Known as the leading “Tenor of the Philippines,” Nolyn Cabahug has died after battling renal failure for six years.
The Filipino singer’s passing was confirmed in a report from 98.7 dzFE-FM last night, November 2.
Cabahug was diagnosed with “end stage renal failure” back in 2009.
But after going through dialysis and a kidney transplant, Cabahug was then on his way to recovery.
“I never felt fear. I never felt discouraged.
“Ang palagi ko naiisip, God will fulfill your number of days, e,” said Cabahug in an interview with 700 Club Asia in 2012.
Despite his illness, Cabahug felt so blessed because a lot of people paved the way for him to have a successful kidney transplant and helped him pay for his medication.
He said, “Every perfect gift comes from above. Hindi siya [God] magbibigay ng kulang. Talagang bibigyan ka niya ng labis-labis.”
ACCLAIMED SINGER. Cabahug was born in Jaro, Iloilo City on March 19, 1956.
He finished Bachelor of Music Major in Voice at the University of the Philippines.
As a soloist and tenor of the U.P. Concert Chorus, he fielded awards from international competitions in Germany, Netherlands, and Australia.
Some of his memorable works include playing the role of Crisostomo Ibarra on Felipe Padilla de Leon's restaging of Noli Me Tangere (1987) and as Alfredo Belmonte on Rolando Tinio’s Filipino adaptation of La Traviata (1990).
Cabahug was hailed as Aliw Awards’ Best Classical Performer in 2003 and 2005, as well as National Press Club's Opera Singer of The Year in 1990.