Almira, Irene, Mylene, and Celina are the Cercado Sisters, a Filipina singing group homebred in Santiago, Isabela, and no they’re not quadruplets nor is there a set of twins in there, their ages are 21, 19, 18, and 15 respectively.
I had the opportunity of meeting these beautiful, talented girls (who also do their own makeup, ooh) while on a trip with my Living Asia Channel crew to their hometown for the Patarraday Festival. Their story of discovery began some time in 2006, but as you can see, just like myself, a lot of people hadn’t heard about them yet in spite of their television exposure on FamJam and more recently Talentadong Pinoy. The humble makings of their songbird quartet lie in the heart of Santiago City where with little means these girls decided to unite and pull together in support of their father who, when they were children, provided for them as a junk collector with his own wooden kariton. They have an older sister who is a nurse so that makes a total of 5 live lovely girls in the family. Watch this short introduction before I share with you something special.
After they lost in FamJam, God had a better plan for them. They received an opportunity to perform in Hollywood and it was there that they were duly recognized and honored for the talented singing group that they are. According to them the song they performed that won them fame was “His Eye is On the Sparrow”, a song which goes hand in hand with the lovely testimony by their mom about the little sparrow bird that landed on their television set and answered their mom’s prayer for guidance. On my trip to Isabela we happened to be staying at the same hotel and I pestered them after meeting them to sing a song for my mom and dedicate it to her on Mother’s Day. So almost LIVE from my hotel room, I present to you the Cercado Sisters singing “I’ll be there” for my mom and all you mothers out there :). I’d like to plug and share that they are Manila based already following their success in the U.S. and will be performing this Thursday, May 12, 9pm at Makati Shangrila. Belated Happy Mother’s Day!