Philippine “Concert King” Martin Nievera to debut at the historic Ford Theatres

Philippine “Concert King” Martin Nievera to debut at the historic Ford Theatres

Concert to benefit the Apl.de.ap Foundation International

LOS ANGELES –  Filipino-American History Month kicks off with the much anticipated concert debut of Martin Nievera at Hollywood’s newly renovated Ford Theatres.

Presented by PAE Live!, “An Evening with Martin Nievera” brings the Philippine entertainer center stage on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. as he performs his greatest hits, traditional Filipino love songs and an eclectic, upbeat mix of Broadway and standard pop tunes. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Apl.de.ap Foundation, a project of the Asian Pacific Community Fund established by Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas.

For more than three decades, Martin Nievera has been the unofficial ambassador of Philippine pop music to a global audience selling out concerts from Dubai to London, Melbourne to Vancouver and almost everywhere in between.  Affectionately dubbed the “Concert King of the Philippines” by his fans, Martin has performed before packed houses to audiences who have followed his career from its inception and meteoric rise in Manila to his headlining showcase residency in Las Vegas. He has hosted “ASAP” (All-Star Sunday Afternoon Party), the longest running musical variety show on Philippine television, since 1995 and is seen each week by millions of Filipino fans around the globe. Along the way, he has earned several platinum albums, hosted several talk shows, appeared in many television specials and movies and has received several awards.

The concert begins the celebration of Filipino-American History Month in October, a nationally recognized commemoration of the history of Filipinos in America as established by the Filipino American National Historical Society, the California State Senate and the U.S. Congress.

The internationally acclaimed a cappella group Prime Note Ensemble, originally formed in Saudi Arabia and who are recipients of several international vocal competitions, will give an exclusive performance thirty minutes prior to the concert.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Apl.de.ap Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Apl.de.ap, co-founder of Grammy-winning hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas. The mission of the Apl.de.ap Foundation is to empower children, especially in the Philippines, through education and technology.

“We’ve built schools and classrooms and music centers and have provided scholarships for students to complete their college education,” said Apl.de.ap. “Last October, we provided the medical equipment to help doctors diagnose and treat retinopathy of prematurity. We want to give the tools and the opportunity for children to succeed in life.”

The foundation also provides assistance to communities in times of natural disasters. The Apl.de.ap Foundation is a project of the Asian Pacific Community Fund, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

“PAE Live! believes in giving back to the community,” said producer Rex Sampaga, “which is why we are donating to Apl’s Foundation…we believe in his efforts to help the people in the Philippines.”

“An Evening with Martin Nievera” is proudly sponsored by Leelin Bakeries, Island Pacific Supermarkets and Kalayaan Incorporated of Southern California with LA18 and the Asian Journal as official television and print media sponsors.

Ticket prices for “An Evening with Martin Nievera,” start at $48; Reserved Seating tickets are available atFordTheatres.org or via phone at 323-461-3673 (for non-visual media 323-GO-1-FORD).

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