Friday, December 21, 2018

#Sylviahera by Sylvia Sanchez

 A cooking show hosted by the multi-awarded and versatile actress Sylvia Sanchez, this is not a typical cooking show that we mostly watched in television or any online social media channel. This come up with collaboration of ideas between Sylvia itself and the Director of the show, Direk Dante "Ga" Nico Garcia. The concept of this show is very simple but very inspiring and you have a lot of takeaways after watching each episode.

Pilot episode will be aired on December 25, 2018 @12:01 A.M in Youtube at CasaNieves.tv channel entitled “Homecoming”. You can see the real Sylvia Sanchez as a person not a celebrity without make up while doing the show, how her childhood life before she become a big celebrity in this country. Pilot episode shoot in her hometown in Agusan Del Norte. It showcases her talent and skills not in acting but in Culinary Arts and most people did not know that he studied Culinary Arts. She would love to share her skills in cooking but here she would not teach how to cook. In every menu that she offers have a story connected in her life especially in her childhood life up to the present.  

Excited to watch the pilot episode, seems that you are watching a short indie film, show does not have a script and it’s very spontaneous just like you are watching a reality show, a travel video blog and cooking show into one, his family is also part of this show in the pilot episode. You can see her husband and children here in the show living a normal province lifestyle. Anyone can relate her humble beginnings living in a simple lifestyle in her hometown where her roots came from. Good thing of this show is, in every menu that she cooks have a simple recipe and the ingredients is accessible in the market.
Mostly are Filipino dishes with the twist in every place that she will be visited. Ingredients are easily to find and affordable. This will cater to all the mothers, food enthusiasts, millennials that would love to cook and even for those does not know how to cook you can get an idea how she prepares the food and eventually you can learn how to cook. Cooking technique is very basic as what we are doing in cooking in our daily lives.

Here you cannot see her cooking in a kitchen. She can cook anywhere using her one burner stove. They called it “bumble box”. There’s a lot more going to happen in the show. Just subscribe @casanieves.tv for more episode aired monthly.

Looking back in a humble beginnings, will be forever great full to see that each every one of us has a silver lining.

Text and Photos by Rubi Eisma. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Business Benefits of Getting Your Very Own EIN



Whether you run an e-commerce business or you have your own office, you may be required to get an EIN. You have heard about it and you probably know what it stands for which is Employee Identification Number. The type of business that you have will determine if this is necessary or not.

These are some of the possible reasons why you may need to get EIN number Wisconsin:
  • You are planning to hire employees in order for the company to become functional.
  • You would need to get a bank account for your business.
  • There is a need for you to protect your social security number.

If you do not need any of the things that are mentioned above just yet, you may not need an EIN right now. Still, this does not mean that you would not need an EIN in the future. These are some of the benefits that you can get when you have an EIN:

  • This is considered to be a legal requirement if you are going to have an actual office. This will make your business a separate entity from yourself. You will automatically become your own office’s employee. Your EIN will help you file your taxes on time so that you will have no problems with this in the long run.
  • You would like to improve your corporate and business credit. How will you show that your company is good if you cannot provide any credit? The EIN will help you do this.
  • The EIN never expires. This does not need to be reissued even if your company would undergo a name change in the future. You can only have one EIN for business. There is no need to go through the whole process again.

Getting an EIN can be easy as long as you are a resident of the United States of America. You can just go to the website and answer the questions that will be given to you. Click submit and receive your EIN soon. Do remember that the EIN is not only for business. Estate EIN is needed if you own a real estate property.

Monday, December 10, 2018

NCCC Mall celebrates 40th Anniversary

New City Commercial Center (NCCC) is now 40 years old, and its Palawan Mall is 28 years in service and still leading the retail business in the province, it is a known destination for reasonably priced goods and exceptional customer service.

During its Thanksgiving event last December 10 at Skylight Hotel, NCCC announces the plan to expand more micro mall in Palawan, they already acquire some properties in El Nido and Roxas for Northern Palawan, and Narra and Quezon for southern part, they also announce the plan for the fourth floor level of NCCC Mall in Lacao Street that for so long is close to public due to some renovations, that level will house some government offices soon.

NCCC Mall also reveal some of their long running corporate social responsibility programs, like the scholarship project intended for the sons and daughters of their loyal employees, the Reward points system program for the benefit of Taw Kabui For Child, Inc, and the outreach activity for Batak Tribes in Brgy. Manalo here in Puerto Princesa.

In support for environment protection, NCCC also introduce their green program that will require its shopper to use eco bag everytime they go shopping or tend to their groceries, they also implementing the use of paper cartoons for bulk buying.

