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Pilita Corrales joins Philippines-Australia Friendship Week in Davao


Legendary artist Pilita Corrales will deliver a special performance at the Philippines-Australia Friendship Day concert on Saturday, 26 May at 6:00 PM at the SM Lanang Premier. The concert will feature Indigenous Australian didgeridoo artist Jeremy Donovan; and Davao’s young acts making a splash in the international music scene - indie band Thea and beatboxer Neil Llanes.

Before she became an icon of Filipino music, Ms Corrales first achieved popularity in Australia. In 1958, she launched her first recording “Come closer to me” which topped the Australian music charts. Her popularity in Australia was so strong there is even a street named after her in the state of Victoria.   

Ms Corrales continues to perform to international audiences, including world leaders.  At last year’s ASEAN welcome dinner, Ms Corrales famously sang a duet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in front of world leaders including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.     

Ahead of the free concert, Ms Corrales will also attend the book launch by her husband, Batuto López Garcete. “The Fart of a Fly: Stories of Earth from Space” is a collection of short stories about the planet and the future of its inhabitants.  The humorous title of this book belies the urgent message of taking action and caring for the planet. López co-authored the book of essays with fellow Australian Jay McLean, a marine biologist and environmentalist.

Both the free concert and book launch at SM Lanang Premier are part of the series of events marking Philippines-Australia Friendship Week in Davao. 

Philippines-Australia Friendship Week is presented by the Australian Embassy in partnership with the Davao City Government, SM Lanang, Qantas and the Australia Global Alumni. 

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