Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom/Getty Images – 2CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 24: Platinum-selling, international recording sensation Charice sings “The Star Spangled Banner” before the 2013 Civil Rights Game between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on August 24, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
It only took a chilling performance to reintroduce the pitch-perfect Charice to Americans after her controversial coming out as lesbian last May.
In her August 24 gig at the MLB (Major League Baseball) Beacon Awards, Charice wowed the crowd at the jampacked, 40,000 seater -US Cellular Field in Chicago with her performance of The Star-Spangled Banner, America’s national anthem.
In a video posted by user HerculeanBreed on YouTube, Americans seemingly couldn’t help but clap even before Charice finished singing their anthem.
“America loves you, Charice. Please stay here in the U.S. Your voice is a gift to the world not just the Philippines,” one comment said.The annual MLB Awards honors three civil rights pioneers in the United States—Beacon of Life Award, Beacon of Change Award and Beacon of Hope Award.
Philippine Star’s Ricky Lo wrote that the international singing sensation also performed “A Change is Gonna Come” at a tribute luncheon for Aretha Franklin.
Charice’s series of performances in the US erased doubts that America may not fully embrace the petite singer.
Booked until December
The “Star” also reported that according to Charice’s business manager Glenn Aldueza , the singer will hold a solo concert in Berlin with the Russian Orchestra.
Another international album with a still unidentified Grammy-winning writer-producer has been lined up for recording in London in October.
Charice is also reportedly booked for international commitments until December.
Meanwhile, “Power of Two,” Charice’s concert with Aiza Seguerra is set on September 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“mixed reactions on the cinemalaya indie film “diplomat hotel” only creates further stir and excitement on its theatrical showing release this coming september 4!”
Yes, you read the title right! The indie film Diplomat Hotel is such an intriguing film! But the thing is, this indie film is among the few indie films done that’s now definitely went MAINSTREAM, with its theatrical release due this coming September 4 at major Metro Manila cinemas nationwide.
It got mixed reactions when people saw it first at the last Cinemalaya 2013 Indie fest last July. New breed of film enthusiasts & film artists loved the film. But the “old-school” type of film directors and writers hated it. And the more it sounded HOTTER for many.
When a blogger saw the movie twice at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, students, young people and “trend-setter” types clapped their hands while they watched the film. A lot of them even “screamed-to-death”! It was well-received by mostly young people.
That’s why this blogger was not surprised at all to learn that this film has now went mainstream, with a theatrical release at that! Great!
Even though the “P.R. people” who handled this film were quite ‘snobbish’ to some who supported their film? Never mind.
With director Christopher Ad Castillo’s charming ways, and with actor Mon Confiado’s utmost sincerity with the media bloggers and press people and sir Abe Pagtama’s warmth, the movie Diplomat Hotel definitely deserved to be “uplifted”!
Let’s all watch again the film’s trailer below and attest further- WHY! Go!
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
abe pagtama who portrayed a brief but very memorable character in the film “diplomat hotel”
director of “diplomat hotel”: chrsitopher ad castillo
The much-awaited series of teen stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo “Got To Believe” will finally premiered last August 26.
Directed by box-office director Cathy Garcia-Molina, “Got To Believe” tells the story of an unexpected romance between rich and “spoiled’ prince” Joaquin (Padilla) and Chichay (Bernardo), a simple girl with big dreams.
Last Monday night, Bernardo also promoted the soap’s newest trailer on social media.
Joining Padilla and Bernardo in the new soap are Manilyn Reynes, Benjie Paras, Ian Veneracion and Carmina Villarroel.
On Monday night, ABS-CBN announced the last two weeks of Judy Ann Santos’ hit series “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala.”
Sa muli, pinatunayan ng mga Stagers (ng Philippine Stagers Foundation) sa pamumuno ni Atty. Vince Tanada ang kanilang kahusayan bilang mga performers. Ito ay nasaksihan ng mga V.I. P.’s (Very Important People) and close friends and family of papa Vince sa ginanap na mini-program in line with his birthday celebration. Napakaganda ng ginawang tribute ng mga Stagers kay papa Vince. May mga video clips sa bawat stageplay na nagawa na ni Vince in the past. Magmula sa Enzo, Santo hanggang sa Bonifacio: Isang Zarzuela. At every after video clip, nag-provide sila ng special musical numbers na taken from each past stage productions ng bawat dulang nagawa nila. Fantastic!
Finale number ang nakakataas-balahibong great musical number ni Vince sa Bonifacio: Isang Zarzuela. Kay daming napaiyak, natulala at namangha sa napakagaling na musical performance na iyon ni Vince na kung saan ay kasama niya ang mga Stagers in a final chorale!
