Look, I’m on TV – HOSTING!

I’ve always thought it’s not possible for an ordinary nurse, like me, to be seen in national television. But because of series of events, which started to take place last year, I think mass media can also become one of the most promising undertakings for any registered nurse.

It all began when I first appeared for two episodes of one of the known morning drama shows in GMA Philippines, entitled “MAYNILA”. When I was still playing with my band my self-composed original vocal melody compositions (together with my bandmates’ collective musical arrangement) which were turned into songs, two of those original song compositions were aired and played in two individual program episodes. And if I’m not mistaken, they were played sometime in March of this year.

After the said musical endeavor, the realms of television and mass communication had been very friendly and accommodating to me. And the next thing I knew, I was already a regular co-host for a business portal cable show called, “What’s Up Doc, by Dr. John Cenica”. I can still remember how I ended up being one of the program’s hosts…

The topic we tackled in the most recent episode I’ve hosted in, with Dr. Cenica of “What’s Up Doc?”, was all about BEAUTY QUEEN SECRETS. Here are some of the photos we had that day:

Playing camerawoman. Will I pass being one? Lol.

Dr. Cenica thought I’d like to do this show with him mainly because I’ve once become a “beauty queen” (In my own rights!) myself, being the grand winner of the 2011 Rachell Allen Image Model Search. In this photo, I was LITERALLY blown away by Ms. Island Philippines’ beautiful face, height, and glamorous gait!

And since we’re talking about television hosting… Aside from personality, good facial “register” on television, and good command of English (or any type of lingua franca or vernacular language inherent to the country he lives in) – what do you think an aspiring host needs in order to succeed?

Actually, I made a list of some of the easiest tips that worked for me. Please feel free to check them out and comment on them. :)

Tell me about your thoughts on these things.

♥ TINA ♥

A Simple Guide on How to Dance in a Club – SUPER FUN!

I’m never a fan of dancing clubs or bars. The only time I go to a bar is when I am scheduled to perform either solo or with my band. Technically, I don’t dance either. But I drink, of course. I drink lots of lukewarm water, which waiters/waitresses find odd whenever I order for one. Hahaha!

But dancing in a club is not a bad idea after all, right? It could be a good  way of releasing inhibitions and relieving stress. Might as well give it a try one of these days. :)

Anyway, I found this hilarious video about some club dance moves one would typically find in a bar scene or event. Personally, I find them very fascinating. I never thought they can be assigned with different names.

For those of you who frequent clubs or bars, are all these true? Could the dance moves be so precise after all? Either way, I am very much willing to give them a try and see what particular dance move/s would work for me. Lol.

This is a great way to start my “day” even though I just woke up just two hours ago…

Hope you have a wonderful day ahead. ♥

♥ TINA ♥

Sazi’s Bar

Two days ago, I and my band AMIHAN had a gig at one of the most popular bars in Metro Manila – Sazi’s Bar (formerly known as Mayric’s). It has been a dream for me to sing or play with a band in such a place because that’s where all Filipino rock music geniuses and renowned rock acts had all started. It’s like playing in the “hall of fame”. I would like to call it the haven of rockers. 

The theme of the event was FEMALE VOCALISTS’ NIGHT. Thus, all vocalists should be gals.

Our band's listed last but we were the night's third performers.

We came before the Fatjack Productions organizing crew arrived. So, we did our best to just chill out as much as we can. We had a fairly difficult commute from Rizal to Espana, Manila. We have no choice because we want to arrive on time at Sazi’s.

The wonderful woman in the left is Michael's (our drummer in cap at the right) ever loving and supportive wife. We're very glad to have her with us.

While waiting, my Amihan boys boozed and smoked big time. They seem to be enjoying a lot while I was in the background doing my usual pre-performance lip trills. When my boyfriend, Axle came, I decided to momentarily join them in this photo:

In the photo above, you’ll notice a guy behind Mike. He’s JR, our band’s sessionista. It’s our first gig to have him on board.

Karl puffing the soothing smoke.

At 9PM, people are crowding all over the place. Other performing bands plus their expected visitors are now entering the bar. Even walk-in students and music enthusiasts line-up at the bar’s entrance to be able to get seats for the upcoming event.

While we were waiting for the productions crew, who made such event possible, we kinda had a little problem with Mike’s gears. The bar’s drum set had no snare drum in it; so we have to find someone who brought his own, to whom Mike can borrow from. By this time, we decided to be enlisted second or third in the band line-up. But still, Richie Guinto (Fatjack’s founder) would  be the one to give the final say.

