By Oliver Carnay
L.A. Concerts and what's new with TF?
If it's not the typhoon, nor the (pre-cooked)
mini-coup attempt that was staged in Manila, I'm not sure of the reason why
Los Angeles scene is still plumped with stars these days, ditto with concert
scenes. The list continues!
From what I remember (and forgive me for missing
the others), this half part of the year saw major concerts, such as the The
CompanY with Aiza Seguerra, the Diva2Diva concert with Zsa
Zsa Padilla and Kuh Ledesma, Lani Misalucha and Basil
Valdez, Carol Banawa and Ogie Alcasid, Martin Nievera and
Regine Velasquez, the team of Joey Albert, Fe de los Reyes
and Bernardo Bernardo, Imelda Papin, and APO's successful
concert at the Orpheum theatre.
Jaya's performance last Saturday (July
26) was also excellent
(I hope some producers would bring Jaya
and her mom, Elizabeth Ramsey together for another show here in L.A., it
should be one riot of a show!). I was amazed by this talented kid who opened
the show for Jaya, Monica Parales, who was latest seen in a Missy Elliot
video. She has so much stage presence and vocal chords. I hope the best for
her! The other two guests are not worth mentioning!
Vina Morales, who was handpicked to
showcase her talent (and is being invited to come back and perform again
next year) at the recent International New York Music Festival, held at the
Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, comes center-stage at the Orpheum Theatre on Aug.
2 (as part of her 8 cities "Revealed" tour), with special guests Carlos
Agassi and Aga Muhlach (who is tagging along his mom Anita, manager
Manay Ethel Ramos, and his family, Charlene Gonzales with the twins!). Randy
Santiago joins Vina in other key cities.
Much awaited are the concerts of Ms. Ai-Ai
de las Alas (dubbed as the new Box-Office "Comedy" Queen, from her "Tanging
Ina" movie debut) on September 6 at the Los Angeles Theatre, and the
return of Martin Nievera-Pops Fernandez tandem at the UCLA
Pauley Pavillion on October 4. Ai-Ai's "Tanging-Ai-Ai Sa Amerika"
concert will have Troy Montero, Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz as
Fanny Serrano officially opens "The Bridal
Stop" a one-stop wedding multi-services
My good friend, make-up
and fashion guru TF (as he is fondly called by everyone close to him) has
officially added a "one-stop" wedding salon & boutique for future brides,
with the launching of Fanny Serrano Couture recently at his Fanny Serrano
beauty center at #69 Scout Rallos St., Tomas Morato in Quezon City.
His latest line includes the latest and stylized
bridal and formal wear creations, as well as skin care and footwear products,
which also carries other accessories, books and other complete lists and
guides to assist future brides with their entire wedding needs.
TF, who is also dubbed as "the Stylist to
the Stars", and who is reputed for his amazing make-up transformations, admits
that his first love, actually, was fashion designing. Unknown to some Fil-Ams
living in United States, TF is a thespian in creating unique gowns.
In four decades in show business, aside from
having a beauty salon in Greenhills (and eventually relocating into the Quezon
City district), TF has also been known for dressing-up most of the big stars
in show business regularly, and during special events. Among these luminaries
are Celia Rodriguez, Amalia Fuentes, Sharon Cuneta, Lorna Tolentino, Zsa
Zsa Padilla, Pops Fernandez, Charlene Gonzales, and many more among the rosters
of talents in the Philippine movie and television industry.
L.A.-based Mary Pagsibigan-Pimenta (newly
appointed by Mayor James Hahn as Los Angeles' Commissioner for Human Relations
officer), who is a personal friend of TF, has always believed in TF's artistry
and creativeness. In many years of her association with TF, the friendship
paved the latter to be invited to feature his collections at the yearly
prestigious and biggest award-fashion show event in "Reflections" a few years
ago. The outcome the event was almost a sold-out from buyers.
As a result, both have built up a partnership
to help assist Filipinos living in United States who are plagued by the headaches
of planning a wedding. You can visit Fanny Serrano's newly opened "The Bridal
Stop", and explore the magic of his touch, by calling Manila at nos. 925-5251,
925-5253, 925-7803 or telefax at 925-7808. Also e-mail him at
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For international contact, call Mary Ann L. Pagsibigan at (818) 893-4227
or (818) 642-4560.
Ramon "Bong" Revilla honored
by Motion Picture Association!
Philippines' VRB (Videogram Regulatory Board)
Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. was in town last
week (July 25) to receive an Award of Merit from MPA (Motion Picture
Association), the international counterpart of MPAA (Motion Picture Association
of America), which serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion
picture, home video and television industries, domestically through the MPAA
and internationally through the MPA.
Bong Revilla's record to date, of $90 million
(about 4.7 billion pesos) worth of pirated CDs confiscated in the span of
just almost a year, is a major achievement to fight movie video piracy, a
stake not only in the Philippines but a quest from other international
"Bong" Revilla, Jr., who was with his wife-actress
Lani Mercado and daughter Ina during the Global Anti-Piracy Conference held
at the MPA headquarters in Encino, was also accompanied by his father Senator
Ramon Revilla, and Bong's two other sisters, Andrea and Rowena.
In another event
after this, Bong received another citing, an Award of Merit plaque and an
Outstanding Filipino 2003 medal from the United Philippine National Press
Club of America (UPNPCA) for being a role model in the Filipino-American
communities in the United States, held at the New Otani Hotel in downtown,
Revilla, Jr., who, despite numerous death
threats since he was appointed by President Macapagal-Arroyo as Chairman
of the VRB, vowed to eradicate, if not continuously lessen, video piracy
in the Philippines. "We have controlled over 70 percent of illegal reproducers
and other retail distributors of illegal CDs and tapes, and I will continue
I asked in jolt if he's running in the next
election, he first said "Yes!" but later retracted with a smile, "but I'm
still weighing things!" Another question which was thrown to him by this
writer was, "who do you think is your best successor as VRB Chairman if in
case you step down", he replied, "I think it's Rudy Fernandez!"
Bong Revilla, Jr., who has a regular television
comedy show "Idol Ko Si Kap" on GMA 7, opted to shelve another movie sequel
to "Agimat" in favor of another untitled movie project (via their newly restored
movie outfit Imus Productions) while wife Lani Mercado is regularly seen
in a soap with Richard Gomez and Boyet de Leon, also on GMA 7.
OLIVER CARNAY regularly writes for BALITA MEDIA, INC. ("Balita USA", "Weekend
Balita" and "Go4Women Magazine", available online at
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Global Pinoy Entertainment Corporation (GPEC) which publishes S Magazine
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world) and PINOY GAZETTE (published in Hong Kong, Japan, and its
vicinities). He is an active member of the National Press Photography
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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.
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