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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

FREESTYLE, JAYA, BASIL, at CAROL "Trick or Treat" Concert sa Los Angeles!

Sa nakaraang TRICK OR TREAT concert ng FREESTYLE na ginanap sa Grand Olympic Auditorium nitong nakaraang Sabado (Oktubre 30), kung saan kasama ng pamosong grupo ang "soul Diva" na si Jaya, ang walang kupas na si Basil Valdez at ang bago'ng U.S-based na si Carol Banawa, hindi inaasahan ang mabilis na pagdami ng tao -- taliwas sa inaasahan ng marami. Dahil na rin sa dami ng mga shows o mga mang-aawit na kabi-kabila ang pagtatanghal, marami ang humulang hindi kikita ang nakaraang konsiyerto.

Inihambing (at naka-apekto kaya?) ang sinundan nito'ng grupo ng South Border (kasama ni Ana Fegi) na ginawa rin sa Grand Olumpic Auditorium nang halos magkasunod na Linggo. Naringgan ang ilang nakapanood ng dalawang magkaibang grupo na bagama't marami ang nanood sa Freestyle concert ay mas kaiga-igaya mas nakaa-aliw daw naman ang concert ng una (South Border).

Sa gana'ng akin, hindi ko magawang ihambing ang dalawa dahil sa hindi ko naman napanood ang South Border. Ang akin lama'ng mailalarawan ay ang kaka-ibang napanood ko sa FREESTYLE (Trick or Treat) na konsiyerto.

Hindi man ako mahilig sa mga banda, kita mo ang galing ni Jinky na soloista ng grupo. Medyo panaka-nakang natatabunan ito ng mga "background instruments" (o dahil lang siguro sa nasa harapan mismo ako ng entablado) pero ganoon pa'man alam mong maganda talaga ang boses ng soloista nilang si Jinky.

Ang nakabibigla (at naaliw talaga ang manonood!) ay nang banatan ni Basil Valdez ang pamosong kanta ng Maroon 5 na bumagay naman sa boses niya. Nag-duweto pa sila ni Jaya.

Hindi rin matatawaran ang galing ni Jaya sa pagbanat ng matataas na kanta, at "rocker" ang dating niya na nag-alis pa ng sapatos at kuntodo "emote na emote" sa bawa't birit sa laht ng kanyang repertwa. Umakyat sa entablado ang kanyang ina na si Elizabeth Ramsey at sabay "plug" ng tour nilang mag-ina na gagawin sa susunod na taon. Kasama pa ni Elizabeth na nanood ng gabing iyon ang dalawa pang anak (na tinawag niyang "teknikolor").

Medyo nagmukhang "extra" naman si Carol Banawa, na pagkatapos kumanta ng dalawang kanta ay hindi na naalala ng mga tao. Bitin ang kanyang partisipasyon, hindi katulad ng "exposures" na ginawa nina Basil Valdez at Jaya, na tititik sa lahat ng mga nakapanood.

Suma-total, okey at nag-enjoy naman ang mga taong nanood. Ang tanong lamang ng mga tao -- sino kaya ang nanalo sa Best Costume Contest na natapos ang palabas pero hindi nila in-anunsyo? (Tingnan ang iba pang mga kuha mula sa Press Conference at ang mismong konsiyerto sa www.picturetrail.com/olivercarnayphotos)

 

BosPoker.Com Launch Tournament @ Exclusive Mansion in Beverly Hills

When it comes to organizing unique Hollywood events and celebrity parties, my good friend Rembrandt Flores of Fusion PR (I mentioned here about his birthday party held at Cinespace a few months ago), this young Fil-Am executive couldn't have done this headlining-event any better. Creative as he is, he can pull more gold out of a magnate.

At the recent BosPoker.Com launch party, where we were shuttled to an exclusive Beverly Hills mansion, foods and cocktails, free poker chips and playcards (of which my writer-colleague Josh Andowitt got $3,000 worth) overflowed. The flavored mansion was spiffed up with dancing showgirls, man with fire-grills, hot spas and more ala-Vegas aura.

From hotties Ben Affleck to Tobey Maguire, more celebrities came, mingled and anxious to take the gold-pot and bet at the secluded Celebrity BosPoker arena poolroom. Real players Camryn Manheim, brothers Danny and Chris Masterson, Lance Bass, Mena Suvari, Ron Livingston, Nicole Richie, Matthew Perry, Erik Palladino, Bobby Cannavale, Kelly Hu, Mimi Rogers, and tons of celebrities packed the hot-room and tested their betting prowess. At the end of the party, we beat up Omarosa and the Carlson twins (Kyle and Lance) and took away a "Larry Bird autograph-signed basketball" collector's item from the celebrity auction arena. Log on to BosPoker.com to know more about the latest online poker game.

And what's the next event for this hard-working lad? Rembrandt said, I'm also set to cover this book launching at Kitson on Tuesday, October 26, a book launch party for "The Red Strings Book: The Power of Protection" written by Yehuda Berg. Ashton Kutcher, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Black Eyed Peas, Kenny G, and more are among the celebrities invited. If you're into Kabbalah -- go check out the book in any bookstore - it's already out in the market!

Fourth Annual Filipino-American Library Benefit Gala

It was my first time to attend the Filipino-American Library Gala (shame on me! and I haven't even gone to its office on Temple Ave.!) I should say it is one of the nicest, if not the nicest Fil-Am event I have attended in many years! All were dressed up and mingling (networking-networking-networking!) at the posh Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Miss Universe 1997 - Brook Lee, a very good friend of Martin Nievera introduced him on stage (he had two encore songs). The duet song of Martin Nievera and Lou Diamond Phillips was a treat (and the latter even gyrated in a blue Hawaiian grass-skirt!). Becca Godinez (who sold many CDs that night) and Jose Llana also performed (this broadway belter really has a nice voice!). Although, Role Model Awardee - Rob Schneider was not able to make it - the Kayamanan Ng Lahi and other performers made up for it. Other Awardees include Councilman Eric Garcetti (Public Service Award), Howard Chua-Eoan (Time Magaine, Community Building Journalism Award), SIPA (Community Service Award), and Wells Fargo (Corporate Philanthropy Award). Congratulations to the deserving awardees, but mostly to the organizers headed by Fritz Friedman (Chairman of the Board, Filipino-American Heritage Institute) and Roselyn Ibanez (MPA-President of the Filipino-American Library) for a job,very-well done!

My personal thanks to Candice Clark who assisted us at the gala-party and Atty. Wilner (Wilner & Reilly) for the drinks! Let's toast for the next one!

2004 AFI FEST presented by Audi (November 4-14, 2004)

I'll be busy with the AFI FEST starting November 4-14. The longest-running film festival in Los Angeles, heads up its 18th annual event and I can't wait to watch and attend to the many films and after-parties it offers. Yearly, the AFI FEST have structured a variety of films from around the world, including Oscar-bound international movies not-to-be-missed. Although, the Philippines has no entry this year, there are a lot of noteworthy Asian films included --- and I have many favorites to look forward to. At the launching party held at the White Lotus (one of the trendiest and hottest Hollywood nite-spot these days), media people, filmmakers, publicists and special guests gathered together to kick-off the buzz. Check out www.afifest.com for more details. E-.mail carnay25@yahoo.com for comments. (Browse more pics at www.picturetrail.com/olivercarnayphotos)


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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