Philstar.com – Tuesday, February 8
Unlike some Filipino designers making a name abroad, Hollywood-based Oliver Tolentino has remained accessible and approachable. You can call him anytime and drop by his shop on Melrose anytime, and he will be there to entertain you. In the case of some Filipino designers abroad, you have to, so to speak, pass the eye of a needle before you can connect to them — if you can. Why, you even have to leave word with the secretary one day in advance before you get a schedule, if ever you can, to call her (again, through the secretary).
Stay as nice and as down-to-earth as you are, Oliver!
But that’s not what I’m going to tell you about Oliver.
The good news is that after being noticed for the gown he made for Glee star Amber Riley at the 2011 Golden Globes, Oliver has designed five gowns for Kuh Ledesma, one of his favorite singers in the Philippines, for her Valentine show with the Hitmakers (Rico Puno, Nonoy Zuñiga, Marco Sison and Rey Valera), set for Sunday, Feb. 13, at the PICC at 8 p.m. The concert is titled The Greatest Love Songs Of Our Time.
“It’s always exciting and a pleasure dressing up Kuh in her shows. She’s very stylish and elegant. Her figure is also perfect for the gowns I make,” Oliver told Funfare in a text message, and proceeded to describe the gowns. “The first gown is a metallic silver, fully-beaded haltered gown. The second one is a mermaid gown embellished with Swarovski crystals. The next creation is in honeysuckle pink which is the color of the year. The fourth gown is a Grecian-inspired silk chiffon gown. Lastly, a black bustier gown with a drop-hip ball skirt accentuated with black rosettes. The last gown is, I think, the most complicated design to execute.”
Here are the sketches of the five gowns specially designed for Kuh Ledesma by Oliver Tolentino (both shown in photo) for her concert with the Hitmakers (Nonoy Zuñiga, Rey Valera, Marco Sison and Rico J. Puno) on Feb. 13 at the PICC: (1) Black bustier gown with drop-hip ball skirt accentuated with black rosettes, (2) Red Grecian-inspired silk chiffon gown, (3) Black fully-beaded bustier mermaid gown embellished with Swarovski crystals, (4) Honeysuckle pink silk chiffon one-shouldered flowing gown with fully-beaded strap accentuated with Swarovski crystals, and (5) Metallic silver and black fully-beaded haltered gown.
According to Calvin Neria, Oliver’s close friend who’s drumbeating for the concert, it’s not the first time that Oliver is collaborating with Kuh.
“They first worked together in the Divas4Divas concert at the Araneta Coliseum in 2008,” said Calvin. “Oliver was tasked by Kuh to design the gowns she and the four divas (Regine Velasquez, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Pops Fernandez) wore in the show. The long gowns were for a production number where they sang a medley of the Supremes. The red gowns were also used in the Divas4Divas US tour.”
Since then, Kuh would wear Oliver’s creations in most of her singing engagements. Kuh was also among Oliver’s guests of honor, together with his other muses Tessa Prieto and former First Lady Imelda Marcos, during the opening of his atelier in Makati City.
(For ticket reservation and inquiries to The Greatest Love Songs Of Our Time concert, call Ticketnet at 911-5555, Ticketworld at 891-9999, Viva Concerts and Events at 633-3808 or Headline Concepts at 721-1936).
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Indonesia has become Christian Bautista’s favorite place, next only to the Philippines, of course.
Last Feb. 5, he was invited to do a concert showcase at the Central Park Mall in Jakarta to welcome the Chinese New Year (of the Rabbit). According to Carlo Orosa, Christian’s manager, quoted Veri Setiady the mall’s executive director, as saying, “We are pleased to have Christian with us to do a concert titled Spring atthe Park. Christian is very famous here in Indonesia and we are glad that as early as 6 p.m. the concert area started to get filled with people.”
Christian sang This Love, Color Everywhere, Since I Found You, Tetaplah Dihatiku with Lala (the Bahasa version of Please Be Careful With My Heart) and his hit The Way You Look At Me. The Central Park Mall that just opened over a year ago was said to be the newest and the biggest mall in Indonesia.
“The outdoor landscape somehow resembles that of Greenbelt Ayala because it was designed by the same group of American architects,” said Carlo.
Christian Bautista in a duet with Indonesian pop star Lala during a Chinese New Year concert in Jakarta
Christian rushed to the airport after the show to catch the last evening flight to Manila to make it to ASAP Rocks. He will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with the concert My Beautiful Girls at the Resorts World Newport Performing Arts Theater with beauty queens Venus Raj, Krista Kleiner and Wendy Tabusala backed up by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra. (For tickets, call 836-6000.)
Elwood Perez classic movie as good as new
“It felt like watching the movie for the first time,” said Funfare’s “other beauty expert” Celso de Guzman Caparas who was among those who were at the screening of Elwood Perez’s classic movie Isang Gabi, Tatlong Babaeat the CCP last Saturday, sponsored by the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (SOFIA) as part of its Overlooked Films, Underrated Filmmakers series. “Ang ganda pa ring panoorin.”
The film, originally shown on Dec. 1,1974, stars Amalia Fuentes, Boots Anson-Roa, Pilar Pilapil, Anita Linda, Marissa Delgado, Mona Lisa, Ricky Belmonte, Orestes Ojeda, Ramil Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Ray Marcos and Angelito.
Recalled Celso, “It garnered a string of 1974 FAMAS nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for the three lead actresses, Best Supporting Actress for Marissa Delgado and Best Supporting Actor for Ray Marcos). Angelito won Best Child Actor.”
Director Elwood Perez (leftmost) during last Saturday’s screening of his movie Isang Gabi, Tatlong Babae at the CCP, with four of the movie’s stars (from left): Amalia Fuentes, Orestes Ojeda, Boots Anson-Roa and Marissa Delgado
Amalia, Boots, Marissa, Orestes and Elwood attended the affair and gave short speeches about the trilogy and their experiences while filming the movie, and answered questions from the audience. Among those present were Mario Hernando, Danny Dolor, Vangie Labalan, Bibsy Carballo, film buffs and students from various universities.