Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wakay Travel and Tours made history in Batanes.

Wakay Tours, the premiere booking and travel agency in the province of Batanes recently made a history in the tourism industry of this northernmost island in the Philippines, by hosting the first ever cruise ship to land and visit this beautiful province of Region II.

Caledonian Sky cruise ship made its historic voyage to Basco last March 17, 2017 along with 70 mostly American tourists, the stop over that lasted for almost 8 hours is the last leg of the Philippine tour for the said cruise before heading to Taiwan.

Wakay (Ivatan term for Sweet Potato) spearhead the arrival of tourist from Basco Pier going to their first destination, the giant Basco Lighthouse that serve as the good destination to see the magnificent view of Batanes from up above the hills. It is located in Naidi Hill, a former resettlement area that also house a old battery office that was bomb during Japanese invasion time.

The fast and moving tour is also assisted by eight dynamic and professional national tour guides from Tour Guide Federation of the Philippines headed by its President Albert Gadia, they help and motivate Ivatan guides that lead different tour van of guest, from Caledonian Sky.
After Basco Lighthouse the tour directly go to Japanese Tunnel also located in one of Basco beautiful mountains, this tunnel was purely made by Ivatans as commission by Japanese invaders way back then.  They proceed to Diora fishing village, where Ivatans traditional fishing is showcase. As part of customs, when fishing season start by March, a ritual of sacrificing a boar is taking place to have a blessing for bountiful harvest at the sea. They usually aim for Dolphin Fish or Dorado as called by them. Flying Fish or Dibang is the one they use as bait to catch the precious Dorado. Prior to that they also use fresh water shrimp to catch Dibang then it will be used to catch the said target fish.
A short program takes place at Ivana to welcome this special tourist, they were greeted by the locals and cultural presentation of dances and songs is also presented.

The last leg of the tour happens in Sabtang, a nearby island town that can be reach 30 minutes from Ivana, this is where the living museum of Batanes is located where old and authentic Ivatan houses made from stones are still standing along with their beliefs and culture. Another special program is also held organize by the local Government of Sabtang to welcome this once in a lifetime guests.

This first cruise ship travel in Batanes by Caledonian Sky is indeed a success, they prove that being the most typhoon visited place in the country, and the most expensive to visit locally is still a worth of your hard earn money to spend with, the beautiful sceneries and its warm people called Ivatans are the best experience you will treasure forever.
Caledonian Sky visit is also made possible with Zegrahm Expeditions and Sharp Travel Service.  Batanes this 2017 is expected to host more Cruise ship arrival since it is a new destination to be offer in cruise ship tour packages. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Heat is on for Gerald Santos in Miss Saigon.

FORMER Pinoy Pop Superstar Grand Champion and Theater actor Gerald Santos, is now officially the newest Filipino cast of the Broadway hit and award winning musical Miss Saigon, for UK Touring cast of 2017.

Santos will play as Thuy, the Vietnamese lover of lead star Kim who became a head of a military service, and still pursue Kim due to a parental arraignment, but Kim is in love already with a son to an American GI name Chris.

During its press conference, Santos admit that it was not easy auditioning for the role of Thuy, he undergoes a multiple callback to fit for the role that once played by Robert Sena and many other Filipino artist. Santos pass the two-audition process and 2 callbacks, he was instructed to sing Thuy piece during those times.

Santos admit he waited patiently for more than a year after receiving the confirmation, that he did pass the audition and got the Thuy role. But he didn’t lose hope and believe in God that the opportunity will still pursue.
“Actually, hanggang ngayon di pa rin ako makapaniwala, di pa rin nagsi-sink in, hanggang wala pa ko dun, tapos ang tagal ng paghihintay, we keep praying, asking God, na sana makapasa ako, kahit understudy tatanggapin ko.” Santos said,

After reading the email confirmation of him being Thuy, he did cry and think of all the hardship he passes thru before auditioning for Miss Saigon, like putting up his own show, producing his own album, because he have no TV contract for the past many years after his freelance status. He did some theater production like Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal of Gantimpala Theater Production, and Pedro Calungsod by Redlife Entertainment Production.

“Thuy is not a villain, he just truly madly in love with Kim, He is just so pisst off with the situation, kumbaga na fix na yung marriage nila bakit na in-love pa si Kim kay Chris. Ganun ko siya interpret, intense and angry lang sya sa situation but he is not a villain.” Santos added.
Gerald did a solo concert last April 9 at SM North Skydome entitled “Something New In My Life” with Regine Velasquez as his very special guest, and the UP Concert Chorus.

Miss Saigon is a production by Cameron Mackintosh, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Alain Boubil and Richard Maltby Jr.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

An Afternoon of Talents with the Binibinis.

