Friday, April 20, 2018

The colors of sunset in Port Barton.


Maybe you read many things about Palawan, its beauty and its many unexplored places, truly a last frontier. Recently we discover a new resort that most Europeans adore and love to spend most away from their usual busy life in the metro.
Presenting to you Sunset Colors Front beach Cottages and resto, located in a isolated part of Port Barton in San Vicente, northernpart of the best island Palawan. This Filipino native hut inspired resort is just 15 minutes away boat ride from the fame Port Barton, land travel is also available but not advisable due to poor road condition.
Own by French national with Filipino partner, Sunset Colors is one favorite place to stay for those who want a slow pace atmosphere, island living at its best due to its perfect location of sunset viewing, a turtle sanctuary and best for paddle boating and kayaking.

Opens in 2015, this 3,000 square meter place has 4 Nipa Hut cottages that can accommodate 2 to 3 persons, they also have Family rooms that can suit 4 persons or children’s. Their rates start at P3, 000 per night per cottage while family room is P4, 000 per night, food is not included.
Sunset Colors Seafood.

The Filipino partner who manage the place is Luis, a HRM graduate that make sure the food they serve is something you will never forget. They offer American, European and Filipino food, and their specialty is the Sunset Colors Seafood, a combination of all fresh catch of the day.

One thing you will love about this place is the laid back ambiance, electricity is limited only from 8 am to 11, and at 7pm to 11 midnight, charging of gadgets and phones is only available at the front desk, it is their legacy to stay you away from mobile internet and start appreciate nature, best time is watching sunset at the beach while holding your cold beer.

The rooms are so comfy with no AC is not an issue, the cold weather will keep you warm while the sound of nature really make you sleep for more. The location is gifted with lush tropical coconuts, it is the spot best for hiking going to Bigaho waterfalls and for island hopping to. San Vicente offers wide array of beaches and snorkeling sites.

For reservations you may contact Luis at +63-936-966-2657 or email them at sunset.colors@yahoo.com.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Arsenic & Old Lace. Theater Review.

 
When was the last time, you’ve had some elderberry wine? Watch outrageous murders turn into a splendidly dark comedy as REP stages Joseph Kesselring’s Broadway hit Arsenic and Old Lace from April 6 to 29 at OnStage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

Having grown up with a sadistic great-grandfather and a delusional brother, young theater critic Mortimer Brewster, played by Nelsito Gomez, thought he was used to his crazy family. But upon discovering that his two seemingly-sweet aunts are more sinister than anyone could imagine, he must now struggle to control a quickly unraveling situation without going insane himself.
The aunts in question are elderly sisters Abby and Martha Brewster, played by Joy Virata and Jay Valencia – Glorioso, who have taken it upon themselves to “bring peace” to lonely, widowed old men by offering rooms for rent in their home and serving them elderberry wine laced with poison. Meanwhile, Mortimer’s delusional brother Teddy, portrayed by Jeremy Domingo, gives them the muscle to—literally—cover up their crimes.
Mortimer discovers his aunts’ dark secret during a visit to announce his engagement to the love of his life Elaine (Barbara Jance). Madness soon gives way to mayhem as the missing bodies make the neighborhood cops suspicious and his delinquent brother Jonathan (Apollo Abraham) joins the fuss in an attempt to outrun the law himself.

The 2-hour production indulges its audience with dark humor and funny banter that definitely captures the attention of the audience. You’ll find yourself immersed in the world of Mortimer, who is excellently portrayed by Nelsito Gomez, as he struggles to keep everything under his control. The story generally imparts to its audience what we all know to be true—that family comes first, even if some families may have secrets and skeletons swept away in their closets.
The material was a bit challenging to pull off as it requires the precise comic timing that is crucial to a strong impact on its comedic effect, which the production is still quite immature in its delivery during their press preview. However, the production design of the entire set was definitely a feast for the eyes. A big congratulations to the director for maximizing the blocking of its ensemble cast which visually improves the experience of watching the play. The actors chosen for the roles have also truly captured the essence of the characters and have delivered their lines eloquently which this period play full of American references calls for. Having been written in 1939, it may seem a bit outdated for the Filipino audience in 2018 but its message still stays true.

A rollercoaster of unfortunate events indeed that will surely keep you on the edge of your seats!

Director Jamie Wilson directs the cast of this uproarious farce, including veteran Reppers Robbie Guevara, Gabe Mercado, Steven Conde, Dingdong Rosales, and Luis Marcelo.
Having played 1,444 performances on Broadway in 1941, this classic was a favorite both in London and New York. It was popularized through the film of the same name, which starred Cary Grant and was one of the most beloved comedies from Hollywood's Golden Era. Once again, REP treats us to a cute, fun, and dark comedy with this classic play.
Arsenic and Old Lace is the last play of its 2018 season so don’t forget to catch this thriller with a twist! Purchase your tickets by calling REP at 843 3570 or Ticketworld at 891 9999, or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow @repphils on Twitter.

