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RWM’s Pledge to Help

Mig Ayesa made a splash in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Mig Ayesa made a splash in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

After the spate of natural calamities that hit the country late last year, Resort’s World Manila together with Concert Producers Christine and Mark Manalang of Ultimate Production organized KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA. The benefit concert headlined by Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, Lani Misalucha, David Pomeranz, Mitoy & Draybers, Christian Bautista, Karylle Tatlonghari, Mark Bautista, Dulce and Fortenors, The Company and so much more was able to raise 8 million pesos in cash and pledges.

from right: RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Ultimate Production bosses Mark Manalang, Christine Manalang and RWM VP for Ent Sviatlana Burkun. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Ultimate Production bosses Mark Manalang, Christine Manalang and RWM VP for Ent Sviatlana Burkun. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Paolo Onesa, Klarisse De Guzman, Mitoy Yonting, Janice Javier, Morisette  Amon and Myk Perez. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Paolo Onesa, Klarisse De Guzman, Mitoy Yonting, Janice Javier, Morisette Amon and Myk Perez. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

 

Dulce in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Dulce in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The immensely successful concert last December 3, 2013 was followed by an even bigger concert: Voices for Visayas last January 15, 2014. It was a show that combined the best of Philippine music with the most awarded dance troupes.

from left: Senator Bong Bong Marcos with Voices organizer Manny Miñana. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Senator Bong Bong Marcos with Voices organizer Manny Miñana. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Regine Velasquez touched audiences with YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Regine Velasquez touched audiences with YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Concertgoers were also able to buy #HELP.PH t-shirts for 200 pesos whose proceeds also go to the PDRF. Help.ph allows users to donate amounts ranging from P5, P10, to P1,000 by texting. (example: HELPPH 10) to 5353.

Pops Fernandez shakes it with HOT LEGS DANCERS in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Pops Fernandez shakes it with HOT LEGS DANCERS in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

TV5 Megastar Sharon Cuneta sings SMILE to Yolanda survivors. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 Megastar Sharon Cuneta sings SMILE to Yolanda survivors. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

KATY cast w RYAN CAYABYAB SINGERS foreground from left: Gimbey Dela Cruz, Aaron Ching and Nomherlito Cipriano. They can also be seen in RAK F AEGIS at PETA from Jan31 to March 4, 2014. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

KATY cast w RYAN CAYABYAB SINGERS foreground from left: Gimbey Dela Cruz, Aaron Ching and Nomherlito Cipriano. They can also be seen in RAK F AEGIS at PETA from Jan31 to March 4, 2014. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Megastar Sharon Cuneta, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Leo Valdez, Isay Alvarez, Robert Seña, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Jed Madela and Kuh Ledesma shared the stage with the BAYANIHAN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY, BALLET PHILIPPINES and DOUGLAS NIERRAS’ POWERDANCE and PHILIPPINE MADRIGAL SINGERS. Voices for Visayas also held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila was able to raise a total of 18 million pesos.

from left: Senator Bong Bong Marcos, RWM Dir. for Sponsorship Anna Chua, RWM Dir. of Business Mgt Gaming Kris Mayo. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Senator Bong Bong Marcos, RWM Dir. for Sponsorship Anna Chua, RWM Dir. of Business Mgt Gaming Kris Mayo. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors, would not have been possible without these generous sponsors.

KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors, would not have been possible without these generous sponsors.

Mig Ayesa sings to survivors in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Mig Ayesa sings to survivors in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

RWM has been the consistent venue partner for these successful fund raising concerts. January 29&30 NPAT also hosted another once in a lifetime show: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Lead star Lea Salonga was joined by Australian stage star David Harris and internationally acclaimed French Soprano Marie Zamora. The super musical is a combination of legendary producers Boublil-Schonberg’s ‘greatest hits’- LES MISERABLES, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen and La Révolution Française.

