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TAYLOR SWIFT IS QUEEN OF 2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS


Taylor is Queen of 2015 Billboard Music Awards --
Press Room Photo credit: Judy Eddy / WENN
- Being able to watch the 2015 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) on TV was quite a surprise. I did not know that RTL-CBS was airing it locally. It does pay to channel surf sometimes. This, if I am not mistaken, was the first time it happened and hopefully will not be the last. So we now have three big music events to look out for every year, the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. The event was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last Sunday evening. The latter is young, only five years old. An older version gave out awards from 1989 to 2006. Then it stopped and resumed in 2011. But given the standing of its parent magazine as the bible of the music industry, the BBMAs already has a solid reputation for credibility. The winners are chosen based on chart performance. This is a show of the big sellers. And from what I have seen these past years, the annual awards presentation has steadily grown into a true spectacle with the biggest names in attendance. On the other hand, it was no surprise to see Taylor Swift, all but crowned queen of Billboard or of the entire music industry at the BBMAs. It must be amazing to be Taylor Swift nowadays. Amazing to be young, she is only 25 years old. To be beautiful, rich, popular. To be an extremely talented singer, songwriter and performer, who not only makes hits but also sets trends. To be honored as the best of her peers multiple times in a single evening. She won a total of eight trophies, including the Billboard Chart Achievement Award as voted by the fans. And best of all, to be so in love. In her most intriguing beh buti nga moment, Taylor’s also high profile, lovey-dovey date Iast Sunday evening was the popular DJ/songwriter and producer, Calvin Harris. This girl is at her peak as a woman and as an artist. READ MORE REPORTED BY Baby Gil, Philstar.....

ALSO: Rave reviews for Nora, ‘Taklub’ at Cannes


THE PHILIPPINE contingent, led by Brillante Ma. Mendoza (fourth from left) and Loren Legarda (fifth from left) on the red carpet during the premiere, minus the film’s lead star Nora Aunor (inset) who was praised by critics. Photo courtesy of Albert Almendralejo
Sometimes critics see different things even if they watch the same film. When Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Taklub” premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes International Film Festival on Tuesday night, the film reportedly received a standing ovation from some audience members, producer Albert Almendralejo told the Inquirer. “Taklub,” which tackles the intersecting lives of three Supertyphoon “Yolanda” survivors, is veritably critic-proof. Only the most stone-hearted of reviewers would be unmoved by a film based on a real-life tragedy that claimed thousands of lives two years ago. Still, The Hollywood Reporter’s Clarence Tsui and Variety’s Maggie Lee seem to differ in their opinions about the film’s prospects, post-Cannes. Said Lee: “Without the provocative content of [Mendoza’s previous] films like ‘Serbis’ or ‘Kinatay,’ it will be hard for this quiet work to make a dent in European art-house circles.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Maja Salvador is ‘In Love’ again


Maja Salvador continues to grow as a recording artist 
Top actress, “Dance Princess,” and recording artist Maja Salvador may have ended her high-profile relationship with hunk Gerald Anderson, but she is very much in love again. The beautiful and sultry celebrity said so herself this week as she held a press launch for her sophomore album under Ivory Music & Video, aptly titled Maja In Love. “Kung noon [before the surprise release of her platinum debut album Believe in March 2014] pinapangarap ko lang na maging recording artist, na-realize ko habang ginagawa namin itong second album ko na in love na in love talaga ako sa music. Hindi lang sa pag-record or pag-perform sa concert, pero pati sa proseso ng pag-susulat at pag-compose ng isang kanta,”  Maja revealed that she co-wrote the album’s lead ballad “Bakit Ganito Ang Pag-ibig?” which touches on the emotional roller coaster of love.  “Actually kanta siya ni Mia,” the singer added, referring to her character in the ongoing top-rated series Bridges of Love on ABS-CBN. “Nasabay talaga yung pag-buo nung kanta nung shi-noo-shoot namin yung love scenes ko with Jericho [Rosales], kaya ang hashtag ko talaga sa single na ‘to, ‘kanta ni Mia’,” she added laughing. READ MORE...

