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After the fun-filled Nievera concert at Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. on Dec. 21. With Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr. and wife Eleanor (both at center) are (from left) Ronnie Sabangan, Suzanne Lansangan-Sabangan, Dr. Linda Pelayo, Bert Pelayo, Sheila Patron and Deputy Consul General Zaldy Patron.  (Photo by Elton Lugay)


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“If we love God and our brothers and sisters, we walk in the light. But if our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us and around us.”
— Pope Francis

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Fans swayed and swooned as the famous and versatile Nievera musical family took to the stage of the Tropicana showroom in Atlantic City, N.J. last Saturday in a rare holiday reunion and fund-raiser for the relief of typhoon-ravaged Eastern Visayas.

Dad Bert, aging but still armed with his old bedroomy voice; Comedy King son Martin, a sparkling total performer; and seldom singing sister Vicky, were a smash the moment Martin hit the first note, leading up to a rousing finale.

The major sponsors were the Filipino-American Community Development Center, Inc. (FCDC) and the Filipino-American Medical Society (FAMS), based in Toms River, N.J.

The concert was a tremendous success — Bert can still hit the high notes; and Martin — geez, he never disappoints.

So many female fans went gaga for him when he went down from the stage and merged with the audience.

As part of the finale, he sang “My Lady” and looked for a certain Donna, who earlier shouted for Martin to sing it.

And so he did, and when the song came to the lyric---be my lady---Donna answered loudly, “be my man!”

To everyone’s titillating delight and excitement.

Yes, it sure was a feel-good concert.

Bert is still a debonair balladeer; and Martin — must we say more?

Surprising of course was his twin Vicky who is also a singer.

Never heard her sing before.

Their mother Conchita Razon, a friend of FR, must be mighty proud of them.

Still in awe with the musical talent of the Nievera family.

After the concert, we enjoyed an intimate dinner with Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr. and his lovely wife Eleanor.


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Filipino-American Community Development Center, Inc. (FCDC) president Dr. Oscar Ortiz (2nd from right) and wife Marian De La Riva-Ortiz (3rd from left) with ConGen and Mrs. de Leon (center), and the Pelayos (far left).


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We’d like to convey our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the many greetings and tokens we received from all of you honeypies.

So grateful, truly.

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Have a super-duper 2014 — peace and joy!

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