GMA Network has lost some of its legendary singers when they transferred to the network’s rival station, ABS-CBN. The said singers include Janno Gibbs, Jaya, Lani Misalucha, Ogie Alcasid, and the recently signed Kapamilya artist, Regine Velasquez.
This got people asking if the Kapuso network still has impressive vocalists under its wing. The answer is yes.
Here are just some of the singers who remain with the Kapuso network.
1. Julie Anne San Jose
Julie Anne became a part of the GMA Artist Center in 2005 when she became a part of Sugarpop.
She now has three studio albums under GMA Records.
2. Rita Daniela
Rita Daniela, who is also known as Rita Iringan, started her career when she won QTV’s Popstar Kids.
Since she has won the contest, she has made numerous appearances in different GMA shows.
3. Christian Bautista
After being with ABS-CBN for 10 years, Christian transferred to GMA-7 in 2013.
He became a judge in the singing competition The Clash and is a part of Pamilya Roces.
4. Glaiza de Castro
Glaiza de Castro was born to a family of singers and an actor. Her parents were musicians who toured Asia while her uncle is the Filipino actor Dan Alvaro. Glaiza acted and sang simultaneously. Her acting career started in 2001 when she landed a role in the television series Ikaw lang ang Mamahalin. She was 13. During the same year, her first album, Magbalik Ka, was released.
Since then, Glaiza has been juggling acting and singing. Despite having regular TV shows when her acting career took off in the mid-2000s, she didn’t put music on the back burner. She continued to star in hit TV series as well as the big screen and release music albums in 2006 and 2015. She launched her third album titled Synthesis in 2015, Glaiza realized how she can use music to express herself. Two years later, Glaiza is back on track to take over the Filipino music scene with her latest album, Magandang Simulain. Released May last year, Magandang Simulain features original composition as well as revivals of classic Original Pinoy Music (OPM) songs.
5. Mark Bautista
In 2010, he signed an exclusive contract with the Kapuso network.
He is currently one of the performers of the new musical variety show, Studio 7.
6. Aicelle Santos
Aicelle is known as the “First Undefeated Pinoy Pop Superstar” as she has achieved eight straight wins in GMA’s Pinoy Pop Superstar.
She has signed a record deal and an exclusive contract with GMA Artist Center.
7. Maricris Garcia
She has been with the Kapuso network ever since the third year of Pinoy Pop Superstar in 2007.
8. Rachelle Ann Go
In 2004, she was declared as the champion of GMA’s Search for a Star, though after the contest, she transferred to ABS-CBN.
Six years later, she went back and signed an exclusive contract with GMA-7.
9. Nar Cabico
He was the 2016 champion of Superstar Duets and has stayed with the network ever since.
10. Kyline Alcantara
This 16-year-old artist is a girl of many talents.
She has released her first album on September 19, 2018.
11. Kristoffer Martin
Kristoffer Martin started in showbiz via reality-talent search “Little Big Star” in ABS-CBN. He was able to perform in several shows when he transferred to GMA Network.
12. Hannah Precillas
Hannah is the winner of GMA’s reality talent show, Bet ng Bayan.
13. Golden Cañedo
She is the first grand winner of The Clash and is now a part of Studio 7.
TAGS: Aicelle Santos, Bet ng Bayan, christian bautista, First Undefeated Pinoy Pop Superstar, GMA, GMA Network, GMA-7, Janno Gibbs, Jaya, Julie Anne San Jose, Kristoffer Martin, Lani Misalucha, Maricris Garcia, mark bautista, ogie alcasid, Pamilya Roces, Pinoy Pop Superstar, Popstar Kids, Rachelle Ann Go, Regine Velasquez, Rita Daniela, Rita Iringan, Search for a Star, Studio 7, Sugarpop, Superstar Duets, The Clash
Filipinos are known to be talented. We can sing, dance and act. We usually are a triple-threat when it comes to the entertainment industry. But these Filipinos aren’t just conquering Philippine entertainment industry. They are conquering Hollywood, the larger than life entertainment business and the . So get ready to wave your miniature Philippine flags for these celebrities:
Let’s start with the legend herself, Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga, was born in Manila. She was the first Filipina ever to win the prestigious Tony Award for her role as Kim in the Broadway Musical, Miss Saigon. She was, then, offered the role of the singing voices of Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan.
