Nonoy Zuñiga to weave magic in North Carolina

Nonoy Zuniga will perform live in Charlotte this April 19 and I'm quite excited because he happens to be my favorite Filipino balladeer.

Who would forget the soft and tearful voice of Nonoy Zuniga in the airwaves during the 80s? He's a singer whose voice would linger on in every listener even if he or she hears him sing just once.

When you hear Nonoy sing, it's like every day is a Valentine's Day, know what I mean? Like love is just around the corner. 

His big hits like “Never Ever Say Goodbye,” “Doon Lang,” “Kumusta Ka ?,” “Ako Ay Ikaw Rin,” “Live for Love,” “Love Without Time,” and many more have captured the hearts of people both young and old.

Nonoy Zuñiga's singing career spans more than three decades. As a folk singer from 1971 to 1975 and then to being one of the lead singers of the Family Birth Control Band which performed in the best nightspots and hotels like Philippine Plaza, Holiday Inn and the Manila Hotel from 1975-1980.

All his performances in the US from 1983 to the present are well-acclaimed. He also performed in Asia including the major cities of Australia, Japan, South Korea, China and New Zealand.

In 1979, he lost his left leg in a bombing accident, reportedly a terrorist attack. He was at the restroom near the trash bin at that time. Unknowingly, the bomb was hidden in the trash and it exploded.

Now, Nonoy walks with an artificial leg and was given the title of the “slowest balladeer”, a joke made by fellow singer Rico Puno during one of their Greatest Hits concerts.

Despite his handicap, Nonoy's talents cannot be denied. He served as an inspiration to other physically challenged persons that nothing can hinder them in achieving dreams if they tried their very best.

Nonoy was tapped to sing the theme song of the Year of the Disabled in 1980 entitled “Ako Ay Ikaw Rin.” A doctor by profession, Nonoy graduated from the University of the Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, Philippines.

On top of his successful singing career, he hosted a public service TV program called "Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko", which was formerly aired in GMA-7, and an info-med TV program formerly aired in IBC 13, called "MedTalk with Dr. Z.”


Nonoy is also an ecology advocate, heading EcoWise and NOW, two companies that deal with the protection of our environment through proper waste disposal and the manufacture and marketing of organic products.

Zuniga became one of the hosts of Pilipinas Win Na Win, an old show in ABS-CBN. Joining Zuniga would be a host of local talents at the Carolinas.

Straight from the Carolinas learned that Nonoy Zuniga's April 19 concert would be his first performance in the Carolinas. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the University of North Carolina boulevard Charlotte's Cone Center,Mcknight Hall,9201 University City Blvd,Charlotte,NC 28213.

Tickets are pegged at $ 69,49,39 and 20 for kids. The concert is sponsored by Core Visions Productions. 

(Susan Palmes-Dennis is a veteran journalist from Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao in the Philippines who works as a nanny in North Carolina. This page will serve as a venue for news and discussion on Filipino communities in the Carolinas. Read her blogs on susanpalmesstraightfrom the These and other articles also appear at

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