By Allan Policarpio
More than a mere vehicle to inspire composers—young and old, famous or inexperienced—to write and produce new songs, Ryan Cayabyab envisions the Philippine Popular Music Festival (Philpop) songwriting competition as a catalyst for the local music industry’s improvement. “We want to put the spotlight on Philippine music, and hopefully, spark a new movement that [...]
By Nestor U. Torre
Last April 8 at 11:15 a.m., Marvin Agustin unveiled his latest TV show, “Karinderya Wars,” on TV5, and a good, hearty time was had by all. What makes the new reality challenge a perfect fit for Marvin is the fact that, aside from performing, he’s become quite a hit at bankrolling a wide range of restaurants, so he knows whereof he speaks.
By Behn Cervantes
The Philippines, like Venezuela, is addicted to international beauty pageants. In 1953, Armi Kuusela of Finland, the first Miss Universe, conquered the country when she came for a surprise visit.
By Andy Bais
VLADIMIR Macaspac, televiewer: “Why can’t local TV singing tilts do away with the contestants’ ‘emotional back stories’? We have enough tearjerkers on TV.
By Rito P. Asilo
CHOOSING 14 of the best songs from more than 3,000 entries submitted to the Philippine Popular Music Festival is no easy task—but, the exciting endeavor is giving the beleaguered music industry the invigorating boost it deserves.
Jessica Sanchez faced off with Phillip Phillips Tuesday night (Friday morning Manila time) in front of 7,000 fans at the Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE to become the next American Idol.
By Elton Lugay
Aspiring singer Heejun Han may have been recently bumped off “American Idol,” but his budding friendship with Jessica Sanchez is something he will always remember.
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Does the country need another singing contest? Apparently it does—judging from the huge turnout during the last leg of auditions for the new GMA 7 reality search “Protege,” held at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall last weekend. “So many Filipinos want to become famous,” said talent manager Joji Dingcong, who sits as audition [...]
By Marinel R. Cruz
Angelia Ong quit school to pursue her dream of stardom. “Finishing college is still among my goals in life. I just thought, why not try show biz now while I’m still young?” said the junior mass communication student at the St. Paul University in Iloilo. “I don’t encourage other kids to stop school. I will [...]