ASIA’S Nightingale Lani Misalucha wowed Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko when she sang for them the iconic OPM hit “Anak” during the state banquet for the visiting heads of state in Malacanang recently.
“Wow! It’s such a privilege and an honor to sing for them,” said Misalucha during an interview in “Tonight with Boy Abunda” over ABS-CBN.
Misalucha, 46, who sang the hit song “Bukas Na La Kita Mamahalin,” said that there were do’s and don’ts to be followed when singing in front of the Japanese Royals.
“The protocol is that you cannot look straight into their eyes and you cannot extend your hands unless sila ang nag-e-extend ng hands,” she said.
The multi-awarded singer added that performers are not allowed to turn their back after their performance. “Hindi pwede totally nakatalikod kasi bastos naman yung ganun.”
The songstress said that she will sit as one of the judges for the all-original OPM singing contest called “I Love OPM” which will begin in the Kapamilya network soon.
“Hindi ito franchise. It’s an original ABS-CBN concept. The cute part of this contest is that foreigners will sing OPM,” she said.
So far there have been American, French, Korean, Pakistan Indian, and a lot more who will be doing OPM songs during the contest.
“They love our culture. Hindi sila mga Pilipino pero gusto nilang kumanta ng Tagalog songs,” Misalucha said.
Aside from her, members of the panel of judges are Martin Nievera and Toni Gonzaga.
It will be hosted by Anne Curtis and Erik Santos.
Misalucha will also headline a Valentine’s show at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on Feb. 14 and Feb 15 dubbed “Love Catcher.”
She will include in her repertoire songs in Spanish, Italian, German, and French.