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BOY ABUNDA PRAYS FOR 'PEACE, LOVE' BETWEEN KRIS, AI AI

PHOTO: Boy Abunda receives his Best Public Affairs Program Host trophy for his show. Photo by Nimfa Chua, ABS-CBNnews.com-- MANILA – Among the things that Boy Abunda is praying for this Christmas season is the reconciliation of his two good friends, Kris Aquino and Ai Ai delas Alas. In an interview with ABS-CBN News on the sidelines of the 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV on Sunday, Abunda said he is still hoping that the two can iron out their differences soon. “[I pray for] peace and prosperity and love. Sino ba naman ang hindi magdadasal na sana magkaayos-ayos ang magkakaibigan? That’s one of my prayers,” he said. The rift between the two allegedly stemmed from Aquino's absence while Delas Alas was mourning the death of her biological mother. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO GULF TABLOID! Interview: Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera’s ‘royal’ wedding 

Image Credit: Gulf News Archives Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes. Before the year ends, the Philippines will witness the much awaited “royal wedding” of the year as celebrity couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes exchange I do’s on December 30 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City. The wedding proposal, which was dubbed the “royal engagement of the year”, was aired on national television on August 9 during GMA-7’s primetime dance show Marian. The couple were seen crying when Dantes knelt down and professed his love for Rivera. Prior to the televised proposal, the two admitted that they had been engaged since 2012. Dantes first proposed to Rivera at the Butterfly Pavilion, MGM, Macau in August 2012 and he said that he wanted to propose again to Rivera because he wanted “to do it right this time”. READ FULL REPORT AND FULL GULF TABLOID! INTERVIEW...

ALSO: Robin, Vina ‘rekindle’ old flame at Bonifacio Day celebration

DEC 1 --Robin Padilla and Vina Morales show they still have what it takes to give younger love teams a run for their money during the Bonifacio Day celebration in Caloocan City on Sunday. The former lovers led a whole-day program that commemorated the birth of Andres Bonifacio. It also served to promote the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo,” which stars Robin and Vina. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Lea wows ‘em at Solaire Theatre opening

DEC 1--PHOTO: Lea Salonga at Solaire’s The Theatre: Hypnotizing as ever.— Photos by VER PAULINO MANILA, Philippines - There is a lot going for the venue called The Theatre, which was formally introduced to the public last Nov. 26 at the Solaire in Pasay City. It is on the other far end of Mall of Asia almost approaching coastal road and is easy to see as it is part of the resort and casino complex. Solaire president and COO Thomas Arasi and VP for brand and marketing Jasper Evangelista called it their newest crown jewel and indeed, its features are pretty impressive. It has a capacity of 1,760, which makes it ideal for musical theater, opera, symphonic concerts and ballet, among others. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Big stars gather for The Theatre opening 

The much-awaited The Theatre at Solaire formally opened Wednesday evening with a spectacle that brought together Filipino music, theater and dance artists. Solaire Resort and Casino’s new director for entertainment, singer-actor Audie Gemora, opened the show with a dazzling number, “Putting It Together.” This was followed by a classical music piece by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Gerard Salonga. The orchestra also provided accompaniment for succeeding performances. The Philippine Opera Company, led by sopranos Myramae Meneses, Karla Gutierrez and Camille Lopez-Molina, sang excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Ballet Manila presented a number from “Sleeping Beauty.”  READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: The true story behind Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, other Filipino songs 

The Cebuanos and other friends from the Visayas have been asking me “to set the record straight,” something which I already did years ago when the “issue” came up. Actually, I have forgotten that I did, until a reader sent me a copy of my story titled “Where credit is due” which was about the true story behind Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit and other Visayan songs told in a letter to Funfare in May 2002 from Ivar Tulfo Gica, founder-trustee of the Kultura Bisaya Foundation, Inc. and president of the Rotary Club of Manila East (1991-92). He also clarified certain misconceptions about some classical Filipino songs and, yes, helped me “set the record straight.” READ FULL REPORT...

