WATCH, LISTEN: PAOLO VALENCIANO. GARY'S SON, FINDS HIS OWN VOICE 

OCT 6 --PHOTO: Paolo Valenciano promotes his first solo album "Silence Noise."
Leap of faith. This is how Paolo Valenciano describes his recently-launched first solo album “Silence/Noise.” In this interview with Philstar.com and other members of the press, Paolo admits he feels anxious about releasing his own music—especially since he is more known as a concert director and as the son of veteran singer Gary Valenciano. “Itong album na ito, I guess this is the step towards the right direction... I'm afraid of this whole thing, but I'm taking the leap of faith to just do it,” Paolo said. Paolo was also asked: is he willing to choose singing over directing? By Chuck Smith/PHILSTAR. Watch and listen on video below...

ALSO: Direk Paul wants proposal to Toni Gonzaga private, intimate 

OCT 6 ---Paul Soriano: “To be honest with you, I have not thought yet how am I going to propose (to Toni). All I know is, she's the one for me." Philstarc.com/Chuck Smith MANILA, Philippines – Not a few fans expected movie director and producer Paul Soriano to propose to girlfriend Toni Gonzaga during her concert last Friday. After all, the year saw a couple of very public celebrity proposals—particularly Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes' announcement of their engagement on live television and John Prats' flash mob proposal to Isabel Oli at a shopping center in Quezon City. But Paul said he wants to propose to the actress-singer behind the cameras, in a more private setting.

“The proposal will happen behind the camera. I know a lot of Toni's life and our of our relationship are of public interest. But there are certain moments that we want to keep intimate,” he told Philstar.com and other members of the press at the sidelines of the 11th Golden Screen Awards on Saturday. He added, “Of course, we will make kuwento once it all happens. Very soon.” Paul was present during the awards night to represent the 2013 film “Transit,” which he produced. The movie won several awards at the 11th Golden Screen Awards, including the best picture and best director awards. Is he and Toni feel pressured to take their relationship to the next level because of numerous celebrity engagements this year? Other stars who got engaged this year include Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis Escudero, Bianca Gonzales and JC Intal, Aiza Seguerra and Liza Dino, Yeng Constantino and Victor Asuncion, and Chito Miranda and Neri Naig, among others. “I know there are a lot of engagements this year. I guess that's because that is God's perfect time for them. I think we're still waiting for God's perfect time for us,” Paul said. * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Mark: Madame Imelda will probably enjoy the show  

OCT 8 --PHOTO: A first-timer in London’s theater circuit, Mark Bautista (far right) says it’s a big honor for him to play Pres. Ferdinand Marcos (with former First Lady Imelda Marcos) in the musical Here Lies Love which opens tomorrow (Oct. 9) at the National Theatre south of London. Up to now, Mark Bautista told Funfare in an exclusive phone interview yesterday that, although he felt a big relief, the excitement of the first preview of the musical Here Lies Love last Sept. 30 at the National Theatre south of London hasn’t died down. “After the preview,” said Mark who has been continuously rehearsing (and working out) for it since he arrived in London last August, “I almost screamed, ‘I’ve done it!’ Parang wow, could this really be happening? I couldn’t imagine that we’re starting the show already. It felt really good but surreal at the same time.”

Minutes before the curtain rose, Mark recalled praying like he had never prayed before. “Grabe! I was just reciting Bible verse over and over again… ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ I was doing it to keep me calm and confident. It helped.” It helped, too, that there were familiar faces in the audience including Pinky Amador, director Bobby Garcia, Nicholas Haytner (the original director of Miss Saigon) and Jonjon Briones (who, as far as your Funfarer is concerned, now holds the distinction of being the best Engineer so far as he wows SRO audiences at every staging of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theater on London’s West End). “They really boosted my confidence,” added Mark. “Pinalakas nila ang loob ko.” In Here Lies Love, Mark plays Pres. Ferdinand Marcos and Fil-Aussie actress Natalie Mendoza plays Imelda Marcos. The rock musical co-authored by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim traces the life of the former Philippine First Lady (and Estrella Cumpas, the woman said to have raised her) until Madame Imelda and the First Family were forced to leave the country by People Power in 1986. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Kaye Abad ‘very happy’ with Chito-Neri's upcoming wedding

