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Perlas De Junio. A showcase of South Sea Pearls.

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In line with Pearl month celebration, the Pearl & Souvenir Shops Association of Puerto Princesa and Palawan (PASSAPPP) organize a fashion show last June 29, 2017 at the Activity Center of Robinsons Place. The show features pearls, handicrafts, souvenirs and food all created by local manufacturers and traders in the City of Puerto Princesa, under the direction of Dante Nico Garcia, the resident Ploning acclaimed director of Palawan. Local and upcoming models of Palawan are also showcase. PASSAPPP President Nita Socrates open the program along with Roque Breboneria,  the founder of South Sea Pearl Museum in Irawan Ecopark, Vice Mayor Nancy Socrates also give her message saying that her office is working on the request of the said organization, to fully declare South Sea as the official souvenir of the City. The show also features the Palawan Capitol Choir with Mam Edna Tablazaon-Abis as conductor, they perform Ploning song as used in the first part of the show. Chef Arnel Almadron…

Experience Macbeth Episodes through Chalmers And Shakespeare

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The last time I saw a Shakespearean straight play and musical was either a stage adaptation by Repertory Philippines or a stage translation in Filipino by Tanghalang Pilipino, and I can't even remember when was that? Thanks to Artist Playground in partnership with St. Vincent School, because on its third season they are playing " M Episode. " A back-to-back play about Macbeth told during the extravagant Renaissance period.  Act 1 begin with James Chalmers' " Prelude To Macbeth " which tackles the story on how Macbeth became Thane Of Glamis and later introduced Lorna Stewart who became his second wife - Lady Macbeth. Cast includes Paul Jake Paule (Macbeth), Jernice Matunan and Mariella Munji Laurel (Lorna), Andre Tiangco (Duncan), Juan Carlo Martin Pacheco and Vincent Pajara (Callum) and Tasha Guerrero, Marjorie Duldulao, Princess Tuason, Kia del Rosario, Jeremy Cabansag and Kathleen Francisco (Spirits 1, 2 and 3).  Followed by William Shakespeare's &q…

One More Dawn, One More Day, One Day More #ComeHomeToREPat50

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The first time I got involved into theater I was 12. I attended a workshop facilitated by PETA, but didn't landed on the role I auditioned for, my cousin was casted. The consolation for not being on the lead role was, the play that I was part on won and my cousin and I became a member of PETA. The very first musical that I watched was Miss Saigon with Lea Salonga playing Kim and Leo Valdez playing the Engineer. I became fascinated and amazed after watching it. The very first play I saw with REPertory Philippines was " Miong, " a musical based on the life of Emilio Aguinaldo with book and lyrics by Joy Virata. Long before Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater), the FEU Auditorium was the preferred stage pre and post war era. Being a member of the FEU Theater Guild and the resident stage manager, I had the opportunity to experience and encounter Zenaida Amador during the touring production of Miong. I was scared and thrilled with Bibot seriously. Strict and perfec…

Caredivas, A Musical Tribute To OFW.

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Caredivas an original Pinoy hit musical, is set to hit the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) stage once more, in partnership with Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). The special run that will pay homage to Filipino workers is part of its 35th anniversary, celebrating the unsung heroes of the country. This Filipino musical originally premiered in 2011 was artistically and creatively helmed by two extraordinary females, directed by Maribel Legarda, current PETA's Artistic Director and playwrighted by Liza Magtoto. This gay themed musical was the recipient of 2011 PhilStage Gawad Buhay awards for Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Musical Production and Outstanding Musical Ensemble Performance.

It tells the story of five Filipino gay CAREgivers in the morning and DIVAS in the evening, set during the conflict ruling of Palestinian to Israel. Their stories depicts and narrates the journey from the Philippines and to present Israel. Struggling finan…

Celebrating Independence Day With NAMCYA Winners.

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In partnership with Bonifacio Arts Center, previous and current winners of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists made a thrilling performance in the newly opened Globe Auditorium located at Maybank Performing Arts Center. The heavy pouring rain did not stop me from watching young aspiring and inspiring Filipino artists at this modern era. NAMCYA's annual performance across the country is one event that I enjoyed and loved ever since I started working at the Performing Arts Department of the Cultural Center of the Philippines where I first had a glimpse of these young artists. And it has always been my way in discovering and unveiling these talented young Filipino artists before they become a star in the galaxy.

The concert entitled, #GalingNAMCYA: Saludo Ng Kabataan Sa Araw Ng Kasarinlan was an amazing show indeed that featured:

Solo Performance
* Andrew Constantino (clarinet), 2015 Woodwind Category C Grand Prize Winner and Best Interpretation of the Contest Piece

A Triple Threat Musical For "Fansies " Of Newsies

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Following the successful run of the award-winning musicals American Idiot and A Christmas Carol, the 21 motley crew of Newsies is making its stage debut next month in Manila.  Winner of Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Choreography and Best Original Score, the 2012 award winning musical originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the group responsible for the massive stage adaptation of such musicals Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, hailed as the most expensive Disney Theatrical Production ever to be staged, will be produced by Globe LIVE and will be presented by 9 Works Theatrical. Globe the number one telecommunication network in the country earned the rights for the local production, the first company in the Philippines to be trusted by Disney. The premiere theater company,  9 Works Theatrical will once more showcase their talents as they bring this live onstage at the Globe Iconic Store Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater this …

Paglayag, a young expression of art by Palaweňos.

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It was the end of summer, and the sky is showing a magnificent color combination above, a contrast of magenta to blue green is smiling above Dang Marias Bed and Breakfast Restaurant in Brgy. Bancao-Bancao, in the City of Puerto Princesa, and it’s the opening of “Paglayag Art Exhibit”. A one day event organize by the Puerto Princesa “Peacock Jaycees” with Art On The Move”. The well attended event showcase different visual arts with different themes mostly people and its surroundings, the environment and some artistic expression. Art works came from the young members of Art OnThe Move, a community of Palawan artists that was form thru travelling bazaar and exhibits. Paglayag also present some art installations.  Kawangis band also perform throughout the program. Proceeds of the Exhibit goes to “Bag to School” campaign of Peacock Jaycees.  The said group is a leadership organization of young professional preferably women in the City, it is affiliated with the Philippine Jaycees, Inc. D…