(ALSO) Dubai: Warm welcome for Kapuso ‘royalty’

PHOTO: Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera enjoy quality time on the long flight --The year 2014 has been an eventful one for the Kapuso Royal Couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera. With the high-rating drama series Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real for Dingdong and an eponymous dance show for Marian now on its second season, followed by an on-air wedding proposal and a string of bridal showers and bachelor parties, the Kapuso Primetime King and Queen seem truly blessed both in their professional and personal lives. As their wedding day nears, Dingdong and Marian manage to find a balance between their work life and the preparations for their upcoming nuptials. Amidst hectic schedules, the couple still finds time to share their journey with fans from all over the world. READ FULL REPORT...


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Boy Abunda prays for 'peace, love' between Kris, Ai Ai 


Boy Abunda receives his Best Public Affairs Program Host trophy for his show. Photo by Nimfa Chua, ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, DECEMBER 1, 2014 (ABS-CBN) Posted at 11/25/2014 11:29 AM – Among the things that Boy Abunda is praying for this Christmas season is the reconciliation of his two good friends, Kris Aquino and Ai Ai delas Alas.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on the sidelines of the 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV on Sunday, Abunda said he is still hoping that the two can iron out their differences soon.

“[I pray for] peace and prosperity and love. Sino ba naman ang hindi magdadasal na sana magkaayos-ayos ang magkakaibigan? That’s one of my prayers,” he said.

The rift between the two allegedly stemmed from Aquino's absence while Delas Alas was mourning the death of her biological mother.

Aquino was in London when Delas Alas' mother passed away.

Meanwhile, Abunda happily shared that he is now back to normal months after he was hospitalized due to an abscess in his liver.

“I am fully restored, I am fully recovered. Sa lahat ng nagdasal, maraming, maraming salamat. Sobrang okay na. Nakikita ko na ang araw kapag umaga,” he said.

Following his full recovery, Abunda said he only wants to be better at work this time and spend time with his loved ones.

The PMPC recognized Abunda’s show “The Bottomline” as Best Public Affairs Program.

“You never get used to winning. After all these years, sabi ko nga I have a Hall of Fame award for showbiz-oriented talk show host. Akala ko noon masasanay ako sa pagtanggap ng mga parangal. Hindi. It’s always like you’re getting it for the first time,” he said.

“We should be better. We don’t have an excuse not to be better… Parang kapag nakakatanggap ka ng ganitong mga parangal, it humbles you and you remain a student and you keep on learning,” he added.


FROM GULF NEWS

Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera’s ‘royal’ wedding By Irish Eden Belleza, VideographerPublished: 21:00 November 6, 2014Tabloid GULF NEWS

Tabloid! speaks to the couple about their impending nuptials and their Dubai show


Image Credit: Gulf News Archives Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes.

Before the year ends, the Philippines will witness the much awaited “royal wedding” of the year as celebrity couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes exchange I do’s on December 30 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City.

The wedding proposal, which was dubbed the “royal engagement of the year”, was aired on national television on August 9 during GMA-7’s primetime dance show Marian.

The couple were seen crying when Dantes knelt down and professed his love for Rivera. Prior to the televised proposal, the two admitted that they had been engaged since 2012.

Dantes first proposed to Rivera at the Butterfly Pavilion, MGM, Macau in August 2012 and he said that he wanted to propose again to Rivera because he wanted “to do it right this time”.

The couple’s love story started to unfold when they were paired in the television soap opera Marimar in 2007.

They became inseparable when the soap ended, solidifying their erstwhile on-and-off screen romance. The 34-year-old Dantes and 30-year-old Rivera are one of the couples in Philippine showbiz whose relationship has withered many trials through the years. They are also one of the most celebrated couples of their generation.

tabloid! got the chance to talk to the “royal couple” prior to their show in Dubai on Friday. The Kapuso prime-time king and queen will be joined by Julie Anne San Jose in a show dubbed Kapusong Pinoy sa Dubai at the Global Village in Dubai.

