Asia's Acoustic Sweetheart Sabrina Orial's I ♥ Acoustic 6 is now available!

And just like that, our well-loved Asia's Acoustic Sweetheart Sabrina Orial is now on her 6th I ♥ Acoustic record! Wow! I know we are all excited to hear her tunes of recent hits stripped down to an acoustic rendition... Sabrina does it best, right? So, Sabrina together with MCA Music, now offers I ♥ Acoustic 6 for everyone to enjoy!
It's always such a pleasure to meet Sabrina.. she has this bubbly and genuine personality you can't help but love. And once she strum her guitar and sing her heart out, your ears will surely be satisfied! No wonder she got a loving crowd not only here in the Philippines but across Southeast Asia as well, and soon... the world. Sharing the awesome tracklist of I ♥ Acoustic 6 here:
•Roar
•Royals
•Applause
•Almost Is Never Enough feat. Myk Perez
•Wrecking Ball
•Best Song Ever
•Treasure
•We Can't Stop
•Blurred Lines
•If I Lose Myself
•22
•Paradise (original)
•Clarity
•Just Give Me A Reason
•Titanium
•When I Was Your Man
Bonus Tracks:
•Treasure feat King Pichet from The Voice of Thailand
•We Can't Stop feat N'oil from The Voice Kids Thailand
Sabrina shared that this album is one of her most personal yet. Even the album doodle artworks and designs was from her! The track entitled Paradise is her original composition, which is a song about depression and lifting up a person feeling down. On a personal note, it actually feels good to listen to her album.. it's relaxing and calming.. it has tamed tracks to soothe our ears with acoustic music. The massive hits of today with a twist! I will now share some songs from I ♥ Acoustic 6 which Sab happily performed for her intimate blogger's conference:
Woah, I enjoyed her performances so much! I hope y'all did as well.. She can easily win a heart with any song, right? Of course, I would like to invite everyone to grab your copies of Sabrina Orial's I ♥ Acoustic 6, now available on all leading record bars nationwide! You can also download the entire album legally on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/i-love-acoustic-6/id780421559

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"Shift" wins the Osaka Asian Film Festival Grand Prix (Best Picture)

I am mighty proud! One of my fave Pinoy Films of all time bagged a major award at the recently held Osaka Asian Film Festival! SHIFT, a film directed by Siege Ledesma, top-billed by Felix Roco, Alex Medina and Pop Rock Princess Yeng Constantino gave another pride for our country by winning the Best Picture! It was originally an entry of Cinema One Originals 2013 where it premiered here in the Philippines. Honestly, I managed to watch SHIFT 5 times during Cinema One Originals' short run in theaters. I was deeply moved by this movie and I share the genuine joy with the entire team SHIFT for winning the Grand Prix at Osaka Film Fest! Here's the movie trailer:
 
Shift is a story about Estela (Yeng), a call center agent, who had an offbeat relationship with her mentor Trevor, who is openly gay (Felix). The movie was clearly natural. It is packed with real emotions and honesty. This is also Yeng Constantino's first big screen project and I am so proud of her! I do believe that acting in front of the camera is her innate talent. Felix Roco also did real great in portraying a very challenging role. I really wish that this movie can be shown again, on a wider audience.. to gain much deserved attention.
Ms. Eugene Domingo was a part of the jury for Osaka Film Fest and she said, “This year, we merit a film for it's simplicity, honesty and it's integrity for pushing boundaries.” As a winner, the filmmakers behind Shift will receive 500,000 Yen. Well, again, I congratulate writer/director Siege Ledesma, producer Joe Alandy, creative consultant Jade Castro, Yeng Constantino, Felix Roco, Alex Medina and everyone behind the movie Shift! And I would like to share my personal movie review of Shift, which was posted last November 2013, hoping you could check it out as well: http://www.msmightymau.com/2013/11/cinema-one-originals-2013-shift-movie.html
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Jonalyn Viray dared to be... and now she is... FEARLESS!