For the busy month of December, NCCC give their schedules and events to watch out for, late night sale is expected on December 23 from 9am to 10 in the evening. A KPop Costume Christmas event in their Activity area is also set on Dec 15.

A music festival is also held last December 10 with Tawag ng Tanghalan finalist Sam Mangubat along with TNT Hearthrobs Sofronio Vasquez, JM Bales and Christopher Bahaya that is popularly known as the TNT Cove. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Chud Festejo’s Nanay Tatay is PhilPop 2018 winner.

Finals Night was held at Estancia Capitol Commons Mandaluyong. Ten finalists battled it out for the First, Second and Third Place respectively. From a number of submitted songs, a pre-judging was held at the BGC Theatre and from the pool of 30, ten finalists were chosen to compete for the Grand Prize.

At the end of the evening of December 2, Chud Festejo’s Nanay Tatay emerged victorious. He was actually not expecting to win but he is really glad that he won the top Prize, Nanay Tatay is a song that talks about Innocence and Vulnerability. Aside from that, the music Video of Nanay Tatay, it was also a winner for the special awards category. Chud went home with one million pesos as the Champion.

Ferdinand Aragon’s Visayan entry entitled “Di Ko Man” was declared first runner up. Aragon says that the song is actually a visayan Harana, for winning the first runner up he goes home with a prize of Php500,000.00 pesos. Jek Buenafe’s Ako Ako got the 2nd place, it was interpreted by his band Feel Day featuring Hans Dimayuga.They take home Php200,000.00 as prize.

The roster of judges included Mr. Verb Del Rosario, Vice President for Viva South; Ms. Trina Belamide, artist and veteran composer; Ms. Liza Diño-Seguerra, Chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines; Mr. Randy Estrellado, COO of Maynilad; Mr. Noel Cabangon, PhilPop Board Member; Mr. Paolo Guico, Vocalist of Ben & Ben; and Mr. Ryan Cayabyab, PhilPop Music Festival 2018 Chairman.

PhilPop is on its 7th year of an unending legacy of enriching OPM. Moving forward, aspiring songwriters can continue making their dreams come true with PhilPop, as they are still up for greater actions in the years to come.

“Definitely, the Songwriting Boot Camp will push through in 2019 that will prepare us for the big 2020 music festival again. It’s gonna be every two years,” PhilPop Executive Director Dinah Remolacio assures.

PhilPop 2018 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. PhilPop is co-presented by MAYNILAD, and is supported by MERALCO (major sponsor), Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists, Inc., NYXSYS (official OOH partner), SMART, VIVA Records (official record label partner), Ortigas and Co., PETA (production partner), Coke Studio, NCCA, OPM, TAGA-ALOG, Rappler (official media partner), Pinnacle (official agency integrator partner), and Gabi Na Naman Productions (official promo partner). Cheers to OPM!

Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera.

Monday, December 3, 2018

The notes we have on Manila Notes.



Manila notes is a Filipino adaptation of Tokyo notes written by A Japanese playwright and director Oriza Hirata. It was adapted by our very own Rudy Vera and was directed by Tokyo notes writer himself.

The story happened in the future, around 2043. There’s a war happening in Europe and in order to protect and preserved the collection of Vermeer, the paintings was relocated to several countries in Asia. Inside the receiving area or lobby of the museum, family members, lovers, friend and other kind of relation meet to discuss life, mainly about taking care of parents, family / marital problems, inheritance business and plans in life. The play depicts the regular day to day living of Filipinos.
The stage really shows a modern design of a museum lobby, the coach are color blue, yellow, and red that looks like a Philippine flag color to me. It is also adorned with hanging capiz shells, which made me feel that I am really in manila, I remember the old houses in manila has a lot of capiz windows.

When sister-in-laws Tessie and Evelyn appear, I immediately notice that Tessie has a big smile but a very sad eyes. Later in the story, I realized that, she is separating with her husband who happened to fell for somebody else. Without knowing the story yet, and the underlying reason for her facial expression, i find her admirable that she was able to really show the pain that she is experiencing in her marital problems despite the smile.
I don’t know the kind of family the Tenorios have. All are busy trying to be the best in their own field, but with us Filipinos, there is always somebody who will sacrifice her happiness, her career, to take care of the family, the aging parent. Too much love of Evelyn to her family which she doesn’t complain of anything. That she just really want to enjoy time with siblings.

The interaction of Joaquin the tutor and Aliyah Go the tutee, is really a pain. Seeing your childhood crush and remembering the feeling you have and no chance of being reciprocated.
Manila Notes is a true roller coaster ride of emotions. An emotion of a friend, a daughter who was not given much time feel the fathers love who gave her huge inheritance, a family, a business partner an old colleague.

