RACHEL ALEJANDRO: FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Rachel Alejandro is performing again at The Peninsula Manilaís Salon de Ning on June 21, Saturday. This is the second of a series of three shows in the same venue, known for its sophisticated decoration and elaborate cocktails. I was able to attend the full-house show last month with Rachelís family and friends in attendance. From start to finish, Rachel kept us jumping from our seats. We did not only sing but also danced to her repertoire, which included many of her long-time hits. She also sang several popular tunes that have inspired her in her career. During the show, Rachel made a point to remind the audience that despite the success of her diet food and healthy meal delivery service, The Sexy Chef, she still loves to perform and entertain her audience. At Salon de Ning, she was accompanied by a full band featuring her brother Ali Alejandro on drums. Rachel and her sister chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck have recently published their first cookbook and now even have their very own TV show, ongoing on Colours, Cignal Digital TV. VIEW MORE PHOTOS...

ALSO: Rachel and Barni Alejandroís Sexy Chef business expands to cookbook

In 2004, singer-actress Rachel Alejandro and sister, chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck, established The Sexy Chef, a diet food catering service that specializes in delivering South Beach Diet meals to health- and figure-conscious Filipinos in Metro Manila. Currently, The Sexy Chef has expanded by offering party and corporate event catering services, affordable healthy lunch and dinner meals for delivery, and different weight-loss programs, including original diet plans co-created with US-certified fitness nutritionist Nadine Tengco, resident food coach of the hit reality television show The Biggest Loser Philippines. Recently, the Alejandro sistersí enterprise expanded even further. On Dec. 4, Rachel and Barni launched The Sexy Chef Cookbook at National Book Store, Glorietta 1. The Sexy Chef Cookbook is a collection of diet food recipes where chef Barni shares calorie-cutting cooking techniques and tricks on how to transform everyday favorites into more nutritious versions. Instead of providing numbers for how many grams of fat, protein or carbs each dish contains, which only works for nutritionists, it features a star ingredient for each recipe and the nutritional benefits it provides for the body.

ALSO About: Hajji Alejandro

Angelito Toledo "Hajji" Alejandro (born December 26, 1954) is a Filipino singer and actor, who was a major pop star in the 1970s and 1980s. Just like another OPM legend, Basil Valdez, he came from the group "Circus Band." He was the first winner of the MetroPop Song Festival in 1977. He operated a small restaurant along Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles with wife, beauty queen actress Rio Diaz, during the 80s. They have a son, Delara drummer Ali Alejandro. His former wife Rio Diaz died of colon cancer in 2004. He is also the father of singer Rachel Alejandro and his son Drummer Ali Alejandro. The original Kilabot ng Kolehiyala (College Girls' Heartthrob), Alejandro is best remembered for such songs as Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika, Panakip Butas and Nakapagtataka.MORE...

ALSO About: Rachel Alejandro

Rachel Alejandro (Born February 18, 1974 in Manila, Philippines)[1] is a Filipino singer and actress. She is currently married to Carlos SantaMaria (married April 9,2012). She is currently residing in Makati. Early life Rachel's mother and father separated when she was four. Her mother (Myrna Jingco) remarried (now Myrna J. Demauro) and moved to the US. Together with dad Hajji and his new partner, the late Rio Diaz, Rachel and her sister Barni spent time in Manila and the U.S. Her theater experience began with The Sound of Music at eight years old, Peter Pan at 15, Noli Me Tangere 18, Alikabok, 21, followed by many more Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal, Larawan, Fire Water Woman,and more recently Rent, Avenue Q in Manila September/December 2007 & in Singapore September/October 2012, & Xanadu September/November/December 2010 for Atlantis Productions. She appeared in an Atlantis Production of Aida as Amneris in June 2011. She accepted the role of Justice in Rock of Ages in the rerun in July 2013. Career Rachel Alejandro first entered the world of showbiz at the age of 12, when she was a host on the popular TV show "That's Entertainment." At 15, following her successful TV stint, Rachel recorded her first album, Just A Minute, for Alpha Records. The album spawned several hit songs including the #1 single "Mr. Kupido," as well as "K.S.P. (Kulang Sa Pansin)" and "Kay Tagal." The album went gold and Rachel's recording career was off and running. Her second album, "Watch Me Now," featured a revival of "Nakapagtataka," the signature song of her father, pop icon Hajji Alejandro. CONTINUE READING...


