Monday, October 23, 2017

4 Steps to a Peaceful Mind

A friend has this quotation on his office wall: "I know worry works because nothing I worry about ever happens." I think I must believe that, because I worry a lot -- and about the most insignificant things. 

I worry about the big things, of course, like health, relationships, and finances. But I'm also liable to fret about anything and everything that finds its way into my consciousness. Because I spend so much time on worry, I've decided to embrace it with a personal research project. Maybe you'd like to join me. 


Here are two avenues I'm exploring: 

1) I practice catching myself at it. "Hey, I'm worrying again." During a recent morning swim, I caught myself worrying 10 times during one lap! I'm not kidding. On rare days when I don't have anything to worry about, I find something. What I've learned is that worry is a mental habit. I can change habits; I've done it before. There's hope. 

2) My second approach is to practice presence. By this I mean stopping my thoughts. In my workshops, I ring a bell to help participants practice centering. The quieter we are, the longer we hear the bell. There's a lovely moment when we all listen . . . until the ring is barely audible . . . then just a memory. I relish that moment of quiet before my thoughts re-engage. There is no future or past, just Now. No worrying thoughts -- no thoughts at all. It's a peaceful place, which is why I stretch the moment. I want to strengthen the connection to something greater than my worries. 

 3) When I told my good friend Rosie about my worry project, she told me about her approach, which is to do one of three things: decide to address the issue right then; if you can't do anything about it at the moment, give yourself a time to address it later; or decide that it is not important and let it go. In other words, act on it, file it or throw it away. 

4) Finally, one of Rosie's favorite worry stoppers (and mine) is to sing. Connect with your self, your creativity, and the place where everything really is okay. wareness and acknowledgment are the keys to changing our habits.  

Morihei Ueshiba, who founded aikido and spoke of it as the Art of Peace, said we must "always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner." 

Perhaps my research project on worry will help me to lighten up, smile, and live each day in such a way. Are you worrying? Stop your thoughts for a moment. Listen to the sounds around you, pay attention, and be present to this key moment. And smile . . . for no reason. You may find that's the best reason of all.




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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Ballet Philippines' Classic Repertoires, Revived And Reprised In The Exemplars

For their second production of its quintessential 48th season, Ballet Philippines, the first resident company of Cultural Center of the Philippines presented internationally acclaimed classic repertoires from 1970 to 1980. Founded in 1969 by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes and Eddie Elejar, is the preeminent classical and contemporary dance company in the country widely recognized today as a cornerstone of contemporary Filipino identity." THE EXEMPLARS: Amada And Other Dances " featured notable and unforgettable creation and showcased collaboration of both resident and guest artists of the dance company. This production is a rare opportunity for the audience to experience Ballet Philippines' signature style and identity.

The show in two acts presented, " Ang Sultan " by Gener Caringal (1973), " Concertino " by Pauline Koner (1973), " Amada " by Alice Reyes (1970) " Valse Fantasy " restaged by Nonoy Froilan and Adam Sage after Muñeca Aponte with inspiration from George Balnchine (1974) and " Songs Of A Wayfarer " by Norman Walker (1973). From high level of jumping, tiptoeing and standing, middle level of sitting and kneeling and low level of cringing, rolling and lying the improvisation and inversion left an outstanding and amazing impression. The space and stance created during the variation of pas de bourree, pas de chat and piroutte was beautifully, dramatically and theatrically executed. And whether if it's a regular versus simultaneous and starting versus ending canon movements these ballerinas swayed and swinged. 

The dynamics were also evident from direct or indirect space, sudden and sustained time, light or strong weight and the flow whether free, bound or continuous. Guest artists Candice Adea (Amada and Bride) and Ronelson Yadao (Young Man and Don Rafael) danced interpretatively both in Amada and Songs Of Wayfarer. Adea from being a sophisticated aristocratic then tranforming into a dark woman was a convincing act. Songs Of A Wayfarer premiered in 1973 with Ronelson Yadao's older brother playing the Young Man. On its ruby anniversary, Yadao owned this critical and popular repertoire as he dramatically revived and reprised with his own artistic interpretation of a grieving heroic man as his love is being wed.

