ALMA MORENO'S STAR IS FOREVER SHINING
San Juan, Metro Manila, Nov. 27, 2000 (BULLETIN) - When most everyone thought she had completely turned her back on the other love of her life, singing and dancing, she proved them all wrong. She revived her famous sing–and–dance act with The Kit–Kats and chose Cebu City as the first venue for a series of provincial shows she hopes to do to support a foundation that helps poor families in Parañaque City, where husband Joey Marquez sits as mayor, bury their dead.
And what she got was a rousing reception fit for a returning queen.
Bedazzled were the Cebuanos who filled Teatro Casino in Lahug to capacity one Saturday night when the erstwhile queen of TV musical variety shows brought her sing–and–dance act to her adopted city.
As graceful as ever, Loveli–Ness, born in Ilocos Sur but educated in Cebu City from elementary through high school, got tremendous support from a brilliant cast of performers that included her gems of a son and daughter (Yeoj, 10 and Win–wyn, 8) Vandolf, Eric Quizon, LJ Moreno, and multi–talented Leonard Obal.
As pretty – in fact, many say she’s prettier now than before – as ever and still showing the curves unmatched in local cinema once upon a time, Venessa (many thought it was Vanessa) Lacsamana–Marquez, her real name, may have lost some of the litheness and lightness of youth, which is understandable and inevitable, but her eyes clearly glowed with the total happiness of one who has not lost her childlike fascination with her craft. Whether she was singing or dancing, her face radiated pure joy.
As expected, she stole the thunder from the younger performers. Whether dancing with the youthful SOP Dancers or in tandem with her “Loveli–Ness” partner Raffy Chan, she oozed with pure energy and amazing grace. She was particularly outstanding in the opening number that at one point required a breath–stopping acrobat and during the portion where she and daughter Win–Wyn got to dance most of the current Top 10 songs.
There’s no doubting that Alma Moreno can still dance and carry a show.
In a way, the fast–paced, two–and–a–half–hour show also presaged an impending changing of the guard as evidenced by the great applause the audience bestowed on Win–Wyn Marquez, who’s’ clearly following in her mother’s footsteps. She has her famous mom’s commanding stage presence, swan–like gracefulness, enthusiasm and pure energy. From who else did she inherit the correct angling of the chin and toes, flick of wrists and fingers, and fluttering of the eyes while doing intricate dance steps?
Not to be outdone, Yeoj, her brother, was a show–stopper himself. Why, the kid, who’s as handsome as his father, Parañaque City Mayor Joey Marquez, showed he can sing and dance as well.
Another revelation during the show, conceptualized in support of the shining star’s Libreng Libing Foundation, Inc., was The Kit–Kats made up of Raffy, Norman, Mida, Nimfa and Michael, the singing champion from Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
And guess who came to the show for which Alma Moreno the concert organizer had to transport a cast of 25? No less than two of showbiz’s most durable couples – Eddie Guttierez and Annabelle Rama and Manny Paner and Daisy Romualdez. Also present were Michael Locsin and his charming wife, the former Charmaine Rivera who was Secret’s first image model.
The four were seen highly appreciating the performances of Win–wyn and Yeoj.
A lot of credit for the tremendous success of the show should also go to show director Boots Plata, choreographer Geleen Eugenio, executive producer Melissa Valderrama, and production manager Ricky Torres.
Word about the tremendous success of Loveli–Ness and The Kit–Kats in Cebu flew thick and fast and has left the sing–and–dance group swamped with many offers to perform not only in the provinces but outside the country as well. Of these invitations, Alma is considering Laoag early next year, Bohol, Bacolod, Baguio, and Saipan.
This early, Loveli–Ness is already mentally calculating how many coffins she would be able to buy out of these shows for her Libreng Libing Foundation.
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