Monday, March 20, 2017
Eating is best when you share stories at the table. That’s what Sobremesa, a South American restaurant in Sapphire Bloc aims to promote at this age when technology changed the food culture.
Taken from its Spanish meaning, Sobremesa refers to the time spent together with people you share a meal with. Guests of Sobremesa are requested to surrender their phones before eating in exchange of desert. The phones will be locked on a cage and the key will be surrendered to you.
Established in 2015 by Chef Banjo Tuason, Sobremesa is a business venture by The Menu Group that features exciting cuisines that cater to diverse markets. Chef Tuason told us that their menu is tagged as South American cuisine with a fusion of Asian flavors.
The taste makes you think of childhood memories where Chef Tuason takes his inspiration.
One outstanding appetizer we tried is the Quezo Fundido, which is best eaten while it’s hot and crispy with a dip of a special blend of cheese. The Bulalo Estofado is such a delight. It tastes very Filipino yet unique with the tenderness of its meat.
Other recommendations are the Australian Rib Eye Steak, meat galore of Chorizo Pamplona, Salchicon, Vela De Lomo and Chorizo De Bilbao. The Shrimp Salad is a galore for comfort, and the Mango Cheesecake is a winner of not tolerating your sweet tooth. But the Lecheron, a macaroon served as leche flan is a big surprise.
Sobremesa is located in Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center in Pasig City. For reservations and events you may contact them at 917-624-5470, 917-950-9489 or follow them at Facebook or Instagram tru @sobremesaph.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
|Ang bagong Hottie ng Century, Luis Manzano.|
Noel Lazaro, Sr Product Manager of Century Tuna told us that they are committed to give Filipino consumers a better product, and inspired from Filipino customs in food traditions, like the habits of Pinoys in sharing foods, they decided to make the Corned Tuna in a bigger size, so inviting friends to eat together can fit in.
He also discuss the fuzz of Pinoys in eating spicy foods, in which it is the trend right now in other brands from noodles and to other canned goods, and to cater on they answer it by making a version of their well loved Corned Tuna with Chili, that spicy lovers will love.
And having Manzano as their latest ambassador, is a welcome trademark in their endorsers family, having from a family of showbiz royalties, with numerous strings of Box Office movies, top rating TV shows like the on-going Win A Minute and Family Feud, and of course being a fitness buff, chiselled abs and an overall robust physique, definitely make him perfectly fit as the “Pinakabagong Hottie ng Century.”
Manzano was introduced last March 9 at Sarsa Restaurant in Makati, in a launching event to start his newest product endorsement. For Manzano he is happy for the opportunity, he admit being a Martial artist in working out, Century Tuna is part of his regimen, he love it raw such as salad mix with vegetables.
A new TVC showing Manzano cooking Chili Corned Tuna in a RV with screaming girls after him, is now airing in major TV networks.
Century Tuna Chili Corned Tuna along with other variants, are assured of best quality tuna that is high in protein, low in fat and fortified with Omega 3 and DHA.
Music has always been an inevitable part of human life and many of you may love to hear good music or play music for your own satisfaction and contentment. There are different types of music instruments such as saxophones, trumpets, guitar, piano that are used by people to fulfill their music love. Of these saxophones is still the most rare and appreciable music instrument by the people.
Saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax in the 1840’s and is not really an instrument but a group of instruments. Sax has invented about fourteen saxophones out of which eight still exists. However, only four of them are commonly available – the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. Out of these, the alto saxophone is most commonly found which most people think of.
Other saxophone that still exists include E-flat soprano, B-flat soprano, E-flat alto, true tone alto, B-flat tenor, E-flat baritone, B-flat Bass and contrabass. The early saxophones were made in F and C and not E-flat and B-flat whereas others were invented but were possibly too radical to remain in the creation for tenor.
The soprano saxophone is one of the straight saxophones in the whole family because it looks like a clarinet but it is made up of brass. It can be classified as a woodwind as it is a single reed instrument. The alto saxophone is curved around and has one bend in its neck whereas the tenor has a more curved neck and is larger. The baritone’s neck is a full circle and is the largest of all the saxophones. Its case is around four feet long and when it is played, it doubles the brass section.
