Thursday, December 31, 2015

Heroes Project New Year Countdown for a cause at Luneta,

Ali Alejandro of Mojofly ands Mike Chan of Sabado Boys.
Unknown to many, there is a silent group of selected Original Pilipino Music artist that advocating education as the best foundation in life, this is the Heroes Project PH wherein artist usually perform in a big audiences, and ask donations to send kids to school.

Mike Chan, one of the members of all-star quartet Sabado Boys along with Paolo Santos, Jimmy Bondoc, Luke Mijares and DJ Myke is spearheading the Heroes Project PH that started year 2011. In the past year they send kids to medical operations mostly with facial deformities, but in 2014 after a New Year Coundown show in Rizal Park at Luneta, they were able to send 20 students to school.  Chan is a nephew of Ben Chan of Bench company.

Some notable artist who’s been supportive of Heroes Project PH in the past are Barbie Almabis, Sitti, Nyoy Violante, Jason Fernandez and others.

“We want to do something for the audience that supporting us, we want to give out a message that you don’t have to be a celebrity to do something for, we want to let the people know that this one way to they can be happy, appreciate small things in life, and find a way to share.” Chan explain.

This 2015 Heroes Project PH is aiming to have 40 or more senior high school scholarships, this is along with their partner private schools nationwide, and the campaign aside from different gigs is thru texting, wherein one text cost P10 each. All they have to do for all Globe users is text HEROES and send to 3456.

Aside from that, and all-star album is set to release early 2016 where the proceeds is also part of the project, one of the band who will donate one of their songs in this “We Are The World” titled album is Mojofly, Ali Alejandro , a member of the said band is present during the signing of contract with partner schools last December 1, 2015 at Quezon Buffet Restaurant.

Heroes Project Ph partner schools are Ateneo De Manila, Xavier School, STI, Miriam College, St.Theresa’s College, St.Mary’s Academy and a lot more.

“It’s the thought that you can help somebody kahit di mo sya kilala, thru Heroes you can help send kids to school, and pag natapos sya hopefully maalala na ako pinaaral, kung sya may trabaho na, puede naman syang tumulong, it’s a cycle. “ Mike added.


Chan clarify that they are not a group or an organization to be called for, they are just helping individually as a team. They are also open to some artist who wishes to join them especially this coming December 31 in a New Year’s countdown again in Luneta. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Prepare to be awakens by force in an exhibit.

TheStar Wars "X-Wing".
SM is true to its partnership with Walt Disney, this time a two portion in SM Mall of Asia is dedicated for a month long exhibit of some memorable life size characters and planes use in the latest movie franchise Star Wars: The Force Awakens, of course under Walt Disney pictures.

“The whole exhibit is due to the strategic partnership with Disney, so we are here to promote the much anticipated film of the year, which is the Star Wars.” Explained by Ria Canteras, AVP for Corporate Marketing of SM Lifestyle Entertainment.

At the main hall of Atrium part of MOA lies the biggest replica of X-Wing, even though locally manufactured this gigantic Sci-Fi fighter plane is such a delight not just for Star Wars fans, but for all ages wherein you can ride at the cockpit part and have your photos taken and this is for free. What amazing about this X-Wing is the light around it that feels like a real one indeed, of course with setting of moods due to its background music that keep playing while you inspect the fighter plane. X-Wing was identified with Luke Skywalker in the past Star Wars films as his vehicle. 

In the said area toy figurines of Star Wars different characters in the past and present is also in display, plus the interactive Battlefront, the Star Wars video games that was a hit to gamer’s aficionado. Souvenirs and memorabilia are also available after you exit the X-Wing landing area.

Aside from the exhibit of X-Wing at the Atrium, another exhibit is also in display at the Time zone area still in MOA, Choose your destiny wall is situated here that showcase light saber swords that you can play and of course have selfie with it. It has the two versions, the red one for the Seth and the blue one for the Jedi.  

But the real life size Stormtroopers is the star in this exhibit section, this is the military identified with Galactire Empire of villain known as Darth Vader. This one is an original manufactured image replica that can be seen in all Star Wars movies. There are four of them in the area along with some helmets, SM inform us that this one are original franchise figurines all the way from abroad. Everything they display is under the supervision of Disney even the X-Wing replica that was created here in Manila.
Ria Cantreras, AVP for Corporate Marketing, SM Lifestyle Entertainment.
“All the things that you see here have been approved by Disney, concepts came from them as well, so I can assure you that this is all legit.” Canteras added.

An app for Star Wars is also in this section, that when you put your phone to its screen something forceful happen created by BB-8 droid.

