Alexis Riley in Nonoy Zuñiga concert at the Carolinas

3 years ago

She's going to sing the “Royals of Lorde” in the Nonoy Zuñiga concert scheduled this Saturday. I remember she also sang in that Jam Morales concert and she has that rare voice, a distinct sound that you can’t help but fall in love with.

She is Alexis Riley, the 14-year-old daughter of Kay Ronquillo-Antone and Matthew Antone. The mother by the way needs no introduction she is the 2014 second vice president of the Filipino-American Community of the Carolinas (FACC) here at the Carolinas.

Alexis is talented but her sweetness and helpful attitude really struck me as rare for young people these days. I saw her again when we had an FACC meeting and she and her sister helped clean the table.

Alexis was also in the Hop for Fun last April 5 and she cooked the fries. She had no airs and was a no-frills type of girl. That was something for me to see at this time.

But anyway, Alexis Riley has that sunny disposition and her long hair looks good on her.

She's on 9th grade at the Butler High school. “I have two dogs that just had five puppies and I also have four gold fish,” Alexis told me.

She wants to be a veterinarian when she goes to college. Alexis also loves the color red.

I asked her if she would wear red in the Nonoy Zuñiga concert but she said no, she just liked red. 

On top of it all, this girl is a major sweetheart. I’m not sure what I love more- the sweet girl or the music she plays out.

But either way you should get to know Alexis more. Here are some questions and her answers.


Q1 – What are the five things you can’t live without?

A- Five things I can't live without would be 1- animals 2- music 3- family 4- food 5- the ability to sing.

Q 2- What’s your motto or the advice you live by

A- The motto I live by would be that if you put your mind to something and keep a positive attitude you will always succeed.

Q 3- Ten years from now who you will be?

A- Ten years from now I will be a pet groomer with my own business going to veterinarian school to become a veterinarian.

Q 4- If I was to turn your iPod right now what five artists/song would I see on your playlists?

A- if you were to turn my iPod on you would see artists such as Adele, Whitney Houston , Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, John Legend. I like to listen to old or slow songs.

Q 4- What is your hobby or passion?

A- My favorite hobby is singing. Yes I do see myself singing in the near future, singing is like a hobby to me. “Yes I do love what I'm doing right now between singing, school, and playing piano,” Alexis said.

She can remember that her childhood was fun, though it was cold because that time she lived in Maine. And she really loves her family. For Alexis Riley, a whole world of possibilities awaits her.


(Susan Palmes-Dennis is a veteran journalist from Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao in the Philippines who works as a nanny in North Carolina. This page will serve as a venue for news and discussion on Filipino communities in the Carolinas. Read her blogs on susanpalmesstraightfrom the These and other articles also appear at

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