Me'dal Kolon Datal shines in Malaysia

SOUTH COTABATO's Me'dal Kolon Datal Dance and Theater Ensemble won the coveted Best Performance Award in the 5th Sabah International Folklore Festival 2010  at the Sabah Cultural Centre in Malaysia, July 24, 2010.

Me'dal Kolon Datal showcased the rich cultural heritage of South Cotabato in dances choreographed by Marella Ferrer and Vivien Marie Ferrer and with Butch Ferrer as artistic director.

Me'dal Kolon Datal performs in Malaysia

Despite the lack of support from the government, the dance group was still determined to join the festival and decided to spend their own money for their travel to Malaysia.

Their sacrifice paid off when their performance bested those of other participating groups from Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Kazakhstan,  Uzbekistan, Latvia, India, China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.

Congratulations to Me'dal Kolon Datal Dance and Theater Ensemble for another world-class feat that Filipinos can be proud of.

Here is compilation video I found on YouTube of previous performances of Me'dal Kolon Datal prior to the Folklore Festival in Malaysia:

*with info from Nikko Ladera of Me'dal Kolon Datal

Charice conquers Thailand

CHARICE PEMPENGCO is big in Thailand.

As part of her Asian Tour, Charice visited her Thai fans last week (July 22-23, 2010) for the Dreams Come True Showcase at Siam Discovery Shopping Mall in Bangkok and performed for over 6,000 screaming fans.

Charice has a big following in Thailand so, they just deserve to hear Charice sing live. And Charice did not disappoint them. She has proven herself as The Voice. Here is a video of one of her performances in Thailand.

Charice in Bangkok Thailand - In This Song and Pyramid

Warner Music Thailand has recently released In This Song as second single from her self-titled album. (Lyrics of In This Song by Charice) Charice will also appear on the Woody Talk Show in Thailand scheduled to air on August 1. Congratulations, Charice!


Charice goes back to Korea

CHARICE WENT back to Korea and performed on Star King again. If you remember, it was her video on Star King that caught the attention of Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres and the rest is history.

charice in korea with so hyang

On Star King, Charice performed Whitney Houston hits, for which she has been known worldwide. She also had a duet with with popular Korean artist So Hyang, singing When You Believe and with Luna, which earned rave comments on YouTube and several blogs.

In the video below, she sang One Moment in Time after the Korean artist Luna. Luna cried after Charice's performance. I don't understand Korean but when Charice spoke to comfort her, I knew someone should have said that Luna is not a good singer.

I think, it was a good gesture for Charice to say it, even she did not understand what the Koreans were saying. Here's the video:

Charice on Star King with Luna

Meanwhile, here's another video of Charice in Korea:

Charice Duet with So Hyang in Star King - When You Believe

Charice, I'm sure, would always love Star King. Charice owes Korea something, too.


Jovit SkyFlakes Commercial

BEING THE Grand Winner in Pinoy Got Talent on ABS-CBN, Jovit Baldevino was catapulted to stardom with his songs topping local charts. As usual, when someone becomes popular, he is seen fit to endorse products. Jovit's first product endorsement on TV is his Sky Flakes Commercial.

Jovit's victory is summarized in this Sky Flakes Commercial, highlighting how determination and persistence lead to success.

Jovit Sky Flakes Commercial

In th video, Jovit sings Too Much Love Will Kill You.

Congratulations to Jovit Baldevino for your Sky Flakes Commercial from us here on Musika Central!


XB GenSan is Showtime's First Grand Champion

GENSAN ONCE again rejoiced in yet another victory as wildcard entry XB GenSan seized the championship in Showtime The Finals, yesterday with their signature power-packed performance at the Ynares Center, Antipolo City.

If Mindanao was rocked by a series of earthquakes, yesterday, Philippine TV was rocked by XB GenSan's highly energetic performance.

XB GenSan's energy level was just so overwhelming when they performed and they send shivers down my spine. They connect to the audience in such an extraordinary way. 

