Geneva Cruz

Cruz began her career in 1989 as one of the lead singers of the popular group Smokey Mountain. The Smokey Mountain album went double platinum. She was also the very first Grand Prize winner (and the youngest) of "The Voice of Asia" in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, Russia in 1992. Cruz's first solo album, I Like You, went double platinum The album produced several hit singles, including the title track and "Anak ng Pasig" (from the movie of the same title) in which Geneva appeared. "Anak Ng Pasig," was also chosen as Best Pop Song by the 1992 Catholic Mass Media Awards. Her second solo album "In the name of Love went platinum and produced hits like "Ang Gaan ng Feeling" and "In the Name of Love." Cruz's most recent album was released in August 2013 entitled, "To Manila."

Cruz began her career in 1989 as one of the lead singers of the popular group Smokey Mountain. The Smokey Mountain album went double platinum. She was also the very first Grand Prize winner (and the youngest) of "The Voice of Asia" in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, Russia in 1992. Cruz's first solo album, I Like You, went double platinum The album produced several hit singles, including the title track and "Anak ng Pasig" (from the movie of the same title) in which Geneva appeared. "Anak Ng Pasig," was also chosen as Best Pop Song by the 1992 Catholic Mass Media Awards. Her second solo album "In the name of Love went platinum and produced hits like "Ang Gaan ng Feeling" and "In the Name of Love."

Cruz's most recent album was released in August 2013 entitled, "To Manila."

Gab Valenciano

Gab Valenciano is pure power personified and he is arguably one of the most talented and accomplished dancers and choreographers not only in the Philippines but across Asia as well. He has danced all over the world with his father and has gained the respect and admiration of the fans and continues to impress the music industry with his body of work. He is currently on a hiatus in performing as he is studying a course on Recording Arts at the Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. In other fields, Gab excels in sports specifically the triathlon races (swimming, biking running), and competition basketball, as well as in playing various instruments like the drums, piano, guitar, and percussions. He dabbles in directing and editing videos. 

Gab Valenciano is pure power personified and he is arguably one of the most talented and accomplished dancers and choreographers not only in the Philippines but across Asia as well. He has danced all over the world with his father and has gained the respect and admiration of the fans and continues to impress the music industry with his body of work. He is currently on a hiatus in performing as he is studying a course on Recording Arts at the Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. In other fields, Gab excels in sports specifically the triathlon races (swimming, biking running), and competition basketball, as well as in playing various instruments like the drums, piano, guitar, and percussions. He dabbles in directing and editing videos. 

Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO)

Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) Fresh from their "Bach to Rock" concert at the Ford Amphitheatre last July 2102, FASO is the first and only Filipino orchestra outside of the Philippines. Since its inception in 2009, it has successfully performed in major concerts and events including Handog ng FASO sa Pasko and FASO Goes to the Movies, at the prestigious Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and FASO at the Cathedra at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. FASO committed to encouraging orchestral music and cultural diversity by developing and promoting Filipino-American artists through programs designed to educate and enrich the community. Maestro Robert Shroder is the Principal Conductor & Music Director of the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO). His previous assignments include: Founding Conductor of the Boyle Heights Youth Symphony in 2002; member of the Chula Vista Pops Orchestra, San Diego Community Band, the Al Bahr Shrine Concert Band and The Notables Big Band Jazz, all based in San Diego, before settling in Los Angeles. Robert studied at the University of the Philippines College of Music major in Flute with Prof. Eric Barcelo, and later concentrated in chamber music and orchestra conducting. He was the principal flutist of the Philippine Youth Orchestra under Prof. Sergio Esmilla Jr., and the leader and flutist of the U.P. Woodwind Quintet and Flute Ensemble. Robert was the Grand Prize winner of the 1982 National Music Competition for Young Artists. Right after graduation, he was hired to be the principal flutist of the Manila Symphony Orchestra, and the Manila Chamber Orchestra. A consistent university scholar, he was invited to join the Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity. He later taught at the University of the Philippines. Robert it a member of the National Flute Association.

Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO)

Fresh from their "Bach to Rock" concert at the Ford Amphitheatre last July 2102, FASO is the first and only Filipino orchestra outside of the Philippines. Since its inception in 2009, it has successfully performed in major concerts and events including Handog ng FASO sa Pasko and FASO Goes to the Movies, at the prestigious Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and FASO at the Cathedra at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. FASO committed to encouraging orchestral music and cultural diversity by developing and promoting Filipino-American artists through programs designed to educate and enrich the community.

Maestro Robert Shroder is the Principal Conductor & Music Director of the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO). His previous assignments include: Founding Conductor of the Boyle Heights Youth Symphony in 2002; member of the Chula Vista Pops Orchestra, San Diego Community Band, the Al Bahr Shrine Concert Band and The Notables Big Band Jazz, all based in San Diego, before settling in Los Angeles.

Robert studied at the University of the Philippines College of Music major in Flute with Prof. Eric Barcelo, and later concentrated in chamber music and orchestra conducting. He was the principal flutist of the Philippine Youth Orchestra under Prof. Sergio Esmilla Jr., and the leader and flutist of the U.P. Woodwind Quintet and Flute Ensemble. Robert was the Grand Prize winner of the 1982 National Music Competition for Young Artists. Right after graduation, he was hired to be the principal flutist of the Manila Symphony Orchestra, and the Manila Chamber Orchestra. A consistent university scholar, he was invited to join the Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity. He later taught at the University of the Philippines. Robert it a member of the National Flute Association.

