Danee Samonte
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How China Blue made me yellow
by Danee Samonte - October 22, 2020 - 12:00am
It has been over seven months that we’ve been under this pandemic and the sign of a vaccine is just so far a promise. Good thing restaurants have started to open in earnest. One restaurant I’m glad opened...
Dennis Garcia remembered & never forgotten
by Danee Samonte - January 23, 2020 - 12:00am
I just talked to an excited Dennis Garcia a few days ago and was preparing plans to go on an extensive tour together with Wally dela Cruz (guitarist of Juan dela Cruz band) as a new superband called Ang Hotdog ni...
5 stars on a rainy night
by Danee Samonte - August 27, 2019 - 12:00am
It was a rainy night when I was watching Channel 174 (cable) and the host was stressing on the idea that the restaurant he was making a review on was great.
Geneva & Zurich revisited
by Danee Samonte - July 7, 2019 - 12:00am
The last time I was in Switzerland was over 20 years ago. The reason I haven’t visited was because it was one of the few European countries not a member of Shengen (one visa for 28 European countries) until...
Rene Garcia: The final Hotdog
by Danee Samonte - September 13, 2018 - 12:00am
At 6:30 p.m. on Sept 2, Rene was checking how his new pair of shoes would look like when he plays in Jakarta three weeks later. Looking at his shoes, he said, “Great!” and stood up, smiling at his wife...
A tale of two musicals
by Danee Samonte - October 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
Broadway musicals have always been a great passion of mine. In the last three decades, I’ve flown thousands of miles to get to New York’s Broadway, Los Angeles and London’s West End just to watch...
The Eagles have landed
by Danee Samonte - October 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
On Jan. 18, 2016, the music world was shocked when founding member and de facto leader of the Eagles, Glenn Frey, suddenly passed away. Because of Glenn’s untimely demise, there could never be an original...
The return of a legend
by Danee Samonte - September 5, 2017 - 4:00pm
The Philippines is uniquely the only country in the world where The Stylistics has the most hits.
Get ready for MLTR
by Danee Samonte - August 23, 2017 - 4:00pm
When I met my wife over a decade ago, I told her I wrote a song called 20 Minutes. She replied that’s a Michael Learns To Rock (MLTR) song. I said really?
Mark Preston: A most unlikely Pinoy
by Danee Samonte - August 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
Mark Preston has toured the Philippine archipelago together with his former group the Lettermen countless times in the past, performing at several sold-out concerts and has grown to love Pinoys including...
Alive & well at 79
by Danee Samonte - July 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
How many almost 80-year-old singers can dance and sing the hits in the original key as recorded over five decades ago?
Covering the Billboard Music Awards
by Danee Samonte - June 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
It was a great experience and I’m ticking it off my bucket list. The 2018 Grammy Awards is next!
‘Wagyuful’ Tokyo adventure
by Danee Samonte - June 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
Had my cardiologist Doctora Pastores found out how much wagyu beef I consumed on my recent Tokyo trip, she would have surely thrown a fit and lectured me endlessly on the dangers of too much fat in my diet.
Oops, Britney did it again
by Danee Samonte - June 5, 2017 - 4:00pm
The mere fact that she dances almost nonstop for two hours plus the spectacular sets that change almost after each song is more than reason enough to watch her concert.
It’s Beatlemania all over again!
by Danee Samonte - May 6, 2017 - 9:05pm
I was absolutely astounded to see an ocean of over 50,000 concert light sticks swaying left and right to the strains of Hey Jude. I’ve never seen such a spectacle in my life.
24 hours in Guam
by Danee Samonte - April 17, 2017 - 6:47pm
In this tiny island populated by a little over 180,000 natives, 30 to 35 percent are Pinoys or of Pinoy ancestry. Tagalog is spoken widely. From taxi drivers to hotel employees to shop keepers, therefore, you will...
Earth, Wind & Fire Experience 100% live
by Danee Samonte - March 26, 2017 - 12:00am
In this age of cheat tracks, lip sync, plus one and the kind used by a big majority of the artists Al Mckay’s Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) experience can say straight-faced that they still perform 100 percent live....
A gastronomic return to Provence
by Danee Samonte - February 22, 2017 - 12:00am
The wide smile from Raffles/Fairmont Hotel’s director of sales and marketing Eugene Tamesis was suddenly wiped as he stared at my open-toed Crocs as I alighted from my vehicle. Stupid me, I didn’t inquire...
Rex, my compadre
by Danee Samonte - February 13, 2017 - 12:00am
When my wife gave birth to our firstborn Russell in 2009, Rex Smith was the first to visit at the hospital. It was such an honor for us because a star of his caliber took the time off and braved the traffic to Quezon...
An ‘out of the universe’ experience
by Danee Samonte - January 25, 2017 - 12:00am
I told Miss Malta I would visit 10 churches and pray on my knees that she wins the Miss Universe title on condition that she would thank me and my wife at the end of her acceptance speech. She gamely smiled and excitedly...
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