T h e  E N T E R T A I N E R

Istanbul, TURKEY

Istanbul, TURKEY

the Sphinx, EGYPT

The Sphinx, EGYPT

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, GREECE

St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

Venice, ITALY

Venice, ITALY

Petra, JORDAN

Petra, JORDAN

Reuben's first experience of the stage was when he sang with a group of nursery pupils during a Sunday school Christmas program when he was five.  From then on, he would take part in every singing activity both at church and school.  When he was 9, he did his world premiere as a theater performer when he played the lead character "Ben" at his church's Christmas program.  The play was entitled "Ang Pasko ni Ben" (Ben's Christmas), which was directed by teacher Evie Javalera (nee Castaneda), who is now a Christian education mentor. At 11, he recorded his first gospel single which was aired on DZAS.

 

     Reuben did not limit himself to just singing on stage, as he loves expanding his horizon as a performer.  He was already a gospel recording artist for Papuri! (Praise), the music arm of the Far East Broadcasting Company (702 DZAS/ 98,7 DZFE), when he auditioned for "Rama Hari", a dance musical inspired by the sanskrit epic poem "Ramayana".

Reuben's headliner act "OVATIONS", is his way of paying tribute to music.  A musical extravaganza that showcases various genres and artists from Arlen to Webber.  He describes the show in four words...

    ONE GLORIOUS MUSICAL CELEBATION

Apart from being part of a production cast on ships, this is another way for Reuben to be able to share his passion as a performer and see the world.

    Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra  and Manila Symphony Orchestra's orchestrator - NALDY RODRIGUEZ arranged bulk of the show's materials.

Reuben was cast as "Lakshmana", the brother of Rama. This dance musical was staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as Ballet Philippines' 20th season offering in 1990.  This was where he was discovered by The CompanY, the vocal group which he would be a part of, the following year.  He also did "LIVES" for SK Productions, and in 2005 - "Himala The Musical" which was also staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
 
     After his stint with The CompanY, he embarked on a solo career and this produced five studio albums which were critically acclaimed.  He was awarded Favorite Male Artist of the Year, Best R & B Song, Best Secular Album of the Year, and Best Male Lounge Performer awards, by the AWIT (local Grammy), ALIW (for live entertainment, and Catholic Mass Media Awards (Mass Communication), all in 2007.
 
          Reuben also did the rounds of the lounge scene and further honed his ability to connect with an intimate crowd.  He performed  at the Gambrinus of the Hotel Intercontinental Manila, the Merk's Jazz Bar, The Shangrila Makati, and the iconic Calesa Bar of the Hyatt Regency Manila.
 
     In 2008, he auditioned for the Royal Caribbean International and landed a featured singer position for the production shows of the fleet, doing pop and broadway review shows.  This gave him the opportunity of exploring the world, having been to more than 70 countries in 6 continents.  He was awarded the SM Global Pinoy (Pinoy is a euphemism for Filipino) for being an overseas Filipino worker in the field of cruise entertainment. In 2011, He was awarded by the AWIT, along with Anna Fegi-Brown, as Filipino recording artists championing the world of cruise entertainment. In 2015, he began doing his headliner act on board ships via "Ovations", his music tribute show.
 
Reuben's first love will always be singing, and he prays that even if he's old and gray, he will always be given the chance to perform on stage.  He has always believed  that this is his divine purpose in life, to continue doing what he believes is his best God-given gift, to inspire, and to encourage people through his music, as he continues to strive for excellence in every performance.
 
DEO GRATIAS. GLORY TO GOD. SA DIOS ANG PAPURI!!!
     
     

HEADLINER ACT "OVATIONS"

video production  ROY ROLLODA

With co-Featured Singer, Stage and Pop Diva Anna Fegi-Brown, on board the beautiful Brilliance of the Seas..

Reuben on "U" of C U R A C A O, one of the ABC Dutch Caribbean Islands (Aruba and Bonaire being the A and B).

RHODES, GREECE is Zeus' gift to sun god Helios. This island, according to ancient myth, rose from the bottom of the Aegean sea

Penol de Gibraltar or  The Rock of GIBRALTAR of the Iberian Peninsula, located in the southwestern tip of Europe

Postcard worthy ST. MARTIN.

 "How wonderful, Oh Lord, are the works of Your hands!"

          - an excerpt from a traditional Jewish prayer

 

FUN AT St. Thomas

 The US VIRGIN ISLANDS

Dubrovnik, CROATIA where  the Franciscan Monastery sits. Established in 1317, this houses  one ot the oldest and still working pharmacies in the world.

photography Jordi Ciurana / ESPANA
photography Kirk Marsh / USA
fashion Danilo Franco MANILA
 

"GALLERY OF DREAMS" is one of the two shows on board The Mariner of the Seas

2016/2017

of Royal Caribbean International, which is travelling north and south east Asia.  (poster design: Roy Rolloda)

2017/2018

 Jewel Of The Seas

 Mediterranean/East & West Caribbean

Back to Back show on the Brilliance with Tracy Campbell

The Royal Caribbean

Singers & Dancers

I   N   T   E   R   N   A   T   I   O   N   A   L

79 countries and sovereign states, 6 continents,

and God's overflowing blessings of music and travel

2014 - 2015

AZAMARA QUEST

2013 - 2014

Adventure of the Seas

CAST posters design: ROY ROLLODA

2012 - 2013

Voyager of the Seas

2012

Brilliance of the Seas

one    world

one  ·  music

ONE WORLD ONE MUSIC Composer: SOC VILLANUEVA - REUBEN LAURENTE
00:00 / 00:00

Arranger: MARLON OLIVEROS

Backing Vocals: JOANNE OLIVEROS /Backing Vocal Arrangement: RUTH ROCABO - BAGALAY

From the album: MORE THAN JUST RENDITIONS

Musikatha Music Ministries

"For i know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you & not harm you, plans to give you hope & a future."

JER29.11

NOt only so, but we also rejoice in suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance :  Perseverance , character ; and character , faith.

                                                        Romans 5 : 3 - 4

Captured memories from the lens of Reuben's father

DOMINADOR LAURENTE / Philippines

Flute: Jay Gomez / Percussion: Bo Razon

Arranger / Guitar solo: Jed Roque

Composers: Markel Luna and Reuben Laurente

From the album "PopVirtuosity" (D'Concorde Records)

" Ito Na! "

From the album "Himig Handog Sa Bayaning Pilipino" (STAR Records)

Composer: Enrico Sta. Maria

" Ang Galing Mo " (with 92 A.D.)

UNRELEASED

Arranger: Arnel De Pano

Composers: Soc Villanueva and Jungee Marcelo

" Lipad Pinoy Lipad "

Nationalism

From the album "Heartblends" (MCA Universal)

Arranger: Marc Santos

duet with Diane Elise

(cover version)

" I Miss You Like Crazy "

From the album "Heartblends" (MCA Universal)

Arranger: Marc Santos

Composers: Jeff Barry and Peter Allen

(cover version)

duet with stage and pop diva Anna Fegi - Brown

" I Honestly Love You"