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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.

Nov 7, 2019


ronnie liang at music museum

katrina velarde at new frontier theater

PINOY DREAM ACADEMY discovery Ronnie Liang will hold his solo concert “Love x Romance” at Music Museum this Friday night, Nov. 8. It’s also a thanksgiving show as he celebrates his 13th anniversary in showbiz. Aside from singing, Ronnie has also gone into acting. He has tried doing a soap and has appeared in a number of movies. He would also like to do more theater work after he did ‘Bituing Walang Ningning’ at Resorts World.

“It’s important to broaden your horizons and expand your skills, so that the public won’t easily get tired of you,” he says. “If there are new platforms for you to showcase your talent and hone your craft, be sure to venture into them as it will do your career a lot of good.”

His first experience starring in “Bituing Walang Ningning” is a great but humbling experience for Ronnie, who is now also a licensed pilot. “Theatre is a great training ground as you will be compelled to improve both your acting and singing. But more importantly, I have seen the discipline of theater artists and they’re really amazing. They do it with so much passion and dedication.”

He plans to audition in other musicals, like the ongoing “Rak of Aegis” and the forthcoming “Bongga Ka, Day”. Meantime, he wants to assure his loyal followers that his concert this Friday night, “Love X Romance”, will be a real crowdpleaser for music lovers. He will do all sorts of love ballads from the ’70s all the way to the present. “Trends come and go, but Filipinos don’t get tired of listening to love songs. They don’t really go out of style,” he adds.

“But I will also perform some upbeat songs—even a bit of K-pop, for fun. Of course, it will not be complete without my signature song, ‘Ngiti’”.

Joining him in the one-night show are special guests Ella Cruz, Janine Teñoso and Sarah Geronimo. “It’s a dream come true for me to be able to have Sarah in one of my shows. I had to personally ask her, and I’m very grateful that she said yes.  She also agreed to collaborate on a new track, an original duet that she personally picked. The song is titled ‘Liwanag’ and we will perform it for the first time during the concert. It will surely be one of my concert’s big highlights.”

After Ronnie, Viva Live moves to New Frontier Theatre on November 29, a Friday, for the concert of the Suklay DIva, Katrina Velarde, “SiKati2”, a play on the title of her first concert “SiKat Ito” at Music Hall. Kat has been packing music halls with her adoring fans ecstatic over her powerhouse vocals.

This time, she brings her concert to a bigger venue to accommodate more of her loyal followers during their Kat Suklay moment. “SiKati2” is directed by Miggy Tanchanco with Mon Faustino as musical director. Don’t miss Kat’s impressive impersonations of other famous singers, her showstopping version of hits like “Never Enough” from “The Greatest Showman” and her signature interpretations of her own big sellers like “Tama Na” and “Magkaibang Mundo”.

For tickets to these shows, call Viva Live at 687-7236 and TicketNet online or 911-5555.