The soprano saxophone is not a common in most of the band but it is used sometimes and when it is played, it plays a part similar to a clarinet or even as another clarinet. It has a higher sound and often doubles the higher woodwind parts.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
|The Godfather Platter.|
Restaurant nowadays are adapting many methods of cooking our favorite dishes. A lot of them use fusion of different cuisines, reinventing comfort food.
This newest meat joint in Ortigas utilizes sous vide way of cooking to satisfy their customers. Seared, a barely year old resto created by a team of young individuals, has been using this French method. They aim to establish that meat is the king of all.
Seared Managing Director Michael Christopher Tan told us that they believe in the diversity of people in Ortigas area. They wanted to put up the first branch that can cater all types of crowd. Their 85-seater resto is not just a hub for meat lovers but also a bar a t night where you can finish a long day.
They offer their best pick Wagyu beef, cooked sous vide. One cannot go wrong in ordering their meats. Their burgers have the right mixture of flavours. Other best sellers are their salads and meat platters.
The Seared menu goes from affordable to gastronomically satisfying grub, mostly good for two. They declared that do not use MSG to it since sous vide cooking is already an answer to win your heart.
Other Seared’s best you don’t wanna miss are Bronco (T-Bone), The Patron (Rib eye), Mr. Porter (Porterhouse). The Godfather platter gives you a wide array of meat selections like barbecue, pork chop, fried chicken and beef brisket.
Their cocktails are unique as well. The blend of juices and shakes are all recommended especially Casi, a mix of Mango, Pineapple and Passion Fruit juice. Cool down with vodka cocktails at their bar like the Girl Boss, a mxture of whiskey, rosemary and lemon.
For Desert, strongly recommended is the Skillet S’Amores, a toasted fluffy marshmallow in a bed of peanut butter, honey graham with melted dark chocolate.
Tan told us that they don’t offer food delivery at the moment. They discourage it however since it is better to eat their food at their resto while it’s hot. Reheating is not a good idea. Parties and other functions are welcome at their venue.
SEARED opened on December 10, 2016 with operations from 11am to 12 midnight, and they are located at Unit 9 G/F Technopoint, Julia Vargas Avenue in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For updates follow them in Facebook and Instagram.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
The video was directed by Jiggy Gregorio, and it talks about acceptance and learning to love whatever the situation. “The song is very sad, thus the rain for the band shots which connotes sadness and despair” Gregorio said.
Miles Experience is composed of Miles Bondoc on vocals and guitar, Justin Teano on guitar, Ian Diaz on bass, Guido Hizon on keyboard and Tim Dadivas on drums. This former indie group from University of Sto. Tomas started as a blues band in 2011, and they revamped to make a unique music not heard in the local music scene.
“The music video is very different from our previous videos and we are very excited to show it to fans.” Bondoc said.
Aside from being in demand in gigs, Miles Experience also promoting 3 singles, the said Anggulo, Silakbo and Love Supreme from their debut album “Again & Against” release by MCA Music. It is available now in on streaming via Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music, and on downloads via iTunes and Spinnr, and the CDs are available at select Astroplus and Astrovision outlets.
For booking inquiries, please contact Kerwin Rosete of MCA Music Artist Management at Tel Nos. 916-2504 local 107. Mobile 0920-968-2991 or email email@example.com .
Fresh from his award winning Direction in Happiness Is A Pearl in Broadway World Award, Paul Jake Paule act the mighty role of Macbeth, the excellent soldier and Chief of Staff of Duncan’s Army. Cath Go and Jernice De Guzman alternately play the role of Lady Macbeth.
Other cast includes Mitoy Sta. Ana and Andre Tiangco as Duncan, Gio Cabanlit and Jarden De Guzman as Callum, while the Witches are Merdin Mojica, Tasha Guerrero, Kia Del Rosario, Princess Tuason and Jeremy Cabansag.
