THE PRINCE OF POP AND HIS DECADE-LONG REIGN
Powerful ballads, remarkable originals, strong vocals, heartfelt renditions and a true Pop icon, Erik Santos
has smoothly taken us on a journey through a decade of good music and by remaining as one of the
industry's most conspicuous artists and celebrated OPM phenomenon.
A DECADE OF MUSIC
Since that stellar moment during his rendition of "This Is The Moment" on ABS-CBN's singing reality
talent-search "Star In A Million" in 2003, the soul everyone witnessed from then wildcard finalist Erik
Santos gave him the much desired triumph. The acquired triumph started opening a lot of doors for him
and labelled Erik as the country's “Prince of Pop”.
"This Is The Moment", Erik's first album that went platinum three months after its release was the first
material that showcased his ground-breaking vocals and positioned him to the ballad stream. The album
produced massive hits such as "Pagbigyang Muli", "Di Ko Kaya" and "Kung Akin ang Mundo". Erik's
Platinum sophomore album "Loving You Now" was released the following year and continued giving
soulful ballads via hit singles "Who's Loving You Now", "I Will Never Leave You", remake of Ella Mae
Saison's "Goodbye's Not Forever" and "Bakit Ba Iniibig Ka?" an unforgettable collaboration with Asia's
Songbird Regine Velasquez.
Erik ventured into something new on "Your Love". Your Love featured Erik's own rendition of popular all-
time pop-rock songs. Your Love scored platinum hit singles like Neocolours' "Say You'll Never Go", After
Image's "Next in Line" and Rockstar's "Parting Time", a belting piece duet with the R&B Princess Kyla. As
a season breaker, Erik released his first Christmas album "All I Want This Christmas" with its carrier hit
single "Ngayong Pasko". In 2008, Star Records and Warner Music Philippines combined the two top pop
balladeers in the country. Erik and Christian Bautista did a joint project titled "Face-Off", a rundown of
their hit singles in one album. "Never Give Up" was the hit duet released from the album.
The following year marked another milestone in Erik's career. Music and ballad genius Jim Brickman
blessed Erik with "The Jim Brickman Songbook". A collection of Jim Brickman's creations and performed
by the Prince of Pop. "My Love Is Here” fronted the album to its platinum status. Erik's seventh
album "Awit Para Sa'yo" was his trademark ballad-full comeback album. The platinum-selling album
rendered the originals; "Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka", "Bakit Mahal Pa Rin Kita" and the feel-good track
"Hindi Na Magbabago".
It wasn't an ordinary chain of albums for Erik. In between his main albums, Erik has also done couple
of special singles for EPs, LPs, soundtracks, compilations and many more. Singles for; "Love Life by
Boy Abunda", "May Bukas Pa Album", "Tambayan Album", "I-Star 15 OPM No.1s" and recently the very
succesful "Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs" just to recall a few.
Erik's discography just goes to show how his music is being expended in an unbounded extent, not
just on radio alone but through variety of platforms as well. Progressively heard on hit teleseryes and
blockbuster movies over the last decade, Erik's latest music offering is something that will delight his
loyal listeners on these mediums. "The Erik Santos Collection" is a compilation of all the teleserye and
movie theme songs he has recorded. "Muling Buksan Ang Puso" (from "Muling Buksan Ang Puso), "If
You Asked Me To" (from "Unofficially Yours"), "Suddenly It's Magic" (from "Suddenly It's Magic"), "Ikaw"
(from "Ina, Kapatid, Anak"), "Miss You Like Crazy" (from "Miss You Like Crazy"), "I'll Never Go"
(from "One More Chance") and "Maging Sino Ka Man" (from "Maging Sino Ka Man") are just a glimpse
of the tracks in the album that summarize his ten years in the business and gave him the secondary title
“King Of Teleserye Themesongs”.
A DECADE OF RECOGNITION
With his unquestioned talent and wide array of music, multi-platinum albums and sold-out concerts here
and abroad, no wonder why Erik Santos is being appreciated meritoriously. Country's prestigious award-
giving bodies have kept an eye for Erik over his ten years of expertise. Some of these recognitions
were; Star Awards For Music- Pop Male Recording Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year (2010),
Star Awards for TV- Best New Male TV Personality (2004); Aliw Awards- Best New Male and Best
Performance by a New Male Recording Artist (2004), Best Male Performance in a Concert (2007); Awit
Awards- Best Inspirational Song (2009); PMPC Song of the Year (2012); People's Choice Award- Most
Promising Ballade (2004); Catholic Mass Media Awards- Best Music Video (2008).
