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REPertory Philippines unveiled 2018 American Theater Season.

Repertory Philippines will close the 2017 theater season and the golden anniversary celebration with the year-end grand musicale of the iconic period production of "Hair" dubbed as the first ever tribal love-rock musical on Broadway. Written by James Rado, an American actor, playwright, director, writer and composer and co-written by Gerome Ragni, an American actor, singer and songwriter. Hair won Best Musical on Grammy in 1969 and was nominated for Best Musical in 1969 Tony Awards. Relive the rocking spirit of the 60's, with Marki Stroem alternates with Topper Fabregas as Claude, George Schulze as Berger, Caisa Borromeo as Shiela and a stellar ensemble of young breeds. This version of this award-winning production will be directed by Chris Millado and Ejay Yatco being the musical director.  It will run from November 17 to December 17, 2017
REP will open their 2018 season with the hilarious play by Ken Ludwig, an American playwright and theater director whose work has …

Meet the official candidates Of Mr. And Ms. BPO

I'M Hotel, the first five star hotel in Makati's Poblacion district, which houses the first Onsen Spa, the largest urban spa property in the Philippines became the official venue for the official launch of 20 males and 20 females as candidates of #MrAndMsBPO, at the Antidote Roof Deck on October 24, 2017. They have distinctive name that implies individuality and presence just like I'M Hotel.

Male Candidates
1 Derick Bocito (Teleperformance Fairview)
2 Magic Sa-onoy (Acquire Asia Pacific Shaw)
3 Lee Bueno (Teletech Pioneer)
4 Brent Selma (Opsify Cebu)
5 Job Aiax Simpas (NTC Voice Solutions Makati)
6 Arthur Bilog (Sykes Asia PH Bonifacio Global City)
7 Iversen Vasquez (RingCentral Edsa Shaw)
8 Victor Relosa (Sitel Eton)
9 Ariel Noval (Accenture Eastwood)
10 Simon De Los Reyes (Teletech MOA)
11 AL Prince Calilung (Sutherland Global Services Clark)
12 Yuichi Sekiguchi (IQOR PH SM Dasmariñas)
13 Daniel Sindo (Acquire Asia Pacific Eastwood)
14 Jonel Roncales (Telet…

PETA's Festival Of Windows, A Celebration At 50.

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), the pioneering educational theater company in the country committed to empower and strengthen individuals through the arts and with vision to pursue genuine people's development through excellent theater and cultural work is celebrating its 50th year as a theater for the nation.

Founded in 1967 by Cecile Guidote Alvarez, the company produced over 400 original Filipino productions and conducted workshops locally and internationally about Children's Rights, Women, Gender, Health and Sexuality, Youth and the Millennials, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction and Human Rights. "Festival Of Windows" is a celebration of people's theater for development happening from October 24 to 29 featuring discussions, lectures, workshops and performances.  The five day event will showcase thirteen performances from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and three from Cambodia and Thailand. It will be a gathering of more…

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 pr…

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 afte…

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 bioroboticandroid 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 th…

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…

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 M…

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 Gran…

A pageant for Call Center people.

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 m…