Wednesday, June 26, 2013

“Tuloy Pa Rin” Highlights Nyoy Volante’s Musical Journey

Long Live OPM! The King of Acoustic Pop, Nyoy Volante is back with a new album under MCA Music titled “Tuloy Pa Rin” which highlights his songwriting, music arranging and overall artistic skills. “Tuloy Pa rin” is an all Tagalog tribute album dedicated to all the OPM fans and listeners.
When asked what song in the album would best represent him, he answered ‘Basta’t Kasama Kita” . . . lahat magagawa.  It is apparent from his selection that he is a romantic person.  That observation along with his fun and witty nature were manifested during a light and breezy blogcon held last June 11 at the MCA head office in Ortigas. 

After performing a couple of songs for the bloggers, he gamely answered questions about his music, inspiration, activities, and plans. Some of the  names that he mentioned as his inspiration and artists that he admires locally are: Gary V., Regine Velasquez, Bugoy Drilon, Jay Durias.  While Jason Miraz, Kenny Loggins, Bryan Adams, Metallica and the Eagles are the foreign artist that helped mold his music.  He wishes that someday he would be able to reunite and perform once again with the local group MYMP.

This multi-faceted artist wears several hats. Aside from being a singer, song writer and a musician, he is also an arranger, producer, actor and video director. While working on the album, Nyoy was also actively engaged in musical theater on top of being a part of ASAP Sessionistas, which can be seen every Sunday at the variety show of ASAP in ABS-CBN. 

This new album “Tuloy Pa Rin” was produced and re-arranged (except for ’Kamakailan Lang’ & ‘Sa Isip Ko’) by Nyoy himself where in the album features his versions of well-loved OPM hits like “Ipagpatawad Mo”, “Bakit Ba Ganyan”, “Tuloy Pa Rin”, Magkasuyo Buong Gabi (featuring Sabrina), “Nandito Ako”, “Sa Isip Ko”, “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso Ko”, Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin”, “Basta’t Kasama Kita” and “Kamakailan Lang”

“My passion is to arrange, the challenge for me is arrange music totally opposite from the original where people would hardly recognize the music.  I’ve always made it a point to re-arrange my covers. As much as possible, gusto ko sulitin yung pagka-revive, so talagang ini-iba ko talaga pati genre from the original,” Nyoy said.

He also continues to do his original compositions such as  “Pikit” and “Miss Kita” also included in the album.

With all these experiences and blessings, Nyoy Volante had indeed expanded and became a Jack of all trades when it comes down to his field of artistry and talent. Nyoy is thankful for his continued journey in bringing OPM music closer to people. 

“You are the reason we matter in this industry. Please continue to support us. Di kami magsasawang lumikha ng marami pa para sa inyo! Salamat uli ng marami. Mabuhay ang OPM,” Nyoy’s  message to his listeners.

“Tuloy Pa Rin”, Nyoy Volante’s latest album under MCA Music is now out in CDs, available at your leading record stores. It is also available online via iTunes.  “Tuloy Pa Rin” iTunes link:
For bookings and inquiries, please contact Sammy Samaniego of MCA Music Artist Management at +632 9162504 local 107, +639178565174 and +639209682991.) For more updates on Nyoy Volante, log on to or

Saturday, June 22, 2013

“FLUTOPIA”: A Celebration of Flutes at the CCP

Jin Ta
Press Release:
The Cultural Center of the Philippines will hold a musical event entitled “FLUTOPIA”:  A FLUTE CELEBRATION AT THE CCP to be held on July 6-7, 2013 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater). The event aims to raise public awareness and appreciation of flute music, products and services in the country, and to strengthen ties with Singapore.

A mini concert will be held at the CCP Little Theater lobby on July 6 at 9 am, 1 pm and 4:30 p.m. featuring the Philbanda Wind Orchestra at 9am. Performing artists in this event include David Johnson, PPO woodwind quintet, Olivier Ochanine, Adolfo Mendoza, Jina Suh, Dr. Sonny Yangco, Raymond Sarreal, Philbanda Wind Orchestra. The following artists will perform on July 7 from 3pm to 6pm: students from UST Conservatory of Music and from UP Conservatory of Music, MPO woodwind quintet, flutists from community bands, Philbond trio, and Candelarius Flute Quartet.

Jin Ta, Principal Flutist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, goes onstage for a Gala Concert on July 7 at 7:30pm at the CCP Little Theater. He will be joined by other performing artists such as David Johnson, Kiko Candelaria, Marie Poblete, Hercules Santiago, Gary Silangcruz and Olivier Ochanine. Likewise, Mr. Jin Ta will conduct Flute Master classes on July 6 and 7 at the Little Theater stage area.

Jin Ta started learning music at the age of five, and later entered the Central Music Conservatory (Beijing) to study flute under Prof. Zhu Tong De. In 1991, he received full scholarship from University of Michigan and studied with Prof. Keith Bryan and later Prof. Leone Buyse. In 1997, he won First Prize in the Boston Pappoutsakies Memorial Foundation Competition and Memphis Young Artist Competition. He was selected as an artist diploma candidate to study with renowned flutist Paula Robison. In 2000, he won First Prize in the Haifa International Flute Competition 2000 (Israel). He joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flutist in 1998.

Sean Tan
Other activities include a session with Mr. Sean Tan, who will give a flute maintenance workshop; and a talk on “Exploring Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major” by Ms. Lin Shumei.  Both talks will be held at the Little Theater stage area.