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Rachel alejandro: For the love of music & entertainment


(From left) brother Ali, Rachel, Nena and dad, Hajji Alejandro.

MANILA, JUNE 23, 2014 (PHILSTAR) Rachel Alejandro is performing again at The Peninsula Manilaís Salon de Ning on June 21, Saturday.

This is the second of a series of three shows in the same venue, known for its sophisticated decoration and elaborate cocktails.

I was able to attend the full-house show last month with Rachelís family and friends in attendance. From start to finish, Rachel kept us jumping from our seats. We did not only sing but also danced to her repertoire, which included many of her long-time hits. She also sang several popular tunes that have inspired her in her career.

During the show, Rachel made a point to remind the audience that despite the success of her diet food and healthy meal delivery service, The Sexy Chef, she still loves to perform and entertain her audience. At Salon de Ning, she was accompanied by a full band featuring her brother Ali Alejandro on drums.

Rachel and her sister chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck have recently published their first cookbook and now even have their very own TV show, ongoing on Colours, Cignal Digital TV.

Rachel and Barni Alejandroís Sexy Chef business expands to cookbook (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 16, 2013 - 12:00am


Seeing is believing: Singer-actress Rachel Alejandro (left) and sister, chef Barni Alejandro Rennebeck, are the best advertisements for their diet-food catering service Sexy Chef.

MANILA, Philippines - In 2004, singer-actress Rachel Alejandro and sister, chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck, established The Sexy Chef, a diet food catering service that specializes in delivering South Beach Diet meals to health- and figure-conscious Filipinos in Metro Manila. Currently, The Sexy Chef has expanded by offering party and corporate event catering services, affordable healthy lunch and dinner meals for delivery, and different weight-loss programs, including original diet plans co-created with US-certified fitness nutritionist Nadine Tengco, resident food coach of the hit reality television show The Biggest Loser Philippines.

Recently, the Alejandro sistersí enterprise expanded even further. On Dec. 4, Rachel and Barni launched The Sexy Chef Cookbook at National Book Store, Glorietta 1.

The Sexy Chef Cookbook is a collection of diet food recipes where chef Barni shares calorie-cutting cooking techniques and tricks on how to transform everyday favorites into more nutritious versions. Instead of providing numbers for how many grams of fat, protein or carbs each dish contains, which only works for nutritionists, it features a star ingredient for each recipe and the nutritional benefits it provides for the body.

The book also contains personal stories from the authors on their successful weight-loss strategies, their secrets of staying slim, different diet programs and their Sexy Chef food catering services. It highlights existing recipes for the food they deliver to clients such as chicken adobo and mango wrap, southwestern tortilla soup, apple cinnamon bread pudding, and spaghetti with meatballs, among others, and the new recipes Barni created just for the book. With a little knowhow and preparation, the authors believe that people can eat their favorite foods and still maintain a slim figure, and that cooking healthy meals doesnít have to be difficult, expensive and time-consuming.

To avail of The Sexy Chefís diet programs, healthy meals, party catering services and Christmas gift packs, visit www.thesexychef.ph. Follow The Sexy Chef on Facebook and Twitter (@thesexychefph).

The Sexy Chef Cookbook is available for P345 at National Book Store and Powerbooks branches. Shop online and buy eBooks at Nationalbookstore.com. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for the latest events, promos and contests.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hajji Alejandro


"GREATEST HITMAKERS LIVE AT THE GRAND"
Rico J. Puno, Hajji Alejandro, Rey Valera, and Marco Sison, all seasoned veterans have all toured the US with their "Greatest Hitmakers" concept in the past and yet the craving seems to have gotten greater each time.

