The New York Times describes Arnel Pineda as a "delightfully upbeat person with a serviceable voice”

by Ruel J. Mendoza
Mar 11, 2013
Nabigyan ng magagandang review ang documentary film ni Ramona S. Diaz na Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey. Ito ay tungkol sa pagsikat ng lead vocalist ng bandang Journey, ang Pinoy na si Arnel Pineda.

Pinalabas ito sa Tribeca Film Festival in New York noong 2012. Ngayong March 2013, palabas ang Don't Stop Believin' sa limited theaters and art houses sa U.S.

Ayon sa The Hollywood Reporter, the docu-film “has an undeniable emotional pull thanks to its fairy tale-like narrative.”

Ang review naman ng Film Journal International: “Don't Stop Believin' ultimately succeeds through the sheer miraculousness of its Cinderella story, and its portrait of a supportive and admirably grown-up group of musicians who appear, at least, to be free of destructive ego.”

Rotten Tomatoes by Flixters gave it 4 and ½ stars and reviewed it as “Don't Stop Believin' gets a boost from new singer Arnel Pineda's charming personality.”

From The Film School Rejects: “Pineda is very likable, both on screen and on the soundtrack, and there are a number of interesting aspects to his story before and after he joined Journey.”

Sa March 7 review ng The New York Times, 4 stars ang binigay na rating sa naturang documentary. Ayon sa review na may title na "Plucked From Obscurity, and Now a Star!" ang Filipino singer na si Arnel ay inilarawan ng ganito: “Pineda comes across as a delightfully upbeat person with a serviceable voice.”

Ayon naman sa Yahoo Music, isang “charming new documentary detailing Arnel Pineda's too-amazing-to-be-real musical fairy tale” ang docu-film ni Pineda.

Pinakita nga sa docu-film ang struggling years ni Pineda bilang isang band member bago nga mai-upload sa YouTube noong 2007 ang kanyang pag-awit ng "Faithfully" ng bandang Journey.

Noong mapanood nga ito ng founding member at guitarist ng Journey na si Neal Schon, nagpadala ng e-mail ito kay Pineda at tinatanong niya kung interesado ba ito na kumanta para sa Journey band?

“I thought it was a scam,” ani Pineda sa kanyang interview sa Yahoo Music.

Pineda just turned 40 years old noong matanggap niya ang naturang e-mail.

“Where I come from, it would be crazy to just believe an e-mail like that… but my friend, the one who uploaded my live video performances on YouTube, he was pretty persistent. He was certain that the email was for real.”

Noong mag-reply nga si Pineda at ibinigay niya ang mga contact numbers niya, agad siyang tinawagan at si Neal Schon nga ang nasa kabilang linya.

Nasabi nga ni Neal na matagal na silang naghahanap ng lead singer since 1998 noong mawala na sa kanila ang kanilang original frontman na si Steve Perry.

Kaya sa YouTube ito naghanap ng puwedeng makuhang leads singer at na-amaze ito sa napanood niya kay Pineda sa cover version nito ng "Faithfully."

“I thought, this is too good to be true,” ani Pineda sa programang USA Today.

“I was afraid at first because I might be compared to Steve Perry. Plus the fact that I'm so short and so Asian! They taught me how to be brave—how to be confident.”

Ni-recall pa ni Pineda ang unang big show niya with Journey. Isang concert sa Chile with more than 2,000 fans na naghihintay sa concert venue.

“After peeking out from behind the curtain, I went back to the band and said, 'Can I just go home? I don't think I can do this!'" But Neal said, 'Too late, brother!'” tawa pa ni Pineda.

Nagkaroon nga ng maraming suporta si Pineda mula sa maraming Asian communities kunsaan nag-concert ang Journey.

“I represent the kids in the Philippines. Kids around the world, especially in Third World countries, we have dreams. I'm living my dreams.

“We're selling hope. Dreams, they do come true. Miracles can overcome misery and hardship,” pagtatapos pa ni Arnel Pineda.

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