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High rollers curious about Martin, Lani

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Martin Lanifrom FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo
Philippine Star, November 6, 2008

High rollers at the famous Showboat Hotel Casino in New Jersey’s Atlantic City (tagged as the “Sin City” of the US East Coast) are said to be “very curious” about the “two top Asian artists” whose one-night concert on Nov. 9 is being hyped “to the hilt.”

That’s the “flash” report from Funfare’s Big Apple correspondent Edmund Silvestre who added that invitations and promo materials being sent to the casino’s moneyed clients and guests describe the artists as “two of Asia’s most resplendent and most recognized singers who have joined the roster of Las Vegas’ international headliners.”

Yes, they are Martin Nievera, touted as “the Philippines’ Concert King,” and Lani Misalucha, “Asia’s Nightingale.”

Edmund noted that the concert, titled Twenty Five, is part of Martin’s 25 years in the entertainment business and marks his return to Showboat (a.k.a. the Mardi Gras Casino).

“Martin will take center stage at Showboat’s House of Blues starting at 2 p.m.,” reported Edmund, “and then he will be joined by Lani, his special guest.”

Edmund quoted Drs. Ramon and Ching Legarda, the Group Ole producers behind the concert, as saying, “This is not only for Showboat Casino’s big-time clients but also for the Filipino and non-Filipino followers of Martin and Lani. You may not believe it but there are loyal or even fanatic fans who really follow the two singers whenever and wherever in the States they are performing.”

Out there, according to Edmund, Martin continues to top record charts and fill up concert venues with his repertoire highlighted by songs of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow and Sammy Davis Jr.; famous Broadway themes; and classic Filipino songs.

“He also topbilled casinos in Las Vegas,” Edmund noted.

Called “The New Siren of the Strip,” Lani made her mark in Las Vegas with her critically-acclaimed nightly shows, together with the Society of Seven (SOS). Last March, she was voted by the staff of Las Vegas Review-Journal (the largest-circulated daily in Nevada) as Best Singer at the 27th Annual Best of Las Vegas, with Celine Dion getting the readers’ votes.

“The Legardas hope to bring back Martin to the East Coast early next year when he and ex-wife Pops Fernandez are reunited in a much-awaited reunion concert.”

Dr. Ching Legarda has remained a loyal friend and supporter of Martin through thick and thin.

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