Patimpalak ng Ginoong Pilipinas-USA
Collado, Nanalo ng Walong Karangalan sa 2005 World Champtionship of Performing
ng producers at stars ng "Comedy Riot Sa Amerika"!
Mejia, Nag-Release ng bagong CD album!
Pinoy TV sa Los Angeles, Available na rin sa Comcast Cable Company!
Hot Babes, May Mga Gustong Ipakita at Patunayan sa Publiko!
Vicki Belo at a Hollywood charitable event
Torres Ibabalik Ang Naudlot na Showbiz Career!
the Making," "Behind The Scenes" and "Interviews" with Cabanatuan Survivors
will be included in the DVD release of the film THE GREAT RAID!
Huhusgahan sa kanyang solo concert sa Rio Casino & Hotel Suites sa Las
Pinoy TV sa L.A., Mayroon Na Pero Palpak?
Talaga'ng Puso Ang 'KAPAMILYA'!
Riot Sa Amerika," Riot Talaga!
Puso Ang Kapamilya?
Montalban, Bernardo Bernardo, Leandro at Carlo Muñoz, Ms. Lucita Soriano,
at ang dating artistang si Vilma Valera, sa Gawad Parangal 2005 sa Sacramento,
ng S.O.P. at A.S.A.P. sa Los Angeles, Hindi Na Matutuloy! Eat Bulaga hindi
Navarro vs. Jukebox Queens Concert Producer
FOOTLOOSE: young hot TV stars in their theatre debuts
Caravan: ASAP '05 at The Buzz sa Amerika, Bogus Lang Ba?
Pa Rin Ang Nagwagi!
On Fire' - the L.A. Version!
Day' ni Dra. Vicki Belo sa L.A.!
Gutierrez sa Premiere ng "Kung Fu Hustle"
May Hinaing sa Ichiban!
ni Rustom Padilla, Hindi Na Siya Ang May-Ari!
Crawford at EXORCIST Prequel premiere
Cuneta vs. Sarah Geronimo sa Hunyo 11 sa L.A.!
Salonga, Ambisyosa sa Kanya'ng Unang Concert Tour!
at ABS-CBN malapit nang magtapat sa Estados Unidos!
binastos ako sa dressing room ng SOP!
ni Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, star-studded!
Bautista, Naungusan Na ang Ibang Champions!
Singer Lalaine Scores Warner Bros. Record Deal!
Great Raid' Moved (Again) to December 2, 2005!
Thoughts from Ruffa
rocks Hollywood Palladium
16th Annual Reflections Awards in L.A.
An Exclusive Interview with Jim Brickman
Jaya, Basil, at Carol "Trick or Treat" Concert sa Los Angeles!
Launch Tournament @ Exclusive Mansion in Beverly Hills
Annual Filipino-American Library Benefit Gala
of the Champions in SFO with Erik Santos
are they now?
Gives Birth to Venicia Loran Bektas
Fan Questioning Yilmaz!
the Jubilee Theater: Sometimes 'Originals' Are Not the Best
Ballad Hitmakers Still Radiate!
RUSBLOOM Shop Unveiled in Panorama City
Lorin Turns One!
V Hits Shrine to the Hilt!
of Two" Nora-Kuh concert at Hollywood Palladium!
Buzz in L.A.
and Songwriter": First Sold-Out 2004 U.S. Concert Sizzles!
Crawford Excluded at "The Exorcist IV: The Beginning"; New Album Soon to
be Released in Europe
the Dance Diva - Jocelyn Enriquez
L.A. Concert of 2004 - an Intimate Night with Phenomenal Piolo
and Pops' 2003 U.S. Concert Tour kicks off in Los Angeles with a big bang!
USA's second tour offering, the unbeatable "Martin-Pops" tandem!
Alajar and Charles R. Uy Receive Recognition at 2nd Cinema Indio Festival
Ruffa with Love
Sad Thing Happened On My Way Out from the FPAC!
leaves Los Angeles for a home in Turkey!
"Bong" Revilla honored by Motion Picture Association
Concerts and what's new with TF?
L.A. birthday celebration!
and Lani with Basil, deja vu?
