FIENNESS MENDOZA Nailed The ‘Battlefield’ On Live Radio

Fienness a rising diva?

Drop your eyebrows! I know, I know, I know…

Diva is a big, big complicated word. What does that mean though? Let me check. Google has this and I quote; “a famous opera singer” Nah! “a famous female singer of popular music”- kind of…But here’s the last definition on this thread, “a woman regarded as temperamental or haughty”- i.e. “she’s such a diva that she won’t enter a restaurant until they change the picture on the walls to her liking.”- Kind of close but there is no way she will ask me to reshuffle anything to her liking. Urban dictionary is a little bit brutal with its definition like, “a female version of a hustler” Oh, hell nah! It adds, “a true diva will do anything to get what she wants.” Now that is called a ‘spoiled brat!’ That suits in between…

That’s what I normally do, google definitions on the web and find the right meaning best suited to the description and intent I want to convey. define Diva as; ‘Talented, but arrogant, female performer.” It’s a bingo for me but I need to omit that word “arrogant” because Fienness isn’t.

So being dubbed a “rising diva” of Toronto or let me widen the geographical coverage to Ontario and let me widen it some more to…..where this young soulful singer’s voice resonates. I am slowly admitting that yes, Fienness Mendoza is slowly rising as a young soulful singer at that.

How far did she walked on her journey in music so much so that she is now one with a recognizable presence online despite her anemic views and followers (SEO is something to learn still) and in the community at large? Her mom said, “We’ve been driving a lot since she was little.” Fienness has been into quite a couple of singing competitions in which she has grown tired of questionable outcomes and quit competing. This was before I’ve known her. We are waiting for anything big, actually, before we put her back competing.

I’m stubborn in refusing to believe really this young girl’s voice is something special. Yet time and again in her performances, she proved me wrong as audiences gave her accolades. There is always those handshakes, words of appreciation and encouragements given to her. Every time she performed and as I sat there among the crowd I’m always listening and thinking what is on this girl’s voice that really tick? Convince me!

It is as if I am looking for a very solid proof that her voice is something for me to say, “Yes…she is now a Diva.” She is my prodigy but I am careful at branding her if it doesn’t fit. But Judith Gonzales, Host of Pinoy Dreams Radio Show at Pinoy Radio did not mince words when she captioned Fienness, “The rising Diva of Toronto.” And the fact that Judith Gonzales gave Fienness Mendoza a spot on her radio show to perform live once a month and playing her cover songs every Sunday during her show, that to me is proof of what Fienness Mendoza has slowly conquered.

Last Sunday, April 10th 2016, Fienness Mendoza came back to Pinoy Dreams Radio Show for her second Live On Air performance (cover) of Jordin Sparks “Battlefield” and for the first time I’ve got a chance to listen on air inside Pinoy Radio studio using my own headphone. Fienness left me in awe of how good she rendered that song “Battlefield” I just can’t hardly believe it I needed to ask myself, “Is this her?”

Yes it was Fienness sitting there  beside the Host of Pinoy Dreams or I could have prick myself with a needle to realize it was her singing that song. That night when she went home, for the first time I sent her a message telling her how good she was and for the first time she replied with “thank youuu…” Now that was weird.

This Saturday, April 16, 2016, Fienness will support a fundraising dinner in Scarborough, Ontario of which one of its Hosts and Founding leaders dubbed her, the “latest young sensation”….

I think I will need some ice cubes in case her tiny fist will swoosh on my face again and hit the mark. She hated my antics, you know…



Readers might say, “April, who?” But isn’t it that the world is full of strangers and from being strangers, some path intersect in the lives of others and friendship blossoms. Is there anything special about this girl named April that a blogger like me create a space for this story for anyone to read?

Every person in the universe has a story to tell no matter how insignificant they are for you and me. Yet somewhere out there someone love this person unconditionally. April, to us, is but a young girl entering a milestone in her life; ready to embrace the world on her own. Her life and her journeys will be her own secret.

I won’t be writing much about April, who turned 18, very much a Debutante, last April 9th at Rembrandt in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada where the setting and invitations was exclusively private. Let me point my story to the mom who made the celebration extra special. And with it goes that delicate fabric between a mom and her only daughter who definitely fought life together.

So who is this mom that made April extra special? Nothing much about this woman except a lengthy resume’ of who she is. It also happened that I came to know her lately on a private and privileged exchanges of notes. We have one thing in common; we both came as Live-In Caregivers in Canada. But her story is very much different from mine; she’s a wife and a mother. Something that puts a different tune to her unique sacrifices.

Judith Gonzales is best known as the Host of Pinoy Dreams Radio Show at Pinoy Radio in Toronto. She’s got so many accomplishments in life but I will focus on this thread that connect me to this courageous mom. Being one in a path where most marriages broke apart in the course of her journey. Judith is always humbled by the truth that distance can wreck havoc to emotions. Let alone the agonizing pains of being away from her children. Love between couples sometimes fade away at that space and time where absence and emptiness succumbed to a downward spiral of a relationship.

What then is left of this woman when the glory of her past as a wife is gone forever? A mother’s instinctive nature switches to the love for her children. I am pretty sure that even if I haven’t had a chance for Judith Gonzales to sit across the table for an interview so I can write this piece. I don’t need it.

I can pull my narratives to the woman who walked across the room at Rembrandt; strong and proud for her children and for her only daughter, April. Sometimes people bare themselves on unguarded moments. And the night was full of it; revealing, poignant and truthful.

How can one be not so moved when April’s father dances with her daughter across the room. Let me call it a perfect moment when the best man in her life puts his masculine arms to his daughter. A moment where divine friendship between estranged husband and wife showed the world how it is to be friends again and being there for his children. What a sight to behold when a father’s love secured April in that one fleeting moment.

It wouldn’t be much to reminisce something out from the chapters of an old, torn pages of someone’s life. But that was what April’s life played across the banquet hall; that she was bestowed by many graces of parental love. With the room full of families who showered this young girl the affection she so deserved in passing the gate of adulthood.

One story that will linger on for the rest of the Debutante’s life, her mom, her dad, her three other siblings and those closed to them. It was a privileged to see such intricacies of love, friendship and unity.

And yes, April Gonzales will meet the world as an adult with both feet on the ground ready to face the horizon whatever is ahead of her.

Watch video for the highlight of the evening.