Josephine (Banig) Roberto
As many watched her blossom from a little child
wonder to a woman of a total performer caliber, it is certain that Banig has what it takes to
succeed in the very competitive world of the music business. Many performers
have tried, but most failed. Though it ain't easy, Banig has certainly gone a long way.
Filipinos take pride. They rejoice that someone with such talent could represtent the country
with honor and respect. But Banig, a true performer belongs to everyone for she is a world class
Her first television appearance was at age 7 when
she joined a singing competition where she became the champion for 7 consecutive weeks.
By the age of nine, she was already a dominant presence n the Philippine concert scene. She
then reached a bigger acclaim when she joined the International Star Search competition at the age
of 10. Banig, representing the Philippines became the first and only Filipino champion and
with that, the young performer who strutted her world class talent on stage back home had now caught
the attention of the U.S. scene.
Since then, Banig has appeared
in numerous television shows such as the Arsenio Hall Show, Into The Night With Rick Dees, Maury
Povich Show, Super Dave Osborne Show, Good Day LA, AM Los Angeles, and more. She even sang the Star
Spangled Banner for the Clippers vs the Kings and USC vs Nebraska.
In 1994, Banig released her first U.S. CD entitled
"Can You Feel My Heart?
" . She also received an overwhelming reponse from students of different races when she had a
school tour to promote her CD.
She has come a long way in
the entertainment business. Throughout her years in showbizness, Banig has developed to be a
greater entertainer, and now she is also ready to embark on greater heights in the music world...
songwriting. She hopes that one day, her music idols will make her compositions
known all over the world. Banig collaborates with her younger sister Jhoanna , who is the
producer of her next CD.
Her highly anticipated concert was held recently at the prestigious Alex
Theater in Glendale CA on Saturday night May 12, 2001. This concert featured Banig's
"coming of age" in the new millenium. It featured Banig, not as the little
bundle of energy we all know her of, but Banig , a woman of total perfomer caliber who once
again proved to be one of the Phillipines' greatest pride. She performed a few cuts from her
upcoming CD, and also her old songs. .. and of course the cover songs that we all like to hear.
But this show definitely guaranteed a bigger production, greater expectations, and better