Rising Fast: The Filipino Singer

August 03, 2011

This video of a boy with some surprising singing talent is said to have been captured in the area of Clark with the province of Pampanga, Philippines. It it, a young man identified as a local flute seller is captured covering a number of hit songs including some by Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, and Ne-Yo.

The clip has been viewed over 100,000 times in the past 24 hours and is spreading quickly on blogs and social media.

The "unexpected awesome singer" paradigm has, of course, been alive and well on YouTube for years (see: Susan Boyle) and continually draws interested viewers with each new iteration.

The Clark video and its behavior are quite reminiscent of another surprising talent -- in this case a Brazilian taxi driver who could channel Michael Jackson -- that went huge in early February. That clip went big in Argentina and then spread to the United States and elsewhere and has now been seen over four million times.