In October 2016, they were on stage together for Masquerade in the US that was staged in Manila in February the following year.
Now, the tandem—Martin Nievera and Lani Misalucha—is back for a Valentine concert on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), 8:00 p.m. at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Plenary Hall.
The producer, Starmedia Entertainment, is very excited to bring them back on stage, describing the two as among “the most mesmerizing voices in the land.”
Nievera has been known up until these days as the Concert King (in the Philippines), while Misalucha as Asia’s Nightingale, and not one among the new breed of singers has been able to topple them from the titles bestowed upon them by concert producers and the local entertainment press.
The two delight in the fact that this year Masquerade was nominated as Concert of The Year at the 9th PMPC Star Awards for Music, and both of them as Male and Female Concert Performers of the Year. Misalucha won the coveted trophy for her performance in Masquerade.
According to the two singers during a media gathering at Luxent Hotel in Quezon City, Timeless Classics is a “brand new show with fresh, grandiose production numbers, under the musical direction of Mr. Louie Ocampo, that’ll surely enthrall and amaze audiences just like the last time … or maybe even more!”
Martin Nievera said “I am happy to be working again with Lani and I am sure she feels the same way.” To which Lani retorted, “I always look forward to singing on the same stage with Martin. Iba talaga pa gang kasama mo ang ‘concert king’ na-mo-motivate ka na husayan lalo ang performance mo.”
Martin recalled how during one of their concerts together, he was mortified after Lani’s performance the audience gave her a long standing ovation, prompting the curtain controllers to close it after. “They thought the show was over! And I had another number before the finale. Can you believe that.”
That’s why Martin said, “It wasn’t fun to follow Lani at a performance. Either you come ahead, or you don’t perform after her.”
Despite that experience, Martin said all their shows together had always been fun and memorable.
Undeniably, the two are among the most remarkable and respected OPM artists of this generation whose songs, talent, and style will remain timeless and have gone classic through the years.
Timeless Classics is a production of Starmedia Entertainment and in association with Global Police Community Relations. The show is for the benefit of the projects of Rotary Club of Makati East, Rotary Club of Cubao Central, and Rotary Club of Paranaque East and is
co-presented by PLDT and Belo Medical Group and sponsored by: Farlin Baby Products, Zim Cleanser, Luxent Hotel, GAOC, Sacred Heart Diagnostic Medical Center Inc., Family Care Diagnostic Medical Center Inc., Athena Clothing and Trading Corp., Mcdonald’s, Doon Thai & Asian Fusion Cuisine, Tony’s Restaurant, and Amber Restaurant.
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Tikoy for Caloocan’s 10,000 urban poor
As the world prepared to celebrate year 4,716 of the Chinese lunar calendar on February 5 as first day of the Chinese New Year, Anvil Business Club’s young Filipino Chinese entrepreneurs and invited special guest Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Feb. 1. Friday morning, to share 10,000 free tikoy for urban poor communities in Caloocan City—5,000 tikoy to Camarin area and 5,000 tikoy to Barracks area, both in the north part of Caloocan City.
Alongside Bong Go at this socio-civic project were Anvil Business Club officers led by Chairman Wilson Lee Flores, President Patrick Cua, Honorary Chairman Reynold Siy, Honorary Chairman Marcelo Co and tikoy-sharing Project Director Joeben Tai. Chinese New Year became an official non-working holiday in the Philippines in 2012.
Also invited as special guests at the Anvil tikoy-sharing were Caloocan Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan, Presidential Commission on Urban Poor Chairman Alvin Lanz Almeda, and Carmelo Africa and others.
Anvil’s socio-civic project of sharing 10,000 free tikoy is the young Filipino Chinese entrepreneurs’ way of wishing the whole Philippines a happy and prosperous New Year. February 5 also starts new “Year of the Pig”, one of the 12 animal signs of the ancient Chinese zodiac.
Anvil Business Club has many economic and socio-civic projects, like free college scholarships, disaster relief donations and the annual Sept. 28 Teachers Day honoring all Philippine teachers on the birthday of great teacher Confucius.
“Tikoy” is the Filipino name for the Chinese New Year glutinous rice cake dessert called “ti-ke” in Hokkien (South Fujian) dialect of the ethnic Chinese minority of the Philippines and literally meaning “sweet pastry”. The tikoy is called “nian-gao” in Mandarin Chinese or meaning “sticky cake”. Tikoy may be eaten as is, but it is also more popularly cooked by dipping in beaten egg and lightly pan fried until crispy but still chewy inside.
The Hokkien greeting for Chinese New Year is “Kiong-hee Huat-chai” and the Mandarin greeting is “Gong-xi Fa-chai”, meaning “Wish you a Prosperous & Happy New Year”!
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