Rivera and Dantes, who are both not new in Dubai, tell fans what they can expect during the show as they also reminisce their memorable experiences in the emirate.

“I always look forward to going to other places like here in Dubai,” says Rivera. “Every time I perform to Filipinos abroad, I feel so excited and happy because I can bring happiness and smiles to them.”

Rivera is also looking forward to visiting various places in Dubai after the show with husband-to-be Dantes.

“The last time I was here I was not able to go around, so hopefully on Saturday we can explore more the place.”

On his second time in Dubai, Dantes says he is eager to meet fans and simply have fun on Friday. Moreover, he reveals the couple will doing photoshoots in the emirate for their wedding.

“I’m also excited to go around Dubai with Marian. In fact, we will be doing some of our pre-nuptial shoots here in Dubai, so expect that the beautiful places here in Dubai will be part of our pre-nuptial wedding pictorials and shoots.”

Q&A with Rivera and Dantes

In less than two months you will be exchanging I do’s. Can you briefly talk about the preparations for your big wedding day?

Rivera: So far so good, things are going smoothly. Though there are minute details to work on, but so far it’s really smooth sailing.

What is it like to be known as “the royal couple of the year”? Do you feel the pressure and high expectations?

Dantes: Marian and I are just simple persons. We are thankful that they considered us the so-called “royal couple”, but we just want to enjoy the moment and be the happiest persons on our wedding day.

Gulf News did an interview with Filipino Dubai-based fashion designer Michael Cinco and he confirmed that he will be designing Marian’s wedding gown. He said he was really delighted to be chosen for the job. Why did you choose Cinco among other Filipino fashion designers?

Rivera: Yes, Michael Cinco will be designing my wedding gown. Ever since, I have always been a fan of Michael Cinco. I really like his designs, his works and its always my dream to wear a gown made by him. So now it’s a dream come true — he will be doing my gown on my wedding day.

There were also some reports that another Filipino fashion designer, Francis Libiran, would be designing your wedding gown. Will you be having two gowns, one each for the ceremony and reception, perhaps?

Rivera: Yes he will be doing a gown also for me, but that will be for my soltera [a party for the bride before the wedding].
 
There are media reports mentioning that December 30 is not a good date for a wedding according to Feng Shui. What are your thoughts on this and do you believe in Feng Shui and other superstitions?

Rivera:
For me and Dong, that doesn’t matter to us. We don’t believe in that. As long as we love each other and exchange our promises and marriage vows in church with the blessings of God almighty, that is what’s more important to us.

[The couple originally chose December 8, but the Immaculate Conception Church will not be available because it will be celebrating the Immaculate Conception on that day.]

Will Marian’s father be going to the Philippines during the big day?

Rivera: Yes, he will and I’m so happy that he can attend my wedding day. [Rivera’s Spanish father lives in Spain].

Can you talk about the preparations you are making for this big lifestyle change, being husband and wife? Do you feel excited about it?

Dantes: I think anyone who’s going to this stage in life will be very excited and will be doing big preparations. So I’m looking forward to it to continue the journey of our lives together.

Rivera: I’m so happy and excited that finally I’ll be with Dong for the rest of my life. There will be changes, of course, but once we are married I want to focus on our family.

Is it true that President Benigno Aquino III will be attending the wedding? Is he a principal sponsor?

Dantes: For personal reasons, the President does not accept to be a principal sponsor or ninong in a wedding, which I truly understand and respect. When we invited him to attend our wedding, so far his schedule is clear so hopefully he can really be part of our special day. But again, he is the President of the Philippines and on duty 24/7, so we’ll see. Hopefully he can attend.

Will your wedding day be open to the public? Will there be television coverage or would you rather have a private affair?

