Friday, December 30, 2016

PETA shining through at 50.

The premiered Theater company that give us hundreds of original Filipino productions, numerous workshops and transform lives in many communities in the Philippines, is now gearing up for 50 years anniversary celebration this 2017.

Philippines Educational Theater Associatioon, Inc (PETA) is set for year round celebrations that composed of different original old and new theatre play, plus hosting of international theatre festivals, and series of concerts with alumni of PETA. A commemorative CD album compose of unforgettable songs and music of PETA’s production is also release, to add significance for this glorious 50 years.

PETA’s Artistic Director Maribel Legarda told us that they remain as one of the leading theatre company in the country, which is solid and sustainable not only in producing original Filipino play, but their advocacy in promoting awareness and education using art as a medium.

“We are pleased were turning 50, we have a Theater Center, we are doing quite well in terms of production, yung contribution naming sa original Filipino musical feeling ko ang laki ng nagawa ng PETA, outside of performances we have projects like Yolanda  campaign, kung paano naming ginagawang makatulong ang teatro na mag educate, mag rebuild.” Legarda said.

The year round celebration will start this February 3, with one of its hit musical. Below are the activities and shows to watch out for 2017.

CAREDIVAS (Feb 3 to March 19)
This hit funny musical way back 2011 is making a stage comeback with fresh faces and voices, that is so ready to make us laugh once again and understand the glamorous and candid life of 5 transgender, who happen to be working as Caregiver in Israel.

From the playwright Liza Magtoto and music by Vince De Jesus, with Direction by Legarda and the powerhouse cast by some seasonal PETA Actors like Melvin Lee, Ron Alfonso, Dudz Terana, Eko Baquial, Jason Barcial, Buddy Caramat. Gio Gohol, Joan Bugcat, Eric Dela Cruz, Joseph Madriaga, Gold Villar, plus guest artists Ophir Burton, Ricci Chan, Red Concepcion, Jef Flores, Paul Holme, Sherry Lara, Thou Reyes, Leo Rialp and Myke Solomon. 

Caredivas is showing Tuesday to Sunday with 3pm and 8pm show at the PETA Theater Center.

MANILA IMPROV FESTIVAL.
The annual Silly People’s Improv Theater with partnership with PETA is set this March 22 to 26, 2017. The five day local and international improvisational comedy showcase is the first in the country.

BUNK PUPPET’S STICKS STONES BROKEN BONES.
This one of a kind shadow puppetry production by acclaimed performer Jeff Achtem, is schedule on May 3 to 7. This extravaganza is a mind bending spectacle that will amaze children as well as adults.

RITES AT THE FORT and PETA IN CONCERT.
The official celebrations kicks off on its foundation day right at its first home, at Raja Sulayman Theater. PETA’s musical gems and original compositions through the decades are its attractions, set on April 7.

PETA WORKSHOP EXPRESS.
The traditional workshop for Teens and kids as well as adults, is scheduled on April 27 to May 28.

TAGU-TAGUAN, MALIWANAG ANG BUWAN.
This is PETA’s newest children’s production, that tells a story of a young boy who embarks on an adventure to find imprisoned stories hidden by evil monster. Showing is set on Aug 24 to Sept 24.

FESTIVAL OF WINDOWS.
A Festival that gathers international partners of PETA, to discus and share best ideas and practices in the field of advocacy theatre. Scheduled on Oct 6 to 22.

ANG BUHAY NI GALILEO.
PETA’S best translations and most exciting productions way back early 80’s, is once again making a comeback in PETA Theater Center from Nov 9 to 26, and Nov 29 to Dec 1 at Raja Sulayman Theater.

LIVING VOICES.
A Night of throwback of music and significant plays from PETA’s living legends. Set on Nov 29 up to Dec 1 at Rajah Sulayman
Aicelle Santos and Pepe Herrera.
A GAME OF TROLLS.
The timing and educational production about Martial law era in the Philippines, is the highlights of this production in cooperation with National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Dates to be announce soon.

