By Oliver Carnay
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
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)
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
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!
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for comments. (Browse more pics
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
BALITA MEDIA, INC. ("Balita USA", "Weekend Balita" and "Go4Women
Magazine," available online at
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
He is a contributor for BUZZINE Magazine
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
Oliver is the Publisher of
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
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