Pilita Corrales and Chad Borja sang the Visayan classic USAHAY. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pilita Corrales and Chad Borja sang the Visayan classic USAHAY. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Klarisse in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Klarisse in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Christian Bautista & Karylle (who is recently engaged to Yael Yuzon of Spongecola). KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Christian Bautista & Karylle (who is recently engaged to Yael Yuzon of Spongecola). KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Beneficiaries: Log on to beneficiaries’ websites to donate or for more information: PDRF- http://pdrf.org/index.htm ,  Gawad Kalinga- http://gk1world.com/  , Habitat for Humanity Phil-  http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

Beneficiaries: Log on to beneficiaries’ websites to donate or for more information: PDRF- http://pdrf.org/index.htm , Gawad Kalinga- http://gk1world.com/ , Habitat for Humanity Phil- http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

Our very own Rachelle Ann Go, Jon Joven, Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Jed Madela, Cocoy Laurel, Michael Williams and Leo Tavarro Valdez all lent their voices to  the stellar cast. Proceeds will go to the benefit of Habitat for Humanity’s project for Yolanda victims.

Lani Misalucha in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Lani Misalucha in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Rannie Raymundo, Renz Verano, Richard Reynoso and Chad Borja. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Rannie Raymundo, Renz Verano, Richard Reynoso and Chad Borja. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

(Center) RWM Pres. Kingson Sian w from left: Miss Resort’s world 2012 finalists Gabrielle Runstrom and Diane Ramirez. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

(Center) RWM Pres. Kingson Sian w from left: Miss Resort’s world 2012 finalists Gabrielle Runstrom and Diane Ramirez. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM President Kingson Sian said, “Resort’s World Manila has always been the home of high quality shows from King and I to Cinderella and soon Priscilla Queen of the Desert. So it’s only natural that in time of need we use our strength in coming up with these shows to help our countrymen.”

TRIA is one of the top regular performers in Resort’s World Manila. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

TRIA is one of the top regular performers in Resort’s World Manila. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors, would not have been possible without these generous sponsors.

KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors, would not have been possible without these generous sponsors.

 

Mig Ayesa sings to survivors in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Mitoy Yonting, Paolo Onesa and Myk Perez — The VOICE finalists serenade survivors. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sian was very thankful for the countless artists who’ve lent their voices in these shows, “We have a wealth of local talent that is world class. They’ve proven that they’re also quite generous and caring in the use of their God given gifts. If it weren’t for their kindness, the generosity of our many patrons and sponsors we would not be able to put up these shows which then raise money for these worthy causes.”

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KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors, would not have been possible without these generous sponsors.

Bituin Escalante sang Waray waray and Balot Penoy with Mitch Valdes. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bituin Escalante sang Waray waray and Balot Penoy with Mitch Valdes. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Mark Bautista and Christian Bautista in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Mark Bautista and Christian Bautista in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

A recurring theme in both KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA and Voices for Visayas is Pinoy Pride. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA had El Gamma Penumbra, the renowned light and shadow dance group were able to pay homage to national heroes like Rizal and Bonifacio and even famous travel spots. The Draybers with Mitoy Yonting even had a rap medley of Francis Magallona’s greatest hits MGA KABABAYAN KO and Man from Manila. THE COMPANY performed GANYAN KAMING MGA PINOY. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA T-Shirts whose proceeds benefit Yolanda victims can be bought at Resort’s World Manila.

(center) Irene Marcos Araneta and friends. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

(center) Irene Marcos Araneta and friends. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pops Fernandez shakes it with HOT LEGS DANCERS in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Pops Fernandez shakes it with HOT LEGS DANCERS in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Log on to these reputable organizations to donate: PDRFhttp://pdrf.org/index.htm ,  Gawad Kalingahttp://gk1world.com/  , Habitat for Humanity Phil-  http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

from left: Voices organizers Nanette Medved Po & Manny Miñana. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Voices organizers Nanette Medved Po & Manny Miñana. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

