PLDT lauds ‘unbreakable spirit’ of PH enterprises amid challenging times

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented immense challenges to industries around the world. With mobility restrictions in place, business owners had to rethink their operations and adjust to navigate the uncertainties in the new normal. Although some companies were able to adapt and seamlessly shift to the new norm, the process was not easy with many struggling with financial losses and temporary business closures. A survey from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released September last year reported that the Philippine economy experienced the worst impacts of the pandemic. The Philippines logged the highest number of business closures and layoffs among its peers in Southeast Asia. Despite that, Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP and Head of PLDT & Smart Enterprise and International Business Groups, said that resilience is one of the core values that helped businesses conquer the challenges of the pandemic. This ‘unbreakable spirit’ of enterprises allowed them to embr

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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