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Eunice and Nica: Truly Perfect 2gether
While most 13 year olds were already getting ready for summer, two young protégés were hard at work preparing for their first musical recital entitled ‘Perfect 2gether’ held last March 19, 2011 at the Faith Academy Performing Arts Center. The recital featured two of Davao’s budding artists, Eunice Evan Dominguez and Nica Dorothea Tupas. The two young girls are scholars of Alvin ‘Bong’ Aviola at Musikademy, Davao’s premier vocal music school.At such a young age, the two girls showed true artistry embodied in their two-hour repertoire, a playful mix of classic, Broadway and contemporary songs that showcased a multitude of flair. Eunice breezed through songs such as Unusual Way, Scarborough Fair, The Girl in 14G, and even played the piano to accompany her rendition of Empire State of Mind popularized by Alicia Keys. Nica, on the other hand, belted out songs including Stand Up for Love, Someone Like You, Don’t Rain On My Parade and played the guitar to her version of Don’t Forget by Demi Lovato. They also sang alongside their mentor “Kuya Bong” — Eunice in Take Me as I Am from Jekyll and Hyde, and Nica in I Have a Love/One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story. Aside from singing and playing instruments, they also showcased their dancing skills in the upbeat numbers River Deep, Mountain High and Hibang sa Awit. Proud parents Norman & Vangie Dominguez and Serge & Mae Tupas were behind the girls all the way. They were gleaming with joy while watching their daughters entertain a packed auditorium in awe of the two burgeoning young singers. Their mentor, equally proud, acknowledged the talent and hard work of his two students. He added that he was amazed when he first heard them sing. They started taking lessons only last year, and their growth as performers has been unstoppable ever since. The recital also featured the musical prowess of Davao’s best, The Himig Singers who sang some songs with the recitalists, and Hong Kong-based Davaoeño pianist extraordinaire Michael Richard Lopez as accompanist. Musikademy guitar teacher Sheff De Leon also accompanied Nica’s acoustic number. The entire show was directed by Ms. March de Ramos, with additional choreography by Bimbo Morales. The future is indeed looking very bright for these two young ladies as their stars have only just begun to shine in the Davao music scene.