Thursday, July 19, 2018

Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical


Synergy 88 and Rebecca Chuaunsu Film Productions present Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical. This is an epic love story that depicts cross-cultural generations.

Set in the 70s, Lilly is a club singer in Binondo who battles with love against all odds. She falls in love with Chinese Ah Tiong who is in Manila for two weeks. Together they struggle with their affections against the reluctant parents, the political unrest of the 70s in the Philippines and China, cultural differences and Tsinoy Carlos, the best friend of Lilly who is in love with her.
Binondo is directed by the legendary Joel Lamangan and penned by veteran writer Ricky Lee together with Gershom Chua and Eljay Castro Deldoc. Music is by Von de Guzman and choreography by Douglas Nieras. The musical is at The Theatre at Solaire from June 29 to July 8.

Text and Photos by Aga Posadas. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Purchasing Motorcycle Parts Made Easy

One of the things that people stress about after they have purchased a motorcycle is the fact that there are still other decisions that they have to make. Motorcycle parts do not last forever. If the motorcycle will be ridden for a long time, it would need some of its parts replaced at one point in time.

The good news is that there are a lot of products that can be purchase for a discounted price. For example, there are cheap motorcycle tires that you can purchase from the right stores. You just have to know some tips and tricks that will make purchasing the right motorcycle parts easier.

  • You need to find the right website to buy from. There are thousands of websites online that offer motorcycle OEM replacement parts. It may seem easy but it can be confusing when there are so many that are available. How will you know if the website can be trusted? Check out the reviews left behind by other people who have tried the website too.

  • Take note that when purchasing motorcycle parts, it is not only to replace parts that already need to be changed. There are some that you can buy to upgrade the performance of your motorcycle. Some parts can be purchased in order to enhance the overall appearance of your motorcycle. You have to be prepared to spend a lot of money on your new “baby.”
  • You need to be smart about the parts that you are going to purchase. It may be tempting to just buy a new part for your motorcycle because it can change your motorcycle’s overall appearance but this should not be the case. There are some motorcycle parts that will not fit in with your motorcycle. You may only end up spending more money in the long run.
  • You can also look for aftermarket parts if you want parts that are cheaper than most. Take note that these parts will not be available for new motorcycle models. There are some parts that can fit even newer motorcycles so you have to familiarize yourself with the parts you need to be sure.


With all of these things in mind, purchasing motorcycle parts do not seem to be too complicated anymore, right? You may want to use the same tip to purchase ATV tires for sale.




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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CCP Presents Band and Orchestra Festival 5th Edition

Over 700 young musical artists from 14 groups across are expected to perform at " Banda Rito, Banda Roon, " the Band and Orchestra Festival 2018 of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) which will run from 20 to 22 July 2018 at venues of CCP. For Chris B. Millado, CCP Vice-President and Artistic Director, “The festival is on a grand scale since this is national event. Beyond the scale and scope of the event however is the fellowship and camaraderie shared between and among young and veteran musicians. The festival is also a venue where they could exchange learning experiences from their own regions"

There are three main events: the Gala Concert of Orchestras on Friday, July 20 at 7pm at the Main Theater; the Youth Symphonic Band Concert I on Saturday, July 21 at 7pm at the Little Theater; and the Youth Symphonic Band Concert II on Sunday, July 22 at 4pm also at the Little Theater. Parallel events such as the Open Air Brass Exhibition will be on Saturday, July 21 at 4pm at the CCP Ramp and the Music Fair from July 20 to 21 at the Little Theater Lobby.

There are 14 Participating Groups In The Festival, Lasallian Youth Orchestra San Beda College Alabang Symphony Orchestra Seven Spirit Kids Orchestra (Cebu) Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra Taytay Youth Symphonic Band Banda Sampaguita (Laguna) St. Scholastica’s College Wind Orchestra Ang Musikero Batangueño (Batangas) San Marcos Band ’92 (Navotas) General Trias Youth Symphonic Band (Cavite) Sasmuan Band 31 (Pampanga) Marilao Community Symphonic Band (Bulacan) Philippine Baton Twirling Association (PBTA) PhilBanda.
There will also be small brass ensemble performances in the Little Theater Lobby during the Music Fair from July 20 to 21. For ticket and schedule information including block ticket sales may be obtained by calling CCP Box Office at 832-1125 or 832-3704.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

The search is on once again for Miss Silka-Palawan.