A Special Appearance by: Filharmonic

The Filharmonic, a boy band unique in their musical talent and cultural diversity. The group of Filipino-American youngsters who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, “The Sing-Off”, has much to sing about.  Making the semi-finals, finishing the first “Sing-Off” National tour, sharing the stage with The Black Eyed Peas and Pentatonix, then being part of the movie Pitch Perfect 2 is only the kick-off to their amazing journey! They consist of six members: Vocalists VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, and Barry Fortgang, Vocal Bass Jules Cruz, and Beat boxer Niko Del Rey. Their melodic vocal style exemplifies an urbanesque hip hop sound with 90's nostalgia.  

The Filharmonic, a boy band unique in their musical talent and cultural diversity. The group of Filipino-American youngsters who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, “The Sing-Off”, has much to sing about.  Making the semi-finals, finishing the first “Sing-Off” National tour, sharing the stage with The Black Eyed Peas and Pentatonix, then being part of the movie Pitch Perfect 2 is only the kick-off to their amazing journey! They consist of six members: Vocalists VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, and Barry Fortgang, Vocal Bass Jules Cruz, and Beat boxer Niko Del Rey. Their melodic vocal style exemplifies an urbanesque hip hop sound with 90's nostalgia.  

Louise Marie Cornillez

Louise Marie Cornillez is known for her powerful, crystal-clear voice, singing opera arias, Broadway showtunes, standards, and much more.  She starred in a solo concert – An Evening of Song with Louise Marie Cornillez – at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Hollywood, CA, and released a self-titled mini album containing her favorite selections from the concert. She was recently featured at the concert, Serenata Filipina, at the John Anson Ford Theater in Hollywood. Ms. Cornillez is a featured artist with various symphony orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de Lille in France.   She has sung the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ A German Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Ms. Cornillez is a veteran of the stage, performing with the Atlanta Opera, East West Players in Los Angeles, Sacramento Music Circus, and the San Gabriel Valley Music Theater, among others.  She shone in roles like Maria in West Side Story, Diana and Connie in A Chorus Line, and Gigi in Miss Saigon.  She has been featured in critically-acclaimed productions of Sondheim’s Passion and Sweeney Todd, and proudly originated the role of “Imelda’s Mother” in the world premiere of Imelda: A New Musical at East West Players in Los Angeles.  Ms. Cornillez was recently featured in San Francisco Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed recording of West Side Story in Concert and in Sacramento Music Circus’ production of The King and I.

Louise Marie Cornillez is known for her powerful, crystal-clear voice, singing opera arias, Broadway showtunes, standards, and much more.  She starred in a solo concert – An Evening of Song with Louise Marie Cornillez – at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Hollywood, CA, and released a self-titled mini album containing her favorite selections from the concert. She was recently featured at the concert, Serenata Filipina, at the John Anson Ford Theater in Hollywood.

Ms. Cornillez is a featured artist with various symphony orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de Lille in France.   She has sung the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ A German Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Ms. Cornillez is a veteran of the stage, performing with the Atlanta Opera, East West Players in Los Angeles, Sacramento Music Circus, and the San Gabriel Valley Music Theater, among others.  She shone in roles like Maria in West Side Story, Diana and Connie in A Chorus Line, and Gigi in Miss Saigon.  She has been featured in critically-acclaimed productions of Sondheim’s Passion and Sweeney Todd, and proudly originated the role of “Imelda’s Mother” in the world premiere of Imelda: A New Musical at East West Players in Los Angeles.  Ms. Cornillez was recently featured in San Francisco Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed recording of West Side Story in Concert and in Sacramento Music Circus’ production of The King and I.

Rex Navarrete

Many claim that college is the turning point in one’s life , when one finds his or her future. This was the case for San Francisco Bay Area comedian Rex Navarrete, when Navarrete’s college professor told him he was wasting his talents. “He told me, ‘Get out of my office-we shouldn’t be joking here, you should be taking those jokes to the stage,” recalls Navarrete of his Asian American Studies professor Dan Gonzales, the teacher who encouraged his dream to be a comedian in 1989. That spring, 19 year-old Navarrete was baptized by fire, entertaining a crowd of 800 at the annual Asian Pacific Islander Student Union conference at UC Santa Cruz. A lot has happened since then. Navarrete has performed his brand of comedy all across the nation touring numerous colleges, universities and community events. He has become a household name in Filipino American homes. Navarrete remains to be one of the hardest working, relatively unknown American comedians today though he’s performed alongside notable national headliners as George Lopez, DL Hughley, Paul Mooney, among others.

Many claim that college is the turning point in one’s life , when one finds his or her future. This was the case for San Francisco Bay Area comedian Rex Navarrete, when Navarrete’s college professor told him he was wasting his talents.

“He told me, ‘Get out of my office-we shouldn’t be joking here, you should be taking those jokes to the stage,” recalls Navarrete of his Asian American Studies professor Dan Gonzales, the teacher who encouraged his dream to be a comedian in 1989.

That spring, 19 year-old Navarrete was baptized by fire, entertaining a crowd of 800 at the annual Asian Pacific Islander Student Union conference at UC Santa Cruz.

A lot has happened since then. Navarrete has performed his brand of comedy all across the nation touring numerous colleges, universities and community events. He has become a household name in Filipino American homes.

Navarrete remains to be one of the hardest working, relatively unknown American comedians today though he’s performed alongside notable national headliners as George Lopez, DL Hughley, Paul Mooney, among others.