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Bruno Mars, the talented and popular Filipino-American singer-songwriter-producer, is coming for a live performance in Cebu and Manila on April 7-8. Bruno Mars’ meteoric rise continued in 2010 when his song entitled “Grenade” which he composed, hit at the top of the Billboard’s Hot 100 and still there to date.

“Grenade is the no. 1 song in the country. What a way to end my year! Thank you all for giving me the greatest year of my life,” Bruno said on his website. In just one week “Grenade” sold over 500,000 copies.

All Bruno’s songs were nominated at the Teen Choice, BET Hip Hop and MTV awards in the U.S. For his sterling performance in 2010, the 25-year-old Bruno has been nominated for seven Grammys for the upcoming February award show as a recording star, songwriter and record producer.

“Indeed, Bruno is one of the hottest stars in pop music today. He is the first male act in over 13 years to take his first two charting radio singles as a lead artist to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, Mars is the biggest act to come out of Hawaii in almost 40 years, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, which featured him in its cover recently. ‘No artist from Hawaii has hit the national charts harder straight out of the box since Bette Midler went platinum with her debut album, The Divine Miss M, and won the Grammy Award for best new artist in 1973,’” said the Star-Advertiser.

The New York Times called Bruno Mars as “one of the most versatile and accessible singers in pop, with a light, soul-influenced voice that’s an easy fit in a range of styles, a universal donor.” Bruno whose true name is Peter Gene Hernandez was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on October 8, 1985.

His family is inclined to music, Valera said. Bruno’s Filipina mother, Bernadette “Bernie” Hernandez is a vocalist and his Puerto Rican father, Pete is an “incredible percussionist” who has a band.

He got his nickname Bruno after the famous Italian-American wrestling world champion Bruno Sammartino, one of the best and strongest wrestlers of all time. His father was an avid fan of Sammartino.

How he got the name Mars, he said: “I felt like I didn’t have no pizzazz, and a lot of girls say I’m out of this world, so I was like I guess I’m from Mars.”

Recalling his childhood, Bruno said: “Growing up in Hawaii made me the man I am. I used to do a lot of shows in Hawaii with my father’s band. Everybody in my family sings, everyone plays instruments.”

Mars started singing at the age of four by impersonating Elvis Presley and was featured by MidWeek newspaper as “Little Elvis” that landed him in camaeo role in the film “Honeymoon in Vegas” in 1992.

Bruno’s dream is to visit the Philippines, his homeland, and that will come on April 7 and 8 when he performs at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City and at the Mall of Asia Concert Ground in Pasay City, respectively, to entertain his countrymen with his songs he composed.