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‘A COMPLETE SUCCESS’; Face-to-face Dinagyang exceeded expectations

According to Mayor Jerry P. Treas, Dinagyang’s return to the city’s streets exceeded expectations with thousands of domestic and foreign tourists filling various festival activities.

“Everyone wanted a strong comeback…It was a complete success and this showed that Dinagyang and our Sto. Niño are beyond politics,” added Treñas.

The outstanding dancing and eye-catching costumes worn by Dinagyang Festival participants are well-known throughout the world as examples of Ilonggo innovation, craftsmanship, and artistry.

The Dinagyang 2023 organizer, the Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI), as well as the participating tribes and business sponsors, received congratulations from Treas.

“I acknowledge all our sponsors from the private sector for their significant contributions in the success of Dinagyang. Of course, sa inyo tanan, mga pinalangga ko nga Ilonggo. Ang tanan nga ini bangud sa inyo kag para man sa inyo. Your strong support in all our activities played a meaningful role in the overall success of the festival,” said Treñas.

The festival’s top sponsor was SM City Iloilo; it also served as venue for many Dinagyang activities, including the first-ever Dinagyang Ilomination on Jan.21, Batchoy Festival, festival costumes exhibit, and concert of various performing artists including Asia’s Pop Heartthrob Darren Espanto, among others.

The festivities were graced by no less than First Lady of the Philippines Atty. Liza Araneta Marcos and some prominent government officials including House Speaker Martin Romualdez, Senators Risa Hontiveros, Jinggoy Estrada, Mark Villar, Francis Tolentino, Bong Revilla, former senator Franklin Drilon, among others. YouTube sensation Small Laude, broadcast journalist Karen Davila, lifestyle columnist and philanthropist Tessa Prieto Valdez, television presenter and entrepreneur Tim Yap were also there to join the festivities. They were warmly welcomed by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas and SM Supermalls president Steven Tan. 

Several dignitaries form foreign embassies attended the festivities as well: Romanian Ambassador to the Philippines HE Raduta Dana Matache with Mr. Constantin Matache ;  Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines HE Agus Widjojo and his wife, Mme. Ranny Agus Widjojo; Royal Thai Ambassador to the Philippines HE Tull Traisorat;  Royal Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines HE Christian Halaas Lyster;  Hungary Ambassador to the Philippines HE Titanilla Toth; Embassy of Polland Ambassador to the Philippines HE Jaroslaw Szczepankiewicz ; Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Ms. P.G.P. Kaushalya; Consul General of Japan in Cebu  Hideki Yamaji; and Embassy of the United States in the Philippines Chief Consuls Kristofer Graf and Leo Balantac

The festival is Iloilo City’s rendition of the Ati-atihan celebrations, which are extensively observed not only in Panay Island but also in other parts of the country. The Hiligaynon word for revelry or “merrymaking” is dinagyang.

Among the numerous foreign dignitaries who attended the festival, two were gushing with appreciation


The enduring anthems of The Eraserheads were given new life by SB19 and NOBITA

To celebrate The Eraserheads’ reunion concert last night, Sony Music Philippines artists released their revamped versions of “Christmas Party” and “Magasin”

Top OPM acts like SB19 and NOBITA have reimagined some of the supergroup’s most cherished songs as a way to celebrate the success of last night’s reunion event.

The updated versions, which were made available today under the Sony Music Entertainment banner, preserve the music of Eheads’ timeless allure while giving it a more modern feel that appeals to streaming listeners.

With their unique interpretation of “Christmas Party,” a track from The Eraserheads’ fourth studio album, Fruitcake, P-Pop Kings SB19 perfectly captures the spirit of the season. The five-member boyband transforms the original into a merry banger by adding dance-pop, R&B/hip-hop, and modern funk to the mix while retaining the spirit and vigor of the song’s bygone era.

