Monday, November 19, 2018

What's inside the Dressing Room?

The 43rd Season of Dulaang UP definitely has a great line up of Plays. For their second offering , Dulaang UP chose to stage a play about the theater, a 1997 Japanese play called "The Dressing Room" by Shimizu Kunio.

As DUP usually does, they would be staging in parallel both an English and a Filipino version of this play. The English version was written by Chiori Miyagawa, as adapted from the original English translation by John Gillespie. The Filipino translation is by multiple Palanca award-winning playwright Nicolas Pichay.

Always making sure that they push limits, Dulaang UP also pushes the envelope further by innovating on the casting as well. The original play involved four actresses playing the four actress characters. The English version will stay faithful to this casting. To put a twist in Filipino version, however, the four actress characters will all be played by male actors. I believe this is a great way to kind of put things into perspective.


The dressing room is literally where the action of this play is set. Initially, we see Actress A and Actress B dressed in Japanese-style robes, sitting in the middle of the stage in front of their respective box tables, applying white makeup on their faces. Suddenly, Actress C will enter dressed in Victorian finery, rehearsing her lines. Much later, an Actress D will come into the room to tell Actress C that she wants her role back. The whole play will be about the actresses' musings about Shakespeare and especially Chekhov as they reflect on the passions and frustrations they have about their acting careers.
Theater actors and theater fans will definitely fall in love with the intense love for theater espoused by this play. When sentimental Actress A and acerbic Actress B have an acting showdown playing Lady Macbeth, the effect was electric. This was even though some essence had been lost with the translation as the difference between two Japanese adaptations should have been highlighted (but obviously could not be conveyed in Filipino). Familiarity with the history of Japanese theater will enhance appreciation since the original Japanese play assumed the Japanese audience it targeted already knew.

The Dressing Room will run at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater until November 25, 2018.Make sure to catch it.

Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Pwedeng Pwede Family Day.

 Lucky to be invited to attend "Family Day! Pwedeng pwede! its a sunday full of activities for kids like the giant jenga, lots of board games, string activities, puzzles and many more. Its a great idea for us who are looking for activities to" digitally detox" our kids.
But theres more, its not only family activity but also parenting talk. They are advocates of love for children no corporal punishment. "BAWAL MAMALO" They are pushing the POSITIVE DISCIPLINE.
As a mother, i was reminded the negative effects of corporal punishment to children. And as a mother of four i am always on the lookout on how i can improved my parenting skills. As iwe all know, parenting is a hard job because to tge smallest details of our action and words greatly affect our children negatively and positively.
I heard they are conducting several parenting seminar about positive discipline. I hope to catch more.
Parents, this talk is very important as we all know that kids nowadays are different so we need different way to raise them
Text and Photos by Jeilenn Francisco. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Talking About Home Loans

Knowing which home loan to choose is not always easy. Homebuyers who research various types of loans likely know of loans that may suit their need. Because there are many loan options, it may be useful to work with a mortgage broker.

Some homebuyers choose to obtain financing from a credit union, bank or mortgage company. However, these lenders provide traditional financing, and rarely offer loans for people with credit problems.Image result for home credit loans

Comparing home loans is an important step that should not be overlooked. With this said, brokers provide a valuable service that saves time. Online mortgage brokers will locate at least three suitable loans. Brokers email loan offers to the homebuyer. Upon receipt of the offers, buyers must make a side-by-side comparison and pick the best loan offer and some also tries to help you avoidbad credit loans in Tampa.

Types of Home Loans Available

Fortunately, there is a multitude of home loans available. Thus, it is possible for practically anyone to obtain a mortgage regardless of credit. Several lenders specialize in bad credit mortgages. In this case, lenders approve loans to individuals with credit scores as low as 500. Those with low credit scores may also qualify for a “no credit score home loan.”

Furthermore, there are different home loans that involve zero money down. Also termed 100% financing, these loans are offered to good credit and bad credit applicants. In some instances, homebuyers may also acquire 103% and 107% financing.

Other home loan options include “no doc” home loans and stated income loans. Loans of this sort generally require a decent credit rating.

Applying for a Home Loan with Online Broker

Because of the variety of home loans, it would help to use a mortgage broker. Brokers are ideal because they can provide additional knowledge on the types of loans a homeowner can obtain. Once a homebuyer has decided on a particular loan type, the broker’s responsibility entails locating the best loan package.

Applying with an online broker is very simple. Homebuyers complete a quote request with a broker, and the broker matches the buyer with several potential lenders. Lenders will provide a quote, which includes loans terms, interest rate, closing costs, monthly payments, etc.




