[PHOTO - Among those running for senator are (from left) Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Loren Legarda, JV Ejercito and Chiz Escudero.]

MANILA, OCTOBER 8, 2012 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo - The Comelec office in Intramuros, Manila, was in a festive mood, thanks to the supporters of candidates who were filing their COCs (Certificates Of Candidacy).

You could easily identify the supporters by the color of their T-shirts (emblazoned with the names of their bosses) or from their cheers. Were there fireworks, too, and brass bands?

Yes, the circus is back in town.

The 2013 mid-term elections are as star-studded as the previous ones.

Here’s a partial list of showbiz denizens in the race:

• For Senator: Senators Loren Legarda (perennial topnotcher in surveys), Tito Sotto and Chiz Escudero (another topnotcher), all for re-election; San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito and ex-MTRCB Chief Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

• For Congressman: Aga Muhlach (fourth district of CamSur), Annabelle Rama (North Cebu), Quezon City Councilor Alfred Vargas, Imelda Papin (CamSur), Board Member Christopher de Leon (Batangas), Ormoc Rep. Lucy Torres (for re-election), Rep. Dan Fernandez (for re-election, Laguna), ABS-CBN reporter Sol Aragones, Rez Cortez (in Bicol) and Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad-Romulo.

• For Governor: Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos (for re-election) and Laguna Gov. E.R. Ejercito (for re-election).

• For Vice Governor: Bulacan Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando (for re-election) and Jolo Revilla (Cavite).

• For Board Member: Bokal Angelika Jones (for re-election).

• For Mayor: Former Pres. Joseph Estrada (Manila), San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (for re-election), Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan (for re-election), Pagsanjan (Laguna) Mayor Maita Sanchez (for re-election), Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla (for re-election) and Richard Gomez (Ormoc).

• For Vice Mayor: Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (for re-election) and Manila Councilor Lou Veloso.

• For Councilor: Roderick Paulate and Gian Sotto (Q.C.), Janella Estrada (San Juan City), Monsour del Rosario (Makati City), Robert Ortega and Edward Maceda (Manila), and Marjorie Barretto (Caloocan City).


Another Lifetime Achievement Award for Jose Mari Chan (photo at left)

For his work of a lifetime, Jose Mari Chan was again recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award, this time by the Star Awards for Music of the PMPC (Philippine Movie Press Club), the same honor he has received from PARI (the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry), KATHA and the Antonio C. Barreiro Foundation.

Said Joe, “At the start of each day, every day, I give thanks to the Lord, the Giver of Life, The Source of all Talents. A lifetime achievement, in any endeavor, is never reached single-handedly. Always it’s with the help of many people along the way. That’s why I thank my grade school, high school and college teachers who helped mold me into who I am today. I thank my parents, the first to teach me the love for music; all the musicians, arrangers and back-up singers who make me sound good in my recordings and concerts; and, most of all, I thank Mary Ann, my wife and partner of 42 years, who’s been my girl, my woman and my best friend.”

Also this year, Joe’s It’s Complicated concert with The CompanY at the SMX won Concert of the Year.

“Credit should go mainly to our producers Perlita Uy and Carmela Honrado of Beginnings at Twenty Plus,” added Joe. “After 45 years of concertizing, it’s my first concert to win such an award, believe it or not. Gold, Platinum and Diamond Records Awards, yes, but not Concert of the Year. And what an honor it is to be in the company of such performers as Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Pops Fernandez and Regine Velasquez.”

At the moment, Joe is working on his new Christmas album set for release end of this month, his first such album after the multi-awarded Christmas in Our Hearts which is the biggest-selling (Double Diamond) local Christmas album of all time, marking its 22nd anniversary this year.

Karylle and a Singaporean actor in a scene from Point of Entry

“My new album is a collaborative work with such great talents as Louie Ocampo, Gerard Salonga, Homer Flores, Jun Latonio, Marvin Querido, The CompanY, Cris Villongco, Shiela Valderrama, Noelle Cassandra, Teenee Chan, Rudy Lozano, Noel Mendez, Ria Villena-Osorio, Jude and Theresa Roldan, Hail Mary The Queen Children’s Choir, Psalmo 47, Joel Trinidad, Hanna Flores, Kitchy Molina, Trina Belamide, Fr. Johnny Go, S.J., members of the Ateneo Glee Club, Ogie Alcasid, Jimmy Santiago, Freddie Santos, Pinky Valdes, Lilibeth Tan, Ferdie Borja, Kahlil Refuerzo, my children (Liza, Joe, Michael and Franco), and even my granddaughter Ramona.”

There are, yes, 22 songs in the album.

“I’m putting all my heart into this project as a gift to all the music lovers who have been singing along to my songs these past 45 years of my career as a recording artist,” said Joe.

Briefly noted

After having starred in the Asian TV musical series The Kitchen Musical, Karylle (photo) returns in the international scene as a featured guest in Point of Entry, Singapore’s highest-rated weekly action drama.

Produced by Media Corp. of Singapore and now into its third year, the series that airs in Channel 5 stars Carl Ng, Fadhila Samsudin and Bernard Tan.

It continues to feature true-life cases that educate and entertain. Viewers will gain invaluable insights through the cases of Team Epsilon, learning how the different components of the Home Team CNB, etc. who are working together to ensure Singapore safe. Karylle shoots nine days in Singapore and four days in Manila.—Reported by Carlo Orosa

[PHOTO -Karylle and a Singaporean actor in a scene from Point of Entry]

Randy Gener

Artist In Touch Ministries hosted a gathering of industry producers and media practitioners to welcome Douglas Gresham, CS Lewis stepson and co-producer of the successful film series The Narnia Chronicles (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian) and his wife Mary.

Douglas shared with the attendees the process he went through in making Narnia Chronicles in collaboration with Hollywood producers and financiers. He also cited the TRUMPETS production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as the best stage musical adaptation he has seen in the world and is excited for TRUMPETS to develop the fifth of the Narnia series, The Horse & His Boy.

Among those present were Mikee Cojuangco, Jericho Rosales, Rhian Ramos, Audie Gemora, Mari Kaimo, Ida and Ronnie Henares, and Anthony Pangilinan and Maricel Laxa.—Text and photo by Carlo Orosa

US-based Bernardo Bernardo has nominated journalist Randy Gener for The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Awards (TOFA-NY 2012) under the category of media. “I’m actively campaigning for him because he seems to be one of New York’s best-kept secrets as far as the Fil-Am communities are concerned,” said Bernardo. To help Randy win, you must first visit his photo in the “Nominees for Media & Publishing” album that resides inside “The 2012 TOFA-NY Award” Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/TOFAINY2). And then click LIKE tab under nominee’s name.

What’s up?

[PHOTO -Front row, from left: Anthony Pangilinan, Kata Inocencio, Mary and Douglas Gresham, Ida Henares, Felichi Pangilinan and Maricel Laxa; and, back row, also from left: Mari Kaimo, Ronnie Henares, Audie Gemora, Carlo Orosa, Sandra Chavez, Orpah Marasigan, Verna Liza Marin, Mikee Cojuangco and Isabella Gonzales]

Oops! The article Why The Women of Taken 2 Are Worth Dying For that came out yesterday was written by STAR’s New York correspondent Edmund Silvestre.

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