(center) Isay Alvarez Seña behind her from left: Gimbey Dela Cruz & Aaron Ching. Isay & Gimbey can also be seen in RAK F AEGIS at PETA from Jan31 to March 4, 2014. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

(center) Isay Alvarez Seña behind her from left: Gimbey Dela Cruz & Aaron Ching. Isay & Gimbey can also be seen in RAK F AEGIS at PETA from Jan31 to March 4, 2014. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lani Misalucha & Mitoy Yonting in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Lani Misalucha & Mitoy Yonting in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Log on to these reputable organizations to donate: PDRFhttp://pdrf.org/index.htm ,  Gawad Kalingahttp://gk1world.com/  , Habitat for Humanity Phil-  http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

from right: Janice Javier, Klarisse De Guzman and Morisette  Amon-- The VOICE finalists serenade survivors. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: Janice Javier, Klarisse De Guzman and Morisette Amon– The VOICE finalists serenade survivors. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors, would not have been possible without these generous sponsors.

KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors, would not have been possible without these generous sponsors.

Pilita Corrales and Chad Borja sang the Visayan classic USAHAY. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pilita Corrales and Chad Borja sang the Visayan classic USAHAY. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Log on to these reputable organizations to donate: PDRFhttp://pdrf.org/index.htm ,  Gawad Kalingahttp://gk1world.com/  , Habitat for Humanity Phil-  http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

PRIVE Gen Mgr JM Rodriguez w actor Jeff Flores. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

PRIVE Gen Mgr JM Rodriguez w actor Jeff Flores. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Log on to these reputable organizations to donate: PDRFhttp://pdrf.org/index.htm ,  Gawad Kalingahttp://gk1world.com/  , Habitat for Humanity Phil-  http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

Draybers in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Draybers in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

KATY cast w RYAN CAYABYAB SINGERS. Gimbey Dela Cruz & Poppert Bernadas can also be seen in RAK F AEGIS at PETA from Jan31 to March 4, 2014. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

KATY cast w RYAN CAYABYAB SINGERS. Gimbey Dela Cruz & Poppert Bernadas can also be seen in RAK F AEGIS at PETA from Jan31 to March 4, 2014. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Log on to these reputable organizations to donate: PDRFhttp://pdrf.org/index.htm ,  Gawad Kalingahttp://gk1world.com/  , Habitat for Humanity Phil-  http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

David Pomeranz surpised everyone by singing Gary V’s PASKO NA SINTA KO. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

David Pomeranz surpised everyone by singing Gary V’s PASKO NA SINTA KO. KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA was a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Jessica Tan Gan and Lu Lu Tan Gan. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jessica Tan Gan and Lu Lu Tan Gan. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Log on to these reputable organizations to donate: PDRFhttp://pdrf.org/index.htm ,  Gawad Kalingahttp://gk1world.com/  , Habitat for Humanity Phil-  http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

Erik Santos performed an emotional song THE CLIMB. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Erik Santos performed an emotional song THE CLIMB. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 Megastar Sharon Cuneta sings SMILE to Yolanda survivors. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 Megastar Sharon Cuneta sings SMILE to Yolanda survivors. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Log on to these reputable organizations to donate: PDRFhttp://pdrf.org/index.htm ,  Gawad Kalingahttp://gk1world.com/  , Habitat for Humanity Phil-  http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

Jay Cayuca in VOICES FOR VISAYAS held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jay Cayuca in VOICES FOR VISAYAS held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine Fabie is both a part of the RYAN CAYABYAB SINGERS and the KATY cast. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine Fabie is both a part of the RYAN CAYABYAB SINGERS and the KATY cast. VOICES FOR VISAYAS was held at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila last January 15, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Log on to these reputable organizations to donate: PDRFhttp://pdrf.org/index.htm ,  Gawad Kalingahttp://gk1world.com/  , Habitat for Humanity Phil-  http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

from left: Mig Ayesa and Mitoy Yonting in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Mig Ayesa and Mitoy Yonting in KAMI NAMAN ANG TAYA a fund raising concert for the benefit of Yolanda Typhoon survivors. Ultimate Productions and Resort’s World Manila organized the concert at the New Port Performing Arts Theater last December 3, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Log on to these reputable organizations to donate: PDRFhttp://pdrf.org/index.htm ,  Gawad Kalingahttp://gk1world.com/  , Habitat for Humanity Phil-  http://www.habitat.org.ph/site/index.php