First time that I watched a play where there are two dialogues happening at the same time. Two set of conversation. It’s like you are really with them, both conversations are happening and you have to choose which one are you going to focus on. But the two dialogues compliments each other.

The cast are fabulous, the set are amazing. The story is superb.
CATCH THEM


Performances of the play began last November 30 and will run until December 16 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) in the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.

Text and Photos by Jeilenn & Leo Francisco.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Breaktime with Chanon in Manila

Thai breakthrough artist Chanon Santinatornkul known as Bank from “Bad Genius”, allso known Nonkul to his fans visited once again Manila last Nov 30 at the SM Skydome in Quezon City, it was called Breaktime: Chanon Santinatornkul.
The event lasted for two (2) hours,  Chanon  performs 2 songs, an interview about life, career and childhood memories  and upcoming projects followed the program hosted by VJ Ayi from MYX.
A fun game before the main event thrilled the fans due to exciting prizes for the winners and a chance to meet up close in person with Nonkul. During the program, Nonkul also join some games and he declare it that he had so much fun and enjoyed the event.
After the fan meeting, fans and member of media of different outfit have a chance to have photoshoot with Nonkul. Before leaving the event, kit giveaways given to the attendees as souvenir, Nonkul promise that he will be back soon in the Philippines, that’s what we have to wait for. 
Text and Photos by Rubielyn Eisma

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Tanghalang Pilipino and Japan Foundation, join hands for the production of “MANILA NOTES”

A scene from "Manila Notes".
Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) along with the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM), in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) present "Manila Notes", as part of TP 32nd season production from November 30 to December 16, 2018, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, at 3PM and 8PM, at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).

Adapted from Tokyo Notes, written by internationally acclaimed Japanese playwright and director Oriza Hirata. The play is one of the most critically acclaimed works of Hirata, which has been translated into 13 languages for productions in many cities around the world.

To make sure that the Japanese material communicates well with the local Filipino audience, the Palanca Hall of Fame writer Rody Vera has been working with Hirata on the adaptation together with the twenty (20) leading Filipino actors. Hirata introduced to the actors his acting style called “contemporary colloquial theater theory,” which is entirely different from Western acting techniques.

This technique, created by Hirata to counter the traditional loud theater seen in Japan, has been received by the world to great acclaim. This, apart from the stellar cast and artistic staff, gives the audience another great reason to watch this acclaimed production.

The artistic team, actors and production staff have been actively involved in the process of creating a brand-new type of theater practice through workshops, rehearsals and discussions. Lastly, the set design is also a collaboration by an acclaimed Japanese set designer, Itaru Sugiyama and select theater practitioners and students in Manila.

Tokyo Notes is inspired by Yasujiro Ozu’s film “Tokyo Story”—the story of Manila Notes takes place in the lobby of an art museum in Manila sometime in the near future. A major war is being waged in Europe and many paintings have been moved to the various cities in Asia. In front of such paintings, family members, friends and lovers continue their fragmentary conversations on taking care of their aging parents, inheritance, future careers, and love, among others. With the backdrop of a distant war, the play clearly portrays how Filipinos live their everyday lives, which reveal a whole range of problem and crisis of our modern society.

Manila Notes boasts of the some of the most versatile performers on the Philippine stage today: Meann Espinosa, a Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) actor, and Mayen Estañero, a TP Actors Company alumna, lead the cast, which also include some of theater’s finest: Former TP Artistic Director Dennis Marasigan, Gie Onida, Ian Segarra, J-Mee Katanyag, Neomi Gonzales, Wenah Nagales, Kathlyn Castillo, Randy Villarama, and Elle Velasco. Together with them are some of the members of the TP Actors Company: Jonathan Tadioan, Marco Viaña, Lhorvie Nuevo, Antonette Go, Joshua Tayco and Manok Nellas. The young, talented actors from different universities, Micah Musa from UPLB, Manuel Tinio from De La Salle University, and Manjean Faldas from the DLSU-College of St. Benilde, complete the cast.

These actors were carefully selected after an open audition last September, conducted by Prof. Hirata, himself.
The cast and crew of Manila Notes.
For more information please visit our website at www.jfmo.org and Facebook. For ticket reservations, group sales, sponsorships, and special performances, please contact Tanghalang Pilipino: Juan Marco Lorenzo at 0999 8843821 or Lorelei Celestino at 0915 6072275 or 832 1125 local 1620/1621.

Tickets are also available at Ticketworld online or by calling 891 9999, and at the CCP Box Office.
For announcements and more information, visit the TP Facebook page at
https://facebook.com/tanghalangpilipino or email tanghalangpilipinomarketing@gmail.com.

Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

Monday, November 19, 2018

What's inside the Dressing Room?

The 43rd Season of Dulaang UP definitely has a great line up of Plays. For their second offering , Dulaang UP chose to stage a play about the theater, a 1997 Japanese play called "The Dressing Room" by Shimizu Kunio.

As DUP usually does, they would be staging in parallel both an English and a Filipino version of this play. The English version was written by Chiori Miyagawa, as adapted from the original English translation by John Gillespie. The Filipino translation is by multiple Palanca award-winning playwright Nicolas Pichay.

Always making sure that they push limits, Dulaang UP also pushes the envelope further by innovating on the casting as well. The original play involved four actresses playing the four actress characters. The English version will stay faithful to this casting. To put a twist in Filipino version, however, the four actress characters will all be played by male actors. I believe this is a great way to kind of put things into perspective.


The dressing room is literally where the action of this play is set. Initially, we see Actress A and Actress B dressed in Japanese-style robes, sitting in the middle of the stage in front of their respective box tables, applying white makeup on their faces. Suddenly, Actress C will enter dressed in Victorian finery, rehearsing her lines. Much later, an Actress D will come into the room to tell Actress C that she wants her role back. The whole play will be about the actresses' musings about Shakespeare and especially Chekhov as they reflect on the passions and frustrations they have about their acting careers.
Theater actors and theater fans will definitely fall in love with the intense love for theater espoused by this play. When sentimental Actress A and acerbic Actress B have an acting showdown playing Lady Macbeth, the effect was electric. This was even though some essence had been lost with the translation as the difference between two Japanese adaptations should have been highlighted (but obviously could not be conveyed in Filipino). Familiarity with the history of Japanese theater will enhance appreciation since the original Japanese play assumed the Japanese audience it targeted already knew.

The Dressing Room will run at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater until November 25, 2018.Make sure to catch it.

Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Pwedeng Pwede Family Day.

 Lucky to be invited to attend "Family Day! Pwedeng pwede! its a sunday full of activities for kids like the giant jenga, lots of board games, string activities, puzzles and many more. Its a great idea for us who are looking for activities to" digitally detox" our kids.
But theres more, its not only family activity but also parenting talk. They are advocates of love for children no corporal punishment. "BAWAL MAMALO" They are pushing the POSITIVE DISCIPLINE.
As a mother, i was reminded the negative effects of corporal punishment to children. And as a mother of four i am always on the lookout on how i can improved my parenting skills. As iwe all know, parenting is a hard job because to tge smallest details of our action and words greatly affect our children negatively and positively.
I heard they are conducting several parenting seminar about positive discipline. I hope to catch more.
Parents, this talk is very important as we all know that kids nowadays are different so we need different way to raise them
Text and Photos by Jeilenn Francisco. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Talking About Home Loans

Knowing which home loan to choose is not always easy. Homebuyers who research various types of loans likely know of loans that may suit their need. Because there are many loan options, it may be useful to work with a mortgage broker.

Some homebuyers choose to obtain financing from a credit union, bank or mortgage company. However, these lenders provide traditional financing, and rarely offer loans for people with credit problems.Image result for home credit loans

Comparing home loans is an important step that should not be overlooked. With this said, brokers provide a valuable service that saves time. Online mortgage brokers will locate at least three suitable loans. Brokers email loan offers to the homebuyer. Upon receipt of the offers, buyers must make a side-by-side comparison and pick the best loan offer and some also tries to help you avoidbad credit loans in Tampa.

Types of Home Loans Available

Fortunately, there is a multitude of home loans available. Thus, it is possible for practically anyone to obtain a mortgage regardless of credit. Several lenders specialize in bad credit mortgages. In this case, lenders approve loans to individuals with credit scores as low as 500. Those with low credit scores may also qualify for a “no credit score home loan.”

Furthermore, there are different home loans that involve zero money down. Also termed 100% financing, these loans are offered to good credit and bad credit applicants. In some instances, homebuyers may also acquire 103% and 107% financing.

Other home loan options include “no doc” home loans and stated income loans. Loans of this sort generally require a decent credit rating.

Applying for a Home Loan with Online Broker

Because of the variety of home loans, it would help to use a mortgage broker. Brokers are ideal because they can provide additional knowledge on the types of loans a homeowner can obtain. Once a homebuyer has decided on a particular loan type, the broker’s responsibility entails locating the best loan package.

Applying with an online broker is very simple. Homebuyers complete a quote request with a broker, and the broker matches the buyer with several potential lenders. Lenders will provide a quote, which includes loans terms, interest rate, closing costs, monthly payments, etc.