A Baby Shower for Ruffa!
open letter from Ruffa's husband: Yilmaz Bektas
with Ruffa Gutierrez: the wedding invitation
Ann, Robin, and Rustom show at Orpheum Theater a big success!
Close-Up Look: Conversations with Judy Ann Santos
Enriquez releases new album, "All My Life"
Morales in town
Ann Santos to storm L.A.!
By Oliver Carnay
The Buzz in L.A.
Los Angeles, California - It's been
a couple of months since I tossed up some news from here (the latest, about
the successful kick-off L.A. concert of Regine and Ogie at the Grand Olympic).
Well, turned out the whole tour was an overwhelming success. Other concerts
after that (including the "secret concerts" floated around L.A.) haven't
been as successful (profit-wise) since early January! "Superstar" Nora
Aunor and Kuh Ledesma's back-to-back U.S. tour should be a
hit (happening at the Hollywood Palladium on June 19th). The two icons'
dedicated followers are keeping all the tabs on fire. "I've never experienced
such overwhelming response. Ticketmaster and I are haggling for the best
seats. The reservations were almost half-filled and I haven't even distributed
the tickets to the outlets, yet!" said Vic Perez of V Entertainment Group.
This is the fastest ticket-selling concert I've handled," he said.
Also on the concert scene, Gary V's
Shrine Auditorium concert (June 11),
with special guest, international singer
Brian McKnight should create a big fuss in the Fil-Am community. The
Greatest Hitmakers (Nonoy Zuniga, Rey Valera, Marco Sison, Hajji Alejandro
and Rico J. Puno) shouldn't be just a trend, either, considering their
last gig at the Olympic Auditorium (minus Nonoy and Marco) was a hit (the
concert is slated on July 10, again, at the Grand Olympic Auditorium).
From hearsay, negotiations for combining
mega-artists Kuh-Regine-Martin-Gary are underway for a February 2005
mega-concert at the Staples Center. A Dolphy-Zsa Zsa concert with
Mahal and Mura is also on the way (July 17) at the Grand Olympic
Auditorium. Heard also is that Viva is mounting the U.S. tour schedule of
newest singing sensation Sarah Geronimo ("Star for A Night" winner)
with Mark Bautista and Star in A Million's Eric Santos and Sheryn Regis,
together with Side A Band.
I was at the MGM
Grand last May 8, covering the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Marquez
fight (see pics from my web:
Lani Misalucha was booed by a group of Mexicans carrying their
flag, while singing the Philippine National Anthem. "Shut the f_ _ck up!"
they shouted. But Lani didn't lose her composures. She turned her head towards
them and mustered Filipinos to sing with her. Her rendition gave a thunderous
applause at the end of the song. Martin Nievera and Cesar Montano watched.
I saw Lara Morena at the MGM Grand Hotel lobby that day as well.
Speaking of Lani Misalucha, the Diva (who
is sporting a very svelte figure - "thanks to Slimfast", she said) denied
rumors that she sold her properties in Manila. Although plans to migrate
in the U.S. are possible (because she's planning to enroll her kids in school
here), she is still returning to Manila come July. Together with her two
daughters and husband Noli, she stayed at the luxurious Penthouse of Rio
Grande Hotel in Vegas, courtesy of Cecile and Mendrei Leelin (owner of famous
Goldilocks Bake Shop and Restaurant chain) during the Pacquiao fight.
Paolo Montalban and Gina Alajar
recognition at the 9th ULIRAN AWARDS held at the New Otani
Hotel (downtown Los Angeles) on May 15, 2004. The tall, dark and handsome
actor, who will next be seen in the upcoming Miramax Films' "The Great Raid"
(with Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, and Filipino actor Cesar Montano),
is Broadway-bound, starring as one of the major leads, sometime this September
(more on this in later issues).
Gina Alajar, who received ULIRAN AWARDS' Lifetime
Achievement Award, recently finished a show in Norwalk, CA with Bernardo
Bernardo and Chanda Romero entitled "The X-Files". Gina also mimicked
Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in "Vote Who?" a spoof comedy play about the
aspiring Philippine "presidentiables", held at the Celebrity International
Centre in Hollywood last weekend.
