Louie Anne Culala vows to show her best vocals in the Wishcovery grand finals

admin   •   February 14, 2018   •   4328

The rising star of Bulacan Louie Anne Culala proves her amazing talent in singing during her hometown concert in San Ildefonso Gymnasium, Bulacan on February 12. (Photoville International)

Bulacan, Philippines — The rising star of Bulacan Louie Anne Culala proved her amazing talent in singing during her hometown concert in San Ildefonso Gymnasium, Bulacan on February 12.

During her hometown concert, Louie Anne reminisced her Wishcovery journey through the songs that brought her to the grand finals.

“Sobrang napapataas po nito ‘yung self-confidence ko and mas lumalakas ‘yung feeling ko na may laban ako sa grand finals because of those people na sumusuporta po sa akin,” said the singing hopeful.

(It has really improved my self-confidence and belief that I have a chance in winning at the grand finals because of the people who support me.)

Louie Anne is known for her powerful and versatile vocals, but she vows to show more in the Wishcovery grand finals.

“Mas magpapakita po ako ng aking vocal abilities sa kanila so sana abangan nila ‘yung magiging performance ko,” said Louie Anne.

(I will show more of my vocal abilities so watch out for my performance.)

Aside from her supportive fellow Bulakenyos, the proudest of all for her achievement is her dad who taught her how to sing.

“Happy ako kasi kumbaga parang nakikita ko ‘yung pinagpaguran ko sa kanya buhat noong maliit siya hanggang ngayon. Alam mo naman 101%, nandito ako. ‘Yung support ko sa ‘yo, hindi mawawala ‘yan,” said Mr. Luisito Culala.

(You know that I am 101 percent here to support you. My support for you will remain.)

Aside from a mini-concert, Louie Anne also led the conduct of a medical mission for senior citizen in her home province.

“Nagpapasalamat ang buong bayan ng San Ildefenso sa mabuti niyang kalooban at wish ng buong bayan na siya’y magtagumpay bilang isang sikat na mang-aawit,” said San Idelfonso OSCA Secretary Marcena Sulit.

(The entire town of San Ildefonso is thankful for her good deeds, and we wish her success as a famous singer.)

Meanwhile, Wish 107.5 granted some wishes to express its gratitude for having two million YouTube subscribers.
“Marami pong gastusin kaya hindipokayangisabay, naisipanko pong i-wish ‘yunggitara,” said beneficiary Ericka Shane Sombrio.

Maraming, maraming salamat po kasi ‘yung bagay po na hindi ko po ineexpect naibibigay sa akin, nangyari po,” she added.

(I have a lot of expenses that’s why I could not buy this. That’s why I thought of wishing for this guitar. Thank you so much for giving me this thing that I did not anticipate to have.)

“Medyo gipit nga kami. Hindi naming mabilhan ng TV. ‘Yung mother ko doon nakikinood sa kapitbahay. Wish, maraming Salamat talaga sa inyo. Di ko inaasahan na kayo pa iyong magiging dahilan para mabigay ko sa mother ko ‘yung wish na ‘yun.
(We have a very tight budget. We could not buy a TV. My mom would go to a neighbors’ house to watch television. Thank you so much, Wish 107.5. I did not expect that you will be instrumental in fulfilling my wish for my mother.) — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

Wish 107.5’s ‘Wishcovery Originals’ to Premiere on September 29

UNTV News   •   September 27, 2019

A new breed of OPM singer-songwriters is about to hit the digital space. 

On September 29, Wish 107.5 is set to premiere “Wishcovery Originals” on its YouTube channel. Serving as the third edition of the radio station’s online talent search, the show aims to discover and give a platform to aspiring Filipino artists who can both perform and compose their own songs.

“What we’re looking for right now is a singer and composer. We want, this time, the composer to express his feelings through songs that he himself wrote,” Kuya Daniel Razon, the creator of the competition and the main man behind Wish 107.5, remarked in a previous statement.

The first two seasons of the show focused on the singing prowess of the contenders. 

Series of Eliminations

Touting a brand-new concept for Wishcovery, Wish 107.5 is on a mission to scout, introduce, and hone promising music makers in the country. It opened its auditions last June and has since received hundreds of entries from singing-songwriting acts online and via the Wish 107.5 Bus.

Out of these hopefuls, only a select few will have the chance to showcase their talent and songs on the competition proper. 

After the program’s pilot episode — which is dedicated to giving the audience a walkthrough of what to expect throughout the show’s run — a series of weekly and monthly eliminations will take place.

Every Sunday, four contenders will battle it out on the weekly eliminations, the winners of which will advance to the monthly finals. Featuring a brand-new song for this stage, the top contender will earn a spot in the grand finals and a cash prize worth Php 20,000.

For the weekly battles, the scores will solely come from the panel of judges, which includes Mayonnaise frontman Monty Macalino, the country’s King of R&B Jay R, and veteran hitmaker-producer Jungee Marcelo.

For the monthly eliminations, the judges will only take up 75 percent of the total scores. The remaining 25 percent will come from the power-viewing statistics of the contenders’ Wish Bus performances to be uploaded on a dedicated platform for these videos, the Wishcovery YouTube channel. 

Despite this fierce competition, exciting rewards await the grand winner of the show. 