The Exemplars: Amada And Other Dances runs from October 20, 2017 at 8pm, October 21 and 22 at 2pm and 8pm, at the CCP Main Theater Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo and on October 25, 2017 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Theater, BGC Arts Center. Call Ballet Philippines at (632) 551-1003, CCP Box Office at (632) 832-3704 or Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999.

Visit and connect through : www.ticketworld.com.ph or www.facebook.com/balletphilippines
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Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Run like Blade Runner.

Denis Velleneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is everything what the hype has promised. It’s a sequel of visual sensations and ample entertainment.

Thirty years after the original film, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a replicant blade runner who unearths a secret that could possibly commence a war in a dystopian world. For those who failed to watch the first instalment, a “replicant” is a fictional bioengineered or biorobotic android while a “blade runner” is a police officer charged with killing, or "retiring," replicants. K discovers the remains of a pregnant replicant. His superior, Lt. Joshi (Robin Wright) instructs him to destroy all evidence related to it, including the child. This also leads him to a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a blade runner missing for decades.

If you are not a fan of neo-noir dystopian science fiction, watch it for its art. It’s as visually stunning as Ryan Gosling’s face. No matter how dirty and dark the setting is, the camera works of the great Roger Deakins is vibrant and enchanting. Also, watch it for its engaging storytelling, as written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. This film strengthens Villenueve’s mark as one of the best contemporary autuers with the successful Sicario and Arrival under his belt.

Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks are also part of the cast. Blade Runner 2049 is now showing on Philippine cinemas.  

Special Thanks to SM Cinemas. 

Text by Aga Posadas. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tunes, Songs And The Hills Are Alive In The Sound Of Music

58 years after the original Broadway Production opened in 1959 and 56 years after the original London Production opened in 1961, the hills are still very much alive in " The Sound Of Music. " Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and five Academy Awards including Best Picture when a film adaptation was released in 1965, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel for the stage version and Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer for the movie version. This musical enjoyed by millions and revived multiple times worldwide is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, with music by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and libretto by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Interesting fact to share that this was the last musical written by the prolific duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, nine months after its Broadway premiere Hammerstein succumbed to his death due to cancer. Concertus Manila founded in 2004 who lives to entertain, in partnership with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions founded in 1993, who has brought wide array of live entertainment to Australasia, teamed up in bringing the International Touring Production of the classic and iconic West End Musical to Manila. These two companies were the reason for producing, promoting and presenting Cats, The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stomp, Potted Potter, Barney (The Dinosaur), The Phantom Of The Opera, Mamma Mia, Chicago, Wicked, Beyond The Barricade, La Soiree, Louis Pearl (The Amazing Bubble Man), Cookin' NANTA, Singin' In The Rain and Blue Man Group to the Philippines.

The musical tells the story of Maria who serves as a governess to the seven children of the widowed man Captain von Trapp, who was against the Nazis ruling despite being commissioned in the German navy. Maria later fell in love to the children and eventually to their widowed father, prohibiting her calling to be a nun. On the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, Captain von Trapp and Maria with the children flee Austria. Carmen Pretorius (Maria) is a perfect choice from vocal resonation and physical attraction, she really has the character and attributes that suits my expectation. 
Nicholas Maude (Captain von Trapp) is a soft and kind hearted captain instead of the usual tiger look man. I immediately fell in love with him when his heart became weak upon hearing his seven children with the sound of music. Janelle Visagie (Mother Abbess) is undeniably a stealer of the show. Her beautiful face and sentimental and experimental interpretation of " Climb Ev'ry Mountain " at the end of Act 1 and Act 2 is the moving and mesmirizing performance of the night, definitively the highlight. The remaining six children of von Trapp were casted against type because the role of Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and Gretl are played alternately by three Filipino kids each roles. These 18 talented Filipino kids were chosen from over 400 children from all over the Philippines who auditioned for the coveted roles. A celebration of Filipino talents and not just music. This musical is a must see for all ages, great cast, beautiful music and stunning visual spectacle are all in the Manila production of this legendary musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Company and David Ian Productions.

