It’s really a dream come true para sa binatang nagsisimula pa lang sa pagtahak niya sa mundo ng musika. LA Santos is blessed!

One obvious reason is the mother he is blessed with, who will move heaven and earth for her kids and in this case, LA whom most of us know had his bout with Autism. But now, he has fully recovered and Music was the thing that soothed him and made him the guy he is now dubbed by Rey Pumaloy as the #popidol!

After a series of front act shows with local and international artists, LA will have his first solo concert at the Music Museum on April 30, 2018 dubbed as #PETMALU.

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A certified reliable concert producer (he’s had his bad times though), Joed Serrano puts his full trust in LA in this project.

“Nung napakinggan ko ‘yung single niyang “Tinamaan” at napanood ko ang video, I saw he has great potential.

“Mamahalin ng millennials. At mamahalin ng mommies na gaya ni Ate Flor sa kanyang anak.

He just had a guest stint sa concert of Ian Veneracion in Cebu at ang ganda ng pagtanggap sa bagets.

Mapapagkatiwalaan na rin naman ako sa ipino-produce ko na artists. Si Vice Ganda, hindi maniwala noon na mapupuno niya ang Araneta Coliseum. The rest followed.”

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LA has a roster of guests na talaga namang manggugulat. From Michael Pangilinan, to Jona, Jaya and the Jukebox Queens Imelda Papin, Eva Eugenio and Claire dela Fuente. Pero people are asking for the pang-kilig part-a special lady.

Ang malaking paghanga niya kay Janella Salvador, na inasam niyang makasama kahit sa isang music video, ay hindi pa rin nagbabago.

No girlfriend. LA’s focus is to make his Mama not just proud but very happy!

Musical director is Iean Iñigo and part of the team ay ang isa sa members ng Dream Wings Productions na si Nectar Endaya.

Watch LA soar into the journey of his musical life!

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I was in Cagayan de Oro last weekend to take part in the “CHADA” concert of Joey Ayala, Dong Abay, Jireh Lim,  The Youth and other local bands of CDO.

One band that stood out and gave a very good performance is a group composed of writers-Pub Forties. Kasama sa grupo ang aming kaibigang si Yugel Losorata.

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Acoording to Yugel, “We have now 4 original songs released in digital format (Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music) including our debut “Road Rage” and “Drive On” ( a song chosen as Spotify New Music Friday last February).

“We’re being distributed by Warner Music Philippines. We cover classic songs from the 90s down to 60s, and do corporate gigs and music fests. The members are: Aries Espinosa (lead vocalist), me (bassist, back-up singer), Vince Borromeo (acoustic guitarist, back-up singer), Manny Tocol (lead guitarist) and Arly La Guardia (drummer).

“The first three names are all contributing writers for various broadsheets. I have a music column for Manila Standard and Aries writes for the motoring page of Business World. I am the band’s chief songwriter. That was our first provincial gig under Sirhc Prod.”

Chris Bautista, the nephew of my good friend Jaye Bautista, produced the concert. The people who trooped to the Limketkai Auditorium had a ball listening to their favorite bands.

I enjoyed listening to Joey’s talk about health and fitness. From Yugel and his band members about connection in doing their thing in so many ways. Na even if the Beatles is their peg, their music resonates with so much more. We had a talk with Silent Sanctuary but they had to leave for their flight na hindi na nai-adjust. Geez, senti ang song nila, ha. Even Kokoi Baldo and Jireh.

Proud ang Cagayanons with their homegrown talents gaya ng Dodu Abrio and the Viajeros, si Fran, Fused Band CDO, Grupong Laya, Guilty Parties and One Broke.

Hopefully it happens in Manila. Our very own Coachella.

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On Saturday, April 28, viewers of “MMK” (Maalaala Mo Kaya) will see the story of dormer “PBB.” Now a Kapamilya teen star and is given the break to be JM de Guzman’s leading lady in “Araw Gabi,” Barbie Imperial takes us back to the life she’s had.

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Her father turned his back on her. At ang kanyang ina (portrayed by Aiko Melendez) is the sole person who kept her family together.

There’s more to know about Barbie. Kaya huwag bibitaw sa kwento ng kanyang buhay. Para higit pang makilala ang bagong kagigiliwan at the Kapamilya lot!

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