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Thursday, November 26, 2009

La Diva Concert

If Il Divo comes, can La Diva be far behind?

Make way for Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia, champions of the GMA talent search Pinoy Pop Star (1, 2 and 3 respectively) who sang the National Anthem with such passion during the recent Pacquiao-Cotto bout in Las Vegas that, according to the trio’s mentor, the respected award-winning composer Danny Tan, “Tumayo ang balahibo ko.”

La Diva was the personal choice of Manny Pacquiao for the event.

“It was the first time that a trio sang Lupang Hinirang,” noted Danny. “First time na three voices ang kumanta ng Lupang Hinirang. The crowd went wild; maski ‘yung taga-kabila nagpalakpakan. Akala nila unison ang pagkanta n’ung tatlo; they didn’t expect three different voices singing the National Anthem. When La Diva reached the line ‘Ang mamatay nang dahil sa’yo,’ naghiyawan na sa tuwa ang mga tao.’ Kinilabutan talaga ako.”

You might also feel your hair “standing on end” when you watch La Diva’s first solo concert titled Only La Diva on Nov. 28 (Saturday) and Dec. 5 (also a Saturday) at the Music Museum.

It wasn’t easy for Danny to organize the three champions into a trio.

“They were regulars on S.O.P. where they would perform individually until Darling de Jesus (a GMA executive) thought of making them perform together,” said Danny (known to televiewers as one of the judges of Celebrity Duets). “Then we thought of calling them La Diva.”

The three have so far won in other competitions — Jonalyn a gold medalist at World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA); Aicelle at a song festival in Kazakhstan and Best New Female Recording Artist at the Awit Awards; and, recently, Maricris Best New Female Artist at the Star Awards for Music of the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC).

They blend beautifully well.

“Jonalyn is a belter, Aicelle has a soulful voice na parang Negrang-Negra while Maricris is more into ballads na parang Barbra Streisand In the beginning, medyo nahirapan kami dahil nga iba-iba ang boses nila, but as we went along naging maganda ang blending nila; nag-gel sila.”

Each of the girls has a solo album and they have just come up with their first album together consisting of three originals and the rest revivals, to be released by Sony Music.

(Note: Tickets to Only La Diva are priced at P1,500 and P800. Call Ticketworld at 891-9999.)




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