The Manila season of The Sound Of Music which runs from 27 September to 22 October at The Theatre at Solaire, is presented by Globe Live. Performaces from Tuesday to Sunday at 8pm and Saturday to Sunday at 3pm with running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes with 20 minute intermission. Please call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or visit: www.ticketworld.com.ph for ticket inquiries and reservations.
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Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ang Pag-Uusig. Theater Review.

ANG PAG-UUSIG, its a Jerry Respeto's translation of Arthur Miller's “THE CRUCIBLE”. Its about the trial of several people in the neighborhood who are being accused of having seen or enter into an agreement with the bad spirit.
The story goes as Abigail Williams and her friends with Tituba, who happens to know witchcraft was seen by Rev Parris dancing in the forest while calling the spirits that Rev Parris believed to be the reason why his daughter got ill. As the story builds up, the real reason of the problem is for Abigail Williams to get revenge and oust Mrs Proctor by accusing her of being a witch because she believes that she can continue her relationship with John Proctor.
Mr. Proctor wants to clear his wife’s name and save her, she convince his house maid Mary Warren to testify against Abigail Williams. However, Abigail Williams with her friends are so strong in pretending that they are seeing things and that they are being influenced by demons or Bad spirits that Mary warren change again her Testimony.
I love how Antonette Go portray her role as Abigail Williams, i get so mad at her for being so manipulative and shameless in her doings. Also she is so intense in handling her character. Also, I love the character of John Proctor, for being so brave to admit his wrongdoings to save his wife. The love he showed to his wife is remarkable despite the mistakes he committed in the past. I also like the portrayal of Rev Parris for being so self centered that i get so mad at him until the end.
The production set was very minimalist. If you are used to big production play, this one is different. There were almost no props used, and lighting was a bit dark but blends well with the characters and the story line. At first one can think that the actors are rather stiff, movements were very minimal to none at all. But you can see after a few minutes along the play that these (minimal setting and stiff characters) were all done to highlight the characters who were delivering their lines. The style can draw the audience to the actor talking, listen and understand clearly. However, the use of one actor portraying two different character makes it confusing, especially to those who are not familiar with the story.
One word to describe the play... Intense. Aside from the plot of the story and the use of our language, the stage and the venue makes it more intimate to the audience. From the start to the ending, all were delivering their portrayal in the most intense way. The actors clearly gave their best in interpreting the director’s ideas. The play is very timely, the story line somehow resembles our current situation right now with our government. After watching, and reading between the lines, it leaves you questions like “Is it really happening?” Are they [government] really contols what was happening?”
You can catch “Ang Pag-uusing“ by Tanghalang Pilipino at CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute until October 22, 2017.
Text by Jackylenn Blanco-Francisco
Photos by Leo Francisco

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Classic Musical Spectacle In Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag.

 
" Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag " is a classic film released in 1975 and re-released in 2013 directed by National Artist for Film Lino Brocka. The well received film and considered as one of the greatest films in Philippine Cinema was based from the novel of Edgardo Reyes. Winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in 1976 FAMAS Awards, it starred Bembol Roco as Julio Madiaga and Hilda Koronel as Ligaya Paraiso. In 2013, the film was fully restored and was shown at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as part of Cannes Classics Section. It tells the tragic love story and crime of passion of Julio and Ligaya set against the backdrop of Manila. The film still mirrors that nothing has changed from the current scenario in the Philippines, struggle, survival, poverty, unemployment and prostitution.

After 42 years, this highly and critically acclaimed film was adapted into a stage musical spectacle presented by Grand Leisure Corporation and produced by Fullhouse Asia Productions, Inc. The benefit of " Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag, The Musical " will go to Gantimpala Theater Foundation, a company that produced short stories and plays written by National Artists for Literature and Theater under the National Artist Production Series. Current Gantimpala Theater Foundation artistic director and acclaimed film, television and theater director and actor Joel Lamangan, made an impressive touch in giving life onstage in writer's point of view. The weight, emphasis and blocking were theatrically beautiful whether on a solo or ensemble performance. Actors were deeply motivated that brought moving, touching and soaring interpretation of the libretto by Jose Victor Torres and Em Mendez. 

