Friday, May 3, 2013

Richard Poon says goodbye to Big Band; returns to pop in Legends

After years of performing Big Band tunes, singer Richard Poon returns to pop with the release of his newest album Legends, his first project with new label Universal Records.

“Not a lot of people know that I started in the music industry singing pop songs,” says Richard Poon. “I perfectly believe that now is the perfect time to go back to my roots- pop. This time, with my new label, Universal Records.”

He adds that making this decision was not that easy, but believes that this project will further improve him as a singer, performer.

Richard adds that he welcomes the challenge with open arms, and he hopes that people will continue supporting him and his music.

Richard joins the elite roster of Universal Records artists – Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Noel Cabangon, Christian Bautista, Gloc-9, JayR, Sam Concepcion, Parokya Ni Edgar, Sponge Cola, Callalily, Kamikazee, among others.

In Legends, Richard traces his pop roots by singing some of the biggest pop artists in the international music industry - classics by Lionel Richie (Truly), Whitney Houston (All At Once), Barbra Streisand (Evergreen), Madonna (Borderline), Barry Manilow (Ready To Take A Chance Again), among others.

The album’s first single is Richard’s rendition of a Lionel Richie classic Truly, which has a music video featuring Richard’s real-life sweetheart Maricar Reyes.

Richard also collaborates with friend Christian Bautista in the Michael Jackson hit The Girl Is Mine, which is included in the album.

Legends was launched last weekend at the Eastwood Mall Open Park last Friday and Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill last Sunday.

"Legends" Tracklist:
1. All At Once (originally popularized by Whitney Houston)
2. All In Love Is Fair (originally popularized by Stevie Wonder)
3. And I Love Her (originally popularized by The Beatles)
4. Crazy (originally popularized by Kenny Rogers)
5. Truly (originally popularized by Lionel Richie)
6. Evergreen (originally popularized by Barbra Streisand)
7. Borderline (originally popularized by Madonna)
8. A Song For You (originally popularized by Elton John)
9. Can't Help Falling In Love (originally popularized by Elvis Presley)
10. The Girl Is Mine (originally popularized by Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney)
11. If I Keep My Heart Out Of Sight (originally popularized by James Taylor)
12. Ready To Take A Chance Again (originally popularized by Barry Manilow)


Metro Manila restaurants now have Wheatgrass Can in their drinks menu

Slice at Bonifacio High Street Central, is the latest restaurant offering Wheatgrass Can, the ready-to-drink wheatgrass juice distributed by Easy Pha-max Philippines. Slice at High Street is owned by Sen. Pia Cayetano.

Since January this year, Easy Pha-max has been bringing its popular green beverage to Metro Manila's dining scene. It's now in the drinks list of hotels, restaurants and gyms like Celadon, Simply Thai, Kopi Roti, Relish at Ponte, Sugarleaf, Berjaya Hotel, ADB Commissary, Crossings supermarket, and FTX Gym.

Sales associate Jeryl Bandelaria who is leading this expansion plan beyond the traditional convenience stores and drugstores has this to say, "Now, more than ever, Filipinos are seeing the need for a change in lifestyle, especially in what they eat and drink.  It's our continuing goal to make our wheatgrass drinks available to family and kid-friendly establishments offering healthy food alternatives."

Containing the leaves and roots of the wheatgrass plant, the chlorophyll-rich Wheatgrass Can is a good anti-oxidant, good for blood sugar control and improves digestion.

Apart from the new outlets, Easy Pha-max wheatgrass-based products are available in 2,936 retail establishments nationwide that includes supermarkets, drugstores and Easy Pha-max kiosks in the leading malls.