Text by Ariane Dave Farnazo. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bb.Pilipinas Queens 2018 lits Manhattan Row.

 Patrons and pedestrians will be greeted by glittering and glowing 524 lanterns divided into 57 strips along General Malvar Avenue in Araneta Center. Known for its wide ranging malls and shopping centers, entertainment and sports hub and now for high-rise residential and business towers, Araneta Center still and will continue to amaze and surprise us in the years to come. A #PhotowalkinAraneta came into picture when Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2017 Chanel Olive Thomas and Miss Grand International 2017 second runner-up Elizabeth Clenci launched it on January 15, 2018. The first in Metro Manila,  " Manhattan Row " is now an added favorite attraction for selfie lover motorists and pedestrians. These locally made lanterns which have been placed since July 2017, glitters and glows from 6:00pm until 11:00pm are powered by electricity saving, energy efficient  and environment friendly LED lights.
Apart from capturing a perfect #PhotowalkinAraneta strip, patrons will be surprised as soon as they have a glimpse of Araneta Center's Foodestrian Art Lane aside from Gateway Mall, Farmer's Plaza and Ali Mall fine dining readily available. University of the Philippines Fine Arts students painted the pedestrian stretch along General Malvar Avenue corner Times Square and Roxas Avenue,  featuring kitchen utensils, pastries, drinks and ice cream. Araneta Center plans to extend this artsy and brightly theme within the area due to the positive response from the general public.  

An interview with the reigning Binibining Pilipinas queens took place at Pizza Hut Gateway Mall were professional  and amateur photographers, media and bloggers flocked and flanked on hot afternoon of April 11. Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray, Binibining Pilipinas International Maria Ahtisa Manalo, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Mae Huelar, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Eva Psychee Patalinjug, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Karen Juanita Gallman, Binibining Pilipinas Globe Michelle Theresa Gumabao and 2nd Runner-up Samantha Bernardo graced the event prior to heading to Manhattan Row. 

In a rare opportunity, time to get up close and personal with these queens and it also marked as my first interview with these radiant queens after winning the crown. It was in this moment that I got a chance to ask them and see how witty they are, how brainy they are, how sexy they are in responding? See the beauty on the trimmed clips below. 
Text, Photos and Video by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical at the Theatre Solaire

Last April 12, 2018 a press Launch was held at Oriental Palace Tomas Morato for Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical.Produced by Dr. Rebecca Shangkuan Chuaunsu, this musical is based on a love story told to her by a man he met during one of her trips to Mainland China some 32 years ago.She said that the story never left her and is etched on her memory and what better way to retell it more but by making it into a musical. 

She then contacted her mentor, Director Joel Lamangan to direct the play and the piece has been translated into a musical by master writer/storyteller, Ricky Lee. BINONDO revolves around Lily, a hopeless romantic who searches for true love.She finds her unlikely true love in the person of AH TIONG, a Chinese man she met on one of the fullest moons ever recorded on the birth date of GE Lao, the Chinese deity of Love.

What makes the story even more exciting is the fact that there is a third person involved ( a love triangle) in the person of Carlos, a Chinese childhood friend of Lily. Will love overcome racial prejudice or will biases take over? The play is a clear indication that there is really different kinds of love that occur at different moments in life. The other big question is, can there really be a space for two people in one’s heart? Well, we have to watch the play to find out for sure. 

The cast includes Shiela Valderrama as Lily ( alternate: Carla Guevarq –Laforteza); Arman Ferrer as Ah Tiong (Alternate: David Ezra) Floyd Tena as Carlos ( Alternate: Noel Rayos) Mariella Laurel as Jasmine and Ashlee Mickaela Abad Factor as Ruby; Ima Castro as Mrs dela Rosa and Ana Feleo as Lourdes among others. Choreographed by Douglas Nierras and songs written by Von De Guzman, BINONDO, A Tsinoy Musical will have shows at the Theatre Solaire on the following dates: June 29 at 8pm; June 30 and July 1 at 3pm and 8pm; July 6 at 8pm and lastly July 7 and 8 at 3pm and 8pm. 

Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sirenna Rivera shining tru in Australian Transgender pageant.

