Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia
Filipino-Puerto Rican singer Bruno Mars who is known for his songs "Locked Out of Heaven", "When I Was Your Man" and "Treasure" earned $60 million this year as one of the top 100 entertainers under the age of 30, according to a Forbes report.
He was the youngest performer during this year's Super Bowl who performed along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The 29-year-old has had a busy concert schedule where played 118 dates this year, the report added. His performance helped to boost sales for his album "Unorthodox Jukebox" to double platinum. He has won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal performance and six nominations. He also won Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards.
At the age of 98, Pepe Cenizal still plays the piano. His love of music began as a young boy where he used to practice on the banjo instrument. He grew up in a musical family during the Big Band era which influenced his musical taste. Ceniza briefly worked as an actor and became a musical scorer for Filipino movies, according to an Inquirer News report.
His most popular contribution is his co-creation of the annual Filipino Christmas favorite 'Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit' which he developed with his friend the late National Artist Levi Celerio who provided the lyrics while he came up with the melody. In an interview, "Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit" was actually a reinterpretation of a score he composed in 1937 as background music for the movie "Pugad ng Aguila (Eagle's Aerie)" by Parlatone Productions, the report added.•
Dr. Conrado Gempesew will become the 17th president of St. John University in New York--the first time a Filipino will hold this position.
He was installed during a formal ceremony Oct. 24 which was followed by a Mass.
Dr. Gempesew's new responsbilities will be to supervise three residential New York campuses in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan, and an enrollment of approximately 15,800 undergraduate students and 5,000 graduate students, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer News report. Gempesew previously worked for the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, the report added.•
Former Senator Vicente Paterno passed away Nov. 21. He was 89.
He served as chair of investments and minister of public highways during the Marcos regime, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
In 1987 he was elected senator and remained senator until 1992.
He is know for being a market leader after the assassination of opposition leader Ninoy Aquino in 1983. Even though the country was going into political turmoil and people were taking capital out of the country, Paterno put up a 7-Eleven store chain business. He is the founding chair of Philippine Seven Corp, the country's leading convenience store chain operator, the report added. For more obituaries, see pages 60-61. •