 
To celebrate different kind of beauty, the provincial hunt of Silka ambassador is once again on the roll, to find the best and most beautiful Palawena that will embodies the beauty with grace, intelligence and purpose in life.

The annual Search for Miss Silka Palawan 2018 is now looking for females 16 to 22 years old, born and raised in Puerto Princesa City or other municipalities of Palawan who are not title holders of any national pageants, and with no existing sponsorship's/endorsement deals with other cosmetic brands.

They must have a minimum of one year residence in the locality being represented, at least 5’3 in height, single, without a tattoo and with fair and smooth complexion. Applicants below 18 years old must present parents’ waiver. Screening will be at the Chinatown Center Palawan Activity Hall on July 13 and 14, with call back and final selection on July 15, all at 2-4 PM.

Applicants should come on time on July 13, in heels, short white dress or white blouse and white shorts with very minimal make up.  This year’s winner will take home P30, 000 cash and to represent the City or province in the national pageant of Miss Silka.
The Reigning Miss Silka Palawan is Reyna Michelle Ruhen who was recently crowned Mutya ng Palawan 2018. Imelda Schweighart  won the said title in 2010, Sandrine Stoelzaed in 2012 got the second place, and Kathreen Grace Ahorro is Miss Silka Philippines 2014. For inquiries and application form, contact Cleo 09057910812/09283888498.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Artist Playground Presents First Original Pinoy Musical.

 Originally presented as a straight play at the CCP Virgin Labfest in 2005 and a short film produced for Cinemalaya in 2006, the characters of Gee-gee and Waterina returns onstage this time as a musical. For their 4th Season, Artist Playground's first Original Pilipino Musical, " Gee-gee At Waterina, Ang Musikal " will debut on August 18, 2018 at Arts Above, Artist Playground II, located at 112 West Venue Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City.
Based from the story, book and lyrics by J. Dennis C. Teodosio, choreography by Lezlie Dailisan and direction by Andrew de Real, will feature an all-new original musical compositions by Jesse Lucas. Roeder Camañag plays Waterina, a comfort gay during Japanese Occupation and Norman Peñaflorida plays Gee-gee, an entertainment actor, radio host and Pasay City councilor. 
Supporting cast includes Bench Ortiz, Joseph dela Cruz, Nel Gumalog, Romeo Palma Jr. and Sean Nolasco. Follow Gee-gee and Waterina, the soon to be famous comfort gay, as they mull over the prospects of their newly acquired wealth where they launch into a comfortable tirade with their flaws and frailties through lines, songs and dances. All performances starts at 7pm every Saturday and Sunday, August 18 - 19 and August 25 - 26. 
For inquiries about the current season, please cal or text Kimberly Somoza at 0975-919-3179. Follow Artist Playground on: Facebook: @artplayg Twitter: @artplayg Instagram: @artplayg YouTube: Artist Pacquired

Text and photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Guadalupe, Patron Saint Of The Philippines Now A Musical

The series of unexplained miracles and events that changed the world forever is the basis of the stranger than fact and fiction, GUADALUPE: The Musical. The incredible true tale and miraculous stories of the our Lady Of Guadalupe is a brand-new theatrical musical production in english comes onstage at The Meralco Theater from 28 September to 14 October 2018, which is presented by the Julie Borromeo Performing Arts Foundation.

“The story of Juan Diego of Guadalupe is practically a musical already,” quips Borromeo, who is both producer and choreographer of the show along with Rose Borromeo. “But what makes this story different is all the supernatural elements in it that simply can’t be explained.” Of these there are many, and all a matter of public records: the painted images on Juan Diego’s now famous tilma(or apron), which show no evidence of any brushstrokes, and whose pigments come from a source unknown to nature; the seeming impenetrability of the cloth from which it was made; the mysterious recovery of Juan Diego’s dying uncle; the list goes on and on. But although it deals in the miraculous, GUADALUPE: The Musical, which stars stage icon Cocoy Laurel as Juan Diego, is not a conventional faith-based show.
“It’s not a ‘religious’ musical as such,” declares theater legend Baby Barredo, who directs the piece. “It’s a powerful piece of theater that just happens to contain religious elements.” It’s an important distinction, and one that drove the creation of the show from the start. For scriptwriter and lyricist Joel Trinidad and composer Ejay Yatco, the creative task was to use factual, historical events as a backdrop for a true story that contains some fictional elements. “Some of the most popular musicals in the world combine fact and fiction this way,” shares Yatco. “MISS SAIGON, EVITA, LES MISERABLES… The list goes on and on.” But how can GUADALUPE audiences tell fact from fiction? “You’ll see some things in this show that seem completely implausible,” says Trinidad with a smile. “Those are the ones that really happened.”

