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2005 Archives

Ikatlong Patimpalak ng Ginoong Pilipinas-USA

Sean Collado, Nanalo ng Walong Karangalan sa 2005 World Champtionship of Performing Arts (WCOPA)

Panawagan ng producers at stars ng "Comedy Riot Sa Amerika"!

Mark Mejia, Nag-Release ng bagong CD album!

GMA Pinoy TV sa Los Angeles, Available na rin sa Comcast Cable Company!

Viva Hot Babes, May Mga Gustong Ipakita at Patunayan sa Publiko!

It's OK, MiG!

Dra. Vicki Belo at a Hollywood charitable event

Dayanara Torres Ibabalik Ang Naudlot na Showbiz Career!

"In the Making," "Behind The Scenes" and "Interviews" with Cabanatuan Survivors will be included in the DVD release of the film THE GREAT RAID!

Martin, Huhusgahan sa kanyang solo concert sa Rio Casino & Hotel Suites sa Las Vegas!

GMA Pinoy TV sa L.A., Mayroon Na Pero Palpak?

Wala Talaga'ng Puso Ang 'KAPAMILYA'!

"Comedy Riot Sa Amerika," Riot Talaga!

May Puso Ang Kapamilya?

Paolo Montalban, Bernardo Bernardo, Leandro at Carlo Muñoz, Ms. Lucita Soriano, at ang dating artistang si Vilma Valera, sa Gawad Parangal 2005 sa Sacramento, California

Tapatan ng S.O.P. at A.S.A.P. sa Los Angeles, Hindi Na Matutuloy! Eat Bulaga hindi rin tuloy!

Leah Navarro vs. Jukebox Queens Concert Producer

FOOTLOOSE: young hot TV stars in their theatre debuts

Wowowee, Caravan: ASAP '05 at The Buzz sa Amerika, Bogus Lang Ba?

Sharon Pa Rin Ang Nagwagi!

'Queens... On Fire' - the L.A. Version!

'Beauty Day' ni Dra. Vicki Belo sa L.A.!

Richard Gutierrez sa Premiere ng "Kung Fu Hustle"

Dessa, May Hinaing sa Ichiban!

RUSBLOOM ni Rustom Padilla, Hindi Na Siya Ang May-Ari!

Billy Crawford at EXORCIST Prequel premiere

Sharon Cuneta vs. Sarah Geronimo sa Hunyo 11 sa L.A.!

Lea Salonga, Ambisyosa sa Kanya'ng Unang Concert Tour!

Manila's rendezvous: GMA 7 at ABS-CBN malapit nang magtapat sa Estados Unidos! Jaya, binastos ako sa dressing room ng SOP! Birthday ni Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, star-studded! Christian Bautista, Naungusan Na ang Ibang Champions!

Fil-Am Singer Lalaine Scores Warner Bros. Record Deal!

2004 Archives

'The Great Raid' Moved (Again) to December 2, 2005!

Holiday Thoughts from Ruffa

Piolo rocks Hollywood Palladium

16th Annual Reflections Awards in L.A.

An Exclusive Interview with Jim Brickman

Freestyle, Jaya, Basil, at Carol "Trick or Treat" Concert sa Los Angeles!

BosPoker.Com Launch Tournament @ Exclusive Mansion in Beverly Hills

Fourth Annual Filipino-American Library Benefit Gala

Night of the Champions in SFO with Erik Santos

Where are they now?

Ruffa Gives Birth to Venicia Loran Bektas

A Fan Questioning Yilmaz!

At the Jubilee Theater: Sometimes 'Originals' Are Not the Best

Ballad Hitmakers Still Radiate!

RUSBLOOM Shop Unveiled in Panorama City

Lorin Turns One!

Gary V Hits Shrine to the Hilt!

"Power of Two" Nora-Kuh concert at Hollywood Palladium!

The Buzz in L.A.

"Songbird and Songwriter": First Sold-Out 2004 U.S. Concert Sizzles!

