Monday, October 30, 2017

REPertory Philippines unveiled 2018 American Theater Season.

The Cast of "Hair". 
 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
"Comedy of Tenors".
REP will open their 2018 season with the hilarious play by Ken Ludwig, an American playwright and theater director whose work has been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. Directed by Miguel Faustmann, "Comedy Of Tenors" stars Jeremy Domingo, Noel Rayos, Issa Litton, Loy Martinez, Mica Pineda, Arman Ferrer and Shiela Martinez running from 26 January to 18 February. 
"Silent Sky"
Lauren Gunderson known for science, history and comedies based on Shakespeare, is an American playwright who wrote "Silent Sky" The play focuses on historical figure and astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt and her women's pool who made an astonishing discoveries towards the dawn of modern astronomy. Running from March 2 to 25, directed by Joy Virata and headlined by Cathy Azanza Dy, Caisa Borromeo, Naths Everette and Shiela Francisco. 
"Arsenic and Old Lace".
American playwright Joseph Kasserling wrote twelve plays, "Arsenic And Old Lace" was the most successful. "So funny that none of us will ever forget it," as quoted by The New York Times at the opening night, is a farcical black comedy centers on Mortimer Brewster, a hero and a drama critic dealing with Brewster Family, his crazy and homicidal family to the local police set in Brooklyn, New York. Running from April 6 to 29, Jamie Wilson directs with Joy Virata (Abby Brewster), Jay Valencia Glorioso (Martha Brewster), Nel Gomez (Mortimer Brewster), Barbara Jance (Elaine Harper), Jeremy Domingo (Teddy Brewster), Apollo Sheikh Abraham (Jonathan Brewster), Miguel Faustmann (Dr. Einstein) and Steven Conde, Gabe Mercado and Dingdong Rosales.
"Rapunzel"
REP Theater for Young Audiences returns the season with "Rapunzel" a new magical and musical re-telling of the classic German fairy tale. Princess Rapunzel trapped in a tower in the deep, dark and dreary forest by evil Lady ZaZa who wants to rule the kingdom. It was Sir Roderick and hair stylist friend Edgar quest to find the perfect head of hair, when they came across to rescue Rapunzel and with the help of the neurotic Gypsy Woman and an old tired witty dragon named Socrates that the restoration of the kingdom brought back to life. Directed by Joy Virata and cast is yet to be announced, the tale runs from 15 September 2018 to 27 January 2019.
"Miong"
"Miong" a musical based on the life of Emilio Aguinaldo with book and lyrics by Joy Virata and music by Ian Monsod, runs from 22 March 2019 to 14 April 2019. REP is reviving the rarely told story of Aguinaldo twenty one years after it premiered in 1998. To mark his 150th birth anniversary, REP aims to collaborate with Ayala Museum to commemorate Aguinaldo's life and story through performances, costumes and memorabilia of the revolutionary, politician, military leader, the first and the youngest Philippine President and the first president of a constitutional republic in Asia. Joy Virata confirmed that some of its original thespians is reprising their roles when I asked her later that night.
Please call REP at 843-3570 and Ticketworld at 891-9999 or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.
For current and upcoming theater season, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph.
Follow and like @repphils on Twitter and repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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 (Teletech MOA)
15 Rnel Mangahas (Transcom Edsa Ortigas)
16 Josh Perez (Accenture Robinsons Pioneer)
17 Esthan Obusan (Acquire Asia Pacific Robinsons Cyberspace Beta Ortigas)
18 Giovanni Guillermo (Convergys Megamall)
19 Ronnie Cadag (Teleperformance Edsa Greenfield)
20 Shadid Sidri (Stellar Eastwood)

Female Candidates
1 Nykhi Arines (Alorica Mezza)
2 Angelique Elizario (Microsourcing Inc. Ortigas)
3 Trish Cabilao (Teleperformance SM Aura)
4 Christine Vigo (Conduit Global Sta. Rosa)
5 Glydel Espero (Concentrix Tera Tower QC)
6 Gail Chua (Sun Life Canada Inc. Bonifacio Global City)
7 Janna Alcantara (Teletech Sta. Rosa)
8 Julia Mae Mendoza (VXI PH Muñoz)
9 Andee Infante (ADP PH Makati)
10 Shane Cortez (Startek PH)
11 Janica Maranan (VXI Makati)
12 Khristine Dignomo Corpus (RingCentral Manila)
13 Jen Bohol (TaskUs Cavite City)
14 Jaztine Balagtas (VXI Panorama)
15 Airene Gogo (Teletech MOA)
16 Danna Leviste (Convergys Alabang)
17 Jam Dela Luna (The Results Companies Lipa)
18 Bianca Atheena Abejero (Sykes Asia PH Shaw)
19 Winzel Magbuo (WNS Global Services Eastwood)
20 Micca Rosal (Teletech Makati)

Known for organizing, managing and promoting world- class and quality events and concerts, Royal 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.

The 40 candidates 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.

For more details, follow them on social media: Facebook (MrandMsBPOofficial), Instagram (mrandmsbpoofficial), Twitter (MrandMsBPO), YouTube (MrandMsBPO). Check out the official website (www.mrandmsbpo.com)

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, October 27, 2017

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 than 120 performers, 40 experts and speakers, hundreds of artists, managers, audiences and participants both local and international. Festival participants will learn new skills in songwriting, puppetry, improvisation and physical theater.

Festival Activities October 24 - Festival Opening
October 25 (Day 1) Theme: Environment, Psychosocial Intervention and Disaster Risk Management Inquiry Point: Building Creative Communities

October 26 (Day 2) Theme: Gender, Health and Women's Rights Inquiry Point: Public Spaces, Public Awareness

October 27 (Day 3) Theme: Youth Participation Inquiry Point: Participation

October 28 (Day 4) Theme: Children's Rights Inquiry Point: Capacity Building and Education

October 29 (Day 5) - Closing Theme: Human Rights Inquiry Point: Partnership and Stakeholder Building
Presented by PETA in partnership with Starbucks, Save The Children, Development And Peace and Madison 101 as major hotel sponsor. For details of Festival, visit the official website www.petafestivalofwindows.com. Call 725-6244 or email at festivalofwindows@petatheater.com.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

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
Instagram: @balletphilippines and YouTube: balletph

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.
Further current and upcoming production, please visit:
www. lunchbox-productions.com
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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.