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The New Minstrels and The CompanY, ‘Happy Together’ at PICC

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They are back. Viva Live is bringing back the singers of The New Minstrels, with an all-new repertoire for another evening of song, romance, dance and fun happenings in Happy Together. And this outing is very special because joining The New Minstrels is the country’s premiere vocal group The CompanY.  

This hit-filled first time event will be held on Feb. 13 at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Roxas Blvd. in Pasay City.

The leading show band in the 70s, The New Minstrels is famous for its pop rendition of Filipino standards like “Buhat” and “Balut” with members that have gone on successful solo careers.  

Returning for this extraordinary concert are some of those artists who these past few years starred in blockbuster Valentine shows that delighted fans to no end. These are Joey Albert, (“Tell Me,” “Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin”), Ding Mercado (“See You There”), Chad Borja (“Ikaw Lang”), Louie Reyes, and Eugene Villaluz (“Nothing I Want More”).  

Premier vocal groups The New Minstrels (top photo) and The CompanY (bottom) join forces to offer an epic Valentine concert 

The CompanY celebrated its 30th year in the music business last year. Initially inspired by groups like Manhattan Transfer, Swingle Singers and The New Minstrels, The CompanY has developed its own distinct, very unmistakable sound over the years.  Among their hit singles are “Now That I Have You,” “Muntik Na Kitang Minahal,” “Pakisabi Na Lang,” “Special Memory,” “Nawawala Ang Puso Ko,” “Just A Love Song,” “What Would They Say,” “Afraid For Love To Fade,” “You Changed My Life In A Moment,” and “Manila.”  

The CompanY today is made up of Moy Ortiz, bass and tenor; Sweet Plantado, soprano; Annie Quintos, soprano; Cecile Bautista, alto; and returning for this special show after years spent performing abroad is original member Reuben Llorente, tenor.  

Tickets are priced at P4500 Flat Center; P3500 Flat Left/Right; P3500 Level 2 Center, Left/Right; P3000 Level 3 Center, Left/Right; P2000 Level 3 Left/Right; P1000 Balcony; and P400 Gallery.

Call SM Tickets at 470-2222; TicketWorld 891-9999; TicketNet 911-5555; and Viva Live 687-7236. 


Bryan Termulo becomes the newest brand ambassador of Megasoft Hygienic Products Inc. Once dubbed as the prince of teleserye theme songs, he is set to reach newer heights now that he is co-managed by BWB Records and Music Production Inc.. And the Asian Artist Agency Inc. of Boy Abunda.

Megasoft Hygienic Products Inc., makers of Cherub Baby Care Products, Sisters Sanitary Napkins and Pantyliners, Super Twins Premium Baby Diapers, Twins Lampein Comfort Baby Diapers, Grand Adult Diapers, Fasclean Extra Power Detergent Powder, and Megasoft Tissue, has been touring schools nationwide to entertain and further instill the value of education among the filipino youth through its “School Is Cool” advocacy.

Last year’s “School Is Cool” was a success with Megasoft visiting 19 schools in cities, municipalities, and provinces in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao- giving recognition to outstanding students and teachers and assistance to their respective schools.

This year, Megasoft is doubling its efforts to reach more students with Bryan officially leading the “School Is Cool” tour kick-off in Col. Lauro D. Dizon Memorial National High School in San Pablo City, Laguna on Jan. 9..

Singer Bryan Termulo reaches newer heights as a singer and product endorser 

Keep posted with the “School Is Cool” tour schedule by following megasoft_ph on Instagram.

“Bryan is an excellent performer and has shown commitment to Megasoft’s “School Is Cool” advocacy. Not to mention his passion for education,” says Aileen Choi-Go, marketing VP of Megasoft Hygienic Products Inc.

Bryan, a dean’s lister in his last two years of college, is a graduate of communication arts at Trinity University of Asia. He recently completed his supplementary education and is a board exam away from becoming a high school teacher.

He relaxes by exploring interesting places, which he features in “LakBryan,” found in his social media accounts.

“I am very thankful to my Megasoft family for giving me the opportunity to experience all my passions in one event – education, singing and travelling. More importantly, I can interact with the youth, know their aspirations and challenges and inspire them to reach for their dreams through education,” Bryan shares. 

Expect more fun-filled educational events this 2017 as Megasoft continues innovating hygienic solutions for every Filipino.


Many viewers nationwide tuned in to the premiere of Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids, as the program’s cute performers impersonated local and international music icons.

Based on data from Kantar Media, the program led the list of the most watched programs in the country on Jan. 7 and 8. Its first episode recorded a national TV rating of 31.4 percent, beating GMA’s Magpakailanman, which only got 18.8 percent. Your Face Kids also drew more viewers on Sunday with 33.2 percent, a solid 17-point lead over Tsuperhero’s 16.2 percent.

(Editor’s note: Figures cited are from Kantar Media and differs from data of Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.)

Child star Awra Briguela impersonates Mommy D during "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids" premiere telecast

Breakout Child Star Awra Briguela was named the edition’s first weekly winner, winning 24 points, for his spot-on impersonation of Dionesia Pacquaio. He not only impressed jurors Sharon Cuneta, Gary Valenciano, and Ogie Alcasid, but also the online world, where the video of his performance trended and was widely shared. Awra won P50,000 and an additional P50,000 to be given to his chosen charity, Harvesters’ Foundation, Inc.

Following him in the ranking were Dance Sweetheart AC Bonifacio as Britney Spears (19 points), Big Shot Belter Elha Nympha as Beyonce (18 points), and Talented Cutie Sam Shoaf as Bruno Mars (17 points). Getting 12 points each were Bibong Child Wonder Alonzo Muhlach as Harry Styles of One Direction (12 points), Musikerong Charmer Justin Alva as Michael Jackson, Young Diva ng Masa Lyca Gairanod as Katy Perry, and Daytime Princess Xia Vigor as Selena Gomez.

Others have a chance to improve their rankings because in the show, no one will be eliminated, as their scores are tallied up each week.

Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids airs Saturday and Sunday night on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).


Carla Abellana continues to capture the hearts of the Vietnamese viewers. She was named “Most Favorite Foreign Actress” at Today TV’s Face of the Year Awards 2016 held on Jan. 7.

In her acceptance speech, the Kapuso actress thanked the award-giving body for the recognition and dedicated the award to her Filipino and Vietnamese fans and supporters.

Carla Abellana is winning the hearts of non-filipino Kapuso overseas

A member of Vietnam’s Joint Media Corporation (IMC), Today TV is one of the first Vietnamese TV stations to air Filipino drama series.

Three of Carla’s Kapuso shows—Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Langit, My Husband’s Lover, and My Destiny—were hits among Vietnamese viewers, which made her a household name in the country.

Meanwhile, Carla will continue to charm her Vietnamese fans as her show, Because of You, will soon be aired on Today TV. 


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