Hansen “Sen” Nichols of Taguig is “The Cancer Survivor” of the second season of Pinoy Dream Academy. He is 24 years old, turning 25 on October 21, 2008. More on Sen below. (from PinoyDreamAcademy.ph)
Place of Birth:Burlingame, California, USA
Educ. Attainment:B.S. Economics
School Attended:University of San Francisco
Interests (other than singing):Dancing
Favorite Singer:Justin Timberlake
Musical Influences:Martin Nievera, Ariel Rivera, Gary V., Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Enrique Iglesias, Babyface, Jenner Mallari (a friend), Mom, and my Ate
Discovering my voice: I remember my Mom would sing at parties and family gatherings and everyone would watch her and it inspired me to want to sing.We discovered my talent before I was in Kindergarten.
First song I ever performed: If I remember correctly, If Your Not Here By My Side by Menudo.
Musical instruments I can play:When I was in elementary school I took violin lessons and learned how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.On Piano I learned how to play SwanLake.
Musical instruments I’d like to learn:I want to re-learn playing the piano or keyboard and the guitar.
Greatest Achievement:Being able to finish college despite doing (cancer) treatment at the same time
Biggest Failure:Not making it into PDA Season one
Greatest Dream:To be successful, rich and famous by way of the entertainment industry, and to go into business
Songs Of My Life:Angels Brought Me Here, This Is Now
Quote Me: “I’m very passionate about music and show business. I’m here at this level of the competition because I’m living my dream rather than just watching others life it. I have every reason to quit through rejection, but I forged on and made sacrifices, which is why I’m here today.”
Notes on Sen:
For PDA fans who have followed the show since Primer 1 Season 1, Hansen Nichols is not a new voice. He made it to the NCR leg but failed the final casting during kick-off. “I almost gave up,” he confesses. But like the true survivor that he is, he wouldn’t take failure seriously. If he could succeed a tough fight for a second chance at life, surely he could claim a better opportunity with PDA. So when Season 2 auditions came, Sen did not hesitate to join once more the long lines of hopefuls and subjected himself in front of the judges. This time he passed all stages of the competition for a scholarship slot.
US-grown and educated, Sen could have picked any job at any corporation anywhere in the world but he sacrificed stability to pursue a yet-uncertain career in music. But the dream that started way back when he was a small boy watching his mom sing at parties, and which burned alive in his heart even through a near-fatal brush with cancer, is too strong to ignore.
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