Imelda Papin holds benefit concert in US

by Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Dec 28 2010 06:25 PM | Updated as of Dec 29 2010 02:32 AM

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - After taking a shot for a senatorial seat in the Phillippines, Asia's Jukebox Queen Imelda Papin makes a comeback to the center stage for a post-Christmas concert benefitting a Philippine dialysis center for the poor in Manila.

Papin filled the Orleans Hotel and Casino Showroom to capacity. Concert goers were treated to a Sunday night of sentimental music and Papin's greatest hit songs from the 90s.

She said: "Every December, I try my best to have my concert here at the Orleans Casino Showroom.... just to finish the year here in Las Vegas in the States, raising funds so that the dialysis treatment for the poor will continue."

Papin shared the stage with the “Cascades'” lead singer John Claude Gummoe, who was rumored to be dead on a plane crash during the early 70s.

Gummoe, who is now 72 years old, still has the voice that reminded the crowd that up to now the Cascades songs are still a hit.

The Archies’ lead singer Ron Dante was also a guest star performer of Papin for the second time.

He said: "I just love working with her. She is so kind. She gives a lot of time for the other acts. She doesn’t hog everything. She is really generous."

After the success of Papin’s benefit concert, she is scheduled to share the stage with the “Pacmom,” Dionisia Pacquiao, in May of next year.