SOP's most-prized young singers La Diva—composed of Jonalyn Viray (Pinoy Pop Superstar Season 1 winner), Maricris Garcia (Pinoy Pop Superstar 3 winner) and Aicelle Santos (Pinoy Pop Superstar 2 finalist—will conduct their first major concert this April. Dubbed A Night For La Diva, it will be held at the Virgil Auditorium in Los Angeles. Comedian-TV host John "Sweet" Lapus will be their special guest.
This concert comes on the heels of La Diva's previous appearance in Los Angeles last December for the Let's Celebrate: Marian-Dingdong Dance Concert at the Virgil Auditorium.
The three young divas perform regularly on GMA-7's Sunday concert variety show SOP. They are grateful for the support that they received after they won in the singing contest of the Kapuso Network. Jonalyn, Maricris and Aicelle are very excited to return to the U.S. after performing last year for the launching of GMA Pinoy TV.
It will be remembered that Jonalyn Viray was the first champion of Pinoy Pop Superstar in 2005. When she competed at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, she earned five Gold trophies in the Senior Vocal Division for the following categories: Broadway, Original, Pop, R&b/Jazz and Variety Industry Award as Vocal Solo Champion.
Aicelle Santos won as first runner-up in the second season the GMA-7 talent search Pinoy Pop Superstar. She was hailed as the "Undefeated Superstar" for winning eight straight weeks. She has proven her singing prowess by bagging the Best Performance of Own Country Song while representing the Philippines in the 2006 Astana Music Festival in Kazakhstan.
Locally, Aicelle is fast gaining popularity as her numerous awards affirm. She was named the People's Choice Best New Female Artist in Awit Awards 2007 and the Most Promising Female Singer of 2008 at the Guillermo Mendoza Awards. During the 21st Awit Awards last November 2008, she was also the People's Choice for Best Female Recording Artist.
Maricris Garcia was the grand champion in the third season of Pinoy Pop Superstar (2007). She has been nominated in the Aliw Awards for Best New Female Artist. Maricris is often tapped to sing several theme songs for shows such as Mga Mata ni Angelita ("Nang Dahil Sayo"), Marimar ("Mahal Kita") and Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita ("Kung Sana Bukas").
See the female trio perform live this Saturday, February 28, at Starz Bar in Malabon. This watering hole is owned by actress Angelika dela Cruz.