The calendar of activities of the beauties of Binibining Pilipinas has always been an event to be ecstatic and enthusiastic about for pageant lovers alike. And one of the most anticipated is the annual talent competition, being held weeks prior to the coronation night. It is this time and again of the year where the official candidates of the Binibining Pilipinas once more showcased their skills, crafts and talents in their chosen field, where they are exemplary and extraordinary in their own way. 
The very hot temperature last April 8, didn’t stop the pageant fans and members of the press to flock at Ali Mall, to witness not just beauty but also artistry of Bb.Pilipinas 2017 candidates. The competition was hosted by Patricia Fernandez, a former beauty queen. Soon after the short introduction, the forty official candidates of #BbPilipinas2017 graced the stage wearing outfits provided by JAG, a consistent major sponsor of the BPCI over the years.   
It was indeed an entertaining and thrilling afternoon as thirteen out of forty #BbPilipinas2017 candidates were chosen to perform:

Bb. 1 Dane Marasigan - Singing
Bb. 2 Arianne Calingo - Ballet en pointe " The Dying Swan "
Bb. 4 Jessica Ramirez - Speed Painting
Bb. 5 Joselle Mariano - Singing
Bb.15 Marielle de Leon - Singing
Bb. 17 Camille Manalo - Tae Kwon Do Demonstration
Bb. 23 Ara Salientes - Declamation
Bb. 25 Clarice Marion Villareal - Singing with guitar accompaniment
Bb. 27 Beatrice Valente - Speed painting while singing three songs in different languages
Bb. 35 Thoreen Halvorsen - Singing
Bb. 36 Gillian Colcol - Contemporary Dance
Bb. 39 Elizabeth Clenci - Bass Guitar playing
Bb. 40 Kristel Guelos - Magic

To determine the Binibini winner of this year's " Best In Talent, " which will be announced on April 30 during the Coronation Night, Chit Guerrero, Head of ABS-CBN Creative, Chris Violago, ABS-CBN Creative Director, Jojo Bragais and Joy Charlton, Shoe Designers and Stella Marquez Araneta, BPCI Chairperson sat as the judges. A performance by former The Voice Of The Philippines 2013 contestant and Viva Artist, RJ dela Fuente was a hit, as he serenaded the Binibinis at the conclusion of the talent competition
Catch the official lovely #BbPilipinas2017 candidates on April 22 as they go around at the Araneta Center for the Grandeur Parade of Beauties.
Palawan's bet Thoreen Halvorsen
Follow Binibining Pilipinas Pilipinas to cast your votes for Miss Photogenic:
Twitter: @realbbpilipinas
Facebook: realbbpilipinas
Instagram: bbpilipinasofficial
Website: www.bbpilipinas.com/vote

Text/Words by Kim Gilbert Sancha
Photos by Armando Orcilla

Monday, March 20, 2017

Eating together at Sobremesa.

Queso Fundido
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.
Mango Cheesecake & Lecheron
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.
Chorizo Pamplona, Salchiron, Vela De Lomo & Chorizo De Bilbao.
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.
Peruvian Roasted Chicken, Cuban Pork Chop, Bulalo Estofado & Shrimp Ceviche Salad.
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

Century Tuna Chili Corned Tuna find the hottest tru Luis Manzano.

Ang bagong Hottie ng Century, Luis Manzano.
The leading Tuna brand has something new to offer, this is the latest Century Tuna Chili Corned Tuna in a bigger size with 25 more grams in a same suggested price. Plus having in demand TV host/Actor and Showbiz Royalty Luis Manzano as their new endorser.

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. 

Saxophones & It's Types




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. 





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Sunday, March 12, 2017

It's Seared, and it's Flavorful Meats.

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.
Salmon Salad.
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.
Cowabunga, Nachos Libre, BBQ Wings and Garlic Parmesan.
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

Miles Experience launched “Anggulo” Music Video.

After being signed by major label MCA Music, Miles Experience band just launched their newest music video “Anggulo” last March 4, 2017 at the very special event held in 12 Monkeys Music Hall in Makati City.   The said song was used as the theme of GMA series “Wolfblood”.

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.
Again And Againts Album Cover.
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 mcabooking@umusic.com

The Macbeth in a new grounds.

James Chalmers “Prelude to Macbeth” had its Asian Premiere recently in Manila, under Artist Playground production as their third season opener this 2017. Directed by Roeder Camanag this one act play is the prequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, on how he become Thane of Glamis and how he meet Lorna Stewart and become his wife- Lady Macbeth.

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

The God through Agnes eyes.


Of Gods and demons, failure to disappointment’s, lie and courage, this are the thoughts you will encounter in watching the latest Repertory Philippines production of “Agnes of God”, a gripping and intellectually provoking drama about a nun in a convent who mysteriously deliver a baby, either conceive or by anything, that is the issue.

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.
The Cast and Director of Agnes of God.
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 .