Again by Janet Jackson - Cover Song by Tata Villaruel

Friday, March 31, 2006


March 5 - Sunday
Nikki Bacolod debut album "Tell Me You Love Me"

March 6 - Monday
Bayani Awards w/ Mabel Bacusmo

March 7 - Tuesday
Shangrila, Makati City
w/ Jerome Sala, Divo, Erik & Sheryn

March 17 - Sunday
Metropoint, Edsa Taft, Pasay City

March 21 - Tuesday
Victorias, Negros Occidental

March 25 - Saturday
La Union

March 31 - Friday
Cebu City

April 8 - Saturday
Iloilo City

April 11 - Tuesday
Zamboanga City
Zamboanga University

April 22 - Saturday

April 24
Binirayan Festival, Antique
Tata with Kyla & Luke Mijares

April 28
Pop Fiesta
Panaad Stadium, Bacolod City

May 7
Ikaw Ang Aking Iibigin by Jos Garcia

May 20

May 21
ASAP '06

June 4
ASAP '06
Mr. DJ

Pop contenders out of race


HALF the original 20 contenders of the 2006 TFC Pop Star Search have been voted out by judges, after seven Fridays of intense competition.

The contest, to discover the next shining star of the Philippines amongst Filipinos in the Middle East, is organised by The Filipino Channel (TFC).

Contests are being held all over the GCC, with the Bahrain search being held in collaboration with Guirgisco Events Marketing.

This year's judges are from the Royal Board of Music in London, UK and the Classic Music Institution of Bahrain.

The elimination phases continue tonight and on April 7 at the Sampaguita Club and Restaurant, at the Moon Plaza Hotel, Umm Al Hassam.

Doors open at 8.30pm.

During each phase, the remaining 10 contestants will be performing two fast songs and two slow songs.

"On reviewing the past seven weeks of performances, barometers indicated that the mighty circle of five is composed of Levie Nacional, Siegred Plaza, Hazel Lopes, Ariel Forbes and Maristela Watson," said Guirgisco Group of Companies general manager Ahbet Quinto.

"While the remaining five contenders still in the running are Mervin Flores, Jonathan Zumarraga, Marietta Miranda, Miguelito Gamba and Venelyn Billiones."

Ms Watson was adjudged by Bahrain Travellers Magazine as the Press Choice during the last elimination phase and received a $100 (BD37.8) prize.

Tonight and next Friday, the judges are to select the best eight of the remaining 10 contestants, who will then compete in the TFC Pop Star Bahrain Final on May 5 at Al Ahli Stadium in Zinj.

The finals will also feature the winners of Star In A Million (a popular TV contest in the Philippines similar to the UK's Pop Idol) Jerome Sala and Tata Villaruel.

The champion of the Bahrain National Finals will receive $1,500 (BD567) in cash, plus a trophy.

The first runner up will receive $1,000 (BD378) and a trophy and second runner up $500 (BD189), a trophy and gift voucher.

The champion and first runner-up will represent Bahrain in the Middle East Grand Showdown to be held on June 2, in Dubai.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

SM City Cebu holds 3-day mallwide sale this weekend

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Shoppers will get three days of non-stop mallwide bargains at SM City Cebu on March 31, April 1 and 2.

SM City Cebu is giving away 15 JVC Digital Audio players and 18 SM gift certificates worth P3,000 each. To win any one of these prizes, shoppers may qualify in the raffle by presenting his or her proof of purchase worth P500, single or accumulated, at the raffle booth located at the Atrium BC, Lower Ground Floor. Raffle will be held every hour starting 12 noon during the three-day sale.

Aside from the hourly sale raffle draw in the mall, shoppers also have the chance to win in SM Department Store’s Win Every Hour promo, wherein 30 Samsung Camcorder units are up for the taking. To qualify in the promo, a shopper should present proof of purchase worth P500. At SM Supermarket, a shopper is entitled to play the pachinko game and win exciting prizes for a minimum purchase of P500 yellow tag items.