GRAND ALUMNI HOMECOMING.
The culmination event that will sum up this year long celebration, is dated on Dec 10, familiar faces and names that became part of PETA history are all invited to cheers for more years to come.

For more information regarding PETA’s 50th Theater Season, contact Tel (02)725-6244, 0917-5765400, petatheater@gmail.com or visit www.petatheater.com or Facebook Page www.facebook.com/PETATheater

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Building a Simple Recording Studio for Beginners

There is a huge selection of gear to choose from when wanting to record music. Sound quality is very important when recording music so the recording musician can select the right equipment for getting the best sound. To do so however, to get the best quality in creating and recording music you need to know a few details regarding various recording gear. 

To start, someone who is looking to record music professionally should have some short of multi-track recorder. You can either have an analog multi-track recorder that takes a tape or a digital multi-track recorder that has a digital tape; digital tapes similar to zip drivers. Nevertheless, the analog tape recorders are usually the cheapest recorders out there as well. The recently popular multi-track recorder is the one that uses a hard drive. This type of multi-tracker recorder is based on a computer hard drive that you can save your music and channel configuration on. Depending on the make of the digital multi-track recorder the size of the hard drive varies and so does the amount of information that you can save on. In addition, some hard drives can also be upgraded and to have more memory. 


Before you start recording you need to get the sound to the recorder from the source. A microphone is a basic and most common way to do so (mxl v67g). A microphones utility depends on a few factors but in general microphones are categorized based on quality and consistency. Quality of sound is one thing but the second one is consistency which is also important. Consistency has to do with the perception of sound as well as for the eventual usage of the sound. Moving on to other things you will need to record music, is to have a way to listen to what is being recorded in the studio. These types of studio speakers are referred to s studio monitors or reference monitors. These speakers are specially designed for music production and are very accurate. They are made to give out highly detailed overall sound without focusing on a particular frequency. 

After the multi-track recorder, a microphone and a monitor you will also need a mixer. A mixer is an audio device that can either be digital or an actual piece of electronic equipment. What a mixer does is mixes signals. It mixes the audio inputs into viable audible sound wave entities that can be manipulated in way that can be altered around for the best levels. A mixer works great in bringing all your studio components together and allows the recording professional to control the audio levels as well as connect other instruments and studio components. A mixer supports audio mixing consoles that allow you to alter the tone dynamics of more than one audio signal at the same time. Aside from the above the recording professional will also need a variety of cables, connectors and other kinds of recording equipment. It is not hard to start your own studio. These days it can be achieved very easy and at a low budget.


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

“Dakilang Hiwaga” a Christmas souvenir from Aleron.

Multi awarded Classical choral group Aleron released an official Christmas Album called “Dakilang Hiwaga” that includes never been heard choral arrangement of such timeless holiday hits like Nomads Charol, Gifts for the Child of Winter, Silent Night, Ullalim and Jingle, Jingle Bells.

Aleron is a all male choir mostly alumni from Ateneo De Manila High School Glee Club, it was form in 2006 under the musical direction of Christopher Ong Arceo. Aleron is a latin word for “the winged one” that aims to give innovative programming and performance of repertoire across musical styles and genres.

Aleron is 1st place in vocal ensemble category in 2013 for the First Andrea Veneracion International Choral Festival, they also bagged the Grand Prix Overall winner in 10th Busan Choral Festival and Competition in 2014, and this coming May to July 2017 they are set to compete in 11th World Symposium for Choral Music to be held in Barcelona, Spain. And to date they are the only Filipino performer to have been invited for this event.
Their commemorative Christmas album “Dakilang Hiwaga” with 10 tracks is remastered in the USA as well as its packaging. You may get a copy tru www.facebook.com/aleronchoir or may check updates of their performances via www.aleronchoir.com

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sintang Dalisay, Another Gem in Philippine Theater.

