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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

Reflections Awards - The Most Successful Awards Show in Los Angeles Still Kicking at its 16th Anniversary

Reflections Awards, in its 16th year, is an annual awards show which recognizes major achievements, not only for the Filipino-American communities in Los Angeles, but as well as those individuals or organizations that have had an impact on uplifting the Asian-American society in the United States.

Formed in 1988 by a group of hairstylists headed by Monet Lu to help raise money for a friend who was stricken by the AIDS disease, Reflections Awards is a fashion gala-awards show and has featured fashion collections from several well-known designers.

In the past, such collections included Fanny Serrano, Henry Hayag, Louie Mamengo, Randy Ortiz, Rene Salud, Criselda Lontoc, Nardie Presa, Dave Tupaz and Lou Razon-Chua, among others. The Reflections Awards have been attended by almost all of the big celebrities from Manila (Richard Gomez, Aga Muhlach, Charlene Gonzales, Gretchen Barretto, Lorna Tolentino, Ruffa Gutierrez, Sheryl Cruz, Dawn Zulueta, among the endless list), as well as international celebrity stars like Barbara Carrera. Former recipients of the coveted Golden Reflections Awardees included Lea Salonga, Lou Diamond Phillips, Billy Crawford, and the film "The Debut."

This year, several prominent figures were among the awardees: Dra. Vicki Belo, owner and proprietress of Manila-based The Belo Medical Group, Inc. (www.belomed.com) pioneered the introduction of the latest cosmetic skin care technologies in the Philippines and has been conducting lectures in different prestigious dermatologic organizations around the world; World-renowned Skin Health Restoration researcher-scientist-dermatologist, and author of many articles, Dr. Zein Obagi, M.D. (Obagi Beverly Hills Store Clinic) has taught hundreds of surgeons regarding his invention about skin rejuvenation (www.obagi.com).

A company that has sky-rocketed its mega-consumer products is First Quadrant International. Because of its strategic marketing investment ideas, the company marked as one of the top dynamic and fast money-making investment company in the Philippines and U.S.A. Under the excellent managerial abilities of CEO Rubi Esteves (Reflections XVI-Woman of the Year Awardee), the company continues to shine with the completion of its Milpitas, California bureau.

In the concert scene, Ana Co-Puno of StarMedia Entertainment received the Concert Producer of the Year Award. Her next project is the back-to-back U.S. concert tour of Concert Queens Pops Fernandez and Regine Velasquez (with special guest Erik Santos), which will kick off in Los Angeles on April 2, 2005.

Celebrity and former television-host Rio Diaz and couture designer Henry Hayag who both passed away this year were given each a Posthumous Award by Reflections XVI Committee, for their immeasurable contributions in staging past Reflections. Rio Diaz is a very good friend of producer Monet Lu and helped out collaborated Reflections events during Reflections I, II, & III, while Henry Hayag's couture design fashion collections has been featured many times, wherein his designs for Hollywood stars Barbara Carrera, and other dignitaries (Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan, to name a few) have worn.

Reflections XVI was hosted by Miss Universe 1997 Miss Brook Lee (former Miss U.S.A.-Hawaii) with the help of mainstream publicist Winston Emano and former Miss Asia-USA winner- Feilani Bennet -Rubin.

The awards night/gala was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown, Los Angeles, California last Saturday, November 20, 2004. To browse more awardees and other information about Reflections XVI, visit its web address at www.reflectionsxvi.com More pics at www.picturetrail.com/olivercarnayphotos.

Jim Brickman Returns with "Jim Brickman & Friends 2004" - A Christmas Holiday Annual U.S. Concert Tour; Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees Headlines Four Guest Artists

An exclusive chat with Jim Brickman
by Oliver Carnay

Platinum-selling pianist / songwriter Jim Brickman just got out of the plane out to Texas when he called for this exclusive interview. With the release of his Grammy-nominated latest Christmas album "Peace" last year, the artist is getting ready for another Christmas Holiday U.S. tour, a 31-key cities major tour, which will kick off November 26 in Sacramento, California (Community Center Theater) and ends on New Year's Eve, at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Marking his tenth anniversary in music this year with the release of his "Greatest Hits" CD under BMG Records, this world-renowned music traveler wants to make sure that the spirit of Christmas be with all his Filipino fans all around the world, as well, and be a part of this tour, before he revisits Manila come February 2005.

To start off, I asked - What makes it so special about doing an annual Christmas tour. Isn't it tiring that you choose to be on the road every year during the holiday season, instead of relaxing yourself and enjoying moments with your loved ones?

