Serna: Keen eye for beauty

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By Roger Serna

Sounds and images

Thursday, May 15, 2014

GMA News’ coverage of the recent visit of US President Barack Obama to the country last April 28 and 29 was the most watched TV coverage in urban Luzon and Mega Manila, according to the National Urban Television Audience Measurement.

That means it’s not true that most Filipinos watch only entertainment programs on television and soap operas. They are also concerned about current events especially those that concern national security, among others. A good sign? Hopefully.



If you have been around in the late 70s and early 80s, then you must have been among those who grooved along to songs like Macho Man, Go West, San Francisco (You’ve Got Me), In The Navy and YMCA, among others.

So are you not planning to dance and groove once again, thus reliving those years of youth and energy, with the group that popularized the songs—this time up close and personal?

The Village People, with band members dressed as a police officer, an American Indian chief, a construction worker, a soldier, a leather man (biker) and a typical cowboy—truly representing every genre of American culture—will be at the Pacific grand ballroom of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino on May 29. So, are you joining the fun and excitement?


It’s not only on Fridays that employees at the Cebu Provincial Capitol sweat it out during the weekly zumba sessions in compliance with the Department of Health’s circular for government workers to have a physical fitness regimen.

These days, employees are also exerting effort to achieve teamwork and to master basketball, volleyball and other ballgames in preparation for the sports festival on May 24.

Aside from that, those who have the inclination for singing and dancing are rehearsing quite as well as auditions are ongoing for the Capitol choir, dance troupe and band.

Except for the dance troupe, more than a decade ago there used to be a choir, which won several times in local competitions and an in-house band called Beyond 8-2-5 that performed during the province’s important events.

Gov. Junjun Davide was inspired to form such groups when he and some Board Members visited the now sister province of Pangasinan early this year to study how the Luzon province managed their hospitals.

During that visit, they were given a glimpse of Pangasinan’s cultural heritage by groups, which turned out later to be composed of provincial employees. Gov. Davide has tapped Assistant Provincial Administrator Ramil Abing to oversee the auditions and the eventual creation of the Capitol dance troupe and the revival of the Capitol band and choir.


Finally, the reported reunion of actors, directors and production staff of the long-running TV drama anthology Maala-ala Mo Kaya will be held tonight in one of the function halls of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino. Except for a few invited guests, the affair is purely an exclusive event of ABS-CBN.


Even before the delayed telecast of the Miss Philippines Earth pageant could start, Psalmstre Enterprises president and CEO Jim Acosta already informed me through text message on the list of winners.

Incidentally, the candidate whom he awarded as one of the winners of the New Placenta special corporate award eventually grabbed the coveted crown. She’s none other than Jamie Herrell who hails from Lapu-Lapu City and who represented Cebu City in the pageant. The other one was Miss Bataan Monique Manuel who was crowned Miss Eco-Tourism. Another proof of your keen eye for beauty huh, Sir Jim?


The Jun Esma Management staged the Vice Mayor Mikko Canoy’s Night in San Fernando last Saturday, May 10. It was a concert of the QCS Band and a disco featuring dyLS-FM deejay James Kaka back to back with special guests Monica Sacay, Tyler Esbra Baculao and The Power Trio of M. Talent with the participation of the Buzy Buddies and the Abbyss dance crews.

I was told that the event was a huge success. Congratulations!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 16, 2014.


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