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Don't Stop Believing: The Story of Arnel Pineda and Journey

Updated on March 14, 2013

FROM THE GOLDEN GATE RHYTHM SECTION TO JOURNEY


“Faithfully”…..”Don’t Stop Believin”……”Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’”…….”Any Way You Want It”….”Open Arms”……

If you were a fan of rock and roll, and you were alive from 1977 to 1984, and you were listening to music, then you recognize the titles of those songs by the band called Journey.

Journey actually formed in 1973 in San Francisco and as all bands do they struggled. Original members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie, both former members of Santana, threw a band together and they followed a familiar progression from backup group to jazz group to pop. It was not until lead singer Steve Perry joined the group in 1977 that the group found their stride and identity.

With the release of their fourth album, Infinity, Journey reached #21 on the album charts and had two hit singles, “Lights” which reached #68 in the U.S. and “Wheel in the Sky” which reached #57 in the U.S.

Fame was theirs and they continued to ride the wave until 1984 when the group disbanded, stating that they all needed a break from touring.

To date, Journey has sold 47 million albums in the United States and over 80 million worldwide, and in many polls they are considered in the top ten of American rock bands.

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FROM SAMPALOC TO STARDOM


Arnel Pineda was born in the Sampaloc area of Manila and at an early age his mother encouraged him to sing along to his favorite singers Karen Carpenter and Barbra Streisand. When he was thirteen his mother died from heart disease, and within one year of her death, Arnel left his relatives and struck out on his own.

For two years he lived on the streets of Manilla, sleeping in parks and on park benches. He survived by selling bottles and newspapers. When he was fifteen years old he became the lead singer of a Filipino group called Ijos, and for years after he sang lead vocals for groups like Intensity Five, New Age, The Rolling Bones and The Zoo. The Zoo actually recorded an album in 2007 featuring twelve original tracks, and they gained a certain amount of notoriety playing in clubs around Manilla.

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Arnel PIneda with Journey

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The Zoo recorded several YouTube videos featuring cover songs by Journey, Survivor, Aerosmith, Air Supply and The Eagles.

Meanwhile, Journey had been struggling to re-build their reputation and had tried, unsuccessfully, three different lead singers, none of whom could come close to the soaring vocals of Steve Perry.

Then magic happened!

On June 28, 2007, Neal Schon of Journey saw one of The Zoo’s videos and was blown away by the voice of Arnel Pineda. He contacted Noel Gomez, a friend of Pineda’s, for contact information, and he sent Pineda an email asking him if he would be interested in auditioning for Journey. Pineda thought the email was a joke, but eventually he answered the email and ten minutes later he received a phone call from Schon. On August 12, 2007, Pineda flew to San Francisco and auditioned with Journey for two days, and on December 5, 2007, Pineda was announced as the lead singer of Journey.

The savior had been found.

Journey’s 2008 world tour, with Pineda as the lead singer, was hailed as a vibrant experience and received rave reviews. The tour earned Journey over $35 million and once again they were being hailed for a greatness they once thought was lost forever.

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DON’T STOP BELIEVING


This writer is a sucker for happy endings. This writer is a sucker for stories of perseverance and determination.

There are seven billion people on this planet. What were the odds that a nightclub singer in Manilla would be discovered by one of the greatest rock bands of all-time AND be the catalyst of newfound fame for that band?

I wonder if Pineda believed he would find fame and fortune while sleeping on those park benches thirty years ago. I wonder if he believed then that his talent would eventually carry him from the garbage-strewn streets of a 3rd world nation to the glitter of the world stage.

I suspect, although I do not know it with any certainty, that Pineda felt as so many other musicians, painters, poets and writers feel, that he loved his craft and that love would have to be enough to carry him through the hard times. As writers we certainly understand that way of thinking, don’t we? We sit before our computers daily, churning out words, hoping to one day find the right combination of verbs and nouns, adverbs and adjectives, and gain some sort of recognition.

We write and we re-write, sending our words out into the world, never really knowing if they will be read and appreciated. Days, weeks, months and even years slowly march by, and doubt settles in, and then lingers, and all we are left with is the love of writing that has been with us from the start….and amazingly that is enough to sustain us and keep us at our task.

I think of the great writers who have come before me, working in obscurity for years….for years…in hopes that one day their words would be read by someone who would help them advance their careers.

