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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

NINA GUESTS IN LITTLE BIG STAR (ABS CBN2)

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Nina performs "Shake it Off" with a Contestant
in Little Big star Singing Contest.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

NINA IN ABS CBN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

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Nina performing a medley of Christmas songs with other artists
in the ABS CBN Christmas special

Sunday, December 10, 2006

NINA IN 2006 ABS CBN CHRISTMAS STATION ID

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Nina in the new ABS CBN Christmas station ID

Thursday, November 16, 2006

NINA GOLD OPM HITS CONCERT (PHOTOS)






NINA IN NINA GOLD PRECIOUS OPM HITS (MUSIC MUSEUM) (VIDEOS) - NOVEMBER 16, 2006

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Heartfelt rendition of "Bukas nalang kita mamahalin"
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"forever blue" by the Soul Siren
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"Don't know what to say" by Nina
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Nina performs "Sana dalawa ang puso ko"
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"farewell" by Nina
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"Friend of Mine" by Nina with Nonoy Zuniga
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Nina brings back "Growing Up"
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"'Till I met you" by Nina

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

NEWS FLASH : FILIPINO MUSIC: GETTING INTO THE OPM MOOD - NOVEMBER 15, 2006


MANILA, NOVEMBER 15, 2006 (STAR) SOUNDS FAMILIAR By Baby A. Gil - The music industry is undergoing massive changes brought about by new technology and the ensuing market response. Despite these, 2006 is shaping up to become a most important year in the history of Filipino pop music. If this trend keeps up to 2007, we might just find ourselves in the midst of another renaissance of great original Filipino sounds, just like how it was when the Manila Sound happened in the late ‘70s.

Here now are two pretty ladies helping bring Filipino music back to the forefront and hopefully keep it there. One is Soul Siren Nina, some of whose previous hits were of foreign origin like Julia Fordham’s Love Moves in Mysterious Ways, but who now gets into the OPM mood for a concert series. The other one is fast-rising bossa nova star Raffi Quijano, whose new album is made up of all OPM compositions arranged in a sexy Latin style.

Raffi, who comes from Cebu, is one of the newer additions to the bossa nova craze. For some unknown reason, bossa nova music has become one of the local music industry’s most profitable ventures nowadays and bossa nova albums, and of course, artists, are sprouting like mushrooms. What makes the difference in Raffi’s case are her songs – all-Pinoy pop hits that – thanks to that bit of the Latin in all of us easily lent themselves into the bossa nova beat.

The title of her album, Manila Blend, says it all. This is a mix of the Pinoy’s idea of what coffee house music should be, the sexy rhythm of the bossa nova and some of our favorite songs from the recent past. Leading the pack is the Odette Quesada composition Friend of Mine, the first single release.

Others are Everyday, Till I Met You, Ikaw Pa Rin, Tag-ulan Tag-araw, You Won’t See Me Crying, May Minamahal, O Lumapit Ka, Sa Aking Pag-iisa, Got to Let You Know, Ikaw Lang, Don’t Know What to Do (Don’t Know What to Say), Love without Time and Bong Penera’s A Samba Song which sounds authentically Latin but was actually composed by a Pinoy and a big hit here during the mid-’70s by the jazz band Batucada.

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Some of these songs are among those Nina will perform in her latest concert series entitled Nina…Gold (Precious OPM Hits). These shows will be held at 9 p.m. at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan, starting tomorrow, and onwards to Nov. 17, 23, 24, 29, 30 and Dec. 1 and 7. Guesting during these performances to sing their own Filipino hits are Nonoy Zuñiga on Nov. 16 and 30; Nyoy Volante, Nina’s special someone on Nov. 17 and Dec. 7; Gary Granada on Nov. 23 and 29 and Noel Cabangon on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1.

The Gold in the title refers to those precious OPM hits that helped local music find its footing in the hit charts once during these past 30 years and which have become part of out music heritage. Aside from the likes of Friend of Mine and Till I Met You, some of the other songs Nina will perform in her show are Give Me a Chance also composed by Odette; Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko by Bodjie Dasig; Miss na Miss Kita by Rico Soliman; Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin by Jimmy Borja; Dahil Ba Sa Kanya by Freddie Saturno; Bulag, Pipi at Bingi by Snaffu Rigor; and many others.