Aside from Mall of Asia, another Star Wars exhibit display is also open to public at SM North Edsa in Quezon City. The exhibit opens last December 7 and last until Jan 3, 2016.
The movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 17, and it will take a break on Christmas day to give way for Metro Manila Film Festival, and will resume on January 8, 2016. But for IMAX and other large format screen, the showing is not interrupted.

Cantreras also inform us that many things like this can be seen in many SM Malls in 2016, along with Disney they are already preparing for Captain America and Finding Dory before its release next year. 

Philippine Stagers Foundation present #Popepular, (Synopsis).


Philippine Stagers Foundation latest offering for 2015 is #Popepular, it is now travelling from Metro Manila to other Cities in the Country, and abroad soon. To explain further the story, plot and the real essence of this highly talked production, I decided to publish note for note the synopsis of this one of a kind stage play. The said synopsis as publish in the playbill of #Popepular is written in Filipino.
Synopsis:
Pa’no ng aba kung Filipino si Francisco? Pa’no kung nakakapagsalita sya ng Tagalog? Pa’no kung alam nya ang mga sakripisyo’t pagpupunyagi ng ating lahi? Pa’no kung alam niya an gating kasaysayan at willing siyang maging catalyst para sa pagbabago?

Haaay, napakaraming pa’no! Pero sa pamamagitan ng isang dula lamang posibleng magkatotoo ang mga pa’no na yan. Pa’no naman kasi magiging Filipino si Francisco, eh pinanganak siya sa Buenos Aires, Argentina, naging arsobispo noong 1998, naging Cardinal noong 2001 at naging Santo Papa noong 2013. Sa pamamagitan ng dula, maaari tayong magkunwari, maaari tayong mandaya, maaari tayong mangarap. Iyan na marahil ang tinaguriang “Artistic License”. Pero matagal na kasing mabisang mediyum ng edukasyon ang sining. Kung sa thesis ay may hypothesis, ga’non din ang dula: May “What ifs”.  At sa mga “What Ifs” na yan tayo maaaring makatuklas ng astig nap ag-aaral, na maaari din nating ‘reference’ sa pagharap sa hamon ng buhay. Malay mo, makatuklas tayo ng mga solusyon sa mga pangkasalukuyang suliranin ng mga Filipino. Aba’y mainam din kasing isipin na mayroong “Pope Francis” sa bawat isa sa atin; na sa bawat magandang katangian niya’y maaari rin tayong maka-relate: mga simpleng pahaging tulad ng  “Uy, parang ako yun” o kaya naman “aba, napaka-human din pala ni Pope”.

Samakatuwid, ang dulang ito ay hindi lamang simpleng paglalahad kung ano ang biography ni Pope Francis. Mas mahalaga ditto ay ang pagsagot ng isang tanong: Pa’no kung Filipino ang popular na Pope? Sasagutin ng dula ang tanung na ito sa pamamagitan ng iba’t ibang buhay ng limang makabagong bayaning Filipino at kung ano si Pope sa mata nila.

Joey Velasco: ang namayapang Filipino painter sa edad na 43. Tinaguriang “Heart-ist” na puminta ng “Hapag ng pag-asa”, ang makabagong The Last Supper kung saan nasa gitna ang Panginoong Hes’ukristo at ang mga gutom na street children bilang ang 12 apostoles.

Kristel Mae Padasas: Ang Filipina Volunteer ng Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Nagbigay serbisyo sa pagdalaw ni Pope Francis sa Tacloban. Napaslang nang mabagsakan ng gumuhong scaffolding na pinapatungan ng malalaking speakers.

Dr. Edgardo Gomez: Pinarangalan bilang National Scientist of the Philippines noong 2014 sa kanyang pagprotekta sa mga coral reefs, particular ng mga taclobo o giant clams at ang pagbibigay ng edukasyon sa bawat Filipino ng importansya ng marine life.

Ronald Gadayan: Ang mahirap na Janitor sa NAIA na nagsauli ng bag na naglalaman ng 1.8 Million worth ng mga alahas at cash.

PO1 Mark Lory Clemencio: Kabilang sa 44- “Tagaligtas” Special Action Force na napaslang sa Mamasapano.

Ang mga makabagong bayaning Filipino ay di lamang nagpakita ng labis na tapang, pagkakawanggawa at pagtulong sa kapwa, pag aalay ng buhay para sa bayan, pagiging tapat at katalinuhan kundi ang pinakamahalaga ang malakas na pananampalataya sa Panginoon na naging sentro ng kanilang kabayanihan. Ito ang pinakamahalagang katangian na naglapit sa kanila sa buhay ng Santo papa.