ALSO: El Gamma Penumbra in Darren Espanto’s concert
[El Gamma Penumbra is a Filipino shadow play group from Tanauan City, Batangas. They are the first-ever winner of Asia's Got Talent (AGT), the first pan-regional edition of the global “Got Talent” format. The group has 19 senior and 14 junior members although only 13 were able to participate in AGT. The group's members were once avid hiphop dancers in Batangas. When they started in 2010, they were competing in dance contests. But when they decided to enter Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT), they thought of changing their act. They chose to present something unique, something Filipino.]


DARREN ESPANTO --The group that has given the country so much pride and honor recently on “Asia”s Got Talent,” El Gamma Penumbra, will be among special guests in “The Voice of the Philippines” winner Darren Espanto’s first major concert on May 29 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Darren is especially thrilled with the idea. “I love El Gamma Penumbra so much. I am as excited as their fans with this performance,” he said adding, “I am so happy to have so many wonderful guests performing with me on this show.”  His other guests are TV host Robi Domingo, G-Force, Mitoy Yonting, Jason Dy and Alisah Bonaobra. Tickets for the concert are available at SM Tickets. “Darren Espanto D Birthday Concert” is presented by Talk N’ Text, Spinnr and MCA Music in cooperation with Brood Shoes distributed by Sports House. Special thanks to MUM Make-up Madness, Bangs Prime Salon by Tony and Jackey, Aficionado German Perfumes, C3 Events Place, Cravings, Clarence, Erase Certified Beauty, Eton International School and Placenta. With media partners: ABS-CBN, MYX, MOR 101.9, 106.7 Energy FM and Mellow 94.7. READ MORE ON 'GABAY GURO......

ALSO: Before they were champs: El Gamma Penumbra looks back


El Gamma Penumbra. -- The shadow dance depicted a love story that spanned generations and is set against the backdrop of several wonders of the world, including the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, the African Safari, the Eiffel Tower, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur.Videos availble on YouTube.  The first-ever "Asia's Got Talent" champion El Gamma Penumbra didn't start out as a shadow play theater group. Like many Filipino teens, the group's members were avid hiphop dancers in their home province of Bantangas. In an interview on the DZMM program "Sakto" on Monday, member Marvin Marfa recalled that when El Gamma Penumbra started in 2010, they were competing in dance contests. "Sikat po dati ang dance contests so madalas po kaming sumasali," he said. But when they decided to enter the ABS-CBN talent contest, "Pilipinas Got Talent," they thought of changing their act. "Ang dami po talagang hiphop dancers dito sa Pilipinas. Kung makikipagsabayan kami, baka po hindi kami makasabay o manalo. Kaya nag-isip kami ng bagong act -- something unique, something new sa mga Filipino," Marfa explained. READ MORE...WATCH VIDEO......


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Taylor is Queen of 2015 Billboard Music Awards


Taylor is Queen of 2015 Billboard Music Awards --
Press Room Photo credit: Judy Eddy / WENN

MANILA, MAY 25, 2015 (PHILSTAR) SOUNDS FAMILIAR By Baby A. Gil - Being able to watch the 2015 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) on TV was quite a surprise. I did not know that RTL-CBS was airing it locally. It does pay to channel surf sometimes.

This, if I am not mistaken, was the first time it happened and hopefully will not be the last. So we now have three big music events to look out for every year, the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. The event was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last Sunday evening.

The latter is young, only five years old. An older version gave out awards from 1989 to 2006. Then it stopped and resumed in 2011. But given the standing of its parent magazine as the bible of the music industry, the BBMAs already has a solid reputation for credibility.

The winners are chosen based on chart performance. This is a show of the big sellers. And from what I have seen these past years, the annual awards presentation has steadily grown into a true spectacle with the biggest names in attendance.

On the other hand, it was no surprise to see Taylor Swift, all but crowned queen of Billboard or of the entire music industry at the BBMAs. It must be amazing to be Taylor Swift nowadays. Amazing to be young, she is only 25 years old. To be beautiful, rich, popular.

