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10 year old Fil-Can turned YouTube star duets with Lady Gaga

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Maria Aragon, a ten year old Filipino-Canadian whose claim to fame was her rendition of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, recently had a duet with the eccentric popstar in a concert in Canada last March 4 (Thursday evening in Canada, Monday morning here in the Philippines.)

Maria’s version of Gaga’s song reached 17 million hits when the singer tweeted her YouTube video with comment “Can’t stop crying watching this. This is why I make music. She is the future.” last February 17.  Below is a screenshot of Lady Gaga’s tweet to her 8,000,000++ followers.

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Maria was invited by Lady Gaga to sing with her in her concert in Air Canada Centre during a phone chat in a Winnipeg radio station. (Watch the radio station phone chat here) . The Fil-Can arrived in the concert wearing an ensemble that seems to be reminiscent of her duet partner and idol. A toned down jacket and pants outfit with an orange monkey hanging in her neck. She sang and played the piano  in front of thousands of people while sitting on Lady Gaga’s lap. Click here to watch the concert rendition of the song. The singer kissed the little girl after listening to what Maria had to say.

Now this is just to prove the world how talented the Filipinos are as Maria recently admitted to being a proud Filipino. Watch the news air of the report here. Maria has also appeared in the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Good Morning America and sang her cover of different songs such as Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are.

Read more reports on Maria’s catapult to internet stardom, her duet with Lady Gaga and others here, here, and here

25 last Feb 25.

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It was no doubt that the spotlight of the weeklong commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the first EDSA People Power was on the 25th of February. The anniversary had a theme of Tatak EDSA 25: Pilipino Ako, Ako ang Lakas ng Pagbabago.” The day started off with honors and flag raising in the morning on the People Power Monument. During the ceremony, President Benigno Aquino III also spearheaded the event with a speech. You can find a copy of President Noynoy’s speech here and a video of the flag raising event here.
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Following by the flag raising ceremony was the unveiling of the statue of the late Cardinal Sin (see above). The statue is located at P. Burgos Street and A. Bonifacio Drive in Luneta and will be joining the statues of the two Aquinos, Cory and Ninoy. The statue was donated by the Mayor of the City of Manila, Alfredo Lim and sculpted by Ed Castrillo.
A commemorative historical marker wil also be unveiled in the exact location where former President Cory Aquino delivered a speech during the EDSA People Power Revolution. This was held in the POEA Building.
Different programs were also held throughout the day. The whole north bound lane of the EDSA Strip was closed down due to the celebrations. The strip was filled with different food stalls where food is available for a slow as 25 Php each. Actual tanks used in the revolution were also present in the event. The place was swarmed with yellow as thousands of attendees wore the said color in order to commemorate the “color of EDSA Revolution”
A “Salubungan” program was also held as a reenactment of the joining of forces of then General Fidel Ramos and then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile against the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.
A live musical variety show was showcased in White Plains Avenue. The show features different Filipino talents from the different TV stations in one big show. The show is divided into five segments entitled: (1) “Simulain, People Power History 101,” (2)“Ang Diwa, the Spirit of EDSA People Power,” (3)“Mga Simbolo, People Power Lives On,” (4)“Mga Bayani, the Heroes of Today,” and  (5)“People Power Ngayon, Nation Building Today.” The musical show was also followed by fireworks display. Read more about the variety show here and here.

Job fairs offering up to 25,000 jobs by 30 agencies was held in the POEA building while dental and medical missions were present in the Camp Aguinaldo gate.
For different albums on the event click here and here