Saturday, August 09, 2014

Where passion takes you...

I am continuously in awe that I have met a lot of people who are moved by their passion and talent. Besides a number of audience that look up to them, I personally admire the person that they have become as how the Creator had moulded them to be and how they are used as a tool to inspire others. The greatest thing to witness was how they started or how they grew up from dreaming, to working their way thru in making it happen to finally having it within their grasp. In addition, knowing them 'personally' drives me to write and promote the shows that they are currently working on.

1. In Hawaii, Kristian Lei, founder and teacher of the Honululu Broadway Babies are collaborating with huge stars in coming up with a concert for the developmentally disabled. Details are as follows.

I have featured Ms. Kristian Lei before, mentioning a line up of the projects that she had done. And like what I emphasised in writing that post, she remains humble despite an impressive background, not mentioning being part of Ms. Saigon as Kim. And yes, she can sing in English, German, Italian, French  and Tagalog language. 

2. This September 2014 in London, "Here Lies Love", a musical about the controversial life of now, an icon, Ms. Imelda Marcos will be opened. From her great influence to her husband dealing with 

a glimpse of the "Here Lies Love" Production

politics as his own country's president to the lifestyle that she once had as the first lady. The ups and downs of it all until she had lost it in the long run. All of these in an explosive array of lively music and fun numbers that is sure to fire up the stage. This modern musical opened a great demand for Asian talents in London wherein 3 of its new cast are good friends of mine.

Christine Allado

Aaron Jan Mercado

Julius Ebreo
I would like to congratulate them in gaining this opportunity to represent Philippines with their genuine talent and unbeatable perseverance. 

3. In Hong Kong, Horace Mui collaborates with a colleague MS. CRISEL CONSUNJI (whom I've known for more than 6 years now and have worked with for almost 2 years in the happiest place in the planet) in coming up with a concert on September 6, 7:00pm at DBS Auditorium, located in Kowloon. 

4. Furthermore, another colleague had opened his new dance studio, situated in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, called, the Russ Dance Factory and it is by far promising in so many ways.

If you are planning to shed off inches off those love handles; if you want to take the first step in remaining healthy and on your feet effortlessly, or just if you want to feel good about yourself, there are sure ways as you book classes thru their fabulous website. Both available and accessible in English and Chinese, experience its user friendly online booking to assist you fully into a workout programme that you see fits best to your taste and preference.

Tim Russ Fernandez-Lam had been a friend and an inspiration since Day 1. I got to work with him for good 3 years and I know him as the driven, hard-working and persevering type. These traits reflect the team that he had put together that may fire-away all your hesitations in challenging yourself into becoming a better you. He encourages everybody to celebrate their individuality by being healthy in mind, body and spirit. In combining this with personality, confidence and guts, the real you is hailed. And that's sexy! Give their classes a try and I assure you, you will have fun and will sign up for more.

Here is the latest update that is worth booking. For further details, visit their website by clicking on the picture.

5. Battle of the Babes – World Model Search 


Kannie Chung
Au Yee Ka

Wong Yue Xoum

Virginia Jessie Li

Rose Mary Darsi

Angelica A. Dizon

Anna Miles

Kwan Yuen Tong


Ng Yan Ting

Catherine Villadelgado

Zoey Ma

Candy Knutzen
Pixie A Valeroo
Chan Lai Yan Theresa
Sharon Yeung
Marichu Ranoco
Christine Joy Tuvilla
Abby Adeva
Carvi Lou Jong Brosoto
Margie Titular De Torres
Ysa-Lou Claribel Joson
Abbygael Reyes
Gold Lopez

Hong Kong, China and Macau models are invited to register now to compete in the Battle of the Babes World Model Search Hong Kong events which will take place in early August.

The first HKG heat will be held on Thursday 14th August at SPICY FINGERS Bar and Restaurant, 78-82 Jaffe Rd, Wanchai, Hong Kong

The winning model will progress to the World Final (also to be held in Hong Kong); competing against the winning models from USA, Thailand, Philippines Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. The overall world winner will win a trip to Paris, international modeling work, magazine features & more.

The event features some of the world’s best up and coming new models.


Battle of the Babes
– World Model Search is a brand new global event; an international model search pageant with events taking place within the Asia Pacific Region in 2013/2014.

Over 1000 models have already registered to take part in the first year’s event, with more registering on a daily basis.

The events started in Asia during October and November 2013, with multiple shows held in The Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. New Zealand events took place throughout March and April 2014 at venues throughout the country. Australia was the most recent country to host events, with shows held in 5 states throughout May, with the Australian National Final held in June at the Hard Rock Cafe, Sydney. These first 5 event countries are now completed, with the first 5 World Finalists confirmed.

