Rama to public: Vote for Eva de los Santos-A A +A
Saturday, August 24, 2013
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants Cebuanos to rally behind a local singer trying to make it in the national arena through the singing competition The Voice Philippines.
He wants to do for Eva de los Santos what the Cebuanos did for Raki Vega, who won as Ultimate Diva in a national reality competition in 2004.
“I am announcing that I will support her as a way of supporting local talents,” said
The mayor said he did the same during Vega’s time, announcing his support in public with hopes that Cebuanos would vote for the singer.
But Rama’s support is not just because de los Santos is a Cebuana but also because she is a friend.
He said de los Santos was a singer at the Magellan’s Hotel in the 1980s.
Rama said de los Santos sent him a text message, asking for support as she battled in the competition last Aug. 10.
The mayor said he advised her to rest her voice.
De los Santos is among the older contestants in The Voice at 51.
Young singer Sarah Geronimo chose de los Santos to be in her team and fondly calls the latter “Mommy Eva.”
In her resume, de los Santos said, “I am patient (in) pursuing my dream of making it far in the music industry.”
De los Santos has four children with husband Ruben David de los Santos.
She was born in Jagna, Bohol but received her education degree from the Cebu Normal University in Cebu City.
De los Santos looks up to Whitney Houston and Tina Turner as her idols and also considers three of four The Voice judges as favorites—Geronimo, Lea Salonga and Bamboo.
Kim Chiu, Keana Reeves and Slater Young are testaments to the Cebuano voting power.
They won in different seasons of Pinoy Big Brother, a reality competition that also relies on text votes.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 24, 2013.