Christian Bautista celebrates birthday, sings theme of new GMA series

•October 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista, who is celebrated his birthday last October 19, has been tapped by GMA to sing the theme of the Kapuso Network’s biggest Korean series “Empress Ki.” The series’ theme song is “Up Where We Belong,” a cut from the soon-to-be-released album of Christian under Universal Records entitled “Soundtrack.”

The series will start airing  October 20 2014, on GMA Telebabad. The series is reminiscent of GMA hit Korean dramas like “Jewel in the Palace.”

Currently, Christian is busy taping for the primetime series “Strawberry Lane,” hosting “Marian,” and performing on “Sunday All Stars.”

Next month, Christian will launch his newest album “Soundtrack,” which contains memorable themes from the most romantic films of all time. He will be joined by some of the hottest female recording artists in the album.

Gloc-9 and Vinci Montaner drop some dancing in “Businessman”

•October 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Gloc 9 businessman

Anyone who has watched Gloc-9 at a live gig would know that one of the most well-received songs that get audiences on their feet is one of his oldest, telling us all to move our bodies and dance, to lighten the load of life.

On his 17th year in the music business, and after seven full length all-original albums, Gloc-9 goes back to some dance rap, bringing with him Vinci Montaner of Parokya Ni Edgar. Montaner has taken a breather from band life, but said yes to “Businessman,” a dance tune that speaks of an uncanny love between a rich girl and a poor boy, and how this difference is bound by nation that allows this disparity.

The rest of the song speaks of the unbelievable breadth of the girl’s wealth, with rooms full of money that isn’t counted and wallets are only for one thousand bills, where cars are a plenty and food is laid out on the dining table like there’s always a party. The girl is does not question how this money is earned, and where it comes from – her father is in a business that earns them billions.

In that world where everything’s served her on a silver platter, this girl wishes for what she has not experienced: to ride public transport and get her hands on some change, to try doing the laundry. The boy is enamored with her, surprised at the everyday things the girl wants to experience, where the things that are new to her is a way of life for him.

Yet “Businessman” is no easy love song, as it is one that’s layered with such a huge disparity between the rich girl and poor boy, that one can only wonder: what business is the girl’s father in, that allows him such wealth?

“Businessman” is part of Gloc-9’s DVD release “Biyahe ng Pangarap” to premier in November.

Richard Poon sings hits of Burt Bacharach in new album

•September 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment


The country’s premiere crooner Richard Poon interprets some of Burt Bacharach’s biggest hits in her new album aptly titled “The Crooner Sings Bacharach.” This is Richard’s second album with Universal Records, after the album “Legends,” which was awarded Gold.
The album consists of 12 Bacharach classics including “What The World Needs Now,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Close To You,” “Raindrops Keeps Falling On My Head,” among others.

“I think this is the best album I’ve ever done ever kasi even my record label executives are raving about it,” shares Richard. “It’s a nice album taas kamay ko sa mga arrangers ko.”

“The Crooner Sings Bacharach” will have an album launch this October 3, Friday, Shangrila Plaza East Wing. Advanced copies of the album will be sold at the venue.


1. Always Something There To Remind Me
2. The Look Of Love
3. A House Is Not Home
4. What The World Needs Now Is Love
5. Alfie
6. Walk On By
7. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)
8. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
9. I Say A Little Prayer
10. Don’t Make Me Over
11. You’ll Never Get To Heaven
12. (They Long To Be) Close To You

A new ‘Your Year’ for Malay; launch this July 25

•July 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment


The road to the release of alternative band Malay’s debut CD is unlike any local releases. Years ago, the band digitally released “Your Year.” Due to insistent public demand, the band decided to re-record all the songs from the digital album and include two new tracks for the release of the 2014 version of “Your Year,” which will be launched this July 25 at Last Home, Ortigas Home Depot.

The album launch features performances from Malay and other bands. Entrance to the launch is the band’s CD.

“I consider this album a totally different animal from the initial digital release of ‘Your Year,’” says Malay frontman Pochoy Labog. “Now backed with the support of a major label, we’ve had more resources to use for production, starting with our producer, Mr. Jorel Corpus.”

With the help of their new producer, Pochoy feels that the songs in the album are closer to how he imagined it to be, or even better.

