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2005 Archives

Ikatlong Patimpalak ng Ginoong Pilipinas-USA

Sean Collado, Nanalo ng Walong Karangalan sa 2005 World Champtionship of Performing Arts (WCOPA)

Panawagan ng producers at stars ng "Comedy Riot Sa Amerika"!

Mark Mejia, Nag-Release ng bagong CD album!

GMA Pinoy TV sa Los Angeles, Available na rin sa Comcast Cable Company!

Viva Hot Babes, May Mga Gustong Ipakita at Patunayan sa Publiko!

It's OK, MiG!

Dra. Vicki Belo at a Hollywood charitable event

Dayanara Torres Ibabalik Ang Naudlot na Showbiz Career!

"In the Making," "Behind The Scenes" and "Interviews" with Cabanatuan Survivors will be included in the DVD release of the film THE GREAT RAID!

Martin, Huhusgahan sa kanyang solo concert sa Rio Casino & Hotel Suites sa Las Vegas!

GMA Pinoy TV sa L.A., Mayroon Na Pero Palpak?

Wala Talaga'ng Puso Ang 'KAPAMILYA'!

"Comedy Riot Sa Amerika," Riot Talaga!

May Puso Ang Kapamilya?

Paolo Montalban, Bernardo Bernardo, Leandro at Carlo Muñoz, Ms. Lucita Soriano, at ang dating artistang si Vilma Valera, sa Gawad Parangal 2005 sa Sacramento, California

Tapatan ng S.O.P. at A.S.A.P. sa Los Angeles, Hindi Na Matutuloy! Eat Bulaga hindi rin tuloy!

Leah Navarro vs. Jukebox Queens Concert Producer

FOOTLOOSE: young hot TV stars in their theatre debuts

Wowowee, Caravan: ASAP '05 at The Buzz sa Amerika, Bogus Lang Ba?

Sharon Pa Rin Ang Nagwagi!

'Queens... On Fire' - the L.A. Version!

'Beauty Day' ni Dra. Vicki Belo sa L.A.!

Richard Gutierrez sa Premiere ng "Kung Fu Hustle"

Dessa, May Hinaing sa Ichiban!

RUSBLOOM ni Rustom Padilla, Hindi Na Siya Ang May-Ari!

Billy Crawford at EXORCIST Prequel premiere

Sharon Cuneta vs. Sarah Geronimo sa Hunyo 11 sa L.A.!

Lea Salonga, Ambisyosa sa Kanya'ng Unang Concert Tour!

Manila's rendezvous: GMA 7 at ABS-CBN malapit nang magtapat sa Estados Unidos! Jaya, binastos ako sa dressing room ng SOP! Birthday ni Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, star-studded! Christian Bautista, Naungusan Na ang Ibang Champions!

Fil-Am Singer Lalaine Scores Warner Bros. Record Deal!

2004 Archives

'The Great Raid' Moved (Again) to December 2, 2005!

Holiday Thoughts from Ruffa

Piolo rocks Hollywood Palladium

16th Annual Reflections Awards in L.A.

An Exclusive Interview with Jim Brickman

Freestyle, Jaya, Basil, at Carol "Trick or Treat" Concert sa Los Angeles!

BosPoker.Com Launch Tournament @ Exclusive Mansion in Beverly Hills

Fourth Annual Filipino-American Library Benefit Gala

Night of the Champions in SFO with Erik Santos

Where are they now?

Ruffa Gives Birth to Venicia Loran Bektas

A Fan Questioning Yilmaz!

At the Jubilee Theater: Sometimes 'Originals' Are Not the Best

Ballad Hitmakers Still Radiate!

RUSBLOOM Shop Unveiled in Panorama City

Lorin Turns One!

Gary V Hits Shrine to the Hilt!

"Power of Two" Nora-Kuh concert at Hollywood Palladium!

The Buzz in L.A.

"Songbird and Songwriter": First Sold-Out 2004 U.S. Concert Sizzles!

Billy Crawford Excluded at "The Exorcist IV: The Beginning"; New Album Soon to be Released in Europe

Revisiting the Dance Diva - Jocelyn Enriquez

First L.A. Concert of 2004 - an Intimate Night with Phenomenal Piolo Pascual

2003 Archives

Martin and Pops' 2003 U.S. Concert Tour kicks off in Los Angeles with a big bang!