It’s the major highlight of his birthday bash’s musical program. Pagkatapos nu’n, nagkaroon na ng Question & Answer portion from some members of the media. Enjoy na enjoy ang movie scribe na si Rey Pumaloy in mingling with the Stagers at very at home siya sa piling ng mga ito. Sina Arsenio Tan Liao (of Commuter Express LRT tabloid) at Nonie Nicasio naman, nanalo ng mga I-Phones sa mga games. Pinuri naman ni direk Elwood Perez ang isang blogger for being such a good host sa Q & A open forum with Vince, kaya halos mapaiyak ang blogger na iyon kasi na-touched siya sa pagpuri sa kanya ni direk Elwood. Nag-enjoy din ng husto sina Crispina Belen, Mario Hernando, Sandy Es Mariano (entertanment editor of Tiktik) at Jimi Escala sa napaka-bongga raw na peformances ng ilang mga Stagers na nagsipag-awitan at nag-perform.
Kudos to Chin Ortega, Art Gabrentina, John Paul San Antonio, Poul Garcia, and the rest for their great musical solo performances and dance numbers. Napaka-perfect host naman ng buong programa ang Stager din na si Mr. JP Lopez.
Ilan din sa mga V.I.P. guests that evening ay sina Dr. Luzruth Almeda (the daughter of NCCR Secretary for Education Mrs. Almeda), ang author at political adviser na si Michael Angelo na nagpatawa ng husto sa mga media people that night sa brief speech na ginawa niya, isang very distinguished high-powered lady attorney na nakalimutan namin ang pangalan, si Doc Tito Garcia ng Metamorphosis Clinic at good friend ni direk Elwood, ang P.R. man-talent manager na si Dennis Sebastian, at ang isang female balikbayan na relative ni papa Vince na mula sa London, at marami pang iba.
Napakaganda ng ambience ng PSF Studio (where the event was held) that night. Futuristic ang concept. Para kang nasa ibang planeta. Ang galing ng color scheme and textures na designed by Mr. Jeffrey Ambrosio, one of PSF’s top marketing man.
Puno naman ng pasasalamat ang blogger na ito kay Mr. Chris Lim, an outstanding actor of PSF, for helping us out sa pag-iistima sa mga media friends ni papa Vince. Ang guguwapo naman nina Kevin Posadas, Patrick Libao at Jomar Tanada nu’ng gabing iyon.
Si Ms. Monique Azerreda naman, napaka-efficient sumagot sa mga tanong ng mga movie press na nandun, she looked every inch a “shining star”. Kaya type na type siya ni Rey Pumaloy na nagsabing tutulungan suyang maging isang beauty queen din someday tulad ni Maegan Young. Si Cindy Liper at Cherry Ann Bagtas na mga Stagers din ay nakaw-eksena sa kagandahan.
Marami rin ang nakapansin kay Baby Spidey that night. Si baby Spidey ang baby son ni papa Vince. Hindi kasi suplado si baby Spidey kapag nilalapitan na siya ng mga tao.
Pero the best ang mga pagkaing inihanda ni papa Vince that evening. Sarap na sarap kami sa mga menu dushes that night, lalo na ‘yung chicken afritada. May isang lechon na malaki din at mga steamed fishes kaming “nilafang” to the maxxxx.
Vince will soon be seen in Otso, a film entry in the coming Sineng Pambansa’s National Film Festival (All masters Edition) which will open on September 11. Ia-announce soon ang premiere night ng movie. Ang Otso ay mula sa direksyon ni Elwood Perez.
After Otso, sisimulan na ang mga rehearsals sa new play nilang Pedro Calungsod: The Musical“, kaya tiyak na walang katapusang bisi-bisihan ang magaganap sa lahat ng miyembro ng Philippine Stagers Foundation.
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VINCE.
(sinulat ni robert manuguid silverio, at salamat kina mario hernando, cherry ann bagtas at elaine tanada-coronel sa mga larawang kuha).
a personal note from robert manuguid silverio (taken from his facebook status):
“Late ako dumating sa press conference ng pelikulang Bamboo Flowers na ginanap sa Annabel’s restaurant kasi may mga nanghaharang sa pagpunta ko ru’n at mga nang-iintriga. But I took my greatest guts to attend the presscon because of baby Miggs Cuaderno, at buti na lang inabot ko ang napakagandang trailer ng pelikula na inulit i-play ni direk Maryo J. Delos Reyes para sa mga latecomers. What I saw was a great cinematic film trailer and i almost cried watching it! Napapalakpak ako sa paghanga! Another masterpiece from direk Maryo j… I assure everyone! Lalaban ang pelikulang Bamboo Flowers, tulad ng pelikula niyang Magnifico noon na lumibot pa sa iba’t-ibang bansa at nakakuha ng maraming international film awards. Kapuna-puna rin si Miggs Cuaderno sa trailer ng pelikulang ito. Watch this film on Sept.11 sa pagbubukas ng Sineng Pambansa’s National Film Festival (All Masters Edition), sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines!”
the director of “bamboo flowers”, my friend forever- MARYO J. DELOS REYES.