Thursday, November 8, 2018

On Choosing Personal Injury Lawyers

Personal injury attorney advertising is rising rapidly. Every time you turn on your TV or radio there are more personal injury attorney advertisements. Ironically, most personal injury attorneys and, in my opinion, most of the better personal injury attorneys, did not want to advertise and resisted for a long time.  
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That is quickly changing. Many of the better personal injury attorneys are now advertising because like it or not, they realize that advertising is not going away. So how does a seriously injured person determine whether a given advertising attorney is one of the better attorneys? 

First, the problem: anyone can advertise. Legal experience, skill or expertise in a particular legal specialty is not required to advertise. Attorneys with little or no experience, skill or expertise can advertise heavily in local phone books, billboards, television and radio advertising. 

These attorneys can claim huge verdicts where you to live to entice you to call quickly. Unfortunately, such claims may be very misleading. There are too many examples of attorneys with limited or no experience trying cases locally or anywhere else advertising heavily and making such claims. Historically, some of the biggest advertisers did not try cases at all and simply farmed them out to other attorneys in exchange for generous referral fees.

So how do you get beyond the advertisements to find a highly experienced attorney with expertise in your type of case? Think about what you would do before hiring any professional to help you with a very serious matter affecting your life. You would not just respond to the first TV commercial or call the person with the most billboards. You would do some research. 
Fortunately there are several easily accessible research tools. You can check the attorneys’ credentials by visiting these personal injury attorney.


“The Best Lawyers in America” is a national organization that lists by specialty the attorneys [and firms] in each geographical who other attorneys rate among the best in their specialty. As you would expect these attorneys are highly experienced in their fields. Look for firms who have several attorneys listed in the personal injury section – attracting such attorneys says a lot about the quality of the firm.
The American Board of Trial Advocates is another excellent resource because it has rigorous admissions standards and only admits highly experienced trial attorneys. This is very important because the better personal injury attorneys are all highly experienced trial attorneys
In serious matters affecting your life you want to know if in addition to superior experience and legal skills, the attorneys and firms also practice at the highest ethical standards. “Martindale-Hubbell” is a highly respected national publication that uses peer reviews to rate attorneys and firms on both the quality of their legal work and their ethical standards. Look for attorneys and firms that receive both an “A,” their highest legal quality grade and a “V” their highest ethical grade. 

Additional potential sources are other attorneys or friends and family who are familiar with the legal community. This can be especially helpful if they have had a positive experience with the attorney or firm they are recommending. 

After you narrow your search through such inquires and the web sites suggested above, go to the firm's website to learn more about their experience in the specialty that you need. Then meet with the attorney. Ask whether they have taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses. Attorneys who teach these courses are teaching other attorneys and are usually the most experienced and highly respected in their field.

Also ask who will be in charge of your case and who will try it. While it is common for less experienced attorneys to work on your claim, a senior attorney should be involved from start to finish. Your relationship and comfort level with the attorney is important. Look for an attorney that is courteous and is considerate of your time and who is responsive to your calls and questions. Don’t ever feel pressured to make a decision on the spot.

Following the suggestions above should quickly and easily help you get beyond the advertisements and get to a highly experienced attorney with expertise in your type of case.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Natural Way to Feel More Empowered As a Woman

 
Gone are the days when the "male chauvinist" society had women as far inferior as men—very dependent and submissive to whatever the latter commanded. Women today are not just regarded as homemakers, but nation-builders as well. Beyond the confines of their houses, they, too, can make a big difference––be it in the economic, social or political arena.

From being a household queen to boardroom’s rockstar, women run on very hectic and active schedules everyday. So imagine the strength they have to withstand the daily grinds, not to mention the stress and pressure they have to endure just to fulfill the duties bestowed upon them.

Nevertheless, they’re no “Wonder Woman” at all, nor our very own heroine “Darna” so as not to feel exhausted and tired from chores or work. They’re also humans, who need to pause for a break from being the jack-of-all-trades.

It’s time to celebrate women empowerment and influence with the gift of beauty and wellness that they truly deserve. What a better way to have it than a rosy, bouncy and shiny hair to begin with.

Because it is the mane that a person is mainly looked upon, it’s a conscious effort for everyone, especially women, to make it pleasant to gaze at. So a regular bottled shampoo and conditioner, plus treatment are, more often than not, the solutions to turn to, regardless of the bad effects they may cause.

Some of the harmful chemicals they contain are too much to handle, especially by as fragile as a hair follicle. Their main damage being mane breakage is hard to manage. Tricky it is to treat the resulting tress that’s less weak and elastic. Though negligible, other repercussions—allergic reaction and scalp irritation—also need keen attention and urgent solution.

