Costanilla: Chad and company enthrall Cebuanos

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By Sam Costanilla


Sunday, December 15, 2013

MUSEUM. Imagine yourself being part of each of the 80 large artworks every time you pose in front of them or even just stand beside them. It is actually some kind of an optical illusion or surrealism art, expressed as three-dimensional pictures by colorful paintings on the wall or floor. This is achieved through light refraction and reflection effect. We are referring to the Cebu Happyland Miracle Art Museum that general director Kang Chang Ho and some Korean friends have set up in Barangay Gabi, municipality of Cordova this province.

Enjoyment. The museum is actually a place of real enjoyment for the whole family.

All visitors or spectators are encouraged to bring their still cameras and strike fun poses in front or beside any of the 80 artworks and—lo and behold—
they instantly become part of the large images themselves. At any rate, the unique museum is open daily with very affordable entrance fees. For inquiries, you may contact 5201695 to 96 or 09477431950, 09056672365 or 09234682938.

Understatement. It was a show like no other. Imagine four of the country’s pop and ballad artists sharing one and the same stage in a concert for a very noble cause which was to raise funds for the rebuilding of damaged houses of the people in northern Cebu as a result of super typhoon Yolanda last month. Together with television and radio personality Hildi Montesclaros, a.k.a. Ate Ging, we watched the show aptly titled “We Can.

Rebuild,” at Aicila Suites in Talamban. Aside from the hotel, the show was also made possible by Park n Go Bakeshop, station manager Karla Kintanar-Fernandez and the staff of Kapatid Network TV5, lawyer Frank Malilong Jr. and former Philippine Basketball Association star Ramon Fernandez of Suka ni El Presidente fame among other sponsors. To say that the show was spectacular is an understatement.

Singers. So there we were, watching Chad Borja, Renz Verano, Rannie Raymundo and Richard Reynoso as they did their opening number titled Pag-ibig. We gathered that Borja, who comes from Medellin, was asked by station manager Fernandez to contact and invite the three other hit makers to do the benefit concert with him and they readily nodded. Such heartwarming gesture from those gentlemen.

Fun. It was actually a fun musical treat from the four of them. Borja’s first solo number titled Walang Hanggan was soulfully rendered, after which he did King and Queen of Hearts as well as Got To Believe in Magic in a duet with Raymundo. They were followed by Reynoso in a very passionate version of Paminsan Minsan. Then Verano joined them in doing own version of a medley of Apo Hiking Society hit songs.

Reynoso and Verano brought the house down with their wacky rendition of two Eddie Peregrina hit songs titled My Pledge of Love and Together Again. What made the entire show a truly fun musical treat was the four singers’ very lively repartee—they really succeeded in pleasing the Cebuano crowd. Who was it who said that when in comes to concerts, the Cebuanos are hard to please? Clearly, Borja, Verano, Raymundo and Reynoso passed the test with flying colors, so to speak. When is your next concert, guys?

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 16, 2013.


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