Nov 292017

Filipino-British singer Bailey May has been selected to become a member of a international pop group called Now United.

Created by Simon Fuller, the mastermind behind American Idol as well as the former manager of the Spice Girls and S Club 7, Now United is a band consisting of 14 artists from 11 different countries.

May rose to fame after appearing on the reality programme Pinoy Big Brother in 2015. He went on to star in the romantic comedy series On the Wings of Love and to release his debut album, titled Bailey, recorded under Star Music.

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May posted on social media after Now United’s announcement: “Dreams come true. Thank you my family. Promise to make you all proud.”

The 15-year old who was born in Cebu and moved to Norfolk aged four, flew to Los Angeles back in September to audition for the group.

The other 10 performers who are part of the 14-member group are Lamar from United Kingdom, Josh from Canada, Shivani from India, Heyoon from South Korea, Any from Brazil, Hina from Japan, Noah from USA, Diarra from Senegal, Joalin from Finland and Sofya from Russia.

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In an interview, Fuller said: “I have wanted to create a new pop music project for some time. However, I wanted to do something new and exciting, never seen before. I wanted it to be a celebration of singing and dancing and on a global scale. I want to create a music group where the fans are as important as the group itself, fully engaged and connected to every aspect of what happens.”

Jun 172017
La Salle Chorale Bacolod is Vietnam Int’l tilt winner

The University of St. La Salle (USLS) Chorale Bacolod has been adjudged the Choral Grand Prize Winner at the 5th Vietnam International Choir Competition. La Salle Chorale Bacolod [via Interkultur] La Salle Chorale Bacolod brought home the Hoi An Choir Prize 2017 awarded by an international jury which crowned the university choir group as the biggest winner of the competition – winning the Golden Diploma in the three categories it joined and ranking first in two categories. Chorale Bacolod [via Facebook] The USLS university choir composed of university and senior high school students, along with some alumni, won in the following categories: Category B1 – Mixed Choirs – Level of difficulty II without compulsory piece La Salle Chorale (Philippines) CATEGORY WINNER conducted by: Serry Repique Category F – Folklore La Salle Chorale (Philippines) CATEGORY WINNER conducted by: Serry Repique Category S – Sacred Choir Music Points La Salle Chorale (Philippines) GOLD III conducted by: Serry Repique With their winning performances, La Salle Chorale has also qualified to perform at the following INTERKULTUR major Events within the next 5 years: Q I =World Choir Games–The Champions Competition; World Choir C hampionships–The Champions Round; Grand Prix of Choral Music Q II = World Choir Games–The Champions Competition; World Choir Championships–The Champions Round.   The post La Salle Chorale Bacolod is Vietnam Int’l tilt winner appeared first on Good News Pilipinas. Related posts: Filipino choir groups triumph in Vietnam choral competition All- male Filipino chorale triumphs in Japan chamber contest La Salle video in Read More …

Apr 042017
Filipino choir Boscorale wins gold in Japan

All male high school choir Boscorale of Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati bagged the gold medal as the Youth Choir Equal Voices Grand Prize Winner at the 10th Fukushima Vocal Ensemble Competition held in Fukushima, Japan. The DBTI Boscorale The Fukushima Vocal Ensemble Competition is the biggest choral competition in Japan for small vocal ensemble groups or those composed of two to 16 members in which more than 120 top level choirs all over Japan are yearly invited. The choral competition welcomed entries from international groups, allowing the Philippine contingent from the Boscorale to join. The Philippine contingent Boscorale went to Japan and reached the Grand Prix Finals, eventually winning the gold.   The post Filipino choir Boscorale wins gold in Japan appeared first on Good News Pilipinas. Related posts: Cebuano choir is Grand Prix Champ at Int’l Choral Competition Pinoy choir ALERON bags Grand Prize in South Korea Filipino choir groups triumph in Vietnam choral competition All- male Filipino chorale triumphs in Japan chamber contest

Mar 312014
What’s inside BRP Sierra Madre?

By Frances 6:59 pm | Monday, March 31st, 2014 Decay and rust lives inside the belly of the BRP Sierra Madre. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE MANILA, Philippines—The BRP Sierra Madre, a rusty ship aground in one of the possible flash points in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), stands alone but without fear in the high seas to maintain Filipino presence. The ship was previously used by the United States during the World War II in the waters of Vietnam. The US handed it over to Vietnam in 1970 and after a few years it was passed on to the Philippines. In 1999, it was purposely run aground in Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) to keep its Filipino presence there. Ayungin is located 105 nautical miles off Rizal, Palawan. Though it is located within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, the resource-rich area is also claimed by the Chinese. The Philippines’ claims are based on the United Nations on the Convention of the Law of the Sea, while China’s claims are based on their old maps made several decades ago. China claims most of the West Philippine Sea as its own. Troops in the ship go on rotation for several months. On March 9, China blocked the Philippines’ attempt to reprovision and rotate its soldiers. Because it was unsuccessful, they made an airdrop instead. Last Saturday, the next attempt after the March 9 incident, the Philippines was able to evade the Chinese blockade. Marines who were Read More …

Mar 092014
AFP coordinating with Malaysia, Vietnam to find missing plane

Grief seizes kin of passenger on missing Malaysian plane. Journalists attempt to interview a woman who is the relative of a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, as she crouches on the floor crying, at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing March 8, 2014. Reuters The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) continues to coordinate with defense officials from Malaysia and Vietnam in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Beijing, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said Sunday. Coloma said in an interview over the government-run dzRB that President Aquino is constantly being updated about the AFP’s efforts in the search operations for the missing plane. Since Friday, the AFP has mobilized its surveillance plane and naval assets, including the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, to conduct search operations in the West Philippine Sea and the sea lanes of Palawan. The Boeing 777 jet, which had 239 people on board, took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:30 a.m. Friday. It lost contact with ground controllers at around 2:40 a.m. and is believed to have crashed somewhere between Vietnam and the West Philippine Sea. A massive international search has been launched to locate the missing plane. — Xianne Arcangel/BM, GMA News

Dec 092013
Kerry to tour typhoon-hit Philippines, Vietnam

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to make his first visit to the Philippines since taking office to see first-hand the damage left by last month’s typhoon, and will also tour Vietnam where he fought during the war. Kerry’s next trip from December 11 to 18 will start on Wednesday, his 70th birthday, when he flies to Israel and Ramallah. But he will then travel to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, before heading to Manila, and the storm-hit city of Tacloban, a US official said Monday. Since becoming the top US diplomat in February, Kerry has dreamed of returning once again to the country where his political activism was forged in the horrors of the Vietnam War. He had also planned to visit the Philippines back in October, but the trip had to be cancelled at the last minute as Tropical Storm Nari bore down on the Southeast Asian nation. “Within the Asia-Pacific rebalance, Southeast Asia holds special importance, and the secretary’s travel to Vietnam and the Philippines demonstrates the enduring US commitment… to the region,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. It will be Kerry’s fourth trip to Asia while in office. In Ho Chi Minh, the city once known as Saigon which fell to the communist North Vietnam forces in April 1975, Kerry will “underscore the growth of our bilateral trade relationship and the empowering role of education.” He would also visit the Mekong Delta to show how “Americans and Vietnamese can work together on critical Read More …