Dantes: We want our wedding to be intimate and private — it’s our special day. Regarding televised coverage, we will see, but as of the moment we want it to be more intimate and private. At the same time, we also want to share the happiest moment of our lives with our fans, but there’s no definite details yet if ever we will have television coverage.

Where do you plan to have your honeymoon?

Dantes: Marian and I really want to explore the beautiful islands of the Philippines, so for sure we will be going around the Philippines. We really also want [Marian’s] dad, who’s from Spain,to see the beautiful places there.

After your wedding, can your fans expect more projects for both of you or will you lie low from your showbiz commitments?

Rivera: I don’t want to call it lying low, but of course my soon-to-be family will be my priority, especially if we will have our children later on. But as of now my Marian show will be airing until December this year.

Dantes: We love to do things together, so as a husband and wife we will have all the time together after the wedding, but we will still be active in showbiz. Whatever opportunities come our way, we are very flexible and happy to do it.


FROM PHILSTAR

Robin, Vina ‘rekindle’ old flame at Bonifacio Day celebration By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated December 1, 2014 - 12:11am 2 14 googleplus0 0


Robin Padilla and Vina Morales at the Bonifacio Day celebration of the cast of the Metro Manila Film Festival entry "Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo" in Caloocan City on Sunday. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines - Robin Padilla and Vina Morales show they still have what it takes to give younger love teams a run for their money during the Bonifacio Day celebration in Caloocan City on Sunday.

The former lovers led a whole-day program that commemorated the birth of Andres Bonifacio. It also served to promote the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo,” which stars Robin and Vina.

WATCH: 'Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo' trailer

In an interview with Philstar.com and other members of the press at the sidelines of the Bonifacio Day event, Vina said she considered Robin as her favorite leading man.

Vina and Robin starred in a number of movies during the 90s, including two installments of the hit romantic-comedy movie “Ang Utol Kong Hoodulum.”

“Spoiled kaya ako sa set! Kaya favorite ko siya," the actress quipped. “I appreciate that na napaka-down-to-earth siya and very loving.”

“Nung nag-meeting kami ni direk (‘Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo’ director Enzo Williams), ang unang-una niyang sinabi ang gusto niyang ka-partner ko, relax lang. ‘Yung hindi pa kayo nagsasalita, sumasabog na yung screen,’ sabi niya. Ah, sabi ko, walang iba d’yan kundi si Vina,” Robin said.

The actor said even his wife Mariel Rodriguez is a fan of the Robin-Vina love team.


FROM PHILSTAR

Lea wows ‘em at Solaire Theatre opening By Pablo A. Tariman (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 1, 2014 - 12:00am 0 14 googleplus0 0


Lea Salonga at Solaire’s The Theatre: Hypnotizing as ever.— Photos by VER PAULINO

MANILA, Philippines - There is a lot going for the venue called The Theatre, which was formally introduced to the public last Nov. 26 at the Solaire in Pasay City.

It is on the other far end of Mall of Asia almost approaching coastal road and is easy to see as it is part of the resort and casino complex.

Solaire president and COO Thomas Arasi and VP for brand and marketing Jasper Evangelista called it their newest crown jewel and indeed, its features are pretty impressive.

It has a capacity of 1,760, which makes it ideal for musical theater, opera, symphonic concerts and ballet, among others.

Its backstage amenities are even more revealing. It has 12 fully-furnished dressing rooms, an accommodating green room, a multi-purpose rehearsal studio, a black box performance space, laundry and wardrobe rooms, production spaces and an extensive TV monitor and communications system.

It is easy to bring in elaborate ballet and opera sets with its same-level loading dock, ample wing space, 62 fly lines, a trap door area and a versatile orchestra pit with hydraulic systems.

123456 Morissette, Sam Concepcion, Karylle and Christian Bautista In the preview concert, the orchestra is right behind the soloists in another level.

