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‘Miss Saigon’ alum to mark 30 years on stage with music, dance, fashion, dinner-show

Miguel Braganza II (front, right) with “Miss Saigon” cast mates

Longtime stage artist and “Miss Saigon” alumnus Miguel Braganza II is celebrating his 30 years in dance and theater by inviting friends and the public to an evening of music, dance and fashion billed as “Salamat, Salamat, New York” on Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. at Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel (135-20 39th Ave., Flushing, NY).

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Events | Read More »

Fil-Am music company expands training of young talents

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Young artists of PnC Music Company.

To help prepare students to participate in competitions, musical plays and other artistic events, the PnC Music Company has designed a year jampacked with showcases, concert series, major shows, assessments and workshops.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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Sugar Pie DeSanto, Filipino African American blues legend

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Sugar Pie DeSanto. Screengrab from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZIzF2uC9MM

Her parents — her dad was a Filipino immigrant, her mom an African American — named her Umpeylia Balinton. That wouldn’t have worked as a stage name at music clubs and blues festivals where she eventually became famous and adored.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Americas,Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rising musical artist credits a childhood of creativity and freedom

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Rogil “Ro” Birco. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Musician Rogil “Ro” Birco has been really busy lately. He recently finished a show while preparing for two upcoming roles. He just concluded his performance in “The Love Edition: Love Bytes” at Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco where his zany character travels from the future. In March, he will play a mariner in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Americas,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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Whistle-blowing to the Beatles

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It’s been 50 years since the Beatles first conquered young hearts the world over. Within days of their television appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in New York, we left the Fifties for good.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines | Read More »

Coke TV ad elicits Filipino pride…and some chuckles

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By now, you’ve heard how the multilingual version of “America the Beautiful” in Coca Cola’s Super Bowl ad caused indignation among conservatives who are still uncomfortable with cultural diversity. Many Filipinos, however, were distracted by more pressing matters about the ad.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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Before ‘America the Beautiful,’ ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ in Tagalog

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The multilingual version of “America the Beautiful” that aired last week on Super Bowl Sunday drew inane comments from Americans who were offended by the reality of a multi-ethnic America.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Martin Nievera headlines hit benefit concert in Las Vegas

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Martin Nievera sings at Suncoast Casino concert in Las Vegas for the benefit of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” victims.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY RON CABILDO

LAS VEGAS—Their concert was such a hit that a group of Filipino-American entertainers are putting on a show again for the benefit of the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines.   Some 300 people, mostly from the 30,000-strong Filipino-American community, came to watch the first show on Dec. 13, headlined by singer Martin Nievera. [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Jazz concert to benefit ‘Yolanda’ survivors

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Members of the Pinoy-Pinay Jazz group in the Bay Area will be featured at a benefit concert to raise funds for the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) in the Philippines.

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Events,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Fil-Am Symphony Orchestra top choirs perform together first time in X’mas benefit

The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra with Robert Shroder, musical director and conductor. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Benny Uy

Top Filipino-American choirs will perform together for the first time, and with the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside the Philippines, in “Handog ng FASO sa Pasko,” a Christmas benefit concert and festival, on Saturday, December 7, at the White Memorial Church, 1720 Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Events | Read More »

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