Sunday, March 29, 2015

Amapola (1948 )

Amapola's first compilation album, Songs and Amapola was released under the Pioneer Label of Vicor Music Corporation and 

included all of Amapola's 1971–72 hit singles.[4] All tracks were written and performed by D'Amarillo and his orchestra. 

Vocal Coach: Phillip Maninang. The album's back cover featured George Canseco's poem: "Ode To Amapola

Television and writing
Amapola hosted "Amapola Presents Show" a weekly TV variety show at KEMO-TV (now KOFY) in San Francisco, which she hosted from 

1978 to 1981. She regularly performed on Manila television shows such as Stop, Look, Listen (as one of the weekly hosts), Eat 

Bulaga!, Superstar, Seeing Stars, Etchos Lang and Live with Pops and Martin throughout the 1980s.

Amapola was discovered by Espiridion Laxa who signed her up with Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions for three films. She 

co-starred with Victor Wood in: "Mr. Lonely" in 1972 and "You Are My Destiny" in 1973. Both films were directed by Leonardo 

L. Garcia and written by Rico Bello Omagap. Casting for the third film "I Went To Your Wedding" was changed when Amapola 

began her USA tour in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 2003, Amapola published Coming Home, her first novel. Coming Home won the Florida Writers Association's Palm Award for 

'Romantic Fiction' and was a finalist for 'Best Fiction' of 2004 in Foreword Magazine. In 2005, she published Promising 

Skies, which received critical acclaim from New York Times best-selling author Ellen Tanner Marsh

Cruise ship headlining

From 1986 to 1990, Amapola headlined onboard all ships of the Royal Viking Line: Royal Viking Sky, Royal Viking Star, Royal 

Viking Sea and Royal Viking Sun, and sang with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Bob Crosby and the 

Bobcats and the Mitch Kerper Orchestra. In 1990, Amapola played the role of Bloody Mary in the RVL Sun’s Theater production 

of South Pacific (musical). From 1990 to 1994, Amapola sang on board the Song of Flower of the Seven Seas Cruises, and Hapag 

Lloyd’s Hanseatic explorer ship that cruised South America and alternated with the Arctic and the Antarctic. On board the 

Hanseatic, Amapola was offered to sing on board the MS Gripsholm. In 2006, Amapola was invited to headline on board Regent 

Seven Seas Cruises Voyager World Cruise

Personal life
Amapola raised two children with her second husband, Nicolas T. Aiello. She is now married to Stephen Woodward, who was 

diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1989. The two have since been active in the search for a Parkinson's Disease cure

Honors and legacy
Awit Awards, Best Female Singer in the Philippines (Vernacular)(won)[9]
Awit Awards, Best Female Singer in the Philippines (won)
NPC Lifetime Achievement Award, National Press Club, Philippines (merit)[10]
San Francisco Cultural Society, San Francisco Cultural Award (won)
Bay Area "Eye" Awards, Entertainer of the Year (won)

On November 13, 1971, Billboard released news that Amapola started her recording contract with Vicor Music Corporation. Formerly with D'Swan Records and winning her first Awit Awards as Best Female Singer in the Vernacular, Amapola signed on with Vicor to record her first two hit singles, "Secret Love" and "Never". The aforementioned singles anchored the Gold hit Songs and Amapola under the Pioneer record label. Amapola held the title of Philippine Jukebox Queen in the early 70s.
Hit singles
1970: "Kapantay Ay Langit" 
1971: "Secret Love"
1971: "Never" 
1971: [[Secret Love]]
1971: "Sinner or Saint"
1971: "Little Things Mean A Lot"
1971: "I'll Walk Alone"
1971: "One Love"
1971: "Hideaway"
1971: "Loss of Love" on YouTube
1971: "Songs" (by George Canseco)
1971: "Face to Face"
1972: "Story of a Starry Night"
1972: "Ah-Choo"
1972: "Forbidden Games" on YouTube
1973: "Speak Softly Love"

Albums and compilations
1972: Songs and Amapola
1982: Live, At The Manila Hotel
1984: Mahnee Cabase Compositions
1988: Sophisticated Lady
2004: Broadway, My Way
2005: Coming Home (piano solos)
2008: By Choice
2008: You Don't Know Me
2010: Merry Christmas, Darling

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