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Leo Valdez: Rightful Ruler of the Stage

Leo Valdez is RP’s rightful Ruler of the stage. “The King and I” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila is extended until December 30, 2012. Check schedules and other info on the official website: http://www.rwmanila.com/the-king-and-i/. Photo by Jude Bautista

Leo Valdez is RP’s rightful Ruler of the stage. “The King and I” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila is extended until December 30, 2012. Check schedules and other info on the official website: http://www.rwmanila.com/the-king-and-i/. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

The success of Resorts World’s “King and I” has etched Leo Valdez as the lead role in the minds of most fans. Ticket sales have already convinced producers to extend the run to December 30, 2012. Leo Valdez, however was King Mongkut long before anyone ever thought of producing “King and I” locally. Physically he already sported the bald look for years. Vocally its difficult to think of anyone having a more imposing resume.

Leo Valdez is RP’s rightful Ruler of the stage. “The King and I” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila is extended until December 30, 2012. Check schedules and other info on the official website: http://www.rwmanila.com/the-king-and-i/. Photo by Jude Bautista

One of the roles he is most known for, the Engineer in Miss Saigon matches the accent and almost the nationality. Miss Saigon’s setting of Vietnam is practically the neighbor of Thailand; setting of what was then the kingdom of Siam in ‘King and I.’ The facial features and the accents of the two countries in speaking English are not exactly the same but is similar.

From left: Leo Valdez (King Mongkut), Arnel Carreon (Edward Ramsay) and Monique Wilson (Anna) “The King and I” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila is extended until December 30, 2012. Check schedules and other info on the official website: http://www.rwmanila.com/the-king-and-i/. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seeing him live in CCP’s 40th anniversary celebration in March 2009 was really remarkable. Covering that event was one of the early assignments I had, as Entertainment staff of Manila Bulletin. Being there to see that celebration was definitely a privilege that I won’t forget. It was one of those performances that remain in your mind long after the night ended. It had one of the most complete, resounding and longest standing ovations I had ever witnessed.

Shamaine Buencamino represented Tanghalang Pilipino at the CCP’s 40th Anniversary Celebration March 3rd 2009. Shamaine is also in STAGESHOW which opens the 4th National Theater fest on Nov 7 & 8. Photo by Jude Bautista

You know you’ve seen something special when it makes you really proud not just of the performances but of our Filipino culture and heritage. The Cultural Center of the Philippines is the epicenter of nearly all art forms in our country.  So they had to think up of a single show that would represent the prestige and honor of that title.

Lisa Macuja with Nazer Salgado of Ballet Manila at CCP’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, March 3rd 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

The best dancers, singers, actors spanning various genres were there. Lisa Macuja Elizalde enthralled audiences with White Swan Pax De Deux with partner Nazer Salgado of Ballet Manila. Excerpts from the best performances of resident companies like: Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company were also seen.

Jed Madela at CCP’s 40th Anniversary Celebration March 3rd 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

The actors of Tanghalang Pilipino, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, reprised the most memorable plays and musicals. Jed Madela and Bo Cerrudo sang the classic ‘Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika’ which won the Metro Pop Grand Prize in 1978. Cerrudo incidentally is also in the King Mongkut role for Resort’s World’s “King and I”. It was such an incredible array of artists. The list is truly long and prestigious. Finding the right person to sing the grand finale to cap this unearthly show was an almost impossible task.