Her work with Disney was so remarkable that she was dubbed as a Disney Legend. She has also already performed in front of former U.S presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton and Her Royal Majesty, the Queen Elizabeth II.
Karla Garcia is the first ever Filipino to join Broadway’s Hamilton created by Lin Manuel-Miranda. She holds a swing role which job is to know multiple parts of the production that include dance, moves, props, lines and such. She is happy to represent the Filipino community in Broadway. She also used to be a part of the 2009’s So You Think You Can Dance and the second season of Smash.
Rachelle Ann Go
Rachelle Ann Villalobos Go was born in Pasig. She had joined singing contests ever since she was a young girl. One of the first ever contests she joined was on Eat Bulaga! at the age of eleven. She was the Grand Champion in a reality talent search, Search for a Star in 2004. Her debut in theater musical was in The Little Mermaid as Ariel which led to winning the Best Actress award from Broadway World Philippine Awards.
She was cast for the West End revival of the hit musical, Miss Saigon, for the role of Gigi Van Tranh in 2014. She was also cast as Fantine in the 30th Anniversary Staging of Les Miserables. In 2017, she plays the role of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in the West End production of Hamilton.
Adam Jacobs, Joshua dela Cruz, Bobby Pestka, Angelo Soriano, Don Darryl Rivera
These names may not be familiar but they are going to be! These are the five Filipino men that were cast in Broadway’s Aladdin.
Adam Jacobs, born in California, has a Filipino mom who works as a nurse in Pangasinan. His grandfather also used to be a Philippine Scout.
Joshua dela Cruz is an understudy for Aladdin. In his Showbill bio he wrote, “Para sa mga mahal ko sa buhay…” Showbill is essentially a magazine with a program in the middle.
Bobby Petska was born in the Philippines. He was first cast in the Seattle production of Aladdin in 2011. After two years, he moved to New York and joined the cast here.
Angelo Soriano, as a swing, assumes many different roles, including the principals Aladdin and the adorable villain Iago. In his Showbill, he wrote “Mabuhay!”
Don Darryl Rivera was born and raised in Seattle. He used to sing or dance ‘tinikling’ when he was young in family parties. He is grateful to his parents for encouraging him to immerse himself in his Filipino culture and at the same urging him to remain a typical American boy.
David Michael Bautista, Jr. was born in Washington D.C. His mother, Donna Raye was of Greek descent and his father, David Michael Bautista was a son of Filipino immigrants. In 2002, Bautista made his debut in Smackdown with “Batista” as his ring name.
After a move to Raw and two victories against Kane, he began to make noise in the WWE universe. His most recent works were Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Drax the Destroyer, Bushwick as Stupe and Blade Runner 2049 as Sapper Morton.
Jo Koy made his way from Las Vegas coffee houses to selling out clubs across United States. He has appeared to Chelsea Lately for more than a hundred episodes. His infectious, explosive energy onstage, insightful jokes, and family inspired humor cross all boundaries. His Filipino mother inspired him to go to school talent shows and impromptu performances for his family and friends.
Nicole Gale Anderson
Nicole Gale Anderson was born in Indiana. Her mother was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States with her father, a Commander in the United States Navy. Anderson used to be in competitive gymnastics where she won some national competitions. Although due to injuries, she had to give it up.
Her most notable roles are: Macy Misa in Jonas, Hope Plotkin in Mean Girls 2 and Miranda Collins in Pretty Little Liars and its supernatural spin-off, Ravenswood.
