FIVE girls (one each from Korea, Japan, India, China and the Philippines), 18 to 25 years old, will compose a new sing-and-dance group (name still withheld) in the tradition of the Spice Girls. The search is called Project Lotus. Auditions are now going on in some parts of the country (the Cebu leg was held last Tuesday) to pick out the 20 girls who will compete on Aug. 30 in Manila.

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From the 20, five winners will be chosen (with five back-ups in case the winner wishes to give up her slot for personal or legal reasons) on Aug. 31. These five winners will compete in Hong Kong, with 20 others from the countries mentioned earlier where the five winners will emerge.

Training will start on Sept. 15, followed by the recording of an album in London in November. On April 2011, the group will embark on a world tour.

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Calling all good-looking and talented Cebuanos who are aged 13 to 18 years old! Tomorrow, Aug. 7, TV5’s Star Makers (stage actor-director Audie Gemora, writer-director Joey Reyes, photographer Raymund Isaac, music man Ryan Cayabyab and talent manager Annabelle Rama) will be in town to screen contestants to Star Factor. They could become the country’s next teen celebrities.

This will be held at the SM City Cebu Entertainment Plaza from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Applicants must have the total package of good looks, exceptional talent and charm, and the all-important star quality.

In Cebuano parlance, artistahon gyud! If you have these qualities, line up for the audition. It might be your one and only opportunity.

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Crooner Richard Poon admitted being a “slow moving turtle” on the evening of July 30 at the Marquee of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa (SMRS) because of a pulled muscle.

But that predicament didn’t stop the entertainer from dishing out a top caliber performance. That was during Lapu-Lapu City’s “Investors’ Night 2010,” which was highlighted by the awarding of the top 20 taxpayers including SMRS, General Milling Corp., and Lear Automotive Services (Netherlands) Corp.

The city’s first lady chief executive, Mayor Paz Radaza, delivered a message outlining her administration’s thrust and direction. Aside from the awardees, the event was also attended by prominent personalities in the metropolis and members of the Cebu media. An acoustic band and the city’s ballroom dancing kids also provided entertainment numbers for everyone.

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The 441st founding anniversary celebration of the Province of Cebu opened last Monday with a flag raising ceremony preceded by a parade and review of the troops of the Philippine Army led by Gov. Gwen Garcia. It was followed by the opening of the agri-trade fair and the photo exhibit, the launching of the Governor’s Cup (volleyball, airsoft and horseshow) and the Gwen Year 3.

The other activities are going to be spread out on a three-week schedule, including last Tuesday’s fashion show of proposed uniforms for Capitol employees for next year, and the production number contest among Capitol employee clusters this afternoon.

Oh, yes, today, Aug. 6, which is the founding day itself, is a special nonworking public holiday for the entire Province of Cebu, including the highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, and the component cities of Danao, Toledo, Talisay, Carcar, Naga and Bogo by virtue of Republic Act No. 8952.

The One Cebu Expo, the Governor’s Ball and the Garbo sa Sugbo Awards will be done tomorrow. Inauguration of projects—like the café and gift shop located at the Oslob Spanish cuartel—on the 11th are also in the calendar of events.

The battle of festivals, dubbed “Pasigarbo sa Sugbo,” will be on Aug. 14. This is preceded by the selection and coronation of the Pasigarbo Festival Queen on the 12th.

Both will be at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC).

The One Cebu fashion show will be held on the 15th while the awarding of prizes for the Pasigarbo showdown will be on the 16th, both at the CICC. Quite a long list but fun list, don’t you think?