Kaye Abad is happy for the upcoming wedding of Chito Miranda and Neri Naig. Chito was Kaye’s
longtime boyfriend. “Masaya, actually masaya ako for them,” she said during the press conference of “Two Wives” on Tuesday. “They deserve a happy ending talaga sa lahat ng pinagdaanan nila. Finally ito na, happy ending silang dalawa. So masayang-masaya talaga ako para sa kanila.” The Kapamilya actress is also in a relationship with Paul Jake Castillo, who is also one of her closest friends. Kaye said they haven’t seriously talked about settling down, but she surely sees herself as Paul Jake’s wife. “Hindi ko naman siya i-boyfriend kung hindi ko nakikita ang sarili ko sa kanya,” she said.

Meanwhile, Kay said she feels pressured that her upcoming primetime show “Two Wives” will replace the Bea Alonzo-Paulo Avelino drama series “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon.” “Sobrang pressured po kasi ngayon lang din ako nagbida,” she said, laughing. “Kumbaga dati support lang, ang pressure nasa bida. Pero gagawin namin ang lahat, ma-portray namin nang maayos ang characters namin para mapamahal kami sa manonood namin. “Kasi ‘yon lang naman ‘yon, e, ang mapamahal kami sa manonood at mapasaya namin sila. Doon naman talaga kami papatok, para ma-maintain ‘yong magandang istorya, magandang performance naming lahat,” she said. Joining Kaye on the show are Erich Gonzales, Jason Abalos, and Patrick Garcia. It will air on October 13, after “Ikaw Lamang.” THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Kaye Abad has message for ex-BF Chito Miranda 
 
KAYE ABAD: SCREENGRAB FROM ABS-CBN VIDEO. Actress Kaye Abad is happy for former boyfriend, Parokya Ni Edgar vocalist Chito Miranda, who is set to tie the knot with actress Neri Naig. In a press conference for her upcoming series "Two Wives" on Tuesday, Abad said Miranda and Naig deserve to be happy after all the problems they went through. Miranda and Naig were embroiled in a scandal after their sex video circulated online last year. But the couple has since moved on and last May, Miranda proposed marriage to Naig. "Masaya ako for them na finally. 'Yun ang lagi kong sinasabi na masaya ako na they deserve a happy ending talaga na sa lahat nang pinagdaanan nila. Finally eto na, happy ending sila. So masaya ako for them," Abad said.

Asked of how she feels every time people still ask her about Miranda, Abad replied: "I don't mind actually kasi sobrang magkaibigan kami. In fact, invited ako sa kasal niya at OK kami, sobrang good friends kami." "Lahat ng ex ko, lahat sila ay friends ko. Ayaw ko ng may kaaway. Kasi ako kapag nagre-relasyon lahat sila ay matagal, may seven years, may three years, so nagiging close ako sa family. So as much as possible ayaw ko ng samaan ng loob kasi nagiging kaibigan mo 'yung family nila," she added. Abad is currently dating "Pinoy Big Brother" alumnus Paul Jake Castillo. The actress revealed that she also sees herself marrying Castillo in the future. "Unang una hindi ko siya ibo-boyfrind kung hindi ko nakikita ang sarili ko sa kanya," Abad said. "Two Wives" will debut on Monday, October 13, after "Ikaw Lamang."  THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Sarah Geronimo is ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ in latest album  

Sarah Geronimo’s 11th studio album, the all-original “Perfectly Imperfect,” is a satisfying blend of career-reinventing dance tracks and gorgeously sung ballads, carefully crafted to please her followers. You need not be a Popster to notice how comfortable the 26-year-old Popstar Princess has become with her perceived strengths and limitations as a performer. Take “Until Forever” and “In Your Hands.” Geronimo could have turned Agat Obar Morallos’ message-driven numbers into rabble-rousing anthems that demand listeners’ attention, the way Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” and Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love” did in their heyday.