Where else do women usually turn to for remedy than a beauty salon. After a pampering sesh, they may opt to avail any of their formulated solution for upkeep. For optimum results, it’s best to combine it with NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack to promote robust locks and scalp.

NOVUHAIR is the only tress growth product in the market containing 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients working synergistically to help remedy mane problems from growth to vanishing. It deeply penetrates to help rejuvenate, nourish, maintain moisture in the scalp and hair, and improve the overall appearance of the tress. Lastly, it’s an effective and safe solution to arrest hair loss.

So come and celebrate womanhood at your favorite salon anytime. Much better if you can make it regularly to bond with your sisters or amigas over a hair spa or treatment. After all, your crowning glory deserves a second look.

For inquiries, call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, visit NOVUHAIR Facebook Page (Novuhair Official) or website at www.novuhair.com (PR)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Century Park Hotel hosts Figure and Form Preliminary Judging for Miss Earth 2018.

 Eighty-Eight stunning Earth warriors were presented to the press and media for the Figure and Form Preliminary Judging at the Century Park Hotel Manila. Present in the event were Lorraine Schuck,one of the founders Carousel Productions that runs the Miss Earth Organization, Ms. Peachy Veneracion and some national directors of Miss Earth from other countries.
The ladies paraded in swimsuits designed by Ricky Abad and Eye wear by Viaje. The candidates were divided amongst the different continents and were judged according to their Figure and form. No sashes were worn at this point of the competition and they also wore hats and shades as well.

After the judging, all the contestants then paraded back onstage with their official sashes for Miss Earth but still following of how they were arranged according to continents. Century Park Hotel is one of the Hotel Sponsors for Miss Earth 2018 for a total of three years now. They support the organization’s advocacy and ensures that the delegates get that warm Filipino hospitality that we are all known for.
Hosts for the event are Princess Manzon and reigning Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco .The Figure and Form Pre-Judging is considered one of the crucial phases of the competition as it allows the delegates to showcase their curves and figures to celebrate the beauty and Uniqueness of the Human Form. ` The Finals night is all set to happen on November 3, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena.It will have its telecast courtesy of GMA 7.

Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Travel and Scenic Photography



When you are driving through the mountains somewhere, & you notice a automobile parked half off the road & some guy leaning to the left to avoid a branch with his Rebel 2000 camera in the act of focusing, you have met me. I do this because, to me, a trip isn't fulfilling unless i have preserved that beauty for posterity. I'd like to share a quantity of the techniques that make scenic photography such a wonderful artform - simple, yet elegant.

First off, equipment. As much as the cheap disposable camera beckons, get real. These cameras have fisheye lenses which I call "spam" lenses. we cram everything in, with equal blurriness & boringness. nice photos are sharp, unless you use blur for artistic effect. Sharp comes from an adjustable lens. It can be a fixed lens or a zoom, but it must focus specially for each picture. Fixed lenses are limiting for scenic pics, where to frame the shot you may require to move long distances. Imagine using a fixed lens on the Washington Monument, when you are half a block away! Zooms get my vote, even though we often don't have as wide an aperture, which limits their capabilities in low light situations.

Practically speaking, an SLR is the absolute best. we are lightweight, & can be used with top quality lenses. Film SLRs tend to be less expensive, but have the limitations of film, meaning you have to get it developed & so forth. Digital SLRs are VERY expensive, so for the budget conscious either go with a film SLR or a high quality basic digital camera. With digital, resolution is also a critical factor, so look at the specs before you buy. I know one great Travel Photographer, known D. Scott Carruthers.


OK, we have got the camera, emotions are jogging high, & that's great, but not  great! sometimes I find a spot that's so wonderful, I start shooting like a madman, only to be disappointed by the pics. What happened? Emotions. When you experience a place, there are sounds, aromas & breezes as well as the visuals of the spot. Needless to say, you cannot photograph all of these elements, only the visual. When overwhelmed by the spectacle of a scenic hotspot, we are often overwhelmed by all of these elements.

Now, I was a tad dishonest in saying that you cannot capture all of the elements of a scene. You can hint at them. For starters, motion. Yes, even in a still picture, there's motion. Something happened before, during & after your picture. In a mountain vista scene, you may find something that hints at motion, whether it be a branch of a tree that has been swaying in the breeze, or a river flowing through the valley below. These add a sense of motion.

So what to do? Look through your camera. The viewfinder does not lie (usually). Try to see what you are looking at as the finished picture. Most people perfunctorily take pics, hoping that somehow the shot will come out great. If you wonder how the pics came out when you are on the way to the drugstore to get them, you are doing something wrong. At the moment you click the pic, you should know exactly what you will get. (Of work with digital, that's not a trick!).