The same can be said for the poets, the artists, the sculptors and the actors, struggling daily to perfect a craft that may not ever been seen or heard by an appreciative audience, and it is all done for the love of their art.

Hear this now, all of you…..the world needs you! Life is a struggle for many. Millions upon millions of people are just scraping by and in need of some beauty in their lives. We provide that beauty. We make this world a better place, through our words, our notes and our works of art. Wars destroy, diseases kill, economies struggle and through it all our words rise above the ugliness and soar into the hearts of those who desperately need them.

Don’t stop believing! As long as there are words inside of you, let them soar. As long as there is a message of hope and love, let those words erupt from you and feed those who need them. Do not give up on your dream. Do not wallow in self-pity, for tomorrow may be your day of resurrection.

If it can happen to Arnel Pineda it can happen to you! Don’t stop believing!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I needed something awesome and inspiring before going to work! This is a cool thing you have written! I won't stop believing ever! Love ya dear friend!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love Journey! The song "Open Arms" is one of my favorite songs, even after all of this time. It brings chills to me.

      I never knew the story of Arnel Pineda. That is so inspiring!

      Thank you for sharing this story, the songs, and what it means to all of us "little writers". Who knows where our words will lead us?!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful story and just so happy to read something inspirational this morning. And after the week I had his was what I needed to read, so thank you for the share here!! Have of course voted up and shared all over!! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, I love you too sweet lady. Thank you! I just loved this story when I heard it and I had to write about it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I firmly believe that. As writers we cannot get discouraged. Life is one big crap shoot sometimes, and we never know when we will roll a seven and our dreams will come true.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I am so glad that you liked this story....and since you needed it I am doubly glad. :) Thank you for sharing and for being who you are.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I absolutely love this! I already liked Journey but had never heard of Arnel Pineda. Your use of their story to underscore your inspiring message was brilliant. Thank you!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What a wonderful thing to read in the morning! Bill you find the best stories and weave them just a little bit more so we can relate and not stop dreaming. Every writer needs encouragement and if this hub doesn't fill the bill, nothing will!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful. Sharing too.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Beautiful story and very inspiring! Thanks Bill.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Up and awesome, my friend...great start to the day! Who doesn't love Journey?! And the history makes them even more lovable! Thank you. I think I'll go listen to somne Journey now! "Don't Stop Believing" is my ringtone, btw!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MrsBrown....thank you my new friend. I think we all need a little inspiration from time to time, don't we? :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary....fill the bill...was that a pun? LOL Thank you for sharing. I loved this story when I heard it, and I have Bev to thank for it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, you are so loyal...thank you for visiting once again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I love Journey too, but I thought they had disappeared. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the news about Pineda, and then I was inspired when I heard his story. Thank you and enjoy the music.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      A favorite group for sure. And I love these success stories and they do happen. That once in a million chance can happen. I think it is about NOT quitting..doesn't necessarily mean great success but it is one step closer. If you don't try nothing will happen. So it is about putting ourselves out there and doing what we can to make it all happen. Thanks for a great morning inspiration..very timely...

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Wonderful message, my friend and I hope all who read will be inspired a s I am. Thanks for this grand story about the triumph of the human spirit. your pal,whonu

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

      I saw a Journey concert w/Arnel on VH1 Classic recently and his vocal resemblance to Steve Perry is so close it's almost spooky, haha.

      If you closed your eyes, the only thing that would give away that it wasn't Perry was in between songs when Arnel talked to the audience, because of his heavy accent.

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      carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

      What a great story of perseverance and inspiration! Thanks for sharing it, it brought a smile to my face.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A wonderful story! What a great break for Arnel and for the band as well. Very inspirational, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, it sounds like you needed this hub this morning. I know as well as anyone how demoralizing this writing business can be, but I just keep moving forward and improving my craft. That's all I can do. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonunuwho, that's what it is all about, isn't it? The triumph of the human spirit. Great story and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      FatFreddy, that was my impression as well. His resemblance is spooky. What a great voice!

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      carozy, I got goosebumps when I heard him sing and then read about his struggles. I think we all need this reminder as we go about our writing tasks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jim! I love stories like this one. If you can dream it it can happen. :)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hope I don't misspell -- cannot see the keyboard as tears of inspiration fill my eyes. I gave you a beautiful here. Thank you very much.