Marami mang talambuhay ang ipapakita sa dula, sesentro ang lahat ng kanilang intension, mithiin at layunin sa buhay ni Pope; isang paghahalintulad sa kanilang sariling buhay at ang pagsagot sa katanungang “Pa’no kung Filipino si Francisco”.

Ilalahad sa dulang ito ang mga sumusunod na pangyayari sa buhay ni Pope Francis:
1.       Ang kanyang Personal na buhay
2.       Ang kanyang pre-papal life;
a.       Bilang isang bouncer sa bar
b.      Bilang isang mag-aaral
c.       Bilang isang Heswita
d.      Bilang isang Bishop
e.      Bilang isang Cardinal
3.       Ang mga kontrobersya sa Argentina, particular sa “Dirty War”
4.       Ang kanyang relasyon sa ibang religious communities o interfaith Dialogues.
5.       Ang paghirang sa kanya bilang Santo-Papa
a.       Mga Turo at pilosopiya
b.      Mga posisyon sa samu’t saring isyung pangkasalukuyan
c.       Ang kanyang public image

Samakatuwid, ang dulang ito ay ay isang mabisang pagsasanib ng kasaysayan, Relihiyon at Current Events ng mga Filipino; Isang pambihirang paglalahad na sasaliwan ng sining pagtatanghal upang maabot ng makabagong henerasyon. Isang pag-gamit sa sining upang maabot ang layuning “educ-ainment”; ang pag aliw para matuto.
The Cast of #Popepular.
Gagamit ng orihinal na musika, kakaibang galaw, makatotohanan at simbolikong kasuotang pang entablado, moving set at lavish props, gagnapan ng limangpung artistang pang entablado. Ang dulang may musikang ito ay pinakamalaking produksyon na itatampok ng Philippine Stagers Foundation.
Atty. Vince Tanada and the Stagers.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

JB Music needs you to sing for your shopping spree.

Nothing can stop Christmas, and when we say Christmas, it’s also shopping time, that’s why leading music store in the Philippines, JB Music Audio Solutions already open their Happy Himig Christmas Sale 2015 in all of its branches.

And to make it more exciting, JB Music announce the newest video making contest showing your best doing Caroling, but in a level up style with matching using of any musical instrument carried by JB Music, of course the 30 sec video must be creative enough for at least 3 member or a group, see below mechanics.

“It’s called JB Music Caroling Champion, what happen is we invite people to upload video doing any version of Christmas song, the peg is basically what you see on Jimmy Fallon and uses classroom instrument covering Christmas songs.”  Explain by Denise Manahan, Marketing Manager of JB Music Philippines.


Manahan also inform us that judging for this is not just base on likes and share during the promo duration, JB music management will consciously deliberate for the winner after much scrutiny that all who will join pass the mechanics implemented.

“This will be done in a honest we can, it will be a deliberation between JB Music kung sino ang pinakamaganda.” Manahan added. 
Kamikaze 
Raymund Marasigan of Sandwhich Band and the legend, Pepe Smith.
We are fortunate enough to be invited and witness the shoot for come on campaign videos of some notable OPM artists and band that also serve JB Music ambassadors, directly at JB Music flagship store in Cubao, Quezon City.

We see Raymund Marasigan and Pepe Smith record “War is Over”, and believe me their version is such a nostalgic to watch. And also Kamikaze doing crazy but fun cover of “Feliz Navidad”, I am  in a teary eyed here because it is one of the last session I’m seeing this band performing, they just declare a disbanded hiatus come 2016.

Other artist who did cover Christmas songs for #JBMusicCarolingChampion are Greyhounds, Ebe Dencel, Rivermaya, The Dawn and Urbandub. Those videos is exclusive for JB Music Youtube channel and Vimeo, it can be seen also at JB Music fanpage in Facebook www.facebook.com/JBMusicPh/  or follow me them at Instagram @jbmusicphilippines .

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mahabharata B-War, Theater Review.

Photos courtesy of PETA.
Mahabharata is the longest known epic which consists of over 100,000 lines in 18 books. It's a complex tale of love, life, family, war, religion, philosophy, politics and culture.

Hiroshi Koike, an acclaimed artist from Japan, wishes to create harmony among different cultures using Mahabharata on stage. The Pan-Asia Mahabharata Project which started in 2013 in Cambodia can be listed as Koike's greatest achievements to date. This production will run until 2020 in different Asian countries. This time in Manila, the continuation of the first two chapters (Mahabharata B-War) hit the PETA Theater Center last December 2-3.