Jamila and Rashiddin. (Photo by Trixie Dauz)
So glad to watch this gem-in-the-making production of Tanghalang Ateneo with Ateneo Fine Arts, Sintang Dalisay. This is in commemoration of Shakespeare’s 400th Death Anniversary that gives you total makeover of well-loved classic, Romeo And Juliet.

Directed by Ricardo Abad, Sintang Dalisay was first staged in 2011. Since then, it was shown to many International festivals and won numerous local citations such as Best Project in 2011 by Ateneo’s Council of Activities and Aliw Award for Best Production in 2012.
Photo by Trixie Dauz
Sintang Dalisay is based on the metrical romance poem “Ang Sintang Dalisay ni Julieta At Romeo” by GD Roke and Rolando S. Tinio, that sets the star-crossed lovers in a Muslim town in the Philippines. It has live authentic Muslim music and dances that make it stand out among the theatre plays that I’ve seen this year.
Photo by Trixie Dauz
I did watch it my Muslim friend Alex Datu who told me that they did the right rhythm of dancing and executing those featured Maranao and Tausog dances. Playing Jamila is Natasha Tanada and Kalil Almonte is Rashiddin who you will love. It was the most tiring acting while singing and dancing performance I’ve witnessed so far.

Sintang Dalisay will have a rerun by 2017 but no dates yet. 

A Christmas Carol, Cheers for Holiday experience.

It is a spectacle, one of a kind Christmas event that longs to be a tradition that the Holiday season may offer. This latest offering of 9 Works Theatrical, along with Globe Live, is an experience of a lifetime for any theatre goer. This is for those who want to see live Christmas feeling set in a European ambiance.

A Christmas Carol based on Charles Dickens, music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, is a story of a man who hates Christmas. His past, present and future inner weaknesses show up as his ghost, and made him realize that being alive has many things to offer.

Playing Ebenezer Scrooge is a theatre veteran Miguel Faustman. He says this version is his most challenging one since it features the entire story of Scrooge from younger to older days. Yes, he does fit the role and he did deliver it as expected.

But the one who shines best in this grand production is Miss Saigon alumna Ariel Reonal. He gave justice with flying colors as Jacob Marley, who was terrifying as a ghost.

A Christmas Carol is a team effort which will make you appreciate each cast member with their songs and dance numbers. The music is complemented with very detailed production design. The costumes are all beautifully showcased.

One part that left me breathless is the scene where the dancing Ghost of Future is about to disappear with those red cloth. It was so magical.

Under the direction of Robbie Guevara, A Christmas Carol is one of this season’s best that needs to be celebrated. The live orchestra with featured different Children Choir completes the experience

Catch the remaining show of A Christmas Carol at Globe Iconic BHS Amphitheater in Bonifacio Global City,  it opens last Dec 1 with remaining schedules of December 18, 21, 22, and 25 all at 8 in the evening. For tickets, call +63917.554.5560 or 891.9999 or visit TicketWorld!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Saving Sally, the change we want in this year’s MMFF.

The Team Saving Sally.
Change is definitely here, most likely in this year’s selection of entries for the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. One interesting movie is Saving Sally by animator-turn-director Avid Liongoren. It’s a high-breed film that combines real human characters with animated backdraft. It is a love story with unexpected monsters.

During its Presscon held recently, Liongoren informed us that it took ten years in the making due to some financial setbacks. Their inclusion in the Film Fest is already a winning moment for him.

Playing Sally is actress Rhian Ramos. She admits that she auditioned for the role when she was 19 years old and she eagerly wanted to portray it. It was at the peak of her career at the time but she did not hesitate to try even though the production lasted six years. She replaced the actress that originally portrayed Sally, four years after the production started. It’s a commitment as Ramos emphasized.

Joining Rhian as her leading man is Enzo Marcos. The former 5 and Up host and TVC model is the first choice for Marty. Playing the antagonist is TJ Trinidad. Other cast members include Bodjie Pascua, Carme Sanchez, Sharmaine Centenera-Buencamino and Archie Adamos.

