BUZZBLAST! Rufaida Bubudin, a proud member of the tribe/minority in the Southern Palawan known as Molbog, made it to the top 12 of Miss World-Philippines as hosted by Ruffa Gutierrez and Edu Manzano on June 24 at the Manila Hotel. Out of 25 candidates, Rufaida landed on the top five even as she requested an interpreter for the question and answer portion for being a non-English speaker. Queenierich Rehman of Las Piñas City as this year’s winner.
Before Rock of Ages, there is Academy of Rock (AoR).
The premier unit of AoR, the top Singapore-based music school, is now in the Philippines as AoR Philippines. The school was auspiciously launched with a big bang at Power Plant Mall in Rockwell featuring the country’s biggest rockers, Yeng Constantino and the Sandwich band.
Featuring AoR Singapore’s world-class graduates, AoR Philippines staged a free show at the Rockwell Tent headlined by Theron Lim, the world’s youngest distinction holder for Diploma in Music performances from Rockschool Ltd. UK. This 13-year-old performer has shared the stage with many current drum heroes such as Mel Gaynor, Michael Schack, VIP and Slash, Thomas Pridgen, Chris Coleman and Tony Royster Jr.
The AoR band, AoR’s premier student band made up of talented youths hand-picked from the music school, opened the show. Starting out in 2009 in a charity show when the performance bug hit them, members took their talents to the stage of world-class arts venues such as The Esplanade and even to Hong Kong Disneyland.
Other performers were Olivia Cui and The Beats, the dance star who showcased her moves and grooves together with her dance group, The Beats and the Junior Beats with the latest K-Pop Dance numbers, thrilling audiences with their shuddering yet elegant moves.
With a tag line “Where Great Musicians Are Born,” AoR is indeed true to its commitment to built and mold talents that last. In its five years of operations, successes and achievements have exceeded all expectations. In 2011, AoR was awarded as Promising SME 500 2012 from Small-Medium Business Association (SMBA), Singapore.
“We distinguish ourselves from much other music institution by ensuring that our teachers are internationally certified to conduct music lessons,” said founder/director Pricilla Teo (far right) shown in the photo with Rockschool Ltd UK executive director Jeremy Ward (left) and director Charles Lim (middle). “It is part of AoR’s culture to expose students to a diverse range of musical experiences as such our students are given opportunities to perform at world-class art venues locally as well as abroad,”
In 2012, AoR took a progressive step in its development by launching its very own retail department named the AoR Music Store which markets its own AoR range of AoR range of instruments. They has been carefully selected to cater to the beginners and their quality in construction and finish will prove to be the instrument of choice for any new music prodigy.
AoR vision is to be the leading Rock and Pop Music Education Franchise in Asia along with its mission to raise the musicality of youth, enhance music appreciation through holistic learning, nurture each student’s talent to maximize their potential, and to provide a conducive and enjoyable environment for learning.
Jeremy summarized AoR’s proficiency the best, “Academy of Rock has a professional and exciting approach to contemporary music that is well-partnered by the rock school’s innovative and unique qualifications.”
With the Academy of Rock, rock never sleeps in Asia!
See GMAAC stars
at Yahoo! OMG! Awards 2012
If you voted in the Yahoo! OMG! Awards 2012 via SMS, you might agree that your favorite GMA Artist Center (GMAAC) star is likely to attend and take home an award on July 6!
Included in the long list are: Male Singer of the Year — Elmo Magalona; Female Singer of the Year — Julie Anne San Jose; Breakthrough Actor of the Year — Alden Richards; Breakthrough Actress of the Year — Rhian Ramos / Lovi Poe; Most Promising Actor — Rocco Nacino; Most Promising Actress — Bela Padilla/Bea Binene; Love Team of the Year — Jake Vargas and Bea Binene/ Elmo Magalona and Julie Anne San Jose; and Best Female Newcomer — Solenn Heussaff/Kylie Padilla.
The team behind
Mother Ricky Reyes, the country’s leading beauty expert and philanthropist, spearheaded this year’s Hair and Makeup Trends event held at the Elements Center of Centris in Quezon City. The proponent of the event is widely popular Fil Hair Cooperative, an association of the country’s best and brightest hair and makeup artists.
Mother Ricky is joined at this team photo by the event’s judges and the officers and members of Fil Hair Coop. Shown seated from left are the judges: Tony Kim, Sky Park, Tesda director Marty Hernandez, Mother Ricky Reyes, Tesda director-general Joel Villanueva, Theresa Tam of Thailand, Juanita Soerakoesoemah of Indonesia, Airene Wong of Malaysia and Dennis Joseph Delgado of Hong Kong.
Photo below shows (standing from left) are the officers and members of Fil Hair: Nanette Capua, Bing Pabular, Dadee Paule, Nelia Araza, Dan Yniguez, Seo Jung, Shirley de Leon, Cely Nepomuceno, Peping de Guzman, Edgar Caballas, Jade Garcia, Ivory Malanguena, Lyn Yalung, Villa Pacita David, Ruby Valderrama, Rheeza Sanglap, Zaldy Dividor, Daryl Cerdon, Donna, Ronnie Rovedillo, Brian Valmonte, Noel Wong of Thailand, Boyet Corong, Jennie Estabillo, Jayson Hisola, Raquel Pangilagan, Nitz Clidoro, Shawie, Alex Demaro, Strawberry, Boboy Baje and Nestor Narag.
Nina’s triumphant return to Hard Rock Café
Soul Siren Nina closes Hard Rock Café for June fresh from the recent success of its sold out annual Founder’s Day celebration. Giving an intimate, full-length performance on June 30, fans and hard rockers can look forward to an evening of beautiful music as Nina dishes out her greatest hits as culled from her catalogue of Diamond and platinum studio albums such as “Through The Fire,” “Love Moves In Mysterious Ways,” and “Someday” among many other as well as some of today’s chart-toppers and homegrown favorites. Pop band Drizzle with DNA performs rights after Nina. Show starts at 9 p.m.
IN/SIGHT: Mario O’Hara was Fil-Am
We all had the idea that multi-awarded writer, actor and director Mario O’ Hara was of mixed breed, but not a lot know his real roots. Mario passed on to complications of leukemia at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Pasay City at age 68. His father was part-Irish, part-American and part-Filipino; and his mother was an American teacher from Ohio, USA. Both parents were among the first American teachers in the Philippines. Born in Zamboanga, Mario grew up in Pasay City.
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