As a relatively new artist, being nominated in the following five categories at the prestigious Philippine Awit Awards is an impressive feat for singer-songwriter Zion Aquino: best performance by a new male artist (for "Defenseless"), best performance by a male artist (for "Brave For You"), best ballad recording (for "Ever My Only Love"), best R&B recording (for "Really Over You"), and best inspirational recording (for "So Grateful").
However, these pale in comparison to the many other accomplishments and ordeals that he conquered throughout his life. A two-time cancer survivor, Aquino did not allow his health struggles to keep him from pursuing his passion in music, once even competing (and winning) in a singing contest while carrying a colostomy bag as part of his treatment for stage 3B colon cancer back in 2012. To date, he is in remission for a recurrence from 2016, this time with metastasis to the abdominal wall signaling a stage 4 progression.
A warrior both physically and at heart, in September 2016, Aquino went on to produce an album aptly called Grateful Soul with award-winning songwriter and 25-year seasoned record producer Trina Belamide.