In 1531, Spaniards have claimed Mexico after thirteen years. Administered by the kind Archbishop Juan de Zumarraga, Aztecs had been converted into Christianity. However, under the vicious ruler, Governor Nuño Beltran de Guzman, native Christians and Pagans bristle in the conquered land. He believes that violence can happen any time even though Christianity brought peace. Middle-aged peasant, humble mat-weaver and recent convert, Juan Diego visited the argumentative archbishop and the governor whom Diego revealed about an apparition by the Blessed Virgin Mary and that a church should be built to honor her name. Zumaragga, considered the apparition is a way that Spaniards and Aztecs can be united and the once broken land can be healed.
For fundraising opportunities, please email Ria Pangilinan at riapangprojects@gmail.com.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Arielle Agasang Celebrates Homage to Fashion Legendary

 Presented by Philippine Academy of Aesthetic and Age Management Medicine, Inc. (PAAAMI), Skinnovate, Allencabs Writing Lights, Fernando’s Bakery, VJ Original Kojic Soap and Holistic Integrative Care Center, A-list Filipino fashion designer Arielle Agasang celebrated his 50th birthday with a two hour fashion show that showcased and emphasized his trademark in the field of fashion, last June 14, 2018 at the Resorts World Manila Newport Plaza.
The muses and mannequins of both gender, graced and paraded wearing both new and classic collections and creations from the House of Agasang Haute Couture tailored into three segments ( Ang Alamat Ng Masikap, Ang Alamat Ng Sining at Alamat Ni Malakas At Maganda), "Ang Alamat Ng Limampu," a tribute to Filipino greatness, who made contributions to society whether publicly or silently, even ordinary Juan dela Cruzes who became his partners in promoting style and grace through his clothes over the years and the people who have a rightful claim to be called legends in their own right.
Jed Madela
In attendance at the strictly by invitation show are real life couple Tonton Gutierrez and Glydel Mercado, World Champion singer Jed Madela who slayed the night with his powerful rendition of "This Is The Moment" from the musical Jekyll & Hyde, actor Rafael Rossel, thespian Ima Castro, Gail Blanco-Viduya, Ana Ramsey, Shanaia Gomez, 5th GEN, Mutya Ng Pilipinas President Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo, former Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2016 Dra. Fritzie Lexdy Noche, Jam Ventosa, Bene Tan, Nico Raymundo, Gerome Bongco among others.

Text by Gilbert Kim Sancha
Photos by Edmund Chua

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Cabugao Daco Island: One of Iloilo’s Gem.

Exploring the province of Iloilo is not complete without a visit at Isla Gegantes, these chain of beautiful islands in the town of Carles is all breathtaking, beautiful and has a lot of stories to tell. Like the island of Cabugao Dako, unknown to many this bigger version of Cabugao Gamay has a lot to offer.
Taken from a Ilonggo word for “Suha” or Pomelo fruit, Cabugao daco or Big Pomelo is such a pristine island with beautiful view of on top. What best to do here is explore the island in a minutes or hour, be a mountain hiker, do rappels and be an adventurer to its wonderful cave, or be brave in cliff diving.
Melinda Bung-Ao of Phamels Beach Resort.
According to Melinda Bung-ao, the resident owner of the island, their caves has a lot of stories to tell way back Spanish era, it was used to be a hiding place for some and of course, a relaxing place to forget the troubles of the maddening City.
The entrance to Cabugao Daco Cave.
The Cave needs to be research more, its stalactites and stalagmites formations can be something else’s, Mam.Melinda is open to that.  In less than 5 minutes you can explore the cave from down up to the top, but let me warn you that you really need to hold on tightly especially going on top, the other side of it offers a good view of sunset.
Inside Cabugao Daco Cave.
Cabugao Dako has a small and soon to rise resort, it’s called Phamels Beach Resort that offer overnight stay and food that is arrange, they also offer boat transfer from Bangkal in Carles, it’s about 45 minutes boat ride.
But take note that the accommodation they offer is just a tent, no permanent structure as of this time in Cabugao Dako. Phamels beach offer a package prize of P1,199 inclusion of all for overnight stay. Carles can be reach via bus or van from Iloilo City that is almost 3 hours ride.
Day tour is also welcome, an entrance fee of P30 is a must, and if you wish to stay for a night it’s a P250 per head and you can share the tent also. Please book your tour a week ahead at least to prepare everything.
The view from the top.

