Nonoy Zuñiga, a doctor by vocation, also talked about his health and wellness business in Cebu.
OPM icon Nonoy Zuñiga returns to the stage after five years since his last concert - a celebration not just of the 47th year of his professional singing career but as well as the birthday celebration of the late Col. Ronald Kempis which will benefit several medical institutions.
“Karamihan naman ng mga shows ko merong beneficiary. Pero hindi lang siya nagkaroon ng show because may beneficiary. It’s actually a show dedicated to the husband of the producer who is a doctor and a general. He passed away recently and he is celebrating his birthday on that show date. At the same time, para maging meaningful lalo ‘yung birthday niya, kailangan may beneficiaries din,” he told PUSH in an interview.
Zuñiga, who admitted the challenges faced by older generations of artists in the dawn of the digital age, said he is willing to modify his sound for the younger ones.
“If I can do both ways. Dapat hindi lang sa puro pambata. Dapat pareho. I-momodify lang ng konti. Konti lang naman. ‘Yung style ng singing, konti lang. And then also ‘yung music. ‘Yung uso ngayon. Ganun lang. Hindi ‘yung talagang pambata kasi I’m sure my friends who are my fans before ayaw nila ‘yun. Gusto nila kung ano ‘yung dati ko, ‘yun pa din ang style ko pero luma na ‘yun sa ngayong pahanon. So I have to modify. Mahirap but we can compromise. Nasa areglo ‘yun,” he said.
A graduate of medicine from the University of Santo Tomas, Zuñiga now runs Piel Acne and Anti-Aging Skin Center in Cebu alongside a New York-based esthetician, who also happens to be his good friend.
Sharing why he decided to pursue a health and wellness career after so many years, he said: “I really like health, beauty, and music. I have friends there in Cebu. My friends asked me to join in that business. So sabi ko sige lang kaya ako napunta dun. Meron kaming clinic doon sa Cebu. Kaya madalas ako dun ngayon,” he said.
Juggling his time between here and abroad, Zuñiga shares what he kept him busy when he opted to take some time off his musical career.
“Abroad ‘cause my family is in abroad. Mga anak ko nandun. Madalas din akong abroad. Tapos dito, Cebu and Manila. If I’m not busy in showbiz, nandun ako sa health and beauty business. Paganun-ganun lang. Otherwise, ‘pag wala talaga, I just rest and relax. Ano lang tayo, no pressure. Less pressure. That doesn’t mean I’m retiring. I need more time lang to rest and just ponder about what’s coming next,” the “Never Ever Say Goodbye” hitmaker said.
Zuñiga, a fan of ‘birit queens’ Jona and Morissette, hopes to one day work with the two powerhouse female artists in the future.
“I watched them perform already. I heard their voices, I like their styles, and I think it will be a very good blend - my voice and their voices. Maganda. And they don’t just sing younger songs, eh. They sing songs na talagang pang sa magulang nila. Bagay din eh. They can also adjust that’s why I like them,” he said.
Revealing his plans in the future, Nonoy Zuñiga also hopes to produce albums in Visayan and Bicolano dialects among others as a way to honor his Waray and Bicolano roots.
“What I’m doing now, I’ll just strengthen it. And then palakasin ko lang the business. I’m just going to make it stable. And in terms of music, I’ll just keep on doing concerts here and abroad. And God-willing to newer albums - one album is a Visayan album and probably a Bicolano album,” he said.