After his stroke in February 2010, Filipino Winnipegger Rey Padua took it upon himself to pursue his passion for singing as a therapy for his recovery. It paid off. It didn’t only enable his body to recuperate quickly but it also strengthened his spirits.
He has been joining various singing contests, and his latest accomplishment in this preoccupation was his having been chosen as one of the finalists to the annual 730 CKDM–sponsored Dauphin’s CountryFest Talent Contest. When he learned about the competition months prior to the event, he sent a CD of his vocal performance as an entry.
From all entries received, a panel of judges selected 11 finalists who will perform live, with a live back-up band, on June 29 at the Manitoba Lotteries Main Stage at Countryfest in Dauphin. Padua was one of the finalists, and the only Filipino (the only Asian, for that matter). He would be performing two songs, the foot-stomper “Mud on the Tires” by Brad Paisley and the tearjerker “Stuck on You” by Lionel Richie. Let’s all hope that Padua bag the prestigious title. But if he didn’t, we should still be glad and proud of him.
Win or lose, his having gotten that far is already a big accomplishment in itself. In games and competitions like that, winning of course is the goal but it is not the be-all, end-all. In the greater scheme of things, more important than winning are the experience and the doors of opportunities that it has opened for the passionate and honest participant.