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Going blind anew for ‘The Voice 2’

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And here we go again! My fellow coaches—Apl.de.ap, Bamboo, and Sarah Geronimo—and I just concluded another round of Blind Auditions for “The Voice of the Philippines.”

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‘Miss Saigon’s’ homegrown Kim is living her dream

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MANALANG (AND WITH ALISTAIR BRAMMER, INSET). Has learned to be more independent.

It has been four months since Tanya Manalang began her stint as Fil-Am Eva Noblezada’s alternate in the coveted role of Kim in the West End revival of “Miss Saigon.” But, the petite 26-year-old stage actress still can’t believe her luck. She beams, “Getting cast in the musical has always been a dream—and now I’m living it!”

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What makes a hero?

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THE A-TEAM recently won a gold medal at the World Hip Hop International in Las Vegas, Nevada.  JOHN SALANGSANG/FACEBOOK PHOTO

“I have asked myself many times: Is the Filipino worth suffering, or even dying, for? Is he not a coward who would readily yield to any colonizer, be he foreign or homegrown? Is a Filipino more comfortable under an authoritarian leader because he does not want to be burdened with the freedom of choice? Is he unprepared, or worse, ill-suited for presidential or parliamentary democracy?

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Jonjon Briones’ success should be celebrated

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BRIONES. Cast as The Engineer in “Miss Saigon.”

Badette Lim, office employee: “I just watched the trailer of the current ‘Miss Saigon’ production in London and felt proud watching Jonjon Briones as The Engineer! Based on what I saw, he’s a good musical-theater actor whose success all Filipinos should celebrate!”

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Fil-Am singer goes from singing ‘I’d Give My Life for You’ to ‘I Poop’

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JENNIFER Paz and Anthony Fedorov

Jennifer Paz, a Filipino-American singer-actress who starred as Kim in numerous “Miss Saigon” productions, and also performed in “Les Miserables” and other musicals, has gone from singing “I’d Give My Life for You” to “I Poop.” And she’sloving every minute of it because “I Poop” is one of the songs she sings with her husband, “American Idol” Season Four finalist Anthony Fedorov in celebration of their son, Julian.

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