Liongoren assures everyone that his 2D 90-minute film is not just refreshing to watch, the message is clear that when you love someone, you’ll fight for it, even if it’s a monster. It is also guaranteed that is a perfect movie for the whole family.

Rated Parental Guidance by MTRCB, Saving Sally opens in theaters on Christmas Day Dec 25 nationwide. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Introducing, Mister Tourism World 2016.

Photo by Mark Anthony Cabrera.
With the theme, “Charmingly Cultured”, Mr. Tourism World (MTW) a global brand owned by Czarina Production Ltd, a registered company in England and Wales is in search for their ambassador to promote culture in diversity.
This is the first a competition will be held for the said title. Thirteen official candidates were presented to members of the press and Media at Icon Hotel in Quezon City last Dec 4, 2017.The official thirteen candidates are: Luke Middlebook from Australia (Sydney), Tieze Emilliano from Sau Paulo , Archibald Acquaye from Ghana (Accra), Sanju Ray from India( Assam), Muhammad Ryan Ramadan from Indonesia (North Sumatra), Fauzi Mohamad from Malaysia, Okkar Mun Maung from Myanmar (yangon), Sarj Sangit Shrestha from Nepal (Hetauda), Cas Winters from the Netherlands , Kian Jabin Sumague from the Philippines (SanPablo, Laguna), Alexander Portnoff from Sweden(Stockholm), Khunphan Supachok from Thailand(Bangkok) and lastly Phan Xuan Hien from Vietnam.
The official contestants paraded in their National Costumes, followed by their Swimwear (provided for by Julius Pegarro) and then in their casual wear.A short Q and A portion followed afterwards.The entire team is at Vigan , Ilocos sur by now where most of the competition will take place.The finals is slated at the Vigan Convention Center on December 10, 2016 at 7pm
Text and photos by Mark Anthony Cabrera. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mabining Mandirigma: A Historic, Patriotic And Ecstatic Musical

Aguinaldo Vs. Mabini. David Esra and Liesl Batucan. (photo by Kurt Copon)
The 29th Season of Tanghalang Pilipino was opened and will be closed by the restaging of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful new and steampunk musical, Nicanor Tiongson’s  “ Mabining Mandirigma.”  Tiongson currently the Professor Emeritus at the University Of The Philippines Film Institute of the College of Mass Communication and has served from 1986 to 1994 as Vice President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, is a critic and an artistic writer who has written plays in full-length like the historical sarsuwelas Pilipinas Circa 1907 and Basilia Ng Malolos and a musical adaptation of the epic Labaw Donggon.  In writing the full length musical Mabining Mandirigma, Tiongson as expected wrote in a remarkable and extraordinary manner, with so much deep, intense and emphasis. His critical, creative and rhetoric style were very evident in the lines being delivered and in the lyrics being sung onstage. Another libretto worth remembering.

This steampunk musical narrates the story of Apolinario Mabini y Maranan, a native of Tanauan, Batangas who lost his both legs due to polio and later died at the age of 38.  Mabini  as we remember played a central, climactic, critical and crucial role in establishing the First Philippine Republic. Tagged as the “ Brain Of Revolution “ during the Spanish and American colonization era,  was a patriotic man, lawyer, educator and was once a legal and constitutional adviser to the Revolutionary Government during Emilio Aguinaldo’s presidency. 
Photo by Kurt Copon (Tanghalang Pilipino)
This musical follows the life of Mabini from his childhood until his death on May 13, 1903 and tells the important chapters in the history of Philippine Government. Act 1 was when Mabini presented his plans and visions to Aguinaldo for the second phase of the revolution against the Spaniards. It was in this time that he was appointed as Chief Adviser in the hopes that he and Aguinaldo will finish the revolution. When the Americans invaded Intramuros, the recently formed congress was then transferred to Malolos only to find out another threat, in the hands of some illustrado members of the congress helmed by Pedro Paterno and Felipe Buencamino to gain power and control the institutions of the government. One important scene was the projection of Mabini’s notable works, “ El Verdadero Decalogo “ and Programa Constitucional dela Republica Filipina, known to be the outline and the reason of the existence of Malolos Constituion.

