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Joseph Michael Gatti Stuns Filipino Fans In Ballet Philippines' Don Quixote

Prior to becoming a Principal Dancer of Cincinnati Ballet and Corella Ballet and the First Soloist of Boston Ballet, 23 year old Joseph Michael Gatti loves to play baseball in his native town. He was invited to play the titular role, " Don Quixote, " Ballet Philippines' last production of its 48th Quintessential Season. To date, it's the 15th performance of Don Quixote by Ballet Philippines and Gatti's first appearance in the company and his first time in the country. The 48th season will be Margie Moran's last term as president. She will be then succeeded by the current Treasurer Kathleen Liechtenstein beginning 49th season. The two nights that Gatti performed with The Manila Symphony Orchestra, one of Asia's first Symphony Orchestra conducted by former Resident Conductor of Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Jeffrey Solares, he stunned and thrilled Filipino fans with his solid and fluid movements from allegro to adagio while in arabesque and allonge.  B…

All By All set to make Its debut In the Philippine market

The Filipino economic market is in for a spin as a new player in the crypto-currency business is set to make its debut.

The newest name in the game is ALL BY ALL, a cryptocurrency company which is basically a monetary exchange platform. ALL BY ALL is the perfect solution for people who need a no-frills, no sweat approach in using cryptocurrencies for their numerous online transactions. 

To start enjoying the convenience provided by ALL BY ALL, one has to simply visit their website or app, then sign up. Once the form is completed, the user will receive an electronic wallet or account which they can ‘load’ with Philippine pesos. 
The electronic wallet can, then, be used for cryptocurrency transactions like online trading and commercial purchases, in lieu of credit cards and traditional currencies. 
Some of the advantages of using ALL BY ALL is that it is faster, ensures more secure transactions globally, and has lower fees. 
ALL BY ALL is also now preparing for its Initial Coin Offering (ICO…

Soaring Soliloquies, Belting Songs and Moving Symbols In Himala, Isang Musikal.

From screen to stage, Himala, a 1982 critically acclaimed film by the late National Artist for Film Ishmael Bernal still reflects, replicates and resonates today. Thanks to the creative, collective and collaborative production effort of The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical for bringing back HIMALA: Isang Musikal, their first co-produced full-length musical in Filipino. An original musical with book and lyrics by Ricky Lee, music and lyrics by Vince de Jesus and with direction and set design by Ed Lacson Jr. is now playing at the Power MAC Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati from 10th of February to 4th of March. "Walang Himala" debuted at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Tanghalang Pilipino's 20th theater season and returned on its 21st season due to popular demand. This new production with new cast took three years to reinvent. It became a rare iconic evening as the original and current cast and creative gathered during the invitational press and VIP nig…

Popular Folktale and Familiar Love Tale In "Nang Dalawin Ng Pag-ibig Si Juan Tamad"

Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines will raise its final curtain as the 31st Theater Season concludes with " Nang Dalawin Ng Pag-ibig Si Juan Tamad, " Rody Vera's stage adaptation of the book, " How Love Came To Juan Tamad " written by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin. Presented by Cultural Center Of The Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino and Hotel Kamana Sanctuary Resort & Spa to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Nick Joaquin, and brought by Yellow Pages. Included in Joaquin's 1979 " Pop Stories For Groovy Kids, " Critics weighed and described the exact depiction of the forever brokenhearted Mariyang Makiling and Juan Tamad hailed as pop idol and remained model to the youth. Following the love triangle of Filipino legends Mariya Makiling (Goddess Of Love), Monte Banahaw (God Of War) and Juan Tamad.  The iconic characters are reinvented and reimagined to spice up the mi…

Don Quixote, Ballet Philippines' Quintessential 48th Season ender Ft. American Baseball Player Joseph Gatti

Ballet Philippines, the first resident company of Cultural Center of the Philippines, 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. Ballet Philippines presents this classic lavish and flourish tell tale of Miguel Cervantes following the lofty adventure of Don Quixote in Barcelona where he meets an innkeeper daughter, Kitri, whom he thought his ladylove Dulcinea. Historically speaking, DON QUIXOTE was first staged in 1973 and 2011 was its last performance. This timeless splendor celebrating its crystal year in Ballet Philippines' stage, is a perfect show for first timer because of romantic-comedy theme, known for dizzying turns, signature leaps and death-defying lifts. For nearly three decades, spanning four continents, Adam Sage, current Associate Artistic Director and Ballet Master of Ballet Philippines…

PETA’s “Night, Mother”: Raw and Golden

Opening its curtains for 2018, PETA brings an intimate production of the Filipino adaption of  Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Night, Mother”. The play, adapted by Ian Lomongo and directed by Melvin Lee, will be PETA’s culminating production for its 50th season.

Set in EJK and Tokhang era of 2017, the play’s narrative revolves around the complex emotional and provocative issue of urban modern life. This two-woman play is a story of a night when a divorced woman, Jessie, reveals her plan of ending her life to her mother Thelma. Throughout the 90-minute course of the show, no intermission, would take the audience to rollercoaster of emotion as Thelma convinces Jessie how worth-living life is.
Entering the intimate PETA-Phinma theater, cross-sectioned typical middle-class Filipino home will welcome you on stage. Stacks of cubic façade is prominent on the stage bringing a strong and hard atmosphere in contrast with the cozy homey feeling of the house. Moreover, it is a wor…

REP’s A Comedy of Tenors: An Operatic Mayhem.

Repertory Philippines (REP) open this year with a bang with its first stage production offering “A
Comedy of Tenors”. Directed by Miguel Faustmann, this operatic comedy by Tony Award-winning Ken Ludwig promises a hilarious chaos that could left you gagging. A way to start REP’s 51st Season.

Set in 1930’s Parisian Hotel, the narrative revolves around the chaotic mayhem as the veteran tenor Tito Merelli, the uprising star Carlo Nucci and Max prepare for their concert that would be leave a mark as the concert of the century. As the preparation draws toward the performance night, the gang finds their selves in the intersection of secret love affairs, mistaken identities and romantic misunderstanding that stirs the quirks and qualms of the different personalities of the characters. Through-out the 2-hour show, humorous banters and timeless comedic acts will surely keep you indulging.
1930’’s Paris is known for their marble hotels which grandeur was captured by the set design. The comic y…

Himala: Isang Musikal, the 2018 comeback.

It’s been 30 years, but Himala the movie by the late Ishmael Bernal written by Ricky Lee is still an immortal icon in Philippine Cinema, it star no less but the Superstar Nora Aunor as the iconic Elsa, the lady from Cupang who brought many changes because of a miracle she witness.
This 2018, Sandbox Collective with 9 Works Theatrical is bringing once again the intense and dramatic stage version of this film, it features a new set of cast mostly young and proven powerful in delivering performance on stage. Ed Lacson is directing this 2018 stage version, he is putting a lot of new things in this production that is extremely new to all theater fanatics.
“We’re trying something very different from typical musical theater, were experimenting on not using any lapel, not doing choreography, it’s a big risk and at the same time it excite me as the director as well as the cast. “ Lacson said.
Master writer Ricky Lee is happy and excited for this year’s staging of Himala, he find it more dr…