Oh by the way, I forgot to mention… This gig is an album launch event for some band called Kursonada. We haven’t heard of them yet which is understandable because it would be their first time to play live in front of a listening crowd (that’s according to them). It’s like this album launch is their first exposure.

When everything was finally set, we landed on the third spot in the line-up. We had played next to Derramos whose vocalist is a close friend of Ax and I. On the other hand, Mike was able to find someone to whom he can borrow a snare drum from. He was able to convince Matkov’s drummer to lend him her gear.

Matkov, a two-piece band.

And then our turn came. We performed three of our five original song compositions. Here’s the line-up:

  1. Byahe
  2. Saglit
  3. SiMan (Si Manloloko)
From the sound check to the actual performance, I must say, we really had so much fun!

Let the sound check begin!

Mike checking on the drum set.

Karl, so relaxed.

Axle, my ever supportive boyfriend, is usually the one tasked to do the true sound check. He often positions himself in front or among the audience in order to hear whether we’ll sound good before the actual performance. Maybe he took this photo while he was doing that:

I love how the light emphasized my long curls. :)

Among the audience was Rich Palma (the one in black shirt and long layered hair in my right [your left] ), our facebook friend to whom we met the first time.

After a while of sound check and plug-ins, I went on stage to greet everyone and proceed to our performance.

Here’s one of the videos taken from the event. In this footage (taken by Mr. Sam Manahan) is our live performance of our original song composition called, “BYAHE”.



Play hard. ROCK HARDER! \m/

Thank you very much for dropping by. ‘Til next time!
♥ TINA ♥

The Little Lea Salonga

Everyone knows how talented and brilliant Lea Salonga is. Apart from her mesmerizing appeal on stage and her skillful acting, her voice has been considered as one of the most captivating and powerful ones in the broadway musicale scene. Personally, she’s one of my music heroes. I started to admire her singing prowess when I was little. That was the time when my mom bought some cassette tapes for me with one of her popular singles in it, “Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal” (Why Do I Love You So Much?). Her voice was so sweet at the beginning of the said song but was taking pace and increasing in intensity as it progresses to the second chorus and bridge parts. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be just like Lea Salonga.

Lea with her brother, Gerard Salonga.

Now I wonder… How did her career begin? Did she have any music or singing lessons when she was younger? What were her musical influences then? As an avid fan, I can’t help but question these things about Lea Salonga. Simply because I want to know what made her the brilliant singer and theater actress she is today. And maybe, emulate some stuff she did to become a successful singer or music artist someday. (Okay, I know it’s way too ambitious! ) When I decided to browse on a wikipedia entry about her (linked from her official website www.leasalonga.com), I found some fast facts about this Filipino pride:

  • She was born as Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga
  • Her birthday is on February 22, 1971
  • Her debut to the theater scene is in 1978, when she was seven years old, as part of the play The King and I ; from which she was given the lead role, Annie
  • She began her career as a recording artist at the age of ten with her first album Small Voice
  • She even hosted her first television program entitled Love, Lea
  • She was also part of the cast of German Moreno’s variety show called THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT
  • She’s been a member of the Repertoire Philippines, along with her co-Miss Saigon actress, Monique Wilson
  • She had attended the University of the Philippines Singing Extension Program (though I really have to double check on this one…)

Photo from mysweetcupoftea

But what really intrigued me is how she bagged that role of Kim in the musicale, Miss Saigon. Upon browsing tons of websites regarding such matter, they all say the same thing: Lea Salonga went to an audition held by the Miss Saigon Team in 1988 at the Philippines. (Oh yeah! That was my birth year). Her family and friends from some theater group at the Ateneo urged her to give it a shot. So she auditioned with “On My Own” as her piece. Then, she made it to the call back and this time, was asked to sing “Sun and Moon” by Claude-Michel Schönberg. The Miss Saigon team knew, from the moment Lea hit her first note, that she’s got the biggest potential of getting the lead role, Kim. Anyway, here’s a youtube video I always watch whenever I’m on my broadway mood. Here, you’ll see what I’m talking about:


See? Lea is a true Filipino talent. That video was shot by someone when she was learning the audition song. As you can see, she’s a very fast-learner. And man, her voice is like an angel’s!

Here are some photos that I got online which you might as well enjoy:

Lea as "Kim".

And that’s your little Lea Salonga (Though I’ve included some photos of the grown-up Ms. Salonga, Hehehe!). As for her singing, you might not even hear the difference because she hasn’t really changed through time. She just keeps getting better every time.

Thank you for taking the time to read. Have a musical day ahead!

♥ TINA ♥