As in the previous editions of Wishcovery, Wish 107.5 will give a whopping set of prizes for the show’s grand champion — Php 1 million in cash, a recording contract worth Php 1 million, a brand-new car, and a house and lot. 

Follow the journey of aspiring Filipino singer-songwriters and hear new OPM songs on Wishcovery Originals! The show, which will air every Sunday on Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/wish1075official), will premiere on September 29. Meanwhile, full videos of the contenders’ Wish Bus performances will be available on the Wishcovery YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/2kJ4Oyn).

ASF scare vexes pork meat vendors, lechon makers in Bulacan

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

BULACAN, Philippines – The pig virus African Swine Fever (ASF) has so far affected five barangays in the municipality of Guiguinto.

These are barangays Tiaong, Kut-Kot, Malis, Tabe and Pritil.

Hog raisers are already complaining over huge loss of income.

Even pork meat vendors and lechon makers in the province are also hurt by the ASF outbreak.

Based on records of the Municipal Veterinary Office, over a hundred pigs have already died in these areas since August 16.

Authorities suspect that the pigs delivered from Rizal may have been the source of the spread of ASF in Guiguinto.

“Dinadala dito. Doon sila humahango (The pigs are brought here from there [Rizal]) ,” said Guiguinto Municipal Veterinary Officer Eduardo Jose.

“Pagdating dyan naunang nagkaroon ng report sa Rodriguez. Nag-suspect ang provincial veterinary office na nadala dito sa Pritil, (The report first surfaced in Rodriguez. The provincial veterinary office suspected that the virus was brought here in Pritil)” Jose said.

Hog raisers are starting to complain over huge loss of income due to ASF outbreak.

“Dito po namin inilibing ang labinlimang baboy na namatay kahapon. Affected po ang Pritil, (This is where we buried 15 pigs that died yesterday. Pritil is also affected),” said hog raiser Sofia Verde.

Verde said she already lost more than 100 pigs including a sow.

Barangay Pritil for now does not accept delivery of pigs from Rizal and Batangas due to ASF outbreak.

Aside from pork meat vendors, lechon makers in Bulacan are also hurt by the outbreak as buyers of the Filipino pork delicacy have become fewer.

“Matumal talaga. Nasasabay pa yung balita na (African Swine Fever) sa baboy, (Sales have been slow, and news about African Swine Fever is making it worse),” noted lechon maker Minda Atim.

Some pork meat vendors whose products were certified by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) said they were not exempted from the impact of ASF scare.

They blame the media for fueling the flames when it comes to ASF.

“Ang nangyari kasi malakas rin ang (impluwensiya) ng media, (The influence of media is strong),” said Lisa Apolinario, a pork meat vendor.

“Napapakita, napapanood na akala nila ganun na lahat ng paninda. Maayos ang paninda namin kasi may certificate naman kami (When people see it on TV they think all pork being sold in the market are affected. Our products are safe because we have certificates),” Apolinario argued.

Meanwhile, some consumers prefer to be safe by buying other sources of protein instead of pork meat.

 “Mga seafood na lang binibili namin and chicken, (We prefer to buy seafood and chicken),” said Paula Angeles.

“Mas maganda mag-ingat na lang po ngayon, (It’s better to be cautious,)” another consumer, Jane Art said.

“Kapag wala na siguro yung case ng swine (fever) saka na lang siguro magbaboy, (When the case of (African) Swine (Fever) is cleared, that’s the time we could buy pork again),” she concluded. – MNP (with reports from Nestor Torres)

DA, BAI confirm ASF outbreak; call on public to help prevent spread of pig disease

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in a press release admitted that the current African Swine Fever (ASF) episodes in Rizal and Bulacan may be considered an outbreak but not yet an epidemic.

The Department assured, however, that the pig virus has already been contained in Barangay Pritil and Guiguinto in Bulacan as well as in several barangays in Rodriguez, San Mateo, and Antipolo in Rizal.

The agency, through Secretary William Dar, stressed that the outbreak is not affecting the entire country thus it appeals to the public as well as the media not to ignite fear as unverified and unvalidated reports could create irreversible damage to the country’s hog industry which is also the source of livelihood for millions of Filipinos.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed that the cases of pig deaths in Rizal and Bulacan have been at outbreak level since August this year.

“Basta na-confirm na ito’y tumaas doon sa normally expected na nagkakasakit at normal na bilang ng namamatay, outbreak na iyon. August po iyon,” Director Ronnie Domingo said in an interview on Monday (September 16) when asked as to when the outbreak started.

(If the confirmed number of pig deaths goes beyond the normal number of expected deaths, that’s outbreak already. That was the case in August.)

The agency, meanwhile, doesn’t want to confirm what the Quezon City government announced regarding ASF-positive pigs amid culling operations in the city.

According to Domingo, they are still conducting laboratory tests on the pig samples including those that floated in a creek in Bagong Silangan as well as those recovered in Marikina River.

The official echoed Secretary Dar’s call on hog raisers to report pigs that had gone sick in order to prevent the spread of the deadly swine virus.

“Sana makalaya tayo kaagad in the shortest possible time (We hope to end this (problem) in the shortest possible time),” Domingo said.

“Pero pagka may nagtatago at ganyan na hindi nakikisama, mae-extend ang control measures na ginagawa (natin) (But if there are some who conceal [their hogs], we need to extend our control measures),” he added. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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