In lieu of Sarah’s surprisingly “birit”-free singing are complex vocal tweaks and turns that make the tracks’ melodic ebbs and flows alluringly idiosyncratic. Her sassy, R‘n’B-style improvisations likewise sound sensational in Gianina Camille del Rosario and Julius James “Bojam” de Belen’s “Minamahal,” especially in the section of the tune where emotional urgency is heightened. Kito Romualdez’s “This Fight” recalls the piano-and-strings allure of David Pomeranz’s musical fairy tales. * READ MORE...


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WATCH: Paolo Valenciano, Gary V's son, finds his own voice


Paolo Valenciano promotes his first solo album "Silence Noise." Philstar.com/Chuck Smith

MANILA, OCTOBER 13, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  By Chuck Smith - Leap of faith. This is how Paolo Valenciano describes his recently-launched first solo album “Silence/Noise.”

In this interview with Philstar.com and other members of the press, Paolo admits he feels anxious about releasing his own music—especially since he is more known as a concert director and as the son of veteran singer Gary Valenciano.

“Itong album na ito, I guess this is the step towards the right direction... I'm afraid of this whole thing, but I'm taking the leap of faith to just do it,” Paolo said.

Paolo was also asked: is he willing to choose singing over directing?

Watch and listen here:
http://youtu.be/dVRsZZZPFbk


Paolo Valenciano - Tagulan (Silence/Noise Listening Party) Paolo Valenciano Paolo Valenciano

Published on Aug 26, 2014 "silence/noise" listening party presented by SoundCheck.

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sound engineer: Noel De Brackinghe
set design: Otto Hernandez coverage: Zach Sycip Rinka Sycip Nicollo Lopez Paolo Jaminola Magic Liwanag Production Manager: Koi Busalla

Special Thanks:
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Direk Paul wants proposal to Toni Gonzaga private, intimate By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated October 6, 2014 - 3:29pm 18 33 googleplus0 0


Paul Soriano: “To be honest with you, I have not thought yet how am I going to propose (to Toni). All I know is, she's the one for me." Philstarc.com/Chuck Smith

MANILA, Philippines – Not a few fans expected movie director and producer Paul Soriano to propose to girlfriend Toni Gonzaga during her concert last Friday.

After all, the year saw a couple of very public celebrity proposals—particularly Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes' announcement of their engagement on live television and John Prats' flash mob proposal to Isabel Oli at a shopping center in Quezon City.

But Paul said he wants to propose to the actress-singer behind the cameras, in a more private setting.

“The proposal will happen behind the camera. I know a lot of Toni's life and our of our relationship are of public interest. But there are certain moments that we want to keep intimate,” he told Philstar.com and other members of the press at the sidelines of the 11th Golden Screen Awards on Saturday.

He added, “Of course, we will make kuwento once it all happens. Very soon.”

Paul was present during the awards night to represent the 2013 film “Transit,” which he produced. The movie won several awards at the 11th Golden Screen Awards, including the best picture and best director awards.

Is he and Toni feel pressured to take their relationship to the next level because of numerous celebrity engagements this year? Other stars who got engaged this year include Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis Escudero, Bianca Gonzales and JC Intal, Aiza Seguerra and Liza Dino, Yeng Constantino and Victor Asuncion, and Chito Miranda and Neri Naig, among others.


TONI AND PAUL

“I know there are a lot of engagements this year. I guess that's because that is God's perfect time for them. I think we're still waiting for God's perfect time for us,” Paul said.

* He added they're still enjoying “the successes of our individual careers.” Toni, for instance, had a concert, a box office hit movie, and a new album this year. Meanwhile, Paul reaping his success as a movie producer for films such as “Transit” and this year's “Dagitab” and “Mariquina.”

