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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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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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‘One Kapamilya Go’ wows fans on both US coasts

Clockwise from top right: Jodi Sta Maria & Richard Yap croon a love duet; Lea Salonga looks regal as she sings her hits; Yeng & Bamboo energize the crowd with their powerful number; from left, One Kapamilya Go Head Ricky Resurreccion, ABS-CBN North America Managing Director Chinky De Jesus, Mrs. Eleanor De Leon, NY-based Philippine Consul General Mario De Leon Jr., Prudential Center PR Head Kerry Graue and ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez receive the Proclamation of ABS-CBN TFC One Kapamilya Go Filipino Community Day from the Office of Newark Mayor and now Senator-elect Cory Booker; the One Kapamilya Go Cast at their Meet & Chat in California's Great America; and Sam Milby and Gerald Anderson plant a kiss on a lucky fan during their sizzling "Blurred Lines" number. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS/ Arman & Joyce David of AJ Images, Jaclyn Sison of OMG & Franz Bonifacio of FRaine Photography

“Sulit na sulit! Sana maulit muli! screamed ecstatic fans, who trooped in their thousands to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on October 18 and in California’s Great America in Santa Clara, California on October 20 to see “One Kapamilya Go 2013.”

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What a Tony winner learned from ‘The Voice PH’ champ

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AND THE WINNER is ... Mitoy, sharing the moment with wife Merly.   photos courtesy of abs-cbn

Tony award-winning singer-actress Lea Salonga said she learned a thing or two from “The Voice of the Philippines” grand winner Michael “Mitoy” Yonting, whom she mentored for the 16-week Kapamilya talent search.

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Bamboo on end of ‘The Voice’: It’s bittersweet for me

SOON after “The Voice PH” wrapped up, Bamboo hit the studio for his second solo record.

“The Voice of the Philippines” coach Bamboo on the end of the talent search: “It’s bittersweet for me. I poured my heart into it … but I’m relieved it’s over because I can go back to my normal thing and get some sleep! The work load was heavy. I really mentored my team; that was hard. But I’m happy with what the show has achieved.” Allan Policarpio

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Sarah says comments by Lea, Bamboo hurt her

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Singer-actress Sarah Geronimo would sometimes feel slighted by comments of “The Voice of the Philippines” fellow coaches Lea Salonga and Bamboo Mañalac but said she understood that they were all part of the show.

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Hammy hunk can’t fake romance

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ANGELICA Panganiban taunts detractors.

Hunky actor desperately needs to take acting classes—now na. Boisterous Director was totally dissatisfied with HA’s lackluster performance. HA couldn’t convincingly convey something as simple as infatuation with Pretty Partner. BD had to hire an acting coach for HA.

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Popular actor hides checkered gay-bar past

KIM CHIU’S wrath ignored by ex-friend

Popular actor must really grapple now with all sorts of unsavory rumors. PA purportedly worked in a gay bar in his youth. Online reports insist that his coarse behavior can be traced to this checkered past.

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Sarah Geronimo shines

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SOME of the action at Sarah Geronimo’s “24/SG” concert.

Sarah Geronimo giggled a lot and chattered like a teenager during her concert on Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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‘Grass of hope’

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MANDA (right), with Tayaban.

EDGARDO Manda, the president of Philippine Bamboo Foundation Inc. (PBFI), has been promoting bamboo planting as an alternative in reforestation, because these perennial evergreens act as a carbon dioxide sink that cleans the air and helps prevent erosion—which is why it’s referred to as the “grass of hope.”

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Starstruck in Manila: OPM at MoA

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BRANDISHING cameras, fans swarm the stage to capture this rare moment on the local music scene. Photo courtesy of Moy Ortiz

Saturday, June 16, is a night I shall not soon forget. Many, many stars were gathered under one roof for a special concert produced to formally launch the Mall of Asia Arena, a spanking brand-new multipurpose venue in the metropolis—yes, the one where Lady Gaga drove a motorcycle across the stage, the Philippine flag flapping behind her.

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No band,no problem for Bamboo

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For those wondering why it seemed quite easy for Bamboo to bounce back after he broke up his band, the answers lie in “No Water, No Moon”—his debut solo album.

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