Sean Tan is the woodwind master technician at WindWorks & MusicGear Pte Ltd. He holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University and a diploma in Band Instrument Repair Technology from Renton Technical College in USA. He has undergone extensive training at factories of Buffet Crampon Clarinets (France), Verne Q Powell Flutes (USA), Muramatsu Flutes (Japan) and is also a StraubingerTM Pads Certified Technician. With his extensive experience in acoustical optimization for woodwind musicians, he brings a whole new dimension of woodwind product expertise. Besides his work as a repair technician, he also performs regularly with The Philharmonic Winds (Singapore).

Lin Shumei
Lin Shumei (Head of Piano and Theory) was an active music educator in a government school from 2004 – 2012, specializing in the Music Elective Programme for students from 12 to 18 years old. She also sings frequently with various choral groups and enjoys ensemble playing. Shumei studied piano with Professor Michael Young from the Royal Academy of Music while completing her music education (Bachelor of Music, First Class Honors) in King’s College, London. She also completed her LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) in Piano Performing while studying in London. Currently, she is leading the Flute and Music Academy Ptd Ltd in Singapore, which specializes in woodwind education and retail.

Toshifumi Watanabe

Other highlights of the 2-day flute appreciation treat include a product exhibition and trade show; and flute repair by Mr. Hirofumi Tamamitsu, Mr. Toshifumi Watanabe and Mr. Shota Yamamoto, three flute specialists from Muramatsu Flute, the top flute maker in Japan.  They will provide technical consultation and repair sevice for a minimal cost of P500.00 per repair, covering adjustment/alignment and replacement of a maximum of four (4) pads.  Flute accessories and music sheets are also available at very reasonable prices.

For more information, contact Ms. Nila Bondoy at telephone no. 832-1125 local 1609-1610, cell phone no. 0920-2737718 and Marie Poblete at 0915-7793017 or 0922-8435809.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gastronomia De Espania at Cafe Marriott fom Jun 6-30

Olive oil, hams, tapas and wine . . . savor the delectable flavors of Spain at the Marriott Hotel this June with dishes prepared by guest chef Victor Burgos. A culinary treat you must not miss. You still have 10 more days left to do so.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Moevenpick Hotel Cebu Receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

Press Release::
Cebu, Philippines - The Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence last May 22, 2013., presently considered one of the most popular travel websites among online netizens around the world, is renowned for providing its readers with key travel information. It features reviews and opinions of individuals who aim to share their unique travel experiences with the rest of the world. TripAdvisor showcases wide-scale reviews about hotels, restaurants, and much more.

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is awarded annually to the top performing 10% of all hotels worldwide, and is given to establishments that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers.

Recently re-launched on December 15 2012, after having undergone a PHP 500,000,000  total transformation, the Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is proud of the fact that it has been publically recognised with such a prestigious award after having only been in operation for less than six months – a feat that is truly difficult for any hotel to rival.

Knuth Kiefer the hotel’s General Manager when asked about the award said “ it’s pleasing to see that our guests have chosen to recognise us in this manner” he went on to say that “the hotel has continued to develop its services over the past 6 months and will continue to strive to refine its services further over the coming 6 months”.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is the flagship property for Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts in the Philippines, and will soon be joined by the Moevenpick Huma Island in Palawan.

For hotel inquiries and reservations, guests may call (+63) 32 4927777 or email Visit the Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu Facebook page at:  

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Renaissace Art at SM Megamall from June 5 to 29

Leonardo, Mchelangelo, and Raphael . . . no, not the teenage mutant ninja turtles but the high renaissance artists . . . are the inspiration for the Renaissance Art Gallery that opened in 2003.  Now as they celebrate 10 years since the gallery's "re-birth" conception, they gather big names in Philippine art, photography, and sculpture to present an exhibit of masterpieces that are all stand outs in themselves. Welcome to a Decade of Renaissance Art Gallery at the Art Center, 4th level Bldg. A of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong ongoing from June 5 to June 29.  Presenting the works of Leonard Aguinaldo, Ged Alangui, Hermes Alegre, Ral Arrogante, Rey Aurelio, Jojo Austria, Max Balatbat, Flor Espanol Baradi, Bencab, Bien Benitez, Art Bermido, Benji Bisaya, Remi Boquiren, Boy Briones, Boboy Canete, Ariel Caratao, Arley Carig, Felix Catarata, Marco Coching, Addie Cukingnan, Gary Custodio, Alfred Dato, Jane Ebarle, Clarence Eduarte, Egai Fernandez, Carlos Florido, James Gabito, Caloy Gabuco, Sandra Fabie Gfeller, Fitz Herrera, Abdulmari Mao, Juan Sajid Imao, Jay Javier, Josef Laureano, Alice Martha Lee, Lindslee, Art Lozano, At Maculangan, Jordan Mang Osan, Pol Mesina, Sio Montera, Nemiranda, Jonathan Olazo, Romulo Olazo, Jim Paredes, Azor Pazcoguin, Sam Penaso, Jucar Raquepo, Cid Reyes, Ricardo Reyes, Rishab, Ronaldo Ruiz, Aner Sebastian, Fernando Sena, Wally Sy, Peter Sutcliffe, Resty Tica, Jun Tiongco, Van Tuico, Wigs Tysman, Orley Ypon, Jose Villadolid, Melissa Villasenor.


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