Oh no, it's really fun doing great Christmas music! People are in a good mood, they are in a Holiday spirits --It's a "get your energy" for me. This is my eight year of having my Christmas tour. I love playing Christmas songs, and it's always a fun time to do Christmas music.

You've been in the Philippines many times - and the Filipino people have always embraced your music. Each year your audience gets bigger. What have you got to say to all your fans now that you have plans to return and have a concert in Manila?

I have been very fortunate to always have a wonderful time in the Philippines. I've been there 12 times and hopefully, I will visit there again this January or February 2005. As you know, I love going there and working with Filipino artists. I have made a lot of friends over the years. I have collaborated with such talented artists - Sharon, Martin, Agot, Ariel, among others.

Aside with Jeff Timmons, who is also promoting his "Whisper That Way" new CD album, you are being reunited with such same artists from last year's tour: Kristy Starling (Today Show Superstar), Anne Cochran, and Tracy Silverman. Why is that so?

This is the second time that we're bringing the same group in the album "Peace". There was a successful Christmas tour last year and we had a wonderful time together, singing holiday songs - so we thought of reliving our good rapport, that is why they are joining me again.

One of your songs in the Christmas album "Peace" is being used as a theme by USO, what is this all about?

One of the songs from the "Peace" album, "Sending A Little Christmas", which reached #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, is being used as the theme song to honor our troops who have been deployed. It is endorsed by the Department of Defense, the song was adapted by the United Service Organizations (USO) for their "Operation Care Package" campaign program and with hundreds of thousand of U.S. troops deployed around the world, many engaged in the fight against terrorism. The USO is offering a way to send a reminder to the troops that they are appreciated and have not been forgotten. I will continue to endorse and promote "Operation USO Care Package". I, together with other artists, donated our Cds for them to enjoy, and to further support the cause.

During these eight years of mounting a Christmas tour, you've never had a Christmas presentation in the Philippines. Is there any chance of doing one, at least a Christmas special with some main Filipino artists?

I would love to do and record some Christmas songs with any Filipino artists, but it's always the hits -- people want to hear your hits whenever you mount a concert. Of course, you can't take that away. And yes, every time I do the Christmas tour, it always fall within the U.S. Perhaps, someday!

Among the many countries you've performed, is there any you have not reached and that you've always wanted to go?

I haven't performed in India, which I think would be cool.

One of your signature styles is bringing out other people's talents by collaborating with them to do vocals with your music arrangements. Is there such a Jim Brickman method?

That's the idea, I like great singers. And you know, Filipinos singers are some of the best in the world, I think. I've recorded about three or four songs with Sharon, and I've sang with Lea Salonga for her Christmas album, I've performed with Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez, Ariel Rivera and Agot Isidro.

Are there any other Filipino artists you think you want to work with? Have you met Gary Valenciano?

No, I have not met him.

There is a Filipina performer named Lani Misalucha and a group called The Society of Seven, currently making waves at the Bally's in Las Vegas. They are performing at the Jubilee Theatre for a six-month stint engagement. I've heart that the producers wanted to extend it to a year because of great demands for a lot of people to see. Do you think you could check them out while you're in Vegas and let me know what you think?

Sure, I'll give you my e-mail and leave me the information about them. It's always good to know that there are good Filipino artists out there. Filipinos, like I've said, are such talented singers and artists. I've always believed in them.

How did you start collaborating with Jeff Timmons?

I was looking for somebody to record a song with and his name came across at that time. I've always wanted 98 Degrees to do one of my songs before but never got the chance. Finally, we connected and started hanging out and singing together and writing a bit and it evolved into a friendship, until we talked about bringing him in with the holiday tour. It was a natural choice.
He's a great guy, very sweet, kind, funny and very nice. I think he's a perfect singer to be singing with my songs. With this tour with him, it's going to be half and half - half holiday Christmas songs and the hits ("Valentine" and "The Gift") and his new songs."

I heard that you have a syndicated radio show? How are you going to divide your time between on the road with the tour and being with your show?

Yes, I have a syndicated radio show which comes once a week, every weekend. It's pre-recorded once a week.

Any messages to all your Filipino fans before you hit Manila in February?

Certainly, as you know that I've been there many times and I love the Filipino people so much and their appreciation to my music. Here, they always come up to me and say - hey, I love your music, I saw you with your duets with Sharon Cuneta and saw you at ASAP, etc. I love their appreciation for such melodies and love songs, and so I'm inviting everyone to watch my Christmas concert. You can get the venues and schedules, or other details through my web site: www.jimbrickman.com. I love to know that, again, we could have such wonderful audiences.


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