Lalaine Vergara – Paras, or simply Lalaine, resided in the Philippines from 1990 – 1995. Her parents are both from the Philippines; her mom from Batangas and her dad from Pampanga. She is the youngest of four siblings; Marian, Francisco and Cristina. She is notably known for her role as Miranda Sanchez as Lizzie’s best friend in the hit television series, Lizzie McGuire.
Anna Marie Perez de Tagle
Anna Marie Perez de Tagle is one of the hottest triple threats here in this list. It may be in her blood since she is the granddaughter of the Kundiman Queen herself, Sylvia La Torre. She was born in California but still as proud of her Filipino blood.
De Tagle was voted the “Best Featured Female Artist in a Musical” at the 2012 Broadway World Awards. She was Ashley Dewitt in Hannah Montana and Ella Pador in both Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.
She was born as Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez. Her father, Gilbert Sanchez, is Mexican-American and her mother, Edita Bugay, is a pure Filipina from the Bataan province. She started singing when she was just two years old. She joined the 11th season of American Idol and finished as a runner up. She appeared in the musical TV show, Glee, as Frida Romero.
She recently sang the American National Anthem in the National Football League game Raiders vs. Chargers in Oakland then took a knee after her performance.
The performer was born as Allan Pineda Lindo in the Philippines. He was born to a Filipino mother and an African-American father who he never met. He grew up in a poor but loving family in Angeles, Pampanga.
When he was fourteen, his mother and stepfather allowed him to be adopted (with his consent) by a kindhearted American man who took him to the U.S to have a more promising future. He, then, founded the International Hip-Hop Band, “Black Eyed Peas,” with will.i.am, Taboo and Fergie.
Darren Everett Criss, another triple-threat, was born in California. His mother was from Cebu City, Philippines. He actually wrote every song for Team Starkid’s A Very Potter Musical. His most notable works are: Blaine Anderson in Glee, Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical and Music Meister on the crossover of Supergirl and The Flash.
Robert Michael Schneider was born in San Francisco, California. His maternal grandmother was a Filipino named Victoria Estacio. He grew up in the suburb of Pacifica or “the back of the valley.” He got his first break as a comedian in an appearance on The Late Night with David Letterman.
He frequently makes an appearance, either a big role or just a cameo, in movies starring his best friend, Adam Sandler. His most notable roles are: Clive or Jessica in The Hot Chick, Ula in 50 First Dates and Rob Hilliard in Grown Ups.
Nicole Elikolani Valiente Prescovia Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her mother was a professional hula dancer in Hawaii and her father was of Filipino descent from Batanes Island, Philippines. Inspired by another Filipino legend, Lea Salonga, she auditioned for the musical, “Miss Saigon.”
Although she didn’t know what the results were because she was already accepted as a member of The Pussycat Dolls. She later became the Lead Pussycat in the group.
Born as Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother, Bernadette Bayot, was a Filipino hula dancer and singer and has been credited with encouraging her children’s love of music. Unfortunately, she died at age 55 in 2013 due to brain aneurysm. He co-founded the production team, The Smeezingtons in 2009.
The team was responsible for the singles “Nothin’ on You” by B.oB and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy. He is now one of the best-selling artists of all time having sold over 130 million records worldwide. He has seven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since the start of his career in 2010.
Shannon Ashley Mitchell was born in Canada. Her mother, Precious Garcia, was Lea Salonga’s first cousin from Pampanga. Mitchell loved J.Lo so much that when she was young, her friends had shortened Shannon to Shay Lo. In her late teens, she was already a successful model in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Barcelona.
She returned to Toronto to focus on her passion: acting. She is most notable from her role in the Pretty Little Liars as Emily Fields.
Hailee Puring Steinfeld, another one of the hottest triple threat in this list, was born in California. Her maternal great grandfather was from Bohol. Her mother, Cheri, had made her aware early on that her Filipino blood is what makes her passionate and proud in what she’s doing.