The United States of America & Hong Kong will be the next countries to take part.

Battle of the Babes World Model Search will continue to grow internationally as more countries are added for the next year’s event; which will start in early 2015.

CATV VILLADELGADO,  a young, radiant, talented lass who will be competing for the first heat had been a colleague and friend since I got here in Hong Kong last 2007. Come to Spicy Fingers on August 14. Admission entitles you to one vote that may help her achieve a place in the world search.

6. In the Philippines, I would like to catch the attention of my countrymen who are dedicated to their craft, with their love of music and its creation and expression as how Saturnino Tiamson, a colleague and co-worker, had embraced everyday while he performs in Hong Kong Disneyland. With his help, here is another opportunity to learn more and enhance your gift. Musicians, composers and anybody whose life is encompassed to music, read on for details.

"As a way of giving back to his countrymen, Mr. Saturnino H. Tiamson Jr. (HK Disneyland Band Leader & Bagong Bayani Awardee for Culture and the Arts 2014 by Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc), will be conducting Percussion Workshop and Music Talk this August at the following venues:

AUGUST 11 at 9am

Percussion Workshop and Music Talk in cooperation with Angono Tourism Office, Samahan ng mga Banda sa Angono and JB Music

Venue: Angono Lakeside Park ( Wawa ) , Angono, Rizal 

Contact persons : Mr. Dennis Gerona @ 0915- 3529600, Mr. Mikhail Senson @ 0906-8671894 & Prof. Jose Rommel “ Jopat “ Gragera @ 0936-4085111

AUGUST 13 at 6pm

Percussion workshop for Manila Philharmonic Orchestra Kids ( MPO Kids )

Venue : Tondo, Manila

Contact person: Maestro Rodel Colmenar ( founder/ music director/ conductor of MPO )

AUGUST 14 at 5pm 

Percussion Workshop and Music Talk in cooperation with PASAMBAP, Inc., Imus Youth Symphonic Band '83 and JB Music

Venue : Kademyahan ng Imus Youth Symphonic Band '83, 
# 6 CastaƱeda St. Poblacion 1-C Imus, Cavite. 
Contact Persons : Ms. Alexis Constantino @ 0927-6579446 
& Mr. Dennis Gerona at 0915- 3529600

AUGUST 16 at 9am
Percussion Workshop and Music Talk in cooperation with PASAMBAP, Inc., Banda Kabyaw Inc. and JB Music
Venue : Cabiao, Nueva Ecija
Contact Person : Mr. Alvin Sahagun @ 0926-1987988
& Mr. Dennis Gerona at 0915- 3529600

The 2nd Laguna Marching Band Boot Camp
A project of JCI San Pedro Portal Key in cooperation with PASAMBAP, Inc
Project Chairman : Saturnino Tiamson, Jr
Date and Venue : TBA

Percussion Workshop and Music Talk in cooperation with PASAMBAP, Inc 
Bulacan Province "

Date and Venue: TBA"

Source - The National Commission of Cultural and Arts

7. If you also get the chance to end up in Manila during these dates, check out this production: 

"Noli Me Tangere, The Opera - A Masterpiece, a Classic and an Immortal Novel by Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Composed and Written by National Artists Felipe de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino...A Compelling Novel about – Love, Betrayal, Oppression, Vengeance and Hope. Performed By a cast of more than 30 Filipino Opera Artists from New York and Manila and the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Rodel Colmenar / Stage & Costume Design by Jerry Sibal under the direction of Freddie Santos. Experience, Witness and Enjoy the Opera at the World Class Newport Performing Arts Theater
Show Starts this September 11 till the 28th
Tickets are available at Resorts World Manila Box Office and Ticket World Outlets"

These are just a few of all the great talented people who continuously live their dream to the fullest. As I have interviewed some of them (which will be posted much later on), I realise there is more than what the outcome will be. The journey is the most important upon reaching the highest point of their careers. And in every interview, that's what I consider the most substantial of all. So, watch out for it.

Related posts:

1. ELA LISONDRA - a young, driven Filipina who makes her debut as a triple threat as she becomes one of the cast in the rebirth of Miss Saigon 2014 (Westend, London).

2. ARIEL REONAL - an world class Filipino talent who brings out the soul in every performance he does. Most recently, being also one of the cast of Miss Saigon 2014.

3. NO TEARS, JUST GET INSPIRED INSTEAD - An array of Filipino talents who never fail to bring prestige to their craft as they hon their skills and becoming the best at what they do.

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