[box type=”default” size=”large”] Top Fil-Am singer Jon Joven headlines PMAM show[/box]Filipinos in Michigan will have a rare chance of watching a Broadway kind of a musical show when Filipino-American Jon Joven comes soon to the Great Lake to headline a concert entitled “September Serenade.”
Jon Joven, whose real name is Johnson Joven Uy, is a seasoned singer-theater actor who was one of the key performers in the Broadway-produced “Miss Saigon” staged recently in Germany.
Joven, who had also performed at a concert held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City together with top Filipino singers, will be the main performer at the “September Serenade” concert to be held on Sept. 21, 2013 at the Avondale High School auditorium in Auburn Hills.
The concert is a fund-raising project of the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (PMAM) headed by President Rosemary Aquiller-Angeles. The proceeds will partly fund PMAM’s medical mission in Iriga City, Philippines next year.
PMAM is expecting the concert-goers to enjoy the concert, noting the penchant of many Filipinos and Filipino Americans for world-class musical performances.
Joven is expected to rock the house with its wide repertoire of songs.
Joven has made a name for himself in the Philippines where he had performed in concerts and top television shows.
Jackie Lou Blanco-Davao, a professional singer in Manila and daughter of multi-awarded singer Pilita Corrales, is impressed by Joven’s talent as a singer and musical actor. They performed together at a concert entitled “Tropical Heatwave” and held recently at the Araneta Coliseum.
After the concert, Jackie Lou said, “I was so impressed. He sings well. What an awesome voice. Jon is slim at five feet,10 inches tall. I couldn’t imagine such a powerful voice coming from that slim frame. He is of international caliber. He made me proud to be a Filipino.”
Jackie Lou recalled that last June 30, she heard more of Jon’s singing. She said, Kuya Germs (German Moreno) produced a show at Club Mwah entitled A Night to Remember. I got the chance to hear him do more than eight songs. Wow! I was in awe! What an enchanting voice! He sang some Josh Groban songs and paid tribute to Mario Lanza.”
She said she was glad that “finally, after performing in the United States and Germany, Jon is back home, this time to give his kababayans the pleasure of listening to his voice.”
Jon graduated high school at San Sebastian College in Manila in 1986. He was a music scholar at the Wichita State University in Kansas City from 1986-1990. In 1990, he took up Intensive English at the same university. In 1999, he took up Safety Professional Training Course (aviation) and is first aid-certified. In 2001, he finished a sales and business management training course (American Family Insurance).
When he was 19 years old, he won first place at an All-State Music Competition. He was the representative of Wichita, Kansas.
Aside from singing, cooking is another of his passions. Because of his culinary expertise, he became a chef at the Mandarin Restaurant in Kansas.
Ticket costs are: $100, benefactor; $60, benefactor; and $20, general admission.
For ticket reservation, anyone planning to watch the concert is asked to call anyone of the following: Dr. Doree Ann Espiritu, telephone 248-521-1605; Dr. Rosemary Aquiller-Angeles, 248-426-0110; and Dr, Ester Aoigan-Guevarra, 313-849-3933.