To be an extremely talented singer, songwriter and performer, who not only makes hits but also sets trends. To be honored as the best of her peers multiple times in a single evening. She won a total of eight trophies, including the Billboard Chart Achievement Award as voted by the fans. And best of all, to be so in love. In her most intriguing beh buti nga moment, Taylor’s also high profile, lovey-dovey date Iast Sunday evening was the popular DJ/songwriter and producer, Calvin Harris.

This girl is at her peak as a woman and as an artist.

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As always, Kanye West was up to something unpleasant again and most of his number was bleeped out of the telecast. Was it the sight of Taylor getting all those trophies that caused his vocal sparks? Remember that MTV Video Music Awards night when he tried to grab Taylor’s Moonman?

Nice were the boys of One Direction who shared their award with former brod and member Zayn Malik…Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth honored the late Paul Walker again with a rendition of See You Again that was introduced by Ludacris and Tyrese and featured Lindsey Stirling on the violin…Wiz also joined Fall Out Boy in a rousing rendition of Uma Thurman….Nicki Minaj was fantastic in The Night Is Still Young with David Guetta…and it was great to hear Mariah Carey belting out those high notes in a medley of Vision Of Love and Infiniti.

Of course, in true royal fashion, it was Taylor who dealt the show-stopping blow of the night with the unveiling of her latest music video. The song was Bad Blood and featured Taylor styled as Katniss from The Hunger Games surrounded by a posse of familiar celebrities. I will not tell you who they are. It is more fun to find out for yourself.

Here now is the 2015 Billboard Music Awards honor roll.

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Samsung Galaxy: Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Album: 1989 by Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Song: All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Top Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Top MaIe Artist: Sam Smith

Top Duo or Group: One Direction

Top New Artist: Sam Smith

Top Touring Artist: One Direction

Top Radio Songs Artist: Sam Smith

Top Radio Song: All Of Me by John Legend

Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Digital Songs Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Digital Song: All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Top Streaming Artist: Iggy Azalea

Top Streaming Song (Audio): All Of Me by John Legend

Top Streaming Song (Video): Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

Top Country Artist: Florida Georgia Line

Top Country Album: Old Boots, New Dirt by Jason Aldean

Top Country Song: Burnin’ It Down by Jason Aldean

Top Rap Artist: Iggy Azalea

Top Rap Album: 2014 Forest Hills Drive by J. Cole

Top Rap Song: Fancy by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

Top R&B Artist: Pharrell Williams

Top R&B Album: G.I.R.L. by Pharrell Williams

Top R&B Song: Happy by Pharrell Williams

Top Rock Artist: Hozier

Top Rock Album: Ghost Stories by Coldplay

Top Rock Song: Take Me To Church by Hozier

Top Latin Artist: Romeo Santos

Top Latin Album: Sex and Love by Enrique Iglesias

Top Latin Song: Bailando by Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona

Top Dance/ Electronic Artist: Calvin Harris

Top Dance/ Electronic Album: Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling

Top Dance/ Electronic Song: Turn Down For What by DJ Snake & Lil

Top Christian Artist: Hillsong United

Top Christian Album: Anomaly by Lecrae

Top Christian Song: Something In The Water by Carrie Underwood

Top Soundtrack: Frozen


INQUIRER

Rave reviews for Nora, ‘Taklub’ at Cannes Bayani San Diego Jr. @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 5:56 AM | Friday, May 22nd, 2015


THE PHILIPPINE contingent, led by Brillante Ma. Mendoza (fourth from left) and Loren Legarda (fifth from left) on the red carpet during the premiere, minus the film’s lead star Nora Aunor (inset) who was praised by critics. Photo courtesy of Albert Almendralejo

Sometimes critics see different things even if they watch the same film.

When Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Taklub” premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes International Film Festival on Tuesday night, the film reportedly received a standing ovation from some audience members, producer Albert Almendralejo told the Inquirer.

“Taklub,” which tackles the intersecting lives of three Supertyphoon “Yolanda” survivors, is veritably critic-proof. Only the most stone-hearted of reviewers would be unmoved by a film based on a real-life tragedy that claimed thousands of lives two years ago.