Maximedia USA's second tour offering, the unbeatable "Martin-Pops" tandem!

Gina Alajar and Charles R. Uy Receive Recognition at 2nd Cinema Indio Festival

From Ruffa with Love

A Sad Thing Happened On My Way Out from the FPAC!

Ruffa leaves Los Angeles for a home in Turkey!

L.A. Blind Items!

Vina on top!

Ramon "Bong" Revilla honored by Motion Picture Association

L.A. Concerts and what's new with TF?

Ruffa's L.A. birthday celebration!

Carol-Ogie and Lani with Basil, deja vu?

A Baby Shower for Ruffa!

An open letter from Ruffa's husband: Yilmaz Bektas

Rediscovering Aiza Seguerra

Conversations with Ruffa Gutierrez: the wedding invitation

Judy Ann, Robin, and Rustom show at Orpheum Theater a big success!

A Close-Up Look: Conversations with Judy Ann Santos

Jocelyn Enriquez releases new album, "All My Life"

Carlos Morales in town

Judy Ann Santos to storm L.A.!

Celebrity L.A. Scene

By Oliver Carnay

Martin and Pops' 2003 U.S. Concert Tour kicks off in Los Angeles with a big bang!

The most anticipated U.S. concert event of the year - the reunion of Martin and Pops last October 4, 2003, held at the UCLA Pauley Pavilion (first stop on their seven U.S. major cities' tour), after seven long years, indeed, was a blockbuster success.

The biggest concert held in the Fil-Am community in Los Angeles this year surpassed the ticket sales of Maximedia USA and V Entertainment's first co-venture, the Martin-Regine concert held a few months ago at the same venue.

History defined, hearts entwined, and showbiz glamour exhorted from this combination, synonymously finding reality on truth, from this roller-coaster tale of a dynamic (ex-)husband and wife phenomenal team.

The once told soap opera tale of the Philippines' Concert King and Queen, reunited last Saturday onstage, was highlighted with MTV video backdrops: from their Penthouse Live days, starting as friends co-hosting the No. 1 nightly show, to having fallen in love, gotten married, had two kids (Ram and Robin), and all the way to their marital split, the well-produced concert imitated reality as life and fans still believe for a reunion. Through timeless medleys of songs and in-between taped video footage interviews, the acts evidently revealed the chemistry is still there, and the feelings might be real. Fans loved the act (or were they acting?)!

Ironically, during the show, the video footage shown, of Sharon Cuneta's interview five years ago, on-cam on October 4, 1998 (wherein a teary-eyed couple announced on national television about the broken marriage), was the same day when their first concert tour kicked off here in Los Angeles. The two, away from Manila, may have found themselves playing the same songs again--- the tension backstage may have triggered to keep people asking, if Pops and Martin will ever get back together again. Sounds cliché, (take note the two sevens and the two 4's in this article, ask a numerologist!) but only the two can tell.

Seeing the footage, Martin had all the reasons to be insecure that night. Seeing Pops at her best, in her most shimmering beauty (the product of Vicki Belo?) Martin may have sensed something (could love be rekindled? )The wit equaled only by Martin and his bravura performance are the same dimensions their fans have loved and missed. The truth may hurt, if Martin is still mesmerized by Pops' inner aura. As we all know, Pops is being linked to Brad Turvey, while Martin is reported to be adamant in getting back with his former flame.

The two have indicated to extend their career in U.S., with Martin scheduled to perform, back on a four month return-engagement stint at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and Pops ready to extend her "Pipay" clothing line in the U.S. Now, will fate give way for "reconciliation"? After all, these soul mates are still communicating for the sake of their kids.

Let's face it, the two are meant for each other --- at least now, onstage. Catch the rest of the tour (see article below for remaining dates and venues) and you judge it yourself!

Maximedia USA's second tour offering, the unbeatable "Martin-Pops" tandem!

Maximedia, the number one entertainment mega-producer in the Philippines, intends to carve its name in the USA market through marketing strategies and better concepts. It has its solid marketing platform, such as unlimited promotion through advertising (with the help of TFC and massive newspaper advertisement), and the goal to strictly provide quality produced concerts in every presentation.

