After spending most of the first decade of her career as a child star successfully performing live all over the Philippines, Amapola released an album of contemporary songs called "Songs and Amapola". The album then became a summary of the most exciting songs of her recording career in the Philippines. Now, the album is back, re-mastered and re-titled to 'You Don't Know Me'. This new edition album has now become a collectors favorite and includes her top three #1 hits ("Never," "Secret Love," "Sinner or Saint") and a host of works from the decade's best songwriters: Little Things Mean A Lot EDITH LINDEMAN, CARL STUTZ; Secret Love - SAMMY FAIN, PAUL FRANCIS WEBSTER; One Love - RICHARD CARPENTER, JOHN L. BETTIS; If You Love Me Really Love Me - HYMNE À L`AMOUR Edith Piaf; Sinner or Saint - IRVING GORDON; I'll Walk Alone - JULE STYNE, SAMMY CAHN; Loss Of Love - HENRY MANCINI, BOB MERRILL to name a few. These are the Amapola's songs that hit the Top Ten Charts in her native country garnering her Asia's Grammy Award equivalent twice.
Amapola established herself as a super talent in her country, receiving accolades for her excellence as a television host, recording artist, as a motion picture actress (playing feature and lead roles plus others as a child star, & singing the musical scores for many others), as an instrumentalist (playing 8 musical instruments & excelling as a classic pianist), & as a TV & Radio personality - hosting "Amapola Presents" on KEMO-TV 20 in San Francisco, California. Twice awarded the "AWIT AWARDS" (the Asian equivalent of the US Grammy awards) for "Best Female Vocalist", other major awards were bestowed on her, notably the National Press "Hall of Fame" Award.
Included among her US performances to date
are headliner appearances at:
The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas
The Union Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas
The Kahala Hilton, Honolulu
Hyatt on Waikiki, Honolulu
Stern Grove, San Francisco
The Town Hall, New York
Waikiki Shell, Honolulu
The Miyako Hotel, Japan Town SF
Honolulu International Concert Hall
The Grand Hotel, Washington DC
The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
She has toured globally, performing concerts and cabaret at, among others:
The Shangri-La International in Singapore
Manila Hotel in the Philippines
Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco
Kahala Hilton in Honolulu
The Hyatt Regency in Bali
The HongKong Hilton
The Song Of Flower
Royal Viking Star
Royal Viking Sky
Royal Viking Sea
Royal Viking Sun
"Amapola Presents Show" still holds the record as the longest running Local Magazine Variety Show outside of Hollywood. Directed by Dirk Dirksen and syndicated in the West Coast, it was slotted at prime time on Saturday evenings & replayed on Sunday afternoons for seven straight years in the San Francisco Bay Area then syndicated and replayed in among others: Sacramento, Salinas and San Diego.
Amapola appeared in the Venetian Room of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco headlining an SRO concert fund-raiser for then California Governor Jerry Brown and merited a five minute ovation and a Plaque of Honor from Governor Gerry Brown and Browns for Brown organization.
She recorded a single released by Warner/Electra/Asylum (WEA) of the Philippines) & maintained Top 10 airplay for several weeks, ultimately rising to the #2. The following year Amapola recorded a live album during her one-woman concert at the Manila Hotel - the first live in concert album recording ever produced in the Philippines.
The Live at The Manila Hotel show was reprised on Amapola's American West Coast tour and further featured onboard some of the world's finest cruise ships including Royal Viking Sun (Maiden Voyage), Royal Viking Star, MS Song OF Flower & MS Hanseatic during its world cruise.