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Ariel Rivera, from “Kilabot ng Kolehiyala” to Expatriates’ Ambassador of Songs

Once referred to as “Kilabot ng Kolehiyala”,  Filipino-Canadian quintessential  entertainer Ariel Rivera  should be most likely be called ambassador of songs arielrivera2 (724x1024)to the expatriates.

After securing  his place in the Philippine music  industry with many hit songs, Ariel  went on to continue his career in TV, movies and even the musical stage. His multi-talented  persona had lent a calming influence to many music lovers, especially to those who long for Pinoy music at  best

One of the lesser known exponent of Original Pilipino Music or OPM, Ariel nevertheless built  an avid following who can still remember his original recordings “Minsan Lang Kitang Ibigin”, “Sana Kahit Minsan, “, “Sa Aking Puso “, and “Sana Ngayong Pasko .”

Writing in Philippine Star, Ms Leah Salterio said, ”Fortunately  Ariel was able to build a name for himself a s actor. To date he has done memorable movies with some of the industry’s leading actresses. The line-up includes Vilma Santos (Bata, Bata,  Paano ka Ginawa), Lorna Tolentino (May Nagmamahal Sa  Iyo) , Sharon Cuneta  (Ikaw)  and even Lea Salonga with whom Ariel co-starred in his fi[m debut  (Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal, with Aga Muhlach).”

“Ariel also was able to invade TV, too. Up to this day, he remains visible on TV. When he’s not busy with  singing engagements, he gives way to acting After appearing in a number of fantasy series on GMA, he returned to ABS-CBN and started headlining drama series,” Salterio added.

But what Ariel will  showcase on his visit to Sydney this September  is  his music including his singing prowess, his  versatility  and his ability to entertain onstage.  Not many have  been able to hone their own  music as Ariel did.   He has already broadened his gifts  beyond his music and entertainment calling.

Sydneysiders can aptly  have a  journey back to  Ariel’s days as  the endearing troubadour  as he share his life, love and dreams through songs  on “Ariel Rivera Live in Sydney” on  Saturday 28  September 2013 at Tivoli Showroom of Rooty Hill RSL in Rooty Hill. Also featured in the show is our very own Sydney-bred Chad Peralta  who has just come back to Sydney after a number  of years building his singing career in Manila

The show is presented by Cheers Entertainment which  has started a string of  successful shows  recently.  Tickets are available  from Jas My Waffle Rooty Hill, Bhajune Mt Druitt, Bhajune Parramatta, and Pinoy Tiketek.

It would be a pity if  baby boomers especially many of   those former  Manila kolehiyalas  who have been endeared  to them as their favourite  Kilabot  idol  may miss out on the opportunity.

Ariel’s singing ambassador’s role has led him to see places and sang for many Filipino expatriates including, among others,  in New York , USA (2011),  Virgin Beach and San Francisco, USA (2000), Japan (2000), Los Angeles USA (1999) and Australia (1996).