Filipinos in Yukon often get together for a little bit of videoke. Nesty Paron, sat down with Dave White to discuss the Filipino love for singing and importance of keeping memories of the homeland alive while living in Canada.
Paron, a former school teacher from the Philippines, loves getting together with friends and enjoying a nice round of videoke.
Paron spoke with Dave White of the CBC, and shared why his go to song is Frank Sinatra‘s seminal hit My Way.
“They call it the killer song back home in the Philippines,” Paron told the CBC. “Since Frank Sinatra is a baritone, everyone can hit the notes so everyone wants to sing it … everyone wants to hold the microphone and that’s where the conflict starts.”
Other songs in Paron’s repertoire is Madonna‘s Crazy For You, which he remembers being his soundtrack for his early romantic crushes.
He also shared his other favourites, including Afterimage‘s Next in Line. It was a favourite song to play during graduation ceremonies.
He told the CBC that the lyrics of that particular song spoke to many people, in particular fresh graduates.
“I found the lyrics, my first year of teaching, really hit me,” Paron told the CBC. “They give inspiration to graduates and (tells them) what to look forward to and what their aspirations in life are.”
Another song he’s got lined up and ready is the Miami Sound Machine‘s Conga. Who doesn’t love a little Gloria Estefan when having a bit of videoke?
“Back home, we have lots of festivals and I’m a choreographer and performing artist person,” Paron told the CBC. “Every time we play this at dances, you can’t help yourself from dancing to this music.”
The last song he shared with the CBC holds a special place in his heart.
Gary Valenciano‘s Pasko Na Sinta Ko a Christmas classic in the Philippines.
Being so far away from the Philippines is difficult for many, including Paron.
“This is my eleventh year away from my family at Christmas. This song really means a lot to us, and every Filipino, when they hear this song, becomes emotional because it speaks a lot about being far away from our family in the Philippines,” Paron told the CBC.
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