In an exclusive interview with PUSH.com.ph, ASAP mainstay and Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda shared a memorable fan encounter during ASAP 20’s Kapamilya, Thank You event in Binan, Laguna last Sunday, October 4.
The international rock singer narrated a touching encounter with one American fan. “He was only 21 years old, may cancer siya. He wrote me a very emotional letter na talagang kinilabutan ako. Tapos ‘nung sinagot ko siya, ang sumagot na lang sa ’kin ‘yung brother niya just to tell me na nag-pass away na ‘yung [kapatid niya]. He was a very big fan.”
Arnel said that as a parent, a brother and a fan himself, he can empathize with his loved ones and felt very sad about what happened. “Alam ko ‘yung feeling ‘nung loss niya. I mean nararamdaman ko kung ano ‘yung nararamdaman ng parents niya at saka [‘nung brother]. And then I’m also a fan so alam mo ‘yung meron kang, halimbawa, talagang iniidolo na artist tapos sinulatan mong ganon, sinagot ka… Nabasa niya ‘yun [letter ko] and then after that, he passed away peacefully.”
According to the singer, this experience happened very recently, “He just passed away. Sinagot ko lang siya three weeks ago and then just a week ago, he passed away.”