The seniors generation has reason to feel excited and step out to watch a concert featuring a pop idol of the 1950s: Pat Boone on Dec. 6 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The show, dubbed “A Merry Christmas with Pat Boone,” will apparently have a Yuletide theme. Expect to hear a good number of holiday songs Boone has recorded in his illustrious career: “White Christmas,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Winter Wonderland,” “O Holy Night,” “First Noel,” “Silver Bells,” among others.
But press material from concert promoter Ovation Productions added that Boone will also sing some of his greatest hits, including “Love Letters in the Sand,” “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Friendly Persuasion,” “Bernardine,” “April Love,” “Speedy Gonzales,” “Deep Purple,” “Blueberry Hill,” “Fascination” and “Tennessee Waltz.”
Boone has been listed by Billboard as the second biggest charting artist of the late ’50s, behind only Elvis Presley but ahead of Ricky Nelson and The Platters.
He was also ranked at No. 9—behind The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney but ahead of Aretha Franklin and The Beach Boys—in the magazine’s listing of the Top 100 Top 40 Artists for 1955-1995.
Smart Araneta Coliseum, tel. 9115555;
Benefit show for Durias kin
It is said that Jay Durias, one of the country’s best and most talented musicians, has never turned down an invitation to participate in a benefit show.
One night, while he and his bandmates in South Border were on their way to one of those gigs, the guys agreed they themselves should put up one—for the benefit of Jay’s own brother, Dodon Durias, who is hearing-impaired and has been undergoing dialysis for the past four years and is a candidate for kidney transplant.
Thus, the benefit show “Hear Our Hearts” will be held on Dec. 15 at 19 East, featuring South Border with special guest Lani Misalucha.
19 East Bar and Grill, Km. 19 East Service Road,
Sucat, Muntinlupa; tel. 8376903;
for direct donations contact 09174698964.
Music fest telecast tonight
The annual music festival “A Song of Praise” (Asop) Year 5 grand finals was held last Nov. 7 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Noemi Ocio, a 19-year-old student, took home the grand prize of P500,000 for Song of the Year, her original composition “Kumapit Ka Lang,” performed by Carmela “Mela” Ravanilla.
First runner-up worth P250,000 was Glenn Bawa and Ronald Calpis’ “God Will Always Make a Way,” interpreted by Bugoy Drilon; second runner-up with P150,000 was Joselito Caleon’s “Araw at Ulan,” rendered by Sitti Navarro.
Third runners-up with P100,000 cash prize were “Mula Sa Aking Puso” composed by Joseph Ponce, performed by Carlo David, and “You Stood by Me” by Vincent Labanting, performed by Jason Fernandez.
Best Song Interpreters were Jason Fernandez for “You Stood by Me” and Bugoy Drilon for “God Will Always Make a Way.” Fernandez and Drilon each received P50,000.
Watch the telecast of the Asop Music Festival Grand Finals today, Dec. 4, at 8:30 p.m. on UNTV News and Rescue.