Jonalyn Viray dubbed as OPM's Soul Princess successfully celebrated her 9th year in the music industry with a jam-packed solo major concert last February 28, 2014 at the Music Museum! Well, let me put it this way, if you did not witness this concert... for me, you missed half of your life! Yes, this statement is definitely exaggerated... but I sincerely mean it... Jonalyn dared to be.. and now she is... FEARLESS!
Allow me to take you back a bit.. I just want everyone to know how this concert was produced out of love from people who really believed in Jonalyn's outrageously amazing talent.. I have witnessed some of it actually.. from the pre-prod, the meetings, the blogger's conference, to the fitting, to the band rehearsals and dance rehearsals... up to the actual concert.. Jonalyn poured her heart out for this show... her passion to give an incredible show is really exceptional. Everyone behind this show have given massive efforts to make it a show to remember.. and it was indeed! A BIG SALUTE to the entire FEARLESS team!
Going back to what I said earlier, if you haven't seen this FEARLESS concert, you missed half of your life... right? Of course, I will not let you get away with that... my blog post here will guide you to some of the highlights of the show... and as I know, you still have another chance to see it as it will air on TV real soon with GMA... but as of now, here's what I can share for you... :)
As expected, Jonalyn opened the show with a BANG! She performed her own original up-beat song (which is my personal favorite by the way,) entitled Hello.. connecting to Rhythm Nation as a mash-up! Jonalyn's explosive dance break got the goove pumpin'!
I know you want to watch the opening, so here goes a video clip of the performance:
Up next is a Motown prod, and once again Jona got her moves on for an all-out performance!
She sang Treasure, I want you back, Signed,Sealed,Delivered and the audience got more excited and she was as highly-applauded as she sang an intense Love On Top! Here's a video:
Then, Jonalyn introduced his first guest of the night, Pinoy Pop Superstar year 2 Grand Champion and OPM's Prince of Ballad, Gerald Santos!
Yes, I know most of us missed him, and I'm happy that he supported Jonalyn for this concert! I missed them singing together! They share an onstage chemistry of a power diva and a balladeer! Gerald sang Maghintay Ka Lamang and he performed Forever with Jonalyn... Here's a video of their duet:
If not all, then most of the female singers definitely love Mariah Carey, and Jonalyn does BIG TIME... She sang a Mariah Medley for this Fearless concert which, again, wowed the crowd...
A simply classy and fabulous production number. The song arrangement was really fascinating! Big props to the band headed by Sir Soc Mina! She sang Always Be My Baby, Dreamlover, Fantasy, Emotions and Make It Happen.. Here's a clip:
Another guest entered for a duet of the song I personally love... Almost Is Never Enough originally by Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes... Brenan Espartinez has been Jonalyn's Runner-up from Pinoy Pop Superstar and it has been a while that I haven't seen them perform together! Glad that they are reunited on stage! Brenan also performed a hyper Bruno Mars medley right after their duet...
I must admit I was looking forward to see this duet ever since I heard them from the band rehearsal. Jonalyn and Brenan never failed me.. I love how Brenan injected the RnB feel through the song.. and of course with Jonalyn's blazing vocals the song effortlessly aimed straight to the hearts of every listener! Heartfelt, warm and sincere... Here's the video:
I really wish for Jonalyn and Brenan to record a studio version of that song. Aaaahhh... Anyways, moving forward... the next segment is dubbed as the Gay Icon Prod.. well, y'all know it..
Jona made sure that she exposed the diva that she is with this chic and flashy song and dance number! She performed the songs On The Radio, I Will Survive and Proud Mary! Here's the clip:
The Kapuso heartthrob Alden Richards is up next. Alden kept a long time promise to Jona that he will have a special appearance on her concert.. I am extremely happy that Alden was able to make it for the show! This dapper added a plus for the concert!