For those who missed their performance yesterday, or if you just want to experience XB GenSan once again, here's their video: (WARNING: This video is a tearjerker)

With an average score of 9.875, XB GenSan brought home one million pesos and the pride of being Showtime's First Grand Champion.

The other groups received the following average scores—Kasibulan, 7.375; Perlas ng Silangan, 8.575; Mortal Combat and the Showgays, 9.3; Beat Guyz, 7.325; Sensei, 8.1; Savannah Kids Ballroom Dancers, 8.775; Philippine Islands Assassin, 9.7; Enlighten Black Theater Group, 9.425; E-Crew, 8.575; and Boyz Unlimited Dancers, 9.625. from ABS-CBN website

XB Gensan is not the first dance group from GenSan that has wowed the whole country and the whole world. Exquizyth has also champed another dance showdown on ABS-CBN.

Congratulations, XB GenSan, and thank you for making us proud!


Charice on Glee: Taping starts on July 29

CHARICE IS very busy these days. She just had her Asian Tour where she promoted her album to key cities in Southeast Asian countries like Japan, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia. She also performed in a private party in Macau. Next week, she will start shooting her first episode in the second season of the hit musical TV series Glee!

On Glee, Charice will be playing the role of an exchange students who would give lead character Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michelle) a run for her money.

On Ricky Lo's column on the Philippine Star, she said:

“Sa July 29 na ‘yon. ["That'll be on July 29."] I haven’t gotten the script yet but I have started taking voice lessons. I was told that I would shoot for nine days for my initial episode.”
Also in the column, Ricky Lo mentioned that Usher, who was in Manila for a concert, seemed to not know who Charice is. Well, once Charice appears on Glee, he might be able to know who Charice is.


XB GenSan wins on Showtime's Wildcard Week

WHILE CREEPING Crew failed to enter the Showtime Grand Finals, another group from GenSan has made it to the Grand Finals with their angsty and energy-packed performance today, July 23, 2010.

With perfect 10 scores XB GenSan tied with Boys Unlimited Dancers, completing the list of Showtime Grand Finalists:

Perlas ng Silangan
Mortal Combat and the Showgays
Beat Guys
Savannah Kids Ballroom Dancers
Philippine Islands Assasin
Enlighten Black Theatre Group
Boys Unlimited Dancers
XB GenSan

XB GenSan already performed last March but they did not make it to the Monthly finals. Gladly, they were one among the groups which were given a second chance in the Wildcard Week.

Showtime The Finals will air live tomorrow, July 24, 2010 at the Ynares Center, Antipolo.

To see how energy-filled the XB Dancers are, here's a video of their performance:

XB GenSan Wilcard Perfromance - July 19, 2010

Good luck to XB GenSan in Showtime Grand Finals!

Waka Waka Lyrics and Video of Male Version

I FOUND this cool video of Carlos Chavira as he sings a male version of Waka Waka originally sung by Shakira for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in Africa. I should say this dude did a great job in this remake. It actually sounds like Waka Waka is his own song.

Here's the video:

Waka Waka Lyrics and Video of Male Version by Carlos Chavira

Waka Waka Lyrics

by Shakira 


You're a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
And back in the saddle

You're on the front line
Everyone's watching
You know it's serious
We're getting closer
This isn't over

The pressure is on
You feel it
But you've got it all
Believe it

When you fall get up
Oh oh
And if you fall get up
eh eh

Tsamina mina
Cuz this is Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Listen to your god
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Don't wait in line
Y vamos por Todo

People are raising
Their expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitations

Today's your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Believe it

If you get down
Get up, Oh oh
When you get down
Get up eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Awela Majoni Biggie Biggie Mama One A To Zet
Athi sithi LaMajoni Biggie Biggie Mama From East To West
Bathi . . . Waka Waka Ma Eh Eh Waka Waka Ma Eh Eh
Zonke zizwe mazi buye
Cuz this is Africa

Background Voice:
Tsamina mina, Anawa a a
Tsamina mina
Tsamina mina, Anawa a a

Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Django eh eh
Django eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

Django eh eh
Django eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

(2x) This time for Africa

(2x) We're all Africa

Carlos Chavira can be found here: YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.