Act 2 was when Mabini became the first Prime Minister of the Philippines. Jealousy, bribery and innuendos still continues specifically with Paterno, from fearing that he might be removed from his position to Antonio Luna  and convincing Aguinaldo what the Americans has to offer. Mabini interrogated with the illustrados and advised Aguinaldo that he’s still the president and must act and decide. Aguinaldo not listening and siding with Paterno, led to the assassination of Luna. Mabini then resigned and Paterno replaced him. It didn’t stop Mabini from unmasking the real intentions of the Americans. In December of 1899, Mabini was then captured in Nueva Ecija and held imprisoned at Intramuros.  His rejection of the amnesty from General MacArthur was the reason of his expatriation to Guam for two years.  Upon his return from Guam, he gave his time to organize Partido Nacionalista and roughly three months after his return, he died of cholera.  

Directing Tiongson’s full-text musical is Chris Millado, current Artistic Director of the Cultural Center and my previous boss back when I was still working at the Performing Arts Department. He’s an award winning theater director who received critically acclaimed reviews from both the patrons and critics in his craftsmanship over the years. The likes of August Osage County, Musikal! A Musical Celebration of CCP’s  45th, Stageshow, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal, Insiang, Macbeth and Camino Real . His production of Musikal was the last large production I saw with Lea Salonga and Gerard Salonga conducting at the pit.  His latest masterpiece was a hit that’s why a restaging was happening. The patrons want something more just like Mabining Mandirigma with your creative style. 
(Kurt Copon, Tanghalang Pilipino)
What’s make this musical unique and sensational was the female actor playing in the title role Mabini .  Liesl Batucan, current Associate Artistic Director of Tanghalang Pilipino and an award winning theater actress, whatever you name it. Everything is under on her roof.  I grew up watching this phenomenal actress in musicals staged by the Repertory Philippines and she never fails to amaze me and to want something more from all of her performances. On playing the title male role, she actually resembles the heroic revolutionary leader.  Whoever got the eye in casting her, made a statement in the world of theater? Credit also goes to Hazel Maranan another female actor as Mabini understudy. 

Antonio Rey Manuel Fernandez Ferrer playing the role of Aguinaldo is a young actor packed with a powerful voice was a former member of Kilyawan Boy’s Choir, a Madrigal et al choir who won the Championship at the 2008 World Choir Games A Capella Category at Gaz, Australia.  Theater credit includes Tanghalang Ateneo’s production of Walang Sugat in 2010 as Tenyong and the same role he reprised at Tanghalang Pilipino’s production of Walang Sugat in 2012 directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna.  I first saw Arman playing the role of Genie in the first staging of Disney in Concert: Tale As Old As Time production of The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. Fresh from the repeat performance of the same concert, I got to catch his powerful and impressive performance in Mabining Mandirigma.  I was thrilled and entertained to catch him playing the Genie, but in Mabining Mandirigma, his different vocal techniques and interpretation was showcased. I’m thinking what’s gonna be his next role? That’s something for us to look for.  Playing the role of Felipe Buencamino is Jonathan Tadioan, an eight time Philstage Gawad Buhay Award nominee, is currently a member of Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company and was a former FEU Theater Guild member.  He has done multiple plays from classic and contemporary to straight and musical, which he received rave reviews. Great to see that he’s into musical now and he’s still continuing his craft and passion.
The Cast of Mabining Mandirigma. (Kurt Copon, Tanghalang Pilipino)
Tanghalang Pilipino’s Mabining Mandirigma, a musical that will open your heart and mind in discovering our history and how a paralytic and patriotic man changed and formed the revolutionary government of the Philippines?  This masterpiece written by Nicanor Tiongson and with music by  Joed Balsamo reminds us during the era of Spanish invasion and American colonization and the status quo, jealousy, bribery and hypocrisy still exists in Philippine Government. Great actors, beautiful music and intense lines and lyrics this musical will surprise you.   Catch the repeat performance at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino on December 2 – 18, 2016 with performances at 3pm and 8pm. Ticket prices: 1,000 and 1,500.