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      Kristinmcr 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Journey is one of my favorite groups. I wonder how many successes never happened because someone stopped believing? Giving up on whatever is your passion in this life is taking the easy way out. Arnel is living proof that great things can happen if you persevere! Thanks for such a great story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I cried when I heard this story...have a good one on me, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristin, you are very welcome and thank you for taking the time to read and leave a great comment. Don't stop believing.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Bill, this story is filled with hope. I really liked reading it. Thank you for the inspiration once more. By the way, Journey is a great band. :)

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I while back, my husband played one of these videos and told me this story and I was like, "What? That's not Steve Perry?" The band was very fortunate to find this guy! Gives me goosebumps. I love how you transitioned the story to being a writer--don't stop believin'! Thanks for the inspiration. Hold on to that feeeliiiinnn'! That song will be stuck in my head all day now.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. What a trip! So right never, ever stop believing. Love the videos and passing this on.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I watched a programme on TV some time ago, about this amazing young man and his journey, (pun intended) just about the time the song first came out, it may have been on Oprah. I was blown away by the story; Isn't life wonderful? No one could have know what faith had in store, and tomorrow is always another day.

      Billy, very inspirational.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, it is a wonderful story that should inspire us all. Thank you and I love Journey too. :)

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      What a marvellous story and the inspiration not to give up is very welcome just now. Thank you for this Billybuc, voted up, interesting, useful and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I know, right? The guy's voice is almost identical....how do you duplicate one of the greatest voices in rock history? Well, it happened, and now I am a believer. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, how can we not cheer a guy on with this kind of background and struggle? I love this story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, life is wonderful, and anyone who doesn't think so just isn't trying very hard. :) Thanks my friend. I really appreciate you.

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      tattuwurn 4 years ago

      The journey of Arnel Pineda is really amazing.

      I have a magazine featuring his story. He himself talked about his early struggles in life and his ascent to success.

      Journey's discovery of Arnel really turned his life around... and in a really big way! :)

      Thank you very much for posting this inspirational story. Voted up and awesome. :)

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      I remember how much I was blown away the first time I heard him sing on tv with Journey. I just could not believe there was another voice in this world like Perry's. Then I heard about how he was found on youtube; and the seeming joke about the email from the band member. And all I could think was wow. I agree with you Bill. The world needs more things like this. Don't Stop Believing!!! All of us can take a lesson from this. Because, you know the Wheel In The Sky Keeps On Turning, and we need to Faithfully believe that Any Way You Want It that's the way you need it, and you'll get it if you Don't Stop Believing. All we need to do is use our Open Arms, we need to be Loving, Touching, Squeezing each other and holding onto each other, and not go our Separate Ways in this world. For if we do, we'll find out Who's Crying Now, and then we'll have to depend on Lady Luck to lead us to the City of the Angels, and by then it might be Too Late.

      Sorry. Couldn't help myself. I love Journey! Thanks for giving me smile today, Bill. Best to you buddy.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Love 'Journey'. I was unaware of Arnel Pineda's story.

      Great story!

      Bill, you did an amazing story. Yes, I had to listen to all the videos.

      Your read and videos kept me out of trouble for about 20 minutes.

      My husband sends his gratitude.

      Thanks,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, thanks for stopping by. It really is a remarkable story and I had to share it with all of you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tattuwurn, it is a story that can give us all hope, and isn't that a remarkable thing in itself? Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, tell your husband I am very happy to help. LOL Isn't his voice amazing? I never get tired of hearing those songs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, you brought a laugh into my day with that comment. Great job! I think you found a new niche for your writing. LOL Thank you my friend; that was a classic comment.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      It was my pleasure!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a good man, Mike!

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      Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      I love love Steve perry he made Journey great! And Arnel is so similar vocal wise. I miss Steve but I like Journey :) Arnel is wicked good thou! Good story, I had heard of it..oh....the dream of being a singer...fun!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blondey, I understand that Perry is close to recording his first solo album in quite a few years. He is thinking of staging a comeback, so we'll see what happens there.

      Thank you and yes, I love Journey.