Billy Crawford Excluded at "The Exorcist IV: The Beginning"; New Album Soon to be Released in Europe

Revisiting the Dance Diva - Jocelyn Enriquez

First L.A. Concert of 2004 - an Intimate Night with Phenomenal Piolo Pascual

2003 Archives

Martin and Pops' 2003 U.S. Concert Tour kicks off in Los Angeles with a big bang!

Maximedia USA's second tour offering, the unbeatable "Martin-Pops" tandem!

Gina Alajar and Charles R. Uy Receive Recognition at 2nd Cinema Indio Festival

From Ruffa with Love

A Sad Thing Happened On My Way Out from the FPAC!

Ruffa leaves Los Angeles for a home in Turkey!

L.A. Blind Items!

Vina on top!

Ramon "Bong" Revilla honored by Motion Picture Association

L.A. Concerts and what's new with TF?

Ruffa's L.A. birthday celebration!

Carol-Ogie and Lani with Basil, deja vu?

A Baby Shower for Ruffa!

An open letter from Ruffa's husband: Yilmaz Bektas

Rediscovering Aiza Seguerra

Conversations with Ruffa Gutierrez: the wedding invitation

Judy Ann, Robin, and Rustom show at Orpheum Theater a big success!

A Close-Up Look: Conversations with Judy Ann Santos

Jocelyn Enriquez releases new album, "All My Life"

Carlos Morales in town

Judy Ann Santos to storm L.A.!



Celebrity L.A. Scene

By Oliver Carnay
carnay25@yahoo.com

Night of the Champions in SFO - with Erik Santos

The "Night of the Champions" presentation last September 24 at the Civic Center Plaza, right in the heart of San Francisco, California (with the huge Cathedral illuminated as the night backdrop) was different from the rest of the champions' U.S. tour, mainly because Erik Santos joined Sarah Geronimo, Mark Bautista, Rachelle Ann Go, and Christian Bautista on this one single chilly night.

As early as 3 PM (the show started at 6 PM) more than 3,000 mostly TFC subscribers flocked to the open-air plaza venue. With no chairs to sit down, Fil-Ams waited and watched the two-and-a-half-hour concert.

Headliners Erik, Sarah, and Rachelle Ann Go opened the concert by singing "We Are the Champions," followed by a solo of Rachelle singing a Mariah Carey signature and the Tagalog "Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay." Christian Bautista had "The Way You Look at Me" and "Hands to Heaven" before doing the duet song "You and Me/We Wanted It All" with Rachelle. Rachelle, of course, belted out "Don't Cry Out Loud." Mark Bautista was next with a Gary V hit, "How Did You Know." The female champs tried to outdo the males with "Bulaklak," "Pamela," "Otso-Otso" and other "kwela" acts like "Jumbo Hotdog."

Erik Santos paid tribute to his idol and sang a Martin Nievera medley before his signature "This Is the Moment." Mark Bautista and Sarah did a duet, "Broken Vow." Sarah borrowed her idol, Regine Velasquez's "spirit" and did Regine's medley of pop songs before singing Alicia Keys' current hit single and finally, her Celine Dion signature song. The finale number consisted of danceable tunes. Pretty much, based on previous reviews, the repertoire was all the same except this particular "Concert at the Park" in San Francisco (see more pics at www.picturetrail.com/olivercarnayphotos).


Where Are They Now?

After watching the Night of the Champions, with the invitation of my good friend Rina Alcantara, we proceeded to Edna's Ichiban Library in South San Francisco, wherein we happened to have a chat with current headliners Dessa and Bobby Solis.

Many have been wondering about the career of Dessa, "the powerful voice" from the roster of talents of The Backroom, Inc. (managed by Boy Abunda). Well, the Divette is currently based in Los Angeles and is four months pregnant by a young L.A. talent manager, Jay Inoue. Dessa figures her blessings, moving to the mainland as a wise move. She is focused on raising her child in the U.S. and being with her new-found love, Jay, who has big plans for her as an international star next year, after the birth of her second baby (she has another child from an Italian boyfriend). Dessa has just recorded a new collection of well-loved songs (including "Saan Ka Man Naroroon," "Alone Again Naturally," "Point of No Return," "Respect," "Never Fall In Love Again" and many others, with "Come In Out of the Rain" as an additional bonus track) currently available by contacting SEATM Productions (e-mail seatm_productions@yahoo.com).