Thursday, November 8, 2018

On Choosing Personal Injury Lawyers

Personal injury attorney advertising is rising rapidly. Every time you turn on your TV or radio there are more personal injury attorney advertisements. Ironically, most personal injury attorneys and, in my opinion, most of the better personal injury attorneys, did not want to advertise and resisted for a long time.  
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That is quickly changing. Many of the better personal injury attorneys are now advertising because like it or not, they realize that advertising is not going away. So how does a seriously injured person determine whether a given advertising attorney is one of the better attorneys? 

First, the problem: anyone can advertise. Legal experience, skill or expertise in a particular legal specialty is not required to advertise. Attorneys with little or no experience, skill or expertise can advertise heavily in local phone books, billboards, television and radio advertising. 

These attorneys can claim huge verdicts where you to live to entice you to call quickly. Unfortunately, such claims may be very misleading. There are too many examples of attorneys with limited or no experience trying cases locally or anywhere else advertising heavily and making such claims. Historically, some of the biggest advertisers did not try cases at all and simply farmed them out to other attorneys in exchange for generous referral fees.

So how do you get beyond the advertisements to find a highly experienced attorney with expertise in your type of case? Think about what you would do before hiring any professional to help you with a very serious matter affecting your life. You would not just respond to the first TV commercial or call the person with the most billboards. You would do some research. 
Fortunately there are several easily accessible research tools. You can check the attorneys’ credentials by visiting these personal injury attorney.


“The Best Lawyers in America” is a national organization that lists by specialty the attorneys [and firms] in each geographical who other attorneys rate among the best in their specialty. As you would expect these attorneys are highly experienced in their fields. Look for firms who have several attorneys listed in the personal injury section – attracting such attorneys says a lot about the quality of the firm.
The American Board of Trial Advocates is another excellent resource because it has rigorous admissions standards and only admits highly experienced trial attorneys. This is very important because the better personal injury attorneys are all highly experienced trial attorneys
In serious matters affecting your life you want to know if in addition to superior experience and legal skills, the attorneys and firms also practice at the highest ethical standards. “Martindale-Hubbell” is a highly respected national publication that uses peer reviews to rate attorneys and firms on both the quality of their legal work and their ethical standards. Look for attorneys and firms that receive both an “A,” their highest legal quality grade and a “V” their highest ethical grade. 

Additional potential sources are other attorneys or friends and family who are familiar with the legal community. This can be especially helpful if they have had a positive experience with the attorney or firm they are recommending. 

After you narrow your search through such inquires and the web sites suggested above, go to the firm's website to learn more about their experience in the specialty that you need. Then meet with the attorney. Ask whether they have taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses. Attorneys who teach these courses are teaching other attorneys and are usually the most experienced and highly respected in their field.

Also ask who will be in charge of your case and who will try it. While it is common for less experienced attorneys to work on your claim, a senior attorney should be involved from start to finish. Your relationship and comfort level with the attorney is important. Look for an attorney that is courteous and is considerate of your time and who is responsive to your calls and questions. Don’t ever feel pressured to make a decision on the spot.

Following the suggestions above should quickly and easily help you get beyond the advertisements and get to a highly experienced attorney with expertise in your type of case.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Natural Way to Feel More Empowered As a Woman

 
Gone are the days when the "male chauvinist" society had women as far inferior as men—very dependent and submissive to whatever the latter commanded. Women today are not just regarded as homemakers, but nation-builders as well. Beyond the confines of their houses, they, too, can make a big difference––be it in the economic, social or political arena.

From being a household queen to boardroom’s rockstar, women run on very hectic and active schedules everyday. So imagine the strength they have to withstand the daily grinds, not to mention the stress and pressure they have to endure just to fulfill the duties bestowed upon them.

Nevertheless, they’re no “Wonder Woman” at all, nor our very own heroine “Darna” so as not to feel exhausted and tired from chores or work. They’re also humans, who need to pause for a break from being the jack-of-all-trades.

It’s time to celebrate women empowerment and influence with the gift of beauty and wellness that they truly deserve. What a better way to have it than a rosy, bouncy and shiny hair to begin with.

Because it is the mane that a person is mainly looked upon, it’s a conscious effort for everyone, especially women, to make it pleasant to gaze at. So a regular bottled shampoo and conditioner, plus treatment are, more often than not, the solutions to turn to, regardless of the bad effects they may cause.

Some of the harmful chemicals they contain are too much to handle, especially by as fragile as a hair follicle. Their main damage being mane breakage is hard to manage. Tricky it is to treat the resulting tress that’s less weak and elastic. Though negligible, other repercussions—allergic reaction and scalp irritation—also need keen attention and urgent solution.

