Ogie Alcasid: From GMA to TV5 to GMA (or is it ABS-CBN this time)?

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RICKY CALDERON

RICKY CALDERON

Ogie Alcasid’s contract with TV5 is ending next week but he has no concrete plans yet, whether to stay in the Kapatid Network or return to GMA? He said everything will depend on his talk with his ninong (Manny Pangilinan). It was MVP who convinced Ogie to join TV5 and help the station gain prominence. After three years with the Kapatid Network, Ogie wants to ask his ninong if his services are still needed.

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Ogie has not been doing anything on TV5 except for Happinas Happy Hour but he is thankful that he is given the chance to appear in ABS-CBN and GMA to promote his album (Ikaw Ang Buhay Ko) and his forthcoming concert at the Music Museum titled Ayokong Tumanda.

The singer-songwriter has nothing but good words for MVP as boss. He describes him as good-natured and humble. Ogie fears, though, that MVP might tell him he may want to leave because he knows that he is on a sinking ship. “If he says he still needs me to cover the holes so that the ship would not sink then I will stay. But if he’d let me go, anything is possible. But I want to finish my concert first before I’d talk to him,” said Ogie.

Ogie Alcasid

Ogie Alcasid

His concert is set at the Music Museum on August 26 and 27. The title was taken from a song of Itchyworms which talks about embracing midlife but not forgetting the child in us.

“In my heart, I am still a child,” said Ogie who added that he kept his old Pokemon toys which is this generation’s newest craze. Joining him in his concert are his talents Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Basti Artadi, who is embarking on a solo career. Of course, his wife Regine Velasquez is also joining him on the 26th while Ai Ai delas Alas is appearing on the 27th, his birthday. He is turning 49. Musical director is Ryan Cayabyab while Floy Quintos is directing him.

Ogie Alcasid’s new album, Ikaw ang Buhay Ko has ten songs —five of which are original: “Ikaw ang Buhay Ko”, “I Love You”, “Habang Buhay”, “Ikaw Ang Aking Pangarap” and “The Lord Is Our Savior.” He also has a duet with Regine (The Lord Is Our Savior). The other songs in the album are revivals like “Pag-ibig”, “Hawak Kamay”, “Hanggang”, “Tanging Yaman” and “Iingatan Ka.”

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Canadian Kyle Jennerman lives in Cagayan de Oro City and he has probably gone all over the Philippines many times compared to a natural-born Filipino. When he wasn’t working in Hong Kong, he started visiting places in the Philippines after hearing stories from his Filipino friends (mostly OFWs). He also experienced living in Cebu where he also made a lot of friends.

He found himself exploring different places where his Filipino friends reside. Two of his favorite places are Cagayan de Oro and Cebu.

Kyle Jennermann

Kyle Jennerman

Kyle (who fondly took the moniker Kulas for local flavor) says Caga­yan de Oro is a big city but it feels like a small community. It has malls and anything that you can find in a big city but what he loves about the place is its being a small community. And he has been exposed to the beauty of the area – the waterfalls of Iligan City, volcanoes, good beaches, snorkeling, and diving.

One more thing he loves about the Philippines is the people. Kyle said he has not met such friendly people and he has gone to many places around the world. But nothing compares to the warmth and hospitality of the Filipino. The people and its many beautiful places is enough reason to make the Philippines his second home, his home away from Canada.

“I have spent more than over a year and a half in Cagayan de Oro. I have heard and seen a lot of negative things happen. Yes not everywhere is perfect. Bad things will happen in any city and it will happen here but I feel safe in Cagayan de Oro,” said Kyle.

He now hosts a new travel show— #BecomingFilipino: Your Travel Blog set to air on ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) on August 14 at 7:30 p.m, with replays every Saturday at 4:30 p.m. It also airs worldwide on TFC (The Filipino Channel.)

Becoming Filipino: Your Travel Blog, his new media platform, Kulas will continue to be his real self—contagiously happy, well-meaning and positive in featuring the stunning landscapes and endearing Filipino culture that many of us take for granted. It will showcase not just our national treasures but also the compelling stories of the people he meets—their sentiments and aspirations, as well as their unique values and traditions that are adorably Filipino.

Kyle expressed interest, too, to be a Filipino. He said there is so much to enjoy about our country—food, places, people—that we locals don’t know. He fervently hopes that with his show he will be able to bring Filipinos closer to home and explore things they may have missed out in their homeland.

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