Her most recent roles were: Nadine Franklin from The Edge of Seventeen where she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Emily Junk in Pitch Perfect 2.
The ultimate and hottest triple threat from this list: Vanessa Anne Hudgens. She was born in Salinas, California but moved to San Diego when she was just a toddler. Her mother, Gina Guangco Hudgens, was a native of Manila in the Philippines.
Sadly, her father, Greg, passed away in 2016, losing his battle with cancer. The day after his death, she was set to star as Betty Rizzo in the live musical production of Grease Live! She vowed to perform as a tribute to him.
Her most notable role on screen was Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical franchise, Sa5m in Bandslam, Lindy Taylor in Beastly, Blondie in Suckerpunch, Kailani Laguatan in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Candy in Springbreakers.
There aren’t that much of Filipinos in Hollywood and Broadway. So continue to slay, fellow Filipinos!
TAGS: Adam Jacobs, Angelo Soriano, Anna Marie Perez de Tagle, apl.de.ap., Bobby Pestka, Bruno Mars, Darren Criss, David Bautista, Don Darryl Rivera, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Sanchez, Jo Koy, Joshua dela Cruz, Karla Garcia, Lalaine, Lea Salonga, Nicole Gale Anderson, Nicole Scherzinger, Rachelle Ann Go, Rob Schneider, shay mitchell, Talented Filipinos and Filipinas conquering Hollywood and Broadway, vanessa hudgens
Disney Channel Asia has released online the full music video of Rachelle Ann Go’s rendition of “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” five days before the showing of “Cinderella” in the Philippines (Opens on March 12). The two-minute video, shows the award-winning West End actress recording the theme song of the Disney Princess franchise, intercut with scenes from the live-action movie.
In the 1950 animated film, Cinderella sang “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” as she encouraged her animal friends to never stop dreaming. This theme of “never stop dreaming” continues throughout the entire classic fairy-tale. The ballad was written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston.
Disney is reviving the song with a new arrangement and music video to deliver the inspirational and positive message of the new “Cinderella” movie, which is to believe in your dreams, be positive and most importantly “Have Courage and Be Kind.”
The song was originally performed by Ilene Woods in Walt Disney 1950 film “Cinderella”.
Simply being able to hit a high note was not enough to guarantee a singer a spot but to whistle is a plus factor.
This may sound sarcasm but honestly, Nina is one of the many underrated singers we have in our country. She’s the Asia’s Diamond Soul Siren, as her fans call her, but she’s rarely seen in TV nowadays. She has a lot of talents for her fans to see, yet few offers for Nina to showcase all of these. Still, the whole thing boggles the mind.
Yesterday, Nina did an epic whistle, now known as ‘kettle’ register as netizens call it, obviously because as it sounds like whistle of a boiling water in a kettle. Sounds awful! Really! This maybe she lacks practice since she’s not busy, she has no whos, or maybe she’s sick. I don’t know.
Other than Nina, there are only few, I know who can whistle really well on live performances – of course there’s Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha, Soul Princess Jonalyn Viray, Morisette Amon, Klarisse de Guzman and Rachelle Ann Go. Singers who can do a whistle register were really rare.
We have compiled a list of the best local singers who have mastered that feat! Nina should see the following performances below and learn from them!
5. Rachelle Ann Go
3. Morisette Amon
2. Jonalyn Viray
1. Lani Misalucha
Whether you admit it or not, Pinoys love interacting with celebrities particularly on the social networking site Twitter. The site which enabled users to express their thoughts in 140 characters became instrumental in connecting actors, hosts, models, singers, dancers and band members to their fans as well as their haters.
Early this year, we put up a list of Pinoy celebrity millionaires on Twitter. As the year ends, we’re updating our list. Find out who went up, down, and stayed on the list.
