Iñigo Pascual says NBA halftime performance at Staples Center a dream come true

by Jet Hitosis
Nov 21, 2019
Iñigo Pascual performs at the NBA halftime show during a game between Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Monday, November 18.
PHOTO/S: @inigopascual on Instagram

Overwhelmed si Iñigo Pascual na sa edad na 22 ay natupad na ang kanyang childhood dream—ang mag-perform sa Staples Center sa Los Angeles, California.

Nagtanghal si Iñigo sa Staples Center nitong Lunes, November 18, sa halftime show ng NBA game sa pagitan ng Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ang performance ng singer-songwriter-actor sa harap ng libu-libong basketball fans ay bahagi ng selebrasyon ng Filipino Heritage Night ng NBA.

Kinanta ni Iñigo ang kanyang original songs na “Dahil Sa ‘Yo” at “Catching Feelings.”

Sa Instagram post ng singer-actor nitong Miyerkules ng gabi, November 20, ibinahagi nitong pinapangarap niya lang noon—simula seven years old siya—ang makapag-perform sa Staples Center.

Post ni Iñigo (published as is): “I was 7 years old when I first saw the Staples Center in person.

“From that night I would literally say ‘I will perform in there One Day’ everytime I passed by it.

“I knew it was near impossible but I repeatidly declared it a thousand times.

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“After 10 years I moved back to the Philippines, and I passed by it again on the way to the airport leaving for Manila. I said, ‘Imma be back for you’.”

IÑIGO WANTS TO “BRING OPM TO THE WORLD STAGE”

Kuwento ng international performer, sa kanyang pagbabalik-Pilipinas ay higit pa niyang na-appreciate ang pagiging Pilipino.

Dahil dito, naging “personal goal” niya bilang music artist ang ipakilala ang OPM, o Original Pilipino Music, sa mundo.

“I’ve grown to love and appreciate my homeland, language, and heritage deeply after moving back.

“I’m 22 now, and one of my personal goals as an artist is to be able to be part of that Generation that is able to bring OPM to the World Stage.

“I knew that I would forever be singing Tagalog songs still anywhere I go.”

At makalipas nga ang 15 taon, nitong Lunes ay natupad na ni Iñigo ang pinangarap niya simula pagkabata.

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“7 to 22 ... I did not think this whole thing would happen. I dreamt of performing at Staples Center and being able to share the music from my homeland... It was a dream...

“Performed at Staples Center in celebration of Filipino Heritage Night for the Halftime of an NBA Game. (loudly crying face emoji)

“I wanna thank the @laclippers and everyone who was part of making this night happen. (praying hands emoji) TIWALA lang talaga. #FilipinoHeritageNight”

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I was 7 years old when I first saw the Staples Center in person. From that night I would literally say “I will perform in there One Day” everytime I passed by it. I knew it was near impossible but I repeatidly declared it a thousand times. After 10 years I moved back to the Philippines, and I passed by it again on the way to the airport leaving for Manila. I said, “Imma be back for you” I’ve grown to love and appreciate my homeland, language, and heritage deeply after moving back. I’m 22 now, and one of my personal goals as an artist is to be able to be part of that Generation that is able to bring OPM to the World Stage. I knew that I would forever be singing Tagalog songs still anywhere I go. 7 to 22 ... I did not think this whole thing would happen. I dreamt of performing at Staples Center and being able to share the music from my homeland... It was a dream... Performed at Staples Center in celebration of Filipino Heritage Night for the Halftime of an NBA Game. ???? I wanna thank the @laclippers and everyone who was part of making this night happen. ???????? TIWALA lang talaga. #FilipinoHeritageNight

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PINOY PRIDE

Tuwang-tuwa na nagpaabot ng pagbati kay Iñigo ang mga kaibigan niyang celebrities, na nagpahayag na “proud” sila para sa singer-actor at anak ni Piolo Pascual.

Kabilang sa mga bumati sa kanya sina Jameson Blake, Neil Arce, Rayver Cruz, Jon Lucas, Kris Lawrence, Darren Espanto, Kira Balinger, Kimpoy Feliciano, Kakai Bautista, Dingdong Avanzado, Mavy Legaspi, at maraming iba pa.

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Tinawag naman ng aktor na si Benjamin Alves na “superstar” ang binatang pinsan.

Si Benjamin ay pamangkin ng ama ni Iñigo, ang actor-singer-film producer na si Piolo Pascual.

“OPM living legend” naman ang komento ng teen actor na si Kyle Echarri sa pinakabagong Pinoy international performer.

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Ini-launch din sa event ang music video ng bagong single ni Iñigo, ang “Catching Feelings.”

Noong January 2019, naimbitahang mag-perform para sa Filipino Heritage Night sa Staples Center ang Fil-Am member ng Black Eyed Peas na si apl.de.ap.

Bukod kay apl.de-ap, may appearance din sa event ang eight-division world boxing champion na si Senator Manny Pacquiao.

THE STAPLES CENTER

Ang Staples Center sa Los Angeles ay isang 20,000-seater multi-purpose arena, na pinagdarausan ng iba’t ibang sporting events ng mga koponan ng Los Angeles.

Sa 20-anyos na arena idinadaos ang mga Grammy Awards ceremonies, at doon din isasagawa ang basketball competition ng 2028 Summer Olympics.

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Iñigo Pascual performs at the NBA halftime show during a game between Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Monday, November 18.
PHOTO/S: @inigopascual on Instagram
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