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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.

Jan 25, 2017

'Happy Together', The Must See Show This Valentine Season, With The New Minstrels & The Company Joining Forces For The First Time

THE VALENTINE SHOW to watch in this coming day of hearts is “Happy Together”, featuring the combined talents of the New Minstrels with the CompanY for the very first time, produced by Viva Concerts. Each Valentine season, the singers of the popular ’70s show band The New Minstrels reunite to perform much-loved hit songs to make their fans swoon and dance and savor all those memories that their favorite songs always bring.

The New Minstrels’ biggest hits include Buhat, Tell Me, Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin, Iisa Pa Lamang, See You There, Ikaw Lang, Gulong Ng Palad, Nothing I Want More, Balut and many more. The members of the New Minstrels include Joey Albert, Louie Reyes, Ding Mercado, Chad Borja and Eugene Villaluz.

Joining The New Minstrels on stage will be the country’s premier vocal group The CompanY, famous for their hit songs like Everlasting Love, Now That I Have You, Muntik Na Kitang Minahal, Pakisabi Na Lang, Special Memory, Nawawala Ang Puso Ko, Just A Love Song, What Would They Say, You Changed My Life In A Moment and Manila. The CompanY in its early days back in the ’80s got their inspiration from the great vocal groups of the era, like the Manhattan Transfer, the Swingle Singers and most of all, The New Minstrels.

The CompanY’s founder and frontman Moy Ortiz is a nephew of Minstrel Eugene Villaluz. So he literally grew up with and learned singing from The New Minstrels, but they cultivated their own, unique sound through the years. These two acclaimed groups have never performed together before. And now that they’re finally performing on the same stage, it would be very interesting to find out how The CompanY will face up against its idol, The New Minstrels.

Their vocal face off will see them singing all their hits, especially the romantic love songs best heard during the Valentine season. The CompanY today is made up of Moy, for bass and tenor; Sweet Plantado, soprano; Annie Quintos, soprano; Cecile Bautista, alto; and original member Reuben Llorente, tenor, who returns for this special show after years of performing abroad.

“Happy Together” will be held on Feb. 13 at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center on Roxas Boulevard. So those of you who enjoyed their past Valentine shows, do make sure you get your tickets as early as possible. This is because the concert will be very special and you will not want to miss it.

Tickets to Happy Together are now available. They are priced at P4,500 (Flat Center); P3,500 (Flat Left/Right); P3,500 (Level 2 Center, Left/Right); P3,000 (Level 3 Center, Left/Right); P2,000 (Level 3 Left/Right); P1,000 (Balcony); and P400 (Gallery). Get them at TicketWorld (891-9999), TicketNet, 911-5555 and Viva Live, 687-7236.