Kirby Asunto: “The Child Has a Dream!”

Ever since, Kirby was 2 years old, in the Philippines, her mom  Shirley noticed her singing talent and slowly supported her by researching in how she can hone this gift.   Shirley said “When Kirby was in nursery, one day she went home and announced to us that she joined a singing contest. I wondered how she did it, as she was still learning how to read and write then. She was still at the point of mimicking Barney songs then on her favorite CD.”  Kirby, that year joined the signing contest and has joined every year in school ever since and continued taking voice classes regularly to pursue her dreams of singing. Kirby then started trainings in voice, tongue and mouth exercises.

Quickly, Kirby achieved many notable achievements.  At the Access Broadway Contest,  Kirby became the Regional and National Champion, and at that same year, she became the Philippine Fiesta Grand Idol Signing Champion in Secaucus NJ.  After winning those titles, Kirby then began being invited to numerous Filipino American Community Fundraisers in the NY, NJ, CT, and DC area.

Kirby says she enjoys performing pro bono at many fundraisers events as she is giving back to her community not only here in America but benefiting her fellow Filipinos in the Philippines as well. In January 2011, Kirby was in the Final three of the NY Knick Kidz Bop Sports Talent Jam at MSG in NYC.  On April 28th 2011, Kirby was invited by AsianInNY to perform at The 32nd Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival Kick-off Party and she was just simply amazing!

During Asian American Heritage Month this year, Kirby also was invited to perform at the 33rd Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival on Ellis Island on May 5th where her beautiful voice was heard by hundreds of international tourists and her performance at the Opening Ceremony with Color Guards of Navy Operational Support Center NYC received a lot of media attention.

Earlier this month, Kirby did a concert with Arnel Pineda (the lead singer of “journey”) and recently Kirby sang the Philippine National Anthem, ” Lupang Hinirang” at the PACQUIAO-BRADLEY fight on June 9, 2012.  Kirby was personally selected by Manny Pacquiao to sing the Philippine national anthem during his match against undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr.  Pacquiao first heard Asunto’s voice during the celebration of the Holy Mass before his most recent match against Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez last year which Pacquiao won.

When we asked Kirby what her goal and future direction is, Kirby told us that her wish is if she succeeds in singing, she will give back to the community by opening up a signing/musical school for talented kids.  How awesome is that!  Her dreams is not only to be a professional singer but her dream is also to give back to the kids like herself who would like to pursue their dreams of singing.  We applaud you Kirby and wish you all the best in achieving your dream!  For more info: please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/mrsasunto

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