1st Philippine Entertainment Expo Happens at the World Trade Center Today

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1st Philippine Entertainment Expo Happens at the World Trade Center Today


Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ

A total of 80 booths from all known entertainment media will unite today, June 18 and tomorrow, June 19 at the World Trade Center, CCP Complex for the first ever Philippine Entertainment Expo.

Heading the list of performers for this two-day event marking the huge effort to uplift the ailing industry are Jay-R, Arnee Hidalgo, Dulce, Pinky Marquez, 604, Bayanihan Dance Troupe, Ballet Philippines, Sheryn Regis, Marissa Sanchez, Richard Merck, Mitch Valdez, Nancy Castiglione, Paolo Contis, Nyoy Volante, Mariel, Lance Raymundo, The Masculados and Pinky Marquez among many others.

Screen legend Susan Roces and Regal Entertainments Mother Lily Monteverde will head the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Expos opening. Other stars of "Mano Po 2" are also attending the event. Regal will put up its own booth where actresses Iza Calzado and Sunshine Dizon from Regals highly-anticipated Manila Film Festival entry, "Sabel."

Other stars to grace Regals booth and the entire Expo are James Blanco, Iya, Marco Alcaraz, Bianca King, Dustin Reyes, Christine Reyes, Dennis Trillo and Danica Sotto.

It did took a long while before such an event could be mounted but Jose Mari Chan and the rest of the people behind the Aliw Awards Foundation (the group behind the Entertainment Expo) has long since felt the need for it, only, in things like these, its never an easy task.

How can it be when youre not only battling an ailing industry but the biggest reason why the industry remains to be in the slumpsFilipinos unwavering support to foreign acts. Each time foreign artists would hold shows here in Manila, they are the crowned royalties of media hype therefore our local talents are really overlooked.

Putting up the Expo has been "one big struggle" for the Aliw Foundation. …

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