Sirenna Rivera in her winning costume.
Another Palawena Transexual recently made a buzz in down under, the former Miss Gay El Nido 2015 is now the first runner up of Miss Transexual Australia International held last Jan 27, 2018 at St. Kilda Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia. The said pageant is on its 9th year, there are 12 candidates coming from Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Philippines.
Serinna Rivera, 27 year old is born in Baguio but grow up in the beautiful town of El Nido, in which her family own Las Cabanas resort, he study high school at Fulbright College in Puerto Princesa City. Early 2016 she move to Australia to further her study along with her Aussie fiancé. 
It is the second time that Serinna join the Miss Transexual Australia, this is after her much coveted winning as Ms.Mardi Gras International 2017 in Sydney, she represent White Ribbon, an organization that help women who are victims of domestic violence. This is her 22nd time in joining gay/transgender pageant.
Aside from being first runner up, Serinna also take home Best in Costume to which the prizes goes to her chosen charity. There are two more Filipina Trans join in this year’s contest, Michelle Montecarlo take home 3rd runner up while Michelle Binas didn’t make it. Part of her prize is she will return to the Philippines, to join another pageant and that’s Super Sireyna at Eat Bulaga, a noon time variety show in GMA-7.  (Photos from Serinna's FB account)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Design Week Philippines getting ready this summer 2018.

Last Friday, April 6,2018, The Design Week Philippines Team had a gather up at Casa Blanca San Luis Complex Intramuros Manila to discuss the details of the 9-day event to transpire at the Walled City of Intramuros.

For this edition, Design Week is working with the National Commission of Culture and the Arts in mounting several hands-on creative workshops and art booths in to liven Plaza Moriones in Intramuros, Manila and for everyone to enjoy. The list of workshops are as follows:

14 April 2018, 1:00-5:00 PM
• Baybayin Writing Workshop
• Baybayin Henna Tattoo Session
• Basic Silk screen Printing Workshop (Bring your own shirt!)
• Live Sketching Session

21 April 2018, 1:00-5:00 PM
• Poetry Making Workshop
• Smartphone Film making workshop
• Kite making and kite flying activity
• Face painting activity

22 April 2018, 1:00-4:00 PM
• Travel Journaling with Abbey Sy

Apart from the activities mentioned above, there will be two Filipino films that would be shown at Plaza Moriones Intramuros.These films are Saving Sally and Ang Larawan.

Major partner events include:
Manila FAME, a design and lifestyle trade event, 19-22 April 2018, World Trade Center, Pasay City
Nesta’s Creative Enterprise Programme with British Council Philippines, 17-19 April 2018, Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City
Hollowblock Presents: OTTOMONDI with Pineapple Lab, 14 April 2018, Pineapple Lab, Poblacion, Makati City
Glug Creative Socials with ASpace, 18 April 2018, _STUDIO Fort, Makati City
EUREKA SERIES: POBLACION RE-IMAGINED, 19 April 2018, Acceler8 Coworking, Makati, Philippines
South Arts Festival, 22 April 2018, Filinvest Tent, Muntinlupa City
The Festival runs from 14-22 April 2018, For More information,you can visit the Design Center Facebookpage: https://www.facebook.com/DTI.DesignCenterPH/?ref=br_rs

Text and Photos by Anthony Cabrera. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Journeyman Finds Home: A journey to one’s self.

We’ve seen a lot of films about how a sports became inspiring to one persons, we all know the hardships, the trials and struggles they face before they make it big to a field that they prepared so much.

The Simone Rota docufilm is almost the same like the other, however it stand out because his story is such a journey in finding his roots, from Italy to Philippines maybe a common story to tell but his compassion in proving that he really value his sports and the people who take care of him from the start up to where he is now.

Rota is professional football athlete, a former member of Philippine Azkals, the country’s flag ship team in football, and currently part of the Davao Aguilas team and now acting as trainer to the newbies of football, a sports that is not yet that popular in this tropic country.

Journeyman finds home: The Simone Rota story retell his story from a orphanage in Cavite City to a lovely family in Milan, where he hone his skills as a player in a football team that lead for him to receive an offer to became a member of Azkals when it was starting way back then. And from that he look for that center and start his real journey, to find his real parents.

But the docufilm give a happy ending to Rotas life, it is still a question remain at the end of the movie that he is still in search up to know. However the docu made a twist on his achievement as a defender of Davao Aguilas and of course, his track record in Azkals.

“The main message I want to send is, that sports can inspire, to the kids to whatever chance in their life, in football it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor can play and it can change your life. And give more conscious to other people, mom and dad must think if you want your kids or not, because it will really change your life.” Rota said.

Journeyman finds home: The Simone Rota story is under the direction of Albert Almendralejo and Maricel Cariaga, it was given a Graded A from Cinema Evaluation Board, it also receive Audience Prize at the 2018 Philippine International Film Festival held in Florence, Italy, and a special jury prize recently at the 2018 Sinag Maynila Film Festival.

