Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo live in Oro

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

THE City of Golden Friendship will once again host Concert King Martin Nievera, who will be coming back-to-back with Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo in Viva Concerts “Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo in What Love Is – The Philippine Concert Tour” at 8 p.m. Friday.

The concert will be held at the Atrium of Limketkai Center.

Both artists have been frequent visitors of Cagayan de Oro but this time, Sarah is coming off her recent awards for music from the PMPC Star Award where she was named “Best Female Recording Artist” during the awards night held on October 16 at the Ateneo de Manila University Lee Irwin Theatre.


Jesus T. Bosque, assistant vice president and special assistant to the chairman for VisMin Operations of Viva Communications Inc., said Martin and Sarah’s concert in Cagayan de Oro will feature musical direction by veteran arranger Louie Ocampo, with a full band complement from Manila.

The concert is produced by Feman Concert and Events.

Tickets are priced at P350, P700, P1,000, P1,500 and VIP P2,000 (numbered seats) and are available at the Limketkai Customer Service, The Park Cafe 24/7 and at choice ticket outlets and select establishments around the city.

Sarah’s career took off in 2002 when she bagged the grand prize of the “Star for a Night.”

Meanwhile, Martin is set to jam with Side A in Viva’s 30th anniversary celebration with “All For 1” at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 11.

The concert officially kicks off Viva Films’ year-long 30th anniversary celebration and marks the date when Viva released the first-ever Sharon Cuneta-Gabby Concepcion movie, “P.S. I Love You,” exactly 30 years ago.

Martin and Side A both have a lot in common with Viva CEO Vic del Rosario.

Martin wrote the lyrics for the theme for “Wanted: Perfect Mother,” one of Viva’s most successful movies, while Side A scored its initial successes during its stint with Vicor Music Corporation, the music arm of Viva set up by Mr. Del Rosario.

Viva has since diversified into music, television, concerts, artist management and events. It is now being run by Vic’s kids, Vincent and Veronique, with Vic as their consultant.

Martin is looking forward to his first ever team-up with Sharon Cuneta on February 11, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

In a recent TV interview, Martin also expressed his desire to do a concert with Pilita Corrales, who introduced him to Vic del Rosario in the 80's and started his stellar career with the international hit “Be My Lady.” (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on November 03, 2011.


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