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REP’s HAIR: A Grand Whip

Last November 17, 2017, Repertory Philippines (REP) held the opening show of Hair as the year-end grand musicale for its 50th anniversary season. Filling the pot with hippie culture and lots of love, this Broadway acclaimed hit will surely give a high to its audience.
Set in 60’s America, the musicale circles around the culture of a tribe that thrives on the idea of society that mainly believes principles of love, peace and freedom. Caught up in an era of cold war, human rights revolution and birth of nuclear age, a flourishing tribe wages its own war against the society’s norm and creating a harmonious world in the age of Aquarius. As Claude, starred by Markki Stroem, found his free-spirited rebirth on the tribe will find himself in a dilemma of whether living up to his tribe’s principle or giving up his anti-war beliefs to please his own parents by signing up for a draft in Vietnam War. Tribal-rock jams and psychedelic lights and moves will accompany Claude and the tribe in this jo…

Rosal, Bueno emerged victorious in first ever Mr. and Ms. BPO.

The crowd went all out to cheer for their bets to the first ever Mr and Ms BPO held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena Tuesday night, November 21, 2017. The first ever pageant was organized by Royal Chimes to give tribute to our new heroes of the generation, people who work for the BPO industry.20 males and 20 females battled it out until the very end. Part of the Top 10 for the males were Esthan Obusan, Rnel Noval, Magic Sa-Onoy, Ronnie Cadag, Daniel Sindo, Lee Bueno,AJ Simpas , Arnel Mangahas , Arthur Bilog and Iversen Vasquez.For the females, the top 10 were as follows: Jem Bohol, Andee Infante, Bianca Abejero, Airene Gogo, Janna Alcantara, Micca Rosal, Nykhi Arines, Jam dela Luna , Jaztine Balagtas and Winzel Magbuco. They all paraded in their Folded Hung Street wear and after which was the Swimwear portion and the Evening Wear Category.From the top 10, the finalists were narrowed down to 5 (males) and 5(females) who underwent a rigorous Q and A portion made even more difficult as they…

A Filipino Retelling Of Edna Vida's, The Nutcracker

For their third production of its quintessential 48th season, Ballet Philippines, the first resident company of Cultural Center of the Philippines is presenting the classic and iconic Edna Vida's "The Nutcracker" Ballet Philippines presented this timeless splendor with many versions and this season production will be its tenth (1976, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1991,1997, 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2017) and it became a masterpiece tradition.

Vida's original choreographic version premiered in 1987 with Maria Veronica Fargas and Maria Leilani R. Da Silva as Clara, Lisa Macuja, Cecile Sicangco, Gina Katigbak, Melissa Cuachon and Ida Beltran as the Sugarplum Fairy and Nonoy Froilan, Conrad Dy-Liacco, Brando Miranda and Jun Mabaquio as the Nutcracker Prince.
Set in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era in the 1920s, Ballet Philippines promised the retelling of Vida's holiday classic that, audience will experience and explore images of Noche Buena, dance with Rigodon de H…

A visit to Palawan’s War Museum.

Visiting Palawan, particularly the City of Puerto Princesa, is discovering its rich history from cradle of civilization up to what it is now, that made it the world’s best island in the world. The City itself houses three museum that can give you enough information about its ethnography up to its war success story.
The Palawan Special Battalion World War II Museum is a special one visit, if you’re looking for vast collections of Japanese-American war memorabilia, this museum give you glimpse of the past, how the City was destroyed and how many lives have gone by.
This war museum is not that hi-tech equip yet, mostly it gives photos of the past that hung in the wall, war ornamentals from bullets to guns, to flag, to guerilla costumes and some indigenous warfare is being showcase here. Obviously it’s more of collectors’ items in display by the owner, a descendant of Dr.Higinio Mendoza, the provincial hero who fought with Americans against Japanese invasion.
What strange here is the di…

Collaboratory Live: Of Poems and Music

Spoken words have been a flourishing performing art in the Manila art scene for the recent years. Different groups and collectives were already established performing pieces that transforms poems into a moving art- both physically and emotionally. A spring of new collaboration that does not only features different spoken word artists but also features performances with budding musicians. Collaboratory.PH recently held their live performance entitled Collaboratory Live at Gift Avenue Café in Quezon City last November 11, 2017.
Filled with words and music, Collaboratory Live is a performance event conceived by Collaboratory.PH which features spoken word artist and musicians that are actively contribute to this art scene. The event also features an open mic for the audience who wants to share their poems, music and would like to have a piece of the stage for a night. Moreover, outstanding original work performances from the collaboration members were witnessed. Uniquely, Collaboratory …

A Christmas Carol Returns With More Grit, Depth And Spirit

After its highly successful run and receiving rave reviews from last year, 9 Works Theatrical production of " A Christmas Carol " is returning at the Globe Iconic Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater at Bonifacio Global City, with new features and angles this December. There's no other triple threat musical worth fitting and worth celebrating this Yuletide season which Joe Caliro, Globe Live Executive Producer said, "It's the same musical, but with a different show”
Fresh from hit musical Newsies, Director Robbie Guevarra said, " The title is the same, the music, but with new direction, set, lighting and choreography."
With book by Tony Award nominee Mike Ockrent and with lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens, A Christmas Carol is based on Charles Dicken's novel originally published in 1843. It tells the story and journey of a wealthy old man, Ebenezer Scrooge whose life is full of bitterness and losses. Encountered and haunted by the ghosts of …

An Evening Of Legend, Rhythm And Color, Prelude To The ASEAN Summit

Prelude to the 31st ASEAN Summit in which the Philippines takes the chairmanship for 2017, a gathering of best of ASEAN performances were showcased on November 4, 2017 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino entitled " Roots And Rhythms: The Best Of ASEAN Performing Arts. Chris B. Millado, CCP Vice President and Artistic Director and Jonathan Tan Ghee Tiong, ASEAN Head/Assistant Director for Culture and Information Division Sustainable Development Directorate of Socio-Cultural Community and Secretariat did the welcoming remarks. The show started with a cultural and oriental opening improvisation sounds and dances featuring artist delegates from the ASEAN Member States.

Act 1
Countries Brunei Darussalam (PG MD Fauzie Bin PG Zainal Abidin / Mohammad Norakmal Akmal Haji Metussin) did a threefold performance: " Raja Lalu, " a processional melody seen for royal coronation; " Kain Jong Sarat, " a fleshed solo dance and; a combination of music and dance for the audi…