In this era where theater is on a new grounds, producing a Shakespear’s play is a challenge, even though the materials are already heard and known by many, the attack and its staging should be new, as well as the performances.
Artist Playground tru Camanag direction gives a different side of Macbeth, that fits in a very intimate show, imagining a few steps near actors on stage, its original music complete the ambiance of feeling in a another era inside the forest.
But what best on this is the dialogues, the script that seems old but not that old English, this Chalmers version is easy to digest and to understand. Refreshing indeed since its offer a very close encounter show that no one does so far in Manila theater scene. It was stage at 1701 The Little Room Upstairs in Landsdale Tower in Quezon City.
Prelude to Macenth had a limited run, it opens last February 23 to 26 only, but they are restaging it again this coming June. For ticket and inquiries, visit Artist Playground’s Facebook page or contact 09759193179.
The artistic team of Macbeth includes Jesse Lucas as the musical director, Reynoso Mercado as the Production Designer, Pauline Martinez-Lighting Designer and Banue Miclat-Janssen as the speech consultant.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Still under its 50th year anniversary celebration, this exciting production under the direction of highly acclaimed Bart Guingona, star Pinky Amador as Mother Superior, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Psychiatrist Dr. Livingstone, and for the title role is the refreshing, sweet and innocent Becca Coates as Agnes.
The story evolve on Sister Agnes, on what really happen that night she supposedly gave birth, that was the mission of Dr.Livingstone, to uncover the truth, to prove if there is really a miracle happen in the convent, and at the same time she undergo some reality checking, her faith to God and her personal struggle as a person.
It is a women empowering performances covering three generations of ladies, a very engaging one for Mother Miriam as play by Amador, who exude a finest and convincing acting on how she protect Agnes, of course Yulo as authoritarian and professional indeed is great as it is, her monologues are perfectly delivered. Becca as divine as she is, act so naturally that you will believe she is a new Mother Mary, in this generation where sins are everywhere.
The sets by Joey Mendoza, a Set Design Professor at Fordham University in New York will give you goosebumps, his simply, minimalistic and yet illustrative sets is something new to my eyes, unbelievable perfect that it is inside the convent, that it is inside an office, and even in heaven for God sake.
Agnes of God was first stage by Repertory in 1983 with Amador as Agnes, written by playwright John Pielmeier is broadway hit in 1982 and was even adapted into film in 1985. This year’s production opens last Feb 17 and run until March 12 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1 at Makati City.
For tickets and inquiries, call Repertory at 843-3570 or at Ticketworld at 891-9999 or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph. For updates and show schedules, check www.repertoryphilippines.ph .
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Art imitates life, Life imitates Art. That’s the point in Twin Bill Theater newest production of “My Name is Asher Lev”, written by Aaron Posner as adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok. This is under the direction of Steven Conde and stars Nelsito Gomez in the titular role, with Robie Zialcita and Naths Everett.
Asher Lev is a life story set in 1940’s Brooklyn of an upcoming visual artist or painter who have the roots of Hasidic Jew. He struggle about his ideals in expressing his talent, skills that was rejected by his community as well as his own family, but he fight for his Artistic freedom and the price he must pay to achieve it.
Gomez as charming as he is, act crafted as Asher, you will appreciate him here as he almost didn’t go off on stage during the 90 minutes performances, those kilometric lines and changing of emotions from one scene to another, actually you will feel tired somehow but the energy Gomez is showing, the excitement on his face is a catch, at first I thought it just a minor take on drama, but as soon as the story subside, you will see it as a heavy drama.
Zialcita and Everett versatility is test in this play, at one scene they are the parents, then change to a Rabbi to a model and so on and so forth. They perfectly manage the blocking somehow to think it is a intimate theater experience, where audience and main theater is at all side.
Maybe not everyone is an artist, but Asher Lev will teach you that it’s not everything is about expressions, maybe not all can relate to his ideals as a person who appreciates and loves art, but it connote you that dreaming to be someone, someday will help you molds your future and who you want to be.
