The Wishful 5 in Dubai on November 25, 2018.


Wishful 5 return to Dubai: ‘fighting battles’ and what to expect


DUBAI – Following their successful international launch at Morissette Amon’s debut concert in Dubai two months ago, the Wishful 5 are back in the emirate for a series of concerts.

The girl group is in full force this time. Louie Anne Culala, Kimberly Baluzo, Hacel “Ace” Bartolome and Princess Sevillena will be back on stage with Carmela Ariola, who was unable to join the Dubai concert last time.

The Wishful 5 will be having their first mini-concert on November 30 at Boracay Night Club in Dubai. They will also be the opening acts of the ‘90s Upload concert in Dubai on December 28, featuring Wency Cornejo of After Image, Glenn Jacinto of Teeth, Lei Bautista of Prettier Than Pink, Cooky Chua of Color It Red and Naldy Padilla of Orient Pearl.

On Sunday (November 25), the Wishful 5 opened the live digital press conference with Expat Media and other members of the press and influencers in Dubai, with Cornejo, Jacinto, Bautista, Chua and Padilla.

Answering a question from, 27-year-old singer Ace said she became emotional during her debut in Dubai in September, saying she could not help but feel overwhelmed because it was her first experience to get a warm welcome from a big crowd.

“People no longer see me as ‘just a tomboy’,” she said in Filipino matter-of-factly. Why did the crowd warm up to her so quickly? “Probably because I was just being real. Whatever you see in front of you is the real me,” she said.

Women warriors

The group also shared their views on life and how they see themselves:

Princess described herself as a “warrior, a servant of God, and a loving person”. The 24-year-old said she was a church leader before joining the Wishfuls. “I believe God created me to fight the battles of life.”

Carmela said she is a “fighter and a winner”, adding that she surpassed the “darkest year of [her] life” in 2016 when she thought that losing in a reality singing competition meant the end of her ambition to pursue a singing career. “Then Wishcovery came and it was as if God knocked on my door again,” she said, adding that she continues to be a music minister in her church.

Ace described herself as a loving person. “I love everyone,” she said.

The Wishful 5 are greeted by fans carrying banners and bouquets from Petals by Carmille on their arrival at the Dubai airport on November 23, 2018.

Louie Anne said she is often mistaken as snobbish because of her introvert nature. Who brings her out of her shell? Her family, she said. “I’m a loving daughter to my parents and a loving sister to my siblings. They’re always my priority,” she said.

Kimberly said she considers herself a “strong person”. “I am learning how to be independent,” said the 19-year-old senior high school student from Camarines Norte in the Philippines. ICA/Expat Media


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