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      Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      Very inspirational commentary too! Nice pic of you. Oh is he? that's really great. he's so sweet. like the bee gees...nice! looking forward to it. concert time!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blondey, that would be one great concert. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great story Bill. I remember seeing a piece on tv about this and how Arnel came to be Journey's lead singer. It is amazing sometimes how things work out for the best. As you point out, the same thing can happen in the world of writing. Great job.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill! I just love this story and I think it is important for all writers to remember. We live in an instant gratification world and there is rarely instant gratification in writing. We have to put in the time and effort.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Another reason, to believe, despite so many reasons that might make it impossible, that the American Dream is still alive. What a lovely story.

      Thank you for sharing an uplifting story that reminds us that the unexpected but hoped for can happen to anyone.

      Angels are on the way to you and your loved ones. :) ps

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful, simple beautiful. A real inspiration. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you liked it, Jackie! I love this real life story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, if you can dream you can realize the dream. I'll always believe that, and I hope others who are struggling with their lives understand and believe it too.

      Have a wonderful evening my friend and thank you!

      blessings and a hug from Olympia,

      bill

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Some days you find things at just the right time, like reading this hub. We must never stop believing. I didn't know about Arnel Pineda at all but have always loved Journey. What a life story! Thank you - this is indeed an inspiring hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alex....I love this story and the message it sends to all of us. The dream may never come true, but then maybe it will happen when we least expect it. How great is that? :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      OMG - that video of "Don't Stop Believin" was really, really moving. I tell ya, I was almost moved to tears. Thank you so much for sharing this. :)

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I freaking love Journey and when I heard that story of how they found Arnel Pineda joining the group it just reinforces that Social Media's influence can be used for good. Great story of inspiration and hope!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome, Cyndi! First time I saw him sing it I had goosebumps. :) Thanks for the drop by lil' Sis!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alecia, it does indeed! It's just a great feel good story, isn't it?

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Valorie Esquilona 4 years ago from Philippines

      he's my "kababayan". he's from the Philippines, like me. thanks for this hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the visit, Valorie...what does kababayan mean?

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      Valorie Esquilona 4 years ago from Philippines

      kababayan is a filipino word that means "we're from the same place/country. you're welcome, billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Valorie, for the explanation.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great hub! Thank you for this. (It did.)

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I love their music and this was so interesting and inspiring to read. Thanks for sharing Bill!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      agree..very talented man and i love to listen to his musics too.. Sampaloc is like one ride away from my work :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martin!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mel. I was hoping it would be inspiring for many.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amazing, Myz! He is a great talent with a majestic voice.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      First of all, Arnel is awesome, first time I heard him could hardly believe the similarity to Steve Perry, yet his voice has its own beautiful nuances. I love success stories too, especially when they involve the underdog, they appreciate their success on a whole different level.

      As for the inspiration you gave us at the end of this, well I couldn't think of a more appropriate springboard "Don't Stop Believing"! I don't know about anybody else, but you sure gave me a boost to keep doing what gives me joy . . . writing and photography! I thank you for that Billy! Have a nice day! Kathi :o)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathi, we all need a boost now and then. I'm glad you enjoyed this story and I hope you find new heights in your writing endeavors. Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A perfect example of what belief and determination can do for one, is Arnel Pineda. Thanks for sharing his wonderful story, Bill and asking us to believe in ourselves, the first step in acceptance by the world.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you so much for this wonderful story. I just quit my job so I need all the inspiration I can get. I'm looking to devote more time to my writing. But first, Mama has to take charge of her life and her home again.

      Great lens, Bill. You must be bored with hearing that all the time. lol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! It is so important to believe in ourselves. There will be days when we are our only supporter, so we had better not give up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I never get tired of hearing it. :) We all need positive reinforcement. Quit your job? Wow! Huge move. Best of luck to you my friend. I did it over two years ago and today I have no regrets at all...but it was scary at the time.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Well, what a treat this was. I never thought anyone could fill the shoes of Steve Perry in my mind but guess what? I am beyond impressed and so excited that you introduced me to this amazing talent. Journey was one of my most favorite groups back in the day and I still listen to their old CD's often. Like you my friend, I love a happy ending and this young man has a bright future to watch unfold. Isn't that refreshing?

