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‘Staycation’

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I don’t remember my family ever being in the habit of heading out of the city (and enduring seemingly endless traffic jams) to hit the beach or the mountains in the north during those holy days of Lent.   What I do remember is every single television station shutting down from Maundy Thursday to Black [...]

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Anatomy of an interview–not that one

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Lea Salonga

Just so we’re clear, this is being written from an interviewee’s perspective. That should be obvious, since I’ve been interviewed numerous times over the course of my career.

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Turning Japanese

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Ramin Karimloo

Seems I spend more time at Narita International Airport on layovers than I do at any other major city’s airport. For years I had wished I could step out of the terminal and see what’s there to see in Japan. A week ago, I got that wish.

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Message to Blake: Come back soon

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BRITISH band Blake with Nikki Gil before the Glorietta show

Ollie Baines, Humphrey Berney, Jules Knight, and Stephen Bowman are more popularly known as Blake.   Most assuredly, more than just a few female hearts fluttered at the arrival of the British classical vocal quartet in Manila (on Nov. 30). I’ve heard of them from their past trips to the country for performances, but unfortunately, [...]

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The thrill of seeing stars in the making

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NICOLE Chien: “OK, Mommy (Lea), now I’m ready to sing in one of your shows.” facebook photo

So, how did my daughter (Nicole) do at her school’s show?   This was a school musical, where children of various ages, from kindergarten to high school, would get up to sing in front of a few hundred people (mostly parents, grandparents, close friends and caretakers). This was an audience that was not the least [...]

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Another opening, another show

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LEA with Telly Leung (formerly of “Glee”) in “Allegiance”-  photo: Henry Dirocco/ Contributor

SAN DIEGO, California— Well, here we are … almost.   It’s Sunday and the entire cast (of “Allegiance”) was called in for a clean-up rehearsal at the theater before the 7 p.m. performance. Our days have been spent this way for the last week and a half: rehearsals during the day, a show at night. [...]

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Orchestral heaven

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My most recent gigs have been orchestral productions. That is, my accompanying band has been an orchestra—be it small, medium or large. (Speaking of which, I’d like to convey hearty cheers to all involved with the creation of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. Hugs to Mickey Muñoz and Gerard Salonga, two of my favorite people, who [...]

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With Cecile, Lisa in weekend shows

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It’s Tuesday morning and over the past few days I’ve been running my brother’s medley demos on my music player whenever I can. Our first rehearsal for “The Legends and the Classics” is tomorrow. I know we’ll only be in practice mode; still I want to show up prepared. The concert is this Saturday and [...]

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Feels like home

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My nice, long stay in New York has officially begun. But first, let me reminisce about Manila and Hong Kong … Remember that private corporate gig I mentioned here last week? It was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of First Pacific, established in Hong Kong by Manuel V. Pangilinan. To help celebrate the momentous occasion, [...]

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