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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Feb 25, 2011

Viva introduces new singer Anton Alvarez from Paris

VIVA RECORDS launches the album of a new singer-songwriter, balikbayan Anton Alvarez, discovered while singing in a piano bar in Paris. “Millie Gurfinkel told me to give showbiz a try,” he says. “I told her I’m too old but she introduced me to Boss Vic del Rosario. It turned out ABS is looking for a Spanish singer to sing the theme song of ‘Rubi’ and it was offered to me. So my voice was heard in ‘Rubi’ during its entire run. Then Boss Vic told me to record my own album, which contains six of my own compositions.”

Born in Manila on March 30, 1966, his Spanish dad and Pinay mom moved to Nebraska when he was 4 years old. “I’ve been singing since grade school doing school plays and I later formed my own band that won in several band competitions.”

Anton is now 45 but he looks so much younger with his slim build that’s nearly 6 ft. tall and matinee idol good looks. He got divorced three years ago from his French wife of 20 years and it was during this emotional time that he got to write a lot of songs. They have 3 sons and 1 daughter, ages ranging from 18 to 5. When not singing, he’s a business consultant with nine offices in Europe. His debut album has 12 songs and is titled “100% Heart” it comes straight from his heart, with all the songs he wrote all very meaningful for him. He gets to duet with Sarah Geronimo in “Wish” and with Rachelle Ann Go in “Words”. The other great cuts are “Believe in Me” (which an uplifting message), “Oh Girl” (about the breakup of his marriage), “The Promise of My Heart”, “Fields of Gold”, “Kung Sana”, “Thinking of You”, “Live for Fame”, and “Through the Barricades”. He wants to thank Sarah and Rachelle for collaborating with him. “They’re both amazing performers, very professional, and the support they gave me in this album is really awesome. I wish we could appear in shows together one of these days.”