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The 'X-Factor' in Rachelle Ann Go

Author: The Manila Bulletin

It wasn't just her voice that made Rachelle Ann Go win in last month's "Search for a Star." According to Veronique del Rosario-Corpus, head of the Viva Artists Agency, aside from Rachelle's voice quality, the judges were looking for that all-important appeal, or the "X-Factor."

Veronique explained further: "We were looking for someone who not only had the voice, but who, like Sarah, could cross over from music to TV and the movies." The Viva Artists Agency has signed up not only Rachelle but also runners-up Raymond Manalo and Genevieve Villabroza to multi-platform management contracts.

And like what the agency did for Sarah Geronimo, Rachelle will also be given the full build-up. She is slated to attend voice and dance lessons as well as acting workshops to prepare her for her big debut. Viva wants to mold Rachelle into another Sarah (who's definitely the company's prized talent and gold mine at the moment) and make her, like Sarah, a multi-media star. And judging from the talents the 17-year-old Rachelle is endowed with, this won't be farfetched.

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Top artists reaffirm support for Raul Roco

Reaffirming their full support for Alyansa ng Pag-asa standard-bearer Raul Roco, the multi-awarded R&B band South Border and other musicians from Artists 4 Roco recently rocked the night away in a free five-hour concert in Malate.

The well-attended concert, hosted by Pinky Marquez and Alyansa senatorial candidate Jay Sonza, featured a diverse group of artists including Isay Alvarez, Robert Seña, Noel Cabangon, Cookie Chua, 9th Avenue and 6 Cycle Mind. South Border capped the night's activities with one-and-a-half hour lively set.

Droves of ardent Alyansa supporters flocked to Remedios Circle to show their continued support for Alyansa ng Pag-asa.

The Alyansa candidates, led by Roco's running-mate Hermie Aquino, thanked the crowd and urged them to continue their support for the coalition's ticket. Robbie Pierre Roco, the eldest of Roco's six children, also addressed the crowd on behalf of his brothers and sisters who are also in the crowd. In a press statement, the Artists 4 Roco maintained that Roco is still "the best choice for the presidency, [and] recent events have not changed this."

"His temporary leave from the campaign has not detered us in any way," the group said in a statement. "If anything, this has only strengthened our resolve and encouraged us to work harder."South Border, who usually demands a talent fee of as much as R700,000 a night, performed in the concert for free. In a post-concert interview, the band members stressed that they are supporting Roco because he put education as his top priority program.

Despite Roco's departure to the United States, South Border member Jay Durias urged Roco supporters not to switch to other candidates who "they don't really want but who [they think are winnable."

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Newest entertainment, fashion place to watch

There's a new place in town that's making raves as the newest entertainment and fashion avenue in Metro Manila. Located along Diosdado Macapagal Ave. (parallel to Roxas Blvd.) it is called the Blue Wave.

Though a lot of activities is already scheduled to happen at the Blue Wave - from parties to live music entertainment - its first wave is slated to happen on May 14, 2004.

Dubbed as the "Hot Summer: A Fashion and Beach Party," it will feature cool summer wears from Buffalo by David Bitton and the latest footwear by Avia and Converse. Various summer outfits by select couturiers in Manila will also be on display at the place. There will also be surprise guests and exciting entertainment events.

Directed by Ricci Reyes Ang, "Hot Summer" is sponsored by Petron, Toyota, Asia Brewery, Traders Hotel Manila, Vacation Club International, Selecta, Drysdale, Hagen Dazs, Trinity Investigators and Armtech Industry Corp., The Registry, Indoor Garden Design by Pido, Smartshoppe Studio, Ainoki Cosmetics. "Hot Summer" is by R&A Events Specialists & Essential Communications.

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Educator & economist seeks congressional seat

Petite but dynamic Berna Romulo Puyat, daughter of former senator now Executive Secretary Bert Romulo, is seeking a congressional seat for the 1st District of Quezon City. An educator, economist and commentator, Berna is a political greenhorn but she has been getting a lot of support, even from showbiz friends like Rosanne Roces, Angelu de Leon among others. Mike de Leon, the award-winning director, is a friend of Berna's brother Erwin Romulo who wrote the story of Viva's "First Time."

"I'm really grateful to Osang and Angelu for supporting me and for going to my rallies when they have time," Berna said. "And they're doing it out of love."

She has a vision for her district and although she is a newcomer to politics, she has been doing public service for the city's needy through her own movement, the Bayanihan tungo sa Reporma at Pag-unlad (BRP). She has launched feeding programs, donated wheelchairs in Barangay Sto. Domingo and San Isidro Labrador in cooperation with PCSO Chairman Honey Girl S. De Leon. In December 2003, Berna distributed PhilHealth Cards as gifts to her constituents."These are donations from my friends and supporters in Congress and the Senate, who share my health advocacy," Berna said.

In 2002, Berna launched "Gamutang Bayan" (medical missions) in various barangays. She also launched Operation Birth Right in 2003 to help parents register their children with the National Statistics Office. And of course, education is also a priority in her agenda. She has a continuing scholarship program and so far she has graduated 31 youth through her Computer Literacy Program in coordination with Mayor Sonny Belmonte's Sikap Buhay Progam.

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Film, Creative workshops slated in Tagaytay in May

The Tagaytay Film, Broadcast and Creative Workshops announced its lineup of courses for summer 2004. To be held on May 23 to 28 at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), the classes are reputed for its stay-in, intensive, hands-on approach to learning.

The Tagaytay workshop are open to professionals and serious students who want to succeed in the fields of cinema, television, radio, publications and mass communications.

Boboy Yonzon, workshop director, said that each class shall be handled by mentors or gurus chosen from the ranks of professionals who have made a name or won industry awards in their work.

"These are not theoretical courses. These are experiential courses where enrollees actually handle equipment and execute projects," said Yonzon.

Classes and gurus (in parenthesis) for video and television: Video as Corporate and Institutional Imaging Tool (Salvii Casino); How to be an Effective TV Host (Chi-Chi Fajardo Robles), Scriptwriting for AVPs (Nik Tayag), How to Direct A Winning TV Variety Show (Fritz Ynfante), Cool Graphics for Television & Video (Joji Rodriguez), and Digital Post Production Editing Methods (Giggi Garcia).

For film courses: Master's Class: Directing for Film Feature (Eddie Romero as lead guru), Winning Light Design for Video and Film (Boy Yñiquez), Scriptwriting for Feature Film (Roy Iglesias) and Production Design for Film Features (Leo Abaya).

For publications and communications: Basic Publications Design and Layout (Lynet Villariba), Basic Stills Photography (Joey Tanedo), Corporate Communications and Crisis Media Management.

"The gurus will work closely with the students," said Yonzon, "and at the end of a hectic week, the students will have a fresher view on how to look at the creative process and will be very eager to apply this insight to their works."

The two-year-old Tagaytay Film, Broadcast and Creative Workshops is ran and managed by the Creative Media Professionals Guild of Asia and the Pacific (CMPGAP) in partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines.

Queries regarding Tagaytay Workshops can be directed to CMPGAP Metro Manila office 925-1915 and 925-1916. Or secretariat in Tagaytay 529-8178.

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Source: The Manila Bulletin