Big Hit

By Mario Bautista, Columnist (Source: Freehand, Manila Times, 11 March 1998;!ENTER11)

One singing group that's a big hit with our kababayans abroad is the Ang4Gettables, composed of Pinky Marquez, Isay Alvarez, Dyords Javier, and Mon David, who are solo artists in their own right.

The group was formed in 1993, upon the initiation of Dyords, and has since toured the US, Canada, Autralia, and the Middle East. Pinky and Isay are the sopranos, Mon is the tenor, and Dyords is the bass.

"Para kaming Manhattan Transfer," says Pinky. "Maganda raw and blending. We can feel we are well loved abroad, what with the support of First Lady Ming Ramos, who has even performed with us."

Pinky has done several movies and TV shows, and has also appeared in various plays like Magnificat, Flower Drum Song, Noli and Fili, Katy, Bagong Bituin, and Lapu-Lapu. Her last role was that of Maria in The Sound of Music at the Meralco Theater. She auditioned for Miss Saigon with Lea Salonga and passed it.

"Voice-wise, they like me. Nagkaproblema because of my mestiza features. I don't look Asian daw," she sighs.

Isay Alvarez joined Ang4Gettables after her stint as Gigi in London's Miss Saigon, where she met her husband, Robert Sena, who's still in London playing the role of Judas in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Their son, Bokyo, is now six years old.

"I'm very happy that Robert and I are still together, kahit na he's in London most of the time," she says. "But he's coming home on March 28 and will be staying here until July. While he's here, we'll be doing a musical together, Miong, the life of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, which is the Rep's contribution to the centennial celebrations, written by Joy Virata. So, for the next three months, I have a husband and our son has a father. Lubog na nga kami sa utang dahil sa long distance phone bills namin."

The Ang4Gettables is currently on its Ang Galing Ng Pilipino Provincial and World Tour '98, with the Department of Labor and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration as two of their sponsors.

Last weekend, they performed in Cebu, Bacolod and Dumaguete. On March 20, they'll be at Batangas City, at Lipa on March 21, and San Carlos City in Pangasinan on April 17.

From April to July, they'll visit Hong Kong, Sydney and Brunei. In August, they'll be in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Las Vegas. From September to November, they'll be going to the Middle East and then in Rome, Milan, Brussels and Barcelona.

They have also just recorded their first album, produced by Bodgie Dasig, with eight songs including "Iwas Pusoy," "Hoy Lalake" and their official theme song, "Ang Galing ng Pilipino," composed by Dyords himself.

(Photo above is the jacket of The Angfourgettables' "ANG4" music cd available at )