Category Archives: Events

Throwback: Darren Criss Visits Lea Salonga and Watches Allegiance

Throwback. Well sort of, this photo of Darren Criss and Lea Salonga is from last year when he visited the cast of The Allegiance at the Old Globe in San Diego. Lea Salonga is part of the cast along with Telly Leung who acted with Darren in Glee as a fellow Dalton Academy Warbler.

Allegiance San Diego Old Globe
Allegiance San Diego Old Globe
Lea Salonga Darren Criss Telly Leung
Allegiance San Diego Old Globe
(l-r) Lea Salonga, Darren Criss, Telly Leung



JoKoy Holiday Charity Show, proceeds benefiting Prime Motivation Foundation

Watch the hilarious JoKoy as he tears up the stage with his quick wit and laugh out loud jokes. Since it’s the holiday season, full of giving and charity, his show tomorrow night at the American Comedy Company in San Diego, will be benefiting the Prime Motivation Foundation.

JoKoy – Holiday Charity Show
December 18 at 8pm
The American Comedy Co.
818 B 6TH AVE
PHONE: 619-795-3858

For more tour dates, check out his website:

To know more about JoKoy:

Below is one of the skits he performed during Comedy Central Stand-up.

Shay Mitchell in Asia, Vacays in the Philippines

Shay Mitchell, from the hit tv show Pretty Little Liars has been making her rounds in Asia and made an appearance in the Philippines.

Here is an article about Shay’s first ever Manila Press Conference:

TV Actress Shay Mitchell is currently in the Philippines for vacation only with her family but ETC channel managed to do a promo for the Pretty Little Liars star while she’s here in Manila.

The half-Filipina actress is off to Palawan while on break from her busy schedules but she manages to squeeze a few hours yesterday to meet members of the press (including Orange Magazine TV) and some of her Filipino fans she called Mitchies who won a meet&greet passes from ETC.


For recent updates by Shay herself, check out her blog:

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Events: Toy and Canned Food Drive by Alliance Gym Brandon Vera

Brandon Vera is promoting a Toy and Canned Food Drive called “Fill The Cage” that is being held at his gym, Alliance.

From their site:

My name is Santa Claus, and I’m hear at Alliance Training Center to tell you all about the Food and Toy Drive we’re having on December 22nd 2012.

1) We will be collecting all non-perishable canned food (Dec 17-22) and donating them to Father Joe’s Village!

2) We will be collecting all toys (Dec 17-22) and donating them to active duty military families!

3) NONMEMBERS (Dec 17-22): DONATE 10 Cans or 3 Toys to get $100 OFF ENROLLMENT!

JOIN THE CAUSE and bring your friends & family to Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista, Saturday December 22nd 2012. For more information please call (619) 425-0888!


Allegiance – A New American Musical starring Lea Salonga

Allegiance – A New Americal Musical is now playing in San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre until Oct 28. It received a week extension due to it’s popularity. Lea Salonga plays a huge role along with Paolo Montalban. We saw it twice because it was THAT good! The whole cast gave such a great performance. Lea Salonga’s singing is out of this world. Allie Trimm, for being so young, really held her own. Telly Leung sang his heart out. I feel so fortunate to have been able to experience this musical. You’ll laugh, cry, and learn some history. Thank you to the creators, cast and crew for bringing this story into the lime light. We are excited to see it reach New York. Hopefully we’ll be able to see it there on the big stage.

Cast: Lea Salonga, Telly  Leung, George Takei, Paolo Montalban, Micheal K. Lee, Paul Nakauchi, and Allie Trimm.

Here is a summary of the musical:

ALLEGIANCE – A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. Sixty years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a chance meeting forces WWII veteran Sam Kimura (television and film star George Takei) to remember his family’s relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp. As they struggle to adjust to their new home, Young Sam (Telly Leung – Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Lea Salonga, Tony Award winner for Miss Saigon) find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. With its moving score, ALLEGIANCE takes audiences on a journey into our nation’s history through the eyes of one American family.

Run time: Two hours and 15 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.


Pics below: Cheryl, Ray, and Aimee with Lea Salonga, Paolo Montalban and George Takei

FilAmTv Launch Party

A new digital channel called FilAm TV will debut soon. The launch party for this event will be this Friday at Hollywood and Highland. Performances by Legaci, Poreotics, Dante Basco, Gigi Torres, Tom Taus, Rick One, Gaby Borromeo, and We The Futur3. Antoinette Taus, Manny Streetz, and Chris Judd will act as host for the night. Proceeds support the Apl.De.Ap Foundation. A great way to have fun and support.

For updated info, check out their facebook page:

For tickets:

Pinoy Grease Directed by Giselle Toengi

Look out for the Pinoy Grease directed by Giselle Toengi. I’m excited to see this, how about you?

Balitang America

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 17, 2011

LOS ANGELES-  Former ABS- CBN actress Giselle Toengi is now working behind the scenes.  Toengi is in her last year as a student at the University of California Los Angeles. She is majoring in communications while getting minors in Film and Theater.She is directing a new version of the musical “Grease” with a mostly Filipino cast.

Toengi said, “A lot of people are asking me what I’m going to do after college. And I’m going to continue do what I’ve been doing all this time. Acting being creative and collaborating with our Filipino American artists, and just producing content for the Filipino American community.”

Most of the cast includes members of the UCLA’s Samahan Filipino club, but Toengi brought out some big Fil-Am Hollywood names for this project.

Former Nickelodeon star Leslie Anne Huff plays the female lead opposite Dante Basco. YouTube sensation AJ Rafael, singer actress Jenilee Reyes, and former Philippine child actor Tom Taus also appear alongside the entire Basco Clan. “Grease” brings back childhood memories for the Basco family.

Michael Copon not only acts in the film, the teen heart throb turned musician also produced the soundtrack.

They’re saying this “Grease” class project is just a beginning for something bigger. With Copon on set with the Basco’s, they’ve also talked about venturing into a bigger project for Hollywood Fil-Ams to work on, which includes possible movies and reality shows.

With the popularity of musicals like Fox Network’s “Glee”  Fil-Am stars are hoping to use an American classic as a launching pad.  They’re hoping they can expand on the class project and make in to a new hit series.


Bruno Mars and Michael Copon Photo After the Grammy’s

This pic of Michael Copon and Bruno Mars after the Grammy’s was captured with Michael’s manager Brett Lazar’s cell phone. Apparently, somebody who had a few drinks took the pic and cut out Brett lol

These two will be touring in the Philippines together.
April 7, 2011 in Cebu and April 8, 2011 in Manila

Kris Aquino and Boy Abunda are producing the upcoming Bruno Mars concert in the Philippines.

Photo from Brett Lazar