Then there's the "rule of thirds." When you place the main object of the picture smack-dab in the middle, it is static & boring. Place it one third of the way from either side, & you IMPLY motion. Put the horizon in a landscape photo a third of the way up or down, not across the middle.

Remember, when a person looks at a picture, their eyes move. You require to frame your photo to help that movement. If you can find some lines in the scene, such as a skyline, cloud formation, path through the forest, etcetera, use it interestingly, & with the rule of thirds to draw your viewer's eyes into the picture.

Avoid "summit syndrome." You get to the top of Mount Washington & shoot the majestic vista. Great. The pics come out .. boring! How? No PERSPECTIVE. Big vistas will be flat unless you have an object in the foreground, such as a rock or a tree, to give them perspective. Then the eye  grasps how big this scene is. People enjoying the view is a real winner, because the viewer may identify with their emotions, giving the image real impact.

Cheese! Yes, you do have to take the family photos. it is obligatory. But when you do, make sure that we show the location of the photo. Otherwise, you might as well do it on your driveway. Frame the scene in context, with landmarks as part of the picture. Find a way to tell as story in the picture, such as little Sara climbing up the rocks by the waterfall.

Finally, any element in the picture that hints at more senses than  the visual will make it remarkable. Actor headshots for example, tell a story about the subject. You can  hear them saying their next lines. If you photograph a garden, the viewer may experience the aroma of the flowers. A tourist street with an accordion player on the corner may have your amazed friends whistling "Dixie."

In summation, picture taking on travel is recording the experience in a satisfying way. Use motion, perspective, sensory, storytelling & so forth, to bring your photos to life. Oh, & needless to say, make your job easy & go to great places! See you at the overlook!






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Friday, October 19, 2018

Ang Pag-Uusig the return in CCP.

The award winning classic play of Tanghalang Pilipino is making a comeback this October at Tanghalang Huseng Batute of the Cultural Center of Philippines, this is the American classic and politically relevant “Ang Pag-Uusig” or The Crucible by Tony Award winning playwright Arthur Miller.
Along with Actors Company, this year’s rerun proves a lot in terms of acting performances, most its original cast are now doing dual roles, it’s a challenge for many of its actors specially on memorization part, this play had a kilo-metric lines. Compare to 30 rehearsals before, this revival only had 12 practice to perfect it.
I’ve never seen the first run in 2017, but this one really blow me away, it is intense and more eye connection to its characters, blocking in one stage format is surely admired same in the previous shows, script analysis is also use in this production to help all the actors give their best.
One notable change this time is the adaption of Filipino dress or Barong in the Act 2 of the play, somehow it makes you feel connected since majority of its audiences are Filipino, Ang Pag-Uusig is set in 1950’s base on the story with Latin American settings by Miller, but its theme and strong message can be conveyed in today’s time, in line with Tanghalang Pilipino tagline “Utak, Puso, Bayan”.
True to its original content, Ang Pag-Uusig tells a story of one village face with fear, greed and power, over telling the truth and telling a lie, using witchcraft as medium of condemning and making others suffer the consequences of the justice system.
Ang Pag-Uusig is still under the Direction of Dennis Marasigan, the translation to Filipino is by Jerry Respeto. Six Gawad Buhay awards won by this play last 2017 including Best Direction, Translation, Ensemble Performance in a play, and Male Lead Performance in a play.
Playing for four weekends, this play closes on October 28, 2018.Tickets are P1,000 (VIP), P8,000 (Bleachers) all are available at Ticketworld Online or thru CCP Box Office or call Tanghalang Pilipino Office at +632 823 1125 loc 1620 and +63 915 607 2275.

Below are the schedules:
Oct 20- 3:00 and 8:00 PM
Oct 21- 3:00 PM
Oct 25- 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM
Oct 26- 8:00 PM
Oct 27- 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Oct 28- 3:00 PM

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Jon santos tie up with PETA for Trumperte.

Jon Santos as Mocha
Iconic Filipino comedian and actor Jon Santos is re-staging his very timing one man show called “Trumperte” this coming Oct 26 to 27, at the PETA Theater Center, this is the first time that Santos partner with Philippine Educational Theater Association under the Direction of Michael Williams.

