“Boom jazz tic” concert delivers the bang!

By Abner Galino

(From left to right) Belly dancer Diane Caneda, Japan-based singer/songwriter Emma Cordero, comedian Mary Ann Muah and one of the show’s organizers Rose Sarreal thank the audience at the end of the show. Photo by Teodoro Yap

A HASTILY organized concert dubbed “Boom Jazz Tic,” which was primarily meant to raise fund for the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) and to provide a venue for a visiting Japan-based Filipina artist, led to an entertaining “birit” showdown between the three principal performers.

“It kind of turned into something like a contest on who could belt out the highest notes,” observed Elizabeth Zaide, one of the show’s organizers.

The show took place at the Filipino Cultural Center in historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles last June 28.

Crooner Jimmy Corrales, on the accompaniment of his regular guitarist Teody Babiera, opened the show with his own high note versions of classic love songs such as “Yesterday”(The Beatles).

Japan-based singer and songwriter Emma Cordero, on other hand, also kept the musical notes high up on the air with her original songs and a couple of traditional songs such as the “Amazing Grace.”

April Velasco (left) of the Hearts of Rhythm Band poses with (right) host/singer Lani Sapphire. Photo by Pol Joaquin

But April Velasco and her Hearts of Rhythm Band even intensified the excitement with their upbeat renditions of classic disco songs as “I’m so excited” (Pointer Sisters).

April’s bouncy high note songs egged the audience to get up and fill up the dance floor.

Belly dancer Diane Caneda came out as a pleasant surprise. Her colorful costume and atypical dance routine visibly evoked the crowd’s curiosity.

A sad moment came when comedian Mary Ann Muah was called for her number. She was supposed to do a full stand-up comedy performance that night, but two days before the show, her mother, Teresa Romero Cidro, 73; passed away.

Nevertheless, a professional artist that she is, she decided that the “show must go on.” However, Mary Ann shortened her performance and just opted to sing a couple of songs — one of which was dedicated to her mother.

Lani Sapphire, who was also noted singer in the Los Angeles area, pleasantly hosted the show.

DJ Reggie filled up the show’s music, audio and light requirements.

The show was put up by Rose Sarreal, Elizabeth Zaide, Odette Galino, Beyond Deadlines Southern California Bureau Chief Abner Galino, Pol Joaquin and Teodoro Yap.


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