John Melo is a Filipino singer and songwriter. He won the 1993 Awit Awards for Best New Male Performance. After a long absence from the music scene, he returned in 2017 with his new song Malapit Na Ang Pasko. He is also a U.S Correspondent and a sports news writer.
Dr. Ponciano Melo Jr. DDS is known in the Philippines under his stage name of John Melo. He is the singer of Malapit Na Ang Pasko which is the first Filipino song to be recorded in San Francisco, Golden Bridge U.S. for a Christmas theme. He is recently named as OFW Prince of Christmas Song due to dedicating a Christmas song for all OFWs around the world. Multi Awarded Songwriter Jimmy Borja composed this song for Melo. John Melo is a dentist and Dental Office CEO in California and a member of the American Dental Association.
John Melo inherited his love for music from his mother Leticia Cortes, who took up Bachelor of Music Major in Piano in the University of Sto. Tomas.
As a child, Melo looked up to Anthony Castelo [tl] (known for hits like “Nang Dahil sa Pag-ibig” and “Balat kayo”). His admiration for the singer later led him on to revive two Castelo songs for his “Magtiwala Ka” album namely “Ibig Kong Ibigin Ka” and “Nang Dahil Sa Pag-ibig”.
He has also tributed many songs for others such as Manny Pacquiao, with the song “Laban Mo, Laban Ko.
“Malapit Na Ang Pasko” and “Christmas Tree is Blue” are John Melo’s newest Christmas songs dedicated to all OFWs as sense of gratitude being an OFW himself. Currently hands-on with his dental business offices in San Jose and Newark, California, Melo managed to render songs for OFWs even if preoccupied with his passion in business.
John Melo expressed that his life as an OFW away from his loved ones in the Philippines is encapsulated in the song Malapit Na Ang Pasko being in California for more than a decade.
While there are plans that his English Christmas song “Christmas Tree is Blue” will be released in 2018.
John Melo pursued a sports news writing career under Manila Standard and international correspondent of Bombo Radyo Philippines. Some of his articles are covering NBA, Manny Pacquiao and other sports news. Boxing and NBA news are his biggest contribution to Filipinos worldwide.
1993 John Melo won the title as Best New Male Recording Artist in the 1993 Awit Awards with “Hanap Hanap Kita”. He bested other up-and-coming names in the music scene for the plum such as Chad Borja, Willie Garte and Calvin Millado
On 1992 John Melo received his Gold Record Award. His debut album “Ikaw Pala Ang Minamahal” was composed by Vehnee Saturno and arranged by Homer Flores.
Ikaw Pala Ang Minamahal Album with carrier single Hanap-hanap Kita includes
Ikaw Pala Ang Minamahal
Kung Mayroong Ikaw
Nais Kung Malaman Mo
Nakita Ko Na
Sanay Laging Kapiling Ka