Malay is composed of Pochoy (vocals and guitars), Miguel Dayanghirang (bass), and Alden Abaca (drums).

“Working on the album took us out of our comfort zones, when needed,” states Pochoy. “I almost regret releasing the songs digitally, but I guess, it is part of the journey of this album.”

Pochoy considers this CD a “first meeting” with the listeners, and further adds, “they will experience the full sound of Malay for the first time.”

Asked why it was decided to release this album in physical format, Pochoy explains, “the decision to put this album out in CD format was brought about by requests from our listeners. I guess, to them, it is still necessary to have something tangible to experience the music.”

The music video of the album’s first single “Anak Ng Diyos” has been released on MYX.

Truth, Lies and Zombies

•July 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment



I really don’t know how to start this, but for the longest time I know her, I didn’t know it was all a lie.

It started around 3 years ago. I chat a random girl on some social media website intended for dating. Back when I was too naïve of things happening in my life, when I thought I was not vulnerable of scam and sham of the internet.

Fallen from the story which I believe was true back then. She was claiming that she was abandoned by her boyfriend after she was involved in a car accident. The guy never bother visiting her in the hospital and never bothered calling her. She said that her parents was the one to blame why her boyfriend back then never visit nor call her. And there I was, the knight in shining armor: Internet version. Trying to save her from the hell hole she was in that time. Talking to her every day, and making each other happy. Those were happy times for me at the very least back then.

We had that connection that was very true. We acted like we are on a relationship. We had a thing going on: That’s what I believed back then.

Then things goes sour as months passed. Happy conversations turned to quarrels. The once healthy “relationship” goes out of bounds. I lost my job back then, and I’m on the midst of losing my so called “relationship.”

A month passed. For some weird chance I saw a post, a light of heaven that fuels my doubt for her. She was into someone. While in my thought we still have the “thing” between us. Enraged and about to explode inside, I calm myself outside. Pretended that I didn’t see anything.

After a week I saw her profile being restricted to my viewing. “Whoa, there is really something going on, and she’s didn’t want me to see it.” Doubt escalated in new heights. I calm myself. I didn’t speak about it and pretended that nothing happened.

For months I talked to her. I can clearly see the gradual changes in her mood when she speaks to me. Cold. Fuelling my doubts in a new heights. It has to be addressed right away.

I confronted her. The usual thing happens in a quarrel. (I really don’t want to divulge the whole ordeal) then it happened. She said that she is fancied to a guy and find me uninteresting anymore. And then the end comes to our “relationship”

I moved on with my life after that: Got a new job, learn new things, do charity work, attending band gigs and other things to keep me busy.

As for her? She was happy with her life. New boyfriend and a happy relationship.

But the heavens didn’t let the wicked rest. The tables have been turned.

From here, the story got interesting and have a surprisingly (or predictable) outcome.

While I found myself happy because I found a new girl to love. Her relationship turned sour and complicated. A fucked up relationship, and then the lies spread like wildfire.

Her best friend told me that she died in a vehicular accident, in which I doubted at first and eventually believed. Days after her apparent death. Her boyfriend is already seeing another girl. The worse thing happened after death.

Her best friend was furious. Her friend seeks my help in order to get even with the guy. I obliged, since we are friends back in the day. I stretched my hands to help. Luckily I wasn’t able to stretch my hand that long. Another conversation happened between me and her best friend, the best friend drop a subtle hint that made me suspect about the validity of her true personality. After that fateful conversation, I decided to take some distance.

You may say it is divine intervention, but the succeeding events confirmed my suspicions.

While going through my inbox in facebook, I saw a message. A message I haven’t read for almost a year. An anonymous tip. I’m not fond of replying messages from a random person especially if the profile picture of that person is a celebrity, in that case he’s using a picture of a famous celebrity whose name is being dragged to the PDAF Scam.

His message was “Do you know *insert name and surname here*?  ”

I replied, “Yes, why?”

I didn’t expect him to reply to me because I answered his message was a year late.

But before I receive a reply, a string of uncanny events happened. The dead rise from the grave, and began posting pictures and even liking my post in Instagram. I thought that zombie apocalypse is on its way and to make matters worse, the dead can post selfie and like posts in social media. Vain zombies.

