|Occupation Actor, Model, Singer|
Name Hansen Nichols
|Full Name Hansen Fernandez Nichols|
Born October 21Burlingame, CA USA
Education University of San Francisco
TREASURE by BUGOY DRILON and HANSEN NICHOLS (part 2)
Hansen Fernandez Nichols (born October 21) also known as Sen was born and raised in California, United States to an American father and a Filipino mother. He graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics. As a child, he really wanted to be a singer. This dream started away back when he was a small boy watching his mom sing at parties. With a Fil-Am-Spanish-Irish descent, Hansen is no stranger to the Filipino culture and entertainment industry. His idols, to name a few, include Martin Nievera, Ariel Rivera, and Gary Valenciano.
Hansen and his mom escaped serious injury when they encountered a car accident while driving on the freeway in Sacramento, California in 2001 but unfortunately, he was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma, otherwise known as thyroid cancer and was advised to undergo an immediate thyroidectomy - a process which involves removing the entire thyroid gland.
Unsure if he will be able to sing again, Hansen postponed his surgery to give way to his last performance, which happened to be with his church choir.
Hansen managed to utter a few words as he regained consciousness right after his operation. His doctors were astounded because he wasn’t expected to talk yet. He was given a clean bill of health after a series of treatments.
In 2005, Hansen came to the Philippines to pursue a yet-uncertain career in music. He tried his luck as a promising scholar in the first season of ABS-CBN’s reality show, Pinoy Dream Academy. He made it to the NCR leg but failed the final casting during kick-off.
Like the true survivor that he is, Hansen once again auditioned to be part of PDA Season 2. He was the first person to be called in as one of the scholars for the said season. As the semester in the academy came to a close he ranked as the top 7th scholar. His rendition of the song “Wala Kang Katulad” which was first sung by Ariel Rivera became part of the album Scholars Sing Cayabyab – a compilation album of Ryan Cayabyab-composed songs performed by the Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 Top 10 scholars.