The first good thing about the theater staff is that its entertainment director is actor-director Audie Gemora who knows theater requirements inside and out.

He made a mini-musical explaining how the theater came about, the people involved and what they contributed, and how they can serve the performing arts and its public.

For this concertgoer schooled in the natural acoustics of Philamlife Theater and the CCP, the state-of-the-art theater equipment of Solaire is total strange territory.

Technical director Shax Siasoco (he was the one who invited me to the opening) gave me an idea shortly before the program started. The Theatre has something for rock and pop concerts but it has something for the classical events as well.

All it needed was to push a button and voila — you have natural acoustics “without microphones” for the sound-conscious opera singers and instrumentalists.

Conductor Gerard Salonga made it all comprehensible by letting a trumpet player play with microphones and later, without them.

One liked what one heard.

To further demonstrate his point, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra performed with soloists who must have been relieved of not worrying how they would sound in that new venue. The theater technology took care of all that.

Karla Gutierrez rendered a profoundly moving O mio babbino caro, soprano Myramae Meneses was a youthful Druid priestess in Casta diva (from Norma) and her solid notes are echoes of Edita Gruberova, another distinguished Norma of her generation.

Soprano Camille Lopez-Molina carved a well-defined Ritorna vincitor (from Aida) in flaming red gown, which was just right for the Carmen number. The ensemble singing in Libiamo (Traviata) still sounded natural.

All throughout the classical numbers, Gerard showed a keen affinity with the singers even as the orchestra was in an elevated area — not in the same floor level of the soloists.

Under him, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic showed it can do excellent work as accompanists and with all the nuances of the arias evenly projected from beginning to end. There was a magical way the orchestra would end a piece long after the singer had sung the last phrase.

Gerard was even more astounding accompanying Lisa Macuja-Elizalde in the Rose Adagio (from Sleeping Beauty) for five cavaliers with Ballet Manila danseurs. The tempo was just right, the turns of phrasing perfect for the dancer’s feet and that allowed Lisa to focus on her balance with nary a scary thought of notes going ahead or behind her toes.

Lisa also showed how it is dancing at age 50. In that demanding excerpt, she still looked luminous and confident. (On the other hand, that seamless Rose Adagio made other dance numbers in the program look utterly pedestrian.)

The rest of the program showed that The Theatre can mount concerts with varied persuasions from musicals to OPM with superb numbers from Isay Alvarez, Robert Seña, Christian Bautista, Sam Concepcion and Karylle, among others.

Lea Salonga closed the Broadway Suite with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and emerged a totally hypnotizing performer no matter how many times you have heard that medley.

The way she became the character she was singing and making every song deeply felt gave her an edge without meaning to.

The perfect rapport with her conductor-brother was a joy to watch and you can see how well they work hard to give justice to the music.

Seeing conductor Gerard do well both in pop and classical — and making a mark in both — is a good portent of how our young conductors are doing well and can now afford to remain guilt-free about “committing mortal sins” in the pop genre.

In the same manner that The Theatre is not just for classical events but also for other forms of entertainment from ballroom dancing to fashion shows and beauty pageants, among others.

For this old-school concertgoer, that Solaire opening was a fairly good schooling in theater acoustics, especially in the area of state-of-the-art.

In one’s time, one tested acoustics of possible venues by simply clapping one’s hands and waiting for the sound to bounce back or fade.

In The Theatre of Solaire, all you need is to push a button and there goes your desired sound. Only three theaters in Asia have this facility and one savored it with joy in the theater opening last night.


FROM THE INQUIRER

Big stars gather for The Theatre opening Allan Policarpio @alpolicarpio Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:09 AM | Monday, December 1st, 2014

The much-awaited The Theatre at Solaire formally opened Wednesday evening with a spectacle that brought together Filipino music, theater and dance artists.

