Darren Espanto wants us to “Believe In Christmas”

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The isolating nature of the pandemic has left us yearning for human connection, disrupting our daily lives on an unprecedented scale and forever changing the way we interact with one another. Its uncertainty has not only instilled fear and anxiety, but also forced us to participate in a game of risk roulette, where everyone tries to survive a global health crisis that knows no end or time, and outwit an invisible enemy through strategic measures that align with the new normal. But Darren Espanto wants us to believe that love will always be our guiding light even in the most difficult of times. The accomplished recording star is optimistic about using his voice as a catalyst to spark hope and inspire others to make a positive difference—all in the spirit of Christmas. He wants to keep the Holiday tradition alive by spreading kindness and joy this festive season, but also wants to see it with a renewed perspective: that the cherished holiday traditions are more than just about sumptuous

Bringing back the Loyalist in us. A review.

Photos by Trixie Dauz.
Being a loyalist can be fun, sometimes dangerous, and sometimes dramatic. Loyalist Redux explain that in manner where political issues and situations is dividing the nation, where majority have its own opinion, and while the rest are not inform at all.

As part of the nine play presented in Never Again: Voices of Martial Law, produced by the newly form Ladies Who Launch at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani, in order to create positive information drive for the generation of today, to understand what happen during the Martial Law years in the Philippines, Loyalty Redux is definitely a perfect choice.
This short play is under the Direction of Kanakan Balintagos, who also does Mga Buhay na Apoy last year with Tanghalang Pilipino, as expected it is a great directorial job for Balintagos, his own way of telling stories on stage is a literary piece.

Loyalist Redux is set up when former first Lady Imelda Marcos is returning to the Philippines, a mom played by Pinky Amador is excited and happy to hear that news, her beautiful Idol as well her family is the salvation of the country in her loyalist belief. Her Son played by Kalil Almonte  is a student in the University of the Philippines is opposing that, an exchange of facts, figures, names and incidents occur as the Mother and Son battle for the good of the country thru words.
What I find good in Loyalty Redux is the thoughts of educating you, but not over loading you with facts, not a school type of giving awareness on what you should know about Martial law, plus the factor that it is typical fan who is affirming, while the opponent base his arguments to real cases that transpired.

It’s a first time for me to watch Amador and Almonte in a Filipino play, and they are good on it, the chemistry is there as well as crisp of delivering the lines, it’s their portrayal all in all that carry the play in minimal setting.

Loyalist Redux is part of Set A along with two other short play, below are their schedules Oct 9 at 4pm, and Oct 15 at 8pm. Tickets are at P500 per show. For inquiries, email ladieswholaunch.ph@gmail.com or contact +639178106256. Please make your reservation early since it is a small 100 seating capacity theater only. 

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