Pop diva celebrates 35 years with ‘The KuhL. Event’

Not many singers can stay long in the business in a decade or two. A lot of them, some of them I know, retire and live more quiet and normal lives away from the blinding stage lights and deafening screams of fans.

Yet, there are those whose lives seem destined to do just that…sing…and make people’s lives a bit colorful, like Kuh Ledesma.

“ For over 35 years I have been blessed with an amazing musical career and I continue to be in awe at how God continues to shape my story for His glory,” says Ledesma who is holding The KuhL. Event at CCF Center Main Auditorium at Tiendesitas along C5 in Pasig City.

 Ledesma is counting merely her being in the business as a solo artist, although if we count the years she was with the Music and Magic, she might be singing for nearly four decades.

 “That’s why I refer to it as ‘35 plus’ if we’d include my stint with Music and Magic which celebrated their 35th last year as a group,” Ledesma explains.

Also the plus, adds, the singer known in the industry as pop diva, refers to the guests her concert will have. “ I’ll have Gary V., Regine Velasquez, Jaya, Tirso Cruz III, her daughter Isabella, the Perkins Twins, and Migo (who is now trying his best to remain StarStruck, the talent search on GMA 7).

Ledesma also announced that Fernando Carillo, who became a household name in the Philippines when he appeared in the popular Mexican telenovela Rosalinda as Fernando Jose Altamirano del Castillo, will join her in the event.

Kuh Ledesma counts 35 years as a solo artist. The pop diva celebrates her three decades and a half with The KuhL. Event on Oct. 16

“We will have a number together, in Spanish…hahahaha,” says Kuh who can’t hide her amusement.

On The KuhL. Event, Ledesma has this to say, “This project is also special in another way. CCF has been an amazing part of my life’s journey! Where better to give glory and thanks to my Maker who has all made things possible?”

Yet, she also dismisses the notion that she will only perform an all-gospel repertoire. “There will be gospel music in some part of the show, but generally I’ll be singing the hit tunes throughout my journey. I know that I have sung songs that I may have regretted performing, but those were in the past. Since the start of my journey, I have chosen the songs that will inspire the audience and engender positive vibes among those who are in the same journey as I am.”

Ledesma has been a Christian (meaning born-again) in the last 15 years, yet she says she has just been on her early journey. “I am doing this to give glory to the Lord because it’s His hand that directs me to where I should go.”

Entertaining. That’s what Ledesma guarantees all who will be part of The KuhL. Event on Oct. 16. “Come, join me in giving thanks and glory to God in this anniversary show of mine,” she says inviting everyone to be part of it.

Proceeds of the concert, Ledesma says, “Will be used towards my bible distribution ministry in depressed areas of Metro Manila and also for the Red Cross.”

Those who go to CCF for prayer and worship can get their tickets there, and those who attend Sunday services or mass may call 09209539488 or 09178139065 or 5320688.


Mother knows best

Amid criticisms that Senator Grace Poe is not ready for the highest position in the country, her mother Susan Roces believes otherwise. “She is ready to take on the responsibility of leading the country to a better tomorrow.”

Grace Poe

Says Roces, “I know my daughter and she will not decide on something that she’s not ready or capable in handling its responsibilities. Also, she spends time studying and analyzing things before making a decision.” 

Da King’s widow is giving her all out support for Grace and running mate Senator Chiz Escudero in their campaign to be elected to the highest and second highest positions in the government. The two declared their intentions to run separately last week, with Poe at the UP Bahay ng Alumni and Escudero at Club Filipino the day after.

Susan Roces with the Llamanzares family

“I am one with my daughter and I know that what she has decided to do has been thought of seriously and she has prepared well for it,” the actress said during an interview right after Grace made her declaration last Wednesday.

 “I pray that the Lord guide her in doing the things that will benefit the country and our fellow Filipinos,” Roces added.

 “To all those who have thrown their support for Grace, those who were there at her declaration, and those who followed it at home, we are very grateful to all of you. You all make this very significant and meaningful for us. Thank you,” Roces said.


Women in advertising in CNN Philippines

The cutthroat world of advertising does not leave much room for women at the top. Merlee Jayme, chief creative officer of DM9 JaymeSyfu is one woman who has broken the mold.

Jayme first set foot in the world of advertising through a copywriting internship at J. Walter Thompson. Rising up the ranks, she eventually became executive creative director of Ace Saatchi & Saatchi and then BBDO Guerrero. In 2005, she and a few partners founded DM9 JaymeSyfu.

Merlee Jayme

DM9 has received more awards than any other agency at their age, raising the bar of Filipino creativity. Despite this, it still remains a tight team composed of 33 people who are also friends, making it a tough but rewarding agency to get into.

Jayme calls herself “chairmom,” to remind herself that she a mother at work and to her daughters at home. As chairmom, she tries to make everyone feel like they are part of a family. The agency is kept small in size so that everybody knows not just each other’s names but their kids’ names as well.

Channeling her ad smarts and creativity for a cause, Merlee works with women’s organization Gabriela. DM9 created a “Bury the Past” campaign that helped women redeem their reputations online by suppressing scandalous videos.

Join host Angel Jacob as she sits down with advertising trailblazer Merlee Jayme Sunday in Leading Women on Friday at 7:30 PM on CNN Philippines.   

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