T h e E N T E R T A I N E R
The Sphinx, EGYPT
St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
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
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
of Royal Caribbean International, which is travelling north and south east Asia. (poster design: Roy Rolloda)
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
2013 - 2014
Adventure of the Seas
CAST posters design: ROY ROLLODA
2012 - 2013
Voyager of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas
one · music
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."