Island Hopping and other activity can be arrange by Phamels, you may send (Melinda) her a message via Smart Mobile Nos. +63938.270.9151. Or if you want to explore more of Isla Gegantes, you may contact Ms. Nonoy Puerselo of Gegantes Sur at Smart Mobile Nos. +63950.873.8068. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Arielle Agasang to mark 50th Birthday with a show.

Arielle Agasang.
To celebrate his 50th birthday, Filipino designer Arielle Agasang is paying his homage to Filipino creations and masterpieces through a fashion show. Happening on June 14, the strictly by invitation one night show dubbed as " Ang Alamat Nang Limampu " will be a gathering of more than 50 beauty kings and queens, actors and actresses and executives, politicians doctors and lawyers at Resorts World Manila Newport Plaza for just one night.

The show is expected to showcase Filipino greatness for the last 50 years. A fashion legend himself, Agasang has been a recognized name in the fashion industry since 1995. Born to a middle class family in Lavezares Northern Samar, Agasang finished his BS Clothing Technology degree from the University of the Philippines and with beadwork training from India.

Since, he has slowly established his name as a designer and has mounted fashion shows in Asia, Middle East, United States and United Kingdom. He has dressed numerous local and international celebrities, and his creations was worn at red carpet at the Oscars. “I have truly been blessed all these years. So I’d like to thank and pay tribute to the world that welcomed and loved me through this fashion show,” he said.

Among the celebrities, muses and beauty queens, expected to grace the show are real life couple Tonton Gutierrez and Glydel Mercado, Jed Madela, Rafael Rossel, Ima Castro, Gail Blanco-Viduya, Ana Ramsey, Shanaia Gomez, 5th GEN, Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo, Jam Ventosa, Bene Tan, Nico Raymundo, Gerome Bongco among others.

Text by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Cognizant Trainer bags first ever Ms. BPO Queen Title.

Stephie Venize Cabahug won the first ever Ms. BPO Queen 2018 Title .The statuesque stunner beat 24 other hopefuls for the said title with the pageant being held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena last May 29, 2018.Thirteen BPO companies participated in the said pageant. Nicole Silvestre of Concentrix emerged as first runner up and Khole Candy of Eperformax got the 2nd runner up placement respectively.
BPO Queen is a pageant made for trans genders working in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Industry in the Philippines. The pageant aims to promote Gender Equality and Inclusion and also targets to promote awareness about the LGBTQ Community. Twenty five contestants vied for the title. The number was trimmed down to top 20 after the Swimsuit Competition.
The 20 candidates went on to battle it out on the Evening gown portion as they were serenaded by Edgar Allan Guzman and Joross Gamboa. From there the 20 candidates were trimmed down to the top 10 and a Q and A portion takes place. The top 10 were then trimmed down to 5.From 5 there was another Q and A round that determined the top 3 who went on to battle it out for the final Q and A portion.
The final question was, ”When does your strength become your weakness to which Stephie’s winning answer was, “Too much of something is bad enough as the Spice Girls song goes. Being confident is strength but when you overdo it, it comes across as being arrogance; it then becomes a weakness thereafter. Her answer drew cheers from the crowd and secures her win on the said pageant. Other performers in the said pageant included Jake Zyrus, International DJ David Callum David and Stephy Francisco. Mark Bautista hosted the pageant.
Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Celebrate 50 Years of Philippine Printmaking at The CCP.

The Printmakers Association of the Philippines paved the path for the acceptance of the art of the fine print in the country and the modes through technique, technology, repertoire, subject, artistic vision, public reception and critical evaluation before becoming a material.
To celebrate its 50th milestone, patrons can look back at its history and its pioneers, revisits its archives and the lineage of practices and reflects on the issues that confront the practice of printmaking through an exhibit. TIRADA, curated by Patrick Flores honors the achievements of printmakers of varied persuasions and charts a course for the future of the art.
"Tirada" is a term among printmakers that signifies a strike: to pull off or pull out a piece of work in a series of multiples. It also means effort and labor, a decisive action. It is a fitting term for this commemoration for the organization founded in 1968 and was built around a range of concerns:
* The aesthetic integrity and intelligence of the work of the print
* The status of the printmaker as an artist
* The validity of appropriation within the artistic system of the print
* The capacity of the print to respond to socio-political reality
* The self-consciousness of the print as a medium
* The place of the print in art history
* The processes by which the print plays out in the ecology of the popular The 50 Years of Philippine Printmaking from 1968 to 2018 are on display from 19 May to 15 July 2018 at Bulwagang Juan Luna (CCP Main Gallery), Pasilyo Vicente Manansala and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (2nd and 3rd Floor Hallway Galleries). Viewing Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm with an extended hours until 10pm when an evening performance at the CCP Main Theater is on-going.
Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Rak of Aegis 6: Ready to Rock Again Some Baha Realness.

