MANILA, MARCH 4, 2013 (PHILSTAR) - Feel the heat of summer love today as ABS-CBN’s ASAP 18 kicks off the month of March with Daniel Padilla. Watch out for Daniel’s special production number and the must-see revelation of Kathryn Bernardo’s love team partner in the upcoming Star Cinema romantic movie Must Be… Love. 

Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo

Celebrate the greatness of Filipino music with the hair-raising musical performances of Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2013 winning compositions that will be sung by Toni Gonzaga, Juris, KZ Tandingan, Marion Aunor and Aiza Seguerra. It will be followed by the back-to-back grand launches of the official soundtrack of Juan dela Cruz; and Jed Madela’s launch of his debut album under Star Records titled All Original.

Witness another performance as ASAP 18 welcomes the Women’s Month with a tribute to ladies all over the world prepared by Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Vina Morales, Angeline Quinto and Piolo Pascual.

Prepare to be amazed with the must-watched vocal act of ’90s jukebox singers Renz Verano, Jude Michael and Jessa Zaragosa together with the ASAP Pinoy Champs; and the ultimate concert experience by Erik Santos, Zia Quizon, Sam Concepcion, Bryan Termulo; and the romantic serenade of ASAP Boyfriendz Daniel, Khalil Ramos and Enrique Gil

ASAP 18 airs Sundays at 12:15 p.m.

Daniel Padilla waxes serviceable covers in debut album By Rito P. Asilo Philippine Daily Inquirer June 15, 2012 | 9:06 pm

[Daniel John Ford Padilla, popularly known as Daniel Padilla, is a Filipino actor and recording artist. He is a talent of ABS-CBN and Star Magic, and starrred as Gino in the primetime Filipino drama Princess And I. Born: April 26, 1995 (age 17), Philippines Height: 1.75 m Full name: Daniel John Ford Padilla Parents: Rommel Padilla, Karla Estrada -Wikipedia ]

NEWCOMER DANIEL PADILLA has his Tito Robin’s magnetic presence and cheeky swagger

DANIEL Padilla has his Tito Robin’s magnetic presence and cheeky swagger—and, when he sings, as he does in his eponymously titled debut album, he scoops for the low notes of a song with a gravelly voice that sounds eerily like his uncle’s, most notably in his covers of Orient Pearl’s “Pagsubok” and 6CycleMind’s “Prinsesa.”

Given Robin’s “track record” as an occasional singer (who released “Harana,” a compilation of his recordings last year), however, that initial note about the quality of Daniel’s voice may not seem encouraging for a first-time recording artist.

But, if you listen closely to the young comer’s repertoire, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that he’s actually an improvement on the Padilla template—because his renditions are serviceable, regardless of whether they’ve been appropriately “tweaked” and polished by the Autotune technology or not. Moreover, his mom, Karla Estrada, is no slouch at singing—she even released a solo album in 1995.

High notes

Because his adolescent voice is still stabilizing, Daniel usually relies on nasal placement (VST & Co,’s “Paniwalaan Mo”) to secure his high notes, which are best showcased in his revivals of Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old With You” and Iaxe’s “Ako’y Sa ‘Yo, Ika’y Akin,” made more memorable by Janno Queyquep’s lovely drums-and-strings arrangement.

The boy renders tunes that suit his ability and range, and is influenced by the breezy, crooning style of Michael Bublé (his idol), which probably explains his idiosyncratic phrasing—or his vocal arrangers’ direction. If he continues to hone his craft as a singer, we envision a musical future for Daniel that’s brighter than that enjoyed by some of the entertainment industry’s vocally challenged heartthrobs!

Padilla also acquits himself well in his remake of Rico Blanco and Rivermaya’s “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita”—but, the carrier track is characterized by an unfinished quality that exposes the rough edges of the teen idol’s voice. So, until he irons out those vocal kinks, it’s best for Daniel to stick to his day job!

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