PHOTOS: Nelly Furtado Presscon at EDSA Shangrila

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado and rap rock band Gym Class Heroes are set to perform in Manila for the first time tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. A presscon for Nelly Furtado was held yesterday at EDSA Shangri-la Hotel Manila, a short Q&A with the singer revealed that her daughter has Filipino blood! She said her daughter's grandmother is actually a Filipino.

Nelly Furtado was awarded with a '2X Platinum' plaque by Ricky Ilacad (President of MCA Music) and Wilson Cruz (Marketing & Sales Director of MCA) yesterday

Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado burst into the music scene in 2001 with her debut album Whoa, Nelly. The first single, “I’m Like A Bird”, earned Furtado her first Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her second album Folklore, released in 2003 included the hit singles “Powerless (Say What You Want),” “Try,” and “Forca,” which was used as theme song for the 2004 European Football Championship. Her third album, Loose, produced the chart-topping hits “Promiscuous,” “Maneater,” “All Good Things (Come to an End)” and “Say It Right”.

Loose is her most successful album to date, which sold over 10 million copies worldwide and certified multi-platinum in several countries. She is set to release her fourth English-language album The Spirit Indestructible in September under MCA Music. "I was in a great headspace, feeling refreshed and ready to really deliver in English again. This album is all about positivity, youth, good energy, and the relentlessness of the spirit. I want people to live this music the way we did when we wrote it. I want them to jump, dance, scream, laugh, cry, love, and vibe to it, and to turn it up very loud everywhere.", Furtado stated.

On the other hand, Gym Class Heroes is a rap rock band from New York, USA, formed in 1997 when rapper Travie McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley during their high school gym class. Guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and bassist Eric Roberts joined the group in 2003. The group has established themselves as one of the most exciting bands in pop music, topping the radio charts with hit singles, touring the world, making countless national television appearances, and winning multiple music awards, including the MTV VMA for Best New Artist in 2007. They are known for their smashing singles “Cookie Jar”, “Cupid’s Chokehold”, “Stereo Hearts” and “Clothes Off!”.

Nelly Furtado’s albums are out now in CDs exclusively under MCA Music available at Astroplus and Odyssey Music and Video or online via iTunes and

Witness Nelly Furtado’s and Gym Class Heroes’ first ever performance in Manila on August 16, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum! “NELLY FURTADO & Gym Class Heroes Live! In Manila” is brought to you by LAMC Productions and Rockstar Touring. Presented by Tanduay Ice. Co-presented by Fox and StarWorld. Official Residence: EDSA Shangri-La Manila and Crowne Plaza Hotel. Media Partners: MYX, VELVET, RX 93.1, Mellow 94.7, 95.5 Pinas FM, 96.3 Easy Rock, 101.1 YES FM, Business World, Philippine Star, The La Sallian,,,, Manila Concert Scene, Philippine Concerts, and Special thanks to: MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines), Black Fleet, Happy Cow Productions, Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video.

JL Santiago Aquino

A millennial lifestyle blogger from Caloocan City who adores trying new things. ✨ Email: Follow @JayL_Aquino on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok & Facebook.

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