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And then there were four

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TOP FOUR finalists (clockwise, from top, left) Darlene Vibares, Darren Espanto, Lyca Gairanod and Juan Karlos Labajo.  THE VOICE FACEBOOK PHOTOS

We’re down to the final weekend of “The Voice Kids” and four young artists—Darren Espanto and Lyca Gairanod from Team Sarah, Juan Karlos Labajo from Team Bamboo, Darlene Vibares from Team Lea—have their eyes on the title.

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Food tripping (again) in NYC

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THE AUTHOR at Southern Hospitality, with Nikki Renee Daniels, Jeff Kready and their baby Lena. Facebook/Jeff Kready

If there is one pleasure that I invariably find in New York besides watching Broadway shows, it’s food tripping. Every time I head to the city, I try new restaurants with friends. The cuisines differ, but the experience always leads to happiness and my clothing size going up a tick or two (but it’s so worth it).

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New York state of happy

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SALONGA. Something to look forward to.

I took a brief trip to New York last week for a little bit of work. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to take in a couple of Broadway shows in the process. This season has been an interesting one, what with the opening of several really great shows and the closing of a few others. Since my time in New York was severely limited, there was time to take in only two of them, and I believe I chose well: “Aladdin,” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

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Filipino ‘Engineer’ a ‘sleazier’ smash hit in Miss Saigon revival in London

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THE STANDOUT, SCENE STEALER Jon Jon Briones came from ensemble to front and center and the leading role where every night is a standing ovation. MATTHEW MURPHY/ WWW.MISS-SAIGON.COM

The heat is on in “(Miss) Saigon” and the critics have spoken: Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer in the hit musical’s revival production in London’s West End is “the show’s standout, stealing every scene his Engineer comes close to.” This is the verdict from the premier theater website Broadway World UK, which hails the Filipino-American actor for “bringing freshness and exuberance to a role he knows so very well.”

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Public face vs private life

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Right now, “The Voice Kids” is enjoying incredible ratings (many thanks to the show’s many fans), which means we are viewed by millions of people. I don’t mean the coaches (Bamboo, Sarah Geronimo and myself), but the kids who are inching their way to the Live Semi-Finals on July 19 and 20, and the Grand [...]

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