Nina…Gold is a production by the song management company, M2K Music Licensing Corp. Tickets are priced at P1,500, P900 and P600. Sponsors are Wow! Magic Sing, Manila Bulletin, Baga Berde Grill & Bar, San Miguel Corp., Olay Total Effects, Coca- Cola, PCSO, Monterey, South East Asian Airlines, Mega Sardines, Land Bank, Wave 89.1 and iFm 93.9. A big treat is also in store for members of the audience. Wow! Magic Sing, which has truly increased the number of would-be recording artists among us, will give away one Mabuhay Wow Magic Sing to a lucky P1,500 ticket holder and one Fiesta Wow Magic Sing to those from the P900 section.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

NINA'S ELLIPS COLOGNE (BOYS AND GIRL) TV COMMERCIAL

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Monday, October 30, 2006

NINA IN BAGABERDE (PASIG) - OCTOBER 30, 2006

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"We belong together" by Nina

credits: WINNIEMD

Friday, October 6, 2006

NINA LIVE IN SERENDRA - OCTOBER 6, 2006

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Nina performing "Constantly"

Sunday, October 1, 2006

NEWSFLASH: THE RNB PRINCESS IS NOW A QUEEN (SUNDAY INQUIRER MAGAZINE) - OCTOBER 1, 2006


Cover Story
The R ‘n’ B princess is now a queen
By Eric S. Caruncho
Inquirer

LET it not be said that Nina is not a trouper.

Though running a fever—in fact, coming straight from an emergency visit to her doctor—she decided to go on with the Sunday Inquirer shoot, before proceeding to a club date that night where she sang a full one-hour set to a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans.

As the makeup artist did his magic, transforming tiny Marifil Nina Girado into Nina, slinky soul siren, for some reason the words to “This Girl Has Turned Into A Woman,” a particularly cheesy disco-era chestnut by one-hit wonder Mary MacGregor, popped into my head—further evidence of the kind of lasting damage inflicted by enforced listening to “the mellow touch” in jeepneys, waiting rooms and massage parlors.

Anyway, in the song

, Mary (actually a two-hit wonder: she also did the equally saccharine “Torn Between Two Lovers”) is gushingly grateful to the lover who has just popped her cherry, and as she sings the final line “and I thank you, for your tenderness last night…” an image of Nina with her current beau Nyoy Volante pops into my head…

Argh. Erase, erase.

Non-stop validation

Actually, Nina agrees, this girl has turned into a woman. And not in the way you think.

“Pwede,” she says.

When I first interviewed her in early 2003, she was a shy 22-year-old who looked all of 14, still giddy with the success of her first album “Heaven.” Today, the shyness has been replaced with the kind of confidence that only comes with experience, maturity, non-stop validation from an adoring fan base and multi-platinum album sales that her rivals in the pop/R ‘n’ B sweepstakes can only envy.

We are in Nina’s tastefully-furnished bedsit condominium, perfectly scaled to its owner’s diminutive proportions and at the moment bursting at the seams with the equipment and entourage that come with a magazine photo shoot: lights, camera, two photographers, one writer, one makeup artist, Nina’s mother, sister, manager and four other people. Meanwhile, the FEU-San Beda game is blasting from the big-screen TV and three of Nina’s four cats are scampering under or climbing over the furniture. At the center of all this chaotic activity, Nina remains perfectly calm and composed, perhaps a little zonked from the cold medicine.

“’Yung first album ko, madami pa ang nakataas ang kilay, parang hindi ko pa na-prove sa kanila na marunong akong kumanta,” she explains. “Pero ngayon, lalo na with the ‘Nina Live’ album, na-showcase ko na ang talent ko. (After the first album, people were still skeptical. I hadn’t proven to them that I could really sing. But now, specially after the ‘Nina Live’ album, I’ve showcased my talent).”

One wall of Nina’s condo is, in fact, a shrine of sorts to the phenomenal chart success of “Nina Live,” with framed plaques from PARI tracking its progress from gold, to platinum, to double, triple, quadruple, quintuple and sextuple platinum, with a space reserved for its current septuple platinum status. This doesn’t include the parallel success of the “Nina Live” DVD, not to mention the uncharted but likewise brisk sales of pirate CDs and DVDs.

Booty-shaking

Released by popular demand, “Nina Live” attests to Nina’s hardcore live following, which seems to grow exponentially with each release. These days she performs an average of four times a week, five if you count her appearance on the Sunday noontime show “ASAP” where she is frequently paired with boyfriend Nyoy Volante. This is a physically demanding regimen, more so now that her current repertoire calls for the occasional booty-shaking dance number, where before she used to sing entire sets sitting down, and Nina admits that the commodity she is most in want of is sleep.

Of course, none of this current success is a fluke. Nina was only 17 when she decided to take the plunge as a full-time singer. She had been weaned on Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker and other FM divas. She honed her chops fronting a succession of showbands performing in clubs such as Strumm’s, Ratsky, Limits and the Fashion Café by night, while she struggled to complete her accounting course at Miriam College by day. Her parents had allowed her to sing professionally on the condition that her grades didn’t suffer, and Nina often brought her books to the gig with her, so she could study during the intermission. By the time she graduated, Nina had also paid her dues on the club circuit and was ready to take the next step. She recorded a three-song demo, including an unlikely cover of Steve Perry’s MOR radio staple “Foolish Heart,” sent it to Warner Music Philippines, and next thing she knew, she was a recording artist, with all of the gloss that a major label contract provides.

Grist for the rumor mill

When I first interviewed her, Nina confessed that she still got a thrill when a fruit vendor told her that she “looked like that singer, Nina.” Now being recognized on the street has become routine, even when she puts her hair up or wears glasses.

