Ben&Ben to light up Manila skyline with first drone show

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Ben&Ben are set to make the impossible possible by headlining The Inevitable Drone Show—the first of its kind to feature a music performance with drone lights show illuminating the Manila skyline in synchronized fashion. Presented by SMART 5G, the eco-friendly and innovative show will surely grab headlines as Rizal Park and its nearby areas will get to experience the modern lights show LIVE on February 26 (Sunday) at exactly 7pm. It will also simultaneously air on Ben&Ben’s official Facebook page. To accompany the picturesque storytelling in the sky, the award-winning Filipino collective will be performing an extended version of “Inevitable”—the acclaimed song that was used as a soundtrack and a music score for SMART 5G’s romantic sci-fi TVC featuring Korean drama superstars, Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin. For their part, Ben&Ben immediately said yes to participating in this initiative that explores the creative possibilities of aerial entertainment, easily becoming the first Fil

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. 

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