A dream concert (which took nearly five years to plan) is finally happening! The presence of four top female singers in the music industry promises to make Divas 4 Divas one of the most historic productions in the local concert scene.
The date is December 6 and the venue is the Araneta Coliseum. The country’s top divas: Kuh Ledesma, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Pops Fernandez and Regine Velasquez will be together on the same stage for Divas 4 Divas, the first time that all four of them will perform in one concert.
In time for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Music Museum, this concert aims to remind people about significant role that the venue played in the respective careers of the performers. Through the years, the Music Museum has achieved what Kuh and present owner Precy Florentino had envisioned it for: to become a venue of choice for local artists.
All but one of the four divas has passed the 25th year mark (Regine has been in the business for 20 years) and they have all been blessed with Gold and Platinum record awards, international recognition, successful concerts and the respect of their peers and fans alike.
Original diva Kuh Ledesma has done more than 300 concerts and released about 18 albums. She started out in the late ‘70s as the vocalist of the Music and Magic, which also included Fe delos Reyes, Angeli Pangilinan (now Valencio) and Jet Montelibano. Even as a solo artist, Kuh continued to shine. In 1981, the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) named her Singer of the Year. The following year, 1982, she grabbed that honor again, and added more: an Entertainer of the Year award from the Aliw Awards Foundation. Her musical specials, like Kuh: By Special Arrangement (1987) also won notice from the Catholic Mass Media Awards and the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation. In 1999, the National Centennial Commission recognized Kuh’s outstanding efforts and talent by conferring on her the Natatanging Gawad Sentenaryo as Most Outstanding Filipino.
As an actress, Kuh also made her mark in the films like Oro, Plata, Mata and the international production, A Dangerous Life.
Even today, she continues to be a powerhouse in local music, and one of the most innovative, trend-setting artists in the business.
Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla is an actress, TV host, recording artist and concert performer. Like Kuh, she started her career as part of a band–in this case, Hotdog–then later went solo. Some of Zsa Zsa’s biggest hits include Ikaw Lamang, Hiram, Kahit Na and Point of no Return. A truly gifted singer with one of the most beautiful soaring voices in town, Zsa Zsa is also a talented actress with several acting awards to her credit. These include a Best Supporting Actress trophy for Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (1994), and Best Actress Trophies from the Gawad Urian, Film Academy of the Philippines and the STAR Awards for Movies for her role in Batang PX (1998). Her most recent acting triumph was in 2006’s Ako Legal Wife. Renowned for her beauty, Zsa Zsa is a loving partner to the King of Comedy Dolphy.
And who wouldn’t know the Concert Queen, Pops Fernandez? People practically grew up with her as she blossomed from being an unsure teenager to the beautiful, poised and confident concert performer and recording star that she is today. Pops started at age 16, and within years of her debut, Pops proved that she was a talent to reckon with. In 1999, she was chosen as Best Female Musical Variety Show Host in the KBP Golden Dove Awards. Gifted with a talent for reinventing herself, Pops launched her own clothing line called Pipay and even accepted the offer to pose for the men’s magazine FHM as the cover girl of the August 2006 issue. She has done 15 albums, which have received Gold and Platinum recognition. Musically, she continues to dazzle audiences here and all over the world with her talent, making her truly the country’s undisputed Concert Queen.
Regine Velasquez, dubbed as Asia’s Songbird, was the first Filipino to stage a solo concert at the Main Hall of Carnegie Hall, as part of Carnegie Hall’s centennial-year concert series. Her album, Listen without Prejudice, achieved platinum certification in several countries. In 2000, she performed the country’s millennial theme, televised in 55 broadcast networks throughout the world. Regine has collaborated with various international artists, including Paul Anka, Michel Legrand, Mandu Moore, David Pomeranz, and Bryan McKnight.
She also proved that she is a talented actress when she received a Best Actress Award for her portrayal of a mentally challenged woman in Maalaala Mo Kaya. Earlier this year, she hosted the musical show Songbird on her home network GMA-7 and became the lead star in the Philippine version of Kim Sam Soon. Regine also formed IndiMusic (iMusic), a record label partnered with the late Bella Tan’s Universal Records.
With these talented singers on one stage, fabulous costumes, impressive sets, mood enhancing lights, and incredible production numbers, Divas 4 Divas is one concert that is sure to delight audiences. Helping the ladies out is Louie Ocampo, their musical director.
After the Big Dome, the show will go on tour in the U.S. in March and May 2009.
Tickets to Divas 4 Divas are available at Music Museum (7210635 and 7216726) Headline Concepts (551-7253 and 551-7255) and Ticketnet (911-5555).
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