Pinky Marquez, a busy artist

By Crispina Martinez Belen (Source, Celebrity World, Manila Bulletin, 3 Nov 00:,

People may not know it but Pinky Marquez has been busy lately with various shows. She is a favorite of top directors, concert, record and theatre producers, and those conceptualizing corporate shows. Why? Because Pinky is such a remarkable performer that watching her perform is an opportunity one should not miss. When she sings, every note and every word touch your heart and send the message through. Her wide vocal range is powerful yet very soothing and enchanting.

Pinky just finished performing the lead role in "Perfect Days" which was directed by Tony Espejo and produced by the British Council. She is also currently busy rehearsing for a musical to be staged in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Blessed Elena Academy. This is written and directed by Nestor U. Torre Jr.

The Academy is run by the Sister Oblates of the Holy Spirit. Here, Pinky will perform with some of the talented students of the school. Albert Jimenez, also a performing artist and an alumnus of the Academy, is spearheading the project together with Sister Grace. This will be staged on Nov. 6 at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Pinky also appears in another musical entitled "Bakhita," which is also by Nestor Torre. Here, she portrays the role of an Italian nun. This musical traces the inspiring life of Bakhita (which means "the lucky one"), the Sudanese Conossian Daughter of Charity who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in Rome last Oct. 1.

Pinky is also part of the "Mother of All" album recently launched by Viva Records. The album brings together several top artists who rendered beautiful songs dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary. This is really a must–have album.

And soon, Pinky will be busy on the set when shooting starts for the movie version of Nick Joaquin’s "Larawan" to be directed by Carlitos Siguion Reyna. She will portray the role of Pepa.

A part from performing Pinky also takes time out to oversee her restaurant called "Ta–Batchoy" located at No. 143 Katipunan Ave., St. Ignatius Village, Quezon City. As the name implies, this simple restaurant offers authentic La Paz batchoy as well as other mouth–watering Filipino dishes. Pinky makes sure that the quality and taste of the food is maintained and that each food item is reasonably priced. Ta–Bachoy also delivers and accepts catering and is open from Monday to Saturday.

By the way, for those who have not watched the musical "Miss Saigon," tickets for the Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. show are still available. Those interested may call Pinky’s manager, Marines Carvajal, tel. 532-0269/533-2657.

(Note on the photos: Pinky's solo shot was from the "Perfect Days" page of the ; group photo of the "Perfect Days" cast was from the souvenir program; "Mother of All" cd jacket was from; Ta-Batchoy photo was taken during our SPCMGS71 classmate Yambi Yambao's birthday in Aug 00.)