 
Quezon City, Philippines- the iconic original Filipino musical phenomenon, “Rak of Aegis”, is back for its 6th season at PETA theater stage with its original casts and additional new recruits from Hu Got Talent: The Search for The Next Rakstar. Aside from its well-received ever-relevant story, the latest season would introduce us to fresh-off-the-boat rakstars that will surely to slay the theater stage.

Five seasons is a feat, but the sixth will be a legend. Dubbed as one of the most successful local musical theater production to date, Rak of Aegis is back for its 6th season with monster vocal performances of Aegis classics and with their fresh-catch talents that will give a new taste to the play. Inspired by the play’s character Aileen, the production will feature talents from their recently held Hu Got Talent: The Search for The Next Rakstar, which aims to discovery and give a break to local budding and promising theater actors of the generation. These fresh talents would not just give a serious performance to watch but would give us a life-imitates-art journey of Aileen’s character- a hopeful artist-wannabe chasing her dreams. An addition to the production that would surely not just give audiences a heartfelt performance but would surely change one’s life by launching their theater careers.

Set in a flood-submerged barangay Venezia, the story revolves around Aileen, a young lad who aims to be a bigshot YouTube sensation which she sees as a stepping stone to the dream of being a guest in Ellen DeGeneres’ and earn some dollar. While her motivation’s at first seem shallow, she eventually realized that it is because she wants the world to know of her barangay’s condition: drifting off livelihood and health due to a flooded community. Amidst their unfortunate situation, barangay Venizia discovers a way to rise up and reclaim the glory and dignity that was nearly lost- a picture of Filipino’s resiliency and kapwa-tao.

With a story that is not of a foreign land to all local audiences and transcends age brackets and professions together with Aegis’ timeless music, this monumental musical still lures new gives a treat of introducing theater to first time goers and also spreads magic to the veteran theater audiences.
Returning to the stage are the original stellar cast members reprising the roles are Kim Molina, Isay Alvarez-seña, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Robert Seña, OJ Mariano, Renz Verano, Lorenz Martinez, Jerald Napoles, Pepe Herrera, Joshua Bulot, Myke Solomon, Poppert Bernadas, Vince Lim, Neomi Gonzalez, Kakai Bautista, Joann Co, Gie Onida, Juliene Mendoza, Ron Alfonso, Phi Palmos, Jimmy Marquez, Roi Calilong, Gimbey dele Cruz, Carlon, Matobato, John Moran, Gab Pangilinan, Paeng Sundayan, Abi Sulit, Teetin Villanueva and Gold Villar-Lim.
Screened from hundreds of hopefuls, PETA introduces the freshest faces from Hu Got Talent: The Search for The Next Rakstar who will join the Rak cast: WCOPA champion Shaira Opsimar and Princess Vire as Aileen, Tawag ng Tanghalan contender Kent Pontivedra as Tolits, theater artist and teacher Remus Villanueva as Kenny, Ateneo Blue Repertory RENT’s Adrian Lindayag as Jewel and , 5THGen band leader Marielle Mamaclay, TV Actor Gil Aguedan, Sandbox Collective Himala’s Matel Patayon, and Madison Event performer Crystal Paras as part of the ensemble. Another addition to the season’s run is also veteran theater artist and Palanca award-winning writer-director Rody Vera as Fernan.

Whether watching it for the first time, or enjoying it again for the nth time, don’t miss another ranging storm of laughter, powerhouse vocals, and rousing stories of resilience in PETA’s “Rak of Aegis”
“Rak of Aegis” runs from June 20- September 2 at the PETA Theater Center with shows on Wednesday and Fridays (8:00 PM) and Saturdays to Sundays (3:00 PM AND 8:00). For Inquiries and ticket reservations, contact PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at Tel. No. 725-6244 or TicketWorld at 891-9999, www.ticketworld.com.ph

Text and photos by Ariane Dave Farnazo. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

A Taste of Chinese Opera: The Monkey King Making Havoc in Heaven

 Last May 18, 2018 the renowned Qingdao Peking Opera company held a performance of The Monkey King Making Havoc in Heaven at Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) little theater.

