Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Gala worth celebrating.

The country’s preeminent ballet and contemporary dance company, the Ballet Philippines present this August a show featuring various international Filipino stars coming from different dance companies in the word today, like Candice Adea from BalletMet and Hongkong Ballet, Marcelino Libao of Hamburg Ballet, Kris-Belle Paclibar from Cirque Du Soleil, Ronelson Yadao of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Paul Ocampo & Chien-Ying Wang of OcampoWang Dance, and Jean Marc Cordero & Rita Angela Winder of Ballet Kiel, all of them are formerly members of Ballet Philippines.

A Gala Celebration also mark the return of Alice Reyes, the National Artist for Dance and former Artistic Director of BP. She is the one who choose the choreograph gems for this show such as Agnes Locsin’s Salome, Bam Damian’s Minamahal Sinasamba, Edna Vida’s Vision of Fire, Norman Walker’s Summer’s End, and excerpt from classical ballet “Raymonda”.

“The Gala is my way of saying, come watch the Filipino dance artist has done, coz were featuring dancers who gone out and stars in various dance companies all over the world, we are featuring them alongside our own company members.” Alice Reyes said.

It is the season opener for the 48th season of BP entitled “Quintessence” that runs August 18 up to 20 only at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

“What excite us in this Gala celebrations is we have our Artistic Director Emeritus Alice Reyes, we are very excited to present how good our dancers are, that we are planning also for our 50th year, and we are also performing in Cambodia and in China.” Margie Moran, President, Ballet Philippines.
For more of Ballet Philippines connect online thru www.facebook.com/balletphilippines, twitter @balletph Instagram: @balletphilippines and Youtube balletph.  Tickets pls call Ballet Philippines at +632 551-1003, CCP Box Office 832-3704 or Ticketworld 891-9999.
“Its’ very exciting, as you can see they are fearless, their attitude, they do it with love and passion and fun, great fun, great dancing and it will make you feel proud as a Filipino.” Reyes said in closing about the dancers of BP. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

The new dynasty at this year’s Mr. and Miss Chinatown.

On its 5th year, Mr and Ms.Chinatown is ready in presenting the good values and traditions of Filipino-Chinese community in the country, in a new way and new traditions. 15 pairs of gentlemen and ladies coming from Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao are this year candidates vying to be called Chinoy cultural ambassadors in line with New Dynasty branding.
“The new thing in this year is were using a new campaign, it’s called “New Dynasty”, traditionally for the Chinoys we think only entrepreneurship or business only, now we want to showcase the other side, the creative side of the Chinoys. So we have candidates who are artists, interior designers, this are field that most traditional Chinoys are not supportive with.” Alvin Tan, President of Chinoy TV.
Winners and runner up will receive cash prize of P200, 000.00, P100, 000.00 and P50, 000.00, while the crown Miss Chinatown will compete for Miss Chinese International. Coronation night is slated on Sept 1, 2017 at The Theatre of Solaire Resort and Casino and to be aired on ABS-CBN Sunday’s Best on Sept 10.
Here are this year’s candidates for Mr. Chinatown, Philipp Licaros, Jonathan Lim, Justin De Jesus, Clarence Lim, Jacob Munez, Michael Cocabo, Derrick Pua, Lance Soriano, Allen Wu, Morgan Gan, Andrew Ryder Co, Vic See, Patrick Rogando, Stanley Quisora and Martin Sy. For Miss Chinatown the candidates are Melany Sy, Kate Au, Jillian Chua, Audrey See, Patricia Claire Balay, Unity Ong Tan Ka, Angela Elpa, Charmaine Hong, Shelby Hernandez, Maryss Ong, Conikka Lagamayo, Kency Ongkeco, Jesslyn Lee, Ivy Shi and Joy Wu.
Darling of the Press winners Joy Wu and Jacob Munes
During the Press Presentation recently, Joy Wu and Jacob Munes won the Darling of the Press award. Talent competition is set on August 20 at 4 in the afternoon in Lucky Chinatown Mall Atrium in Manila. App base voting is also introduce this year to support your favorite candidates.

Director/Dancer Paolo Valenciano will direct the coronaton night, Tan told us that they tap Paolo for this year’s pageant in order for them to have new twist in doing pageantry, it is a showcase of millennials that every gap of the show, will present the good qualities of Chinoys.