About" Hajji Alejandro

Born December 26, 1954 (age 59)

Origin Philippines

Genres Pop

Occupations Musician, actor

Instruments Singing

Years active 1976Ėpresent

Associated acts Apo Hiking Society, Rachel Alejandro, Ali Alejandro

Angelito Toledo "Hajji" Alejandro (born December 26, 1954) is a Filipino singer and actor, who was a major pop star in the 1970s and 1980s.

Just like another OPM legend, Basil Valdez, he came from the group "Circus Band." He was the first winner of the MetroPop Song Festival in 1977.

He operated a small restaurant along Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles with wife, beauty queen actress Rio Diaz, during the 80s. They have a son, Delara drummer Ali Alejandro. His former wife Rio Diaz died of colon cancer in 2004.

He is also the father of singer Rachel Alejandro and his son Drummer Ali Alejandro.

The original Kilabot ng Kolehiyala (College Girls' Heartthrob), Alejandro is best remembered for such songs as Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika, Panakip Butas and Nakapagtataka.


RIO DIAZ: Maria Rosario Aspillera Diaz was born on 14 August 1959 and was the youngest daughter of Jaime ďJimmyĒ B. Diaz and Theresa ďTitaĒ Aspillera.

Rio was a beauty titlist like her older sister, Gloria.

She was the 1977 Mutya/Pearl of the Philippines-Asia and was 4th runner-up in the 1977 Miss Asia pageant.

She was a restauranteur, a television host and a politician.

She was elected Vice Mayor of Pontevedra, Negros Occidental in the May 1998 Philippine local elections. Her first husband was singer Hajji Alejandro, with whom she had two children: Nino and Ali.

Her second husband was politician Charlie Cojuangco, with whom she had two more children: Jaime and Claudia.

Rio DIED of stage 4 colon cancer on 04 October 2004 at the Seton Hospital in Daly City, California, United States.

The original Kilabot ng Kolehiyala, Hajji Alejandro teams up with his daughter, songstress Rachel Alejandro in a rare reunion as they perform an evening memorable music of Feb. 15, at Casino Filipino-Tagaytay.

Known for such hits as Kay Ganda Ng Ating Musika, Nakapagtataka, Panakip Butas and much more, Hajji Alejandros songs were part of the hits that would coin the phrase, OPM (Original Pilipino Music). His hits have remained timeless and throughout the years with countless remakes and revival, there is only one, Hajji Alejandro.

Daughter, Rachel Alejandro returns to the entertainment stage after a successful run as the energetic Mimi in the Asian version of the Tony award winning musical Rent in Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore. Ö

FROM WIKIPEDIA

Rachel Alejandro


The couple during Carlosí pamanhikan in November last year, with (from left) Rachelís dad Hajji Alejandro, her ĎMommy managerí Girlie Rodis, Rachelís mom Myrna Demauro and Rachelís grandmother Nena Alejandro.

About Rachel Alejandro Santamaria

Birth name
Rachel Jingco Alejandro

Born
February 18, 1974 (age 40)[1]
Manila, Philippines[1]

Origin
Philippines

Occupations
Musician, Actress, Stage Actress, Composer, Entrepreneur

Years active
1986-present

Associated acts
Hajji Alejandro

Website
www.rachelalejandro.com

Rachel Alejandro (Born February 18, 1974 in Manila, Philippines)[1] is a Filipino singer and actress.

She is currently married to Carlos SantaMaria (married April 9,2012). She is currently residing in Makati.

Early life

Rachel's mother and father separated when she was four. Her mother (Myrna Jingco) remarried (now Myrna J. Demauro) and moved to the US. Together with dad Hajji and his new partner, the late Rio Diaz, Rachel and her sister Barni spent time in Manila and the U.S.

Her theater experience began with The Sound of Music at eight years old, Peter Pan at 15, Noli Me Tangere 18, Alikabok, 21, followed by many more Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal, Larawan, Fire Water Woman,and more recently Rent, Avenue Q in Manila September/December 2007 & in Singapore September/October 2012, & Xanadu September/November/December 2010 for Atlantis Productions. She appeared in an Atlantis Production of Aida as Amneris in June 2011. She accepted the role of Justice in Rock of Ages in the rerun in July 2013.