At Ichiban's Library, such talent Bobby Solis mesmerized us with a fresh cabaret-style showmanship, a must to see during weekends at SFO's Library (which is patterned after the famous The Library in Manila). The divas playing every night (Bona, Bubbles, Kyhmme, Jesse, and Nomer Yuzon-a part-time steward and Ichiban performer) are all very entertaining with their funny antics while hosting the nightly karaoke. Miriam Pantig alternates with Dessa on some days. Check out Edna's Ichiban Library web site at www.ednasichiban.net .

Last Labor Day weekend, during the first annual Asia Pacific Trade and Expo in Las Vegas (held at the Stardust Hotel), look who I happened to chat with - it's Leni Santos! Leni Santos is more memorable as the original villain actress from such soaps Flor de Luna and Anna Liza, and was paired to Rey "PJ" Abellana. Now based in Las Vegas and married to one of the Salvador clan, with two kids - Nikka and PJ, although Leni misses acting and other showbiz gigs, she is not remorseful about migrating in the U.S., "I work as a loan officer in one of the most prestigious mortgage companies here in Vegas and I enjoy helping out my husband and being a mother to my two kids," said the cheerful and dimple-faced actress. "Actually, I was supposed to do another soap opera when I left Manila in 2002 (her last was 'Sa Puso Ko, Iingatan Ka') but when I came here, my husband persuaded me to try to immigrate here. I like it here, but if anybody is interested with my service I'm open to act again. Of course, I also miss showbiz a lot!" she noted.

(More pics at www.picturetrail.com/olivercarnayphotos. E-mail at carnay25@yahoo.com)


About OLIVER CARNAY

With more than a decade of experience in the entertainment industry OLIVER CARNAY is an accomplished international Fil-Am writer, Publicist, Talent Manager, Project Consultant, Booking Agent, Event Organzer, Photographer, Concert Line-Producer, movie associate producer, and Concert Booking Agent.

Oliver has written for major publications, domestic and international, including Asian Journal Publications (www.asianjournal.com), BALITA MEDIA, INC. ("Balita USA", "Weekend Balita" and "Go4Women Magazine," available online at www.balita.com/ and www.Go4Women.com), ASIAN-AMERICAN 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: FAME Magazine and PHILIPPINES TODAY. In New York / New Jersey he writes an entertainment column for CAROUSEL PINOY ENTERTAINMENT (www.carouselpinoy.com). He is a contributor for BUZZINE Magazine (www.buzzine.com), AUDREY Magazine (www.audreymagazine.com), 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 Europe) and PINOY GAZETTE (published in Hong Kong and Japan.

He is an active member of the National Press Photography Association (N.P.P.A.), Press Photography Association of Greater Los Angeles (P.P.A.G.L.A.-see 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, junkets, and other major Hollywood events.

Oliver is the Publisher of www.HollywoodFLIP.com, an online entertainment newswire magazine. Always a pioneer in bringing first rate news about Fil-Am talents in Hollywood as well as introducing them to the Filipinos and Fil-Am communities in the U.S. and in the Philippines.

Oliver Carnay is the proprietor of International Artists Production Company established in 1995 where he had produced, directed concerts and stage plays.

Oliver Carnay is in full blast as a Talent Manager and Publicist. He is the proprietor of International Artists PR & Talent Management (www.iatalent.com), a full-service publicity and talent marketing company, which represents a roster of multi-ethnic actors, musicians, directors, writers, and other celebrated artists in Hollywood. Oliver Carnay takes pride in being a member of the Talent Managers Association (www.talentmanagers.org). Email at Oliver@iatalent.com

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