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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

NEWS: U.S. Embassy Formally Opens New Annex Building For Consular Services And Other Offices - APRIL 27, 2011

U.S. Embassy Formally Opens New Annex Building For Consular Services And Other Offices
U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. formally opened on Wednesday, April 27, the American Embassy’s new $50-million annex building, which he described as “a work of art on a grand scale.”

“Finally, the quality of the facility matches the quality of the people who work here,” the Ambassador said of the Embassy’s new facility in its 1201 Roxas Boulevard compound in the Ermita district of Manila.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno were among the guests at the grand opening and ribbon cutting-ceremony for the new building, as was Rodney Evans, Managing Director of Overseas Building Operations at the U.S. Department of State. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala represented the Makati Development Corporation. Popular Filipino entertainers Lea Salonga, Ogie Alcasid, Jaya, Nina, and Bea Tantoco performed at the program that followed the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new building houses Consular services and other offices. It has 99 windows for passport, visa, and other Consular service applications as well as comfortable and more spacious indoor and outdoor waiting areas. The new indoor waiting area alone can seat more than 550 applicants at any one time.

The building is part of a larger Embassy facilities improvement project that represents a $130-million investment in the local economy and the creation of 2,000 jobs for Filipinos. Constructed by Makati Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Ayala Land Inc., all buildings in the facilities improvement project are energy-efficient and meet stringent seismic codes and green building standards. This is the largest contract yet awarded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations to a foreign contractor.

The Embassy’s new Veterans Affairs (VA) building, which Ambassador Thomas formally inaugurated on April 13, is also part of the Embassy’s facilities improvement project. The VA building at the Embassy’s Seafront Compound in Pasay City houses the benefits office and an out-patient clinic with modern facilities and state-of-the-art laboratories accredited by the College of American Pathologists.


NINA IN THE OPENING OF THE NEW ANNEX BUILDING OF THE U.S. EMBASSY (PHOTOS) - APRIL 27, 2011





NINA IN THE OPENING OF THE NEW ANNEX BUILDING OF THE U.S. EMBASSY (VIDEOS) - APRIL 27, 2011

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Friday, April 22, 2011

WATCH NINA IN EARTHDAY JAM 2011 ON MAY 6, 2011


Now on its 11th year, Earth Day jam usually held on Tomas Morato in Quezon City but this year’s Earth Jam will be held at SM Mall of Asia by the Bay at around 6pm May 6th until the wee hours in the morning of May 7th. Save the date and get ready to party for Mother Earth. Bands such as 6cyclemind, Bloomfields,Brigada, Franco, Imago, Nina,Rivermaya, Session Road,Sitti,Skabeche, Tanya Markova, The Dawn, Ms. Lou Bonnevie herself and A lot more. Spearheaded by by Lou Bonnevie,Musician,artist, a rock icon and not to mention an awardee of Fr. Neri Awards for Environment Heroism. The event is produced by Dimitri Productions.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

NINA IN THE SHARON CUNETA SPECIALS (ABS CBN 2) - APRIL 17, 2011

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Nina sings the "Mara Clara" theme song
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Asia's Diamond Soul Siren Nina with the Mega Star
and other artists.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

NINA IN HARDROCK CAFE (VIDEOS) - APRIL 16, 2011

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Nina sings "Constantly" with the crowd video
Nina sings "Get here"
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Nina's version of "Betterdays"
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"Fall for You" by Nina
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Asia's Diamond Soul Siren Nina
shows some "Respect"

Friday, April 15, 2011

NEWS FLASH: PATTAYA ON MY MIND BY NINA (THE PHILIPPINE STAR) - APRIL 15, 2011

PATTAYA ON MY MIND
By NinaMANILA, Philippines - It was a sunny day last November when Kathleen Dy-Go of my new family, Universal Records, informed me that I was to represent the country in the 10th Pattaya Music Festival in Thailand.

I was both overwhelmed and thrilled with the news. It was, after all, my first time to represent the country in an international music festival. Aside from that, I have very big shoes to fill, both figuratively and literally, because Christian Bautista, known to have a very strong following in the Indonesia, performed there the year before.

Since November, I was counting the months, weeks and days until finally, the most awaited day has arrived — March 18, the first day of the festival.

When finally our plane landed on Thailand soil, I felt a sudden rush. It was like the universe is telling me that I’ll have an ultimate good time in my first gig in that country. True enough, the next three days were a lot of fun, not just for me but for all participants.

During the first day, I was told that this year’s Pattaya Music Festival is the biggest because it is the fest’s 10th year. And, indeed, it was one big celebration of music, talent, friendship and unity.

What a blessing to have been seated alongside some of the biggest names in the region during the press conference — Singapore’s Derrick Hoh, Japan’s Golf-Mike, Ice-Saranyu, Thailand’s Chin-Chinnawut, Japan’s Hanuman Bang, Malaysia’s Will Ng, Vietnam’s PAK, Laos’ Tik Princess, Indonesia’s Super Kidz, Korean popstar Ji-Hoon, known internationally as Rain, and Son Dambi.

That’s me with famous singer-actress NAMCHA...

During the said conference, I got so kilig when Chin-Chinnawut declared that he was such a fan of mine. Whew. More than that, I was proud to represent the country.

The next day, it was the Asian artist featured on the Galaxy Stage. I performed three songs — Someday, I Do and I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing I was so happy taking on that stage because I felt the love of the audience, which included some of our kababayan.

Aside from all these commitments, I, with all the performers, had the chance to have some bonding moments at the Hard Rock, where we were billeted.

My participation in the Pattaya Music Festival is just one of the many things that signals my gradual transformation.

Late last year, I moved to my new record label Universal Records and I consider it one of the biggest blessings in my career. In a few months, my latest album will be released, and it will showcase a new, yet familiar Nina, which I hope everyone will appreciate .

..Singaporean singer Derrick Hoh…
source: THE PHILIPPINE STAR

Saturday, April 9, 2011

NINA IN EAT BULAGA (GMA 7) - APRIL 9, 2011

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Asia's Diamond Soul Siren Nina performing "S&M"
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

NINA IN "MY HEART'S JOURNEY" ALBUM TOUR IN GLORIETTA 5 (VIDEOS) - APRIL 3, 2011

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Asia's Diamond Soul Siren Nina
sings her version of "I wanna know what Love is"

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"I don't wanna miss a thing" by Nina
video credits: ROWENA SANTOS / RONS MALLARI

NINA IN "MY HEART'S JOURNEY" ALBUM TOUR IN GLORIETTA 5 (PHOTOS) - APRIL 3, 2011


















photo credits: Ms. KATHLEEN DY-GO / Nina "Diamond Soul Siren" Girado (facebook.com)

NINA IN ASAP ROCKS (ABS CBN 2) (PHOTOS) - APRIL 3, 2011










source: MS. KATHLEEN DY-GO / NERLIE F. / JENNY D.L.