Career

Rachel Alejandro first entered the world of showbiz at the age of 12, when she was a host on the popular TV show "That's Entertainment." At 15, following her successful TV stint, Rachel recorded her first album, Just A Minute, for Alpha Records. The album spawned several hit songs including the #1 single "Mr. Kupido," as well as "K.S.P. (Kulang Sa Pansin)" and "Kay Tagal." The album went gold and Rachel's recording career was off and running. Her second album, "Watch Me Now," featured a revival of "Nakapagtataka," the signature song of her father, pop icon Hajji Alejandro.

Rachel's powerful rendition of the song earned her the Awit Award for Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist and the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Award for Best Female Singer/Entertainer. May Minamahal, which contained the award-winning single "Babalik-balikan", became Rachel's first platinum album in 1992. That same year, Rachel's career got another boost when she competed at the Golden Stag International Song Festival in Brasov, Romania, winning the award for Best Interpretation of a Romanian Song. Her 1994 album, Sentimental, featured the multi-awarded song "Paalam Na," which Rachel co-wrote with then-boyfriend Dingdong Avanzado.

By 1996, 22-year-old Rachel had already been in showbiz 10 years. She celebrated by releasing an anniversary album and appearing in her first major concert, with guests Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid and the Street Boys.

As Rachel said in an interview with Maryo B Labad, "In the past years, siguro halos lahat nasubukan ko na as far as the entertainment scene is concerned. And my efforts have paid off." Rachel's "Tanging Pangarap" album, her first for Viva Records, was released in 2001.

The carrier single was written by her longtime boyfriend Lee Robin Salazar (whom Rachel has just split up with). It also contains the 2000 Metropop Song Festival winner "Forever And A Day" composed by Angelo Villegas. Recently, Rachel released a self produced album under a distribution agreement with Sony Music Philippines entitled "Believe" with original songs and cover songs from some of her stage musical projects.

Rachel has also enjoyed success as an actress, appearing in many movies and theater productions. Her last major movie was MUMBAKI with Raymart Santiago and directed by Butch Perez for VIVA Films. But she considers herself more of a singer than an actress. She is therefore looking forward to recreating her stage role of Paula in a movie version of the musical LARAWAN sometime next year[when?].

Rachel Alejandro & Carlos Santamaria: Historia de un Amor By Ricky Lo | Updated February 13, 2011 - 12:00am


After getting married on the island of Boracay, Rachel Alejandro and Carlos Santamaria will spend their honeymoon in the Maldives.

Case in point: Rachel Alejandro and Carlos Santamaria who are getting married not once but twice ó first in April in the Philippines and then in Spain also within this year.

The would-be bride needs no introduction.

The would-be groom, 30, is a journalist working for Spanish news agency EFE in Bangkok. Carlos was born in Valencia, Spain, but grew up in Madrid, the US and Switzerland before he moved to Asia in 2006. Thailand is his third Asian post as a journalist, having been stationed in China and the Philippines before.

How did you meet and match?

Rachel: My sister and Sexy Chef Barni set us up. She introduced us during quiz night at a bar. Then the weekend after that, we saw each other by chance at Ruffa Gutierrezís birthday party at Embassy. After the party, Carlos walked me home and asked me to have dinner with him. That was a year and a half ago and now weíre engaged!

What did you find interesting about each other?

Rachel: Heís a geek! But heís also a fearless adventurer. Heís the embodiment of my dream sexy Spanish guy. Too bad he doesnít have the Spanish accent which I find sexy. He sounds American.

Carlos: Yeah I am a bit of a geek, but so is Rachel with vampires! She may be a celebrity but very down-to-earth, and I just never manage to get bored with her.

What do you have in common?

Rachel: Our love for scuba diving and traveling.

Carlos: We both love movies, but Rachel thinks the pictures I like are too depressing and artsy-fartsy.

How did the courtship go?

Rachel: Most nights we would have dinner after he got off from work or if work ended late, he would come over to my place. I thought he liked going to clubs so I always suggested meeting up for drinks with some of my friends. I didnít know that he didnít like going out as much as I did.

