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Ending the year with music and laughter

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THE members of The CompanY and comic Jon Santos (far right) team up for Throwback with The CompanY and Jon Santos.

THE YEAR is ending so what better time is there to reminisce than on Dec. 1 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino as vocal group The CompanY and comedian Jon Santos take the stage for a one-night only shindig celebrating four decades of golden music from the 1960s to the ’90s.

Titled Throwback with The CompanY and Jon Santos, the concert will see the CompanY show how their music, which has so far spanned three decades, has evolved from “singing traditional genres… to a cappella and vocal jazz.”

Influenced by artists and groups like The Manhattan Transfer, The New York Voices, The Carpenters, and Swing Out Sisters, among others, the a cappella group “resists categorization by continually delving into almost all forms of music genres involving vocal harmony,” says their website.

The band is known for its hits such as 1991’s “Everlasting Love” which member Moy Ortiz co-wrote, and the 1992 singles “Muntik na Kitang Minahal” and “Now that I Have You” from the group’s second album, Sixby6.




The CompanY’s current lineup is made up of Mr. Ortiz, Annie Quintos, Sweet Plantado, Cecile Bautista, and OJ Mariano.

Meanwhile, veteran comic Jon Santos will be bringing all the laughs to the concert as the famous impersonator and theater actor will dish out what he does best: “satirical impressions of the country’s most prominent personas complemented by his quick wit,” according to a press release.

Through the years Mr. Santos has transformed himself into the likes of former President Joseph E. Estrada, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, and actress/politician Vilma Santos-Recto, the last of whom, Mr. Santos said in the release, is his favorite.

Aside from being a comedian, Mr. Santos is also known for his acting chops with theater credits that include the recent Philippine staging of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert in 2014 and the highly successful PETA musical Rak of Aegis.

“This unexpected tandem will highlight another layer of OPM (Original Pilipino Music) that goes beyond the tunes, lyrics and voices. The CompanY and Jon Santos together on one stage merges what the Filipinos love most — good music and witty comedy. [The audience] will witness a new wave of theatrics that’s as exciting but with more spontaneity and humorous reality jabs,” Audie Gemora, Solaire’s director for entertainment, said in the release.

Throwback with The CompanY and Jon Santos will be on Dec. 1, at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino, Parañaque City. Tickets are available at TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999) and priced from P1,500 to P4,500. — ZBC