Where else do women usually turn to for remedy than a beauty salon. After a pampering sesh, they may opt to avail any of their formulated solution for upkeep. For optimum results, it’s best to combine it with NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack to promote robust locks and scalp.

NOVUHAIR is the only tress growth product in the market containing 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients working synergistically to help remedy mane problems from growth to vanishing. It deeply penetrates to help rejuvenate, nourish, maintain moisture in the scalp and hair, and improve the overall appearance of the tress. Lastly, it’s an effective and safe solution to arrest hair loss.

So come and celebrate womanhood at your favorite salon anytime. Much better if you can make it regularly to bond with your sisters or amigas over a hair spa or treatment. After all, your crowning glory deserves a second look.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Century Park Hotel hosts Figure and Form Preliminary Judging for Miss Earth 2018.

 Eighty-Eight stunning Earth warriors were presented to the press and media for the Figure and Form Preliminary Judging at the Century Park Hotel Manila. Present in the event were Lorraine Schuck,one of the founders Carousel Productions that runs the Miss Earth Organization, Ms. Peachy Veneracion and some national directors of Miss Earth from other countries.
The ladies paraded in swimsuits designed by Ricky Abad and Eye wear by Viaje. The candidates were divided amongst the different continents and were judged according to their Figure and form. No sashes were worn at this point of the competition and they also wore hats and shades as well.

After the judging, all the contestants then paraded back onstage with their official sashes for Miss Earth but still following of how they were arranged according to continents. Century Park Hotel is one of the Hotel Sponsors for Miss Earth 2018 for a total of three years now. They support the organization’s advocacy and ensures that the delegates get that warm Filipino hospitality that we are all known for.
Hosts for the event are Princess Manzon and reigning Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco .The Figure and Form Pre-Judging is considered one of the crucial phases of the competition as it allows the delegates to showcase their curves and figures to celebrate the beauty and Uniqueness of the Human Form. ` The Finals night is all set to happen on November 3, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena.It will have its telecast courtesy of GMA 7.

Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Travel and Scenic Photography



When you are driving through the mountains somewhere, & you notice a automobile parked half off the road & some guy leaning to the left to avoid a branch with his Rebel 2000 camera in the act of focusing, you have met me. I do this because, to me, a trip isn't fulfilling unless i have preserved that beauty for posterity. I'd like to share a quantity of the techniques that make scenic photography such a wonderful artform - simple, yet elegant.

First off, equipment. As much as the cheap disposable camera beckons, get real. These cameras have fisheye lenses which I call "spam" lenses. we cram everything in, with equal blurriness & boringness. nice photos are sharp, unless you use blur for artistic effect. Sharp comes from an adjustable lens. It can be a fixed lens or a zoom, but it must focus specially for each picture. Fixed lenses are limiting for scenic pics, where to frame the shot you may require to move long distances. Imagine using a fixed lens on the Washington Monument, when you are half a block away! Zooms get my vote, even though we often don't have as wide an aperture, which limits their capabilities in low light situations.

Practically speaking, an SLR is the absolute best. we are lightweight, & can be used with top quality lenses. Film SLRs tend to be less expensive, but have the limitations of film, meaning you have to get it developed & so forth. Digital SLRs are VERY expensive, so for the budget conscious either go with a film SLR or a high quality basic digital camera. With digital, resolution is also a critical factor, so look at the specs before you buy. I know one great Travel Photographer, known D. Scott Carruthers.


OK, we have got the camera, emotions are jogging high, & that's great, but not  great! sometimes I find a spot that's so wonderful, I start shooting like a madman, only to be disappointed by the pics. What happened? Emotions. When you experience a place, there are sounds, aromas & breezes as well as the visuals of the spot. Needless to say, you cannot photograph all of these elements, only the visual. When overwhelmed by the spectacle of a scenic hotspot, we are often overwhelmed by all of these elements.

Now, I was a tad dishonest in saying that you cannot capture all of the elements of a scene. You can hint at them. For starters, motion. Yes, even in a still picture, there's motion. Something happened before, during & after your picture. In a mountain vista scene, you may find something that hints at motion, whether it be a branch of a tree that has been swaying in the breeze, or a river flowing through the valley below. These add a sense of motion.

So what to do? Look through your camera. The viewfinder does not lie (usually). Try to see what you are looking at as the finished picture. Most people perfunctorily take pics, hoping that somehow the shot will come out great. If you wonder how the pics came out when you are on the way to the drugstore to get them, you are doing something wrong. At the moment you click the pic, you should know exactly what you will get. (Of work with digital, that's not a trick!).