An integral part and huge realization for this period musical piece is the traditional and conventional projected sceneries, combined and complemented by minimal set, permanent set and box set through gripping, rolling and flying by Jun Flavier Pablo. Huge amount of credit goes to Douglas Nierras who made " BRAVO " choreography of the entire ensemble. What's with Nierras that I keep on wanting more from his visual and sensual steps, moves, sways and leaps? The answer is just simply - perfection, beautifully danced and interpreted. 
The 2015 PhilStage Gawad Buhay awardee for Best Featured Male in a Musical, Arman Ferrer playing in the titular role Julio is nothing but a scene stealer and a show stopper especially his classical and powerful vocal interpretation be it on a solo, duet or ensemble. It's not suprising from this choral conductor that he nailed his musical soliloquies. I have witnessed all his notable performances with Tanghalang Pilipino and with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, he never failed to surprise. This musical has so many highlights but Rita Daniela acting and belting in " Nasaan Ang Hustisya, " a funeral scene before the end of Act 1 backed with an impressive blocking and choreography of the entire ensemble received the thunderous applause of the night. That scene alone, tiring yet mesmerizing and hauntingly beautiful. Ima Castro is perfect as Mrs. Cruz, shockingly impressed and convinced with her acting, singing and dancing. After all she was once Kim of Miss Saigon.


Remaining stellar cast includes Shiela Valderrama-Martinez and Lara Maigue alternating as Ligaya Paraiso, Floyd Tena (Pol), Noel Rayos (Atong), Rafa Seguion-Reyna and Joseph Puducay (Imo), Aicelle Santos and Rita Daniela (Perla), Jim Pebanco/ Joseph Billezar (Mr. Balajadia), Khalil Kaimo (Gido), Jeffrey Camañag (Omeng), Romcel Binquis (Benny), Randy Rey (Frank), and Dulce and Ima Castro alternating as Mrs. Cruz. “Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, The Musical” performances are slated on September 30, 2017 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm (Gala), October 1, 2017 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm October 4, 2017 at 8:00pm, October 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm, October 6, 2017 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm. Performances will be at the KIA Theater. For ticket inquiries please contact Ms. Bards Lapid at mobile number: 09178466704, landline: 897-7142 and 890-0853 or Ticketnet: 911-5555.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

A pageant for Call Center people.

Bb.Pilipinas titlist Jennifer Hammond, The Apprentice Asia winner Jonathan Yabut,  and Mario Lumba, 2014 Century Tuna Superbods winner. 
Known for organizing, managing and promoting world- class and quality events and concerts, Royale Chimes Concerts & Events Inc. officially launched the search for first Mr. and Ms. BPO last September 27, 2017 at KPUB BBQ in Trinoma. Chimes International with offices both in the US and UK has been in ditto industry for more than two decades now, is the mother company.

In the years to come, Royale Chimes aims to innovate and introduce groundbreaking concepts and unwavering events closer to the public. BPO short for "Business Process Outsourcing” represents people working in a call center. And the Philippines is regarded as the BPO capital of the world.

Mr. & Ms. BPO aims to promote excellence, leadership and camaraderie in the workplace such as empowerment, work ethics and nation building. It will be presented in a pageant format and will develop its candidates in a holistic approach. The winners will serve as goodwill ambassadors for the industry and they will undergo mentoring and coaching from premier and formidable trainers in their respective industries. This will comprise of physical fitness, communication skills and Emotional Intelligence acumen. Interested parties must be 18 to 26 years old, single, Filipino citizen or with Filipino blood ancestry, at least 5’4” tall for female and 5’6” tall for male. They must also have proportionate physique, pleasing personalities and with good moral character. Must be a regular employee and a resident of the Philippines.

To register and join the Mr. and Ms. BPO, check out the official website (www.mrandmsbpo.com) and download the application form. For more details, follow them on social media: Facebook (MrandMsBPOofficial), Instagram (mrandmsbpoofficial), and Twitter (MrandMsBPO), YouTube (MrandMsBPO).

For other inquiries, you may call Mr. and Ms. BPO secretariat at 0977-3846984. A production of Royale Chimes Concerts and Events Inc., Mr. and Ms. BPO will hold its finals night on November 21, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang - Theater Review.


