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Pinoy rock icon Joey 'Pepe' Smith dies

MANILA -- Legendary Pinoy rock icon Joey "Pepe" Smith has passed away. He was 71.<span>The sad news was shared online by his daughter Daisy Smith-Owen on Monday morning.<br><br></span>"Thank you for everything papa bear ko. Thank you for being the best dad in the world. I know you're in the best place now, no more pains papa.. i will see you in few days. I love you to the moon and back," Smith-Owen wrote in her Facebook page.Smith-Owen said Smith was rushed to the hospital early Monday. The musician suffered a stroke in November 2017 and also recently underwent eye operation.<br><br><div></div>Before his successful solo career, Smith was part of the iconic Juan dela Cruz band with Wally Gonzalez and Mike Hanopol."Juan dela Cruz" band is known for their hits "Beep Beep," "Balong Malalim," "Titser's Enemy No. 1," "Himig Natin," "No Touch" and "Kahit Anong Mangyari."In an interview in December 2017, Smith said he would like to believe that his songs were his biggest legacy.<span>"Yung mga kantang ginawa ko. Yung tinugtog ko at ng bandang Juan dela Cruz. Siyempre kapag pinakinggan nila yan, parang bumabalik sila doon. That's the only connection to it," he said.<br><br>Source:&nbsp;</span>https://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/01/28/19/pinoy-rock-icon-joey-pepe-smith-dies

RIP Total Entertainer: Celebrities, fans mourn death of OPM legend Rico J. Puno

MANILA – Celebrities and fans took to social media to mourn the death of OPM legend Rico J. Puno early Tuesday.Puno died of cardiac arrest, according to his daughter Tosca Camille Puno-Ramos.<span>The veteran singer underwent open heart surgery in 2015. He underwent an angioplasty last December 2017 and recently got a new&nbsp;pacemaker.<br><br></span><div></div>Before his death, Puno shared his excitement to topbill the concert&nbsp;"Sana Tatlo Ang Puso Ko"&nbsp;with comediennes Marissa Sanchez and Giselle Sanchez.Anna Puno, the singer's sister-in-law, expressed shock after hearing news of Puno's death.&nbsp;"Numbed with grief, I would like to call on all entertainers in the OPM Industry as well as his worldwide fans to stop for a moment and say a prayer to one of the most respected singers in the country," she said in an Instagram post.&nbsp;<span>"I cannot help but say it was serendipitous that Starmedia prepared a solo 40th Anniversary concert for him and a US tour with the OPM stalwarts and colleagues just recently. Little did I know that this is his final bow in the live entertainment world. We will forever miss the Total Entertainer...but his songs will forever be cherished in our hearts."<br><br>Source:&nbsp;</span><code>https://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/10/30/18/rip-total-entertainer-celebrities-fans-mourn-death-o...</code>

Gary V back in concert after health scare

MANILA, Philippines – Mr Pure Energy is back in concert, and he isn't missing a beat.Gary Valenciano will be returning to the stage on Saturday, October 13, for a concert at the Xavier Sports Complex in San Juan City.<br><br><div></div>Daughter Kiana will be one of Gary's guests during&nbsp;Mr. Pure Energy in XS, the proceeds of which will go to a fund for retired Xavier School teachers and underprivileged Xavier School scholars.<br><span><br>In mid-2018, Gary underwent a heart bypass. It was during this procedure that doctors diagnosed and subsequently&nbsp;cleared him of kidney cancer.<br></span><span><br>He has since returned to television via&nbsp;ASAP&nbsp;and&nbsp;Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids, where he is one of the judges.</span><span>Gary is an artist that barely needs any introduction in the Philippines. He sang the official theme song of the long-running&nbsp;FPJ's Ang Probinsyano,&nbsp;and is a multi-awarded singer.<br></span><span><br>He is set to launch&nbsp;Awit At Laro, an "advocacy album" geared towards promoting homegrown Filipino games and songs.<br><br>Source:&nbsp;</span><code>https://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/214022-gary-valenciano-concert-after-health-scare-october-2018</code>

Morissette off to Korea to participate in Asia Song Festival

MANILA -- Singer Morissette Amon left for Busan, South Korea on Tuesday to represent the Philippines anew in the Asia Song Festival.&nbsp;She was accompanied by her mother Analie, talent manager David Cosico, representatives from Stages and RankOne Entertainment, as well as her whole glam team.<br><br><div></div>This is Amon’s second year to grace the prestigious song festival after her&nbsp;performance last year, which became a top-trending video on YouTube.“She was unanimously chosen again by the committee after her performance last year went viral worldwide and garnered the most number of likes on the popular Korean online streaming site V-Live,” said Gunwon Shin of the Asia Song Festival 2018.Amon is also the first Filipino artist to be given her own channel on V-Live.<span>Her performance on October 3 at the Busan Asiad Stadium is highly anticipated because both Korean and Filipino fans have been guessing what songs she’ll be singing this year.<br><br></span>Amon’s manager Cosico, the COO of Manila and Canada-based RankOne Entertainment, opted to keep mum about the repertoire of his talent.<br><br>“She’ll perform something different, something she has never done before,” Cosico said. “This is her love offering to all her followers and listeners.<br><br>”Last year in the Asia Song Festival, Amon rendered Little Mix’s “Secret Love Song,” as well as a medley of “Best of My Love” and “Emotion.”<br><br>The “ASAP” regular recently bagged the Female Concert Performer of the Year award at the 2018 Star Awards for Music for “Morissette is Made,” her sold-out concert at the Araneta Coliseum, Cebu, Davao and Dubai, UAE.<br><span><br>Fans can download the V-Live app for the live streaming of Amon’s performance in Busan.<br><br>Source:&nbsp;</span><code>https://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/10/02/18/morissette-off-to-korea-to-participate-in-asia-song-festival</code>

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