Words/Text by Gilbert "Kim" Sancha 
Photos: Kurt Copon, Tanghalang Pilipino

Sunday, December 4, 2016

7 Things to do at the Mountain Lake Resort. The TravelBook.ph’s Blogger Getaway.

Laguna is the historical province of Southern Luzon and home of the biggest lake in the country and promising artworks and handicrafts. It also has the rural ambiance near Metro Manila with breathtaking sceneries of mountains and magnificent seven lakes.

As part of the Travel Bloggers Getaway program of TravelBook.ph, we had a chance to explore the unearthed beauty of Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort in Cavinti. It is where you can find the mountains and its majestic lake as the showcase of promoting ecotourism and communing with nature.

This prime resort that is owned and operated by three major real estate companies namely The Atlanta Group, Sta. Lucia Estate and Fil Estate is now a haven for outdoor lovers. This is for those who value the greeneries and its inviting climate against the polluted cities. Originally, it is planned for residential project that could have developed into a destination that offers sports and recreational facilities.

Mountain Lake Resort has a total of 700 hectares of land divided into a Golf course, Residential and Marina Sports Area. But its priceless attraction is their manmade lake created in 1848 by an unnamed American Engineer that comprises the 30 hectares of Marina part. The main Clubhouse with 21 hotel rooms started its operation in 2005. After ten years the sports area of Marina was made.

Here are seven things to expect in Mountain Lake Resort that yours truly is recommending to experience:

1.       18 Hole Golf Course
No wonder, this is the main attraction or activity as of now. This pleasurable sport is so far the priciest product of Mountain Lake Resort. It covers 70 hectares of land designed by Arnold Palmer. This is a major attraction for foreigners or even locals who can find solace in making a hole-in-one.

2.       Marina Sports Center.
This is the exciting part, where stamina and endurance test is the byword for anyone who will avail of in-water obstacle course. Perfect for any team building events or group tours.

The Marina Sports area can host around 200 people. They have villas for families or groups. Plus, it is where the Glamping (Glamorous Camping) is located. Many things to do here. You can divide your group and challenge them to numerous stages that will boost not only their morale, but also camaraderie. These courses are Slide Drop Climb Drop, Wall Climb Slide, Cable Balance, Karate Kid Challenge and Tarzan Swing. We call it our Sige Sa mantsa advocacy, where getting dirt and bruises is an accomplishment.

What I loved in this area is the view of the majestic lake, it is relaxing to the eye plus of course the fresh air it offers. Make sure to try also the Zip Line and the fun hanging bridge.
Photo by Jena Mae Nacar.
3.       Kayak Adventure.
I’m used to kayaking in the beach. But in Caliraya Lake, it is different. It’s quite short but worth the experience. Beds of grasses will make you curious why you skipped Botany class and naming it is a challenge. Even though it is fresh water, it doesn’t smell. It’s still fresh as the first rain on summer of May. Navigation skill is required in paddling and swimming with ducks.

4.       Swan Boat Ride.
Swan boat ride will make you giggle like kid again, bumping others in the open lake area. Like a kid playing, you roll over the pedals and explore the other side of Caliraya Lake.

The ride is perfect for couples. It’s best to try this while sun is setting to get the best view of the lake.

5.       ATV ride
The highlight is the ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) ride. So far, this is the most adventurous that Mountain Lake Resort can offer. It also has another package of riding ATV going to Cavinti Caves. You don’t have to be a motorcyclist to run or drive it. What’s exciting is the road that you will go through is muddy and rocky.

6.       Bulalo and Dory Fish with Burito Sauce
A destination is not complete without the food. The supreme attraction for every resort is finding comfort food for your tumm. Mountain Lake Resort will not fail you on that. It’s a must I say to try their version of Bulalo (Filipino Beef Marrow Stew). Its tenderness, no greasy taste at all. Believe me, it’s one of the best tasting Bulalo I’ve ever eaten.