After she liked my post in my Instagram account. I drop a message on her Instagram post saying “It’s funny thing that dead people cannot stay dead.” In her defense she also replied. “You know nothing. “(I feel like Jon Snow reading this). My last reply is “Funny, you can’t die right?” My suspicions were true, the woman is alive. Faking her own death.

After that, the anonymous guy finally replied, saying that the girl was a fake and using another girl identity for her own good. He even showed me the legit profile of the girl whose photos were grabbed and used by the fake one.

All this time, all was built in a well-constructed lie. I was played in the top of her hands.

The hatred is gone. All I feel for her is pity. Though I wanna smack her face just once.

Is it really that hard to be true to yourself?

Is it really that hard to build your self-confidence and face the world?

Do we have to build lies just to be happy?

It’s a good life lesson to me. I really thought that I will not be a victim of an online sham/scam, because I am well verse in the internet and I thought I know how to distinguish the difference of a lie and truth.

I was wrong. Terribly wrong.

I should researched more in the internet, analyze things, and carefully read between the lines. But things happened and it really fucked me up big time.

Let this be a lesson for all of us. Not to trust anything or anyone you see or meet online. Be very cautious. Even in online deals, finding love and whatsoever in the internet. Give them the benefit of the doubt.

I want to thank the people that stick to me during those trying times. You guys are the best.

I want to thank my girlfriend for being understanding and keeping her patience. You’re the best. I love you.

This is definitely the last time. there’s no next time.

Cheers motherfunders.

Universal Records produces PhilPop 2014 album

•June 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Universal Records first partnered with the Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPop) for the production of the festival’s 2013 commemorative album. The partnership proved to be a beautiful one as it yielded hits like Dati (performed by Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Quest), Sayo Na Lang Ako (Karylle), Araw, Ulap, Langit (Christian Bautista), Sana Pinatay Mo Na Lang Ako (Kimpoy Feliciano), Segundo (Yael Yuzon), among others.

This year, PhilPop and Universal Records team-up again in the production of the new commemorative album, which features some of the most respected and promising recording artists in the country.

1) QRUSH ON YOU: song written by Q-York/ interpreted by Jayr , Elmo Magalona and Q-York
2) TORPE: song written by Daryl Ong/ interpreted by Kris Lawrence
3) BABALIKAN MO RIN AKO: written by Soc Villanueva/ interpreted by Nikki Gil
4) AWIT MO’Y NANDITO PA: written by Toto Sorioso/ interpreted by Aldrich Lloyd Talonding & James Walter Bucong.
5) THE ONLY ONE: written by Popsie Saturno-San Pedro/ interpreted by Thor Dulay.
6) HANGOUT LANG: written by Allan Feliciano and Isaac Joseph P. Garcia/ performed by Duncan Ramos and Young JV.
7) NO GIRLFRIEND SINCE BREAK (NGSB): written by Davey Ryan Edward Langit/ interpreted by Luigi D’ Avola
8) SONG ON A BROKEN STRING- written by Jude Gitamondoc and Therese Marie Villarante/ interpreted by Nicole Laurel Asensio.
9) KUNG AKIN ANG LANGIT: written by Chi Datu-Bocobo and Isaac Garcia/ interpreted by Clara Benin and Mcoy Fundales
10) DEAR HEART: written by Mike Villegas/ interpreted by Kiana Valenciano
11) SALBABIDA: written by Jungee Marcelo/ interpreted by Kyla
12) LANGIT UMAAWIT- written by Toto Sorioso/ interpreted by Tom Rodriguez.

“This year’s finalists constitute a heady brew of the most varied of genres: dance, rock, R&B, a couple of ballades, some pop and a genre-defying song in multi meter. I am also happy and excited to hear established singers shoulder to shoulder with new, up and coming performers. Only time will tell which songs will generate the most audience interest. Listen to the top 12 finalist of the Philpop 2014 and be the judge,” shared the foundation’s executive director Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.

One of the top 12 contenders will emerge as the 1-million peso grand prize winner which will be determined on July 26 at the Meralco Theater.  The foundation’s Executive Director Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Board of Directors Noel Cabangon and Ogie Alcasid are all praises for this year’s crop of finalists and are excited to share these Philpop hits with the world.

