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DELA ROSA, Jonathan
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MATA, Ann Rosette
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SUMPAY, Jon Martin
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Paeng Nepomuceno meets the Pop Icon

Guiness world record holder bowling champ Paeng Nepomuceno meets the Saudi Arabia Pop Icons Season 4 in a dinner at Tony Romas last March 24, 2011.


Monday, March 21, 2011


Gabriel Adora, a 2nd year student from Al-Hekma Int’l School emerged as the Grand Champion of Jeddah Pop Icon 2011 held recently at Golden Tulip Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

Adora’s own rendition of “To Where You Are” earned him a sure spot to represent Western Region, along with 3 other top winners , Emmanuel Paras, Jun Ventura and Joseph Juanillo to the kingdomwide competition dubbed as KSA Pop Icon 2011 in Riyadh on April 15, 2011.

The other finalists who made it to the Top 8 were JP Andrade Jr, Patricia Sirajam, John Lester Dorig and Jamie Ross Garcia. Other contenders were Glenys Cabana, Rahzel Sandayan, Jiovanni Ibanez, Jhogie Canua, Dareen Maula and Michelle Miro.

This year’s Board of Judges were Dr. Tina Aldover, May Ann Aninon, Ramon Carl Benetez, Mario Germino, Art Cruz and Ahjid Sayas. The occassion was graced by H.E. Consul Leo Tito Ausan and his wife Mrs. Agnes Ausan as special guests.

“This occasion marks another achievement by FAME, in producing a quality show and I am proud to say that FAME has mastered its craft all these years… in continuously putting up a great show despite the persevering odds. This is also a time to see friends, supporters, and settle all the differences which might have occurred in the past. We are very happy and excited since most of the contenders have really put their extra effort and we have selected the best talents to represent the Western region in the coming kingdom wide search” Abris said.

The full-packed venue at Golden Tulip Hotel’s Grand Ballroom was attended by the contender’s relatives, friends and community leaders in Jeddah who were given the chance to win prizes from Friendi SIM card. The lucky winner got a brand new cell phone.

It was also a time to recognize FAME’s pool of talents that includes Nisreen Kurshid and Yasmeen Ali, Binibining Pilipinas KSA 2009 and 2010 respectively, along with Huntlee Ragudo and Sarah Jane Rejuso – 2nd Runners-up, William Christopher Boyce – 3rd Runner-up and finalists Zaki Patricio, AJ Deveza, Reynold Silva, Carla Alvarez and Claudette Edano.

Main sponsor of Jeddah Pop Icon is FRIENDI Mobile represented by VICTOR RASTRULLO, Product and Pricing Manager. Minor sponsors were Skyfreight, Bassam Dental Clinics, FIC (Fruits In Ice Cream) and Night Queen Est. The show was hosted by Veejay Louis John Aragon and Raquel Consebido.

Guest performers were, Karla Mae Carreon (Saudi Arabia’s representative to WCOPA (World Championship of Performing Arts), Jae-Are Agustin (1st Runner-up Jeddah Pop Icon 2011), Alvin Dave Limpin (Finalists Jeddah Pop Icon 2010) RT La Divas, Zaidoz and Knight Movers. The event was directed by Jerry Lagrimas. Sounds and Lights were provided by Jezebel while Official Tabulator was Jojo Edano.

FAME (Filipino Artiste Migrant Ensemble) the main organizer of the event is headed by Jhun Abris (Chairman) and the rest of the officers are as follows: Jerry P. Lagrimas (VICE CHAIRMAN), Raquel Consebido (EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT), Frederick Garces (SECRETARY GENERAL), Gina Casino (P.R.O.), Joel Robles (TREASURER), Eugene Untalasco (TECHNICAL MANAGER), Rey Loyola , Jonathan Agudana, Rogelio Bonifacio, Saeed Hawa (FASHION CONSULTANTS / STYLISTS), Randy Santiago, Muffy Dakhnash and Mye Carreon (PHOTOGRAPHERS), Noel Carreon and Efren Rodriguez Jr. (VIDEO EDITOR) Roger Niemes (PRODUCTION COORDINATOR), Donnie Ray Santos, Alvin Dave Limpin, J Are Agustin, Ryan Cailles, Jhayz Tan, Huntlee Ragudo, BJ Micu and Francis Raymond Palma (PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS)


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sponsor's Visit and Fittings @ Centerpoint


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Week-end Workshop of Pop Icon Season 4


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Grand Finals is set!