Erik was also recognized by the Tri-Media award-giving bodies. Apportioning some were; MYX Music
Awards - Favorite Male Artist (2006 to 2009), Favorite Remake (2007), Favorite Collaboration with Regine
Velasquez (2007); ASAP Platinum Circle- Platinum Male Artist (2006 & 2008); ASAP 24K Gold Awards
- Erik Santos: The Jim Brickman Songbook (2009); ASAP Pop Viewer’ Choice Awards- Pop Male Artist
(2006 & 2008), Pop Male Performance (2006), Pop Male Performance in a Music Video (2008), Pop
Song (2010); IFM Pinoy Music Awards- Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist (2006), Most
Popular Song by a Male Performer (2007); Yes! Readers' Choice Award- Celebrity Home of the Year
(2006); Pinoy Music Chart- Artist of the Year (2006) and more ahead.
A DECADE OF SHOWS AND APPEARANCES
Though singing has always been Erik's main craft, in his ten-year stay in the industry, he tried widening
his horizons through hosting and acting. After his Star In A Million win, Erik became, and still a mainstay
performer and host on ABS-CBN's Sunday Variety Show "ASAP". Erik also hosted "Star Power", a
singing-reality show with the Megastar Sharon Cuneta. While the two notable lead appearances on
"MMK" and musical stage play "Little Mermaid" w/ Rachelle Ann Go had proven that Erik has got acting
Consistently associated with major concerts and jam-packed tours locally and abroad, plus his soulful big
pipes, Erik has never failed to fill any concert venue and leave mesmerizing performances. Throughout
the years, Erik was already able to perform and share the same concert stages with various OPM
superstars such as Pilita Corales, Basil Valdez, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla,
Sharon Cuneta, Kuh Ledesma, Pops Fernandez, Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid and Lani
Incomparable concerts under his belt were mostly Big Dome powerhouse shows like "Night Of The
Champions" with Erik's co-champions Sarah Geronimo, Rachelle Ann Go, Mark Bautista and Christian
Bautista; "The Prince of Pop and The Comedy Concert Queen", a duo-effort concert with the Comedy
Queen Ai-ai De Las Alas; "SOLO" Concert in 2007, "Pop Icons" with Christian Bautista, Piolo Pascual,
Sam Milby and Mark Bautista, “Power of One” in 2010, “Power Icons” in 2011 and last year's "Greatest
Themesongs" at the Meralco Theater.
This November, in celebration of Erik Santos' 10 wonderful years of music and still flourishing reign as
the country's one and only Prince of Pop, Erik presents "InTENse: A Decade with the Prince of Pop",
November 9, 2013, 8 pm at the PICC Plenary Hall. With very special guests – Pop Rock Princess
Yeng Constantino, Teleserye Themesong Queen Angeline Quinto, Comedy Concert Queen Ai Ai
delas Alas, Concert Queen Pops Fernandez and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez. With special
participation of The G-Force.
Produced by CORNERSTONE CONCERTS, the show will take Erik's supporters down memory lane,
from his humble and pungent quest down to his finally found stardom niche.
MUSICAL DIRECTOR : Mr. Homer Flores
DIRECTOR : Mr. Johnny Manahan
MAJOR SPONSORS : SM Accessories, Advanced Aesthetics, Let’s Face It, Systema Tooth and Gum
Care, Qualibet Testing Services Corporation, Carrington Trading Inc. and Progressive Laboratories.
MINOR SPONSORS : Calayan Surgi Center and Gold’s Gym
MEDIA PARTNERS : ABSCBN, ASAP 18, MYX, M.O.R. 101.9 For Life, 96.3 Easy Rock, The Philippine
Star, Business World and The Manila Concert Scene. With Astroplus as retail partner.
SPECIAL THANKS TO : Star Magic Phils and Plaza Ibarra
FOR THE BENEFIT OF : Bosom Buddies
For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph and Ticketnet Online
Megan Lynne Young, the First Filipina to win the Miss World Crown returns to
her home country to celebrate her historic triumph with fans and supporters.
Miss World 2013 kicks off her World Tour beginning with Manila, her 1st
announced by Miss World Philippines Chairman and CEO Cory Quirino.
Young bested 125 candidates on September 28, 2013 in Miss World 62nd
at the Nusa Bali Convention Center.
Winning what pageant experts call the “coveted blue crown” of Miss World has
always been considered more than a dream because it bordered on near-obsession
for pageant aficionados. This, because the Philippines had never before succeeded in
winning the Miss World Crown in the 62-year existence of Miss World. Many called it
elusive and jinxed. And yet, Megan Young dispelled everyone’s fears with her victory.