Twin Bill Theater production of My Name is Asher Lev is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc, as part of their Season Two. To know more about Twin Bill, find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/twinbilltheater or visit website,:www.twinbilltheater.com. For updates, follow their social media account (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram): @twinbilltheater.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
|Eurydice is torn between her love for his Father and her Husband. (Photo from Tanghalang Pilipino)|
Tanghalang Pilipino’s latest offering this love month is something unconventional to watch, as it takes on matters of love as deeper from the roots to the new love of your life, this is Eurydice, a play written by Sarah Ruhl translated in Filipino by Guelan Luarca.
Eurydice is under the Direction of Loy Arcenas, the acclaimed film maker behind Nino, Requeime and the forthcoming Ang Larawan, his takes on this production is composed a lot of imagery, imagining the two dimensions of the living and the dead. He also handle in creating the set for this, and that elevator make up set in the center stage is a great installation in the play, it is impressive indeed along with water effect.
The story evolve around Eurydice new found love Orfeo, they get married and eventually fate bring Eurydice to the underworld and get reunited with his dead father, the man of her life try everything to win her back to the world they live in, but Eurydice decided to stay with his Father.
Playing the lead role as Eurydice is Lhorvie Nuevo, yes she does fit the role but somehow lacking in some characterization issues and the lack of chemistry with Marco Viana as Orfeo, but the father thing with Audie Gemora is good and convincing. Gemora as the father is great as it is, no more no less, and Viana is as good as well, his eyes express severely on the emotions he wants us the audience to feel.
But its a good show after all, even though its a heavy take on heart matters, the set is so new since they put it in the center stage along with the audience too in the Little Theater. The stone people as well as the God in the underworld add fun in the play too.
Eurydice will run at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino until March 5, it open last Feb 17 with the following day and time schedules, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm only. Tickets are at P1,500 and P1,000, you may contact Tanghalang Pilipino at 832.1125 locals 1620-21 or through Lorelie Celestino at 0915-607-2275. Tickets also available at Ticketworld.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
The well love classic ballet, is returning in the main theatre of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, as Ballet Philippines revive it as the finale for their 47th season called “Wings”. The worldwide adored “Swan Lake” is in time celebrating its 140th anniversary by March 4.
The return of Odette/Odelle as well as Prince Siegfred is having a major change this time, this is due to BP’s alumni Nonoy Froilan new touch of choreography, new stage set and of course the latest costumes, it will present new leads for BP’s dancers as Denise Parungao, Garry Corpuz, Jemima Reyes and Victor Maguad will fill in the shoes for the first time as major role in this year’s revival.
“Swan Lake is really one of our favorite classic, kasi napakahirap nya, napaka challenging, its one of the most perfect ballet, provocative, dramatic. Its a good ballet for those people who haven’t seen ballet to watch, we hope it help us to develop the audience, and also for the dancers as a gift to them to challenge them in achieve something, by doing a really challenging piece.” Paul Morales, BP’s Artistic Director.
The said ballet show will have Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura of the Philippine Philharmonic Oschestra for its live scoring, and BP President Margie Moran is also setting foot on stage as the Queen Mother. Internationally renowned and BP alumni Candice Adea along with Ballet’s world Golden Boy Joseph Philips of Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater is also performing as a guest Odette/Odelle and Prince Siegfred.
Set and based on German folk tales with Russian traditions, Swan lake is a story of love, magic and forgiveness that focus on Princess Odette under a curse that keeping form as a swan by day, and of course her Prince charming Siegfred that is pressured to find his bride.
Swan Lake is set to open on Feb 24 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo) at 8:00 in the evening, other schedules are set on Feb 25 at 2pm and 7pm, Feb 26 at 3pm, March 3 at 8pm, March 4 at 2pm and 7pm, and March 5 at 3pm.
Ballet Philippines first stage Swan Lake way back in 1980 and was repeated in 1982, 1985, 1989, 1991 and 1994. The 2017 revival marks the company’s 8th restaging to date. For more info pls connect with BP’s social media account in Facebook, twitter and Instagram. Tickets is available at Ticketworld or call 891-9999.