Alden sang Story Of My Life on solo and he also performed Terrified as a duet with Jonalyn! Here's a video:
Then, Jona had a bit of an impromptu jamming session where she gladly and heartily sang a few lines of some requested songs from the audience like Kuya Germ's theme song, I Am Changing and Listen...
Then Jonalyn sang her own songs from her self-titled EP that is still available in all leading record bars nationwide! She performed Sa Piling Mo (themesong to mexican drama Lola), Nakita Kang Muli (carrier single and has been a theme to Kdrama Padam Padam), You Keep Me Breathless and her massively loved hit song Help Me Get Over (OST of My Husband's Lover). Here's the performance:
Jonalyn was joined by Pop Diva Ms. Kuh Ledesma. They have been together in a recent US Tour for My Husband's Lover where Ms. Kuh also sang another theme song of the show entitled One More Try which she sang on the concert as solo.
Then Jonalyn and Ms. Kuh perform an immensely amazing duet of Tell Him. A diva to diva performance... Ms. Kuh said that she was happy to perform with Jona and that she admires her attitude as a person. The two definitely shared an intimate bond and I am happy to see how an OPM icon like Ms. Kuh got Jona's back no matter what.. surely sweet! Here's their powerful duet:
Of course, Asia's Songbird Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid has stood as Jonalyn's mentor ever since she got a shot in the music industry and as Jonalyn celebrates her 9 years, Ms. Regine graced Music Museum and performed a marvelous solo prod of the song Araw, Ulap Langit...
And right before performing their duet, Jonalyn shared a real funny yet heartwarming moment with the Songbird on stage, let me share a video I found of their spiels before their duet performance:
Then Jonalyn and Ms. Regine sang a highly-impressive and breathtaking duet of a classic and well-loved song entitled Habang May Buhay... Seemed like watching over the Queen and the Princess on one jaw-dropping performance! Here's their duet clip:
After that impeccable duet, Jonalyn sang her winning piece from Pinoy Pop Superstar entitled Close To Where You Are.. it gave me chills to hear Jona sing this song again after years! Well, I would like everyone to know that 9years ago, I was personally in Araneta Coliseum and I witnessed as Jonalyn won as the very first Pinoy Pop Superstar Grand Champion...
I was one of the hundreds of people who watched live that night.. who would have thought that Jonalyn and I will become good friends? I can't believe that after 9 years, I will be there in the Music Museum to be a part of her Fearless concert... and it was an honor to be standing there for her. So before this blog brings me down to tears of joy... Let me share my favorite part of the night, Jonalyn's closing song is a mash up of This Is My Now and A Moment Like This... just the perfect song for her... this is definitely her now, her moment.. and let me tell you that as she sings this mash-up on stage, it gave me legit goosebumps! A thrilling and overwhelming experience... Here's a clip of this A+ performance:
Of course... a standing ovation was given for this hair-raising, heart-stopping and spine-tingling performance... And a shout for more wailed at the Music Museum... so Jonalyn sang the song Impossible Dream as an encore...
A second standing ovation from the loving crowd! A justified final song to wrap up the night... and that's another hair-raising, heart-stopping and spine-tingling performance in a row! That was one greatly hailed, highly applauded and extremely praised encore!
So, after checking this blog, seeing the photos and watching the videos, I hope I helped you not to miss half of your life, and instead lessen it to one fourth hahaha! You are still missing out because the experience is still different on watching a live performance first hand.. so, as I am certain that Jonalyn will stage a bigger concert after this... please do watch it live and support her... You don't want to miss her out again the next time.. I'm warning you... hahaha! As for now, continue watching Jona on TV via Sunday All Stars.. and watch out for the telecast of Fearless this April on GMA's SNBO!