Still, The Hollywood Reporter’s Clarence Tsui and Variety’s Maggie Lee seem to differ in their opinions about the film’s prospects, post-Cannes.

Said Lee: “Without the provocative content of [Mendoza’s previous] films like ‘Serbis’ or ‘Kinatay,’ it will be hard for this quiet work to make a dent in European art-house circles.”

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Tsui disagreed: “‘Taklub’ could very well head onwards for a long festival run after its Cannes premiere.”

Relevance

In any case, Tsui and Lee were united in raving about the performance of lead star, Nora Aunor, who was not able to attend the premiere due to a production snafu, a “miscommunication,” according to an insider.

Lee asserted: “Domestic response will be much warmer, given its relevance, but mostly thanks to the reverence that… Aunor commands.”

Tsui noted that the film is “driven by yet another remarkably restrained turn from Philippine cinema grande dame… Aunor.”

“Taklub” marks Aunor and Mendoza’s second collaboration since 2012’s “Thy Womb,” which competed at the Venice fest and yielded a bumper crop of awards for both artists.

Lee hailed Aunor for playing her role as a “provincial Mater Dolorosa with the same serene stoicism” as her part in “Thy Womb.” “However her role [in ‘Taklub’] allows her moments of greater emotional heft… in expertly restrained scenes.”

Tsui concurred: “It’s the overall controlled performances from the cast… from veterans like Aunor and Julio Diaz… which propel the film.”

Tsui pointed out that, although the Philippine government (through the efforts of main proponent Sen. Loren Legarda, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Presidential Communications Operations Office-Philippine Information Agency) funded the film, Mendoza refrained from “peddling propaganda… [and it bears] the director’s trademark vision of the world as a bleak, imperfect… hopeless place.”

Lee remarked: “While there are references to government red tape… the film avoids a moralizing political stance. Shot in real disaster zones after months of field research, the film puts the consequences of devastation and the sluggish pace of reconstruction all up on the screen, and they speak for themselves.”

The film, said Lee, is at once “intimate and detached in its dramatic economy, though the finale will leave many viewers saddened and humbled.”

Moviecitynews.com’s David Poland said: “Wonderful, understated performance by… Aunor. Slow. Painful. Real.”

In an SMS message to the Inquirer, Aunor expressed elation that the film garnered good reviews from international critics. “I am happy not because they praised the restrained performance of actors, but because these reviews could inspire other young filmmakers to persevere and make beautiful, well-crafted and socially relevant films.”

She said that Filipino films can very well be showcased alongside the world’s best. “We can even exceed foreign movies if we are given the right amount of support by the government. If the government now gives 60 to 80 percent to the movie industry, why not make it 100 percent? I hope the salaries of everyone, from the producers to the crew, will be increased as well. We need more assistance and maybe an increase in the production budget, so that we can make truly high-quality films that will expand our market abroad.”

“Taklub” is set to make its Philippine premiere as the opening movie of the French Film Festival in Manila next month.


MANILA TIMES

Maja is ‘In Love’ again May 16, 2015 7:32 pm


Maja Salvador continues to grow as a recording artist

Top actress, “Dance Princess,” and recording artist Maja Salvador may have ended her high-profile relationship with hunk Gerald Anderson, but she is very much in love again.

The beautiful and sultry celebrity said so herself this week as she held a press launch for her sophomore album under Ivory Music & Video, aptly titled Maja In Love.

“Kung noon [before the surprise release of her platinum debut album Believe in March 2014] pinapangarap ko lang na maging recording artist, na-realize ko habang ginagawa namin itong second album ko na in love na in love talaga ako sa music. Hindi lang sa pag-record or pag-perform sa concert, pero pati sa proseso ng pag-susulat at pag-compose ng isang kanta,”

Maja revealed that she co-wrote the album’s lead ballad “Bakit Ganito Ang Pag-ibig?” which touches on the emotional roller coaster of love.