“The Eraserheads are one of the most influential bands of our time,” says SB19 in a statement. “We retained everything that’s great about the song, but made sure to add our own creative direction in terms of overall sound. There’s a balance of artistic liberty and compromise in the way we approach the material, and we’re definitely happy with how it turned out.”

Stell of SB19 adds, “we feel honored that we were chosen to recreate the song. Our tour schedule was really tight, but gladly we were still able to push through with it before leaving LA. Recording in a different country also feels surreal, we didn’t expect we’d reach this far.”

The eclectic rendition of “Christmas Party,” is produced by August Rigo, the hitmaker behind some of BTS’ biggest global smashes (“On” and “Black Swan”).

NOBITA, whose single “Ikaw Lang” is the most streamed song of 2022 according to Spotify Wrapped, expressed enthusiasm and gratitude when they found out that they’re part of the music project that pays tribute to the generation-defining catalog of The Eraserheads. “We grew up listening to and playing Eheads songs,” the alt-rock group says in a statement. “NOBITA heavily draws inspiration from their music, especially their brand of songwriting. Their work has shaped us into where we are now, and we’re forever grateful to their enormous contribution to OPM artists, young and old.”

For their part, NOBITA adds a little jazz-pop treatment to “Magasin” without completely losing the song’s upbeat and heavily melodic arrangement. Slightly slowing it down with stripped-down finesse, the chart-topping five-piece act puts sunshine back in “hugot” with endearingly surprising twist.

Five of The Eraserheads’ famous albums were re-released in full 360-degree spatial sound to provide audiences a new immersive musical experience, in addition to the updated songs by some of today’s top hitmakers. Among these important albums is Ultraelectromagneticpop! Cutterpillow, Fruitcake, Sticker Happy, Circus (25th Anniversary Remastered), and The 25th Anniversary Remastered Edition.

Sony Music Entertainment has released Christmas Party by SB19 and Magasinby NOBITA on all digital music platforms across the world.

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Mona Gonzales, a P-Pop artist, exhibits international potential in her first song, “Always Remember”

Another P-Pop talent with enormous worldwide potential is about to be introduced by Sony Music Entertainment and ShowBT Philippines Corp., the entertainment company behind the breakthrough of award-winning boyband SB19.

Novice Mona Gonzales is one of the industry’s newest crop of megastar aspirants, boasting more than 17 million followers on TikTok alone and a remarkable list of viral anime soundtracks.

The promising solo act marks her debut as a recording artist with “Always Remember,” an effervescent cut that champions the value of self-worth and preservation in an attempt to bravely face the world and conquer everything. Capturing the unabashedly colorful spirit of K-Pop and J-Pop with commanding confidence, Mona Gonzales aims to uplift listeners with her anthemic and captivating delivery—doing it like a seasoned pro.

“The way I personally describe it is something like a soft pop rock for me,” says the promising TikTok sensation turned P-Pop star. “The sound of electric guitar with a pop style beat is dominating through the whole song. The style is not really new, but the sound is unique in its own way. It’s a little different from the OPM that we’re used to. I think that makes it interesting.”

Produced by Oh Won Lee, an industry veteran who has helmed tracks by K-Pop icons Stray Kids, SHINee’s Taemin, and Wanna One, and the country’s very own SB19, “Always Remember” is an inspirational track that pushes the envelope of modern pop production with breezy, summer hooks and a minimalist instrumentation. The end product is a mesmerizing take on P-Pop, one that is creatively boundless and flows with so much effortlessness.

As Mona Gonzales puts it, “Pinoy Pop Music doesn’t really have a certain and specific style and sound. Most of us new artists want to be unique. That’s true for me, but I want to add a new flavor and variety along with the existing Pinoy pop music right now. And with every Pinoy music artists, we will prove that P-POP can expand. And then people will talk about how the Pinoy pop music has evolved, its potential and where it can go.”

A vibrant music video that figuratively depicts Mona Gonzales’ path as a budding artist is released along with the song’s release. Mona Gonzales dances, sings, bounces, and walks with the zest of someone ready to explore the world on her own terms in this video, which was filmed in several locations that highlight the stunning nature of the Philippines.