Dory Fishing is an added attraction in the Marina area. It is a home for Dory schools to which it is a delicacy they offer. The one stands out most is their Grilled Dory with Burito Sauce. Resort Manager Jessamin Apora explained to us that it is their own sauce and it is one of their top secrets.

Apora said that they only serve the freshest catch of Dory per day. She clarified that Dory and other fresh water fishes they offer are captive and not in a pond or part of any farming technology.  Bulalo and Grilled Dory are their bestsellers.

7.       Lovely Ducks
This immaculate white Ducks are the ones who will complete your stay in Mountain Lake Resort. They are so refreshing to see once you wake up in the morning. It’s part of their package to feed them for a minimal fee.

Apora said they started growing ducks with only six and she clarified that they are not part of their menu. These ducks are free to roam around the lake and it’s a therapy to watch them swimming and lining up the hill.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Varisty player and a farmer, this year’s Bodyshots grand winner.

Clarice Patrimonio, 22 Years old Varsity Player, a daughter of PBA Hardcourt King Alvin Patrimonio is this year’s grand winner of the premier modelling contest, Bodyshots. Her counterpart is also the 22 year old Renz Maun, a farmer from Nueva Ecija.

Held recently at the event hall of Fisher Mall, 30 candidates showcase creations from different designer members of Fashion Designers Association (FDAP), from creative wear, swim wear to formal wear that showcased Filipino ingenuity.

Bodyshots revival this 2016 is the pioneer project of actor and former Bikini winner Carlo Maceda, as producer that according to him is his way of giving back to the young generations, who like him aspire to make it big in the modelling industry.

Patrimonio is a tennis player from National University, while Maun is a graduate of Animal Husbandry from Central Luzon State University. Patrimonio is Best in runway award and Photogenic trophy along with Maun. Aside from modelling contract, two winners take home the grand prize of P100 thousand.

FDAP President Digna Rosales, Tugs Sarol a Top Model from Mongolia, and the better half of former sexy actress Patricia Javier, Dr. Robert Walcher are among this year’s set of judges.  Former Miss World Philippines Gwendoline Ruis with Maceda serve as the main host of the pageant.

Highlight of the event is the runway reunion of former Bodyshots winner headed by Wilma Doesnt.

Here are the complete set of winners, Best in runway-Clarice Paatrimonio and Joshua de Leon;
Photogenic- Clarice Patrimonioi and Renz Maun, Formal Wear- Cristty Jane Perolino and Juan Ibarra Vargas, Best in Swimwear- Rufaida Babudin and Juan Ibarra Vargas, Face of the Night- Clarice Patrimonio and Benjie Nuevaespana, Mr. & Ms. Asian Aesthetic- Eifell Janell Rosalita & Ralph Otivar.
Mr. & Ms. Anytime Fitness- Trisha Martinez and Joshua Kristopher de Leon, Mr. and Ms. Jancen- Jordyn Villarino and Pauiline Abigael Ebora, Mr. & Miss Immunoboosters- Joshua Lorenz Emerenciana and Clarice Patrimonio.  

Here is the clip for the Bodyshots Alumni Reunion. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Singing Diplomat, pays tribute to the Philippines.

Raoul Imbach. 
Tag as the Singing Diplomat from the Swiss Embassy in Manila, Mr. Raoul Imbach is not stopping in introducing his music, like in his past country assignment Imbach usually records songs from his heart as a gesture of acknowledging his new found home.

Imbach is the Deputy Head Mission of Switzerland Embassy, he is living while working in the Philippines for the past three years, and recently he revived his band “The Wild Tortillas” to accompany him not just for gigs, but for his 11th album that comprise of 14 track under the title of “Tribute To The Philippines”.

His first ever USB album is officially launch last November 19 at The Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas Center. At the very early age, Imbach said that singing is his passion but he clarify that he is not after the fame or money rather an expression of his talent, and to give back. The proceed of the album he donate it to charity, like this time it goes to Carmelite Convent of Pink Sisters in Batangas City.
Imbach originally write all the songs with the help of his band that compose of Filipino members, all of them have Tagalog lyrics. One of the song is called “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” that serve as the carrier single.

