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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.

Apr 26, 2018

New Singer L.A. Santos All Set For His First Major Concert , "#PETMALU", To Be Staged At Music Museum On Monday, April 30, 8PM

L.A. (for Leonard Antonio) SANTOS launched his debut album last year. He’s now managed by former actor and now concert producer Joed Serrano who is producing his first big concert to be held at Music Museum on Monday, April 30, 8 PM. Entitled “#PETMALU”, the show will feature a number of guest stars who want to help him in his career.

L.A.’s mom is Flor Santos, who own’s Papa Kim’s Cakeshop on Morato Avenue. L.A. is her third child. “He has two Kuyas, Ryan who’s 21 at graduating na sa La Salle major in marketing, then Kim, 19, who’s taking up management at UST,” says Mommy Flor. “Ang bunso namin is an only girl, si Maria Kanisha, who’s in grade 10 sa Poveda. As a little boy, L.A. was diagnosed with ADHD, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Sobrang energy niya, walang tigil. I have to let him know his condition. Ine-explain ko sa kanya so he can learn how to control himself. In the process, naging attached kami sa isa’t isa kaya he now calls himself a mama’s boy. But at the age of 12, na-outgrow niya. Sa ngayon, nilalabas niya ang energy niya sa music. Makikita nyo when he performers his song and dance numbers in his concert. Masyado siyang focused dito ngayon. After his classes, grad 11 siya now in UST, sa rehearsal na agad siya. Kanta ng kanta. He wants to make sure his performances sa concert niya will be perfect.”

Joed Serrano is convinced that L.A. has a bright future in local showbiz. “Na-trauma ako before in managing talents kasi yung isang una kong hinawakan, na-in love at 14 at hindi nagtagumpay,” he says. “The next one naman, nalulong sa drugs. So ayoko na. But with LA, I see his determination and discipline so big challenge for me na mapasikat siya. Maganda naman ang songs niya, you can watch them on youtube, so sabi ko, sana, magka-hit siya to help boost his career. We are planning to do a movie for him and Boy Abunda is also helping us, so I’m optimistic magiging maganda ang future ni L.A. as a singer and also an actor. I’m producing Celine Dion’s concert here and I sent L.A.’s videos to her company. I’m hoping pumayag siyang mag-guest si L.A. sa show niya.”

L.A. admits he’s nervous about his concert. “Siempre po, kasi first major concert ko ito, but excited din ako as I’m eager to show my best to the audience,” he says. “Ngayon pa lang, nagpapasalamat na ako sa lahat ng pumayag maging guests sa concert ko, sina Jaya, Ian Veneracion, Jona, Michael Pangilinan, Imelda Papin, Claire de la Fuente, Eva Eugenio, Boobsie Wonderland and my sister Kanisha. We assure the audience they’ll have lots of fun in a memorable night of songs and good music.”