Solaire Resort and Casino’s new director for entertainment, singer-actor Audie Gemora, opened the show with a dazzling number, “Putting It Together.” This was followed by a classical music piece by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Gerard Salonga. The orchestra also provided accompaniment for succeeding performances.

The Philippine Opera Company, led by sopranos Myramae Meneses, Karla Gutierrez and Camille Lopez-Molina, sang excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Ballet Manila presented a number from “Sleeping Beauty.”

Robert Seña, the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, Karylle, Myke Salomon, Aicelle Santos and Isay Alvarez performed a medley of songs from some of the most successful Filipino musicals, including “Rak of Aegis” and “Katy.”

Sam Concepcion delivered a lively rendition of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” while Ednah Ledesma, The Manoeuvres, 38 Degrees and Regine Tolentino showed off agile moves in their dance numbers.

The pace changed with a medley of OPM hits by Morissette Amon, Christian Bautista, Yeng Constantino and Martin Nievera.

Finally, the main act, Tony Award-winning singer-actress Lea Salonga enchanted with a medley of “Memory,” “I Dreamed a Dream” and “On My Own.” She sang two songs from the musical “Wicked”—“For Good” and “Defying Gravity,” both applauded resoundingly.

Photos by Alanah Torralba


FROM PHILSTAR (FANFARE)

The true story behind Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, other Filipino songs FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 1, 2014 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


—Illustration by PHOEBE MARQUEZ

The Cebuanos and other friends from the Visayas have been asking me “to set the record straight,” something which I already did years ago when the “issue” came up.

Actually, I have forgotten that I did, until a reader sent me a copy of my story titled “Where credit is due” which was about the true story behind Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit and other Visayan songs told in a letter to Funfare in May 2002 from Ivar Tulfo Gica, founder-trustee of the Kultura Bisaya Foundation, Inc. and president of the Rotary Club of Manila East (1991-92).

He also clarified certain misconceptions about some classical Filipino songs and, yes, helped me “set the record straight.”

Here’s Gica’s letter in full (as it appeared in this corner back then) which should clear the matter once and for all: 

I don’t fault people disseminating wrong information because even the book, National Artists of the Philippines, has lapses in recording the works of the late lamented National Artist Levi Celerio. The book lists down Asia’s top Christmas carol, Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, as one of Celerio’s major works. Also, Rosas Pandan as a folk song and its original lyrics as a major work of Celerio. It was, in fact, composed by Pio “Piux” Cabahar. Tinikling, a Waray folk song, was also credited as another major work of Celerio. It could have been from the pen of Justice Norberto Romualdez or poet-composer Iluminado Lucente.

It’s not fair to Mang Levi as well as to the original composers and lyricists of the songs the way credits were endowed by the book.

The original Ang Pasko ay Sumapit is Kasadya Ning Taknaa, which is still the most popular Cebuano Christmas carol in the Visayas and Mindanao and being sung in its original Bisayan lyrics.

The music was composed in 1933 by buddies Vicente Rubi with lyrics by Mariano Vestil, both of Mambaling, Cebu City. With the help of Manuel Velez of Sa Kabukiran fame, it was copyrighted also in 1933.

In the early 1950s, Villar Records bought its rights, recorded and credited the entire work to the two Cebuano chums. The song was used as background music in the film that starred Darmo von Frazier Acosta that wrongly credited Josefino Cenizal as the composer. Cenizal claimed he composed it, inspired by the strains from carolers on the Bantayan shorelines while he was passing through in a banca in Cebu where he evacuated during the war (1942), about a decade after it was copyrighted by Rubi and Vestil.

But even if this was just claimed to be their Tagalog translation, its lyrics suffer in comparison to the spirit and ardor of the jagged musical lines characteristic of Bisayan compositions.