Again, congratulations to Creative Media Entertainment and to the entire Fearless team in putting up an extremely entertaining show.. This is definitely a night to remember for everyone who has seen the concert! Thank you for giving your heart out to a very very talented OPM treasure, Ms. Jonalyn Viray...
And to Jona, I know I have already said that you are awesome, over and over. Honestly, you really are... Even if there are a lot of promising newcomers in the music industry or even if the competition is too tight between you and other performers and artists, I will always and forever take your side, no matter what... That's because you are simply uh-may-zing in your own unique way... you don't have to be the perfect singer, as long as you carry on with your luminous attitude and good heart you will definitely get to your well-deserved highest peak... as Ms. Regine said, your talent should be experienced by a wider audience... The Fearless Diva deserves more and more blessings as you're one of the most tender-hearted and good-natured person in showbiz. And I can testify to that...Happy 9th year dear! ♥
*Thank you to my blogger friends thefeedph.com and lionheartv.net for the great photos used in this blog. Special thanks as well to youtube users Yasmine Lei de Sagun, QritikoLTD and regine velasquez (RVFriends) for the great videos. I apologize because I only got real few materials of my own from the concert...

P.S.
VOTE for Jonalyn Viray in Myx Music Awards 2014!
Her music video for Help Me Get Over has been nominated as Favorite Mellow Video and Favorite Media Soundtrack and Jonalyn has been nominated as Favorite Female Artist! Woohoo! Cast your votes now:
•Myxph.com
register/log-on to http://www.myxph.com/myxmusicawards
•Myx Facebook app
go to http://apps.facebook.com/myxmusicawards
•Twitter
tweet these codes once per category per day...
#myxmusicawards Favorite Female Artist Jonalyn
#myxmusicawards Favorite Media Soundtrack Help Me Get Over
#myxmusicawards Favorite Mellow Video Help Me Get Over

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Benjamin Alves and Mikael Daez: The dashing leading men of GMA's Adarna!

It is really unusual to be with two equally smart and gorgeous men at the same time. Well, in this case I guess we got so lucky as GMA Artist Center made a way to put up a blog conference over merienda at House Of Lasagna in Centris for these two Adarna leading men! Yes, we have both Mikael Daez and Benjamin Alves on the spotlight to tell us more about Adarna as it will bid us farewell on TV soon. Adarna is GMA's prime fantasy series about "taong-ibon" top-billed by the beautiful Kylie Padilla.
Well, it was my first time to meet Ben in person, but mind you, I like him, not like as like, but I like him as an actor. I have noticed him first in the Pinoy remake of the well-loved Korean Drama Coffee Prince as he was starred on the show along with Aljur Abrenica, Kris Bernal and Max Collins. I got impressed as he crossed the line to indie films with Sana Dati and Islands. Kudos for that! Right then and there I knew that there's gotta be something special on him. Oh man, more than the good looks, and the killer smile... this man has brains! He's one brilliant, adept and crafty man! He is dedicated, being a human bird is not as easy as it sounds, on Ben's own term... harnessing on their scenes makes it "constricted" for him. Hahaha! And not to mention, he is a sport and fitness enthusiast. His devotion for his training is impeccable. I salute him for that!
On the other hand, Mikael Daez is not so new to me.. as I have already met him last year on a blog conference for his previous daytime series With A Smile... Now, as Mikael joined GMA's Telebabad in Adarna.. seems like nothing has changed.. He is still the same witty foodie I have met.. haha.. I actually kinda missed him.. He's such a fine man.. Last year, Mikael sneaked a shot of me and posted it through his twitter account.. with the caption.."So intense ang pagttweet ni @MsMightyMau :p dito sa blogcon ng #WithASmile" here's the photo:
So, meeting Mikael again, meant a chance to get a revenge! Bwahahaha! I sneaked a shot of him too and posted it on Instagram... with the caption: "blog con or midnight snack? @mikaeldaez gotcha this time bro! hahaha" Booyah!
Fun times! Well, enough of the goofy side.. Seriously Mikael Daez is an ace! A wonderful actor and an incredible host too! Not to mention he's charming and appealing as obvious as it is.. It was great to catch up with him after a while.. Mikael has consistently delivered greatness through his past TV series and now that Adarna is almost up, he said that he was happy to be a part of the show.
Both Mikael and Ben promised that their character's climax will be towards the end of the series so, get glued on your TV screens and let's wait and see on what will be up next for Falco (Mikael) and Bok (Ben).. Let's all watch the last few days of Adarna, only on GMA Telebabad! :)

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Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck conducted a workshop for Star Magic!

