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2nd ‘Hanep Sa Wow’ Filipino Music Festival, A celebration of original Pilipino music (OPM) and Filipino musicality

Joey Albert, Nonoy Zuniga to headline Nov. 30 show  at Pala Casino with ‘Music & Magic’ members Fe de los Reyes, Eva Caparas & Jet Montelibano and the very special guest appearance of Ms. Kevyn Lettau

Nonoy Zuniga

Nonoy Zuniga

PALA, CA, November 25, 2013 – Filipino pop stars and certified hitmakers Joey Albert and Nonoy Zuniga will headline the 2nd “Hanep sa Wow” Filipino Music Festival at the Infinity Showroom of Pala Casino Spa & Resort at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30. The festival lineup also includes Fe de los Reyes, Eva Caparas and Jet Montelibano – of the popular 80’s show band The Music & Magic.

OPM singers Joey Albert and Nonoy Zuniga are both best known for their original timeless classic hits.

Joey Albert

Joey Albert

JOEY ALBERT is a versatile Filipino pop and jazz singer whose string of timeless hits has become ingrained in Filipino music history.  She has enjoyed an award-winning solo career for over 25 years that began when one of her first hits, “Tell Me” received a Gold Record Award from the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI), establishing her meteoric rise as a major Filipino musical artist. “Tell Me” became such a mega-hit that other known musical artists, including David Pomeranz, recorded cover versions of the song.  Joey’s other hits include “Over and Over,” “A Million Miles Away,” “I Remember the Boy,” “Points of View,” and Tagalog favorites “Yakapin Mo Ako,” “Iisa Pa Lamang,” “Ikaw Lamang Ang Mamahalin,” many of which have been immortalized as theme songs of many blockbuster TV drama series more popularly known as “teleseryes.”

NONOY ZUNIGA’s singing career spans more than 3 decades, from a folk singer (1971 to 1975) to being one of the lead singers of the Family Birth Control Band performing in the best nightspots and hotels in Manila (1975-1980) to becoming a multi-awarded singer performing solo concerts in the U.S. and various parts of the world including Asia, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China and New Zealand. All his performances from 1983 to the present are well-acclaimed and mostly sold-out shows mainly due to his much-anticipated classic hit ballads like “Never Ever Say Goodbye,” “Kumusta Ka.” “Doon Lang,” “Bituing Walang Ningning,” his upbeat “Magandang Gabi” and other well-loved English standards that perfectly fit his deep baritone vocals.

Music & Magic

Music & Magic

MUSIC & MAGIC which include lead members singer-comediene Fe de los Reyes, soul singer Eva Caparas and livewire performer Jet Montelibano, is one of the few elite singing groups during the ‘80s in the Philippines. After capturing the local concert scene and playing before sold-out audiences, they were offered performance contracts outside of the Philippines and enjoyed extended stints in Singapore and Malaysia over a span of two years. They also were featured as guest performers in concerts that toured the U.S. and Canada and performed in prestigious venues such as the Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles), the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (San Francisco) and Carnegie Hall (New York).  With their varied repertoire swinging from an “Earth, Wind & Fire Medley” to The Blue Brothers’ “Everybody Needs Somebody”, the Weather Girls’ “Raining Men,” “The Best of Broadway” Medley, “Tagalog Novelty Medley,” and their well-loved anthem “I’ll Be There/Ain’t No Mountain,” the group brings their audiences down memory lane with concept production numbers that only Music & Magic can dish out.

KEVYN LETTAU.  Also joining the festival is Ms. Kevyn Lettau, world-renowned Brazilian jazz singer and former vocalist of Sergio Mendez & Brazil ’88, who considers herself “an adopted daughter of the Philippines” having performed in numerous concerts in the country for the last 20 years and having been featured, along with her hit song “Sunlight” in a Philippine Airlines commercial in 2003.

CHEESA is a Filipino-American Pop/R&B singer and songwriter most noted for her run on NBC’s The Voice in 2012 where she was chosen by Cee Lo Green, mentored by Babyface, and made it to the Quarter-Finals. The Voice provided Cheesa her first experience performing as a solo artist. After the season ended, she focused on developing her solo career and collaborated with fellow Filipina and international star Charice resulting in the release of the Asian iTunes chart-topping single, “I’m Not Perfect (featuring Charice)” a soulful power ballad advocating self-acceptance which reached #1 in Asia and #12 on the US Pop iTunes Chart. Following the success of her single, Cheesa released her debut studio album, “Naked,” in April 2013, which included “I’m Not Perfect” and a dubstep rendition of Britney Spears’s “Toxic.”

MALOU TOLER and The Friends of Mine Band is a Los Angeles-based alternative rock and blues group that was recently awarded by ReverbNation as the Overall Top Winner of the 2013 Malibu Music Awards and Festival.  The group regularly performs at the House of Blues music concert hall and various fine restaurants in Southern California.

SAMANTHA URRETE is an 11-year old and 6th grade student at Chula Vista Hills who shares her talent singing at charity events which earned her a special Congressional Recognition and Youth Achiever award from the San Diego Philippine-American Humanitarian Foundation for her contribution in raising funds for a charity foundation for kids. She has performed at different local concerts including the 1st annual Cyber Music Festival with American Idol, X-Factor and The Voice finalists.

Tickets are $49 and $59 and available from Creative Concepts by phone 888-886-7889, text 323-327-3483, via email at creativeconceptsintl@gmail.com.  Also available at the Pala Casino Box Office,1-877-WIN PALA (1-877-946-7252),  Star Tickets 1-800-585-3737 or at Startickets.com.

Pala Casino is located at 11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA 92059, in Northern San Diego County; from San Diego/Riverside, take I-15 to Highway 76 east five miles; from Los Angeles County and Orange County, take I-5 south to Highway 76 east, then travel 23 miles.  Pala is 15 miles north of Escondido, 12 miles south of Temecula.

About Pala Casino Spa & Resort

Pala Casino Spa & Resort includes a Las Vegas-style casino with 2,000 slot machines, 13 poker tables and 87 table games; a 507-room hotel; a 10,000-square-foot, full-service spa and salon that features 14 treatment rooms; a state-of-the-art fitness center; swimming pool with 12 private poolside cabanas, and dual-temperature outdoor Jacuzzi.  Pala also offers 10 restaurants and 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.  Pala Casino Spa & Resort is an AAA Four-Diamond Award winner for nine consecutive years.  Its state-of-the-art Pala Spa was named the 2009 Best Casino Spa by Spas of America, the 2009 Best Casino Spa by the Southern California Gaming Guide and in 2012 received a spaAward and was selected by Spas of America as one of the top 100 spas in the United States.  In 2011, Pala Casino Spa & Resort was voted Best Casino in San Diego by the public in the 10News.com annual A-List poll sponsored by KGTV-TV 10 News in San Diego.  For more information, visit www.palacasino.com.

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