Mahabharata B-War is a melting pot of Asian senses. Hiring actors of different backgrounds and origins, Koike succeded in making the audience feel the very true essence of art. Intricate movements. Elaborate masks. Sophisticated costumes. Impeccable acting. Joy for those who understand theatre. Actors, masks and costumes from different nations in one stage play, how about that?

Be ready with a stiff neck though. Mahabharata B-War is in Nihonggo, Thai, Mandarin and a few lines in English and Filipino. There is a screen above the stage for the translation, which can be distracting as you wouldn't want to miss a single movement. They also tried to inject some Pinoy lines to lighten up some scenes. But this one was not necessary and failed to define humor.


Overall, the Hiroshi Koike Bridge Project's ambitious production must be experienced by every cultured Filipino. There may be no Pinoy touch in it (only a very few Pinoy phrases), but this play will make you feel what Asia is. Mahabharata B-War will also be shown in China, Japan and Thailand. The next chapters will be continued in Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore and South Korea in the next few years. The full length performance with all the chapters will be staged in Malaysia.

Verdict: A. To hell with the stiff neck, this is art.

Text by Aga Posadas. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Peter Pan, flying high at CCP.


The Indian Village at BP's Peter Pan.
Since when I was a kid, Peter Pan is my most favorite character of all time, I imagine how he fly and of course the never ending fountain of youth in the Neverland, and how I wish I have a friend like Tinkerbelle. And seeing all of that in a show really mesmerize me, I feel like a kid once again, thru watching Ballet Philippines Christmas offer, the Edna Vida Froilan’s Peter Pan. It opens last Dec 4 and last until Dec 13, 2015.

The story open at the house of Wendy and his brothers in a London night set up, Peter and Thinkerbell enter and flying moment happens immediately, this makes me hold to my seats as I enjoy those flying scenes, I feel so young seeing them go back and forth around the stage of Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) main theater, and the rest are all magical. 

Jean Marc Cordero, one the three dancer playing the role of Peter, inform us that this year’s version so far is the most clean in terms of nuances,  Choreographer Edna Froilan make sure that this show will be in the checklist for any restaging in the near future of Peter Pan. It is inspired by the 1954 Broadway production. It is the 32nd anniversary and sixth restaging of Froilan’s version of a boy who refuse to grow up as part of Ballet Philippines 46th season.

And it’s also challenge for members of Ballet Philippines to do this once again, as JM said more on technicalities is tha hardest part since they are dancing in many years, especially his concern is safety above all.

“Mahirap sya kasi your dancing with the harness, so nakikita natin na akala nyo nagsasayaw lang kami, may added weight sa katawan namin, especially Peter Pan, wala yun tanggalan throughout the show.” JM said. 
Back in the show, the indian village part is one of my favorite also, the choreography and synchronization of everything is such a heaven on stage, and that Crocodile thing for Captain Hook is such a hit to all the kids at the audience.  What makes it more appealing is also the music, I believe it’s still the classic songs used from the start, and still relatable for this generation.

I have to commend as well the people behind this wonderful show, Salvador Bernal for the set and costume design, John Batalla for lighting design. And cast aside from JM as Peter are Cyril Aran Fallar and Victor Maguad.  Rita Angela Winder, Jemima Reyes and Monica Amanda Gana are alternating as wendy. 

Catch the remaining shows, below are the schedules.
December 10- 3pm
December 11- 3pm and 8pm
December 12- 2pm and 6pm
December 13- 2pm and 6pm

It is highly recommended for parents who want to treat their kids this Christmas, guaranteed you and your kids will love Peter Pan and the rest of his gang. For inquiries you may visit www.ballet.ph , send email to info@ballet.ph or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003. For tickets reservation call CCP Box Office at 822-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999. 

The Cast of BP's Peter Pan.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Nuvali but you. An Ecofriendly community by Ayala Land.

