José Ariel Jiménez Rivera, professionally known as Ariel Rivera (born 1 September 1966), is a Filipino recording artist and actor.
Rivera was born in Manila, Philippines but has since migrated with his family to Canada. He has since become a successful singer-songwriter, actor, and Aliw award-winning artist. He is dubbed as “Kilabot ng Kolehiyala”, a title formerly bestowed upon Hajji Alejandro, a popular Filipino singer in the 1970s.
On September 8, 2017, the band released “Alon”, accompanied by its lyric video. The song would later be featured in the soundtrack for the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Siargao. The song was awarded “Best Theme Song” at the awards show held on December 27, 2017. After touring with the band in early 2017, violinist Chino David (formerly of Silent Sanctuary) has officially joined the band on October 9, 2017. The music video for “Alon” has been released on December 10, 2017. The band released their fifth full-length album of the same name in June 2018.
Bamboo was a Filipino alternative rock band formed in 2003 by lead vocalist Bamboo Mañalac, bassist Nathan Azarcon, lead and rhythm guitarist Ira Cruz and drummer Vic Mercado.
Francisco “Bamboo” Mañalac serves as the band’s frontman. Ira Cruz, the band’s guitarist claimed that the name of the band was not just derived from their vocalist’s name but also from the word bamboo, the characteristics of which are associated with strength and durability with an island feel to it. Also, it’s very Filipino and Asian at the same time.
Two of its members, Bamboo Mañalac and Nathan Azarcon, were formerly part of Rivermaya. The other two members, Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado, were former instrumentalists of another band, Passage. Cruz and Azarcon were also former members of the band Kapatid during that time.
Four years after their departure from Rivermaya, Mañalac and Azarcon caught up again with each other, during which Azarcon introduced him to Cruz and Mercado.
Jolina Magdangal-Escueta (born Maria Jolina Perez Magdangal; 6 November 1978) is a Filipino singer, actress, television presenter, and entrepreneur. She is referred to in the Philippines as the Queen of Pinoy Popular Culture (simply, Pop Icon) and is often regarded as one of the most successful multi-media artists in Philippine entertainment.
Magdangal is the original Philippine’s Multimedia Superstar of the 90s even up to this time due to her fame and success on television, movies, recording, fashion, print and commercial advertisements. She started her career at a young age as member of Ryan Cayabyab’s singing group 14K. In 1994, she signed a recording contract with Walt Disney Records and later released her debut album A Wish Comes True in 1996. She rose to fame as a singer by recording movie theme songs that were non-album released before finally releasing movie soundtrack albums at the final half of the 1990s earning her the title as the country’s undisputed movie theme song and soundtrack queen. In her home label, she is being called the Star Music’s Queen for setting an all-time high record sales which up to this day has not been surpassed; her self-titled album Jolina (1999) and all-revival On Memory Lane (2000), are among the best-selling albums of all time in the Philippines. In late 1990s to early 2000s, she also built a reputation as a successful live performer through concert tours around the islands of the Philippines, and in cities around the world.
In television, she first gained notice for her performances in the youth-oriented comedy and variety television show Ang TV (1992) before going on to appear in the teen drama series Gimik (1996). Since then, she has starred in various television programs in different genres and became one of the original teleserye leading ladies; her most successful programs include musical-variety in ASAP (1995) and S.O.P.; situational comedy (sitcom) in Richard Loves Lucy (1999) and Arriba, Arriba! (2000); talk show/public affairs programs in Unang Hirit and Magandang Buhay (2016); talent search in StarStruck (2003) and Pinoy Idol (2008); drama series in Narito Ang Puso Ko (2003) and FlordeLiza (2015); and pioneering the romantic-comedy genre in Philippine television in Labs Ko Si Babe (1999), followed in I Luv NY (2006), and Adik Sa’Yo (2009).
Magdangal is also an occasional film actress and has portrayed roles that became iconic in the Philippine industry. Her most successful films include Labs Kita… Okey Ka Lang? (1998), Hey Babe!(1999), Tunay na Tunay: Gets Mo? Gets Ko! (2000), Kung Ikaw Ay Isang Panaginip (2002), and Ouija (2007). Two of her films earned her the citation “Princess of Philippine Movies” by the Box Office Entertainment Awards.
Magdangal has received awards and recognitions from the industry and the Philippine government.She was a recipient of the honors Most Popular Singer and Entertainer of the Year by the Box Office Entertainment Awards, Favorite Female Artist by the MTV Pilipinas Music Awards, and Female Recording Artist by the PMPC Star Awards for Music.As an actress, she received nominations from different award-giving bodies and was highly commended in the 2003 Asian Television Awards for her portrayal as the first Aeta lawyer in the Philippines in the drama anthology Magpakailanman. For her outstanding achievements in the entertainment and other fields, she was awarded the Golden Artist Award by the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (FAMAS) in 2007. Popularity wise, in 2008, Magdangal emerged as the “most preferred personality in the [Philippines]” in a survey conducted by the international cable TV network, CNN. In a similar survey conducted by The Filipino Channel among its subscribers globally, Magdangal was listed among the country’s most popular showbiz personalities.