Everything is set and everyone is ready for the Grand Finals on Friday, May 21, 2010 at the Liwasang Bonifacio Philippine Embassy, Riyadh, K.S.A.

Delegates from different regions will be arriving on Thursday. No less than Labor Attaché Des Decang and Saring Himig President Allen Gallardo will lead the full 4-bus delegates from the Eastern Region, composed of FilCom Leaders and supporters and Filipino Artiste Migrant Ensemble (FAME) President, Jhun Abris, will accompany the delegates from the Western Region. The show will start at 5:00pm and admission is free.

Meanwhile, the internet voting, which comprises 10% ended yesterday and the result and their corresponding scores are as follows:

AGUSTIN, JAY-ARE – 135 votes – 5.45675%
BANIQUED, VLIZEL – 96 votes – 5.29911%
CALLEJA, ARLENE – 295 votes – 6.10348%
CORPUZ, NASH – 41 votes – 5.07680%
DENOLAN, JASON – 135 votes – 5.45675%
DOLORICON, NERIBE – 26 votes – 5.01620%
ELEDIA, JEANNE – 1259 votes – 10.000%
GAMOL, TIMOTHY JOHN – 1222 votes – 9.85040%
GARCIA, BRIAN – 626 votes – 7.44140%
LOYOLA, JOSEPH – 22 votes – 5.00000%
OSABEL, ARNI – 644 votes – 7.51410%
RAGUIDO, HUNTLEE – 246 votes – 5.90540%


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Flash News: Lacsamana withdraws from competing to the Grand Finals

Jeddah Pop Icon Grand Champion, Andrei Lacsamana withdrawn his entry to the National Competition as of today, May 9, 2010 due to unavoidable circumstances. This was announced officially by Jerry Lagrimas – Vice President of Filipino Artiste Migrant Ensemble (FAME) – the organizer of Pop Icon in Western Region a while ago.

As per the rules and regulations of the contest, “once a finalist withdrawn or backed out from the contest, it is automatically that the succeeding placement in order shall be applied”.

Hence, Joseph Loyola, 5th placer in Western Region, will be joining the rest of the finalists to compete to the Grand Finals in Riyadh.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Internet is now officially open

For 10 days, the popularity votes for the Saudi Arabia Pop Icons finalists will determine the 10% of the total votes during the Grand Finals 1st round. One vote per IP Address.

The vote will commence on May 18, 2010 at 5:00pm (Saudi time)


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Eastern Region Finalists

by: George Palencia, Al-Khobar
re-print from Abante

Arne Osabel

Jeanne Eledia

Arlene Calleja

Timothy John Gamol

Napili na ang apat na winners para sa Search for Pop Icon sa Eastern Region noong Abril 2, 2010 na ginanap sa Park Inn Hotel sa Al-Khobar. Ang siyam na finalists sa Pop Icon ay sinuportahan ng kani-kanilang mga taga hanga ng gabing iyonna halos mapuno ang venue ng Park Inn Hotel.

Ito ay sinuportahan sin ng S.E. Productions, ang main organizer ng Pop Icon sa K.S.A. na mga taga Riyadh na bumiyahe pa patunogng Al-Khobar. Sila ay sina Mr. Rani Basanta (CEO), Nilan Lozada, Dexter Lorente, Michael Sergio, Jerome Barrera, Jei-C Manuel, Veejay Aragon, Ron Jacobe, John Tapales, Ramed Borja, Willy Ignacio at Noel Martinez.

