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Inspirational Diva Jamie Rivera returns to live concert stage  

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Inspirational Diva Jamie Rivera is excited with her return to a live concert titled “Live and Light” to be held at the Newport Performance Theater on April 30.

It’s been two years since Jamie performed before a live audience via a concert which was also billed as “Love and Light” but was a Valentine show.

What excites her more about this upcoming show is that she is sharing the stage with OPM legend and hit-maker Basil Valdez.

At the recent presscon of “Live and Light” held at the El Calle Food and Music Hall at Resorts World Manila last week, Jamie disclosed that she had been a fan of Basil as a young girl. She always listens to his songs, as well as those of Leah Navarro.

One of her dreams when she started her singing career is to become the female version of Basil. “It is an honor and privilege to share the concert stage with an iconic singer like Sir Basil. He is a respected singer and anyone would like to have a chance to share the stage with him,” said Jamie.

According to her, doing this concert is a celebration. “We should be thankful we all survived the pandemic and we are still alive,” she added.

Even if she had done a Zoom concert during the pandemic, Jamie says nothing beats the magic of a live audience. That is why she is looking forward to the April 30 event.


InLife puts the spotlight on empowered women in business, advocacy, and finance Insular Life (InLife) celebrated the Women’s Month and the third anniversary of its women empowerment movement InLife Sheroes through online events that highlighted the stories of empowered women.

During the recent InLife Winners Circle Business Opportunity Forum entitled “She Believed,” InLife put the spotlight on the inspiring stories of TV host, author and mompreneur Christine “Tintin” Bersola-Babao; TV presenter, writer, and podcast creator Lia Cruz; and InLife financial advisor Maffy Villamor.

Empowered in business Tintin shared that after organizing celebrity and charity bazaars for 10 years, she put up the Styled Pop Up Store at the Shangri-La Mall in Mandaluyong City. The concept store features women designers and sells luxury items such as jewelry, clothes, and shoes.

“I established a pop-up store which survived during the pandemic. But our pop-up store is not just about luxury goods. I also use the space to sell upcycled cans and bottles which can be used as desk organizers. These are made by women and families from Tumana, Marikina who were victims of fire, and floods due to Typhoon Ulysses during the height of the pandemic,” Tintin said.

“Being a mompreneur, I can also have corporate social responsibility efforts by earning to be a channel of blessings to others and by using the business to change lives in whatever way we can,” she said.

Empowered in advocacy, Lia, the co-creator and host of the podcast “What Glass Ceiling?” talked about her passion for telling women stories to share wisdom from the real-life experiences of others. She explained that “What Glass Ceiling?” is a women-led, women-run, and women-supported podcast that features successful, incredible, and inspiring women who have broken barriers in various aspects of their lives – from their homes, families and relationships, to their careers, businesses, passions and causes.

“We wanted to learn how inspiring women dealt with struggles, accepted failures, heal from trauma, and break societal expectations. We believe that in telling these stories, we learn more about ourselves while discovering the threads that bind us. We can get many lessons from the experiences of others,” Lia said.

A clinical laboratory scientist by profession, Maffy noted that Filipinos who go to hospitals worry more about the cost of various medical treatments than the actual procedures. “We try to be prepared for anything, but we cannot really say that we can handle unexpected events. And while we know that our medical professionals will give us the best treatments, who would help us with the funds to pay for these?” Maffy said.

“As a financial advisor, I advocate for life and health insurance for Filipinos. In helping others plan for the inevitable by being financially prepared, there will be fewer families worrying about what tomorrow could bring,” she added.

Maffy also shared that her profession as a financial advisor carries a service value and a sense of fulfillment in helping others achieve their financial goals. She added that the career yields the reward of unlimited income and personal growth.

InLife hopes to share this rewarding and service-oriented profession as a financial advisor to more Filipinos. To become financial advisors, simply attend InLife’s monthly online Winners Circle Business Opportunity Forum; take the licensure exam and get licensed; and complete the basic training program. Visit https://www.insularlife.com.ph/become-a-financial-advisor for more details.

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