The 1st FAP DAY wouldn’t be a success without the participation of live entertainers. Amid the intermittent rains, the show went on to the delight of the audience numbering more than 300.
The first in line was Venus Lopez. She sang a lively tune with some dancing to match in order to neutralize the dampened spirit caused by the sad weather. Venus is the youngest daughter of Mar Lopez from the Big 3 Sullivans.
Venus Lopez wowing the crowd with her lively song
Another singer was Ghian Gloria, the budding talent of famed composer Pablo Vergara. Ghian, we have heard, is coming out with an album that would be promoted with the help of broadcasters Nilo De Castro and Ka Ernie Cruz of DWIZ.
Protégé of famed composer Pablo Vergara, Ghian Gloria is a belter in the making
Incidentally, Nilo De Castro did a great help to the event by bringing in a sponsor. Coffee was free flowing courtesy of Glorious Blend, a 7-in-1 herbal mix rich in calcium that is recommended to those who dislike caffein.
The tandem of broadcasters Nilo De Castro and Ernie Cruz whose radio program is soon to air on DWIZ 882 on the AM dial
The toast of the crowd was Aimee Torres who had the word “sexy” emblazoned on her yellow blouse. After rendering her version of Rosalinda, she electrified the stage with her rendition of Pusong Bato.
Aimee was actually the original singer of the popular OPM. However, it was the guy who popularized it. But we have heard that Aimee owns the copyright of Pusong Bato so she is now re-promoting it.
Original Pusong Bato singer Aimee Torres handling the raffle box beside program host Direk Bert Ortega
Amid the heavy rains, Rico D’ Magician proceeded with his act. It was quite a long one with complex props like 2 dogs, a couple of ducks and a huge python for the finale. There was also the mesmerizing hypnotism act using Rico’s wife as main prop.
A van was needed to transport the props used by Rico. By the way, Rico is the president of Philsewf, the federation of live stage performers. He was also third placer in the Pilipinas Got Talent contest a few years back.
Rico D’ Magician with the traditional hypnotic act
The Villanueva Acrobats provided the nightcap not only with acrobatic routines but with a comedy act too. After calling on 3 kids from the audience, the crowd was surprised with the funny retorts of Ella, a smart alecky 6-year old girl who says she’s only 2 years old.
The Villanueva Acrobats is a family affair, from the grandmother down to the grandchildren. The group is the current champion of Talentadong Pinoy, the high-rating talent contest of TV5.
The Villanueva Acrobats with their acrobatic act using kids as props
Contributing their time to the event were OMB Chairman Ronnie Ricketts and Rez Cortez who led the opening prayers. Rez is chairman of KAPPT (Kapisanana ng Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon).
Also present was former QC councilor Ariel Inton who gave a short inspiring talk. Seen at the backstage was Irene Celebre, the mother of Gabby Eigenmann as announced by Direk Bert Ortega who handled the hosting chore.
The affair wouldn’t be complete without the prizes and giveaways. The grand prize, a 24-inch LED television donated by Sen. Bong Revilla, was won by comedian Paul of the Chop Suey duo.
With his Batangueño pals, Vincent Dafalong (in green) wasn’t able to perform due to lack of time
OMB Chairman Ronnie Ricketts donated 2 units of DVD player for the raffle plus P5,000 cash. Gift bags were sent by Solar Films producer Wilson Tieng. Others who donated prizes were QC councilor Roderick Paulate and Congresswoman Lani Mercado.
FAP Day was organized by the Film Academy of the Philippines to revitalize the working guilds with their renewed membership. Newcomers were accepted and, in the spirit of FAP Day, all membership fees were waived.
Membership IDs will be distributed soon.
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