Always Rememberby Mona Gonzales is currently available on all digital music services in the world thanks to Sony Music Entertainment and ShowBT Philippines Corp.,  here is the music video.


In her new hit song “Pasko Kasama Mo,” Hazel Faith transforms traditional Christmas tunes with technicolor glow

With the release of her peppy Christmas song “Pasko Kasama Mo” via WATERWALK RECORDS and Sony Music Entertainment, Filipina singer-songwriter Hazel Faith spreads holiday cheer.

Bringing back the gilded memories of Christmas and reminding listeners why it’s the best time of the year, “Pasko Kasama Mo” sees the budding superstar revisiting the holiday experience with technicolored bounce, funky chords, and a ’80s city pop lilt.

“My mother has been asking me to write Christmas songs since forever,” says the multi-talented act. “But I had a hard time writing my own because I felt like all the great Christmas messages had already been made. For that reason, and the truth that I only saw Christmas as a tradition, left me uninspired. But after the Lord renewed my faith, it’s like my vision turned technicolor. Suddenly, I was excited to celebrate Christmas. Not because of the parties, the foods, or the gifts but because I was finally looking at the One whom Christmas is all about. Truly Christmas felt hollow without Christ himself. And that led me to writing Pasko Kasama Mo. This was finally something I had a unique perspective to.”

The track was written by Hazel Faith herself, and was arranged, produced, mixed, and mastered by Albert Tamayo, a good friend of the gospel-pop sensation. Faith, in particular, felt eternally grateful to Tamayo for being part of her music journey and lending his talent to the project.

“It’s a joy for me to be able to showcase his genius in Pasko Kasama Mo as well,” adds Hazel Faith. “When it came to the vibe, it was probably influenced by my feeling of nostalgia and then looking forward to all that is new. But honestly, I just told kuya Albert to make it sound like a station ID.”

With the help of Grammy-winning composer Jungee Marcelo and a rap verse by Jericho Arceo of WATERWALK RECORDS, “Pasko Kasama Mo” successfully portrays the joy and spirit of Christmas with a retro-modern vibe. It’s a bop that evokes the cozy coziness of a house and is brimming with life, vigor, and unmistakable personality.

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Listen to Hazel Faith’s “Pasko Kasama Mo” here.


Prior to and following the main festival, the ASEAN-India Music Festival 2022 will emphasize university-based music programs in Delhi’s Purana Qila

This year’s ASEAN India Music Festival (AIMF) will return with substantial music events taking place at some of India’s top institutions. The three concerts will be a part of the celebrations for the ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations’ 30th anniversary.

Three concerts in Shillong, at Ashoka University, Government schools in collaboration with Global Music Institute, and North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), will feature multi-genre contemporary acts from numerous ASEAN nations and India. Similar to AIMF, which will be held from November 18–20 in Purana Qila in New Delhi, the concerts and workshops are free.

Serving as a prelude to the main festival event, the Ashoka University concert will take place on November 17, 2022, 7:00 PM onwards and will showcase music from Tri Minh’s Quartet (Vietnam), Instamuzika (Malaysia), RizerXSuffer (Cambodia), and Empty Wallet (Brunei Darussalam).

ASEAN India Music Festival’s closing ceremony will be hosted on November 20, with Minister of External Affairs Hon’ble Dr S. Jaishankar as chief guest.

On November 21, a lecture demonstration and workshop will be given at aGovernment school in association with the Global Music Institute in Delhi. Guests will also be treated to demonstrative performances from Lao Traditional Music Troupe (Lao-PDR), Makaohang (Thailand), and Bayang Barrios at Ang Nilayagan (Philippines).

The Shillong leg of the ASEAN-India Music Festival will conclude this year’s series of musical events on November 22 at North-Eastern Hill University in Meghalaya. This event aims to raise students’ and youths’ awareness of and appreciation for music from the ASEAN region, which will in turn promote tourism and interaction between India and ASEAN.