50. Iza Calzado with 1.34 M followers
49. Sam Concepcion with 1.37 M followers
48. Teddy Corpuz with 1.39 M followers
47. Miles Ocampo with 1.39 M followers
46. Ramon Bautista with 1.4M followers
45. Jericho Rosales with 1.43 M followers
44. Ryan Bang with 1.45 M followers
43. Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla with 1.46 M followers
42. John Prats with 1.49 M followers
41. Jed Madela with 1.52 M followers
40. Camille Prats with 1.52 M followers
39. Manny Pacquiao with 1.52 M followers
38. Maja Salvador with 1.65 M followers
37. Maxene Magalona with 1.67 M followers
36. Sarah Geronimo with 1.7 M followers
35. Jasmine Curtis- Smith with 1.72 M followers
34. Liz Uy with 1.74 M followers
33. Jugs Jugueta 1.76 M followers
32.Robi Domingo 1.77 M followers
31. Coleen Garcia with 1.8 M followers
30. Rachelle Ann Go with 1.84 M followers
29. Karylle Tatlonghari with 1.99 M followers
28. Jodi Sta Maria with 2.07 M followers
27. Pokwang with 2.12 M followers
26. Christian Bautista with 2.14 M followers
25. Jhong Hilario with 2.15 M followers
24. Solenn Heussaff with 2.22 M followers
23. Gary Valenciano with 2.26 M followers
22. Xian Lim with 2.35 M followers
21. Ruffa Gutierrez with 2.36 M followers
20. Georgina Wilson with 2.42 M followers
19. Enrique Gil with 2.57 M followers
18. Lea Salonga with 2.64 M followers
17. Vhong Navarro with 3 M followers
16. Kim Atienza with 3.08 M followers
15. Nikki Gil with 3.18 M followers
14. Daniel Padilla with 3.22 M followers
13. Iya Villania with 3.28 M followers
12. Julia Montes with 3.35 M followers
11. Sam Milby with 3.39 M followers
10. Bianca Gonzalez with 3.67 M followers
9. Cristine Reyes with 3.69 M followers
8. Luis Manzano with 3.71 M followers
7. Yeng Constantino with 3.79 M followers
6. Kathryn Bernardo with 3.91 M followers
5. KC Concepcion with 3.96 M followers
4. Angelica Panganiban with 4.29 M followers
3. Vice Ganda with 4.61 M followers
2. Angel Locsin with 5.4 M followers
1. Anne Curtis with 7.59 M followers
Several celebrities reached the 1 million-mark for the number of followers for the first time in 2014. They are as follows: Lovi Poe with 1.09 M followers; Elmo Magalona with 1.08 M followers; Khalil Ramos with 1.05 M followers; Mo Twister with 1.04 M followers; Denise Laurel 1.03 M; Heart Evangelista with 1.03 M followers; Papa Jack with 1.02 M followers; Julie Ann San Jose with 1.02 M followers; Paulo Avelino with 1.02 M followers; Jamich with 1.01 M followers; and Melissa Ricks with 1 M followers.
Meanwhile, some celebrities maintained their millionaire status on the social networking site including Tim Yap with 1.23 M followers; Zsa-zsa padilla with 1.22 M followers; Rhian Ramos with 1.19 M followers; Matteo Guidicelli with 1.18 M followers; Kean Cipriano with 1.18 M followers; Carmina Villaroel Legaspi with 1.16 M; Derek Ramsay with 1.16 M followers; Sam Pinto with 1.13 M; and Kris Aquino with 1.03 M followers.
