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Darren Espanto reveals how his parents taught him to speak Tagalog

The Voice Kids second placer Darren Espanto talks about his family life on ‘Tapatan ni Tunying.’



8/15/2014 10:00 AM
Darren Espanto reveals how his parents taught him to speak Tagalog

081514-darren_main.jpgDarren Espanto revealed that he is still getting used to the fame that he is currently experiencing after being part of The Voice Kids. With all of the attention focused on him, he revealed that his father has advised him to remain humble and keep on smiling. "Pero okay lang po sa akin kasi masaya naman po [ako] ‘pag may nakikipicture po."

Darren began to sing Disney songs at the age of two, which led his relatives to discover his singing potential and urge him to pursue it. Both of Darren’s parents also sing.

He also acknowledged the support of his parents, saying that they sacrificed a lot for him. "Kung may gusto po ako gawin, susuportahan po nila ako dun."

Darren said that his parents, who trained him to be humble and respectful, taught him to speak in Filipino as well. "Pagkarating ko po galing sa school, kung nag-e-English pa rin po ako, sasabihin ho nila na 'Uy, nasa bahay ka na, wala ka na sa school, mag-Tagalog ka naman' so parang dun po ako nasanay sa Tagalog po."

Darren also revealed that at first, his target was to reach the semi-finals of the singing competition only. But when he became part of the top 6, he did his best to become part of the top 4. Host Anthony Taberna asked Darren how he was able to accept defeat graciously when he did not win the contest title. "Dapat expect the unexpected" to avoid getting hurt by false hopes. Nevertheless, he said that he is happy for Lyca Gairanod, the grand champion of The Voice Kids.

His father is staying with him in the Philippines while his mother and his sister have returned to Canada. However, he also said that his father might return to Canada soon, too, so he will be left in the company of his relatives. He also admitted feeling a bit homesick at times.