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
Gary V Hits Shrine to the Hilt!
Gary Valenciano started his career in 1983.
Since then he
for years in the concert scene and recording industry, receiving accolades
in Asia and the international Fil-Am circuit. To this date, the consummate
artist is still the busiest performer outside the Philippines.
Gary V summarized his 20 years (going on 21)
and performed to a very enthusiastic crowd, more than two and a half hours
of non-stop well-layered craftsmanship, tossed up endearing pops and delivered
more at the Shrine concert in L.A. last June 11, the first of his four-leg
2004 U.S. tour.
versatile performer teamed up with special guest Brian McKnight (who received
a standing ovation before and after a three-song performance) and performed
a duet with the latter's hit song "One Last Cry."
Gary V's highlights seemed never-ending, with
the inclusion of son Gabriel (his successor?) strutting with Maneouvers members
Joshua Zamora and Brian Rosal, and jamming on drums onstage; a duet with
daughter Kiana (showing a pre-taped video) sung-along to the tune of the
Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is The Love"; and of course, an array of songs which
catapulted his phenomenal career.
Songs from the 70's, 80's, 90's and from his
it was refreshing to hear "memory lane"
repertoires (Each Passing Night, Narito Ang Puso Ko, Take Me Out of the Dark,
etc.); a tribute to Al Jarreau (an awesome rendition of one of the icon's
signature songs). Gary also gave credits to brothers -- musical director
Mon Faustino and composer Tats, with two back-up vocalists (May Ann Casal
and Melissa Fontano). The icon also sang "How Did You Know" (theme song from
the latest hit Aga Muhlach-Kristine Hermosa starrer, Star Cinema's All My
Mixing up pop, the inclusion of Warrior Is
A Child, with danceable tunes (Wag Mo Na Sana'ng Isipin, Hataw Na, Shout
For Joy) made for an enjoyable evening. Gary V perpetuated the crowd's encore
by giving away his signature songs Di Na Natuto, Sana'y Maulit Muli, Reaching
Out and Babalik Ka Rin.
Gary V never ceases to
try reinventing something new for the Philippine entertainment crowd, bringing
a verdant concert-adventure for each single performance, no doubt always
at his best. Sharon Cuneta was the only artist who has filled up The Shrine's
6,500 capacity and Gary V packed it with almost 75%, enough level to be feted.
Thanks and congratulations to the collaboration efforts of Katz Entertainment
(Gerry Katigbak and Jackie Regala), ALL ACCESS (Eugene and Maricel), Media3Five6
(Ivee and Sharon Fresnoza), and Luces Productions (Marissa Luces), four producers
who have made this one a venture worth remembering! (More pics taken by this
Filled Commotion at the
"Power of Two" Nora-Kuh concert at the Hollywood Palladium!
flocked together and trouped down at "The Power of Two" - Hollywood Palladium
concert of Nora Aunor with Kuh Ledesma on June 19. "Ibang klase ang mga fans
mo, nilalatag ang mga picture mo dito sa buong venue!" (Your fans are really
different, they are scattering your pictures in all places here at the venue!),
Kuh initiated to Nora in sheer delight. The Icon (Aunor), The Original Diva
(Ledesma), and the show's scene-stealer comedienne Fe de los Reyes, stayed
over after the more than two-hour concert and never left until the last person
had their autographs.
Fans cried, chanted, overwhelmed, and
cheered enthusiastically until the end of
the concert, amidst Palladium security personnel's disbelief, and sent fearful
comments from the producers of the show when the Superstar almost fell from
the stage due to some fans' un-careful display of affection (which trashed
her clothing accessories). The cool icon pacified the rest of the crowd by
saying, "Okey lang po ako, natutuwa lang po sila!" (I'm fine, they're just
The crowd, noted to have come from as far
as Toronto and New York, were mesmerized with an array of signature songs,
in between facetious remarks and anecdotes from the two legendary performers.
Initially, after a couple of performances from local talents, both emerged
with blended cream and gold gowns and sang The Carpenters' "Superstar (Long
Ago and Far Away)," followed by a Tagalog song "Hindi Kita Malimot." Kuh
sang "Dito Ba," "Bulaklak," "If I Could" (dedicated to daughter Isabela),
a rap-pop combined medley of "Dahil Sa 'Yo"/ "Saan Ka Man Naroroon," "Somewhere,"
Josh Groban's "Broken Vow," "Paano," "Til I Met You," to name a few.
Aunor's repertoire included an
array of retro medleys ("Pearly Shells," "Don't Tell My Heart To Stop Loving
You," "All Alone Am I," "The Impossible Dream," etc.); dedicated "Pangako/Hindi
Kita Malilimutan" medley to all her loved ones (with video presentation);
and other old songs like "Ikaw," "Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin," among others.
Other duets of medleys the two did were fast
songs "Annie Batungbakal," "Bongga Ka 'Day," "Beh, Buti Nga," and slow tracks
"Anak," "Handog," and "Minsan Ang Minahal Ay Ako" (for the finale).
Fe de los Reyes' fitted jokes against the Diva
and the Superstar blended with both headliners' conjugated acts, (alternately,
it should have been billed as "The Power of Three"). De los Reyes'
old antics delivered fresh with such gusto as if they're always new--- such
repertoires as "How to be a Star," "Learn How to Speak Japanese," and
"America" (with an outfit to match Kuh's native gold-headdress after the
latter's "Ako Ay Pilipino" segment), which outdid both headliners. An old
lady commented, "Alam mo, mas gusto kita kesa kay Ai-Ai" (You know I like
you better than Ai-Ai), to which she answered - "Ako din po, mas gusto ko
ang sarili ko kaysa kay Ai-Ai! (Me too, I like myself better than Ai-Ai)
"Magaling naman po siya
kaya lang nga, mas magaling ako, di
ba?" (She's also good
but I'm better than her, aren't I?), she added.
The concert was produced by Planet Florist
and Noeled Productions, and in cooperation with V Entertainment Group. Nora
Aunor and Kuh Ledesma left the day after the Los Angeles-Hollywood Palladium
concert (since Aunor had to attend the current Metro Manila Film Festival)
but will resume their U.S. and Canada tour in August 2004 (which will include
Las Vegas, Virginia Beach, and Reno, among others). More pics from the concert
and press conference, taken by this writer, can be browsed at
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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
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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