Now, the Miss World Crown is securely resting on her head.
Megan’s homecoming will include the following:
October 10 – 5PM - Arrival NAIA
Ceremonial Toss– NBA Global game, SM MOA Arena
Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers
October 11- Morning Courtesy Call on Pres. Benigno Aquino III
2PM Motorcade/Victory Parade (Makati Central Post
Miss World Fans are requested to wear something blue
Color of the crown) and meet Megan along the route of
the motorcade. There is a request for the office workers
to shower blue, aqua and white confetti as the motorcade
passes their respective office buildings.
3:30 – 5:00PM Meet and Greet Fans – SM MOA
Short Program and Photo Op.
The public is invited to participate in the parade, escort Miss
World’s motorcade and attend the program in MOA.
(Interested parties may call and register at Miss World
Philippines Secretariat Office, Tel No.4945949)
October 12 Hometown Visit – Olongapo City with Mayor Rolen Paulino
October 13 ABS-CBN guestings
October 14 PGH Charity Visit
Commendation from the Senate
Conferring of Commendation from the House of
Representatives of the Philippines
Megan Young embarks on her tour with Miss World Chair and CEO Julia Morley,
Steve Douglas and Victoria Cameron.
As Miss World, Megan Young will bring hope and cheer to the less fortunate
through the various “Beauty with a Purpose” projects of Miss World.
Action-drama prince Gerald Anderson is overjoyed with the praises he has been receiving about his portrayal as a hired killer in his timely crime-drama movie “OTJ” (On The Job). Aside from the success of “OTJ,” Gerald is thankful for his new challenging character on TV via the upcoming Kapamilya primetime series “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin.”
Discover this Saturday (August 31) in ABS-CBN’s trending showbiz talk show “Showbiz Inside Report” (SIR) Gerald’s secret in his fearless approach in accepting braver characters in movies and on TV. Is he more inspired to work because of his blissful love life?
Meanwhile, also featured in “SIR” this Saturday are the different stories of love of Gerald’s co-star in “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin” Dawn Zulueta; Kapamilya primetime princess Kim Chiu, Concert King Martin Nievera; and couple Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago.
“SIR” will also share its ‘SIR-tified’ exclusive tell-all interview with Kapamilya star Kristine Hermosa who chose to step back from the limelight to prioritize her family.
Don’t miss the trending showbiz talk show of ABS-CBN, “Showbiz Inside Report,” this Saturday, after “It’s Showtime.”
For more updates, log-on at www.abs-cbn.com, follow @SIRTVOfficial on Twitter, or like the Facebook fanpage www.facebook.com/ShowbizInsideReport.AbsCbn.
Kapamilya actress Kim Chiu is on cloud nine after receiving the Best TV Drama Actress award in the recently held 3rd EdukCircle Awards for her portrayal in the top-rating primetime family drama series “Ina Kapatid Anak.”
According to Kim, she is overjoyed with all the blessings that she has been receiving this year including the success of her first movie team-up with Xian Lim “Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?” which earned more than P100 million.
“I am very thankful to EdukCircle Awards for recognizing me as a drama actress. And of course, to ABS-CBN, Dreamscape, and the whole staff of ‘Ina Kapatid Anak’ for always bringing out the best in me,” said Kim who is set to topbill the newest “Wansapanataym” month-long special.
In the pilot episode of “Wansapanataym Presents My Fairy Kasambahay” this Saturday (September 7), Kim will portray the role of Elyza, a young lady who is punished by the Fairy Mayordoma (John ‘Sweet’ Lapus) to become a maid because of her disrespectful attitude towards their house helpers. How will Elyza’s life change when she is given a taste of her own medicine?
Also in “Wansapanataym Presents My Fairy Kasambahay” are Joseph Marco, Shamaine Buencamino, Miguel Vergara, Arnold Reyes, Simon Ibarra, and Angel Aquino. It is written by Cris Lim and Arlene Tamayo, and directed by Jerry Sineneng.
Don’t miss the beginning of Kim’s magical fairy tale this Saturday in the newest month-long special of the storybook of Pinoy kids, “Wansapanataym,” after “Kapamilya: Deal or No Deal” on ABS-CBN. For updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.