Charice on Glee: Did Charice get Botox Treatment for Glee?

THERE'S SOME hullabaloo on the worldwide web today following reports on Charice's going through Botox Treatment in preparation for her role on the hit musical TV series Glee.

Cosmetic surgeon of Philippine celebrities, Dr. Vicki Belo, reportedly did the botox procedure, which sources say was to make her face narrower.

On 24-Oras' Chika Minute on GMA-7, Charice told the press that it is one of their biggest preparation for Glee. She said that she wanted to look fresh on Glee.

Meanwhile, fans and detractors alike were surprised; they couldn't seem to figure out why in the world Charice would need to get Botox treament. They say that it is not a good example for young women. 

Charice's camp defended her, saying that it was done to relieve a jaw problem that is similar to TMJ and not to make her look younger nor to make her "naturally round" face look narrower.

Here is a video of Charice while going through the Botox Treatment  procedure under Dr. Vicki Belo.

Meanwhile here is another video made by a fan:

Charice: Before and After the Botox Treatment


Lani Misalucha in Las Vegas

ASIDE FROM Charice, another Filipina is wowing American audience in the person of Lani Misalucha.

Lani has been doing this for years in Las Vegas and she was, in fact, ascribed the title Siren of the Strip.

When her show, Voices, at the Hilton in Las Vegas ended in June, her fans at the strip wondered if it was canceled. Her manager, who is also his husband told Funfare that they did not renew the contract with Giordano because the latter failed to meet the demands they agreed upon in the contract.

According to reports, Lani will be moving to a bigger venue and will be putting up a high-tech show.

Meanwhile, here are videos of Lani's performances at the Hilton in Las Vegas:

Lani performs Beautiful Liar by Shakira and Beyonce

Lani spoofs Diana Ross

Lani spoofs Celine Dion

Lani's performances has always ensued rave reviews from audiences and from the media. Good luck to Lani in Las Vegas.


An Interview with Charice - The Most Beautiful Voice in the World

HERE IS a video of an interview with Charice by the blogger on andPOP.

In this video, Charice tells the story about how YouTube brought her to where she is now and how she feels about it.

She also spoke about how we Filipinos are passionate about music that we just can't live without it.

Before the interview ends, she was asked for her thoughts on artists rising to fame with their songs digitally enhanced with computer software like Auto-Tune. She said that it's really part of the music industry and admitted the tech men behind her album must have used the same.

Well, we know very well how good Charice is as a singer and that she rose to fame because of her sheer talent and not with artificial effects or gimmicks.

Here's the video of the interview with Charice. Enjoy!

Lyrics and Video of 'All That I Need to Survive' by Charice

FROM THE "Most Talented Girl in the World," Charice, here's the lyrics and video of "All That I Need to Survive," one of my favorite tracks in her debut album.

Lyrics and Video of All That I Need to Survive by Charice

I look out my window
And wonder where you are (where you are)
And if you are safe out there
Somewhere in the dark (in the dark)
Time has no meaning
To this broken heart that's mine

I see your face
Where ever I go
I hear your voice
I want you to know

I feel your arms when I'm lonely
I make believe that you are still here with me
It's all I need
I feel your heart as if it was beating with mine
When you're in my world, I am alive
You're all that I need to survive

I've got this friend who says, it's time I let you go (let you go)
The way that you loved me, no one else could ever know
You were the best that ever happened to my heart and to my soul (to my soul)

I see your face
where ever I go
I hear your voice
I want you to know

I feel your arms when I'm lonely
I make believe that you are still here with me
It's all I need
I feel your heart as if it was beating with mine

