CARINA AFABLE CONCERT

It was another red-letter day on July 27, 2013, when the 2nd joint venture of Alpha Phi Omega (Philippines) Greater Los Angeles (APOGLA) and the Santa Clarita Filipino Community came into fruition. The joint concert co-sponsored by APO-GLA and the Santa Clarita Filipino Community of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha featured the ageless and indefatigueable Carina Afable and comedian/ host/ singer Joseph Gelito at the Slattery Hall of the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The event was co-chaired by Bro. Jun Linsangan for APOGLA and Ms. Tess Carlos of the Santa Clarita Filipino Community. The concert drew audiences from far and near and had a good mix of the young and the “not-so-young” crowd eager to watch a good old Filipino show.

Joseph Gelito was exciting with his pleasant and fun style, getting the crowd in the groove with his beautiful rendition of classic Broadway hits, as well as getting everyone tied in knots laughing with his jokes in his inimitable style. He literally brought the house down.

Carina Afable, on the other hand, showed why she deserves to be called a total and complete entertainer. With her repertoire of English, Tagalog and Spanish favorites, everyone was either singing along or dancing with her all around the hall. At the end of the concert, everybody was still clamoring for more. Ever gracious, Carina obliged with a few encore numbers. Dancing followed after the show with music from our very own DJ, Bro. Oscar Angeles, with the proceeds raised from this fund-raising project to be earmarked for APOGLA’s several community-based service activities. Looking forward to the 3rd installment of this joint project.

FLORANTE CONCERT

Santa Clarita, CA - The morning showers, punctuated by evening rain and traffic on the Freeway 5, did not dampen the spirit of the first of a series of joint ventures of the Filipino Community of Blessed Kateri and the Alpha Phi Omega (Philippines) Greater Los Angeles (APOGLA). Dubbed “Ako’y Isang Pinoy,” the show lived up to its promise of an evening of “Kantawanan” with the inimitable Florante.

Slattery Hall of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was transformed into a beautiful concert venue complete with a No-Host Bar, Filipino foods by Fiesta Grill and Hundred Islands, banners from the Department of Tourism, a stage adorned with flowers and “bahay kubo” back drop, turned out to be the perfect setting. More than three hundred fifty revelers, coming from all over Greater LA, Riverside County, San Diego and even as far as Sacramento. They laughed, sang and enjoyed during a truly entertaining evening featuring the genius of the Filipinos, with their love for music, endless humor, and fun even in times of mishaps and misfortunes. In between songs, he shared many of his own original jokes, anecdotes and life’s experiences to the delight and boisterous laughter of the audience. He capped his 75 minute performance with his highly acclaimed song “Handog”, with hopes that we all can leave something behind, changing the lyrics to… “dahil minsan tayo’y nagkasama sa Santa Clarita.

Program host Bro. Bobet Lara took the stage and took us to a travel in time with his twits and hits, jokes, one-liners, ad-libs and invitations to the audience to patronize the food stalls and the bar.

Ably fronting for Florante were performers Victor Roma, Jason Baltazar, who sang beautiful ballads and love songs including those of Lou Rawls, Basil Valdez and many others. He then teamed up with Jun Sison, a dentist from Anaheim and the head of the St. Anthony Claret Choir, and Oscar Angles, of the UP Greenhouse singers, one of many APO-GLA’s multi-talented musicians, harmonizing with the beautiful blend of their voices, singing songs from the APO Hiking Society, the Beatles, Lettermen and classic Filipino love songs including Dahil Sa Iyo and Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko….as they handed out red roses to the beaming ladies of the audience. All in all, it was truly an enchanting evening of song, fun and truly good time.