“Were focus on the millennials, we focus on qualities, being open minded, being risk taker, so were showing different qualities of Chinoys, in every gap.” Tan added.
Mister and Miss Chinatown 2017 is produce by Chinoy TV, Miss Chinatown Foundation and Oriental Group, and co presented by Solaire Resort and Casino and Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

The Miss Chinatown Foundation pageant was created to promote awareness among Filipino Chinese Community about the beauty and richness of the Chinese culture and its language. Fil-Chi Media productions is the company behind Chinese-Filipino Lifestyle magazine show, Chinoy TV, that features Chinese-Filipino lifestyle to its viewers, hosted by Chris Tiu, Willord Chua and Valerie Tan. It airs every Sunday from 10 to 11am on Living Asia Channel and PTV4. 

Photos by Leo Miraran.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Aurelio Sedisyoso: A Sarswela About The Life Of Aurelio V. Tolentino

Tanghalang Pilipino officially launched " Aurelio Sedisyoso, " an original rock sarswela, the first piece for its 31st Theater Season, a sequel to the steampunk musical " Mabining Mandirigma. " With book and lyrics by Nicanor Tiongson, music by Joed Balsamo and direction by Chris Millado, it play act the conflicts between the Philippines and the United States in the period between 1902 and 1907, that framed the third phase of the revolution. It also focuses the last chapter in the life of Aurelio V. Tolentino from 1908 to 1915.
The Cast of Aurelio Sedisyoso.
JV Ibesate and Eunice Pacia hosted the press conference held at Main Theater Lobby of the Cultural Center Of The Philippines on August 16, 2017. Fernando Josef, Artistic Director of Tanghalang Pilipino made an opening remark. Chris Millado, Artistic Director and Vice President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, introduced the artistic staffs. Followed by an excerpt performance from the musical:

Song 1 - Ikaw Ang Tanglaw (AVT/Saling)
Song 2 - Ligawan Scene (Didoy/Diday/Crising/Dodong)
Song 3 - Hell Of A Time (Tikbalang)
Song 4 - Sumpa Ng Langit Reprise (Ensemble and Tikbalang)

Cast: David Ezra (Aurelio Tolentino), Baron Geisler (Tikbalang/Amerikano), Remus Villanueva (Sakay/Bonifacio), Hazel Maranan (Saling), Kakki Teodoro (Naty), Norby David (Manuel Quezon), Paw Castillo (Didoy), Phil Palmos (Crising), Sasa Cabalquinto (Hunyango), Ali Santos (Carreon), Jasper Cabra (Montalan), Alfritz Blanche (Lope K. Santos), Jonathan Tadioan (Dominador Gomez), JV Ibesate (Tikbalang Understudy), Aldo Vencilao (Dodong), Blanche Buhia (Diday) and Eunice Pacia (Liwayway). Koro: Aika Zabala, Jing Reyna-Jorge, Sigrid Balbas, Raflesia Bravo, Tope Kliatchko, Lian Silverio, Monique Nellas and Joshua Tayco.
David Ezra, Tessa Prieto-Valdez and Baron Giesler.
Aside from the sarswelistas and sarswelistos, also present during the launch are Arsenio Lizaso, CCP President and Tessa Prieto - Valdez, Board Of Director. Liesl Batucan, Tanghalang Pilipino Associate Artistic Director facilitated the question and answer, who later did the closing remark. Aurelio Sedisyoso is playing at the CCP Little Theater Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino from 1st to 17th of September 2017. For ticket inquiries call CCP Box Office at 832-1125 or TicketWorld at 891-9999. Ticket Prices: Orchestra Center - 1,500 and Orchestra Sides - 1,000.
The actual stage platform of Aurelio Sedisyoso.
Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

SnippetMEdia introduce SnippetX.

People now a days are always on the go, we depend on the latest technology and the challenge to be updated at all time, and most of us find our smart phone our BFF in this challenging world. Yes, this the generation that reads news and all the information we need thru our phones, tablets, everything that we can connect to the internet.

SnippetMEdia, a technology company, a state of the art mobile app that started in 2016 introduce another app called SnippetX, the newest hub for info getter not just the real news from reliable sources, but also from many social media bloggers like us who cover events, post not only latest but relevant topics that may interest you, such as food, travel, tips, and even opinion related matter that we feel to blog about.

Having almost 250,000 subscribers from their app, SnippetMEdia level up their thinking by creating another media platform that most people now a days needed, with artificial intelligence that can convey or relate to your usual feelings, it gives you recommendations on what’s the best thing to read online,

Oliver Bayani, Lead Innovation Officer of SnippetMEdia told us that SnippetX is still a work in progress, the editorial team are still establishing connections to bloggers of different genre that can be best share to their customers, they aim to bring a whole dimension to news aggregation thru stories, posted by bloggers. However, he clarify that Bloggers still get its hits or views in certain post, SnippetX is just a medium use for the said story to be well read my many.