Christian Bautista, Karylle host PhilStage Gawad Buhay

•June 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment



Singers-TV personalities-Musical Theater stars Christian Bautista and Karylle reunite to host the 2014 Philstage Gawad Buhay for the Performing Arts Awards Night this June 6, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Christian Bautista and Karylle headlined musicals West Side Story, Rama Hari, and Cinderella. They were also the stars of international TV musical The Kitchen Musical, which aired over 20 countries around the world.

Christian and Karylle also starred in numerous shows here and abroad, and were perennial partners inASAP before. They also did a few TV specials together.

Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit, Peta, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, Trumpets, Actor’s Actors Inc., 9 Works Theatrical and Philippine Opera Company.

Gawad Buhay, considered the local Tony Awards as it honors all the best stage performances for the year, will feature excerpts from last year’s best musicals as well as ballets.

This year, Philstage will give a lifetime achievement award to Naty Crame Rogers, the first lady of Philippine Theater and Basilio Esteban Villaruz for Dance and Arts Criticism.



Outstanding Original Script 
No nomination

Outstanding Original Libretto
• Nicolas Pichay, “Rock Supremo” (BP)
• Layeta Bucoy, “Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP)
• Jaime del Mundo, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• Rody Vera, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta)
• Rody Vera, “Ibalong” (TP)

Outstanding Translation or Adaptation
• Rody Vera, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Outstanding Musical Direction
• Sweet Plantado-Tiongson and Joseph Tolentino, “Grease” (9 Works Theatrical)
• Only Torres, “The Producers” (Rep)
• Rony Fortich, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• Carol Bello, “Ibalong” (TP)
• Josefino “Chino” Toledo, “San Andres B” (Tanghalang Pilipino)

Outstanding Original Musical Composition
• Josefino “Chino” Toledo, “San Andres B” (TP)
• Carol Bello, “Ibalong” (TP)
• Noel Cabangon and Jed Balsamo, “Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP)
• Rony Fortich, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• Jeff Hernandez, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta)

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production 
• Edna Vida Froilan, “A Christmas Carol” (BP)
• Carlo Pacis, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (BP)
• Gerard Francisco (“Ang Palasyo ng Mga Duwende”) and Osias Barroso and Michael Divinagracia (“Anting-Anting”), “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical 
• Arnold Trinidad and Francis Matheu, “Grease” (9WT)
• Carlon Matobato, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta)
• Nancy Crowe, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• Alden Lugnasin, “Ibalong” (TP)

Outstanding Costume Design 
• Raven Ong, “Alice in Wonderland” (Rep)
• Raven Ong, “Boeing, Boeing” (Rep)
• Mio Infante, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• Tuxqs Rutaquio, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)
• Leeroy New, “Ibalong” (TP)

Outstanding Lighting Design 
• John Batalla, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• John Batalla, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)
• Jay Aranda, “San Andres B” (TP)
• Jolu Escaño, “Red” (Actor’s Actors, Inc.)
• John Batalla, “The Graduate” (Rep)

Outstanding Sound Design 
• Jeff Hernandez, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta)
• Dodo Lim, “Red” (AAI)
• Rards Corpus, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• TJ Ramos, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)
• TJ Ramos, “Ibalong” (TP)

Outstanding Set Design
• Mio Infante, “The Graduate” (Rep)
• Gino Gonzales, “Alice in Wonderland” (Rep)
• Damien Anne and Baby Imperial-Anne, “Red” (AAI)
• Lex Marcos, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta)
• Mio Infante, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

Female Lead Performance in a Play
• Regina de Vera, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Male Lead Performance in a Play
• Bart Guingona, “Red” (AAI)
• Reb Atadero, “The Graduate” (Rep)
• Jonathan Tadioan, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Female Featured Performance in a Play
• Carla Dunareanu, “Boeing, Boeing” (Rep)
• Raquel Pareño, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Male Featured Performance in a Play
• Joaquin Valdes, “Red” (AAI)
• Joe Gruta, “Kanser” (Gantimpala Theater Foundation)
• Lou Veloso, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)
• Marco Viaña, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Female Lead Performance in a Musical
• Jenine Disederio, “Ibalong” (TP)
• Trixie Esteban, “Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP)
• Nikki Gil, “They’re Playing Our Song” (9WT)
• Chimmi Kohchet-Chua, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• Cris Villonco, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta)