On the down side, being a celebrity also means that her love life is grist for the showbiz rumor mill, although so far, scandalmongers haven’t been able to put much of a spin on her relationship with Nyoy, other than the fact that her ex was also a singer.

“We’ve known each other for a long time, but we’ve only been together for less than a year,” she says, adding that her relationship is “fulfilled.”

She adds that the men in her life tend to be musicians because although she meets “normal people,” it is easier to get close to people in the music scene because they keep the same hours, hang out in the same places, and share similar lifestyles.

Being in the same racket has its pros and cons, she admits.

“The pro is, you’re always together since your fans want to see you together and producers tend to book you in the same shows. The con, there are a lot of fans, male and female, who go after you, but that’s really up to us. We try to remain friendly with them, but when we see that their attention starts to become ‘OA’ (overacting, i.e., inappropriate), then that’s it.”

Pampered felines

Anyway, given her performing schedule, she doesn’t really have a lot of free time on her hands, and next to her family and Nyoy, her closest relationships these days are with her cats, who have the run of the place whether or not the master is home. Nina has four, a cranky old Siamese tom misnamed Patience, an orange Persian named Rusty who also answers to “Garfield,” mother-cat Mariah and juvenile Cotton. Numerous scratching posts, a self-cleaning litter box and plenty of cat toys keep her felines pampered.

Last month, Nina released a new, eponymous album, which she says encapsulates where her music is at these days.

“Actually, it’s a mixture of all the musical genres—jazz, dance, R ‘n’ B, acoustic, ballads—the kind of music that I sing,” she says.

The all-singing, all-dancing music video for the lead single “I Do” is Nina’s gauntlet flung into the already crowded pop R ‘n’ B arena. But it has nothing to do with trends or other artists, she hastens to add, just the natural evolution of her musical tastes.

“When I was starting out, I didn’t have too many expectations,” she says. “I only wanted to be able to record an album. But the blessings have been coming since then, and I’m thankful.”

Having just returned from a successful concert in Sydney, Australia with South Border, Nina is now ready to set the bar a little higher.

“I want to penetrate the international market, maybe starting with the Asian market,” she says.

How’s that for confident?

CREDITS: showbizandstyle.inquirer.net

Friday, September 8, 2006

NINA'S SELF TITLED ALBUM LAUNCH IN BAGABERDE ROXAS BLVD. (PHOTOS) - SEPTEMBER 8, 2006










Sunday, September 3, 2006

NINA IN UNANG HIRIT (GMA 7)

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Nina sings her latest single "Someday"

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

NINA IN ASAP '06 (MANILA)

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Nina performing "Manila" with her whistle register

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

WATCH NINA IN KING BY REQUEST CONCERT ON AUGUST 5, 2006

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

NINA IN ASAP '06 (MY ALL)

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Nina performing "My all" waith other artists.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

NINA IN ASAP '06 (ABS CBN 2) - JUNE 18, 2006

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Nina sings "Conga" with other artists
in ASAP '06
at the Ayala Center Lagoon, Cebu
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Soul Siren Nina sings one of her hit songs
alongside other Music Hitmakers

NINA IN AYALA ENTERTAINMENT CENTER (CEBU) - JUNE 18, 2006


Thursday, June 15, 2006

NINA'S GOLDILOCKS (ARAW MO) TV COMMERCIAL

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

NINA IN VERY MANILOW CONCERT - MUSIC MUSEUM


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Saturday, June 10, 2006

NINA IN ASAP '06 (ABS CBN 2) - JUNE 10, 2006

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ASAP '06 congratulates Soul Siren Nina
for the successful 1st week of her one month concert - "Very Manilow"

Monday, June 5, 2006

NINA IN BAGABERDE (ROXAS BLVD.) - JUNE 5, 2006

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Soul Siren Nina sings "We Belong Together"

credits: JOMZ

Sunday, May 28, 2006

NINA "VERY MANILOW" IN ASAP '06

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NINA Very Manilow Concert in ASAP '06

Sunday, April 30, 2006

NINA IN ASAP'06 (ABS CBN 2)(PHOTOS) - APRIL 30, 2006




Friday, April 28, 2006

NINA IN ASAP '06 (I DO - NINA ALBUM LAUNCH)

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Nina launches her new album "NINA" with her first single "I Do"

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

NINA COVERS BURN MAGAZINE - APRIL-MAY 2006



Sunday, February 5, 2006

NINA IN ASAP '06 (ABS CBN 2) - FEBRUARY 5, 2006

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Nina sings her remake of "I will always Love you"
to promote her Valentine show.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

WATCH NINA IN SO MUCH IN LOVE CONCERT ON FEBRUARY 16, 2006

Sunday, January 15, 2006

NINA IN ASAP '05 (ABS CBN 2) - JANUARY 15, 2006

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Nina sings "Telephone" with other artists.