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Pilita Corrales sings in Los Angeles for the Filipino Cultural Center fund raiser

Filipino music icon Pilita Corrales croons to the Filipino American crowd during a jam-packed mini-concert at the Filipino Cultural Center. Photo © Tony Garcia

THE Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) in Los Angeles had a fitting show to end 2017, a concert by no other than the “Asia’s Queen of Songs” Pilita Corrales.

The hastily organized concert last December 30, was able to draw enough people to fill the FCC to the brim.

Pilita crooned the animated audience for more than an hour — employing only short puns and spiels to catch her breath and jump from one segment to the next to complete her repertoire.

The audience could not help but notice the Filipina superstar’s apparent stamina despite her age. She has been around as a music icon for almost five decades.

I am amazed at how she was able to perform that long and still hit the high notes,” noted Andy Teczon, a musician and professional photographer.

Pilita sang medleys of pop and traditional songs in English and in Filipino (Tagalog and Visayan).

Pilita Corrales as she wows the Fil-Am crowd. Photo © Tony Garcia

Apparently, what brought the house down was when Pilita sang the Visayan song Usahay while sequentially translated in English by Atty. Mariano Alvarez, legal counsel of the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA).

During the show, Pilita told the crowd that she was here to record songs for Spotify when she was asked to do the show at the FCC.

I wanted to help out so I quickly said yes,” Pilita said.

Pilita earned the title Asia’s Queen of Songs for being the first Filipino to win in an international music festival, particularly the Tokyo Music Festival in 1972.

The mini-concert was held to raise funds for the continuing improvement of the Filipino Cultural Center and was jointly organized by FACLA, led by Fernandico Gonong, and the Miss Philippines-USA headed by fashion designer Lou Razon.

Among the satisfied audience, Marc Caratao of the Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown, said Pilita’s show was among the results of the improving facility at the community center.

If we keep on improving, we would be able bring more good shows and talents here,” Caratao added.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

One Reply to “Pilita Corrales sings in Los Angeles for the Filipino Cultural Center fund raiser

  1. How i wish you you could find means to re-issue her three albums recorded in Australia during her prime years entitled Pilita Tells the Story of Love, I’ll Take Romance and This is Pilita in digital recording. The songs are timeless and you could sell it there in the U.S. for additional fund raising for our Filipino community. The said LP albums was under Astor Recording in Australia and if I was not mistaken they still have copies in the National Archives of Canberra

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