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Sophia Bianca: Pursuing Her Personal Legend?


Growing up, Sophia Bianca De Vera‘s companion was the karaoke as her family loves to sing together as their past time and even in parties. 

Back then, she describes herself as shy and stiff whenever she gets to perform in an audience. But her voice coach, Annie Quintos of the singing group called The Company.  

De Vera chose to celebrate her debut, not in a lavish party but held a meet-and-greet with the selected members of the press to launch her single In Love’s Eyes instead.  The medals she bagged at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) last year were the validation of her pursuing a singing career. 

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She considers singing as her Personal Legend. A Personal Legend is about pursuing someone’s desire and passion to live a great purpose.

The universe conspired with Sophia Bianca as she met Grammy awardee, Gerard McMann and who now known as G Tom Mac. The latter composed her single. The single is a validation of all the things that she has worked on since her first contest on GMA-7‘s Eat Bulaga segment Music Hero.

As a young artist, she aspires to achieve the success of two artists Alicia Keys and as well as Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha.

On July 11, Sophia Bianca flies back to the US to perform at the opening of WCOPA in Los Angeles County. Also, she will be shooting her music video in New York as well.

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Listen to her song now on Spotify.

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Dingdong Dantes: The Ideal Man for Mesa


On Thursday, June 20, Mesa Filipino Moderne bigwigs Eric Dee the chief operating officer, Riki Dee the chief executive officer and Raymond Federigan the director for national operations, along with Perry Lansigan welcomed GMA-7 Kapuso’s Primetime King Dingdong Dantes as the newest face to promote the said Filipino restaurant.

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Dantes is the newest face for Mesa Filipino Moderne. He is flanked by Eric Dee the chief operating officer and Riki Dee the chief executive officer. Photograph courtesy of Rain de Ocampo of checktherain and raindeocampo.com

According to Mesa management, Dantes is the ideal face for the restaurant. As an actor, he has a wholesome image and is a family man. He’s married of Kapuso star Marian Rivera, and a father to two kids Maria Letizia, (3) and Jose Sixto IV, (two-month-old). He suits well for the restaurant’s image.

Having Dantes as the new endorser, it is part of the restaurant’s goal to achieve 100 stores in 2020. AS of this date, Mesa has 65 branches nationwide.

Dantes looks forward to opening his own Mesa branch. It will be the restaurant’s 68th branch soon.

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Dantes smiled before the clicking cameras at the signing of his endorsement for Mesa Filipino Moderne. Photograph courtesy of Rain de Ocampo of checktherain and raindeocampo.com

Apart from hosting StarStruck 2019, he is YesPinoy Foundation‘s founding chairman and AgostoDos Pictures‘ head. He is set to star in a Koreanovela remake in Filipino Descendants of the Sun as Captain Lucas Manalo.

Mesa Filipino Moderne is owned and operated by LMG GB5 Food Ventures Incorporated. It serves almost 128 items including appetizers, seafood combinations, soups, chicken, pork, beef, and specialty drinks, sodas, wines, desserts and other native favorites.

Related Link: A Review on Mesa

Glaiza De Castro launches her ‘Kapalaran’, pushes her dream to study Music in London


Kapuso actress Glaiza De Castro, who made an impressive performance in her portrayal as anti-Marcos dissident Cecilia Flores-Oebanda in the 2018 Filipino independent film Liway, launched her new single Kapalaran on May 31.

Kapalaran follows after her successful release of Magandang Simulain in 2017, with songs that gained more than a thousand streams on Spotify.

De Castro penned the song’s lyrics and composed its melody with her friend Alwyn Uytingco’s demo based on the latter’s trip to Japan. It inspired the 31-year-old female singer-songwriter.

Apart from the unique story that goes behind the song, Kapalaran is made more endearing due to the inclusion of spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo.

The launching of her new single also coincides with the turn of events in her life.

At 16, she realized, singing is her thing. She learned to play the guitar at the same age. Her entry to acting in showbiz was just coincidental, but she has no regrets about it. She is the type who goes with the flow wherever God would bring her.

De Castro attempted to revive her singing twice, but failed. First, she tried to enroll for music in Dela Salle University but wasn’t able to pursue it since she had to take on the role of Contessa on GMA-7 Kapuso network. Then she tried out for Elements Camp and got accepted. She thought to herself that even if it’s just a crash course in music; it is still good for her.

Fate wasn’t still on her side.

She had to back out from taking part in the one-week music camp for she needed to bank more episodes for her previous TV series.

On June 30, she will be leaving for London to study music production and music composition. For her, she intends to learn more about the techniques more than telling stories. She will be away from the country for three months.

Though it’s a risk on her end to leave her comfort zone, she is ready to embrace the challenge, “It’s part of my journey. Lahat naman tayo naghahanap ng mga bagong experiences, ng mga bagong adventures.”

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When De Castro was asked to pick three countries she has gone to, what could be the song titles she will create, she replied with Japan, Korea, and London. She made mention that if she is to compose a song for Japan, she will give it a title as Naze for Bakit. The Land of the Rising Sun is close to her heart since, in that country, she was born. Her parents were entertainers back then.

Then she added Korea because of her inclination with K-Pop. She is a big fan of G-Dragon that’s why she be giving the song the title of Dragon. Lastly, she chose London. Due to her fondness with G-Dragon, she came to love Whitby Street found in Shoreditch, East London. The said place was where the location of the music video of her Korean idol. She will name the song as Shoreditch.

Listen to Kapalaran on Spotify. For updates on Glaiza De Castro, follow PolyEast social media accounts via @PolyEastRecords on twitter, Instagram and on facebook, too.

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