Filipino Arts and Music Ensemble (FAME) guest conductor Mark Alonzo (center) and the 31-piece rondalla ensemble of banduria, octavina, guitar and bass performed during Beth Israel Brooklyn’s Journey to the Philippines in New York on June 28.


Singer Kirby Asunto (center) with the world’s best boxer Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee at their hotel suite in New York earlier this year.  (Photo courtesy of Shirley Asunto)


SECOND BEST: From left, runner-up Jessica Sanchez, winner Phillip Phillips and host Ryan Seacrest speak onstage at the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles on May 23.  (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)


Lianah Sta. Ana at a recording studio.  (Photo by Paulo Abella)

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