To liven up the atmosphere and entertain shoppers, here’s a rundown of celebrities who will perform live at the Entertainment Plaza: March 31 - Star In A Million winners Chris Lawrence, Tata Villaruel, and Jimmy Marquez; April 1 - 11 a.m: Sabado Na Gyud live telecast; 3 p.m: Sayaw Ta Lupig Sila Grand Finals, featuring Paw Diaz and Charles Christianson; 7 p.m.: Ogie Alcasid album launching; April 2 - 10 a.m.: Jude Morning live telecast; 4 p.m.: Walker Tour - featuring Alfred Vargas.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Pop star hunt continues

THE elimination round of the search for the TFC Pop Star in the Middle East continues in Bahrain this Friday.

Twelve Filipino singers - Levie Nacional, Ariel Forbes, Hazel Lopez, Marestela Watson, Marietta Miranda, Miguelito Gamba, Mervin Flores, Jonathan Zumarraga, Laila, Felipe, Siegfred Plaza, Oscar Callope Jr and Venelyn Billiones - will take turns singing in front of judges at the Sampaguita Club and Restaurant at the Moon Plaza Hotel, Umm Al Hassam.

Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8.30pm. Tickets are BD1 per person.

The singers are being judged on their individual voice placement and style, intonation, timing, song-image compatibility, interview and interaction and potential in interpreting their prepared fast songs and voice quality and artistic rendition, plus stage projection.

The round continues on March 31 and April 7, when the judges will finally decide which eight will proceed to the Bahrain National Finals on May 8 at Al Ahli Stadium, Zinj.

The finals will also feature Jerome Salas and Tata Villaruel - winners of Star In A Million, a popular TV contest in the Philippines similar to the UK's Pop Idol.

The TFC Pop Star search is a regional project of the ABS CBN Middle East supported by Western Union International, MORE Etisalcom, Jealous Jeans and Identity.

For more information, call 17728001 or 39106589.

Back to the 70s at Dilmun Club

THE music and fashion of the 70s and 80s are to make a comeback at the Dilmun Club's Candles Restaurant, Saar on March 30.

Music will be provided by The Sid N The Tonics band, a four-piece British expatriate band based in Saudi Arabia.

Tickets are BD7.5 for members and BD10 for guests, inclusive of buffet dinner and beverage.

Doors open at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, the club is organising an Elton John and Freddie Mercury tribute to be held in the next few weeks.

Finalised details will be announced soon.

For more information, contact the club on 17690926 or 17692986.

Night of fun for film fans

A HUNGAMA Night will be held at the Indian Club, Manama, involving a live orchestra and a variety of entertainment programmes.

The social event will showcase songs by singers, such as Sushil Bhatia, Poonam Sagar and Salim Zakaria.

There will also be a variety of dances performed, as well as a mimicry performance.

Members are encouraged to attend, and guests will be charged BD1 for entry.

For more information, contact entertainment secretary Ashraf Khan on 39655652.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Gian on acting, leading ladies and education

Monday, March 6, 2006
By Ramon C. Salvilla

JED Madela and Tata Villaruel are Ilonggos whose names are often heard in the music scene these days.

Then, when Stastruck came, it opened an opportunity two more Ilonggos to be known -- Sara Larsson and Gian Carlos, both models.

Both made it to the talent search's Final 14, then when the finalists were trimmed down to four, Gian made it.

Gian, along with Marcky Cielo, Jackie Rice, and Iwa Moto, would be facing challenges before one of them could be proclaimed as the ultimate survivor.

The winner will get almost P10 million worth of prizes. So, will Gian survive?

Well, that depends on us, so our text and prayers would be of great help.

For those who want to know more about our bet, read on.


Before he joined Starstruck, Gian was a simple youngster doing his usual stuff in his school, Iloilo National High School.

But because of his persistence and determination to achieve something and to use his God-given talents, he joined Starstruck. "I want my family to be proud of me and of course, my school too," he said.

"It was my cousin who encouraged me to join the audition. I just tried it but didn't expect (much)," Gian said.