When I was in college, I was a part of the only theatre group in our university called Tanghalang Bayan ng Kabataan sa Baguio (TABAK-Baguio). With no means of income, the struggles of mounting a production were very evident. We would rely on costumes and props which are readily available. Sponsorship was just an option since no one would like to gamble their money on protest theatre. Campus theatre has been striving to survive. This is the dilemma shared by Guelan Varela-Luarca, director of Tanghalang Ateneo’s Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang. He told the press after their show on Saturday to spread the word about the problems that theatre groups in universities and colleges are facing. Support for campus theatre has always been agonizing. Despite the struggles, Tanghalang Ateneo opens its 39th season with the second installment of Janus Silang.

Based on the multi-awarded Pinoy fantasy book series by Edgar Calabia Samar, Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang continues with our teenage protagonist’s search for the Tala to defeat the threat of Tiyanak to humanity. Janus’ journey is backed up by his mentors, brothers Mang Joey and Mang Isyo, who are “bagani” (protector of the Pusong bloodline) and know the history of the Manananggals and Mambabarangs.

Together with the twins Miro and Mira, who can traverse to the other world, Kalibutan, they travel to different worlds and try to save them. If you’re not familiar with the book series, try to imagine Lord of the Rings in Filipino setting. In this fantasy-themed production, one should expect lots of stunning production design and costumes and big stage movements. Janus Silang did not fail in those aspects.
In a very intimate space, TA was able to fulfil the imagination of its audience. The small space could be a disadvantage though as you can notice the very littlest mistakes. You can also get out of focus as there were performances on both sides of the room at the same time. It would have been better if it was staged on a bigger theatre so the actors can have more room for big movements.

Earvin Estioco stars for the second time as Janus Silang and perfectly nails the part. Veteran actors Carlo Vergara, Renante Bustamante and Jenny Jamora join the cast of skilled young thespians of TA. The artistic team of Janus Silang is composed of Tanghalang Ateneo Artistic Director and Moderator Glenn Sevilla Mas, Guelan Varela-Luarca (Direction and Adaptation), Gentle Mapagu (Assistant Director), Delphine Buencamino (Choreography), Gwyn Guanzon (Set Design), Bonsai Cielo (Costume Design), D Cortezano (Lights Design), Arvy Dimaculangan (Sound and Music Design), Sig Pecho (Puppet Design), and Zoe de Ocampo (Graphics Design).
The playdates of Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang are September 20-23, 26-30, October 3-7, 10-14, and 17-21. Performances start at 7:30PM while Saturday matinee shows start at 2:30PM. Performance venue is the Ateneo de Manila’s Black Box Theater at the university’s Fine Arts Annex Building.

Text by Aga Posadas. 

Obra Ni Juan. Theater Review.