Male Lead Performance in a Musical 
• Gian Magdangal, “Grease” (9WT)
• Robbie Zialcita, “The Producers” (Rep)
• Audie Gemora, “No Way to Treat a Lady” (Rep)
• Lawrence Martinez, “They’re Playing Our Song” (9WT)
• Anton Posadas, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

Female Featured Performance in a Musical 
• Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta)
• Pinky Marquez, “No Way to Treat a Lady” (Rep)
• Bituin Escalante, “Alice in Wonderland” (Rep)
• Lynn Sherman, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• G Töngi-Walters, “The Producers” (Rep)

Male Featured Performance in a Musical 
• Audie Gemora, “The Producers” (Rep)
• Noel Rayos, “The Producers” (Rep)
• Joel Trinidad, “The Producers” (Rep)
• Joel Trinidad, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• Cheeno Macaraig, “Ibalong” (TP)

Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance 
• Katherine Trofeo, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (BP)
• Kris-Belle Paclibar, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (BP)
• Carissa Adea, “Rock Supremo” (BP)
• Joan Emery Sia, “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)
• Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance
• Nonoy Froilan, “A Christmas Carol” (BP)
• Cyril Fallar, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (BP)
• Richardson Yadao, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (BP)
• Richardson Yadao, “Rock Supremo” (BP)
• Michael Divinagracia, “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Female Featured Performance in Modern Dance 
• Guia Gequinto, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (BP)
• Monica Gana, “Rock Supremo” (BP)
• Jan Erika Basilio, “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)
• Missy Macuja Elizalde, “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Male Featured Performance in Modern Dance
• Jean Marc Cordero, “A Christmas Carol” (BP)
• Richardson Yadao, “A Christmas Carol” (BP)
• Earl John Arisola, “Rock Supremo” (BP)
• Jean Marc Cordero, “Rock Supremo” (BP)
• Victor Maguad, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance
• Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, “Le Corsaire” (BM)
• Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, The “Nutcracker” (BM)
• Dawna Mangahas in “The Nutcracker” (BM)
• Denise Parungao, “Giselle” (BP)
• Katherine Trofeo, “Giselle” (BP)

Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance
• Mikhail Martinyuk, “La Bayadere” (BM)
• Rudy de Dios, “The Nutcracker” (BM)
• Earl John Arisola, “Giselle” (BP)
• Jean Marc Cordero, “Giselle” (BP)

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance
• Jan Erika Basilio, “Le Corsaire” (BM)
• Dawna Mangahas “Le Corsaire” (BM)
• Jessa Balote, “The Nutcracker” (BM)
• Missy Macuja Elizalde, “The Nutcracker” (BM)
• Rita Winder, “Giselle” (BP)

Male Featured Performance in Classical Dance
• Francis Cascaño, “Le Corsaire” (BM)
• Gerardo Francisco Jr., “Le Corsaire” (BM)

Outstanding Modern Dance Production
• “A Christmas Carol” (BP)
• “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (BP)
• “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Outstanding Classical Dance Production
• “Le Corsaire” (BM)
• “The Nutcracker” (BM)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play or Musical
• Robbie Guevarra, “Grease” (9WT)
• Bart Guingona, “Red” (AAI)
• Maribel Legarda, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta)
• Jaime del Mundo, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• Tuxqs Rutaquio and Rody Vera, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play
• “Red” (AAI)
• “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical
• “Grease” (9WT)
• “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta)
• “Ibalong” (TP)
• “The Producers” (Rep)
• “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance
• “A Christmas Carol” (BP)
• “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (BP)
• “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Classical Dance
• “Giselle” (BP)
• “Le Corsaire” (BM)
• “The Nutcracker” (BM)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play
• “Red” (AAI)
• “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical
• “Grease” (9WT)
• “They’re Playing Our Song” (9WT)
• “The Producers” (Rep)

Outstanding Production for Children—Play, Musical or Dance
• “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)
• “A Christmas Carol” (BP)
• “Alice in Wonderland” (Rep)
• “Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP)
• “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

Outstanding Original Play
No nomination

Outstanding Original Musical
• “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta)
• “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)
• “Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP)
• “Ibalong” (TP)


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