Sherwin Sozon Lands Role of a Lifetime as Ninoy

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Sherwin Sozon Lands Role of a Lifetime as Ninoy


How did a manufacturing engineering graduate from De La Salle University end up with a singing career?

For Sherwin Sozon, a businessman who runs a number of restaurants in the metropolis, it was all about pursuing his "first love." And that feat has won him his role of a lifetime as Ninoy Aquino in "Cory, the Musical," a production of Buhay Isang Awit Foundation.

Always raring to get into the business of singing, he would always audition for musicals or concerts. And one of them was "Cory, the Musical," for which he didn't know what role he was auditioning for.

"They called me about this new musical, but they didn't tell me what it was all about. I went to the audition, and I sang 'This is the Moment' from 'Jeckyll and Hyde,' and then I read. After a few call backs, they told me I got the role," he shared.

What surprised him more was landing the role of Ninoy Aquino, as he considers himself still a newbie in the realm of classical singing. He was inspired to sing by his mom and her mom's friends who are all into classical music. He would always drive his mom to her soirees, and soon enough, he was also singing and he liked it!

"I just had my recital last year. And I only took private classical voice lesson with Maestro Mamerto Villaba," he related.

He has done musicals like "Tsinoy - Kaisa ka!," "Why Flowers Bloom in May," an opera by the late Lucrecia "Tita King" Kasilag, and "Ang Dalawa Niyang Libbing," by Malaysian writer Koh Jun Eiow. Moreover, Sherwin is also a member of Harana, the Philippine cultural arm of the Philippine Opera Company. …

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