By Oliver Carnay
Vina on top!
Although Aga Muhlach and Carlos Agassi helped
Morales' L.A. concert fill the Orpheum Theatre
last Saturday, for her fourth stop (which started in Chicago, Virginia Beach,
San Francisco, and three more: Jacksonville, Portland, and finally in San
Diego before the end of this month), credits should be given alone to this
energetic and hard-working under-rated total performer.
Vina was on top, in all forms, considering
her entourage was all tired from a successful leg (Friday night in San Francisco)
and had to travel the same day before the L.A. evening performance.
Opening Vina's concert was Vice Ganda, whose
humor punned only to sing-a-long bars became "larger
than life" thus reached a bigger venue, unapologetic to young kids watching
that night. But for those who could catch up with his antics, it was a "blow
by blow" well-versed tactics of laughter.
Vina Morales' fiery performance onstage,
complimented by her two dancers, which had a fine order selections of repertoire,
made one hell of a well-staged concert, underlined by her musical director,
Manila's veteran, Butch Miraflor, not to mention the back-up singers.
Vina proved her audience that she's "that"
should give more confusion from fans if
she's a better actress (where she's gaining respect via her "Darating Sa
Umaga" soap) than a better singer. As one of her dancers, L.A.-based
Japanese-American "Devon" commented backstage, "It's very rare that I meet
an artist who is a complete package. She's charismatic, beautiful, and has
an unparalleled singing voice. She is strong and talented in such a wide
variety of areas."
Gregory Guinto, who was picked as one of Vina's two dancers for the seven
city "Revealed" tour couldn't agree more with Devon, "although I'm not cultured
in the Filipino mainstream industry, I was really impressed by her talent
and beauty. I believe she's the best person who should break through to the
US market in a big way. All she needs is a really "dope English cross-over
album" (paging Joji Dingcong!-ed). But one thing I
like most about her is, even though she's this triple-treat
huge star, she's a very down-to-earth person. I really admire her for that!"
To the producers of this show, Congratulations!
Vina just proved that she's more than just a talented Filipina who could
aim for international success. The long-overdue recognition has arrived.
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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
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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
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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
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