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Filipino Singers Shine as ‘Acoustic Heartthrobs’ in Dubai Singing Contest

Acoustic Heartthrob

On March 2024, the DSF Al Rigga Night Market in Dubai became the stage for an extraordinary showcase of musical talent as Filipino singers based in the United Arab Emirates serenaded audiences and captured hearts in the inaugural season of “Acoustic Heartthrob”, presented by G&M Events Management.

Overcoming Barriers, Inspiring Performances

Despite being Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), these men showcased their exceptional singing prowess, armed with nothing but their guitars, to compete for the coveted prize of AED5000 in cash.

Following a rigorous month-long process of auditions, semi-finalist selections, and voting sessions, the winners of the Acoustic Heartthrob Grand Finals were announced on March 30, 2024.

Acoustic Heartthrob

Champions of the Night

  • Drew Papa – “The Singing Barista”: Drew Papa claimed the title of Grand Champion with his mesmerizing voice and captivating performance, leaving a lasting impression on the audience.
  • Ryan Abiera – “Ang Flexi Voice ng Albay”: Ryan Abiera clinched the prestigious first runner-up position, showcasing remarkable vocal flexibility and stage charisma.
  • Marjun Ceres – “Ang J Roa ng Bicol”: Marjun Ceres secured the esteemed second runner-up title, impressing the audience with his powerful renditions and stage presence.

Acoustic Heartthrob

Acknowledging the Judges

The success of the event was indebted to the expertise and dedication of the esteemed panel of judges: Bonz Saforteza, Vanessa Ayende, JM Arevallo, and Ej Santos. Their collective guidance and support provided invaluable assistance to all participants, ensuring a memorable experience for everyone involved.

These talented performers not only demonstrated the immense musical talent within the Filipino community but also left an indelible mark on the hearts of the audience in Dubai.

Looking Forward to the Future

For those who missed this remarkable event, fear not! G&M Events Management is already gearing up for the second season of “Acoustic Heartthrob”, promising another exciting showcase of musical talent next year.


The inaugural season of “Acoustic Heartthrob” in Dubai was a resounding success, showcasing the exceptional musical talent of Filipino singers based in the United Arab Emirates.

Despite the challenges faced as Overseas Filipino Workers, these performers delivered inspiring performances that captured the hearts of the audience. With Drew Papa emerging as the Grand Champion and Ryan Abiera and Marjun Ceres as the first and second runners-up respectively, the event highlighted the depth of talent within the Filipino community.

Acknowledging the crucial role of the esteemed panel of judges, the event was a testament to the collaborative efforts of all involved. As anticipation builds for the second season of “Acoustic Heartthrob”, G&M Events Management promises another unforgettable showcase of musical talent in the coming year.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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