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Laughter, tears, love and great music

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REGINE turns emotional while performing a mashup of “You” and ”Leader of the Band.”

Not a few wondered if Regine Velasquez could take the stage so soon after her father, local show biz’s Mang Gerry, passed away. But Friday night at SM Mall of Asia Arena, for her Valentine concert, “Voices of Love,” with Martin Nievera, the 43-year-old “Songbird” came out in fighting form.

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Regine Velasquez: I was prepared; last year was the worst

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REGINE sang to Mang Gerry and Nate in her “Silver” anniversary concert in 2012. photo by girlie rodis/contributor

Singer Regine Velasquez looked none the worse for wear three days after her father, known in the biz as Mang Gerry was laid to rest. (He passed away on Feb. 3, after a lingering battle with emphysema.)

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V-Day with the Mad Man

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THE SHOW goes on for Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez.

What would Valentine’s Day be without a Martin Nievera concert? The Concert King’s countless hits have always been the favorite companion of every true-blue romantic Pinoy through all the crazy twists and turns of love.

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Martin, Regine just have friendly fun onstage

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Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez talk, joke and laugh a lot about each other’s love life—and it’s infectious. Even when completing each other’s sentences, they’re sure to end the exchanges with a chuckle, a snort, or a full-on guffaw.

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Lea Salonga’s ‘Playlist’ guests daughter Nicole Chien, Martin Nievera

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Nicole Beverly Chien sings “Yesterday’s Dream” during her mother’s “Playlist” repeat performance at the PICC Plenary Hall. INQUIRER.net/Maila Ager

International singing superstar and theater icon Lea Salonga pulled a surprise during the repeat of her “Playlist” concert on Saturday night at the PICC Plenary Hall when she called her daughter, Nicole Beverly Chien, to join her on stage to sing.

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Celebs’ virtual 2014 life manual: ‘Roar!’

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BRILLANTE Ma. Mendoza. INQUIRER PHOTO

Today marks the “official” end of the Pinoy Christmas season. As we stash away our holiday décor, let us find room in our hearts for the lessons that 2013 left us with.   As we welcome 2014, I asked some celebs about the most important thing they learned last year, which would be part of [...]

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Martin’s songs through the decades

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NIEVERA: Bravo!

I’ve watched Martin Nievera concerts so many times and I must say his “3D: Tatlong Dekada (The Repeat)” on Friday at the Big Dome tops them all.

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Martin: I never thought I was the best

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Though he’s dubbed “Concert King” in the local music industry, Martin Nievera confessed that he sometimes got anxious about whether or not he still has enough drawing power to fill up a large venue like the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Audiences’ tastes in music, he pointed out, had changed.

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Gerard Salonga started out as Lea’s unexpected pianist at 7

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Gerard Salonga said he never thought about going into music professionally, although it was part of his life growing up.

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Madcap Martin still draws ’em in with jokes, antics, music

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MARTIN Nievera shares the concert stage with (from left) son Robin   PHOTO COURTESY OF VIVA INTERACTIVE

As Martin Nievera mingled with the crowd during his recent “Tatlong Dekada” concert at the Big Dome, he noticed a balding middle-aged man. Suddenly, it hit him: He wasn’t getting any younger. Martin feigned tears, which evoked laughter. He asked the man, “Are you a fan?”

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Celebs’ thoughts on a rainy day

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MARTIN Nievera: My only super-hero strength is my will to help.

As Tropical Storm “Maring” wreaked havoc last week, many of us were virtually “under house arrest” that put us in introspective mode. So I asked some celebs about the thoughts running through their heads as the storm raged on. Nature is trying to tell us something but it seems we are not listening close enough. What we need is a permanent solution and not just a temporary relief. It better get better.

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Martin back to ‘old- school’ concert

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Has it been 30 years since a dashing young man fresh from the United States dazzled us with his songs, “Holiday,” “Be My Lady” and “Pain”?

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