Then there's the "rule of thirds." When you place the main object of the picture smack-dab in the middle, it is static & boring. Place it one third of the way from either side, & you IMPLY motion. Put the horizon in a landscape photo a third of the way up or down, not across the middle.

Remember, when a person looks at a picture, their eyes move. You require to frame your photo to help that movement. If you can find some lines in the scene, such as a skyline, cloud formation, path through the forest, etcetera, use it interestingly, & with the rule of thirds to draw your viewer's eyes into the picture.

Avoid "summit syndrome." You get to the top of Mount Washington & shoot the majestic vista. Great. The pics come out .. boring! How? No PERSPECTIVE. Big vistas will be flat unless you have an object in the foreground, such as a rock or a tree, to give them perspective. Then the eye  grasps how big this scene is. People enjoying the view is a real winner, because the viewer may identify with their emotions, giving the image real impact.

Cheese! Yes, you do have to take the family photos. it is obligatory. But when you do, make sure that we show the location of the photo. Otherwise, you might as well do it on your driveway. Frame the scene in context, with landmarks as part of the picture. Find a way to tell as story in the picture, such as little Sara climbing up the rocks by the waterfall.

Finally, any element in the picture that hints at more senses than  the visual will make it remarkable. Actor headshots for example, tell a story about the subject. You can  hear them saying their next lines. If you photograph a garden, the viewer may experience the aroma of the flowers. A tourist street with an accordion player on the corner may have your amazed friends whistling "Dixie."

In summation, picture taking on travel is recording the experience in a satisfying way. Use motion, perspective, sensory, storytelling & so forth, to bring your photos to life. Oh, & needless to say, make your job easy & go to great places! See you at the overlook!






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Friday, October 19, 2018

Ang Pag-Uusig the return in CCP.

The award winning classic play of Tanghalang Pilipino is making a comeback this October at Tanghalang Huseng Batute of the Cultural Center of Philippines, this is the American classic and politically relevant “Ang Pag-Uusig” or The Crucible by Tony Award winning playwright Arthur Miller.
Along with Actors Company, this year’s rerun proves a lot in terms of acting performances, most its original cast are now doing dual roles, it’s a challenge for many of its actors specially on memorization part, this play had a kilo-metric lines. Compare to 30 rehearsals before, this revival only had 12 practice to perfect it.
I’ve never seen the first run in 2017, but this one really blow me away, it is intense and more eye connection to its characters, blocking in one stage format is surely admired same in the previous shows, script analysis is also use in this production to help all the actors give their best.
One notable change this time is the adaption of Filipino dress or Barong in the Act 2 of the play, somehow it makes you feel connected since majority of its audiences are Filipino, Ang Pag-Uusig is set in 1950’s base on the story with Latin American settings by Miller, but its theme and strong message can be conveyed in today’s time, in line with Tanghalang Pilipino tagline “Utak, Puso, Bayan”.
True to its original content, Ang Pag-Uusig tells a story of one village face with fear, greed and power, over telling the truth and telling a lie, using witchcraft as medium of condemning and making others suffer the consequences of the justice system.
Ang Pag-Uusig is still under the Direction of Dennis Marasigan, the translation to Filipino is by Jerry Respeto. Six Gawad Buhay awards won by this play last 2017 including Best Direction, Translation, Ensemble Performance in a play, and Male Lead Performance in a play.
Playing for four weekends, this play closes on October 28, 2018.Tickets are P1,000 (VIP), P8,000 (Bleachers) all are available at Ticketworld Online or thru CCP Box Office or call Tanghalang Pilipino Office at +632 823 1125 loc 1620 and +63 915 607 2275.

Below are the schedules:
Oct 20- 3:00 and 8:00 PM
Oct 21- 3:00 PM
Oct 25- 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM
Oct 26- 8:00 PM
Oct 27- 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Oct 28- 3:00 PM

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Jon santos tie up with PETA for Trumperte.

Jon Santos as Mocha
Iconic Filipino comedian and actor Jon Santos is re-staging his very timing one man show called “Trumperte” this coming Oct 26 to 27, at the PETA Theater Center, this is the first time that Santos partner with Philippine Educational Theater Association under the Direction of Michael Williams.