      Great article my kindred.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, it is refreshing, and what a message for us all. If it can happen to Arnel then there is hope for all of us who are in the Arts. Keep believing my friend!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an amazing story, Bill, with a very happy ending. Your hub was a real treat. The videos were so enjoyable! I love Arnel Pineda's voice and his passion as he performs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you liked it, Alicia. It is a great feel good story and I love his passion too.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks, Bill. My husband has given me 6 months to make a go of things online. So I need to make some decent money so I can avoid returning to a world I was never suited for. There's nothing like a deadline to focus the mind. Have a fun St. Patrick's Day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, drop me an email at holland1145@yahoo.com and maybe I can steer you in a direction or two that will help you.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Wow, this is an amazing story. (Not much else to say really!)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yvonne, I'm so glad you liked this story. I think is amazing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, this is such an awesome message to all the creative people of the world. Your segue from Journey to the journey of the artist is seamless and absolutely brilliant writing!

      You certainly know how to add a moral to the message!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, thank you! I love helping others and I want to see everyone find the joy in writing.

      Sending love your way.

      bill

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Awesome! voted up! Proud to be Pinoy, I really love Arnel P's voice and talent. Me and my dad certainly owns faithfully though were out of breath .

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PaoloJpm, thank you for your visit. I'm glad you like Arnel. His is a great feel good story.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      "Days, weeks, months and even years slowly march by, and doubt settles in, and then lingers, and all we are left with is the love of writing that has been with us from the start….and amazingly that is enough to sustain us and keep us at our task."

      This is what it is all about. Love the Cinderella story on Pineda. What a wonderful example of hope. Thanks for the share and inspiration of the day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, we all need inspiration. This writing thing is a tough gig on the best of days. I'm glad this helped you in some small way, and thank you.

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      Hey!

      I love your writing and your style. Thank you for giving me a dopamine boost! This article made me happy. I can identify with Pineda. I am in the process of rising again after losing everything and being homless for more than (5) months in 2010. With perseverance and faith, I survived, am living the life of my dreams, and look forward to giving and receiving more good things during my lifetime. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ladydonne, you go girl!!!! I was homeless back in 1999....if I can come back then I believe it is possible for anyone. We are miracles you and I and isn't that a cool thing? Thank you so much for stopping by. I have the feeling we are going to become friends and that makes me happy.

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      I believe that we are kindred spirits. We are both dog lovers. We share the experience of having been homeless. Our philosophies on life are similar...AND....we are both survivors. I look forward to a long and rewarding friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ladydeonne....I have met several kindred spirits here on HP, so I look forward to adding you to the growing list of people I respect and understand. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks, Bill. I've sent you an email as requested. Wishing you a good day. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I will get to your email shortly. Thank you my dear.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I just read that you hadn't received my email. This has happened before with another HP writer. Somehow my email my emails (and a few others) ended up in her husband's inbox instead of her own. Perhaps that the case here.

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Man, this is awesome, it's inspiring. Not many people on this earth that could or being able to do so. Those that can achieve great things.

      God bless,

      Ken

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I have no idea but I can't find it anywhere. When you get the chance email me again please. I"d love to help you if I can.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ken, thank you.....God bless you as well and have a wonderful day my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      OK Bill, I've sent you a copy of the original email I wrote you. Fingers crossed it makes it this time. TTYL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It did make it, Phoenix....and I responded.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Woo-Hoo!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, nice story, eh? Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Love this story. I saw something about him on tv a while ago. It's amazing where he is and where he came from. Gives many people hope. It's also amazing how much he sounds like Steve Perry.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, it is amazing, isn't it? The first time I heard him I got goosebumps. Great story and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      what a great story of success! I love Journey and Steve Perry has an amazing voice but this guy sounds almost like him.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you enjoyed it, Tasha! He is pretty remarkable, isn't he? Thanks for stopping by.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      I was flipping TV channels while eating lunch.

      Journey was on with Rinel Pineda and Rascal Flats.

      I caught the last 15 minutes. Both lead singers and both bands played together for "What Hurts The Much", and "Don't Stop Believing"!

      They were smokin' it!! Rinel sounded like he did years ago.

      I will always think of this great story when I think of the group, Journey.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How cool is that, DJ? Both groups singing together? I love it.

      Thank you for your constant support my friend. You are greatly appreciated.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      I see street children all the time, and the fact that you wrote of Arnel Pineda's journey, from being a street boy to where he is now, is so fascinating and inspiring. I never thought you would write about a Filipino. Thanks so much, Billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mona, I'll write about anyone who has a story that is worth telling. Truth be known, I think we all have a store worth telling. Thank you my friend.

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