“No pressure... We have the rest of our lives to enjoy each other. So right now, focus muna sa career,” he said.

But Paul teases that the proposal could happen “very soon.”

“To be honest with you, I have not thought yet how am I going to propose. All I know is, she's the one for me. I'm still finding that way to propose,” he admits.

He added: “Maybe just like how do my films—I need to come up with this fresh and unique idea. Toni's hard to surprise. Toni's hard to catch, she's always so busy. So I need to find a right way to do it. And I know it will happen.”

The award-winning director-producer just finished working on “Kid Kulafu,” a movie about the childhood of boxer Manny Pacquiao.

“The film focuses on the first 15 years of his life and he became the successful boxer that he is today,” Paul said. “I'm gonna show you how he grew up, how he fell in love with boxing and how he worked hard.”

Mark: Madame Imelda will probably enjoy the show FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 8, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


A first-timer in London’s theater circuit, Mark Bautista (far right) says it’s a big honor for him to play Pres. Ferdinand Marcos (with former First Lady Imelda Marcos) in the musical Here Lies Love which opens tomorrow (Oct. 9) at the National Theatre south of London

Up to now, Mark Bautista told Funfare in an exclusive phone interview yesterday that, although he felt a big relief, the excitement of the first preview of the musical Here Lies Love last Sept. 30 at the National Theatre south of London hasn’t died down.

“After the preview,” said Mark who has been continuously rehearsing (and working out) for it since he arrived in London last August, “I almost screamed, ‘I’ve done it!’ Parang wow, could this really be happening? I couldn’t imagine that we’re starting the show already. It felt really good but surreal at the same time.”

Minutes before the curtain rose, Mark recalled praying like he had never prayed before.

“Grabe! I was just reciting Bible verse over and over again… ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ I was doing it to keep me calm and confident. It helped.”

It helped, too, that there were familiar faces in the audience including Pinky Amador, director Bobby Garcia, Nicholas Haytner (the original director of Miss Saigon) and Jonjon Briones (who, as far as your Funfarer is concerned, now holds the distinction of being the best Engineer so far as he wows SRO audiences at every staging of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theater on London’s West End).

“They really boosted my confidence,” added Mark. “Pinalakas nila ang loob ko.”

In Here Lies Love, Mark plays Pres. Ferdinand Marcos and Fil-Aussie actress Natalie Mendoza plays Imelda Marcos. The rock musical co-authored by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim traces the life of the former Philippine First Lady (and Estrella Cumpas, the woman said to have raised her) until Madame Imelda and the First Family were forced to leave the country by People Power in 1986.

* There’s a scene involving controversial Hollywood starlet Dovie Beams who figured prominently in those uncertain times. During Funfare’s exclusive interview with Mark in his dressing room at the National Theatre complex, we caught him reading a book about Beams. Mark, who turned 29 on Aug. 10, was only starting to walk and talk during the Marcos Years so he has no recollection about that era.

“I have to read as many books as I could about the Marcoses,” Mark shared.

The Dovie Beams portion is, according to Mark, short.

“It’s not malaswa,” he added. “It has to be in the story.”

Mark is hoping that Madame Imelda would watch the show since, Mark learned, she’s going to London this month for a speaking engagement at Oxford. Here Lies Love opens its regular run at the National Theatre tomorrow (Oct. 9) after a series of previews, until January next year. Mark met with Madame Imelda at her office before he left for London.

Asked if Madame Imelda would like the show, Mark said, “She may or may not like it, depending on how she would interpret it. But I’m sure she will appreciate the hard work and the honor that the show is giving her. The show doesn’t put her in a bad might. She’ll probably like it.”

Besides mounting the international stage for the first time (after only two theater performances back home, Noli Me Tangere and Full Monty), what Mark finds challenging about Here Lies Love (aside from the giving justice to the Marcos role) is the physical demands.

