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Story time on the road

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ST. LOUIS, Missouri—On this tour, we spend many hours traveling, by plane or by car (for the crew, by bus).

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Mommy-daughter adventure continues

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About a few hours ago, as I write, a fellow school mom (our daughters are classmates in grade school) sent me this message on Facebook: “We are following your tour online. What a fantastic, enriching experience for Nicole.”

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Blurred lines

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It’s strange, this job. A performer gets up on stage and basically commits emotional seppuku in front of a lot of people. There’s the emotional roller coaster within the context of playing a role and, in the process, taking an audience for the ride.

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On the road again, with a special assistant

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PINT-SIZED roadie Nic shows off her Rainbow Loom collection

The special roadie is my daughter Nicole. Nic is now officially on summer break, not due back in Manila until June (she’ll be a second grader then). In the meantime, she’s accompanying Mommy on tour with Il Divo in North America, Canada and Mexico. (For the full tour schedule, check ildivo.com/us/events.)

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Turning chairs

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And what a chair it is, too! Brand-spanking new and shiny, and far more comfortable than its predecessor, my new chair merely added to the excitement that was this: Blind Auditions for “The Voice: Kids.”

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First day of school

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AUTHOR (left) with fellow coaches Bamboo and Sarah Geronimo consulted with child psychologists. photo: TheVoiceABSCBN on Facebook

That’s how I described my first day back on “The Voice of the Philippines.” This time, we were not auditioning adults; we were auditioning children.

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Getting it right

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THE MANILA stop of Il Divo’s world tour is at Newport Theater on March 19.  photo: http://www.ildivo.com/rudy de doncker

It’s one of the many things I love about musical theater. To some degree, I get to exercise it on the current Il Divo tour. It’s one of those things that you don’t realize until you’re in the thick of it, in the middle of a long run. A moment arrives that makes you tell yourself how incredibly lucky you are.

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State of panic

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I hate being sick in the run of a show. More than the physical discomfort and staying in bed the whole day, what gets to me is not being able to do my job.   So, getting sick while on the Il Divo tour (worse, after only two performances) was something I was neither wanting, [...]

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Friends, amazing meals, champagne and Il Divo

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IL DIVO  Photo: http://www.ildivo.com/RUDY DE DONCKER

I don’t think I could have asked for a better birthday. It was spent in Seoul in the company of good friends, who bonded over amazing Korean meals (lunch was with a “Flower Drum Song” coactor, Kim Varhola, her two beautiful sons and her mother; dinner was with Kim again, her husband—and my sometime leading man—Michael K. Lee, plus two of their colleagues), and a bottle of Dom Pérignon 2003. Oh yeah, and I also got to perform with Il Divo.

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Youth not wasted on these music lovers

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If there’s anything I am taking away from our recent trip to Hong Kong, it is that the tradition of classical music shall continue in the hands of some very talented young people.   At the HK Philharmonic fundraiser “Love, Passion, Music” last Saturday, the program included kids (12 years and younger) playing Mozart, Strauss [...]

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Days of love and music

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Lea Salonga. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

It’s a strange thing, my line of work … it’s kind of necessary to be nocturnal (I find myself peaking at night rather than during the day, which works great for concerts, but not always in real life), the workdays include whole weekends, and the holidays make me smile, but not for the same reasons as most people.

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Singing in thanksgiving

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Right off the bat, allow me to thank everyone who watched “Do You Hear the People Sing” (DYHTPS) last week at Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Because of your generosity, we raised over P24 million, just what we needed to build 200 new houses (via Habitat for Humanity Philippines) for “Yolanda” survivors.

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