He said he was so thankful for the opportunity to be chosen. "There were so many who auditioned and I was chosen. God heard my prayers. Until now, I would always pray before our challenge starts," he said.


If given a chance to act, Gian said he wants to do a horror or comedy film.

"For a change, I want to pursue a more challenging role. Perhaps, this could be the best avenue to have my talents exposed," Gian said.

Of course, any actor will always have a leading lady. So, which lady does he want to work with?

He answered, "Jennylyn Mercado and Angel Locsin." He said it would be an accomplishment for him to be able to work with them.

"I'm not as good as them in terms of acting, but let's see what I can do. Maybe, I just have to be professional and I'll do my best to come up with a good movie," he said.


At a young age, Gian has yet to finish his studies. So, we asked him if he were to choose between education and his showbiz career, what would he choose?

Before answering, he smiled and pondered. "I think I would choose to finish a degree. Although, one is not quite sure of what job to get after graduation, at least may mapupuntahan ka. Isipin na lang natin kung wala kang pinag-aralan di ba?"

Gian also said that if he is not with Starstruck, he could have gone into Nursing or Engineering studies.

"But, if I'm given a break in showbiz, I'll strive more to improve my acting ability and perhaps to pursue recording," he said.

Well, whatever your plans are Gian, we support you.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Muli by Tata Villaruel And Gary Valenciano

Title: Muli
Artist: Gary V. & Regine Velasquez

Muling hinahanap
Ang dating paglingap na mula sa'yo
Muling umaasa
Sa dating nadaramang laan sa'yo
Mula ng magwakas, tapusin ang lahat
Ay naritong nagmamahal pa rin
Pa'no kaya maibabalik
Ang damdamin mong dati

'Di ba't ikaw pa
Unang may nais na tapusin na
Habang panahon
Pinilit limutin ka hanggang ngayon
Mula ng magwakas, tapusin ng lahat
Hindi maikakailang ikaw pa rin
Papa'no kaya maibabalik Ang hangaring dati

Ba't di nagkatagpo
Bakit tuloy nagkalayo
Bakit mayro'n pang nadarama
Gayong hindi na tayong dalawa
Bakit magwawakas
Pag-ibig na wagas
Ma'ri bang mangyari pang
Ibigin pang...Muli

Kung muling iibigin
H'wag sanang lisanin nang tulad noon
Pagluha'y di na kaya
H'wag na sanang isipin nang tulad gayon

Hanggang sa nagwakas,
Natapos ang lahat
Ay naritong nagmamahal pa rin
Paano pa ba maibabalik
Ang hangaring dati
(Ma'ri pa kayang muli....)

Ba't di nagkatagpo
Bakit tuloy nagkalayo
Bakit mayro'n pang nadarama
Gayong hindi na tayong dalawa
Bakit magwawakas
Pag-ibig na wagas
Ma'ri bang mangyari pang
Ibigin pang...

Nandito lang ako (bago lumayo sa pilling mo)
Higit kang kailangan kailan man (hanggang kailan kaya naman)
Mahala kita (tila) hanap ka (sana) (tunay kaya ito)
Minsan pang bigyan ng daan
Pag-ibig na sa'yo nakalaan

Ba't di nagkatagpo
Bakit tuloy nagkalayo
Bakit mayro'n pang nadarama
Gayong hindi na tayong dalawa

Somewhere by Tata Villaruel

Title: Somewhere
Artist: Barbara Streisand
Album: The Broadway Album (2002)

Someday, somewhere
We’ll find a new way of living
Will find a way of forgiving

There’s a place for us
Somewhere a place for us
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us

There’s a time for us
Someday there’ll time for us
Time together and time to spare
Time to learn, time to care
Someday, somewhere
We’ll find a new way of living
Will find there’s a way of forgiving
Somewhere... somewhere... somewhere...

There’s a place for us
A time and a place for us
Hold my hand and we’re half way there
Just hold my hand and I’ll take you there
Somehow... Someday, somewhere...