Young Pinays Esang and Yandrei are the newest Internet sensations

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Two young Filipinas have recently proven that size doesn't matter when it comes to talent and worldwide renown. Check out the stories of Esang and Yandrei, here.

Be it in singing or dancing, Filipinos have, time and time again, broken the mold. In recent weeks, two young Filipinas have again put the Philippines in the spotlight.

Esang De Torres

Based on her performances of Annie’s “Tomorrow” and Les Miserables’ “Castle on a Cloud”, nine-year-old Filipina child wonder Telesa “Esang” de Torres’ singing talent is undeniable.

This little girl with the big, powerful voice has been cast as one of the alternates of Filipino-Australian Chloe De Los Santos for the role of little Cosette in the Manila run of the classic Les Miserables. The story revolves around her character, who is left under the care of the Thénardier family while her mother works.

Cosette is abused by the family while Fantine, Cosette’s mother, is unaware of the troubled life Cosette is living with the Thénardiers. Cosette is later saved by Jean Valjean, a reformed ex-convict.

Les Miserables is showing at the Theatre at Solaire, and will run until May 1.

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Posted by Telesa "Esang" De Torres on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Esang, who has been dubbed Lea Salonga’s mini-me, first impressed her audience when she sang her rendition of Annie’s “Tomorrow” in a segment of the television show “It’s Showtime”.

But it is perhaps her participation in The Voice Kids Season 2 that ultimately shot her into fame. During auditions for the competition, Esang wowed the judges with her version of “Home” from the musical “The Wiz”.

Esang’s audition piece had all three judges turning their seats, but it was Lea Salonga whom Esang chose as her coach.

Esang soared to the top 4 of the competition.

Esang is also currently working on her first solo album.

 

Next: Yandrei Ponce's dance video goes viral

Yandrei Ponce

Baguio girl Yandrei Ponce is also quickly earning fame as a video of her dancing has gone viral. The video, which was posted on Tops Dancers, now has over five million views.


Ponce is a member of the dance troupe Aloha Girls headed by Karren Navarette Anton. In 2015, the group joined the televised dancing competition, Dance Kids.

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