“Actually kanta siya ni Mia,” the singer added, referring to her character in the ongoing top-rated series Bridges of Love on ABS-CBN. “Nasabay talaga yung pag-buo nung kanta nung shi-noo-shoot namin yung love scenes ko with Jericho [Rosales], kaya ang hashtag ko talaga sa single na ‘to, ‘kanta ni Mia’,” she added laughing.

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Moreover, the song allows Maja to explore a more emotional depth in her music, which is a more soulful sound than her previous hits from Believe, namely “Dahan-dahan,” the Abra-assisted “Halika Na” and “Buong Gabi” featuring Project Pinas.

The other tracks from Maja In Love, which notably show her growth as an artist, include “Habulan,” a sexy ballad; “Nakawin Natin Ang Sandali,” a smooth, upbeat oasis to balance out the emotional power of the album; the lone English track song “Love Me, Kill Me;” and duets with Sam Milby in “Gaano Kalayo” and ex-boyfriend Rayver Cruz in “Hiling.”

‘Even before the official album launch on May 14, digital pre-orders on iTunes Philippines catapulted In Love high up the music charts, confirming that Maja is already considered a full-fledged recording artist in OPM today.

Happily, she also revealed that another concert is in the works, following her first major outing MAJ: The Legal Performer in July 2014 to complement the sophomore album’s release.

“Marami pa akong gustong gawin sa music, and maasahan yon ng mga nagustuhan ang Believe at ngayon itong In Love,” Maja related.

Still amazed at how she actually penetrated the recording industry—with endless voice classes, practice and hard work—she quipped, “May tiwala na ako sa boses ko ngayon!”|

The official launch of Maja In Love will be held today at Robinsons Ermita in Manila City. The CD is already available in record stores nation wide.


MANILA BULLETIN

El Gamma Penumbra in Darren Espanto’s concert by Shirley Pizarro May 22, 2015


El Gamma Penumbra / MB file photo WATCH THIS GUYS ON YOU TUBE...click embedded video at bottom of this page...You won"t want to miss this....listen to judges especially David Foster...!!!!! FLAWLESS, TOUCHES YOUR HEART!

The group that has given the country so much pride and honor recently on “Asia”s Got Talent,” El Gamma Penumbra, will be among special guests in “The Voice of the Philippines” winner Darren Espanto’s first major concert on May 29 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Darren is especially thrilled with the idea. “I love El Gamma Penumbra so much. I am as excited as their fans with this performance,” he said adding, “I am so happy to have so many wonderful guests performing with me on this show.”


DARREN ESPANTO

His other guests are TV host Robi Domingo, G-Force, Mitoy Yonting, Jason Dy and Alisah Bonaobra.

Tickets for the concert are available at SM Tickets.

“Darren Espanto D Birthday Concert” is presented by Talk N’ Text, Spinnr and MCA Music in cooperation with Brood Shoes distributed by Sports House. Special thanks to MUM Make-up Madness, Bangs Prime Salon by Tony and Jackey, Aficionado German Perfumes, C3 Events Place, Cravings, Clarence, Erase Certified Beauty, Eton International School and Placenta. With media partners: ABS-CBN, MYX, MOR 101.9, 106.7 Energy FM and Mellow 94.7.

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Meanwhile, Darren’s eponymous album under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) is now available at Astroplus and Odyssey as well as spinnr.ph.

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GABAY GURO Chairman and TOYM Awardee Chaye Cabal-Revilla with PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan

GABAY GURO GRADUATE-SCHOLARS THANK PLDT FOR ‘BETTER LIFE’

For the past years, PLDT’s Gabay Guro (2G) Foundation has been providing opportunities to teachers and students, and this year is no different.

“Simpleng Handog 2015: A Salute to Our Future Heroes,” Gabay Guro’s testimonial dinner held recently at the Meralco Lighthouse, feted scholar-graduates from various universities in the Philippines for their accomplishments. All spoke of hope and optimism for a brighter tomorrow, most especially the scholars who saw Gabay Guro’s hand in their lives as an answered prayer. Despite poverty, these gifted youth were given a new lease in life and a chance to help their respective families.

