By Alice Hernandez Reyes


      World-renowned Lea Salonga, 2-time Aliw Entertainer of the Year, marks her 40th anniversary in the live entertainment industry on October 19 and 20 at the PICC.

    In an interview on ANC recently, Lea bared that the shows are all sold out and her mother, the producer of both shows,has been  receiving calls from friends for tickets.

     Fortunately, she was able to accommodate this columnist.

    Lea and Aliw Awards Foundation, Inc. go back a long way, after all. As the first and only award-giving body for  live entertainers, AAFI  presented Lea with three awards as  Best Child Performer ,starting when she was 9.

     Lea also joined Aliw International in 1982, which brought her and the late Entertainer of the Year Bert Marcelo and Diomedes Maturan  and Gloria Manila, Florante and Emi Munji ( father of Ayen Munji Laurel) to the US mainland and Hawaii.

     In 2004 and 2016, Lea received Aliw’s Entertainer of the Year award .  She was also  honoured as Aliw’s Lifetime Achievement Awardee  in 2014.

        Incidentally, her talented brother Gerard is also an Aliw Hall of Famer as a Musical Director.