Ellen DeGeneres invites BUNOT, the singing man from Cebu


BUNOT Cebu singer YouTube Ellen DeGeneres
BUNOT Cebu singer YouTube Ellen DeGeneres

MANILA, Philippines – A man from Cebu named Roland Abente alias “BUNOT” became an instant celebrity when a video of him belting out to Michael Bolton’s rendition of “To Love Somebody” became viral on video-sharing website YouTube.

The original videos show BUNOT effortlessly belting out to high-pitched songs to what appears to be a videoke (karaoke). He appears to be a very simple guy, topless and barefoot, wearing only jean shorts while inside a house.

The video was uploaded on YouTube by Tricia Maricel Mendoza. According to Mendoza, BUNOT is from Santander, a province in Cebu, Philippines.

In the Philippines, the term BUNOT refers to dried-up coconut husk normally used to polish floors (via FFE Magazine)
In the Philippines, the term BUNOT refers to dried-up coconut husk normally used to polish floors (via FFE Magazine)

In the Philippines, the term “bunot” refers to dried-up coconut husk. Houses in the Philippines use the bunot to polish wooden floors, however, it can also be used to refer to a mophead-like hairstyle similar to The Beatles.

BUNOT has since been invited by Ellen DeGeneres to be a guest on her television show.

As of writing, the video of BUNOT singing “To Love Somebody” has reached over 700K views.

He has a total of three (3) videos. Hit play to watch them.

Michael Bolton / Bee Gees – To Love Somebody by BUNOT

Chicago – You’re The Inspiration by BUNOT

Bryan Adams – Please Forgive Me by BUNOT


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