Spoliarium, an opera with libretto by Soprano Fides Cuyugan-Asensio and with music by Ryan Cayabyab was the first production I saw pertaining to the life of Juan Luna. Originally staged at the CCP in 2003 starring Robert Seña at the titular role, the opera was staged in Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York thirteen years later. Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF) current production of "Obra Ni Juan " was my follow-up. This original Filipino musical was written by Atty. Vince Tañada, PSF President and Artistic Director and with music by Peter Paul "Pipo" Cifra, president of UST Conservatory of Music Alumni Association Incorporated, marked as my first production I saw from PSF.
Established in 2002, PSF is a professional theater company with an objective of helping the poor, elderly, sick and even the forgotten, has been consistently conducting free theater workshop in schools nationwide and continuously organizing outreach programs to various charities. And the only theater company with performances ranging from 100 to 500 shows per season in big venues. Tañada's fascination to Juan Luna was his inspiration for writing the obra.
This experimental musical in two acts narratively tells the life and works of the Ilocano revolutionary painter and political sculptor Juan Luna from October 23, 1857 to December 7, 1899. Tañada who playwright and directed the show emphasized and exposed Luna's journey spanning from the Philippines to Spain, Italy and France. His extensive research and archival collection about Luna were revealed through lines verbally or nonverbally, conveyed through songs and intepreted through dances. Not to be missed are the lines being thrown ordinarily, figuratively and idiomatically.
The choice of rhetoric, symbolically and significantly gave the late 19th century realization period of this piece. Luna's masterpieces welcomed me upon entering the cinema and having a glimpse of these artwork replicas immediately tells a story. The idea of using them as backdrop was a signature spectacle, and these will be perfectly complemented if the venue is a real theater equipped with drape (main, grand or house), curtain (house or act), teasers and tormentors and even scrims, because a European period settings will be created and a European mood will be achieved.
The opening scene, "Sa Biyahe Ng Barko " is a beautiful depiction about Luna's life, who was once a sailor prior to becoming an artist. Seeing the cast and the rest portraying the waves was beautiful. "Europa" is another thrilling musical number with Rizal, Luna (Antonio and Juan), Tavera, del Pilar, Boustead and the whole ensemble. Theatrically beautiful in terms of blocking and emphasis, those men singing and dancing with monogram classic trunk bag, I imagine them carrying those LV monogram classic suitcases. Of all the eight songs from the repertoire, that's my favorite. What a way to begin watching PSF future productions.
Obra Ni Juan cast includes both PSF seasoned and regular thespians. Patrick Lubao (Juan Luna 1), Vince Tañada (Juan Luna 2), Chin Ortega (Juan Luna 2 alternate), Johnrey Rivas (Jose Rizal), Jomar Bautista (Antonio Luna), Cindy Liper (Paz Pardo de Tavera), JP Lopez (Marcelo del Pilar), Kenneth Sadsad (Trinidad Pardo de Tavera / Juan Luna 1 alternate), Adelle Ibarrientos (Juliana Pardo de Tavera), Rutchel Leonor (Nellie Boustead / Juliana Pardo de Tavera alternate), Gerald Magallanes (Antonio Luna alternate), Vean Olmedo (Paz Pardo de Tavera alternate / Ina), Rotsen Etolle (Trinidad Pardo de Tavera), Alyanna Andres (Nellie Boustead alternate), Juddy Tolentino (Leonor Rivera), Chris Lim (Haring Alfonso XII), OJ Bacor (Charles Kipping / Punong Majistrado), Zen Lizardo (Mrs. Boustead), Enzo Vilanaba (Andres Bonifacio / Jose Rizal understudy), Dean Benedict Rafols (Andres " Luling " Luna) and Carol Sarreal (Ina alternate). The rest of the ensemble includes Brent Martinez, Cedie Duller, Rich Bea Martin, Jeremiah Bias, Kier Posadas, Carl Vincent Millan, Pearl Belen, Justine Seclon and Kiel Najera.
For tickets please call (639)956-669-0335. The show will be performed in schools, cinemas and theater up to March 2018. Follow them through: Facebook: Philippine Stagers Foundation Instagram: philippine_stager Twitter: @philstagers

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Annual MADE Recognition and Exhibit Showcase

Carrying its tradition and honoring Filipino artistry and creativity, Metrobank Foundation Incorporated (MBFI) established on January 8, 1979 by Dr. George S. K. TY, held its annual Awarding Ceremony and Exhibit Opening on September 21, 2017 at Le Pavilion, Metropolitan Park, Pasay City. This highly anticipated event recognizes Filipino painters and sculptors through Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE).

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely and Senator Francis " Chiz " Escudero accompanied by his wife, elite artist and socialite actress Heart Evangelista attended as honorable guests respectively. Along with National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, diplomats, government officials, local and foreign artists and dignitaries, gathered in the evening flocked by art and music.

"IMAGINE" this year's MADE theme, challenged the artist's human imagination to create and empower their creative mind to showcase their true works of art exuded through painting and sculpting. "Genesis" by Paul John C. Cabanalan, was the Grand Awardee for Oil / Acrylic on Canvas Category. His masterpiece interpreted in four layers: his childhood, his hometown, his people and his beliefs in life in Iloilo. "For Those Who Lived And [Are] Forgotten " by Marvin E. Quizon, was the Grand Awardee for Watermedia on Paper Category. His painting of a lifeless bird with branches and flowers growing, denotes and connotes what comes after death, an interpretation of new beginnings and opportunities. A very similar scenarios to the victims of rampant killings and terrorism.