The premiere Hollywood acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck, author of the best selling book The Power Of The Actor, flew to Manila for a 2-day acting workshop for Star Magic! Yes, Ivana Chubbuck herself went on an intense session of training under the Chubbuck Technique! It is indeed a big achievement for Star Magic to bring Ivana here in Manila for this rare chance of improving the acting craft of chosen Star Magic artists and selected workshop participants and even observers.
Ivana admitted that she doesn't accept any commitment around this time of the year, but she said that it was Direk Rahyan Carlos, training head of Star Magic Workshops that had convinced her to fly in to do teach. As it was explained (though I really don't have any knowledge on how the acting workshop is conducted), the Chubbuck technique is focused on script analysis. Where problems are made for solutions. Where the feelings should flow from personal in-depth experiences. Where actors can invest into emotions for their scenes from a personal perspective. Ivana Chubbuck said that there are no difference on her attack and technique despite the cultural differences of actors around the world, she believed that people are just the same. People have the same needs, undergo the same experiences, feel the same feelings. Ivana is the mentor to Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Eva Mendez, Beyonce, Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey and many more! Ivana said, "We have lots and lots of Vampire series... but why do you think everybody watch Vampire Diaries? Because they're my actors!" Wow. Just wow!
Some of the pre-selected artists who joined Chubbuck's master class are Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Xian Lim, Jake Cuenca, Arron Villaflor, Dimples Romana, Arjo Atayde, Ynna Asistio, and Sam Milby. There are also a few other non-Star Magic artists like Suzette Ranillo, Carla Martinez, and Issa Litton. Ivana have assigned specific scenes from Hollywood classics to the actors. The workshop took place last March 1 & 2 at the Dolphy Theater. Direk Rahyan underwent an intensive training under the Chubbuck technique and had earned himself a licence or certificate as the only Filipino representative that's authorized to teach the technique here in the Philippines!
So to all the aspirants to hone their talent in acting, Star Magic Workshop will offer the Chubbuck Technique under Direk Rahyan. It will be open to the public - both amateurs and professionals. The workshop will be under 3 categories, Introductory, Advance and Master class. Registration starts on March 22 & 23, 2014 for limited slots only. For inquiries you can call ABS-CBN Star Magic Acting Workshops at 415-2272 loc 5142 or 5243. You can also send an email at starmagicworkshops@abs-cbn.com.

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Got To Believe bids farewell with the BEST ENDING EVER!

Our well-loved kilig serye on Primetime Bida, Got To Believe top-billed by the TEEN KING & QUEEN will say goodbye on TV with the BEST ENDING EVER as promised. The most-talked about series gained massive success as it was well appreciated by our Kapamilyas, specifically noting how this series trends every night since it started to air. The young love story of Chichay and Joaquin was embraced by everyone so dearly, and I must admit that on a personal opinion, as a follower of Got To Believe, it is still hard to let go of the teleserye that has been really close to my heart. The romantic TV series will end its run this March 7, 2014.
At the G2B Finale Presscon, the director Cathy Garcia-Molina clarified that the show is really plotted on a time frame that they already met, and so extending the show is not an option, instead they would love to end the show on a high note, dubbed as the best ending ever. I'm sure we will all miss the characters we have learned to love like Mama Bear (Manilyn Reynes), Papa Bear (Benjie Paras), Juliana (Carmina Villaroel), Jaime (Ian Veneracion), even the youngsters like Pedro (Yves Flores), Alex (Liza Soberano), Dominic (Jon Lucas), Kit (Alexander Diaz), Patricia (Ingrid Dela Paz), the mean girls (Kristel Fulgar, Trina Legazpi, Chiena Filomeno and Angeli Gonzales) and the entire cast that added flavor to this magical series.
The genuine sweetness and natural on-screen chemistry of Daniel and Kathryn brought the show to the highest peak. However, Kathryn clarified that she is not yet ready for a kissing scene, she's still a bit young for it. Well, Kath will be turning 18 this March. Of course, on G2B, everyone is still glued on the love angle between Joaquin, who already became Ryan, and Chichay / Christina. Everyone is curious on what will happen next.
So stay tuned on the last week run of Got To Believe! Let's all witness and believe in the magic of love! Don't miss the BEST ENDING EVER this March 7! KathNiel fans will be rest assured that Daniel and Kathryn will not be missed. As we will be expecting their love team to be seen on the big screen soon after G2B, with the up coming film adaptation of the novel She's Dating The Gangster. Exciting indeed! :)

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