Alicia Keys will blow you away in Nov. 25 gig

[caption id="attachment_38545" align="alignright" width="170"]ALICIA KEYS, Manila Bulletin ALICIA KEYS[/caption]

Internationally acclaimed American superstar Alicia Keys is coming back to headline the Manila segment of the Asian leg of her ongoing global series of concerts titled “Set The World On Fire Tour” in support of her latest album,” Girl On Fire.” She will be at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Nov. 25.

To be mounted by Ovation Productions, the one-night musical presentation from Blackberry is Key's second local appearance in five years following her debut concert in August 2008 at the Big Dome.

Keys emerged in the international music scene in 2001 with the release of her debut album, “Songs In A Minor,” which became a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide and certified six times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

She is listed on the Recording Industry Association of America’s best-selling artists in the US, with 15 million certified albums to her name. She has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide.

(“Set The World On Fire Tour” is supported by Air 21, 2nd Avenue, Diva Universal, JackTV, Jack City and Mercedes Benz. It is also supported by the Manila Bulletin, 96.3 Easy Rock, Monster Radio RX 93.7, 97.9 Home Radio, Mellow 94.7, RJ 100.3, MYX and OptimaSignsolutions)

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[caption id="attachment_38546" align="alignleft" width="300"]ARIELLA ARIDA, Manila Bulletin ARIELLA ARIDA[/caption]

Ariella Inspired By Ailing Children

The Miss Universe Pageant is not all glam; it is also a lot of heart. This is what Ariella Arida discovered when she and the other Miss Universe candidates visited a hospital filled with children who are stricken by cancer and blood infections. “It was an inspiring experience to interact with these children who remain happy and positive in disposition despite their life-threatening ailments,” Ariella shared.

She was moved by the smiles of the courageous children in the immunology, hematology and surgery departments of the hospital. She was also glad for yet another chance to interact with reigning Miss Universe Olivia Culpo whom she described as “gorgeous.”

After more than a week of sponsors visits, photo shoots and interaction with her fellow candidates, Ariella says that they are now gearing up for the pageant proper. They are starting the pageant rehearsals on (Tuesday) November 5 and in the evening, everyone is all excited for the traditional Miss Universe auction night. Ariella will be auctioning off her “national gift” which is a set of pearls.

Online voting for Miss Universe is now in full swing. The winner of the online voting automatically gets a slot at the semi-finals. To vote for Ariella, log onto www.missuniverse.com. One can vote up to 100 times daily from a valid email address.

The Miss Universe Coronation Night will be held on Nov. 9 at Cronus City Hall, Moscow, Russia and will be telecast on ABS-CBN.

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[caption id="attachment_38547" align="alignright" width="199"]ANTHONY CASTELO, Manila Bulletin ANTHONY CASTELO[/caption]

Castelo Joins Fundraiser For Bohol Victims

Noted singer-composer Anthony Castelo was among the artists who participated in a recent fundraising event held at Teatrino at Promenade in Greenhills. The musical event was organized by actor-director Cesar Montano to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake that ravaged Bohol and Cebu recently.

Castelo sang his version of David Foster's “The Prayer” both in English and Filipino to the delectation of the audience. Montano introduced Castelo as an OPM legend with such great hits as “Hahanapin Ko,” “Nang Dahil sa Pag-ibig,” and “Balatkayo” among others.

Castelo, who tours the country for RPN 9 Radio-TV's Acapella Singing Contest, will be quite busy this holiday season, between performances for corporate events and Pagcor Casino shows.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings, Nov. 5, go to MTRCB Vice Chairman Maning Borlaza, Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, former Sec. Raul Gonzalez, Gabby Concepcion, Zandro Zamora, Mrs. Julie Benedicto, Marife Santos, Carol Nielsen, Thelma Paredes, Cherry E. Mojica, Arman Giron, Alexander P. Romero, Mon Chua, Dr. Aldrene Lee-Tan, Isabel D. Espejo, Quincie Joy Crisostomo, Thea Clarise Tagulao, Marc P. Ventura of LA, Ma. Elena K. Bocalan, Ida F. Caalim, Belinda Zabala Valdecanas, Darius Driz of PCSO PR Dept, Marion Bailey, 2008 Bb. Pilipinas Int’l Patricia Fernandez (news anchor of Solar TV Network), Joy Isabel, Dr. Rudy Ante, Jomar D. Belen of CA, Mina Malinab-Martinez, Yugel Losorata and Dianne Medina of Star Magic…

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