Sa simula ng kumpetisyon ay pinakilala ang siyam na kalahok na magkakaroon ng anim na pipiliin hanggang sa final four na manananlo at siyang magiging representante ng Eastern Region sa Grand Finals na gaganapin sa Philippine Embassy sa Riyadh.

Ang bawat kalahok ay pipili at kakantahin ang mga naging hit songs ng Queen and King ng Pop Music na sina Madonna at Michael Jackson with their own version. Pinakilala din ang limang respetadong hurado na sina Jojo BOllozos ng Riyadh, Auruel V. Magtuto (Head Judge), Ms. Mary Jane Tupas (Bagong Bayani Awardee/ Pangulo ng OFW Congress), George Palencia ng Orbit Showtime Network at Founder/ Chairman ng FAHAP-Filipino Association of HR & Administrative Professionals at Jose Fabregas. Sa Siyam na mga kalahok, ang pumasok na anim na finalists ay sina Alissa Andrea Liangco ng kinanta ang Beat It ni Michael Jackson, Arelen Calleja (Material Girl ni Madonna), Francis Alexes S. Noces (She’s Out of my Life), Jeanne Eledia (Vogue), Timothy John Gamol (I’ll Be There) at Arne Osabel (I Just Can’t Stop Loving You).

Ang partner organizer ng S.E. Prodcutions na Saring Himig Choir ay nagbigay ng Intermission Number at siyang nag Choreograph para sa Search for Pop Icon sa Eastern Region.

Guest Singer din ang WCOPA Grand Champion – Senior Vocalist of the World 2009 na si Kimverlie S. Molina.

Sa second part ng kumpetisyon, medyo nahirapan ang mga hurado sa dahilan na panay mahuhusay ang anim na kalahok at ang apat na winners na nakapasok with their winning pieces ay sina Arne Osabel (This is the Moment), Arle Callej (Big Spender), Jeanne Eledia (I Turn To You) at Timothy John Gamol (Impossible Dream). Silang apat ang magre-represent to compete with Jeddah and Riyadh sa Grand Finals na gaganapin sa Philippine Embassy sa Riyadh.

Sa mga hindi pinalad at magagaling din naman na talagang binigay nila ang kanilang best ay sina Comeny Teodoro (Heal the World), Noel Recondo (One Day in Your Life), Dexter Hipona (Crazy for You). Natanggap din ng award for Most Popular Pop Icon sa Eastern Province si Timothy John Gamol base sa nakuhang polularity votes sa mga audience ng gabing iyon.

Ang pamunuan at organizer ng Search for Pop Icon sa Easter Province ay pinangungunahan nina Mario Patacsil at Allen N. Gallardo ng Saring Himig Choir. Ang naging host ng gabing iyon ay sina Sharon Gay M. Suba at Dennis Lambus.

Ang mga major Sponsors ay ang Western Union, Mabuhay Mobily, Crème 21 at Electro. Gayundin ang Kuwait Airways, Park Inn Hotel (Fouad Mansour, Wassim Tarabay, Arman Ramos & Jefferson Egipto), Aujan Industries Company, Orbit Showtime Network c/o Mr. Malek Abdul Wahab & Osama Balora), Giordano, SG & WA, Century Properties Phils. Group, SARA Corporation Excel Unit, INDOMIE, Imeprial Leather, Auto Star, Plamer, Bossini, Milton Lloyd Fragrances, Al Yusr Installment Co. Tulip Inn Riyadh, Mr. & Mrs. Abdulrahman Cetro.

