Matchbox Twenty Live in Manila!
Popular pop rock group Matchbox Twenty is slated for a one-night show on Nov. 8 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Presented by MMI, “Matchbox Twenty Live in Manila” will feature the hits “Bent,” “Unwell,” “If You’re Gone,” “Put Your Hands Up” and “She’s So Mean” as only group members Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook and Brian Yale can deliver. Tickets available at SM Tickets or smtickets.com.
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Ping Medina Tries TV Hosting
Another Medina is making his mark in the local showbiz. He is Ping, son of noted character actor Pen Medina. Ping isn’t just an actor but a writer and TV host as well.
Ping joins Bernadette Herrera-Dy in hosting “Philippine Book of Records,” which premieres Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. on GMA News TV. During GMA-7’s recent “Prinsesa Ng Buhay Ko” of which he is a regular cast, Ping said that “PBR” is “parang Guinness Book of World Records pero local (in that) records natin dito sa Pilipinas, records ng mga Filipinos. Ito ’yung mga firsts na ginawa ng Filipino o mga bagay-bagay that originated in our country.”
“PBR” is a half-hour informative magazine-reality TV show focusing on feats made by Filipinos in various fields like sports, arts, culture, history, business etc. The format is inspired by the soon-to-be published first edition of “Philippine Book of Records.” The “PBR” producers are Anne G. Rigor and Myles T. Gamboa of MiniMax Advertising and Productions.
Going back to Ping, it’s his first time as regular performer in a teleserye. “Prinsesa Ng Buhay Ko” started airing last Sept. 23 topbilled by Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal.
On being a son to Pen Medina, Ping said “it’s like a double-edged sword. Una, nakakatulong dahil ‘Medina’ ako so mapapansin agad. Pero at the same time, may expectation agad na mataas. Thankfully naman na-meet ko ’yung expectations na ’yan…”
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SM’s Little Stars 2013
Proclaimed winners of SM’s Little Stars 2013 search during the grand finals held at the SM Mall of Asia Centerstage were Patricia Angel Platon Medalla and Nhikzy Vheench Calma. They bested 15 finalists and each received P150,000 worth of cash and shopping money, and a five-day/four-night trip to China for two with round-trip tickets and hotel accommodations. They also received a four-year scholarship grant from National University, John Robert Powers’ Basic Personality Development Program gift certificate, a Center for Pop Children’s Prep Singing Scholarship Grant. Other prizes included Toy Kingdom gift certificates, SM Bowling Summer Clinic and Ice Skating scholarships, and gift items from Manila Bulletin and Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center.
The board of judges included Trumpets co-founder and president Audie Gemora, film/TV director Jerome Pobocan, The Company’s Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, dance diva Regine Tolentino and Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Gem Padilla-Thomas.
One of the highlights of the program hosted by Iza Calzado was the participation of the SM Little Stars winners from China who showcased their talents. They were SM Chengdung’s Kuang Xingyu and Cheng Zhuojun; SM Suzhou’s Jia Jingying and Xie Ziyang; SM Chonqing’s Chen Yiming and Zhang Xiaoen; SM Xiamen’s Rong Yiting and Wu Jiaxin; and SM Jinjiang’s Lin Zixua. Also present were last year’s winners Chrisdane Andreu Galero and Aliah Franzin Navarro.
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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings , Sept. 29, go to Ms. Eggie Apostol, Hans Sy, Richard Ching, Baby Fortuna, Ng Tam Meng, Rosalinda Ramos, Boysie Villavicencio, LA-based Lally Aldeguer, Villa Granada-de Guia, Elissa Cuevas, Philip L. Tan, Debbie Enriquez, Maridel Fernandez, Ginger Hazel Manansala, Michelle Grace Reyes, Marie Dimapilis, Boysie Villavicencio and Jenna Rose Salosa of London… In celebration of its 18th anniversary, Enchanted Kingdom has launched the search for the “Next Prince and Princess 2013.” Lads and lasses 17 to 25 years old are invited to join the auditions today, Sept. 29 at the Boardwalk Party Place. For more info log on to www.enchantedkingdom.ph.