Bo Cerrudo (King Mongkut) sang a medley at CCP’s 40th Anniversary Celebration March 3rd 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

To top it all, Leo Valdez came out in his trademark ‘bald’ look, foo manchu moustache, belting out his hit “Magsimula Ka”. The song written by Gines Tan won third prize at the 4th Metro Pop Fest established by now Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos. Valdez performed the song that launched his career in the festival that discovered Freddie Aguilar, Hajji Alejandro, Celeste Legaspi and even composer Ryan Cayabyab. After covering so many concerts, musical events, I have yet to see an ovation that would equal what happened after that song, to be fair after the assortment of talent that night.

Leo Valdez looked like his 2012 role King Mongkut even at CCP’s 40th Anniversary Celebration March 3rd 2009. He was the grand finale to an incredible show. Photo by Jude Bautista

“Magsimula Ka” was the crescendo to all of the best that CCP had to offer. The message of the song is to inspire one to create. Yes it is the 40th anniversary, but this is just the beginning. We’re going to go on. The lyrics say it all, “Magsimula ka, pilitin at tuklasin ang hanap…Madanas man ang maraming hirap…Ang mithiin mo pag naging ganap…Langit ng pagsisikap iyo nang malalasap”. In this time of economic crisis, the words have more significance. It’s an inspiring message of creative excellence from the CCP that will continue no matter what the current challenges are.

Irene Marcos Araneta & Musical Director Josefino Chino Toledo at CCP’s 40th Anniversary Celebration last March 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: Andrew Fernando, Celeste Legaspi & Leo Valdez at CCP’s 40th Anniversary Celebration March 3rd 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

When you watch Leo as King Mongkut in “King and I” he easily inhabits the role. Although vocally, one gets the feeling that the Rogers and Hammerstein songs don’t really stretch his range. The songs may be ‘too easy’ for someone who has such a powerful and operatic voice. Comparing Valdez to one of the most iconic actors of all time who made the film version famous, Yul Brynner is not a disservice to either one.

Leo Valdez is RP’s rightful Ruler of the stage. “The King and I” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila is extended until December 30, 2012. Check schedules and other info on the official website: http://www.rwmanila.com/the-king-and-i/. Photo by Jude Bautista

Brynner’s advantage is his macho, almost overpoweringly strong commanding presence on screen, which Valdez may in some ways duplicate. Yul’s bald look and bearing made you believe he’s King. But vocally there’s no way that Brynner could compete with Valdez. In a previous interview with Ida del Mundo of Phil. Star, Valdez confessed that he took the best parts of both Yul Brynner and Chow Yun Fat’s interpretation of King Mongkut and then made it his own.

Leo Valdez is RP’s rightful Ruler of the stage. “The King and I” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila is extended until December 30, 2012. Check schedules and other info on the official website: http://www.rwmanila.com/the-king-and-i/. Photo by Jude Bautista

(Monique Wilson) Anna touches (Leo Valdez) the King’s arm for the first time. “The King and I” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila is extended until December 30, 2012. Check schedules and other info on the official website: http://www.rwmanila.com/the-king-and-i/. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filling the role of Anna also had to be strong in order to stand up to someone like Valdez as an actor. Otherwise she’s going to disappear performance wise. Monique Wilson more than made up for this, who also used to be a lead actress for Miss Saigon. There’s so much amazing chemistry between Leo and Monique that you can’t help but fall in love with them as a couple. What “King and I” has done is to create the perfect role and show for Leo Valdez to be crowned as the ‘Rightful Ruler of the Stage.’

Monique Wilson is wonderful as Anna. “The King and I” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila is extended until December 30, 2012. Check schedules and other info on the official website: http://www.rwmanila.com/the-king-and-i/. Photo by Jude Bautista

Leo Valdez (King Mongkut) falls for Monique Wilson (Anna) on the dance floor. “The King and I” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila is extended until December 30, 2012. Check schedules and other info on the official website: http://www.rwmanila.com/the-king-and-i/. Photo by Jude Bautista


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