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Josh Groban at MOA on Friday

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Are you a fan of Josh Groban? Or are you familiar with his songs? I bet you are. The singer made “The Prayer” popular not only in the US, but around here as well. Martin Nievera has been singing the song many times over in duets with different female singer, most recently Lani Misalucha. Yet, to most popera (pop songs fused with opera-style singing) fans, it is his version along with Celine Dion that has made a lasting impression in their minds.

Now, Groban will be in Manila for a show at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) on Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. as part of his tour Josh Groban: Bridges Tour to promote his latest album Bridges. 

Groban’s name made such a big impact on the global musical arena in early 2000 for the songs “You Raise Me Up,” “The Prayer,” “To Where You Are,” “Vincent,” and “You’re Still You,” among others. 

Our very own Lea Salonga will make a special appearance as Groban’s guest performer (expect a duet of “The Prayer” and other songs he sang on record with a female singer).

The combined efforts of Joed Serrano a.k.a. Mr. P, Renen de Guia, and Cel de Guia of Ovation Productions make Groban’s show in Manila possible.

Josh Groban at MOA on Friday
American singer-songwriter Josh Groban

The three are also called as the two Kings and Queen of Concerts, for their reputation of bringing international singers in the country for concerts. 

They have also produced successful concerts of local singers in the country. 

Mr. P is known for producing concerts of international and local singers in the Philippines, while Renen and Cel have brought to the country international performers and bands. 

Among the foreign acts that Mr. P brought to the country for concerts include Korean pop sensation PSY, Katy Perry, The Jonas Brothers, James Ingram, Boyzone, Michael Learns To Rock, among others.

On the local scene, he has produced concerts of Vice Ganda, Sharon Cuneta, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Martin Nievera, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Gary Valenciano, and many more. 

Meanwhile Renen and Cel Ovation Prod. Were the producers of the concerts of Sting, Metallica, One Direction and many more. Ovation Production is celebrating its 40th year in bringing the biggest concerts in the country.

The three of them joined forces in bringing in July of last year the highly successful Celine Dion Live in Manila 2018

This time around, Mr. P, Renen and Cel are hoping to make another successful concert in the Philippines with JOSH GROBAN: Bridges Tour.”‹

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Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s homecoming

The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) and the Araneta Center, in close coordination with the Miss Universe Organization, have been planning a series of activities for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s grand homecoming that is truly fit for a queen. 

All happening this February, thousands of fans and supporters can expect to see the reigning Miss Universe in two victory parades that will showcase her triumphant return to the country.

Tomorrow, Feb. 21 (Thursday), Catriona will board a majestic float and parade around the metro. Starting at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) grounds in Pasay City, Catriona’s parade will proceed to Roxas Boulevard, Kalaw Avenue in Manila, Taft Avenue, Buendia Avenue, and end on Ayala Avenue in Makati City. 

People are eagerly anticipating what the float will look like, with some speculating that the design will either look like her diamond and pearl-encrusted Mikimoto crown or her magma-inspired evening gown by Mak Tumang

On Feb. 23, Saturday, Catriona will have another parade, this time at the Araneta Center where her journey to the Miss Universe crown started. Festivities start at 4:00 p.m. 

The parade will start at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center and will go through the main road Aguinaldo Avenue, and around the 35-hectare lifestyle hub before making a stop at the Green Gate of the iconic Smart Araneta Coliseum, where she won the Miss Universe Philippines crown in March last year. 

Fans are encouraged to gather on the streets on these dates to greet Catriona and show their support that’s filled with true Filipino pride. 

Similar to Pia Wurtzbach, who brought joy to the country when she won the Miss Universe crown in 2015, the 25-year-old fashion model, advocate and aspiring musician from Oas town in Albay will also headline a thanksgiving show on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

Staying true to her core advocacy of helping underprivileged children as well as those living with HIV and AIDS, Catriona will visit and bond with the beneficiaries of Young Focus, LoveYourself PH and Smile Train—organizations closest to her heart—with BPCI Chairperson. Stella Marquez Araneta

For more updates, visit and follow our social media pages @realbbpilipinas on Facebook and Twitter, and @bbpilipinasofficial on Instagram. 

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Congratulations to Chris Manguera

The annual Mansmith Young Marketing Masters Award (YMMA) was held on Feb. 12 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. 

Among the recipients of the YMMA is GCash’s Chris Manguera, chief marketing officer and head of growth.

The campaigns and marketing strategies GCash has launched were deemed to be effective, refreshing, and innovative to the industry where he belongs. Bearing in mind that fintech is a newly emerging business venture, GCash has maximized the arena of the digitized era. 

The achievement of GCash’s CMO is also a breakthrough in the fintech industry. Being the only recipient of the award from fintech, this recognition has opened the gates for the industry to strive and deliver products and services to the public in a more creative, innovative, and relevant manner. 

The Mansmith YMMA is a prestigious awarding body, which has started over a decade to give recognition to young branding professionals who continuously excel in their craft. At the heart of the award is the commitment to inspire marketing professionals even at their young age in aspiring to build their brands through innovation.

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