Shillong’s own Colours, the MRTV Modern Music Band from Myanmar, Riau Rhythm from Indonesia, and Linying Band will all perform during the show (Singapore). 5:30 PM is the commencement of the concert.

“It is very rare that there is such a vast representation of music from Asean region where India has a lot of commonality in our shared cultural histories and traditions. Therefore it is only natural that the youth and the young generation of India should get to hear and have direct interaction with these musicians rarely seen and heard in India,” Sanjeev Bhargava, Director of ASEAN-India Music Festival 2022, shares. “These workshops and interactive sessions will go a long way in spreading awareness of common musical traditions between ASEAN and India.”

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, in partnership with SEHER—the primary organizers of the second ASEAN-India Music Festival 2022—organizes the university performances and lecture-workshop program.






Entertainment, Food

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Quezon City is full of treat this November

For many of us, November marks the beginning of the year’s busiest and most joyous season. This month, Christmas will be here before we know it, so what better way to enjoy the moment than to indulge in delicious treats from Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, located on Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar not only transports you back in time to a time that some of you miss, but also includes monthly events that everyone can take advantage of.

Starting October 31, 2022, Las Casas introduces its Happy Hour every day from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. If you just had your dinner at the Kusina ni Nanay or its Italian restaurant, the La Bella Teodora, and can’t get enough of the place, why not stay awhile and enjoy their Buy 2 Get 1 special cocktail of their (Bucket of Beer) Buy 5 + 1 on Beers and Lagers? And perfectly pair them with your favorite mouth-watering dishes specially curated by their able chefs.

Take pleasure in all of these and prepare to be entertained at the Plaza with their in-house violinist, Mr. Marcel Escundo as he serenades you with his R&B music and some new Pop Songs of today. Dance your way to hot Salsa Nights all Wednesday of November (starting November 3) from 7:00 to 11:00 pm at the Garden Area with dance instructors (D.I) at hand, or you may bring your own to fully enjoy the dancefloor together with the rhythm of the music of the DJ.

There is a P500 door charge per person for the Salsa Night that comes with one choice of cocktails. There will also be a mobile bar to provide you with your special mix requests in case you want it done your way!

You also have to fill your tummies with delectable Spanish dishes after all those dancing and grooving on the floor. Can’t get enough of dancing? Here’s more! Every Friday, Las Casas will give you the 80s and 90s vibe with its Disco Fever Nights at the Garden Area from 7:00 to 11:00 pm for P500 per person. Think of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley, Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndy Lauper, or Baby One More Time by Britney Spears! Songs we can’t get enough of on the dancefloor simply keep us reeling and grooving.

There will also be D.I.s present and a live DJ will be providing the best musical choices of the era and you can also do ballroom dancing during those nights. Good food as usual will also be ready for you to partake in.

We all love to hear Christmas songs to make us truly feel the holiday spirit is upon us. And for us Filipinos, Christmas comes early. It begins at the stroke of midnight on September 1! With that being said, Las Casas is on the lookout for an angelic rendition of our Christmas tracks through their Christmas Carol Contest which will have auditions officially starting on December 1, 2022, until December 18.  Audition days are every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6:00 pm onwards. The Grand Finals will be on December 23.

However, Las Casas will hold their own Christmas Tree Lighting on November 26, 2022, at 6:00 pm, with special visitors and live performances in addition to cocktails and a buffet for guests. This will take place before the Christmas Carol Contest starts.


At 134 Roosevelt Avenue, San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City, come see us at Las Casas Quezon City. Contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 09171366796 or 0933822452 for additional information.


In Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar’s Freedom Land, visitors may relive Philippine history

Many people think it’s critical to comprehend the past in order to understand the present and perhaps the future. In what is now known as Freedom Land, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar will make an effort to do this by bringing to life recognizable Filipino figures who were instrumental in important historical events. With its resurrection, the Philippines hopes to reenact some of its most important wars for independence and sovereignty.