TAGS: Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Anne Curtis, bianca gonzalez, camille prats, christian bautista, Coleen Garcia, Cristine Reyes, Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil, gary valenciano, Georgina Wilson, iya villiania, iza calzado, Jericho Rosales, jhong hilario, Jodi Sta.Maria, john prats, jugs jugueta, Julia Montes, karylle tatlonghari, Kathryn Bernardo, KC Concepcion, Kim Atienza, Lea Salonga, Liz Uy, Luis Manzano, Maja Salvador, Manny Pacquiao, Mariel Rodriguez, maxene magalona, miles ocampo, Nikki Gil, ogie alcasid, Pokwang, Rachelle Ann Go, Ramon Bautista, raymond gutierrez, regine velasquez-alcasid, robi domingo, Ruffa Gutierrez, sam concepcion, Sam Milby, Sarah Geronimo, Solenn Heussaff, Vhong Navarro, Vice Ganda, Xian Lim, Yeng Constantino
Lea Salonga, who played Kim in the 1989 debut of “Miss Saigon,” and Rachelle Ann Go (2014 revival’s Gigi) sang a duet of ‘The Movie In My Mind’ on Monday (September 22), in celebration of the well-loved musical’s 25th anniversary in London. Salonga’s appearance at the close of last night’s show brought the house down.
On her Instagram account, Go thanked Salonga for letting her auditioned to “Miss Saigon.” Here’s the full caption of the said post: “I am still overwhelmed! Last night was just phenomenal. I still could not believe I was part of the 25th anniversary of Miss Saigon. God is amazing! Thank You.. To Ms. Lea Salonga who asked me 2 years ago if I was going to audition for Miss Saigon, salamat po… I didn’t imagine we are going to share a West End stage.. Haaay… You are an inspiration.. I will forever be grateful to all the people who helped me reach my dreams. Yes, dreams do come true… “
“Miss Saigon” celebrates its 25th anniversary next year. It features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from the original French lyrics by Boublil.
Based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly,” the musical is set in 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War. Kim is a bar girl who falls in love with and is abandoned by an American GI. Tanya Manalang and Julia Abueva will be alternating with Filipino-American Eva Noblezada for the lead role of Kim, the same role Lea Salonga played 25 years ago. Aside from Noblezada, Abueva and Manalang, two other Filipinos are included in the cast of “Miss Saigon.” Actor Jon Jon Briones and singer Rachel Ann Go will play The Engineer and Gigi, respectively, two roles pivotal to Kim’s development.
The new “Miss Saigon” has already broken box office records for advance bookings.
Also check this rehearsal video with the fight choreographer for “Miss Saigon”:
TAGS: Alistair Brammer, Amadeus Williams, Ariel Reonal, Ashley Gilmour, Callum Francis, Cameron Mackintosh, Carolyn Maitland, Christian Rey Marbella, Dale Evans, David Kar-Hing Lee, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Eva Noblezada, Gerald Zarcilla, Hugh Maynard, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Jenny Ding, Jon Jon Briones, Jon Reynolds, Jon-Scott Clark, Jordan Shaw, Julia Abueva, Kanako Nakano, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, Kurt Kansley, Kwang-Ho Hong, London, Maria Graciano, Marsha Songcome, Matthew Jeans, Miss Saigon, Miss Saigon 2014, Natalie Chua, Niall Sheehy, Rachelle Ann Go, Romeo Salazar, Tamsin Carroll, Thao Nguyen, Thao Vilayvong, West End
Local or international artists, no one escapes occupational hazards such as falling off stage.
When stars fall onstage, it’s embarrassing and and most of the time, painful. Like on the stage, off the stage, into the audience; these musicians/artists, hosts and performers give new meaning to falling from the top. Whether it was the result of a complicated dance move, debris on the stage, or a result of old age, there are myriad artists who have tumbled on and off the stage while performing.
We’ve collected 10 Epic Stage Falls by some of our favorite local stars:
10. Julie Anne San Jose falls on stage while performing with Elmo Magalona
TAGS: Angeline Quinto, Anne Curtis, Bea Alonzo, Claudine Barretto, Enchong Dee, Epic Pinoy Celebrity Stage Falls, Julie Anne San Jose, Kim Chiu, Rachelle Ann Go, Sarah Geronimo, Sharon Cuneta, Stage Falls, Vice Ganda