The recipient of Grand Awardee for Sculpture is " Pagtataguyod " by Moreen Joy Austria. Her work symbolizes the character and core of Metro Park, redefining a dynamic community and living a symbiotic relationship, truly a summation and crystallization of Filipino values. Pagtataguyod indeed aims to promote, patronize and foster.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Ballet Philippines Presents Acclaimed Classics From 1970-1980 In The Exemplars: Amada And Other Dances.

 Ballet Philippines, the first resident company of Cultural Center of the Philippines is presenting internationally acclaimed classic repertoire from 1970 to 1980. Founded in 1969 by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes and Eddie Elejar, is the preeminent classical and contemporary dance company in the country widely recognized today as a cornerstone of contemporary Filipino identity. " THE EXEMPLARS: Amada And Other Dances " is the second series in its quintessential 48th season which will showcase new breed of ballerinas in their long-unseen works and will be revived at the CCP Main Theater from October 20 - 22, 2017.
This production is a rare opportunity for the audience to experience Ballet Philippines' signature style and identity. Featured pieces are " Ang Sultan " (Gener Caringal), " Concertino " (Pauline Koner), " Amada " (Alice Reyes), " Valse Fantasy " (Muñeca Aponte) and " Songs Of A Wayfarer " (Norman Walker). Dancing as Amada is the most celebrated and seasoned ballerina Candice Adea who won first prize in senior women's division at the 7th Helsinki International Ballet Competition in 2012. Adea was seen in Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White, The Nutcracker and Coppelia. Ronelson Yadao will be featured as hero in " Songs Of A Wayfarer " previously played by his older brother. Yadao who has a Bachelor's degree in Dance from De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde was recently seen in A Gala Celebration and 9Works Theatrical musical production of Newsies as Mush. He bagged the Gawad Buhay Award for Male Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production in 2009. He starred in Ballet Philippines production of Ulaging, Tales Of The Manuvu, Romeo And Juliet Balcony Scene and Our Waltzes.
The Exemplars: Amada And Other Dances runs from October 20 - 22, 2017 at the CCP Main Theater Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo and on October 25, 2017 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Theater, BGC Arts Center. Call Ballet Philippines at (632) 551-1003, CCP Box Office at (632) 832-3704 or Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999.
Visit and connect through :www.ticketworld.com.ph www.facebook.com/balletphilippines Instagram: @balletphilippines and YouTube: balletph

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Remembering Jose Maceda At 100, Through Ethnomusic Exhibit

To commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Jose Maceda, National Artist for Music, an exhibit titled "Attitude of the Mind" is set to open from September 26 to December 3, 2017 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (CCP Main Gallery), presented by UP Center for Ethnomusicology (UPCE) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Born Jose Montserrat Maceda in January 31, 1917 in Manila was an artist, scholar, philosopher and pedagogue. 
As a concert pianist he grew up in Pila, Laguna his parents’ hometown. Although he was trained by renowned Franco-Swedish pianist Alfred Cortot in Paris in the 1930's for western art music, he pursued to become the country's first ethnomusicologist and pioneering experimental composer. Spanning five decades of extensive and exhaustive work in music research beginning in 1953, his works explored alternative directions and concepts, combined Asian and Western idioms. In 1998, he was proclaimed as National Artist for Music.

Attitude of the mind, a condition of openness or readiness of one to receive another will be represented by the audience, the UPCE and the commissioned creatives. Curator Dayang Yraola's inspiration in this exhibit is a quote by Maceda: "It is the task of man today to look for an attitude of mind and a course of action other than that which imprisons him in his own creations. "
For this exhibit, six artists were commissioned:
* Ricky Francisco, a curator for the archival installation of Maceda's life and works.
* Leo Abaya for audiovisual installation.
* Ringo Bunoan for reconstructive installation aftermath of 1971 Cassettes 100 performance at the CCP. * Tad Ermitanio for robotic music installation.
* Malek Lopez and Arvin Nogueras, for digital rendition of the unpremiered composition Accordeon and Mandolin with composition analysis by Professor Chris Brown

Modules, paper files, archival photos, compositions and quotations from the exhibit is part of an umbrella project titled Maceda 100, a yearlong celebration of Maceda's birth centennial anniversary, launched in January 31, 2017. Cassettes 100 will be staged at the CCP Main Theater Lobby at 6:00pm after the exhibit opening. Viewing hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm, and until 10pm on nights with shows in the CCP Main Theater.
For more information, call CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department, at (632) 832-1125 local 1504 / 1505 and (632) 832-3702 and mobile at 0917-603-3809. Email: ccp.exhibits@gmail.com Visit: www. culturalcenter.gov.ph

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Book 4 Of Moymoy Lulumboy, Available Now.

