GMA-7’s “Are You The Next Big Star?” Circle Of 16

GMA-7 Kapuso network had a bang announcing the “Are You The Next Big Star?” Circle of 16. Regine Velasquez was ever more stunning of course presenting the 8 girls and 8 boys that will be competing for the next 10 weeks.

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Here’s the AYTNBS Top 16 Contestants:

Jay Perillo, 20 – Manila
Camille Cortez, 19 – Antipolo
PJ Gonzalez, 18 – Pasay
Alex Castro, 23 – Bulacan
Alexa Ortega, 19 – Quezon City
Cara Quiapos, 17 – Batangas
Franchescka Farr, 16 – Las Piñas
Anton Cruz, 16 – Quezon City
Shane Tarun, 16 – Isabela
Geoff Taylor, 23 – Cagayan
Rachel Gabreza, 16 – Cebu
Justin Francis, 19 – San Francisco, California
Zyrene Parsad, 23 – Las Piñas
Greggy Santos, 22 – Quezon City
Bobby Solomon, 16 – Manila
Christine Allado, 18 – Quezon City

At the end of the quest as the Next Big Star, 1 girl and 1 boy will be chosen and will win 1 million pesos prize, a GMA exclusive management and recording contract and a condominium unit from Avida Land. So watch out as they answer the ultimate question, Are You The Next Big Star? 😉

Regine Velasquez Pilots “Are You The Next Big Star?” On May 16

GMA-7 has created a new talent search, “Are You The Next Big Star?” that will be hosted by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez and will premiere on May 16. This one is in exchange of the Kapuso network’s last singing search franchise Pinoy Idol, which will eventually be going back to TV5.

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AYTNBS? has a different format where there will be a male and female grand winner, both winning P1 Million and an exclusive recording and management contract with GMA7. It will be co-hosted by Kempee De Leon and its Judges will be lined up with Danny Tan, Mon Faustino, Randy Santiago, Anne Quintos of The Company and Pops Fernandez.

Regine has always been spearheading singing contests for GMA Kapuso Network as a host and wants to stay that way and doesn’t want the pressure of being the judge herself. Though, sometimes judges do consult for her opinion, too. Contests like this pretty much reminds her of where she actually came from and how she emerged to be the big star right now.

So, would you like to follow on her footstep and not too afraid to fill in a really big shoe? Are You The Next Big Star? 😉

Ogie Alcasid’s “The Great Filipino Song Book” Hits Platinum

Ogie Acasid’s latest album ‘The Great Filipino Song Book’ gained him a platinum award after it sold more than 20,000 copies. This occasion took place last Sunday at SOP courtesy of Universal Records.

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Ogie may be one of the talented, most requested singer-composers in our times. He has around 70 and counting trophies and awards to date because of his album’s sales volume from various award-giving bodies.

One good thing about Ogie is that he remains humble and always had the comedic persona that keeps you smiling inside even you intend to be emotional with his songs. Quite a feat as you can think so, but somehow maybe a part of his happy and successful life with his profession and family. Not to mention having the Asia’s Song Bird, Regine Velasquez by his side. 😉

Francis Magalona Necrological Services: The Last Wake

Francis Magalona’s family held the last wake tonight at Christ the King Main Chapel at Green Meadows together with relatives and close friends. The fans and a lot of people, artists, politicians and ‘mga kababayan’ who have been influenced with Francis’ music and life have taken part of his funeral.

Francis Magalona: The Last Wake

The likes of Imelda Marcos, Joseph Estrada, Cory Aquino and Sen. Kiko Pangilinan have shown up during the day. Ely Buendia, Allan K., Vic Sotto, Joey De Leon, Pia Guanio never missed their opportunity to be with their beloved and much missed friend.

Francis’ necrological services was headed by his wife, Pia and 8 of his children, along with close friends Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Michael V. and Gary Valenciano who offered their heartfelt farewell songs. Videos and eulogies has been rendered as well.

Francis Magalona’s life has been well lived and his death made so much impact that it moved a country to shed a million tears and felt a place that wouldn’t be the same again without his voice and presence.