Observe the real McCoy: Kasadya ning taknaa dapit sa Kahimayaan/Maoy among nakita ang tagbalay nga masanagon/Bulahan ug bulahan ang tagbalay nga giawitan (in English: ‘Tis a moment of bliss, next door to Paradise/We behold a beaming family by this song blessed/…), incorporating the translation by Napoleon G. Rama, chairman of the prestigious Kulturang Bisaya Foundation, Inc. whose founding members include Chief Justice Davide, Ombudsman Aniano Desierto, retired Court of Appeals presiding justice Jesus Elbinias, former Sen. Rene Espina, UP President Francisco Nemenzo, ex-UP Pres. Jose Abueva, Concert pianist Ingrid Sala-Santamaria, Dr. Teresita Maceda, Dr. Erlinda Alburo, and others.

Compare the pseudo lyrics: Ang Pasko ay sumapit/tayo ay mangagsiawit/ng magagandang himig (in English: Christmas is here/let us altogether/sing beautiful songs). Such a drab, dispirited translation, a poor parody of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Rosas Pandan was composed by Pio “Piux” Cabahar. Certainly, the book wrongly credited the late Levi Celerio, a Tagalog, to have authored these beautiful original Cebuano music and lyrics: Ani-a si Rosas Pandan/gikan pa intawon sa kabukiran/kaninyo nakig-uban-uban/ninggi saulog sa inyong kalinganwan/balitaw day akong puhunan/maoy kabilin sa akong ginikanan/awit nga labing karaan pa/ug halandumon sa kabukiran (in English: Here’s Rumbling Rose/fresh from the wild woods/joining you in your rejoicing/Only blessed by a Balitaw/a priceless heirloom/of ancient songs/in the wilderness remembered). Could a non-Cebuano-speaking literary talent have penned that?

The original lyrics for Tinikling is in Waray.

Tinikling is about the tikling’s or the heron’s long-legged agility treading the paddy fields and is the rhythmic melodic choreograph of the dance. It has nothing to do with the Tagalog tinik or thorn although the choreography appears to be that of a person whose foot was pricked by thorn and walked in pained gait, but sans the tikling’s agility and grace. Could any non-Waray-speaking talent have written or understood these: An ini nga sayaw an ngaran Tinikling/na sinasabayan hin barubakingking/Kingking man han tuo, kingking man han wala/lukso hin duruyog nga waray sumikil/Ang duha nga kahoy nga guin-iru-igtok/nga dinuruyogan hin pagbarubando (in English: This dance is called Tinikling/characterized by agile footing/right foot hops/left foot hops/altogether traipsing but tripping not… Two poles are together bumped (against each other)/and rhythmically stomped aground…)

Andres Cristobal Cruz, in the Isyu daily newsmagazine of June 6, 1998, wrote that Ang Pasko ay Sumapit was purloined original Kasadya Ning Taknaa. “...Mang Levi acknowledged that the real author of Matud Nila was composer Vicente Rubi. ‘Kaya lang,’ Mang Levi teased, ‘nauna nang nagparinig si Vicente kay San Pedro. Tinanggap naman siya dahil sa Matud Nila’.” There’s a merry mix-up here. Either Celerio or Cruz was mixed up because Matud Nila, another popular Cebuano song composed by Ben Zubiri, that has infiltrated Manila’s melodious ai, was not the subject of the interview but about Ang Pasko ay Sumapit. Has Matud Nila been purloined, too?

Perhaps, we might examine the archives. Many of the beautiful compositions of the late Justice Norberto Romualdez, Luminado Lucente of Leyte and those of the famous composers in the south, the north and the Bicol region might have strayed into some composers’ one thousand and one works.

Nothing here diminishes my high esteem for Mang Levi. I only react contemplating Rotary’s “Four-Way Test” of things we think, say or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it create goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

May the souls of Noy Inteng Rubi’s, Noy Marianing Vestil’s (whom I met during my Cebu newspapering days) and Mang Levi’s rest in peace.

(E-mail reactions at entphilstar@yahoo.com. You may also send your questions toaskrickylo@gmail.com. For more updates, photos and videos visitwww.philstar.com/funfare or follow me on www.twitter/therealrickylo.)


