Another Singing Battle, ‘Kanta Pilipinas,’ Airs Today On TV5

The newest singing competition, TV5's "Kanta Pilipinas" which will be aired starting today, Feb. 9, on TV5, is another proof that we are, indeed, a musical nation, what with the singing prowess that the 24 finalists will be showcasing. It will be a difficult task for the judges (Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and Ms. Lani Misalucha) to choose who will emerge as winner who will bring home R1 million and a recording contract, in addition, of course, to the musical stardom that he/she is bound to achieve.

Thousands auditioned for "Kanta Pilipinas" and serving as audition judges were some of the country's renowned people in the music industry: Vehnee Saturno, Jamie Rivera, Jimmy Antiporda, Erickson Raymundo of Cornerstone, Maristel Fernandez, Bituin Escalante and Arnee Hidalgo. Host of the singing competition is Rico Blanco.

"Kanta Pilipinas," line-produced by Marvin Agustin, with Jimmy Antiporda as musical director, has for finalists 5az1, Adrian Tabaldo, Allan Gonzales, Allison Gonzales, Chadleen Lacdo-O, Daniel Drospe and JB Landrito, Dea Formelliza, Esther Martinez, Ferns Tosco, Gian Carlo Baldonido, Gregory Llamoso, Haizel Fernando, Isaiah Antonio, Jacob Gayanelo, Janeth Gomez, Jennifer Maravilla, Nicole and Carlo David, Pia Diamante, Raz Mendoza, Ricky Deloviar, Rochelle Merced, Thara Jordana, Timothy Pavino and Zari Bilon.

By the way, the theme song of "Kanta Pilipinas" is sung by no less than our very own international star Ms. Lea Salonga.

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Kris, Richard Help Choose Pinoy MasterChef

The "MasterChef Pinoy Edition Live Cook-Off" is slated to happen today starting at 10 a.m. at SM North Edsa Skydome. The Final 4 cooks - Carla, Ivory, JR and Myra - are all set to showcase their respective culinary skills that could make them the first ever Pinoy MasterChef!

And to help Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Chef Ferns, Chef Lau and Chef Jayps in their selection of the winner are Queen of All Media Kris Aquino and Kapamilya actor Richard Gomez. The winner gets to bring home R1 million from Clara Oil, a kitchen showcase from Whirlpool, and Diploma Program for Professional Culinary Arts scholarship from the Center for Asian Culinary Studies.

After months of training, the four finalists have certainly acquired new culinary skills as well as confidence to succeed in their chosen endeavor. "I have become a better cook, not perfectly skilled but I have the biggest heart among the contenders," said JR, the "Rakistang Kusinero of Benguet."

Carla, 40, dubbed the "Negosyanteng Kusinera of Bulacan," said, "I'm older than all of them and I've been a home cook for a long time already. I know basic cooking techniques that the others don't know."

Myra, the "Chef Accountant of Muntinlupa," banks on being a mother but mostly takes pride in her self-confidence. "Being a good chef isn't just about talent and skills; more importantly, it's the right attitude that matters. And I'm more experienced than them."

Ivory, the "Kusina Fashionista of Quezon City," boasts of her knowledge of the different cuisines of the world, and "this is my edge over them. I want to inspire Filipinos to travel the world through food."

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Princess Velasco, P5 In Concert Tour

Rising OPM acoustic star Princess Velasco, a member of ASAP Sessionistas, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.'s (Pagcor) homegrown singing group Pagcor 5 (P5) are the featured artists in the Casino Filipino National Concert Tour this February.

The nationwide concert tour "is one of Casino Filipino's means of showing its unwavering support to the local music industry," said Pagcor's Asst. VP for Entertainment Bong Quintana.

The concert tour kicked-off last Feb. 7 at Airport Casino Filipino followed by Casino Filipino Angeles (Feb. 9); Casino Filipino Bacolod (Feb. 13); Casino Filipino Cebu (Feb. 14); Casino Filipino Davao (Feb. 15); Casino Filipino Tagaytay (Feb. 16); Casino Filipino Heritage (Feb. 18); Casino Filipino Hyatt (Feb. 24); Casino Filipino Pavilion (Feb. 26) and Casino Filipino Mimosa (Feb. 27). Admission to the concert tour is free. All shows will start at 9 p.m.

About Princess, her "Addicted to Acoustic 2" album paved the way for more recognition for her such as the Best New Female Artist at the PMPC Star Awards for Music in 2010.

Princess expressed excitement over this CF concert tour with P5. "I'm very thankful to be one of the artists who get to perform in CF branches because I get the chance to sing for our kababayans around the country," Princess said.

"This love tour with Princess is another big project of Pagcor. It's fun working with another famous artist in the music industry," said Joyce Tanaña, grand winner of the first OPM @ Pagcor. Other members of Pagcor's singing group include Froilan Canlas, Steve Fernandez, E Boy Quizol and Hadasa Camporaso.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Feb. 9, go to renowned singer-composer David Pomeranz, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr., US-based actress Edna Diaz, Dr. Ernesto Acosta, Abel Aljama, Dr. Cielito M. Cojuanco, Ma. Christina "Tintin" N. Tan, Jaycon Yaneza, Leny Samson-Roa, Kathy Solis of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, Sam Martinez and my grandson Dylan Gabriel Silan Belen of Queens Village, New York USA... Happy wedding anniversary to Proeben and Carol Nielsen...