Famous Cagay-anons: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Dec 28, 2011

by Wendy Ramos-Garcia

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Don’t you ever stop and think about certain people and wonder where they are now? Well, such a thought occurred to me about famous personalities with ties to the old hometown. I thought it would be kind of fun and interesting to share their stories.

The first famous personality that I am featuring is Antonio Gabor Lambino II, son of Jose and Cecilia Gabor Lambino, grandson of Anastacio and Purificacion Capistrano Gabor and great grandson of local hero, Gen. Nicolas Capistrano.

Tony Lambino during his salad days with Ryan Cayabyab and Smokey Mountain. Which one could Tony be?

Tony was a professional singer and songwriter, cutting albums in the Philippines as a solo artist with the multi-awarded Smokey Mountain group in the early 90s. He was named one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines for 1999. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1999 as an Aquino Scholar, A. B. in Communication and received his M.A. in Political Communication from University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School (2006), Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government (2004) as a Fulbright Scholar and Osmena Fellow.

Tony worked as Chief Media and Communications Officer for the Office for Regional Development, Office of the President of the Philippines (2001-2002), news anchor and writer for ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs (2000-2001), and was a faculty member of the English and Communication Departments at the Ateneo de Manila University (1999-2002).

Tony Lambino today with wife Trish Panganiban and daughter Monica.

This very accomplished young man is married to Trish Panganiban who also has a Ph.D. in Theology from the Catholic University of America and father-in-training to daughter, Monica. Tony has worked for the World Bank’s Communication for Governance and Accountability Program since May of 2007 and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.

The Lambino Family with Jose and Cecilia and their children .

Our second personality is Brian Baldomero, son of 2 doctors, Dr. Roy Baldomero, an OB/GYN based in New Jersey, of the Bombeo clan of Molugan, El Salvador and Dr. Anita Baldomero, a neonatology specialist.

When Brian was 4 years old, he played the role of Tam, the illegitimate son of an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl, Kim (played by Lea Salonga) in Broadway’s “Miss Saigon” in New York City.

Brian with Lea Salonga

Brian's graduation pic.

How did he land the role? According to his mother, they were headed for a ski vacation in Vermont when her niece, Annette Calud, phoned her. The latter was in the show and she heard that they were looking for a 4 year old to play Tam. Annette took Brian into New York to audition and after several call backs and as many weeks, the group whittled down to Brian and another little boy and they rotated said role but it was Brian who was on stage when the opening night curtain went up on April 11, 1991.

Brian knew the score by heart and there were times when he would sing along during Lea’s solo. Everything was a giant pretend game because at 4 years old, Brian didn’t really know what was going on. Kim (Lea Salonga) was his pretend mother and Jonathan Pryce, his pretend uncle according to his mother. He had his own dressing room and the money he earned was placed in a trust fund.

So, where is Brian now? Well, he just graduated from the University of Las Vegas last December 2009 with a B.A. in Fine Arts. He lives and makes a living there and works for Full Tilt Poker, doing video editing for the company. He still pursues a life in the entertainment industry but is not into acting.

Profile picture by Michael LePoer.

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