Carlos: At first I thought, how come she likes to go out so much? It was a bit exhausting at first... good thing we started out on the weekend trips soon.

Is it healthy for your relationship that only one of you is in showbiz?

Rachel: I asked Carlos before if it would make any difference to him what I did for a living and he said no. Being a singer really is like any other job. I take pride and try to do my best in every show that I do. Only sometimes when weíre on vacation somewhere like Holy Week last year when we were in Ilocos, he found the attention and too many people wanting to take pictures with me a bit intrusive to our privacy. But he understands that itís part of my job. Iím grateful that people like my work and continue to support me as an artist.

Carlos: I donít mind at all, and she makes a lot more money than me so how could I complain?

Both your professions entail a lot of traveling. How do you deal with time away from each other considering that, they say, love makes the heart wander?

Rachel: I try to be in Bangkok with him as much as I can but most days I still find myself here in Manila doing my work with The Sexy Chef, the health food catering company I co-own with my family. Between that and my singing engagements, weíre apart a lot. Itís difficult but we manage by staying in touch on Skype. I have to admit that Iím the one who is having a harder time with it. Carlos is an honest, faithful guy. I know that I donít really have to worry but still itís a challenge for me.

Carlos: I knew it would be hard but so far we have managed. I keep myself busy with what Rachel calls my ďboringĒ books and movies.

Are you close to each otherís families?

Rachel: My family is slowly getting to know and love Carlos. Tita Girlie (Rodis, my manager) who is like my second mom is closest to him. I have not met Carlosí parents and will do so only a couple of days before the wedding in April. Iíve only spoken to his mom on the phone. Both Carlos and I are certain I will get along famously with his parents.

Carlos: I am very close to my parents and have no doubt they will get along with Rachel.

How and when did you realize that you are meant for each other?

Rachel: Iím not a believer in ďmeant to be.Ē I think we all choose our paths including the people we let into our lives. Thanks to my sister, Carlos and I found each other but from that point on, every day we chose to be together. For a while it seemed like the relationship would end because Carlos moved to Bangkok for his job. But in the end our love prevailed. I know when he reads this he will say Iím so cheesy! We both know what we have is pretty special so itís up to us to make it work.

Carlos: That sounds kinda cheesy. I know I love her, and thatís enough for me.

How did the marriage proposal happen?

Rachel and Carlos: It wasnít a proposal. It was a spontaneous common decision we agreed on over a bottle (or two!) of wine on one weekend that we had a rendezvous in Vietnam.

Please describe your planned wedding.

Rachel: The Philippine wedding will be in April in Shangri-La Boracay for only very close family and friends ó only 50 to 60 guests. The sunset ceremony and dinner will be on the beach followed by an after party in the ballroom. There will be special song numbers from me, my dad, Geneva (Cruz, my cousin) and many more. I want it to be as informal as possible. We donít have a wedding coordinator as I donít intend to have the usual traditions and organized program as some weddings do. The mayor will be officiating the ceremony.

Carlos: Then weíll be having another celebration in Valencia, where most of my family live. For other details, ask my mom, sheíll be in charge of organizing everything. I donít know when itíll be possible to set a definite date.

Where will you settle down?

Rachel: Bangkok for now but I will still fly in and out of Manila for singing engagements. We are looking to migrate to the US sometime this year if all goes well.

How are you preparing for your big day?

Rachel: I want to lose about eight pounds for the wedding so Iím currently on the Pounds Away Diet by The Sexy Chef. Itís a nutritionally-balanced calorie controlled diet program created by Barni and Nadine Tengco, US Certified Nutritionist and Weight Loss Expert. The magic ingredient here is moringa (malunggay). It really helps prevent the storage of fat. I want to look absolutely perfect in my wedding gown! To try this or any of our other amazing healthy Diet Programs, book our party catering service or order meals from our new Vegetarian Menu (call The Sexy Chef at 721SEXY[7399], 0917-SXYCHEF [7992433] or log on to www.thesexychef.ph).


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