The show will showcase the usual Jon in many political faces like Pres. Digong, US Pres.Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, young actress Liza Soberano, plus some notable personality that Jon is identified like former First Lady Imelda Marcos and many more. According to Santos, the show is depending on the headlines, so expect changes before the actual performance night that varies on latest political issues.
As Melania Trump
During its launching last Oct 9, we have a load of laughter especially the Imelda part, Jon is all witty and intelligent to respond immediately from the comment of his audience, it also features performances from Isprikitik Improv, a next PETA event to watch out for coming this October to November. 
Jon Santos as Madam Imelda.
“Naniniwala ako na comedy is a nice barometer for social tension, magandang magkaroon ng one hour and half relief from traffic, prizes, headlines, and we realize na ang dalawang super headlines grabber ay ang dalawang presidenteng etu, hopefully after an hour or two with each other ma-realize nila na ang mga bagay na pinagbigyan mong matawanan ng kunti, can heal and you move on the next day to live again.” Santos said
After 30 years of doing political comedy, Santos admit that having PETA this time will add some changes that in line with the theater advocacy, Trumperte will have open forum segment after the show where in the audiences can ask questions anything in line with the content of the show.

“May Q and A, first time ko magkaroon ng talkback, my sharing after the show na nakatanggal na ang make up, haharap ako sa kanila, maybe to talk a little bit about the process, andun yung E ng PETA, educational and truly inspiring, nakaka-nerbyos hope I can answer all the questions.” Santos added.

Trumperte is written by Jon Santos, Enrico Santos, and Joel Mercado , with stage direction by Michael Williams. Tickets are now available at Ticketworld.com

Here is our interview with Jon Santos.

Friday, October 12, 2018

1SA, Performing Arts goes solo.

Arts in many forms is going solo this October, as Fringe Manila in partnership with The Japan Foundation brings you 1SA - Solo Arts Platform, that will celebrate solo artists and present their works on the Philippine stage in this year’s Museums and Galleries Month, coming this October 20-28, 2018 at Power Mac Center Spotlight Theatre and Pineapple Lab.

1SA Creative Director Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan declare that this pioneer festival is a newest platform or venue that explores various mediums or artistic expressions coin from its title itself “one” or solo, they aim to presents solo artists thru performing arts and exhibits.
Daniel Darwin
1SA inaugurates international artists like multimedia performance artist Takao Kawaguchi with his piece, About Kazuo Ohno: Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces, Filipino-Canadian director and cinematographer Mark Valino, whose dance video series Moments of Movement will be on exhibition for 1SA. They also restaging Dulaang UP’s ang dalagita’y ‘sang bagay na di-buo featuring Skyzx Labastilla, Filipino-American hoop artist Daniel Darwin also returns to the Fringe stage with his endurance piece, Dance Until You Shatter Yourself. Founder of Daloy Dance Company Ea Torrado presents an autobiographical dance piece on race and beauty in the form of Brown Madonna.
Gabbi Campomanes
Emerging playwright Gabbi Campomanes is premiering a musical theatre called My Night with Lea. Actor and founder of SPIT Gabe Mercado also premieres his autobiographical one-man-show, Raising Gabe, about the triumphs and struggles of a single man raising a child in the Philippines. Rizal-based sculptor Herminio Tan, Jr. is doing exhibits about alternate reality about creatures and characters in Philippine Mythology share in the trials and tribulations of the modern Filipino in his exhibition of Mitolohiya 2018.

Tickets for 1SA is available at TicketWorld (891-9999) or at ticketworld.com.ph. For more details and updates, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/FringeMNL or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @fringemnl or visit www.fringemanila.com .
Below are the festival schedules.
October 20, Saturday-
6:00 PM: Mitolohiya 2018 (Sculpture) by Herminio Tan, Jr. | Pineapple Lab
7:00 PM: Moments of Movement (Moving Image Exhibit) by Mark Valino | HollowBlock
8:30 PM: My Night with Lea (One-Woman Show, Musical) by Gabbi Campomanes / Pineapple Lab
October 23, Tuesday-
8:00 PM: About Kazuo Ohno: Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces (Performance) by Takao Kawaguchi | Power Mac Center Spotlight

October 24, Wednesday-
8:00 PM: Dance Until You Shatter Yourself (Performance) by Daniel Darwin | Power MAC Center Spotlight

October 26, Friday
8:00 PM: Brown Madonna (Dance) by Ea Torrado | Power Mac Center Spotlight

October 27, Saturday-
8:00 PM: ang dalagita’y ‘sang bagay na di-buo (Theater) by Dulaang UP | Power Mac Center Spotlight

October 28, Sunday-
7:00 PM: Raising Gabe (Performance Memoir) by Gabe Mercado | Pineapple Lab
8:00 PM: ang dalagita’y ‘sang bagay na ‘di-buo (Theater) by Dulaang UP | Power Mac Center Spotlight

Venues:                                                              
Pineapple Lab
6053 R. Palma Street
Poblacion, Makati City 1210

Power Mac Center Spotlight
Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati
Makati City 1207

Tickets: www.ticketworld.com.ph

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