As part of the 2015-2018 Executive Program of the Philippines-China Cultural Agreement for cross-cultural collaboration of Sarswela and Chinese Jingju in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the distinguished “National Advanced Cultural Collective” Qingdao Peking Opera visited manila and showcased their gala performance of the classic traditional repertoire Monkey King Making Havoc in Heaven. Aside from production showcase, the program also includes lecture-demonstration, interactions and pre-production meetings as collaboration with local theater artists. Furthermore, it also a part of the 43rd celebration of the formal establishment of Philippine-China Diplomatic Relations.
Started with the fake invitation from the Jade Emperor, Sun Wukong attends the peach feast at the temple. Knowing that he was not officially invited, the enraged Sun Wukong crashes immortal’s haven and steals peaches and god’s elixir. To defeat the Jade Emperor’s army, Sun Wukong called his own troops and flaunts their banner into victory.
The gala event was attended by important personalities from the diplomatic core and artist circles of both countries. Apart from showcasing the performance, the performance also shows that understanding theater performance and arts transcends any language and culture. This proves that the connection of the Philippines to its neighboring country is beyond trade and commerce, but also in the expression of arts.
Since its foundation 60 years ago, the company continues to nurture the art of traditional Chinese opera by inheriting and developing various schools dedicated to this craft through “young talent cultivation strategy”. Tasked with an important role, the company regularly held performances and visits to neighboring and partner countries such as Japan, Korea and the Philippines among others.

Text and Photos by Ariane Dave Farnazo. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Of Changing Partners and Chained Love story

When does cheating starts? When you had sex with someone? When you lied? When you stopped trying? Or when you starting to love the false idea of you have created which your partner cannot be?
Gender fluidity has been a contemporary concept thriving in today’s culture and ideology. It is an ideology which doesn’t constraint someone’s expression and preference to that of the traditional focus on sex and gender. The concept widens individual’s freedom to love and someone’s individuality. But embracing this concept would not shelter you out of the struggles, pain and frustrations that comes with loving someone. The Palanca Award-winning Vincent de Jesus’s changing partners is an exhibition that the real-life struggles of love with time and the pain that it might bring is the same regardless of the age and gender that are involved in the relationship.  
Based on his real-life experience, changing partners is a about a fallen love story of Alex and Cris. ALEX is a young free-spirited millennial who is thirsty of finding his passion. To settle with a routine job is a stale life for him. While Cris has his stable career and life and just waiting to be settled. It tackles the whirlwind ending of their six-year relationship with all of their reflections, frustrations and even their deepest motive of considering the relationship in the first place. It is a story that would transcends all the kind of relationship regardless of the genders of the people involved.
Started as a play reading in 2016’s Virgin Labfest, Changing Partners get its first theater production in 2016 with PETA. Dubbed as one of the most successful local plays that year, a film based on the same production and with the same cast was released commercially early this 2018. Having only watched the film production, which was really a film that must be watched, it really excites me of the second staging of the play. With original songs that will surely capture your melodramatic hearts and storyline that is not foreign to everyone’s reality, this theater re-run is a must see.
Starred by four premiere theater actors, Jojit Lorenzo, Anna Luna, Sandino Martin and Agot Isidro, the production is as stellar as it can be. With stage design by renowned theater stage designer Ben Padero, which completes the mood of a contemporary urban setting. The set already set the tone by mixing fixtures that are traditional with those of modern installations- suggesting how the story of struggles in a relationship transcends time and generations.

But for me, it is really the music that encapsulates the essence of the play. From the butterflies from head-over-heels lovestruck to heart-wrenching songs that’s speaks the truth of how the struggle progresses from just a simple seed of doubt to a full-grown of distrust and regrets. It also speaks of how we blindly love someone by disregarding our guts and truths to justify our love to someone. A playlist of songs from the play is available in Spotify and get ready to have that last song syndrome for a week or more.
With great reviews from baby boomers to millennial's, the play has been a big in social media among theater goers. Being staged in PETA’s bigger stage at PhinMa Theater and within full-packed audience, the 2018 re-run of Changing Partners is deemed as a success.

Text and Photos by Arriane Dave Farnazo.