CAMARINES SUR VICE GOV. IMELDA PAPIN ON CONCERT TOUR
Naga, Camarines Sur, Nov. 16, 1998 - Longest-reigning jukebox queen Imelda Papin was temporarily absent from the entertainment scene for almost a year, and there were even rumors that she went overseas to marry one of her rich foreign suitors.
But all she's done was return to her roots and devote her life to public service. The people of Camarines Sur obviously love her and appreciate what she's done for them and elected her Vice-Governor of the province in the May 11 local and national elections. No mean feat, considering the heavyweights she had to beat to capture the seat.
And now, with her political star shining steadily, Imelda Papin is resuming her singing career,
"I have more singing engagements now, besides a new album which will soon be released," she told the Philippine Star.
But as second highest ranking elected official of her home province, Imelda's priority is her job as Vice-Gov. which she finds "very challenging."
Like her namesake and good friend former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Ms. Papin says she's the type of person who enjoys doing a job if it presents more and bigger challenges.
These days, it means helping thousands of families rendered homeless and whose farms and crops were ruined by supertyphoon Loleng.
"In my province alone, millions of pesos worth of crops and property were destroyed, more than 1,000 died and thousands were rendered homeless."
Imelda is currently in Manila to solicit contributions not only from her fellow Bicolanos but from other kind-hearted people for the typhoon victims.
Tonight at the Quezon City Sports Club, Imelda is staging a concert (starting at 8 o'clock, after dinner at 7) called Ayuda sa Bicol, in cooperation with the Federation of Bicolanos.
In 1991, Imelda also helped spearhead a highly successful and productive telethon in Hawaii for the Pinatubo victims.
(Donors may call 414-31-97, 434-99-02 or 434-99-04).
Imelda's next performances will be in Sultan Kudarat (Nov. 20); Tarlac, Tarlac (Nov. 27); Guimba, Nueva Ecija (Jan. 12, 1999); and in Australia (Jan. 15, 16 and 17).
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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