“I’ve been working out so hard to maintain my stamina,” said Mark, “and protecting my voice from the cold weather. I’m determined to give my best in every performance. I have to think that I’m only as good as my last show.”

Any special preparation for the Oct. 9 opening?

“I just need enough sleep so my voice will be in shape. I have to give my 100 percent.”

Briefly Noted

= Mark Mabasa (and his band Lowcal) are competing with 11 other groups at the Cotai Jazz & Blues Festival to be held Oct. 9 to 12 at The Venetian in Macau. Handpicked from 180 bands from around the world, Lowcal is the only band from the Philippines that made it to the competition in which at stake is a cash prize of HKD550,000. Other countries competing are Brazil, Taiwan, Hungary, USA, Hong Kong, India, Mozambique, France and Portugal.

= Lav Diaz is among cinema legends honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) through Polaroid portraits displayed on the walls of the society’s venues, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and the Walter Reade Theater. The others include Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford and Pedro Almodovar. FSLC president Daniel H. Stern said that the project features some 300 photos of directors and actors, hailed as New York Film Festival A-Listers who have passed through the FSLC. — CELSO DE GUZMAN CAPARAS

Kaye Abad ‘very happy’ with Chito-Neri's upcoming wedding By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated October 7, 2014 - 5:25pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Kaye Abad on Chito Miranda-Neri Naig wedding: “They deserve a happy ending talaga sa lahat ng pinagdaanan nila.” Joyce Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines- Kaye Abad is happy for the upcoming wedding of Chito Miranda and Neri Naig.

Chito was Kaye’s longtime boyfriend.

“Masaya, actually masaya ako for them,” she said during the press conference of “Two Wives” on Tuesday. “They deserve a happy ending talaga sa lahat ng pinagdaanan nila. Finally ito na, happy ending silang dalawa. So masayang-masaya talaga ako para sa kanila.”

The Kapamilya actress is also in a relationship with Paul Jake Castillo, who is also one of her closest friends.

Kaye said they haven’t seriously talked about settling down, but she surely sees herself as Paul Jake’s wife.

“Hindi ko naman siya i-boyfriend kung hindi ko nakikita ang sarili ko sa kanya,” she said.

Meanwhile, Kay said she feels pressured that her upcoming primetime show “Two Wives” will replace the Bea Alonzo-Paulo Avelino drama series “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon.”

“Sobrang pressured po kasi ngayon lang din ako nagbida,” she said, laughing. “Kumbaga dati support lang, ang pressure nasa bida. Pero gagawin namin ang lahat, ma-portray namin nang maayos ang characters namin para mapamahal kami sa manonood namin.

“Kasi ‘yon lang naman ‘yon, e, ang mapamahal kami sa manonood at mapasaya namin sila. Doon naman talaga kami papatok, para ma-maintain ‘yong magandang istorya, magandang performance naming lahat,” she said.

Joining Kaye on the show are Erich Gonzales, Jason Abalos, and Patrick Garcia. It will air on October 13, after “Ikaw Lamang.”

FROM ABS-CBN NEWS

Kaye Abad has message for ex-BF Chito Miranda By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 10/07/2014 3:59 PM | Updated as of 10/07/2014 6:45 PM


SCREENGRAB FROM ABS-CBN VIDEO: Katherine Grace Cosme Abad (born May 17, 1982), better known as Kaye Abad, is an American-born Filipino actress. She is the sister of former child star Sarah Jane Abad-Contreras, who is now married to Kamikazee's lead singer, Jay Contreras. She is a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic. She was launched as a member of Star Circle (now Star Magic Batch 3) in 1993. She recently starred in the television series Annaliza in 2013.

MANILA - Actress Kaye Abad is happy for former boyfriend, Parokya Ni Edgar vocalist Chito Miranda, who is set to tie the knot with actress Neri Naig.

In a press conference for her upcoming series "Two Wives" on Tuesday, Abad said Miranda and Naig deserve to be happy after all the problems they went through.

