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Ogie Alcasid releases new album

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“Nakakalokal” is not just another album but a dream project for hit songwriter and singer Ogie Alcasid. After all, it’s his first CD as a Kapamilya.

Ogie Alcasid

Ogie Alcasid

“Nakakalokal” is produced and released under Star Music. The 10 tracks are backed up by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.

It was also his long-time dream to record an album with an orchestra and now that dream has become a reality. “I’ve never had so much fun doing a project and I hope the public enjoys the outcome,” Ogie revealed.

The album features new orchestral versions of his hit songs “Kailangan Ko’y IKaw,” “Ikaw Lamang,” “Ikaw Ang Pangarap” (theme song of “Lobo”), “Pangako,” “Hanggang Ngayon” and “Kailangan Kita.” Completing the tracks are six new compositions of Ogie: “Di Na Muli,” “Di Ka Pababayaan,” “Akala Ko,” “IKaw Ang Tanging Pag-ibig Ko” and the title track.

By the way, Ogie is celebrating his birthday with a special concert also titled “Nakakalokal” to be held at the Kia Theater on Aug. 25. Performers are his close friends among them Angeline Quinto, Erik Santos, Jaya, Yeng Constantino, Solenn Heussaff and Lovi Poe. Also performing is his daughter Leila, who’s out to make a name in the local entertainment world.

Ogie is happy his daughter is showing great promise not only as a singer but as a songwriter as well. With Lara Maigue as voice coach, Leila is now recording with Marion Aunor, whose talent Ogie greatly admires.

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Successful benefit concert

No one could be happier with the big success of the fundraising concert “Awit sa Marawi” than the man who conceptualized it, Aficionado Pres. & CEO Joel Cruz. The project was in collaboration with veteran singer Token Lizares (dubbed the “Charity Diva”) in recognition of her charitable undertakings especially in her hometown Bacolod.

When Joel and Token launched the project through a press conference at the Kiapo Rest. at Okada Manila, he already was optimistic they will earn no less than R3.5-million from the show which featured singing soldiers together with professional performers, including Token. In addition to the proceeds of the concert, Joel also donated R1-million from his own pocket. The proceeds will go to the soldiers affected by the Marawi crisis, and their families.

AFICIONADO Pres./CEO Joel Cruz (center) turns over the proceeds from the fundraising concert ‘Awit sa Marawi’ to (from left), AFP-CRS Commander Ronnie Evangelista, , VAdm Narciso Vingson, Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Salvador Melchor Mison, and Deputy Comm. Col. Edgard Arevalo

AFICIONADO Pres./CEO Joel Cruz (center) turns over the proceeds from the fundraising concert ‘Awit sa Marawi’ to (from left), AFP-CRS Commander Ronnie Evangelista, , VAdm Narciso Vingson, Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Salvador Melchor Mison, and Deputy Comm. Col. Edgard Arevalo

As he promised during the press launch, the singing soldiers led by ENS Mel Sorillano, did not disappoint the audience with their performance. “Sinabi ko naman na hindi ako mapapahiya dahil magagaling talaga sila,” Joel said while thanking those who supported the fundraising show.

He remembers meeting Generals Bato dela Rosa and Gilbert in a PNP event “na parang film festival where I was one of the awardees as Best Actor for an indie film, I forgot the title, but for schools lang ang film na ’yun. I became close to the AFP and PNP and because of this I became even more enthusiastic about this fundraising project,” Joel said

The professional performers included Token of course who sang “Love Story” and “I Who Have Nothing;” Dessa, The Angelos, Malu Barry, Jona Viray, Gem Mascarinas, and Jonathan Badon. Rounding up the performers were Boobsie Wonderland who provided the comic relief; Haydee Manosca, Capt. Bayani Maxilo, Jr., SSG Federico Agdagan, Jr., Elcid delos Reyes, JV Decena, Josh Marquina, Kiel Alo, and Virna Liza Moreno.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Aug. 24, go to Senators Tito Sotto and Francis Pangilinan, Councilor Star Querubín, Raul Teehankee, Tony Adriano, Atty. Jun Torrente, Zeny Trípoli and Tony Joaquin…Aug. 25: Eddie Elarde, Liza Gokongwei, Encar Benedicto, Elizabeth Mancao, Lady Salterio, Leah Gordoncillo, Robbie Velasco, Peter Burgos, Raymund Miranda, Rudy Lumugdang and Irah Nicole Refugia of FEU Therapy & Rehab Unit…

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