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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

A New building, and a lot more shows this 2017 at CCP.

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Diomedes Saraza Jr, Indak Mananayaw and Tanghalang Pilipino. The premiere Arts venue capital in the country, The Cultural Center of the Philippines is in full swing, gearing towards to more dynamic and a lot of shows to watch out for this 2017. A new building for CCP to start construction, some minor renovation of its existing facility, and the launching of the first ever Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts, and the more exciting continuation of its many Art Festivals will soar high this 2017. CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado recently announce this plan for this year, including its first offering, the The Noli Me Tangere opera. Millado said that they continue to gather more audiences, because they still remain the country’s art facility that embrace all kinds or form arts.  CCP VP Chris Millado with Cesar Legazpi painting at the backdraft. For its many festivals, the Virgin Labfest will be move to the Littler Theater this year, in order to acco

A throwback of love in concert.

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OPM Icons Ariel Rivera, Jinky Vidal, Nina, Christian Bautista and Hajji Alejandro. Come heart’s day, six OPM artist who popularize songs that talk about matters of the heart, will be in one show to celebrate the universal language of all time, which is love. For the second time around, #LoveThrowback is making a comeback at Philippine International Convention Center featuring two Kilabot ng Koliheyala from different generation, Hajji Alejandro and Ariel Rivera. Alejandro is notable for hits like May Minamahal, Nakapagtataka, Panakip Butas and others, while Rivera is identified with Sana Kahit Minsan, Ayoko Na Sana and Minsan Lang Kita Iibigan. Pinoy band royalties Joey Generoso of Side A band and Jinky Vidal is also in the line up, their immortal hits include So Many Questions, Forevermore, Tell Me for Joey, and So Slow, One Hello and If I Believe are among monsters classic of Vidal. Asian Pop Star Christian Bautista is joining this year’s throwback team, for sure h

There is no other like Jason Dy.

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The Voice PH Season 2 Winner and R&B singer Jason Dy. MCA Music Inc of Philippines and Malaysia recently did a collaboration of their two artist, for one song that break barriers and boundary, and prove that love is universal no matter what race or color you are. This the song Nothing Like Pag-Ibig written by Filipino hit maker Jungee Marcelo wherein The Voice-Ph season 2 grand winner Jason Dy and Malaysian singer, actress and TV Host Fazura commission to record it as duet piece. In a Blogcon prepare for Dy recently, he admit that he is thankful for this project, he believe that the main reason why he was chosen among MCA roster of singers, is his style or his genre affiliated which is R&B to which Fazura is also in it. “We share the same style, some genre, I think with song it will work with her voice and my voice as well, sabi nila we look good together.” Dy said. Nothing Like Pag-Ibig is a single and was officially release in different digital downloadin

Introducing “Kapitan Kalikasan”, the new age Superhero from Palawan.

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The cast and crew of "Kapitan Kalikasan".  Before 2016 ends, the resident and home grown studio of Film maker Dante Nico Garcia that is based in Puerto Princesa City this past years, introduce his latest creations via a multi media film series called “Kapitan Kalikasan” under the direction of his protégée Rocky Austria-Pagliawan. The premiere held at Robinson Mall Palawan last Dec 24, wherein the almost 17minute film give a glimpse of what to expect  on this new age super hero that is task in saving the environment, making things clean and creating a better place for everyone. It open with a 3minute animation featuring a kid opposing a soon to be enemy, and the introduction of his power courtesy of a mystical and talking grasshopper. Kapitan Kalikasan top billed Quatro Tagapulot and a lot more of young Palawan’s upcoming talents, all products of Garcia’s workshop under Life College. The opening teaser features scenic and ideal products of Puerto Princesa, a

Ephesus Teatron Group Opens 2017 with Once Upon A Mattress.

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The parody on the story of The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson, is making a Philippine theatre premiere this January 20 to 22 at the Tanghalang Yaman Ng Lahi Theater of Emilio Aguinaldo College in Ermita Manila, this is Once Upon A Mattress from the book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dan Fuller and Music by Mary Rodgers. The Manila staging is produce as their opening salvo for 2017 by Ephesus Teatron Group, Inc. They are the company behind the staging of Once on This Island and The Ants and the Grasshoppers and other Children theater production. Sweet Samaniego-Buchanan, President and Artistic Directror of Ephesus said during its launching, that they are mostly product of Repertory Philippines, and base on their trust, they want to provide unique style of innovative and engaging theater to all schools of all levels. Directing Once upon a Mattress is Steven Conde from Twin Bill Theater, who made noise recently for his Suicide Inc and Dog Sees

Noli Me Tangere in CCP, this time an Opera.

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The revolutionary Filipino classic novel that shape the nation, from National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, his immortal Noli Me Tangere is opening this 2017 at the main theater of Cultural Center of the Philippines, and this time it’s an Opera, showcasing full length music by National Artists Felipe De Leon and Guillermo Tolentino. J&S Production Executive Producer Jerry Sibal. Producing the show is the J&S Production all the way from New York USA, they are behind its staging way back 2014 at the Resort World. And for its 60th year, The Noli Me Tangere The Opera is making a comeback in CCP under the direction of Jerry Sibal with the newly formed 53 piece Noli Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera. Sibal is also the producer along with his partner Edwin Josue, during its launching recently Sibal point out that it is his passion to teach the new generations about the lesson of the past, and with Noli Me Tangere he is sure that it’s still relevant in t