We shall be better able to comprehend the difficulties and achievements of the past by reliving significant stories through re-enactment. Through Las Casas’ Freedom Land, rediscover the significance of each moment in Philippine history. Witness the execution of Rizal, the cry of Balintawak, and the act of the Declaration of Independence by going back in time.

From Rizal’s most loved novel NOLI ME TANGERE characters, Sisa, Maria Clara and the infamous Padre Damaso to the iconic face of Philippine patriotism, Heneral Luna, these characters complete the Hispanic era and feel through monologues which will make every guest’s experience picture perfect and social media worthy. They can be seen daily at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm and 5pm.

Aside from the iconic characters mentioned, story teller, Lola Basyang will delight children and the child at heart with an anthology of short stories from Mondays to Thursdays.

Freedom Land theatrical play happens on all weekends of the month until December 2022, from Thursdays to Sundays. One show in the morning at 10:00am and at 4:00pm in the afternoon.

Located in Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is the only Philippine destination that showcases the best of Filipino heritage and culture through the colorful stories as retold by Jose “Jerry” Acuzar’s collection of restored Spanish-Filipino houses. From the majestic architectural design to heart-warming revival of traditions, Las Casas is a complete package to a one-of-a-kind travel to the past.

All of these innovative initiatives support Las Casas’ goal of elevating Filipino heritage, and in 2021 it was recognized as the Best Historic Hotel in Asia Pacific.

Take the Bataan bus from Cubao or the boat from SM MOA esplanade to travel to Las Casas. If you are driving your own vehicle, exit at Dinalupihan or San Fernando on the SCTEX road. The only heritage hotel and resort in Bagac is about a three-hour drive away.

For additional information, contact reservations via email at [email protected], by phone at +63917.8729361, +63915.8519098, or by visiting our website at


Halloween festivities are held by Federal Land in the Bay Area

Are you looking for frightfully fun family activities this weekend?

The Halloween celebrations taking place on October 29 and 30 at Metro Park’s Blue Bay Walk and Met Live in Pasay City are open to both children and those who are still young at heart, according to Federal Land Inc. In order to encourage children to enjoy the Halloween season, various mall shops, like Blue Bay Walk and Met Live, are giving out candies and sweets.

“The Bay Area is about to get spirited! We are super thrilled to organize different activities to give kids the most awesome time this Halloween weekend. Admission is free, so be sure to drop by,” said Federal Land Commercial Development Head Mylene del Rosario.

To register and receive your stamp card to participate in the events, go to The Spine at Blue Bay Walk on Saturday, October 29, and the Atrium of Met Live on Sunday, October 30.

Various brands will be sponsoring exciting treats that you wouldn’t want to miss. Games, arts and crafts, KPop-themed photo booth, and a lot more await participants. The Halloween activities for both malls will start at 3PM until 5PM.

For a chance to take home more treats, everyone is asked to dress in their best costume. In addition, the first few children to visit all the booths will receive a sling bag with a Halloween motif.

Federal Land’s 36-hectare master-planned neighborhood, Metro Park, is located in the Manila Bay Area of Pasay City. Against the background of the sunset over Manila Bay, it provides resort-style residential condominiums, mouthwatering dining establishments, stylish retail hotspots, fun weekend events, and a practical work environment.





Korean audience at the 2022 Asia Song Festival is wowed by 4th Impact

On October 14, 2022, the Filipino female group 4th Impact stunned the Korean audience with a powerful performance at the 2022 Asia Song Festival.The award-winning sister act garnered plaudits for showing their vocal prowess and range while expertly delivering their original songs “Tapat Sa’yo” and “Here We Go” as well as BTS’ global smash “Dynamite.”

The ShowBT/Sony Music Entertainment performers thanked their international fans for supporting them during their well-received performance on the famous music showcase.

