ???? #serenade #mutyangnorthcotabato

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Davey Langit has reaped many awards in various songwriting competitions! His most recent victory was in Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2016 where he bagged the grand prize for his composition "Dalawang Letra"! The singer-songwriter is also also active in INC events!

 

Last night was so nerve wracking, I actually don't have much photos on my phone, haha. Also, ngayon pa lang ako sasagot sa mga text messages, posts and tweets kasi sinubukan kong itulog muna, baka kasi nananaginip lang ako after last night's blessing, hehe. So, hindi ko man po maisa isa lahat (but I'd still try), let me thank everyone on this post. Una sa lahat, salamat Panginoon sa talento at sa pagpapahintulot mo sa pagpapalang ito. Purihin Ka. To Sir Roxy, Sir Jonathan Manalo, Abbey Aledo and the rest of Himig Handog and Star Music for this wonderful opportunity. Sa buong pamilya ko at pinakamalalapit na kaibigan, kay Ate Ginncy who's been there since day one. At kay @itscassiex (who's celebrating her birthday today) for being such an inspiration. Kulang ang mga salitang "mahal na mahal ko kayo". Si Jonathan Ong, Notnot and Bryan of Sonicstate sa napakasaya at napabangis na pagkarecord ng kanta, at kay Sir Mel Villena sa nakakakilig na "horny" section areglo! Sa buong #TeamDalawangLetra. Kay @jtearjerky at sa mga iniidolo kong mga kaibigan ko nang @itchyworms! @jugsjugsjugs @itchyjazz @chinosingson @itchykel. Couldn't have done it without your genius as well. Aylabyuguyzzz! Sa lahat ng naniwala at patuloy na naniniwala sa akin, sa abilidad ko bilang musiko at manunulat ng kanta, walang patumanggang pagpapasalamat po. Sa Army Heaventastic, mahal ko rin kayo. And thank you as well to everyone who's doubted me, you fuel my fire to continue to be better at my craft. As my good friend Thyro quoted Johnny Depp last night, "One day, the people that didn't believe in you, will tell everyone how they met you.." Muli, nothing but gratitude and love from me to you all. Salamat po sa inyong mga pagbati! Wala pong pagsidlan ang aking pagpapasalamat. Now, let's go and write that next song. ?? Photo by my good friends @thyroalfaro and @yumilacsamana. Lab ko din kayo. ??

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Co-hosted tonight's regional leg of the EVM Awards with @aidelacruz. :)

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RJ Jimenez aka "Mr. Tuesday" is still out there performing!

Back in 2013, we witnessed him pull off a surprise proposal to his girlfriend!

Also busy with gigs is Panky Trinidad who took part in the recent PDA 10-year reunion on ASAP!

 

Together again after 10 years! :)

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"I Won't Hold You Back" by Toto #snippet #thetwist #cover

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Last but not the least, the first Grand Star Dreamer is definitely living the dream! Yeng Constantino has amassed countless of hits and awards during the past decade. The former reality contestant is now one of the judges of Pinoy Boyband Superstar and "Tawag ng Tanghalan" on It's Showtime! In celebration of her 10th year in the industry, a musical featuring her songs called Ako Si Josephine premiered this month!

 

Repost from @jaysonsarmiento. "Muli akong tumapak sa apat na sulok ng teatro hindi bilang isang aktor o direktor, kung hindi bilang isang manunuod. Alam ko hindi ganun kalalim ang naging karanasan ko sa teatro pero malaki ang naging bahagi nito sa aking pagkatao ngayon. At ako'y nagagalak na muling masilayan ang mundong dati'y aking naging tahanan at makapanuod muli ng isang obra maestra. #AkoSiJosephine ay isang materyal na punom-puno ng musika, pag-ibig at kasiyahan. Hindi matatawaran ang disenyo ng produksyon, sayaw ng mga ilaw, galing ng mga aktor, husay ng direktor at manunulat, at higit sa lahat, ang mga awiting nilikha ng isang 'Yeng Constantino'. Sa tuwing lalabas tayo ng teatro o kahit ng sinehan, unang tinatanong sa atin; Kamusta ang pelikula? Kamusta ang palabas? Anu-anong napulot mong aral? Paniguradong unang tatak sa manunuod ang husay sa pag-arte ng mga artista o kaya naman ang ganda ng istorya na nagpaiyak at nagpatawa sa mga nakakita. Pero dito sa dulang ito, para sa akin, hindi na kailangan pang isa-isahin ang galing ng mga bumubo ng produksyon dahil nakikita at napapanuod na iyon. Dito sa dulang ito mas naramdaman ko ang mga awiting nilikha ng isang napakahusay na kompositor at mang-aawit dahil binigyan ng kakaibang buhay, istorya at pagganap ang mga tumatak nang awitin sa atin tulad ng; "Chinito", "Jeepney Love Story", "Hawak Kamay", "Salamat", "Paano Ba Ang Magmahal", "Ikaw", atbp. Sanay tayong awitin ang mga kanta dahil sa ganda ng melodiya. Nakaka-LSS ika nga. Pero dahil dito sa dulang ito, mas naintindihan ko ang totoong kahulugan ng mga kanta. Mas nalaman ko ang ibig ipahiwatig ng lumikha. Mas napahanga ako ng husto ng isang 'Yeng Constantino'. #AkoSiJosephine ay isang patunay na ang mga awiting nilikha ng mahusay na kompositor ay dadalhin ng lahat ng makakaramdam ng puso nito, saan man at kailan man. #AkoSiJosephine ay isang dula na siguradong magiging inspirasyon para sa mga naghahangad na lumikha ng awitin o kahit ano man ang hangaring gawin. At higit sa lahat, #AkoSiJosephine ay nilikha, isinapuso at binigyang buhay ng mga awiting orihinal na musikang pilipino mula sa nag-iisang 'Yeng Constantino'." Thank you Jayson. ??

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Watch out guys 'cause Yeng and other young divas will have a major concert at the Big Dome this November!

 

Meeting for our concert on November 11 at the Araneta Coliseum. ??

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