Warning: You might need tissues for this one
Roel Manlangit is a child from the Philippines with a tragic story. When he was just eight years old, his mother left the family home, leaving him to fend for himself. As if that weren’t traumatic enough, a typhoon then destroyed the house and the few possessions that Roel had. These devastating events didn’t break the little boy, who took to the streets and started singing to survive.
Thankfully, there is a happy ending to this heart-wrenching story. Roel was ‘discovered’ on the streets, became a YouTube sensation, and was then encouraged to enter a talent competition which turned his life around. Here is Roel singing Whitney Houston’s I will always love you, in tougher times before he was saved from a life on the streets.