Fame didn’t even cross the mind of then 14-year-old Jessy Mendiola when she joined Star Magic’s workshop back in 2007 together with her older sister. But it seems it was her destiny to become Philippine television’s next big star because out of the many aspiring, young talents in her batch, she was the only one who caught the eye of star maker Mr. Johnny Manahan. “I can still remember Mr. M asking me ‘Gusto mo bang mag-artista?’ The clueless me back then answered, ‘Is it okay if pag-isipan ko po muna? Can you give me three days?’” Jessy recounted. She did think about it for three days and after discussing the matter with her mom and siblings, Jessy signed up with Star Magic, the country’s most prestigious artist management arm. But she did not say “yes” to Mr. M’s offer because she wanted to be an actress, but rather because she felt the need to be the family’s breadwinner. “Life wasn’t easy for us especially before I entered showbiz. I grew up without a dad and it’s only my mom who’s working to support our needs. I’ve experienced very tough times. I have experienced not having much. I even experienced eating instant noodles for dinner for many days,” she shared. Jessy was born in Dubai to a British-Lebanese dad and a Filipina mom. She moved to the Philippines when her mom decided to start anew here. Jessy lived a life apart from her dad and grew up seeing her mom as both a mom and a dad to her and her two siblings. “My mom has been working hard all her life. That’s why it was very easy for me to take a stand and unburden her of the responsibility of providing for our family,” she explained. From being a simple high school student, Jessy’s life turned 360-degrees when she entered show business and began acting on television. Like any other rising star, she went through a series of workshops and did minor roles on various ABS-CBN programs. She waited long hours on the set, with only minimal speaking lines. Slowly, the reluctant star began to embrace her newfound passion, acting. “I have learned to love the craft and it motivated me to do better. I am working not only to provide for my family, but because I have actually started to enjoy acting. I realized that I really want to become a good actress,” Jessy revealed. She waited patiently for her career to blossom until she finally got her big break. In 2010, she was launched in her first title role as “Sabel,” a show that marked the beginning of her reign as ABS-CBN’s next teleserye princess. Her popularity and premium as an actress were bolstered after she did the television series “Budoy” and afternoon soap “Precious Hearts Romances Presents Paraiso” and starred in her first movie “The Reunion.” Now tagged as one of Philippine television’s prettiest faces, Jessy has become one of the country’s fast-rising cover girls after being featured on the covers of top glossy magazines such as Metro, Chalk, Men’s Health, Meg and Preview. She has also proven to be a sought-after product endorser after brands Head and Shoulders, Myra E, Boardwalk, Bench and McDonalds tapped her to be their image model. Bigger things await Jessy this year as she is set to reprise the role of Maria Mercedes played by Mexican superstar Thalia back in the 90s. “This is really one of my dream roles. I grew up watching Maria Mercedes and I still can’t believe that I will actually become the Pinay version of this character loved by many Filipinos,” she said. Just recently, Star Cinema also announced that Jessy is set to do a movie with John Lloyd Cruz, Richard Gomez, and Dawn Zulueta.
Star Cinema, the country's biggest film production outfit, continues to prove its world-class moviemaking standards as its upcoming action-thriller co-produced with Reality Entertainment, "OTJ" (On The Job) captured the hearts of the international moviegoers who gave the film a rousing applause after its exhibition in the recently held 66th Cannes International Film Festival in France.
The Erik Matti masterpiece was one of the 21 feature films of the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight section of Cannes.
The world premiere of "OTJ" in Cannes was attended by Direk Erik and the film's stars Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Rayver Cruz and Joel Torre; joined by Star Cinema's creative manager JP Abellera and International Distribution and Access Group supervisor Kynan Del Rosario, and Reality Entertainment executive producer Dondon Monteverde.
"OTJ" is Piolo's third movie that made it to Cannes. His first was another Star Cinema hit "Milan," which was part of Cinemas in the World section of the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival; while the second was the independent film “Manila” produced by Piolo himself, which earned a special screening in 2009.
Part of Star Cinema's grand 20th anniversary celebration, the much talked about "OTJ" is set to unleash the braver Piolo and Gerald through the direction of Direk Erik, who is well-known for his compelling and highly distinctive films that challenge the moviegoers' minds and views about the society.
"OTJ" features Piolo as an NBI agent who aims to hunt down Gerald's character who is a professional hitman.
Also part of "OTJ" are Joey Marquez, Shaina Magdayao, Angel Aquino and Empress.
For the sake of your family, how far can you go? Uncover the truth in the internationally-acclaimed Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment action-thriller "OTJ," to be shown on cinemas nationwide soon.
