(Filipino Reporter photos by Manny Caballero)
In so short a time, Tata Kay Habana (pictured above and below) has captured the ears and won the hearts of her audiences because she is an adept singer with a kind and friendly heart.
In 2013 alone, this versatile soprano performed in a number of events in the Filipino communities in the tri-state area, including in the introduction of 2013 Miss World (Megan Young) to the Filipino community.
Due to her singing prowess, she was the recipient of two outstanding Performing Arts awards from two respected organizations in New York and New Jersey last year.
In her first successful solo concert on Dec. 20, 2013 at the Philippine Center in New York City, Habana received a standing ovation in the filled-in auditorium where she entertained her adoring audiences with English and Pilipino classics and Christmas carols, Broadway music, opera tunes and kundiman.
Her first CD sampler titled “Songs From My Heart...To Yours” was released that evening.
The morning after, as she thanked her supporters on her Facebook page, she received more than 130 “likes” and praises, mostly from those who were present in the concert the night before.
On Jan. 18, Habana was one of the musical artists who performed in the US Philippines Relief Concert at First Baptist Church in Broadway and West 79th Street, New York City for the benefit of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda victims in the native country.
In that concert, Habana sang flawlessly Jose Corazon de Jesus’ immortal and historic “Bayan Ko” and “O mio babbino caro” (Oh My Beloved Father), a soprano aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini.
What’s amazing with this singer is that she has no formal education in singing.
She belongs to the old school of practice, motivation and passion.
(Habana studied mass communications/journalism in college.)
“I sing not to be popular, but to express my passion for music,” Habana told this writer in an interview.
Asked why she was using the Ilongga endearment word “Tata” in her name, she answered, “Because I want my audience to know I am a Pinay.”
The singer has a fan page on Facebook at facebook.com/kayhabana.