“I usually do it in every country I go, I do one songs of the language of the country, but in the Philippines it started one, and then two and three, and now half of the album is in Tagalog, it represent a lot of things that I lived here, the things I’ve done here, the way I feel about the Philippines, so it’s a tribute, because eventually I will leave, but I would like something to leave behind, and Philippines has a lot to offer, it’s nice to recognize it thru music.” Imbach said.

He also wish to make a cover of “Anak” of Freddie Aguilar, but it didn’t reach the deadline for the album due to some copyright issues, but he is still working on it and hopefully soon he can record it since he adore Ka Freddie and all of his nationalistic songs.

I also ask Imbach if he open to join some reality TV singing search, as we all know many foreigners or expat lately are into this kind of search, and he welcome the idea, even though admitted he is too old to join such competitions, but he is willing and able if given a chance.
Tribute to the Philippines, The Album cover.
As a diplomat assign to many countries even before here in Manila, he comes with his family, yes he is married to a Vietnamese and they are together for 12 years now.

Raoul and the Wild Tortillas are compose of Jaime Vilas on the bassist, Derick Manubay on the guitar, Bok Rennie Vargas on drums, Ferdi Salamat on percussions and Marlon Victor Lim on keyboard. They are open for gigs especially this coming Holiday seasons, they are set to perform on Luneta Grandstan come 5pm of January 7 next year and its free to all.

All his music are in different digital channel ready for download like ITunes, spotify and many more. His videos are all in Youtube and you can check updates at his official site at www.thesingingdiplomat.com or thru his Facebook page.

Friday, November 25, 2016

From the Buwan and back, to the war and to love.

A new Filipino musical is about to unleash via a newly formed theatre company that will hit us with their brand new style of theatre presentation. That’s one of the aims of Black Box Productions that will revisit their “Mula Sa Buwan” production this December at Irwin Theater in Ateneo De Manila University.

Based on the play Cyrano De Bergerac from French poet Edmond Rostand, “Mula Sa Buwan” will showcase sweet and bittersweet young love during post war era of Manila.  Patrick Valera conceptualized the play along with William Elvin Manzano which was first performed in 2010 at the University of Asia and the Pacific under Dulaang Rock Opera Company.

Valera admits during its launching that this was just an introduction for its grand restaging early 2017. Thus it will only have a limited run from Dec 2, 3 and 4. Though he guaranteed that it will be as majestic as it will be by 2017.

The music and lyrics are remarkable and the pool of artists included is handpicked by Valera based on their past performances. Thespian Nicco Manalo is returning as Cyrano and also co-directing this early Christmas offering.

Joining the cast are Boo Gabunada, the alternate of Nicco as Cyrano and KL Dizon, who was outstanding as Urduja in Manhid, as the beautiful maiden Roxanne. Fred Lo and Edward Benosa will share the role as Christian.

Other members of the cast are Jon Abella, Jasmine Balunes, Gel Basa, Matthew Chang, Nico Dans, Harly Daria, MC Dela Cruz, Michael Fernandez, Francelle Fetalvero, Rhenz Gabalonzo, Patrick Libao, Arielle Magno, Victoria Mina, Ralph Oliva, Gerhard Pagunsan and Ronah Rostata.

Technical Team members are TJ Ramos for Musical Direction, Dana Marquez for Musical Arrangement, Ohm David for Set design, Meliton Roxas Jr for Lighting Design, Katherine Sabate for Dramaturgy and JM Cabling for Choreography.

“Mula Sa Buwan” opens December 2 at 8pm, Dec 3-3pm, Dec 4-3pm and 8pm, at Irwin Lee Theater located inside Ateneo De Manila University, Loyola Heights in Quezon City. For inquiries you may send them email at info@mulasabuwan.com or check their Facebook page.