Jonrey Savia - Pop Icon Saudi Arabia 2009 Finalist

Kimverlie Molina (WCOPA 2009 Sr. Vocalist Champion)

Saring Himig

Sharon Gay Suba at Dennis Lambus


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jeddah's Finalists

Andrei Lacsamana - Grand Winner

Jae-Are Agustin (1st Runner-up)

Huntlee Ragudo (2nd Runner-up)

Jason Denolan (3rd Runner-up)

Powerful renditions, breath taking performances, these are some words uttered by the audience and judges during the Grand Finals of Jeddah Pop Icon 2010 held on Friday, April 23 at Elite Hall of Al Waha Hotel. Andrei Lacsamana, working as a waiter, from Majesty Restaurant won the Grand Prize as Jeddah Pop Icon 2010 along with Jae-Are Agustin (1st Runner-up), Huntlee Ragudo (2nd Runner-up) and Jason Denolan (3rd Runner-up). The Top 4 from Jeddah will compete in the Kingdom wide Grand Finals in Riyadh on May 21, 2010.

Andrei’s winning performance of Wency Cornejo’s Hanggang, done in his own style of arrangement, won the judges nod and the audience hearts while Jae-Are’s song -Bridge Over Troubled Water, arranged with a twist of jazz gave variety to the singing competition while Huntlee’s classic song, Somewhere was given a fresh rendition. Jason Denolan wowed the crowd with his vocal variety in the song, The Prayer which earned him the 4th spot.

It was indeed a showcase of talents and not merely a typical singing contest as FAME unleashed once again its capability of producing the best show in this side of the region. 16 contenders battled it out until the exciting Top Eight Slot, wherein the battle for The Top 4 was indeed one of the most taxing jobs, according to one of the judges.

The host for the night, Veejay Aragon carried the whole show as if it was his own. Exhilarating dance numbers were also provided by the new dance group Knight Movers, lead by its young & energetic choreographer Erard Macaraeg together with Bb. Pilipinas KSA 2009 – Nisreen Khurshid and her court – Carlisle Tadili and Abbygaile Domacena. Last year Pop Icon winner Karla Maye Carreon, belted out Note to God which mesmerized the audience, indeed a powerful performance from the petite belter.

Special awards were also given to contenders Alvin Dave Limpin as Most Congenial and Joseph Loyola as the Internet Choice Awardee. The other contenders who made it to Top 8 were Alvin Dave Limpin, John John Domingo, Vincent Valiente and Joseph Loyola.

The judges were composed of Ahjid Sayas, Mario Germino, May Ann Aninon and Elvin Pineda.

Jeddah Pop Icon was sponsored by Sarawat Superstore, Avon, Night Queen, Inihaw at Kamayan Restaurant, Giordano, Logic Marketing and Bassam Dental Clinic. The national grand finals in Riyadh will be sponsored by Mobily, Western Union and Creme 21. Trophies for the winners and special awardees were donated by Elmer Fuentes, Randel Mercado and Mike Tavera.Gitnang Silangan was the official videographer and photographer of the night, along with Fame’s residence photographer Jocaster Dojoles and Randy Santiago

Alvin Dave Limpin as Most Congenial

Joseph Loyola - Internet Choice Awardee



About SE Productions

Motivated by the success of Ms. Bicolandia 2003, a popularity and personality search for outstanding Filipina ladies in Saudi Arabia, S.E. Productions was organized in November 2003 by professional Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS) to develop, train and discover young talented Filipinos in the field of performing arts.


WATCH! RIYADH: February 26, 2010 - 1st elimination round @ the Philippine Embassy from 5-10pm March 19, 2010 - 2nd elimination round @ the Philippine Embassy from 5-10pm JEDDAH: February 20, 2010 - Audition @ La Parilla Restaurant from 7-11pm April 16, 2010 - elimination roound @ Sheraton Ballroom from 5-10pm AL-KHOBAR: February 26, 2010 - 1st elimination round March 25, 2010 - 2nd elimination round GRAND FINALS May 21, 2010 - Grand Finals @ the Philippine Embassy from 5-10pm

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