Brava Theater Presents in Coordination with Project Resoled
"INSPIRED" Ellona Santiago in Concert
March 22, 2014
Door Opens: 6:00pm
Join Ellona with her special guest fellow XFactor finalist - Josh Levi. Experience a night full of fun, energy and excitement as Ellona gives you a variety of live performances with choreography by Ysabelle "Lil BIGZ" Capitule that will leave you well-entertained and be inspired.
*Donate a pair of shoes (old/used/new) to benefit unfortunate children in developing countries www.projectresoled.org and receive a personalized autographed photo of Ellona*
Visit Ellona's website www.ellona.net
Ellona Rano Santiago is a Filipino-born American singer from San Lorenzo, California and was a contestant on American television show The XFactor produced by Simon Cowell. Ellona first took part in Season 1 as part of the ten-member group InTENsity mentored by Paula Abdul which came in 12th place. Ellona returned again in Season 3, where she was part of the Girls category, mentored by Demi Lovato. Ellona placed 6th overall out of 16 finalists from thousands of hopefuls.
Ellona has been singing since the age of 3 and has a successful Youtube channel with over 2,000,000 views in total.
Ellona started singing before she could speak. At the age of 3 she started singing and dancing for family gatherings. Her early training was taught by her mother who used to sing to her even when she was still in her womb. Her older sisters and cousins also influenced her in honing her skills.
Ellona was enrolled by her parents to Barbizon Modeling School for professional training (2005-2006) in San Francisco, California. She performed at IPAAC Convention (International Performing Arts Academy) and placed Best in Talent in December 2006. At 10, she became the youngest cast member of the musical-comedy called “Amerikana” led by Fil-Am Singer-Actress-Comidienne Fe Delos Reyes who became her mentor. Ellona’s professional vocal coach was Miriam Pantig who is also an International Singer-Actress.
Ellona is a member of Our Lady of Good Council Children’s Church Choir in San Leandro, CA. Aside from sharing her voice; she is also the teen advocate for Project Resoled, a non-profit organization in which its core objective is to provide refurbished children’s shoes to improve the mental, emotional, and physical health of impoverished children in developing countries such as Philippines. Since Ellona’s involvement in 2012 with the organization, it has raised more awareness for different sectors and individuals to donate and participate in the program.
Her older sister Shalimar aka Charlie Rano also was a member of the Church’s and subsequently joined the pop-girl group called 4Play Ladies, who were featured on America’s Got Talent Season 6. Ellona’s dancing skills was developed by observing her sister’s band and collaborating with her friend Ysabelle “LilBigz” Capitule, another young talent who was featured on The Ellen Show and was a back-up dancer for Willow Smith.
Ellona2.jpgSubsequently, upon Ellona’s successful stint on The XFactor show, and her participation in providing footwear to impoverished children in developing countries, the Mayor of San Leandro, Stephen Cassidy, has proclaimed on January 13, 2014, as “Ellona Santiago Day” The City Council has commended her for being an inspirational representative for the youth in striving to achieve her dreams and in making a difference in the world.
Ellona’s social media followers abound termed as “Ellonatics”, as she continues to make a positive impact for the youth not only in her local community but all over the world and contribute to the music and entertainment industry.
ELLONA SANTIAGO SOCIAL MEDIA:
“Never let anyone take control of your dreams,
it is yours to pursue” -Ellona