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Mommy-daughter adventure continues

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About a few hours ago, as I write, a fellow school mom (our daughters are classmates in grade school) sent me this message on Facebook: “We are following your tour online. What a fantastic, enriching experience for Nicole.”

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Magna Award for Parokya Ni Edgar

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PAROKYA’S (from left) Chito Miranda, Buwi Meneses and Darius Semaña. INQSnap this page formore photos!

Chito Miranda rarely runs out of something funny or witty to say. But when his band, Parokya ni Edgar, was conferred the Magna Award at the recent Myx Music Awards 2014, the frontman, for once, was speechless.

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State of panic

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I hate being sick in the run of a show. More than the physical discomfort and staying in bed the whole day, what gets to me is not being able to do my job.   So, getting sick while on the Il Divo tour (worse, after only two performances) was something I was neither wanting, [...]

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Days of love and music

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Lea Salonga. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

It’s a strange thing, my line of work … it’s kind of necessary to be nocturnal (I find myself peaking at night rather than during the day, which works great for concerts, but not always in real life), the workdays include whole weekends, and the holidays make me smile, but not for the same reasons as most people.

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Singing in thanksgiving

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Right off the bat, allow me to thank everyone who watched “Do You Hear the People Sing” (DYHTPS) last week at Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Because of your generosity, we raised over P24 million, just what we needed to build 200 new houses (via Habitat for Humanity Philippines) for “Yolanda” survivors.

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Yes, we heard the people sing

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THE ROUSING finale of Wednesday night’s “Do You Hear the People Sing?”

Speaking to an audience that had risen to its feet in a packed 1,500-seat theater, French musical-theater composer Claude-Michel Schönberg thanked the Philippines for singer Lea Salonga, “your national treasure,” who, he said helped him and lyricist/librettist Alain Boublil put together a spectacular two-night fundraiser for “Yolanda” survivors that opened Wednesday night.

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They sang their hearts out for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

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Speaking to an audience on its feet in a packed 1,500-seat theater, French musical theater composer Claude-Michel Schonberg thanked the Philippines for singer Lea Salonga, “your national treasure,” who, he said helped him and lyricist/librettist Alain Boublil put together a two-night fundraiser for “Yolanda” survivors that opened last night.

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‘Do You Hear’ all-star cast not collecting talent fees

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PINOY team includes (from left) Jon Joven, Leo Tavarro Valdez, Lea Salonga, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Carla Guevara-Laforteza

The Philippine leg of the Asia-Pacific concert tour “Do You Hear the People Sing?” (DYHTPS) marks the first and, possibly, only time when Filipinos who are, and have been, cast in Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg productions will perform together.

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Lots and lots of singing

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NICOLE onstage. photo: MAILA AGER/INQUIRER.net

Allow me first and foremost to say a huge “thank you” to everyone who came to “Playlist: The Repeat”  last Saturday. Once again, everyone on stage had a wonderful time, and we hope you did, too. Last December’s two-nighter didn’t feel quite enough, so we felt we needed to do this show just one more [...]

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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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Escape

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As I write, New Year’s Eve is just a few days away. I’ll be honest; it isn’t always my favorite time of the year, for very selfish, self-centered reasons.

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The season to be… rushing

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It has come down to this. As I write, it is December 23, two days before Christmas. My little family is fast asleep (including the newest member, an 11-week-old Shih Tzu puppy we named Lily). I’m sitting at the kitchen table looking at my Christmas paper still rolled, greeting cards still boxed, gifts waiting to be wrapped. Whoever said, “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done,” was spot on.

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