By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City — Filipina singer and model Gail Banawis will be singing the Philippine national anthem Lupang Hinirang for the much awaited boxing bout of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather on May 2.
Nineteen-year-old Banawis will perform with The Word Choral, a group of Filipino pastors based in Pacquiao’s home land General Santos City, at the MGM.
“I wish Manny will win, because I am fan. I still can’t believe I will be singing on this event,” she said. She flew to Las Vegas with her parents Janette and Gilray, physical therapists originally from Cebu. The only child, Banawis was born in Fort Myers, Florida but has spent most of her young life in New York.
Banawis is enjoying a flourishing career in singing and modeling. She recently performed as Mary Magdalene in the stage musicale “Women of the Bible” put together by the MB2NYC Productions at the Philippine Consulate in New York in time for the women’s month in March.
The speech pathology student at the Brooklyn College will perform as guest to the Air Supply concert on June 13 in the Big Apple. (Featured photo by Little John. Gail Banawis rehearses while Manny Pacquiao observes).