Gabay Guro chairman and TOYM awardee Chaye Cabal-Revilla, who was recently promoted as PLDT Controller and CFO of Sun and Smart last May 18, welcomed guests and honorees at the event. She was accompanied by PLDT President and CEO Napoleon “Polly” Nazareno representing PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, who has been an invaluable part of Gabay Guro since the foundation began many years ago.

Entertainment was provided by the Dacapo Strings, multi-talented funnyman Ogie Alcasid, Michael Pangilinan and Janine Desiderio.

Bb. Pilipinas First Runner-Up Hannah Sison (who is herself a teacher) shared the glory of their profession and encouraged the young graduates to pursue it with passion and excellence. Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2015 PiaWurtzbach spoke about her life experiences and how it relates to the graduates’ journey towards achieving their goals.

There were 82 scholar-graduates honored during this year’s fete, 19 of whom were awarded cum laude. Seven of them were magna cum laude graduates. One scholar-graduate was given the Presidential Academic Award, and another the Academic Excellence Award.

Congratulations are in order, not just to the graduates but to all who are behind Gabay Guro and its many worthwhile endeavors.


ABS-CBN

Before they were champs: El Gamma looks back ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 05/18/2015 5:21 PM


El Gamma Penumbra. -- The shadow dance depicted a love story that spanned generations and is set against the backdrop of several wonders of the world, including the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, the African Safari, the Eiffel Tower, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur.Videos availble on YouTube.

MANILA -- The first-ever "Asia's Got Talent" champion El Gamma Penumbra didn't start out as a shadow play theater group.

Like many Filipino teens, the group's members were avid hiphop dancers in their home province of Bantangas.

In an interview on the DZMM program "Sakto" on Monday, member Marvin Marfa recalled that when El Gamma Penumbra started in 2010, they were competing in dance contests.

"Sikat po dati ang dance contests so madalas po kaming sumasali," he said.

But when they decided to enter the ABS-CBN talent contest, "Pilipinas Got Talent," they thought of changing their act.

"Ang dami po talagang hiphop dancers dito sa Pilipinas. Kung makikipagsabayan kami, baka po hindi kami makasabay o manalo. Kaya nag-isip kami ng bagong act -- something unique, something new sa mga Filipino," Marfa explained.

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That's when they thought of doing shadow play, which Marfa said was already popular "all over the world" at the time. "Pero ang concept po ng Pinoy, eh sa amin po 'yon," he stressed.

Improvised

In the beginning, Marfa said they would rehearse in the basketball court in their barangay using a tarpaulin and a halogen light. "Improvised lang po hanggang sa in-improve namin ng in-improve," he recalled.

They became so good at it that in 2011, the group made the finals of "Pilipinas Got Talent." Although they finished only in fourth, so impressive were their performances in the show that the group still landed several high-profile gigs, including a Choose Philippines campaign that became viral online.

When they joined "Asia's Got Talent," they worked again on a tourism theme for the auditions but expanded it to include iconic landmarks in the region.

This proved to be a hit among the pan-Asian audience of the regional show and sent the Filipino group straight to the semi-finals via the coveted "golden buzzer."

On Monday, El Gamma Penumbra performed this audition piece on "It's Showtime."

Challenges

According to Mafa, the group today has 19 senior and 14 junior members although only 13 were able to participate in "Asia's Got Talent," which was held in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

With 33 members, Marfa said they choose the members who will perform based on rotation, as well as their availability.

So how do they do it?

"Mahirap kapag nasa likod na po ng screen. Kasi kailangan po ang kilos ay standard, may measurement po talaga, pati ang distance ng mga paa kung saan ipo-posisyon. Once na mawala ka lang sa pwesto mo ay madi-deform na 'yung shadow images. Kaya kailangan po talaga ay koneksyon sa bawat isa sa pagbubuo ng shadow," Marfa said.

"'Yun din po 'yung medyo mahirap sa amin kapag mayroong naaksidente o biglang nagkasakit. Mahirap adjust-an pero sa awa naman ng Diyos ay nagagawan ng paraan," he added.

