DAR Concert Part 2

Dino Dela RosaThe ASAP ‘09 Sessionistas are all set for a grand concert November 14 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Stars of the event are “Soul Siren” Nina, acoustic band MYMP, RnB master Duncan Ramos, Fil-Chinese crooner Richard Poon, bossa nova queen Sitti Navarro and Asia’s acoustic sensation Aiza Seguerra.

Nina said audiences can expect the best live performances, just like on the hit ASAP ‘09 TV show. “Kung ano ang nakikita nila sa TV, kung ano ang best of the best ng Sessionistas sa TV ay gagawin din po namin ‘yon at marami pang iba,” she said. Navarro revealed that the concert will also include a Madonna and Ricky Martin song medley.

Poon, meanwhile, bared that the singers will try something new – dancing.
The Sessionistas represent a mix of music genres from RnB to acoustic, bossa nova to soul, as well as pop and ballads. In the process, they not only started a famed singing group, but a band of friends. Seguerra said during their performances for ASAP’09, the group grew close.

“Alam mo ‘yun, kapag papasok ka sa isang bagong grupo may ilangan factor. Pero dahil kaming nagkasasama kami sa ASAP dressing room, sobrang tambay to death hanggang sa nanoonod na kami ng gigs ng isa’t-isa. ‘Yon naging close na,” Seguerra said.

Poon, the seeming leader of the Sessionistas, shot down notions. That the singers were competing with each other. “For us kasi, we believe that we should help each other rather than out-power each other,” Poon said. The “ASAP Sessionistas” concept, launched just this year, aims to bring together into one jamming segment an all -star lineup of the hottest and most in-demand performers.
Produced by ASAP Live and On-Stage Productions, the “ASAP Sessionistas” concert gives a chance for all music lovers to witness fine singers live onstage. Also performing as Front Acts are Alvin Tan, Ivy Rose and Leo Bierneza.

Don’t miss the best performance of the Sessionistas at the DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC on Saturday, Nov.14 at 4 PM.

Ticket Prices: $118,$88,$58 Tickets are now available online at Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com ttp://www.ticketmaster.com, 202-397-SEAT or Robert Dizon at 571-283-1330. For more information, please email rdizon@on-stageproductions.com

I had the pleasure of interviewing Vicky Rose Reyes-Pacheco at the residence of Tita Evelyn and Tito Oscar Bunoan last October 3. She is the granddaughter of Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes and the Executive Chef and owner of Chateau 1771 Restaurant in Pasig. She was in town with her aunt Clarita Reyes-Lapuz, CEO of Mama Sita Inc., to present the Mama Sita for Culinary Excellence Award to Cristeta Pacia-Comerford, White House Executive Chef, the first recipient of the award.

Vicky has had an extensive culinary education, having studied at the Hotel And Tourism School, Les Roches, in Bluche, Switzerland (1985 and 1986), and the prestigious Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland (1987). During the interview, I found Vicky to be vivacious and intellligent. Her Lola Teresita, a trailblazer in quality Philippine cuisine, inspired her to enter into the culinary world. While she was studying, her lola imparted valuable advice which she has kept to heart. Also during the interview, I could tell that she really has a great passion for cooking of Teresita Reyes.

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