“Thank you so much to 2022 아송페 Asia Song Festival for having us,” posted the former British X Factor finalists on social media. “We are honored to be with great artists.”

This year’s Asia Song Festival aims to promote cultural exchanges among Asian countries through music performances that feature the finest acts from the region, as well as established and up-and-coming K-Pop artists. Hosted by Korean stars Daehwi Lee and Seunghee, the 2022 Asia Song Festival put a spotlight on music acts hailing from Kazakhstan, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The nation’s representative to the internationally renowned music festival, 4th Impact, is well-known to the global public. Following their incredible cover of Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang,” which earned them the distinction of having the most watched video in X-Factor history, they first gained notoriety in the UK. They also scored a hit in Brazil, where their 2020 single “K(NO)W MORE)” peaked inside the top 10 of iTunes.

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Premiere of the Graduation short film by Called To Rescue Philippines

At the KMC Armstrong Cafe, Called to Rescue Philippines (CTR PH) yesterday debuted a short film. The short video, which features well-known young celebrities Nourijune Hooshmand and Donny Pangilinan, attempts to spread awareness about the recovery and reintegration of human trafficking survivors into society.

The movie “Graduation,” written and directed by international filmmaker Dean Colin Marcial, is about a young woman, Nourijune, who developed depression after escaping human trafficking. She was able to gradually regain her footing with the help of her brother, who was portrayed by Donny.

Beyond Rescuing

GRADUATION was the brainchild of Marcial, CTR PH Advocacy Head Abby Anciano, and CTR PH President Anthony Pangilinan. The three, advocates and active volunteers of CTR PH, found the need to bring emphasis not only to a survivor’s rescue, but to their reintegration to society as well.

Bakit hanggang rescue nalang? Yung after-rescue rin kailangan. [This project] was out of frustration for me, and is one of the reasons I decided to do this,” Anthony explained.

“Our main focus [was on a] survivor’s reintegration into society. It’s something that I drew on, something Donny and Nourijune drew on as well,” Dean expressed.

From there, the two gathered a team of volunteers to bring the short film to life. With help from family, friends, clients, and donors, Graduation was set out to be one purpose-driven production.

Heeding The Call

The short film centers Cinemalaya actress Nourijune Hooshmand and Star Cinema actor Donny Pangilinan. Donny is a long-time anti-human trafficking advocate, while both are currently active CTR PH volunteers. Director Dean Marcial, script-writer and director of the film, handpicked the two for the starring roles.

When asked about participating in the project, Nourijune and Donny expressed no hesitation whatsoever.

“When Dean accepted to go through this project, alongside Nour, it’s not something I had to think twice about,”  said Donny, “I specifically chose to do this. I really believe this is something we needed to do.”

“This [advocacy] is really important work. I’m very thankful that I had this opportunity. I’m really happy to be a part of this,” Nourijune shared.

Everyone Is Called To Rescue

Doctor Cyndi Romine, international director of Called To Rescue, noted: “The film is for everybody because we all know somebody. To assume we don’t know somebody would be an error on our part.

Though people might wonder who this film is truly for, whether it’s for those rescued or those taking care of the rescued, Graduation is a film made to touch all audiences who view it. It sheds light on the significance of aftercare work and a loving community — a part of healing that is more often than not, overlooked.

“Once a person is rescued, you need to meet a lot of people and still go through the journey with the help of people who love you,” Donny noted.

“The bond of family is different, and knowing someone is there for you can really help what you’re healing from,” Nourijune adds.

Through the five-minute film, CTR PH seeks to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by trafficking survivors after their rescue as well as the community’s shared responsibility for meeting their needs, assisting with their rehabilitation, and creating a safe environment for their ongoing healing journey.

Anthony said, “It takes a village to raise a child; a community to heal a child. Everybody is asked to help.

GRADUATION was made possible with the generous donors: Magic Crackers, Jollibee, Grab Philippines, KMC Solutions, Cabalen, MediCard Philippines, and LabX Corporation.