Pinky, Bimbo at Downtown

By Crispina Martinez Belen (Source: Celebrity World , Manila Bulletin, 13 May 2000 -- www.mb.com.ph )

Two of the country’s more talented and established singers, Pinky Marquez and Bimbo Cerrudo are slated to do a concert tonight at the Downtown Sports Bar & Restaurant at Hotel Rembrandt. Both artists are members of the internationally renowned AngFourgettables. The other two members are Isay Alvarez and Dyords Javier. Former member of the group is Mon David.

With the support of former First Lady Amelita M. Ramos, the Ang4 did a consistent world tour entitled "Ang Galing ng Pilipino- World Tour" (this project for the OFWs began in 1996 and is a continuing venture) and they had performed in key cities of the US, Europe and Southeast Asia.

A Bachelor of Science (major in nutrition) graduate of UP, Pinky dreamt of owning her restaurant and hotel someday but this was overshadowed by her love for singing. She became a member of formidable singing groups such as the Ambivalent Crowd, Fourplay, and the Music Making Company. Through the years, she has performed in many countries, and has hosted and guested in several TV programs.

Currently, she has her own weekly cooking "Lutong Bahay" on ABC Channel 5 where she is able to apply and share her culinary expertise. Aside from her solo career, Pinky is also a member of a singing quartet, "Angfourgettables," which performs extensively here and abroad. Pinky has likewise appeared in local movies and has twice represented the country in Asean Music Festival. Every now and then, she is asked to endorse various commercial products for television and print.

Appearing in the theater has always been what Pinky considers as the "Ultimate Performance." She first discovered her God-given talent in theater in 1989 when she played second lead in the original Filipino musical "Katy!," which was directed by Nestor Torre. To her surprise, this led to a string of lead musical appearances in "Ang Bagong Bituin," also directed by Torre; "Flower Drum Song," "Diary of Anne Frank" and "By George!" by Behn Cervantes; and "Rizal–Mga Huling Araw" by Tony Espejo, where she played the role of Josephine Bracken. What keeps her most busy these days is the long running Original Filipino Musical "Magnificat" wherein she plays the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She offers this play to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to our Lord Jesus Christ for giving her the talent to sing and perform. This play is also directed by Nestor U. Torre and music by Ryan Cayabyab. They have performed more than 100 shows and still currently performing in other provinces.

Bimbo Cerrudo, on the other hand, is blessed with a cool, solid baritone voice, and it was but natural for him to start out as a singer. His classical voice training has afforded him the capacity to interpret any tune from opera to pop. He has top-billed numerous sell-out concerts both locally and internationally, and has been in demand for various awards nights, beauty pageants and private company parties and product launches. His songs have enjoyed widespread radio airplay and have been on the record charts for a number of months at a time.

It was in musical stage plays though where his discipline and spontaneity were honed, and it was not long after that his talent for acting was also brought to the fore. He has in every one of his endeavors. His most recent major performance was "Rama at Sita" were he played God Vishnu.

Today, even after years of hard work and perseverance, he continues to explore other avenues in order to further enhance his craft. Bimbo Cerrudo has emerged as one of showbiz’s most sought-after performers.

(Pinky's photo was from www.sunstar.com.ph; Bimbo's was from http://www.misssaigon-manila.com ).

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