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‘From Greek to Catwalk’ show benefits SOS Children’s Villages, Christine’s Ride to Conquer Cancer

By Alex P. Vidal

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A benefit show dubbed “From Geek to Catwalk: Miss Universe Canada 2012 Fundraiser (Christine Adela White FTW)” was successfully launched at the Burrard Ballroom of the Century Plaza Hotel on March 24.
Attended mostly by prominent personalities in the entertainment and business world of the Filipino-Canadian community, the event was a fundraiser for Miss Universe Canada 2012 benefiting the SOS Children’s Villages and Christine’s Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Cassie Dee sponsored a fashion show with a theme: “Inner-Geek vs. Pageant-Miss,” Wii gaming tournament, Music & Dance (the dancefloor encourages dancing!), Cash bar, 50/50 Draw, and Prizes and silent auction items donated by Christine’s sponsors

BEAUTY BUFF

“You may not be a beauty buff, but you certainly know how to bask in the life of a gamer. Indeed, it requires a demonstration of skill to be considered l33t of the l33t. Christine Adela White is a self-acclaimed gamer-heart-champion – MMORPGs are her forte (“For-te”-win) – and thus a tournament is born. Unusual? I think not!” White announced earlier.
She also earlier stated that, “When these three worlds collide, you have Christine Adela White – Miss Universe Canada 2012 B.C. Regional Finalist, ready to take on the pageant floor in May for the title of Miss Universe Canada 2012. All of the proceeds go to the SOS Children’s Villages and Christine’s Ride to Conquer Cancer.”

STATIONS

Tournament set up included several stations equipped with a Wii console with three titles at stake: Best in shooting hoops, Fencing champ, and Fastest Rower.
Top scores/streaks were listed on a visual scoreboard enabling participants to know what the top score was to beat. Winner was determined by the top average and awarded with a gift-basket collaborated by White’s sponsors and friends.
This portion of the event was geared to bring awareness to cyber-bullying. White is a proud supporter of the “Stop a Bully.ca” program (http://www.stopabully.ca/).

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Newly arrived OFW collapses in Canada airport

By Alex P. Vidal

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After being in coma for six days, Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Josefina “Majo” Tumbaga finally opened her eyes at the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSICU) of the St. Paul’s Hospital on Burrard St. March 26.
She underwent heart surgery supervised by Dr. Anson Cheung, surgical director of the Cardiac Transplant of British Columbia, according to hospital nurse Anabelle Mangaliman.
Tumbaga, 30, was rushed to the hospital after she collapsed upon arrival at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on March 20, an apparent victim of cardiac arrest.
She arrived without any companion via Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from Manila and was bound for Toronto where she was scheduled to work at Tim Hortons, hospital staff Judy Pagud said in an exclusive interview.

NO RELATIVES

“She has no relatives in Canada. Although she has regained consciousness after six days of being in coma, she could not speak,” Mangaliman said. “She was still in state of shock.”
Narima Dela Cruz, a community leader who responded to information about Tumbaga, talked to the patient and assured her she would be fine. “Magpalakas ka. Lakasan mo ang loob mo. Magkapamilya tayo at marami tayo rito (Be strong. We are all one big family here. We will help you),” said the teary eyed Dela Cruz.
Tumbaga had tube and dextrose attached on her neck and body and was being monitored by a machine. She tried to speak but could not say a word. Hysterical and crying, she finally was able to say “thank you” in a hoarse but inaudible voice.

‘KEEP ON PRAYING’

Another community leader, Nemecio Cepeda Sr., cried while telling Tumbaga to “keep on praying.”
“You are in good hands,” assured Cepeda, who underwent heart surgery in the same hospital in 2008. “I was once in that bed (pointing to where Tumbaga was laying) and stayed here for three and a half months.”
“Nakakaawa. Hindi puedeng hindi ka mapaiyak sa sitwasyon niya (No one can bear seeing her in that situation),” lamented caregiver Alejandro Sevillo, who visited Tumbaga together with Dela Cruz and Cepeda.
They promised Tumbaga to visit her again.

MOTHER

Dela Cruz asked from Mangaliman the contact number of Tumbaga’s mother, Juliet Gutierrez, in Pasong Tamo, Makati, Philippines and called the mother by long distance.
“The mother was crying and was very worried. She was asking if Majo is already conscious. I assured her Majo has regained consciousness but could not yet speak,” said Dela Cruz, who was also able to get in touch with Tumbaga’s aunt, Divine Pimentel.
It was not immediately known if Tumbaga was married.
Tumbaga’s hospital bill reportedly costs $1,500 per day, excluding the medicines, among other expenses. Tumbaga was supposed to be covered by insurance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) but unconfirmed reports said she had no insurance.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

I LOVE YOU MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY (A compilation of my personal thoughts and IDEAS)