PETA actors interpreting Moymoy Book 4.
Lampara Books officially launched the fourth installment of the best selling Moymoy Lulumboy series at the opening of the 38th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) on September 17, 2015 at Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 of SMX Convention Center situated at Mall Of Asia (MOA) Complex, Pasay City. Titled as " Mga Dulot Ng Digmaan " immediately continues what was left from the third installment. Beginning on Moymoy and Alangkaw search for the gold of life stolen by the evil Buhawan.

The retrieval and return of the gold to its rightful place will reverse the curse of the Tibaros. And though it was recovered, it was later discovered that the gold was incomplete. The Apos accused Moymoy of stealing the missing piece. Confused Moymoy confronted the Apos to clear his name and to prove his innocence. After undergoing a test, Alangkaw his twin brother was the culprit.
Segundo Matias, Jr and Jomike Tejido.
The origin and evolution of the Moymoy Lulumboy story started when the author was on a plane en route to Frankfurt in Germany for the biggest book fair in the world. Growing in the province, the author became fascinated about the tales and legends of such Filipino mythological creatures and characters about duwende, aswang, kapre and manananggal. Listening to such stories was the inspiration why Moymoy Lulumboy came into existence.
Matias dedicate Book 4 to Legendary writer Ricky Lee.
The magical journey of Moymoy Lulumboy was written by three-time Don Palanca Awardee teleplay and screenplay writer Segundo Matias Jr. (Loida: Taxi Driver, Alamat Ng Duhat and #PaperDolls). A student of MA in Creative Writing in Filipino at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, he is currently writing, " Batang Pusit, " an adult themed book about HIV research, his masteral thesis.
The beautiful illustration of the places and characters came to life because of the creative imagination of architect Jomike Tejido who has illustrated over 100 books. Being a painter as well, he uses banig as his canvas. Matias and Tejido collaboration made the book a must read for all ages.

MOYMOY LULUMBOY: Mga Dulot Ng Digmaan is now available at all Precious Pages and National Bookstore outlets nationwide. Online purchase: www.preciousshop.com.ph.
Moymoy Lulumboy by PETA.
Visit: www.lamparabooks.com.ph/home/ www.preciouspages.com.ph For inquiry, please call Lampara Books at (02) 367-6222 or email them at inquiry@lamparabooks.com.ph.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dermcare now in Palawan.

 
Philippines leading wellness professional skin, hair & spa center just recently open their 83rd branch in SM City Puerto Princesa, Dermcare that pioneered whitening business is a trusted brand for quality, affordable and effective products with almost 20 years in the industry, founded by Zenaida Palisoc.

Along with Dermcare, Belle La Peau their waxing salon also open in the said mall that cater to all hair removal treatment, they are one of the country’s sought after wax specialist that is inexpensive but gives soothing feeling. 

Belle La Peau (Bel-La-Poo) in Puerto Princesa is the 23rd branch in the country today, it is just located nearby Dermcare center at the second level of SM City here in Palawan.


Palawenyos and tourist can now enjoy Dermcare bestselling services, the Diamond Power Peel and  another skin treatments such as skin lightening, anti-aging, pimple control treatments, body treatments like scrubs, waxing and spa service. It is a salon also that offer rebonding treatment.

What good in Dermcare is that they have in house Dermatologist and professionally trained beauty therapists. They also offer private and well-appointed spa and massage room, steam and facial treatment area, doctors clinic and an inviting lobby that will keep you comfortable.

The Dermcare and Belle La Peau in SM City Puerto Princesa is the first in the MIMAROPA Region, it open last Sept 14, 2017, local City Officials are among prestigious guest with Ms. Zenaida Palisoc, and Ms. Remedios Ramsay, the mother of actor/model Derek Ramsay. For more details pls check www.dermcareprofessional.com .