Pagcor Launches 2012 Last Quarter Storm

For the last few months of the year, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) has in its lineup of activities a series of events aptly billed as "Last Quarter Storm for 2012." In a recent interview, Bong Quintana, AVP for Entertainment, and Pagcor's Entertainment Team, announced a full-packed schedule in all branches of Casino Filipino all over the country.

All are exciting events that will surely take Casino Filipino guests by storm, Bong said. For the whole month of October, a special treat for Casino Filipino guests is "Pampaswerte sa Buwan ng Oktubre," with celebrity performers in all branches nationwide. The schedule of the shows are: Oct. 2, CF Bacolod with Basil Valdez, and CF Mactan Cebu with Hajji and Rachel Alejandro; Oct. 4, CF Cebu with Jay-R; Oct. 6, CF Davao with Mark Bautista, CF Pavilion with Richard "Papa Chen" Yap and Jennifer Lee, and at Airport CF with Dong Abay Band and Gerry Katigbak; Oct. 10, CF Angeles with Richard Poon; Oct. 11, CF Hyatt with Bobby Kimball and Peter Cetera;

Oct. 12, Airport CF with Duncan Ramos; Oct. 13, CF Olongpo with Gabby Concepcion, CF Heritage with Sabado Boys and CF Mimosa with Frenchie Dy; Oct. 16, CF Tagaytay with Erik Santos; Oct. 17, CF Angeles switch Jun Polistico; Oct. 19, CF Pavilion with Jed Madela and Cf Bacolod with Jimmy Bondoc; Oct. 22, CF Hyatt with Nina; Oct. 24, CF Angeles with Duncan RMos; Oct. 25, CF Heritage with Vina Morales; Oct. 26, Airport CF with Richard Yap and Jennifer Lee; Oct. 27, CF Davao with K Brosas and CF Olongapo with Rico D'Magician; and Oct. 28, Airport CF with Jennifer Lee.

All shows start at 9 p.m.

Also in October, 10 Casino Filipino branches will hold their respective branch qualifiers in search for their three representatives for the Casino Filipino 2012 Coronation Night on Nov. 16. This will be held at the Pagcor Grand Theater, airport Casino Filipino. Over R1.5 million will be awarded to the winners.

We'll come out with the other Casino Filipino 2012 Last Quarter Storm events in a later column.

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Intimate Concert Series Set Tonight

The "Intimate Concert Series" presents some of the most well-loved songs from Broadway and West End, as interpreted by classical and Broadway singers Joscephine Gomez and Maricris Joaquin and fast-rising Broadway singer and balladeer Frederick Hawson, M.D. The concert is set tonight at 7:30 at the Doctors' Lounge, Medical Arts Bldg., St. Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City.

Joscephine Gomez, one of the country's better-known classical singers, will interpret "With One Look" from "Sunset Boulevard," "Think Of Me" and "Music Of The Night" from "Phantom of the Opera," "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from "Evita," "Unexpected Song" from "Song and Dance" and "Somewhere" from "West Side Story." Maricris Joaquin will render "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from "Phantom of the Opera," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Something Wonderful" from "The King and I," "So In Love" from "Kiss me, Kate" and "Climb Every Mountain" from "Sound of Music."

Frederick Hawson, M.D., will sing "Being Alive" from Company and "If Ever I Would Leave You" from "Camelot." He will then team up with Joscephine in the medley "What kind of fool am I?/Who can I turn to?" from Stop the world-I want to get off and The roar of the greasepaint-The smell of the crowd and in I have dreamed from "The King and I." He will join Maricris in "Someone Like You" from "Jekyll and Hyde."

Dr. Hawson is a member of the consultancy staff of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and neck Surgery of the St. Luke's Medical Center. He has performed in many scientific gatherings as well as World Voice Day concerts at the hospital, and this is his debut performance as a professional singer.

Joscephine and Maricris will perform as a duet, the beautiful "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from "Sunset Boulevard."

The three singers will do "You'll Never Walk Alone" from "Carousel" and "Love Changes Everything" from "Aspects of Love."

Sponsors are The Corporate Mind, YAMAHA and the Japanese restaurant Kimono Ken.

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The Trio Behind 'Morning Rush'

Chico Garcia, Delamar Arias and Gino Quillamor, the terrific trio behind the everyday-trending and popular RX93.1's "The Morning Rush" are the ever dependable friends of countless households in Metro Manila.

Said Chico, "Our listeners actually consider us as part of their lives because we're with them everyday. We're no strangers to them. That's why when some of them see us in person, they talk to us like long lost friends."

People just love their candid banter. What goes on during their program is a juggling act that requires a skillful balance of technical aptitude and gift of gab. As Gino said, "A four-hour shift is a mental workout, you're always on the look out to make even mundane conversations stand out."

"And you have to make it sound as if you're not doing anything!" said Delamar.

The three have the "barkada spirit" that translates even to their choice of fun food, which includes Greenwich Overloaded Pizza. They said they never outgrew their love for pizza and with Greenwich Overloaded Pizza, especially the Special Overload, "every bite s filled with the stuff you ordered," they said.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Sept. 27, go to former DOJ Sec. Hernando Perez, Adolfo Sto. Domingo, Ralph Joseph, Mercy Tuazon, Elvira Gonzalez, Maritel Nievera, Boy Togonon, Liza B. Lane, Rams Andrade, Art Dimayuga, Mai Mai R. Cojuangco, Pyar Mirasol, Col. Pete Juadion, Emma M. Calanog, Willie Tieng Se, Atty. Florabelle MacBook-Tupas, Daisy D. Palabrica, Emma Lopez, Randal Aldrich Yulo, Susan Legaspi, Tina Agustin, Erik Salud, Alynna Asistio, Carlos Lopez, Gigi Cordero, Ruby Regala Bustamante, Nene Tamayo, Robi Domingo and Charee Pineda...

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