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

‘FYE Live’ talents perform Motown classic

By Alex P. Vidal

SURREY, British Columbia — The “FYE (For Your Entertainment) Live” talents of MaxiPro Productions will showcase the Motown classic from 9:30-10:30 pm at Shaw Multiculutural Channel 116 on March 25. Composed of young recording artists mentored by Socorro “Babes” Newland, Debbie Arkoncel, and Jackie Diy, the talents will perform some of the greatest classics popularized by immortal artists like Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Four Tops, Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvelettes, Mary Wells, Contours, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Eddie Holland, among others.
WORLD CLASS
“Most of the talents are already world-class and perform like Hollywood recording stars,” observed Reyfort Media Group chairman Rey Fortaleza, co-producer of the event. “Most of them are past winners of the PNT Singing Idol and community talents that are gifted in dancing, acting and singing.”
Glisha Dela Cruz, daughter of 2012 Top 25 Canadian Immigrants qualifier Narima Dela Cruz, is the latest member of the pool of talents.
ROLE
Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music, by achieving a crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its soul-based subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as The Motown Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence.
Motown has owned or distributed releases from more than 45 subsidiaries in varying genres, although it is most famous for its releases in the music genres of rhythm and blues, soul, hip hop, and pop.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

PNT SINGING IDOL SEASON 5

Duarte, Nuestro, Stacey steal
limelight in PNT Idol prelims

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia  — Jacinto Duarte proved that at 56, age doesn’t matter as he clinched the first prize in the adult category even as Jasmin Nuestro and Jazmin Stacey romped off with the championships in the young and kids categories respectively during the kick off monthly finals of the “PNT Singing Idol” Season 5 at the Java Jazz and Bistro on March 17.

Hosted by “Pork and Bean” duo Jerry “PapaBear” Legaspi and Winnie “Jojo” Alpuerto, the singing competitions for Filipino-Canadians also saw the rise of kids category first runner-up Kayla Encarnacio and second runner-up Shiela May Norcasa.
Also head-turners were young category first runner-up Shannon Polo, 15, and second runner-up Sylvia Castillo, 21.
Darwin Dela Cruz wound up first runner-up to Duarte in adult category followed by second runner-up Mary Grace Eridiano, 33.
“Here in the PNT Singing Idol, there are no losers. Everybody is winner,” declared Alpuerto, who is over-all organizer, musical and script program director.
Resident judges and past PNT Singing Idol champions Emee Escaro and Wel Medina joined fellow Flazbak Band member Ron Militar and Java Jazz manager and 2011 Maharlika awardee Salvacion “Salve” Dayao, 2012 Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards qualifier Narima Dela Cruz, and Reyfort Media Group chairman Rey Fortaleza in awarding of trophies.
Performers during the three-hour program were Anjela Blanca Gerardo, JJ Cepeda, Vanessa Marle Hillman, and Charisse Curata.
“As early as five o’clock in the afternoon, fans started arriving and Java Jazz had been transformed into a mini theater,” said Legaspi, who is overall coordinator and managing director.
Here are the schedules for audition at the Olympia Pizza and Resto all from 8 to 10 pm: March 3, April 13 (Friday, May 5 (Saturday), June 2 (Saturday), and July 7 (Saturday). Auditions in Java Jazz and Bistro are on Mondays to Sundays (except Tuesdays) at 5:50 to 8 pm.
Schedule of singing contests is at 7 pm Saturday on April 21, May 19, June 16, and July 21 at the Olympia Pizza and Resto.
The contest categories are: Young (15 years old and below), Young Adults (16 to 26 years old), Adults (27 years old and above).

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

CANADA’S GOT TALENT VANCOUVER AUDITIONS

PNT Idol champ Jessica Zraly makes a good account of herself

By Alex p. Vidal

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — In the 2008 “PNT Singing Idol” grand finals, then 13-year-old Jessica Zraly won the title with a hair-splitting version of the late Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you.” A star was born.
In the Vancouver Auditions of the 2012 Canada’s Got Talent on March 11, now 16-year-old Zraly sang a version of “At Last” that would make Etta James (RIP, girl) proud,
The young singer, original cast of the PNT Singing Idol performing artists, rendered a vocal run akin to Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, but she needed to do the whole act: one hand up to her ear, the other with fingers waving proudly as she hits those high notes.
In the first elimination round, she made it together with Groovement (dance group), Iron Kingdom (rock band), West Coast Lumberjacks (lumberjack stunts), Tajah (dancer), Tristan Underwood (kites), Steve and Celeste Presby (singers), Nathan Knowles (dancer), and Cameron Snee (singer).
Groovement, ages 15-23, students – their dancing was in sync. Had the judges on their feet. Easily through, wrote Leader-Post entertainer writer Gord Craig.
Here’s Craig’s rundown: Iron Kingdom, students 19-22 – heavy metal band, they’ve got some skills. Through
Westcoast Lumberjacks – displayed axe throwing, chopping and sawing. Through
Tajah – did a type of Polynesian dance I believe. It wasn’t fantastic, but she made it through.
Tristan, 15 – flies indoor kites to music (I saw an autistic young lad do this quite well on America’s Got Talent). It is pretty mesmerizing and he does it well. Through.
Celeste (40) and Steve (47) Presby – married, work together and sing together. They are actually not too bad. They won’t win, but they’re not bad. Through on a 2-1 vote.
Heidi Smith and Leslie Sakata – Look really good for their ages of 35 and 31. Another Polynesian type dance. Not through.
Nathan Knowles, 16 – Refers to himself as a circus artist. He is a contortionist and acrobat. Very strong and smooth. Through.
Cameron Snee, 13 – He sang Danny Boy and has been taking voice lessons since the age of five. Very pure voice and is easily through.
Jessica Zraly, 16, singer – She told the judges she was singing Etta James’ At Last – a tall order for anyone, but at 16. I have three letters for this performance W-O-W! Very soulful for her age. Outstanding, I actually had goosebumps. Easily through.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Uncategorized