Ana Co-Puno, executive vice-president of Maximedia USA (the international division of Maximedia International, Inc. based in the Philippines) is determined to conquer and better the popular tag, "concert producers", which has been overly used by "so-so" promoters. Now, this is good for all concertgoers, who are oftentimes being duped by amateur producers.

"Maximedia has been known to produce concerts that have the best production values. Professionalism stands as our major key word!" she noted during a small dinner-gathering with selected press members, held at Asian Noodles Restaurant in the heart of Chinatown in Los Angeles. "With Maximedia, you are sure to get the best and the most of your paid tickets," she added.

On its second mainstream undertaking, Maximedia ought to take the concert scene by storm, producing the 2003 tour of the unbeatable "Martin-Pops" tandem. The reunion of "The King and Queen of Concerts" will only happen with Maximedia USA's relentless effort. The tour will take off in Los Angeles, at the UCLA Pauley Pavilion, on October 4, 2003, and will follow in other major U.S. key cities: October 11 - Cow Palace in San Francisco; October 18 - Cox Arena in San Diego; October 25 - D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C.; November 2 - Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, Illinois; November 7 - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey; and lastly on November 9 - at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Making a niche in the Philippines since 1988, Maximedia has been the prime source of top-caliber acts in the Philippines' entertainment field. Not only it has conceptualized and produced the best of Filipino artists, but has imported a lot of major international artists as well (like Thalia, George Benson, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Michel Legrand, and Air Supply, to name a few).

With the success of "Martin Nievera- Regine Velasquez" tour a few months ago, Maximedia USA saw a lot of potential on hitting more successful concerts, "We have lined up more sure-fire concepts, which will make the U.S. concert scene better and alive again." From this statement, (although it's not official yet), the invited media has been hinted of a possible "Regine-Lani" and "Martin-Gary" tour, and a possibility of pairing top mainstream entertainers with our local Philippine artists (do we hear Enrique Iglesias-Vina Morales, Martin Nievera-Michael Buble, or Lani-Regine-Josh Groban?). Why not, di ba?

"I am positive that with Maximedia's mileage target and its aimed position to be the number one concert producer in the U.S., we will, eventually, and globally serve more fellow Filipino people who are yearning for better and quality entertainment. And hopefully, with these acts, our home-grown top Filipino performers will be known in all corners of the world, including Hollywood per se!" (For more info regarding Maximedia, Inc., go to web address www.maxi-media.net)
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OLIVER CARNAY regularly writes for BALITA MEDIA, INC. ("Balita USA", "Weekend Balita" and "Go4Women Magazine", available online at http://www.balita.com/ and www.Go4Women.com), ASIAN-AMERICAN PEOPLE'S JOURNAL (circulated in northern and southern part of California), Philippine and other Asian Headline newspaper – circulated in Sacramento, San Francisco and its vicinities) also published in northern and southern parts of California. In San Diego, he writes for FAME Magazine and PHILIPPINES TODAY. In New York, he writes for PLANET PHILIPPINES, with an online version at http://www.carouselpinoy.com/. He is a also contributor for BUZZINE Magazine (www.buzzine.com), AUDREY Magazine (www.audreymagazine.com), an occasional correspondent for www.siklab.com, PARA TODOS Magazine, and other L.A. based publications. He is the Los Angeles correspondent of Global Pinoy Entertainment Corporation (GPEC) which publishes S Magazine (circulated in Manila, all over the United States and other parts of the world) and PINOY GAZETTE (published in Hong Kong, Japan, and its vicinities). He is an active member of the National Press Photography Association (N.P.P.A.), Press Photography Association of Greater Los Angeles (P.P.A.G.L.A.-see www.ppagla.org for member listings), and is under the directory list of the Motion Picture Association of America (M.P.A.A.) covering movie Premieres and other Hollywood events. More recent news and Photo Galleries of Hollywood and local Fil-Am events recently covered can be seen at his new web site http://www.hollywoodflip.com/. Besides being busy maintaining his web site and writing for domestic and international publications, Oliver Carnay manages Talents, is also a Publicist and an event organizer. Email him at carnay25@yahoo.com or at webmaster@HOLLYWOODFLIP.com