Asked if El Gamma Penumbra is open to accepting women members, Marfa replied: "Lalaki po or beki pwede pero ang babae po ay hindi namin ina-allow kasi lagi po kaming overnight rehearsal at saka po body contact."

With their recent win, the group hopes to do a world tour to inspire and to spread positivity, while showcasing the Filipino talent.

Part of their prize is a stint at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.


El Gamma Penumbra photo by Kristine Mangunay --Two days after their big win in the first Asia’s Got Talent, members of the 13-strong Filipino shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra arrived in their hometown of Tanauan, Batangas for a hero’s welcome Saturday morning. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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FROM CNN

PH celebrates El Gamma Penumbra's victory By omeroscar | Posted May 17, 2015 | Manila

MALACANANG on Sunday said it joins the nation in celebrating El Gamma Penumbra's victory in the finals of the “Asia’s Got Talent” held in Singapore.

"We join the nation in celebrating the victory of the community theater group El Gamma Penumbra in the “Asia’s Got Talent” final competition in Singapore," said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Hermnio Coloma, Jr., in a radio interview with the People’s Radio dzRB.

Coloma added: "It was a wonderful presentation on the importance of respecting Mother Earth and caring for the natural resources of the earth.”

On Saturday, a motorcade was held in the group's hometown in Tanauan, Batangas following the shadow dance group El Gamma Penumbra's winning performance in Singapore.

The group also made a repeat performance in the Sunday noon time show ASAP earlier Saturday, where they received a warm welcome.

The group won US$100,000, or about P4 million, and an opportunity to perform in the prestigious stage of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

They won over the Mongolian cultural performer, Khusugtun.

Coloma also congratulates classical singer Gerphil Geraldine Flores from the University of the Philippines for winning third place.

Four out of nine finalists are all Filipino talents. The competition's judges were Grammy-winning composer-producer David Foster, Indonesian pop star Anggun, ex-Spice Girl Melanie C, and actor-singer Van Ness Wu.

El Gamma's Touching Tribute To Mother Nature | Asia’s Got  


Filipino shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra's Tribute to Mother Nature

El Gamma Penumbra is a Filipino shadow play group from Tanauan City, Batangas. They are the first-ever winner of Asia's Got Talent (AGT), the first pan-regional edition of the global “Got Talent” format. The group has 19 senior and 14 junior members although only 13 were able to participate in AGT.

The group's members were once avid hiphop dancers in Batangas. When they started in 2010, they were competing in dance contests. But when they decided to enter Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT), they thought of changing their act. They chose to present something unique, something Filipino.

Members recalled that they used to rehearse in the basketball court in their barangay using a tarpaulin and a halogen light. They used improvised materials, which they improved eventually. They made it to the finals of PGT and finished fourth.

As their performances were so impressive, they landed several high-profile gigs, including a Choose Philippines campaign that became viral online. It won as the Best Music Video in the 34th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA).

AGT JUDGES

The group earned rave reviews from the judges of Asia's Got Talent (AGT). By giving a tour all over the world through shadow play, the group received praises from all the four judges of the competition - 16-time Grammy winner David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C, Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and Taiwanese-American pop idol Vanness Wu. The group received a golden buzzer which made them fast-track to the semi-finals of the show, which was held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on 14 May 2015.

The group's winning performance, which featured the song “Colors of the Wind”, aimed to raise awareness for people to take care of Mother Nature. They beat eight other finalists after earning the most public votes from the regional audience of AGT.

They won the prize money amounting to USD 100,000 and an opportunity to perform at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. They dedicated their victory to Filipinos in all parts of the world.

In a press conference after their motorcade in Batangas on 16 May 2015, the group said that they want to set up a shadow dance studio for talented but less fortunate kids. They want to encourage the youth to develop a hobby and stay away from drugs.

They also promised to continue helping two homes for the aged in Tanauan and Lipa in Batangas. They also plan to start a foundation to provide assistance to the elderly who are in charity homes and to train kids gifted with singing and dancing talents.

The group has already received numerous invitations from different companies. They said that they have prepared a lot of routines to perform in various shows.


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