Finally, we are able to visit the much talked Nuvali in Laguna,the first ecofriendly community of Ayala Land, wherein four branches of their residential projects are situated.  Namely Alveo, Amaia, Ayala Land Premiere and Avida.
Nuvali is a latin word meaning new valley.
Kathy Mamaril, Broker Manager for Nuvali told us that this project has a total of 2,290 hectares of land, the former sugar cane plantation in Sta.Rosa, Laguna is now the latest attraction in terms of experiencing nature with a lot of amenities, such as Camp N for camping activities, Wildlife Bird Sanctuary, Wake boarding, Sky Cinemas, and even venues for fun run and motocross.
Ayala Land in retrospect.
It is the highest income earner of Ayala Companies  as of now, the rates in terms of housing can goes up from P6million to P20million with lot titles, but for land alone it ranges from P5million to P20million.  For the Condominium prices are from P2.2M.
Future Colleges in the making
Incoming attraction for Nuvali is the 10 hectare mall, which according to our source is one of the largest Mall of Ayala and will be called Trisoma, the mall for the south.  Different colleges, schools and shopping centers are also on the way, even hospitals is underway and it will be the first Hospital that Ayala Company will run.
Sample room at Amaia showroom
“The project kasi itself is EcoFriendly community, yung balance between nature and lifestyle na hinahanap ng mga tao, parang provincial area na modern in a way” Mamaril added.
The man made river inside Nuvali Park.
For more information you may check www.amailand.com or check Nuvali official facebook page.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Philippines Sets Stage for Annual International Museum Council Summit (PR)


The Philippines is set to welcome more than 200 culture and museum leaders and experts of the Asia Pacific region this first week of December for the International Council of Museum- Asia Pacific 2015 Conference and General Assembly dubbed as ICOM ASPAC 2015. The event is slated on December 3 to 7 at the newly opened Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City.

ICOM is a global network of more than 35,000 culture and museum institutions and professionals that work together to achieve its mission of conserving, continuing, and communicating to society the world’s natural and cultural heritage. Its Philippine National Committee, the ICOM-Philippines headed by its Chair, Gina V. Barte is tasked to host this year’s annual event. The ICOM President, Hans-Martin HInz, will address the event together with the ICOM-ASPAC Chair, Dr. Song Xinchao, Chair of ICOM-China and Deputy Director of the Directorate of State Cultural Heritage of the Peoples’ Republic of China. This year’s theme, ‘Pathways for Museums for a Sustainable Society,’ promotes ICOM’s response to changes in today’s social environment and represents ICOM’s contribution to societal development, particularly in the domain of culture and museum building. This is part of ICOM’s response to the global call of uniting its partners in culture and development to create the greatest impact in becoming a cultural driving force towards sustainable development.

The link between sustainable development issues and the core function of museums to safeguard and promote and educate the public about their cultural heritage is becoming more pronounced in recent years. The world is increasingly torn by conflicts and violence, where museums and cultural heritage sites have become targets of destruction or end up as collateral damage, in situations of terrorism and war. Calamities and disasters resulting from extreme weather conditions continue to endanger museums and collections that represent irreplaceable culture and heritage. Poverty and growing population have led to neglect in some countries, making museums and cultural objects to pillage and theft.

In this event, the ICOM-ASPAC will be able to gather the key leaders of culture and museums in the region as well as other countries outside of it as one community in an effort to recognize its role in defining, promoting, and implementing sustainable practices. It will explore take off points that will bring forth significant and new knowledge about the framework and best practices of each of the 24 ICOM-ASPAC member countries. The goal is to create pathways that puts culture and museums at the core of sustainable development in the countries/regions where the ICOM-ASPAC is present, including Australia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam (observer), China, Cambodia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Khyrghyztan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Shri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand. They will be joined by Palau representing the Pacific rim countries and middle east countries, the Republic of Iran.

“As the country host, the ICOM-Philippines is looking forward to having our colleagues and our sustainable development allies, learn from the plenary discussions and workshop sessions but most of all, discover our own cultural treasures through the study tours of significant cultural sites, museums, and exhibits and other activities lined up for the event,” enthuses Barte.
She also added that the Philippine hosting of this year’s ICOM event comes at an opportune time as the government, through the Department of Tourism, has identified the role of cultural tourism as one of the driving forces in the development of Philippine tourism. The event is also a testament that the country, and especially Iloilo, is now ready to be globally competitive in hosting international events like ICOM.

DOT follows the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP), which also supports the direction of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), as its strategic framework in the development of the tourism section. Under the NTDP, opportunities for the country to develop and market competitive destinations and products has been identified. Part of this is cultural tourism as well as promoting the Philippines as a competitive venue for global Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) activities.

ICOM ASPAC 2015 event will be attended by museums and culture professionals, culture and tourism planners, entrepreneurs, policy makers, advocates, academics, partners from the business sectors and civil societies, other stakeholders from the Philippines and members from the global ICOM network. If you want to know more about ICOM,visit http://icom.museum/. To know more about the event, visit http://network.icom.museum/icom-philippines/. For additional queries, contact the Secretariat at icomph.secretariat@gmail.com, +632550-2218 or +63927-812-2335 (PR)