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Dubai: Warm welcome for Kapuso ‘royalty’ KAPUSO DAY By Butch S. Raquel (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 1, 2014 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera enjoy quality time on the long flight

The year 2014 has been an eventful one for the Kapuso Royal Couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera.

With the high-rating drama series Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real for Dingdong and an eponymous dance show for Marian now on its second season, followed by an on-air wedding proposal and a string of bridal showers and bachelor parties, the Kapuso Primetime King and Queen seem truly blessed both in their professional and personal lives.

As their wedding day nears, Dingdong and Marian manage to find a balance between their work life and the preparations for their upcoming nuptials. Amidst hectic schedules, the couple still finds time to share their journey with fans from all over the world.

Just this month, the soon-to-wed pair, along with Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose, headlined the highly-successful Kapusong Pinoy sa Dubai concert held at the Global Village, the largest multicultural theme park in Dubai.

The concert, which was organized by GMA’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV in partnership with New Perspective Media and The Filipino Times, was attended by over 7,000 spectators hoping to have a glimpse of the Kapuso artists.

The night’s entertainment featured group performances as well as individual production numbers from each of the stars.

123 Dingdong and Marian with (from left) make-up artist Bambbi Fuentes, the creative director for their wedding Noel Manapat and managers Perry Lansigan and Rams David —Photos courtesy of GMA Corporate Communications and The Filipino Times It was Marian’s second time to perform for Kapuso fans in Dubai, the first being the equally-successful Kapusong Pinoy concert in 2013, and her last visit as Marian Rivera as she becomes Mrs. Dantes on Dec. 30.

Marian proved that she was the queen of the dance floor with an ’80s medley production number. What sent the crowds cheering, however, was her rendition of her favorite songs by the popular band Aegis. “First time kong kakanta ng mga paborito kong awitin para sa aking mga fans,” an excited Marian said during the press conference at Asiana Hotel a day before the show.

Dingdong, on the other hand, delighted the audience with his repertoire of well-loved songs from the iconic music group, Eraserheads. “We wanted to give a show that would resonate with the Filipino audience kaya we also chose familiar songs,” shared Dingdong.

The Royal Couple also thrilled crowds as they performed a duet onstage.

As a preview to her upcoming concert, Hologram, on Dec. 13, Julie Anne belted out powerful performances of popular songs, impressing the thousands of spectators at the venue. In a special segment for GMA Life TV, the Network’s second international channel, the nine-time platinum record award holder also performed the channel’s new theme song, There’s More To Life, which she recorded for its re-launch last October.

“Para ito sa lahat ng kababayan namin sa Dubai na nagsasakripisyo para sa kani-kanilang mga pamilya. It’s our turn to make them happy,” shared Julie Anne.

It was indeed a special night for Filipinos in Dubai who were able to witness the spectacular performances from the three GMA stars.

Julie Anne, who was also part of the GMA Pinoy TV concert series’ L.A. leg held at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center last September, exclaimed, “It was an exhilarating show and we hope that our kababayan in Dubai had as much fun watching as we had performing for them.”

“Salamat sa GMA Pinoy TV dahil may mga ganitong pagkakataon na napagsasama-sama ang mga Pilipino abroad, at least kahit papaano mabigyan natin sila ng ligaya and at the same time, maiparamdam natin na parang nasa Pilipinas pa rin sila,” expressed Marian.

Dingdong agreed with his fiancée, saying, “Isang magandang pagkakataon ang mga event na ganito to bring (Filipinos) closer to home. We’re hoping that through our entertainment eh maiparamdam namin sa kanila na hindi naman sila masyadong malayo sa Pilipinas.”

Truly, GMA Network, through its international business unit GMA International, is able to leave its mark in the hearts of Filipinos all over the world by extending the Kapuso experience to its viewers in ways beyond television.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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