Miranda and Naig were embroiled in a scandal after their sex video circulated online last year. But the couple has since moved on and last May, Miranda proposed marriage to Naig.

"Masaya ako for them na finally. 'Yun ang lagi kong sinasabi na masaya ako na they deserve a happy ending talaga na sa lahat nang pinagdaanan nila. Finally eto na, happy ending sila. So masaya ako for them," Abad said.

Asked of how she feels every time people still ask her about Miranda, Abad replied: "I don't mind actually kasi sobrang magkaibigan kami. In fact, invited ako sa kasal niya at OK kami, sobrang good friends kami."

"Lahat ng ex ko, lahat sila ay friends ko. Ayaw ko ng may kaaway. Kasi ako kapag nagre-relasyon lahat sila ay matagal, may seven years, may three years, so nagiging close ako sa family. So as much as possible ayaw ko ng samaan ng loob kasi nagiging kaibigan mo 'yung family nila," she added.

Abad is currently dating "Pinoy Big Brother" alumnus Paul Jake Castillo.

The actress revealed that she also sees herself marrying Castillo in the future. "Unang una hindi ko siya ibo-boyfrind kung hindi ko nakikita ang sarili ko sa kanya," Abad said.

"Two Wives" will debut on Monday, October 13, after "Ikaw Lamang."

FROM THE INQUIRER

Sarah Geronimo is ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ in latest album
By Rito P. Asilo | Philippine Daily InquirerOctober 11, 2014 | 12:51 am


GERONIMO. Comfortable with her perceived strengths and limitations.

Sarah Geronimo’s 11th studio album, the all-original “Perfectly Imperfect,” is a satisfying blend of career-reinventing dance tracks and gorgeously sung ballads, carefully crafted to please her followers. You need not be a Popster to notice how comfortable the 26-year-old Popstar Princess has become with her perceived strengths and limitations as a performer.

Take “Until Forever” and “In Your Hands.” Geronimo could have turned Agat Obar Morallos’ message-driven numbers into rabble-rousing anthems that demand listeners’ attention, the way Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” and Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love” did in their heyday. In lieu of Sarah’s surprisingly “birit”-free singing are complex vocal tweaks and turns that make the tracks’ melodic ebbs and flows alluringly idiosyncratic.

Her sassy, R‘n’B-style improvisations likewise sound sensational in Gianina Camille del Rosario and Julius James “Bojam” de Belen’s “Minamahal,” especially in the section of the tune where emotional urgency is heightened. Kito Romualdez’s “This Fight” recalls the piano-and-strings allure of David Pomeranz’s musical fairy tales.

* Morallos’ “Kung Sabagay” is worth listening to not only due to Sarah’s soulful interpretation, but also because it draws its distinctly Pinoy sensibility from the elegiac appeal of its bittersweet lyrics: “(Ako’y) karamay sa paglalakbay/ ‘Di kailanman nawalay/ At hawak ko ang iyong kamay maging hanggang sa kabilang buhay.”

Geronimo takes a crack at reinvention by way of Adam Hurstfield’s compositions, which give the songstress some elbow room to “experiment” with her maturing musicality: She needs to work on the clarity of her enunciation, however.

Having said that, Hurstfield’s songs alternately showcase Sarah’s hefty low notes and confident high registers, and channel the thrilling trills of Christina Aguilera (in “Perfectly Imperfect”) and the persuasive electropop sizzle of the Black Eyed Peas (“Last Night of Our Lives,” featuring Yehia “Celeb” Akbar)—and that’s no easy feat!

Tunes about loving and losing are given a “youthening” spin by the dynamic songwriting duo of Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana: “Dulo” is about a romance on the verge of collapse (“Ang dating walang hanggan, naging hanggang dito na lang”), while the midtempo carrier track, “Kilometro,” laments the difficulty of maintaining a relationship: “Bakit ba itong agwat natin pinipilit palawakin?/ Pero habang merong bumabalakid, ang pag-ibig lumalalim.” —Hopefully not a case of art imitating life!


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