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TIME Hotels: Filipino laundry attendant wins hotel talent competition with Freddie Mercury tribute

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By Rafiq Vayani

DUBAI: Staff from UAE-headquartered hospitality company, TIME Hotels, were happy to make a song and dance at their work recently as they took part in the annual TIMER’S Got Talent competition.

Employees from TIME Oak Hotel & Suites took part in the contest where they were judged on overall performance, originality, stage appearance, audience response and personality.

And it was 37-year-old laundry attendant Aldwin Matocinos, a native of the Philippines who cleaned up, scoring 92.33 from the panel of three judges for his rendition of Queen’s 1975 number one hit Bohemian Rhapsody.

He said: “It’s great to win TIMER’S Got Talent. I really enjoy my job and I’m often singing as I go about my daily tasks. I thought I would enter as a bit of fun, never thinking that I’d win. The other contestants were really good and we all really enjoyed ourselves.”

Another TIME Hotels singing sensation, 33-year-old Nigerian Emmanuel Kofoworola, who is a housekeeping attendant, came second after impressing the judging panel with his take on Somebody, by Depeche Mode.

And 31-year-old Sri Lankan bellboy Hirantha Chamara cooked up a storm as he finished third with a demonstration on how to make delicious Devil Chicken. There was also further singing from contestants and a magic show.

There were cash prizes, an LED TV and mobile telephones for the winners.

TIME Hotels CEO Mohamed Awadalla, said: “Everybody had a great time. It was fascinating to see the hidden talents of our staff and for them to be rewarded with prizes at the same time. There was a real carnival atmosphere with both management and staff joining in the fun.”

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