Bayani also told us that they are still discussing on having commission writing job for Bloggers from the provinces, to make their platform interesting than ever. Most of the genre they will cover are food, travel, fashion and technology written and created by Filipino online content writers.

For more info SnippetMEdia please check www.snippetmedia.com and facebook.com/SnippetMEdiaapp/ it is now available thru Apple Store and Google Play store or directly download the app through http://snppt.io/Download-App-Now

The said launching happen last August 10, at Yes Please in Uptown BGC in Taguig, celebrities also attend the event some of them are Chris Tiu, Alice Dixon, Donita Rose, JM Rodriguez and Andy Eigenmann. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The West Side Story in Manila.

The Cast of West Side Story Manila Season 2017.
The classic Broadway dance musical is here in Manila for a very limited season run, West Side Story is produced many many times all over the world, from Broadway to west end including international tours for the last 60 years.

West Side Story is inspired by Shakespeare’s tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, written way back 1950’s it is set in New York presenting gangs of boys from upper west side known as Jets and the Sharks, plus the teenage love of Maria and Tony torn in between the two enemy gang. Music of this musical are called immortal now a days, from Tonight, America and that somewhere still haunt me after watching.

The Manila season that open last August 10 will last until August 27 only, yes limited 3 week season so you better get those dancing shoes and hit The Theatre at Solaire, and experience this musical with all young American cast, many of whom come direct from Broadway. Presented by Globe Live along with Novuhair, OOCL, Victory Liner, Lyric Piano and Diamond Hotel.

West Side Story Manila season is a Michael Brenner production, produced by BB Promotion GmbH in association with Sundance Productions, Inc. NY, Lunchbox Theatrical Production, David Atkins Enterprise and Concertus Manila.

Here are some qoutes of our interview with the cast during its press presentation, about their roles, the characters, the trials and the challenges they have to face.
 
Jenna Burns and Kevin Hack
Jenna Burns as Maria: “The most difficult part are the emotional scenes that we have to dive into, the characters are younger than us, its thinking back what is like the first time you fell in love, those feeling for someone else and the discovery of that, which when we get older were used to that feeling, those are the biggest thing we have to do.”

Kevin Hack as Tony: “For me it’s not very difficult, I find a lot of line very natural in Tony, I just had to put the shoes and costumes, make sure I can sing the notes and I’m good, the only time I have to prepare to something is the last scene in the show.”
Keely Beirne and Kayla Moniz
Keely Beirne as Anita: “I’m so honored to play this role, it’s the role I always admired as a person, as a woman, as a female lead character in theater and I think she is so strong, its impressive for me that it is written in 1950’s, and a woman had such power, control and confident.”
Lance Hayes and Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva
Lance Hayes as Riff: It’s an amazing show to get part of, I could see the world.

Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva as Bernardo: “ We are sending a message, the show is really sending a message about tolerance, love and how hate gonna finish it.” 
West Side Story is suitable for a PG audience and contains no profanity. Tickets prices and show details are P7,000- VIP, P5800-A Reserve, P4500-B Reserve, P3500- C Reserve and P1500- D Reserve. Tuesday-8pm, Wednesday-8pm, Thursday-8pm, Friday-8pm, Saturday-3pm and 8pm, Sunday-3pm and 8pm. For tickets are now on sale at www.Ticketworld.com.ph .

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fil-Global turns 3 year old.

In celebration of its third year anniversary in the Philippines, Fil-Global Immigration Services Corporation (Formerly Fil-Global Ltd.) host a wine and cheese immigration event last August Aug 7, 2017 at the Roberts Hall of Times Plaza in Manila.

Fil-Global offer travel, work and study abroad in 20 different countries since 2015, but what they are promoting this time is the Pearsons Test of English, the fastest, accurate and no human error occurrence. PTE is develop by world’s largest education that was honored and recognize by many universities and work admission in around 70 countries.

PTE is like the one we know about English proficiency examination such as TOFL, IELTS and so many other. It is program and design to meet the demands of diverse disciplines, tailored to the needs of students who want to acquire specific functional English communication skills. Starting price for those interested in PTE is $205 that you can get the result in maximum five days after the exam, plus if you fail you can re-apply immediately online for another session, single session usually takes 3 hours. PTE results usually have 24 months expirations.

In the said event, JVB Travel and tours, the official travel company of Fil-Global Corporation, is introduce as a company founded in London, and composed of highly skilled professionals from many sectors, they are the one assisting the client of Fil Global either work or studying abroad.
Fil-Global people and other partners.
So if you’re planning to work abroad, migrate abroad or further your studies, you can go anytime to their office at 12/F Times Plaza Bldg, UN Avenue Corner Taft Avenue, Ermita Manila, or contact them at +63 917.114.2345 or email them at HQ@fil-global.com For Visayas they also have office in Dumaguete City, and Cagayan De Oro for Mindanao.