The show will showcase the usual Jon in many political faces like Pres. Digong, US Pres.Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, young actress Liza Soberano, plus some notable personality that Jon is identified like former First Lady Imelda Marcos and many more. According to Santos, the show is depending on the headlines, so expect changes before the actual performance night that varies on latest political issues.
As Melania Trump
During its launching last Oct 9, we have a load of laughter especially the Imelda part, Jon is all witty and intelligent to respond immediately from the comment of his audience, it also features performances from Isprikitik Improv, a next PETA event to watch out for coming this October to November. 
Jon Santos as Madam Imelda.
“Naniniwala ako na comedy is a nice barometer for social tension, magandang magkaroon ng one hour and half relief from traffic, prizes, headlines, and we realize na ang dalawang super headlines grabber ay ang dalawang presidenteng etu, hopefully after an hour or two with each other ma-realize nila na ang mga bagay na pinagbigyan mong matawanan ng kunti, can heal and you move on the next day to live again.” Santos said
After 30 years of doing political comedy, Santos admit that having PETA this time will add some changes that in line with the theater advocacy, Trumperte will have open forum segment after the show where in the audiences can ask questions anything in line with the content of the show.

“May Q and A, first time ko magkaroon ng talkback, my sharing after the show na nakatanggal na ang make up, haharap ako sa kanila, maybe to talk a little bit about the process, andun yung E ng PETA, educational and truly inspiring, nakaka-nerbyos hope I can answer all the questions.” Santos added.

Trumperte is written by Jon Santos, Enrico Santos, and Joel Mercado , with stage direction by Michael Williams. Tickets are now available at Ticketworld.com

Here is our interview with Jon Santos.

Friday, October 12, 2018

1SA, Performing Arts goes solo.

Arts in many forms is going solo this October, as Fringe Manila in partnership with The Japan Foundation brings you 1SA - Solo Arts Platform, that will celebrate solo artists and present their works on the Philippine stage in this year’s Museums and Galleries Month, coming this October 20-28, 2018 at Power Mac Center Spotlight Theatre and Pineapple Lab.

1SA Creative Director Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan declare that this pioneer festival is a newest platform or venue that explores various mediums or artistic expressions coin from its title itself “one” or solo, they aim to presents solo artists thru performing arts and exhibits.
Daniel Darwin
1SA inaugurates international artists like multimedia performance artist Takao Kawaguchi with his piece, About Kazuo Ohno: Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces, Filipino-Canadian director and cinematographer Mark Valino, whose dance video series Moments of Movement will be on exhibition for 1SA. They also restaging Dulaang UP’s ang dalagita’y ‘sang bagay na di-buo featuring Skyzx Labastilla, Filipino-American hoop artist Daniel Darwin also returns to the Fringe stage with his endurance piece, Dance Until You Shatter Yourself. Founder of Daloy Dance Company Ea Torrado presents an autobiographical dance piece on race and beauty in the form of Brown Madonna.
Gabbi Campomanes
Emerging playwright Gabbi Campomanes is premiering a musical theatre called My Night with Lea. Actor and founder of SPIT Gabe Mercado also premieres his autobiographical one-man-show, Raising Gabe, about the triumphs and struggles of a single man raising a child in the Philippines. Rizal-based sculptor Herminio Tan, Jr. is doing exhibits about alternate reality about creatures and characters in Philippine Mythology share in the trials and tribulations of the modern Filipino in his exhibition of Mitolohiya 2018.

Tickets for 1SA is available at TicketWorld (891-9999) or at ticketworld.com.ph. For more details and updates, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/FringeMNL or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @fringemnl or visit www.fringemanila.com .
Below are the festival schedules.
October 20, Saturday-
6:00 PM: Mitolohiya 2018 (Sculpture) by Herminio Tan, Jr. | Pineapple Lab
7:00 PM: Moments of Movement (Moving Image Exhibit) by Mark Valino | HollowBlock
8:30 PM: My Night with Lea (One-Woman Show, Musical) by Gabbi Campomanes / Pineapple Lab
October 23, Tuesday-
8:00 PM: About Kazuo Ohno: Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces (Performance) by Takao Kawaguchi | Power Mac Center Spotlight

October 24, Wednesday-
8:00 PM: Dance Until You Shatter Yourself (Performance) by Daniel Darwin | Power MAC Center Spotlight

October 26, Friday
8:00 PM: Brown Madonna (Dance) by Ea Torrado | Power Mac Center Spotlight

October 27, Saturday-
8:00 PM: ang dalagita’y ‘sang bagay na di-buo (Theater) by Dulaang UP | Power Mac Center Spotlight

October 28, Sunday-
7:00 PM: Raising Gabe (Performance Memoir) by Gabe Mercado | Pineapple Lab
8:00 PM: ang dalagita’y ‘sang bagay na ‘di-buo (Theater) by Dulaang UP | Power Mac Center Spotlight

Venues:                                                              
Pineapple Lab
6053 R. Palma Street
Poblacion, Makati City 1210

Power Mac Center Spotlight
Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati
Makati City 1207

Tickets: www.ticketworld.com.ph

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