And if, I mean when
When I see you again
It will be just the same as it was
And if, I mean when
We're together again
Our souls reunited as one~

I feel your arms when I'm lonely
I make believe that you are still here with me
It's all I need
I feel your heart as if it was beating with mine
(I feel your arms when I'm lonely, lonely, lonely)

You're in my world
I am alive
You're all that I need to survive~
You're all that I need to survive~
You're all that I need to survive

The video above shows the cast of Glee, which Charice is now part of. Charice fans all over the world can't wait to see her on the show. We are all excited to see how she will fare with the original cast of the show. And, of course, we are all hoping that she will make it big on the show.

Charice Asian Tour July 2010

Meanwhile, Charice is on an Asian Tour this July. Here's her schedule:

* Korea July 11 to 15
* Philippines July 15 to 18 – Warner Music Philippines
* Japan July 19 to 21 – Warner Music Japan
* Thailand July 21 to 23 - Warner Music Thailand, Charice in Thailand
* Malaysia July 24 to 26 - Warner Music Malaysia

Charice in Japan

A TV advertisement in Thailand states that Charice is the first Asian to succceed in the United States. That must nit be exactly true; it only shows how the Thai admires our very own Charice. MusikaCentral wishes Charice more success.


GenSan's Creeping Crew on Showtime

AFTER A roster of winners in previous talent and reality shows on national TV, GenSan has yet another pride, Creeping Crew, which has captured the Hurados' admiration on Showtime, a top-rating morning talent search on ABS-CBN.

Creeping Crew won Week 36 on Showtime last Saturday, July 10. Hopefully they will win in the monthly finals so they would qualify in the Showtime Grand finals on July 24, 2010.

For those who don't get to catch Showtime because of work or school, here's a video I got from YouTube.

Creeping Crew Weekly Finals Performance on Showtime - July 10,2010

If, Creeping Crew will make it in the Grand Finals, they will be added to the long list of winners from GenSan including Gerald Anderson, Philip Nadela, Exquizyth, and, recently, Melai Cantiveros.

Best of luck to Creeping Crew on Showtime!


ABS-CBN airs Pilot Episode of Noah Starring Piolo Pacual and Zaijan Jaranilla

LAST NIGHT, July 12, 2010, ABS-CBN aired the first episode of Noah, a new fantaserye starring Zaijan Jaranilla a.k.a Santino of the May Bukas Pa fame, and one the Philippines' premier actors, Piolo Pascual.

In Noah, Piolo Pascual plays a cop, who, in a twist of fate, lost his son, Jacob (Zaijan Jaranilla). Jacob then grew up in an island called Noah, inhabited by a tribe of people who take care of him and named him, Eli.

You might expect Noah to be a story of a father's search for his beloved son but for sure, there would more to it than that. Noah will probably be filled with episodes with plenty of lessons to learn about life, love, friendship, and human nature.

Noah is part of ABS-CBN's celebration of the 60 Years of Teleserye.

For those of you who missed it, you may watch the first episode of Noah here.


Here's the full trailer video of Noah

Video and Lyrics of Noah Theme Song Kahit Malayo Ka by Piolo Pascual

For sure, Noah will be a hit fantaserye that kids would be looking forward to see every night.


Charice Sings Accoustic Version of Pyramid Live

CHARICE PEMPENGCO sings acoustic version of her hit song, Pyramid, courtesy of Billboard.com. Recently, Pyramid took the No. 1 spot on Yahoo! Music Billboard. Miley Cyrus' Can't Be Tamed and Lady Gaga's Alejandro landed the 2nd and 3rd spot, respectively.

Here's the video of Pyramid Acoustic version:

Click here for the Official Music Video and Lyrics of Pyramid by Charice ft IYAZ.

I can't wait to see Charice on Glee. Reports say that Charice will be singing Beyonce's Halo. I hope she will also sing the acoustic version of Pyramid there.

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