Or check their website at www.studyworkliveabroad.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

And the winners are... Cinemalaya 2017.

The annual Cinemalaya Awards took place at The CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo on August 13, 2017, honoring the achievements and craftsmanship’s of Filipino Indie film makers on full-length and short categories. As soon as the curtain raised, the audience were appalled by a magnificent authenticity set design.
This was complemented by a powerful opening performance of " The Joys And Perils Of Making An Indie " by Lou Veloso, Aiai de las Alas and Jaclyn Jose, accompanied by Tanghalang Sta. Ana and Jerald Napoles who rendered " Ikaw At Ako. " Maricris Garcia performed " Bituin Marikit " for the " In Memoriam " tribute as interpreted by a female member of Powerdance.
The ceremony was directed by Louie Ignacio. A total of 20 trophies were awarded in two different categories:

SHORT FILM " Nakauwi Na " by Marvin Cabangunay and Jaynus Olaivar (Audience Choice Award) " Bawod " by Duwi Monteagudo (Best Screenplay) " Manong Ng Pa-Aling " by E del Mundo (Best Direction) " Fatima Torres And The Invasion Of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 " by Carlo Francisco Manatad (Special Jury Prize) " Aliens Ata " by Karl Glen Barit (2017 NETPAC Award) " Hilom " by PR Patindol (Best Short Feature Film)

FEATURE FILM " Respeto " by Alberto Monteras II (Audience Choice Award) " Respeto " by Corinne de San Jose (Best Sound) " Kiko Boksingero " by Pepe Manikan (Best Original Music Score) " Respeto " by Lawrence Ang (Best Editing) " Baconaua " by TM Malones and " Respeto " by Ike Avellana (Best Cinematography) " Bagahe " by Zig Dulay (Best Screenplay) Yayo Aguila for " Kiko Boksingero " (Best Supporting Actress) Dido de la Paz for " Respeto " (Best Supporting Actor) Joseph Israel Laban for " Baconaua " (Best Direction) Angeli Bayani for " Bagahe " (Best Actress) Noel Comia Jr. for " Kiko Boksingero " (Best Actor) " Baconaua " by Joseph Israel Laban (Special Jury Prize) " Respeto " by Alberto Monteras II (2017 NETPAC Award) " Respeto " by Alberto Monteras II (Best Film)
Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Salakot Falls, Hanging Libary and the Red Bridge in the west coast.

Puerto Princesa’s major falls that known by many locals is the Salakot waterfalls in Brgy. Napsan, west part of the City. It’s almost a two hour ride from the urbanize proper of Puerto. What I know this was maintain by the City Government in the past years, but it is now a Community Base Sustainable Tourism project manage by local community of indigenous people called Tagbanua.
Samahan ng mga Katutubo Sa Brgy. Napsan at Bagong Bayan is the name of the organization that run Salakot falls now, they collect P10 entrance fee per person who wish to do swimming and picnic, the cottage is P50 for rental, while the overnight cottage is P350.
Shower and Comfort Rooms 
There is no major development in Salakot compare to the last time I visit this place as part of my project in marketing, wayback College days in Palawan State University. The scenic bridge is still there, and additional cottages were built including the shower rooms, that still need to be fix in many aspect.
Salakot still maintain the coldness and refreshing waters, it still the best escape to swim or dip after hard day’s work or from hot days in the City. Make sure you bring enough foods and drink before going there, there are no store nearby.
Visiting Salakot must don’t forget to bring with you your trash, and mosquito or niknik repellant.
Going to Salakot in the south highway, and turn right that say to Napsan is an interesting one, you will pass by at the Hanging Library to the left and go deeper to the river part, I find this place very interesting and new thing to see.
The Hanging Library is a project of Rotary Club of Makati Olympia together with City-DEPED, it cater to the young Tagbanua, and the library is part of Alternative Learning System. The two house hanging on trees have a small library complete with books and writing materials for students, adjacent is another house power by solar that I believe is the mini canteen. It is close by the time we visit that’s why we are not able to do interview to get to know its story.
Another eye catching area in going to Napsan is the red bridge, we heard that it is getting popular from many visitors and good to pose a photo especially when no vehicles to see. One thing you will notice in travelling to Napsan is the cold temperature, there art part that the fog is noticeable covering the lush green forest. The road is perfectly good, there are no regular public commute going to Salakot, its better to hire a van, tricycle or take an adventure via motorcycle to feel the ambiance.