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
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?)!
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
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.
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
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
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OLIVER CARNAY regularly writes for BALITA MEDIA, INC. ("Balita USA", "Weekend
Balita" and "Go4Women Magazine", available online at
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
He is a also contributor for BUZZINE Magazine
(www.buzzine.com), AUDREY Magazine
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
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
Besides being busy maintaining his web site and writing for domestic and
international publications, Oliver Carnay manages Talents, is also a Publicist
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