Barbie Almalbis honors animal rights advocate on new single “An AsPin’s Song”

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Ahead of her highly anticipated full-length album to be released next year, Filipina singer-songwriter Barbie Almalbis has officially dropped a heartfelt tribute to her grandaunt Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco, or Tata, as she is fondly referred to. Entitled “ An AsPin’s Song ,” the track assumes the role of a beloved indigenous mixed-breed dog in the Philippines, which has nothing but utmost love and appreciation for the late animal rights supporter and activist. Having served The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for the entirety of her life, Tata was instrumental in empowering people for countless volunteer opportunities that involved rescue, protection and sheltering of strayed and abused animals. Barbie recalls, “Tata was a gifted musician and a champion for animals. She was the President of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, which she reorganized in 1986, after having been one of its youngest volunteers in the ’50s. I had always wanted to write the song she requested, bu

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.


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