As it celebrates 20 years of bringing life, love, and hope on the big screen, Star Cinema, the country's largest film production company, presents for the first time a grand gathering of todays biggest stars on a powerhouse light family drama film titled "Four Sisters and A Wedding" that features five of the hottest and most talented stars of today--Bea Alonzo and Toni Gonzaga and Angel Locsin, Enchong Dee, Shaina Magdayao. The film will hit cinemas nationwide on June 26,
"Four Sisters and A Wedding" is directed by box-office director Cathy Garcia-Molina, who was also at the helm of some of the highest grossing Filipino movies of all time including the most successful
romantic-comedy trilogy “A Very Special Love,” "You Changed My Life," and the recently released “It Takes A Man and A Woman."
Star Cinema's initial movie offering for its 20th anniversary celebration shares the story of the Salazar siblings namely Teddie (Toni), the eldest, who works as a teacher in Spain; Bobbie (Bea), who is now successful in New York; Alex (Angel), the third child who is a Manila-based independent film assistant director; Gabbie (Shaina), a school teacher who lives at home together with their mother; and CJ(Enchong) the youngest child who put all his sisters in shock when he announced that he is going to marry his girlfriend for three months, Princess.
After a few years of not being together as a whole family, Teddie, Bobbie, Alex, and Gabbie come together for the wedding and have agreed to dissuade their baby brother from marrying his fiancée. But as they interact with each other for the wedding, the Salazar siblings also face the feelings and issues they've tried to keep for the longest time.
Are CJ's four sisters not yet ready to let him go? Are they truly trying to fix their brother's life? Or do they need to fix their own lives first?
Coney Reyes, Angeline Quinto and Sam Milby have a special participation in "Four Sisters and A Wedding." Also part of the film are Carmi Martin, Buboy Garovillo, Bernard Palanca, and Janus del
An unforgettable light family drama about family relationships; siblings who have grown together and fell apart; and unconditional love; "Four Sisters and A Wedding" will hit cinemas nationwide on
June 26, 2013.
Two-time Aliw awardee for Best Comedy Act, actor and TV host John Lapus takes center stage at the Music Museum on June 15, 2013 with his show entitled Sweet in a Box to celebrate his 20 fruitful years in the showbiz industry.
“Sweet after twenty years is much bolder and spicier. Of course, I will be in my honest, direct to the point punch lines as I tackle life inside the box of showbiz”, said comedian John. “Watch out for my new character Tweetums and the infamous Sweet Anino crying a river while announcing her resignation from showbiz and prepares to embrace politics in 2016. But wait there’s more, the ending of my show is a must watch! If people know me for my buwis-buhay dance numbers, might as well, let’s do a level up. The end will showcase Sweet coming out of the box.” He also highlighted that he will be wearing stunning creations of this industry’s fabulous and celebrated fashion designers namely JC Buendia, Pablo Cabahug, Jeffrey Rogador, Tatah Galias, Totoy Madriaga, Bea Albert and Bing Cristobal.
From his humble beginnings as a researcher, Sweet has come full circle as a total entertainer and an award winning actor. With the support of his fellow Star Magic Kapamilya talents Angeline Quinto, Enrique Gil and Xian Lim with the special participation of Jake Cuenca and Julia Clarete, audience can only expect best live performances. Directed by Phillip Lazaro who also spearheaded Sweet 16, Sweet @ 18, Comic Divas, and the two record-breaking Jose – Wally concerts in Araneta Coliseum.
“This is one, very exciting concert! In fact, we are sending a special reminder to everyone watching. The show is not the usual doll in the box. Sweet in a Box concert is recommended for 13 years old and above not for its small parts but because of its dirty parts,” John ends in guffaw.
The show is sponsored by ABS-CBN, Star Magic, Pep.Ph, Orange Segment Print and Design Studio, Golds Gym, Hairwatch Salon and Planet Drugstore. For ticket inquiries, you may call 0927.751.5726 / 0923.929.9994 or TicketWorld hotline 891-9999.
Kapamilya sexy actress Bangs Garcia will star in the upcoming episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday (January 26) as Carmi, a funny, loud and outgoing lady, who was forced by her husband Ian (Tom Rodriguez) to become timid and formal for the sake of their marriage. Believing that their relationship will get better, Carmi followed the whims of her husband. How far will Carmi be willing to forgo her “real” self for the sake of her loved ones? Will her change be for the better, or worse? Together with Shaina and Bryan in "MMK" this Saturday are Thou Reyes, Abby Bautista, Pen Medina, Mikylla Ramirez, Veyda Inoval and Gigi Locsin. It was researched by Alexandra Mae Martin, written by Benjamin Benson Logronio, and directed by Raz de la Torre. Don’t miss “MMK” this Saturday, after “Wansapanataym" on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on towww.mmk.abs-cbn.com, and follow @MMKOfficial on Twitter and visit the official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MMKOfficial.