The film is travelling to theaters in Mindanao this 2018, hoping to inspire and give hope to parents and kids, that sports really can change once lives. For updates about “Journeyman find home: The  Simone Rota story" check out films facebook page. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Marawing Salamat: A Night of Recognition and Rehabilitation Through Opera And Fashion

HONOR
Lyric Opera of the Philippines (LyrOpera), a non-stock non-profit opera company incorporated in 2016, honored Filipino Classical Singers that served a living legends in the art of opera with their passion and dedication. Fides Cuyugan-Asencio, Francisco Carlson Aseniero, Gloria Dizon-Coronel, Irma Ponce Enrile Potenciano, Armida Ponce Enrile Siguion-Reyna, Jose Santos, Teresita Agana-Santos and Noel Espiritu Velasco, their contribution were recognized prelude to the show. The pillars of Philippine Fashion were also given recognition whose artistry and creativity made a testament and statement in the world of fashion. Ramon Valera, Pitoy Moreno, Ben Ferrales, Aureo Alonzo, Christian Espiritu, Joe Salazar and Salvacion Lim-Higgins were just some of notable Filipino couturiers who proudly interpreted and represented their creations with such uniqueness. Some of their creations were on display at the Main Theater Lobby for the new generation to see.

Teresita Ssen Marquez.
OPERA
THE BEST OF OPERA featured an all-Filipino cast from the Lyric Opera of the Philippines, chaired by celebrated Filipino soprano, Maestra Irma Ponce Enrile-Potenciano. Best-loved arias and songs from Tosca (E lucevan le stelle performed by Randy Gilongo, tenor), Carmen (Toreador performed by Noel Azcona, baritone with Cast & Faith Gospel Singers), La Traviata (E'strano, Ah! Fors'e Lui and Sempre Libera performed by Naomi Sison, soprano), Rigoletto (La Donna e mobile performed by John Glenn Gaerlan, tenor and Bella figlia dell'amore performed by Rigoletto quartet Naomi Sison, Ana Feleo, Randy Gilongo and Noel Azarcon), Pagliacci (Vesti la giubba performed by Sherwin Sozon, tenor), Samson et Dalila (Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse! performed by Ana Feleo, soprano), La Boheme (Donde lieta usci performed by Mary Patrice Pacis, soprano), Rusalka (Mesicku na nebi hiubokem performed by Tonton Pascual, soprano), Madama Butterfly (Un bel di vedremo performed by Rica Nepomuceno, soprano) and Turandot (Nessun Dorma performed by the whole ensemble. The Act 1 presentation was accompanied by the 70-piece UST Symphony Orchestra with Maestro William Barkhymer and was directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Carlitos Siguion Reyna.
FASHION
THE BEST OF FASHION became a gathering of the biggest ever fashion for a cause project showcasing over 100 fashion and jewelry designers, fashion directors and choreographers, hairstylists and make-up artists, fashion models and muses and beauty queens. Directed by Raymond Villanueva and Nathan De Leon and conceptualized by Zardo A. Austria, the cultural fashion show reminisced and relived " The Pomp and Pageantry of Philippine Carnival Queens " as it highlighted the Filipino beauty and talent in a breathtaking parade of modern Filipina creations inspired from the glorious, bygone era of the Carnival Queens circa 1908 - 1939, undoubtedly became the precursor of modern day beauty pageants pre and post the war.

The country's top and talented couturiers who participated were Edgar Allan, Ronaldo Arnaldo, Eddie Baddeo, Delby Bragais, Steve de Leon, Peri Diaz, Toni Galang, Rocky Gathercole, Nolie Hans, Roland Lirio, Ricci Lizaso, Jojie Lloren, Edgar Madamba, Jontie Martinez, Ole Morabe, Jerome Navarro, Richard Papa, Oskar Peralta, Lito Perez, Joyce Peñas Pilarsky, Rholand Roxas, Renee Salud, Ditta Sandico, Edgar San Diego, Cary Santiago, Fanny Serrano, Haute Couture jewelry designer Gerry Ereñeta Sunga and Turn-of-the-century Filipiniana accessories of Felizo. The Act II presentation was a grandeur display aura of Filipino ingenuity, music and cultural heritage as Maestro Herminigildo Ranera conducted the UST Symphony Orchestra as classic kundiman, folk songs and pop tunes were immortalized.

Beauty queens and muses paraded with such grace and poise wearing the fabled Filipiniana designed motifs from the traditional Carnival Queen period baro't saya, traje de mestiza and Maria Clara, the fantastic Filipiniana design inspired from the costume balls of the era, the goddesses: terrestrial, sea, fire and metal and celestial and the fabulous Filipiniana of the Kahirup Ball and Mancomunidad Ball and from Carnival Queen to Miss Philippines.

Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and The Lyric Opera of the Philippines in cooperation with E. Zobel Foundation Inc., MARAWING SALAMAT: The Best Of Philippine Opera And Fashion happened at the CCP Main Theater on April 6, 2018 at 8pm. Duyog Marawi project of the Prelature of St. Mary was unanimously chosen as the sole beneficiary of this fundraising event for its rehabilitation.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.