Brought up by Filipino parents in Canada, Pusong pinoy Mikey Bustos is today’s most-watched Youtuber.

After trying out in Canadian Idol and becoming a finalist, he even tried out his luck in the Philippines in the comedy satire “Bubble Gang.”

Litte did he know that what he started out doing vlogs will literally get him to the different parts of the world.

“I know there was a time I already did Taipei. So, I was ecstatic when I received an e-mail from Taipei’s Department of Information and Tourism and that I am the first foreign celebrity to be invited as their spokesperson now to promote Taipei as the perfect city for foodies and shopaholics.”

A comedian, singer and host, Mikey is singing the theme of #FunTaipei2018, “My New Crushie.”

The members of the media were treated to a day of fun and treats with this writer getting The Early Bird catch. And those from other platforms were given special prizes too. There’s a round-trip ticket to Taipei,  free accommodation at Amba Hotel and other promotions.

The famous local travel agency Jeron Travel has launched its latest travel promotion: an airfare and hotel deal with Taiwan’s top airliner EVA AIR, including a ticket for the Taipei double-decker sightseeing bus.

The ticket sale is set to start on the 5th of July in the Philippines at a minimum price of USD 4000.

Also available is the limited amount of Fun Pass Taipei and “FUN TAIPEI” surprise package. This will give Filipinos the benefit to get and enjoy a series of super deals once they board the flight until they return home.

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Apart from the food that the Myron’ Banquets of Ascott Hotel has prepared, their Department of Information and Tourism has created a promotional theme, a 24-hournon-stop eating tour targeted at the food-loving nature of Filipinos, which the media took delight in.

And there’s good news!

Accordingly, the number of Filipino visitors has hit new highs, with the number reaching 290,784 since Taiwan approved the visa-free program for visitors from the Philippines in November  2017, which is just extended until the end of July, 2019.

This is a staggering 68.59% increase from the same period in the previous year, which attracted 172,475 people in 2016.

On Friday, July 6, another promotional event will be held at the Activity Center of Glorietta 2. Mikey will sing and perform “My New Crushie.”

There will be food stations featuring dishes from Taipei for free, a DIY session and an interactive photo studio.

The public is welcome to attend the event and see a live performance and savor Taipei’s delicious food.

Prizes are awaiting those lucky attendees who will have pictures at the event with the hashtag #FUNTAIPEI and from July 5-8, the 2018 Travel Madness Expo will happen at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City to cap off the series of fortunate events for all to enjoy!

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American singer John Ford Coley will be performing at the Santa Rosa Sports Coliseum, Santa Rosa, Laguna on August 11 produced by Ovation Productions.  

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John is a classically trained pianist, guitarist, actor and author most known for his partnership in the musical duo England Dan & John Ford Coley.

John is not new to Filipinos as he has frequently visited the Philippines due to the massive popularity here of England Dan & John Ford Coley music.

His first visit to Manila was via a three night Valentines weekend concert at the Folk Arts Theater in 2000 where he appeared with the late Jimi Jamison of Survivor, David Pack, and Ambrosia.

Rupert Holmes who was initially in the bill was a no-show. Working together in Manila enabled John and Ambrosia to do more frequent appearances and collaborations together in the U.S. on many occasions.

The Valentines concerts were produced by Ovation Productions who brought them back together after a few years to open for the band America at the Araneta Coliseum.

At 16, Coley, along with schoolmate Dan Seals formed an acoustic act simply named England Dan & John Ford Coley.

The duo was signed by A&M Records. In 1971, the two moved from Dallas, Texas to Los Angeles where they opened for numerous bands.

Their first break came in 1972 with the song Simone. It became a number one hit in Japan and was popular in France. However, Simone did not fare as well in the United States, and the two were released from their contract with A&M after three albums.

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Two years later, they acquired another record deal from Atlantic Records and released the song I’d Really Love to See You Tonight.

Overall they had four top-ten hits and two top-twenty hits. They were nominated for a Grammy Award and received triple-platinum and gold records and released eight albums; additionally, other recordings were released abroad.

The duo disbanded in 1980. After the passing of England Dan (Danny Seals, brother of Jim Seals of 1970s soft rock duo Seals and Crofts), John’s solo performances have gotten more attention and have given John renewed purpose to continue performing the hits that the duo have been known for (John fondly referred to their act as ‘Mutt & Jeff’ due to their height difference). One  major issue for the disbanding of England Dan and John Ford Coley was change of musical direction as England Dan wanted to pursue country music.

England Dan and John Coley classic hits which John continues to perform in his solo concerts include It’s Sad To Belong, Soldier In The Rain, Gone Too Far, Love Is The Answer, What’s Forever For, Broken Hearted Me, I’d Really Like to See You Tonight, Nights are Forever Without You, We’ll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again, What Can I Do With this Broken Heart, Just Tell Me You Love Me.

John also does great covers of The Bread’s Make It With You, Dan Fogelberg’s Longer and Leader of the Band, Dan Hill’s Sometimes When We Touch, among many others. In his Santa Rosa Laguna concert, John Ford Coley will have popular OPM singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon as front act.

John Ford Coley concert tickets are available at SM and online through www.smtickets.com.

Ticket prices are P3300, 2800, 1800, 800 plus ticketing charges. For info call 02-4702222 or 0917-1495950, 0956-0922765, 049-5113376.

His songs will continue to be my life’s themes!

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