More Fil-Am talents in the news:
At the "Easter Eggs-plosion" event courtesy
of Radio Disney AM 1110 a
few weeks ago, held at
the Johnny Carson Park in Burbank, CA, I was surprised to see how many fans
flocked to see Lalaine. The Filipino-Spanish superstar who plays Miranda
Sanchez in tv-series "Lizzie McGuire" has been doing rounds promoting her
new CD album "Haunted" (see her awesome web site at
www.lalaine.net). If plans push through,
she might visit Manila next year.
And speaking of Fil-Am talents who have made a career in
Hollywood, Tia Carrere (she's a Filipina raised in Hawaii) has recently
been awarded the Visionary Award by East West Players (the prime source
of Asian-American theatre performers in Hollywood) during its 38th annual
star-studded dinner-gala held at Universal City's Hilton Hotel. At the event,
I interviewed Jennifer Padua-Selma (who's currently starring in "Aladdin"
at California's Disney Adventure) and Filipino-Chinese Harlemm Lee
(winner of NBC's reality show "FAME", who currently has a CD out in the
market: "Introducing: Harlemm Lee" available at Wright Records (check out
www.harlemmlee.com). Spotted also
was Giselle Tongi, who is currently starring in "The Days When
Cocaine Was King" at the American Renegade Theatre in North Hollywood.
might not know that a lot of working press media are mostly
Fil-Ams (publicists, crews for tv stations, cartoonists for Disney,
scriptwriters, etc.). Though, you don't see them much because they work behind
the scenes. A good friend of mine, Fusion PR's owner and prime Fil-Am mainstream
publicist, Rembrandt Flores, had his birthday celebration at the Cinespace
Dinner Theatre Club & Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. (a favorite hang-out
of A-list superstars where Hollywood parties are always set up), atop the
famous IVAR Club, which is one of the latest trendy dance clubs along Hollywood
Blvd. Joji Dingcong (manager of Martin Nievera, Cogie Domingo, Vina
Morales, etc.) was partying to the hilt. I introduced him to some other
"wannabes" after bragging about his meeting with Warner Bros. and William
Morris Agency, Vina Morales in tow for his plan on Vina's mainstream career.
Later, we bumped into each other again, at Sanamluang Thai, a favorite eatery
on Hollywood Blvd.
Visual Communications' annual Asian Pacific
Film and Video Festival (April 29 - May 6), see
www.vconline.org) screened such films
"Magnifico", "Noon at Ngayon", "Web Diva", and
"Keka" during its eight-day festival. Dra. Vicki Belo (who
plans to bring her trademark line of cosmetics, named "Flawless", to the
U.S.) attended the screening of Director Quark Henares', her son's film,
Keka, at the Archlight Theatre. Tikoy Aguiluz (Web Diva)
was also in town for the festival, while Maryo de los Reyes
(Magnifico) opted to go to New York for the Tribeca Film Festival.
Dra. Vicki Belo stayed
at Peninsula Hotel and met with Monet Lu, and famous L.A. philanthropist
Vivien Fermin (who hosted our Crustacean dinner with friends
Millie and Atty. Michael Gurfinkel), together with Obagi VP
Rep Angeline, and Lucy Babaran (of Career Advantage). The beauty expert
and controversial surgeon will be back next week with Kris Aquino
for the opening of First Quadrant in Milpitas, California.
Comic Lab, the latest wave of entertainment slowly
infiltrating the L.A. entertainment scene, had its
initial presentation a few weeks ago at Bistro Kalesa in Panorama City.
Andrew de Real, the man behind the famous Malate spot "The Library"
and "Comic Lab" in Manila, together with columnist and S-Files rep
Rey Pumaloy supervised the initial presentation. Other Manila-based
talents (including Rey "Jaya" Kilay) are expected to arrive to do their
one-of-a-kind comic antics. Lorna Buehler, president of Comiclab USA, Inc.
saw the potential of exploring these Sing-A-long Masters in the mainstream.
Her goal is to have a Comiclab venue in New York, Vancouver, San Francisco,
Seattle, and other corners in United States, where we can show this form
of entertainment. More next 'ish! (More pics at
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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
and an event organizer. Email him at
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