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. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Introducing the candidates of BPO Queens 2018.

The pre-pageant night of #BPOQueen was held last night at 6pm in Sequoia Hotel, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City where the remaining twenty five candidates displayed their gorgeous and fabulous body and aura. Rnel Mangahas, finalist from last year's Mr. and Ms. BPO, once more hosted the event. BPO Queen, the first pageant specifically dedicated to all homosexual and transgender individuals working in the BPO industry. 
BPO short for "Business Process Outsourcing" represents people working in a call center. And the Philippines is regarded as the BPO capital of the world.
The night became a statement and testament of personality and individuality as they paraded in futuristic costumes, glammed in evening gown, showcased in talent and sizzled in swimsuit. Here are some of the highlights: Presented by Royal Chimes Concerts & Events, known for promoting, organizing and managing quality and world-class events and concerts, the search for one crown, one queen will be named at the conclusion of the event on May 29, at 6:00pm in SM Mall Of Asia Arena.
Hosted by Mark Bautista, the event will be a celebration of diversity, equality and inclusion as we witness the crowning of the first #BPOQueen. 
The Grand Coronation Night will have special performances by DJ Callum David, Jake Zyrus, Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman and Jessica Sanchez.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Philippines To Host Mister World 2018.

Over 100 of the most desirable men from around the world is set to compete for the tenth edition of Mister World. Miss World Philippines National Director Arnold Vegafria greatly accepted the challenge of mounting and staging the pageant at Resorts World Manila Newport Performing Arts Theater on January 27, 2019. Julia Morley chairwoman of Miss World Organization made the announcement through Facebook on April 3, 2018.
The Philippines will become the third Asian country to host the event after China in 2007 and Korea in 2010. Past Filipino representatives were Andrew Wolff, first runner-up (2013), John Spainhour (2014) and Sam Ajdani (2016).
ALV talent RJ Ledesma hosted the official press conference held last May 2, 2018 at the Diplomatic Hall, Grand Ballroom, Marriott Hotel in Pasay. Vegafria warmly welcomed Miss World Organisation Executive Director Steve Douglas Morley, son of the late Eric Morley, founder of Miss World, Mister World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal, first Asian and the longest reigning Mister World from India, Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, sixth Miss World also from India , Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann and Miss World Philippines General Manager and Designer Bessie Besana.
Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

One Crown, One Queen for Call Center Homosexual.

Known for organizing, managing and promoting world- class and quality events and concerts, Royal Chimes Concerts & Events Inc. presented the official candidates of BPO Queen, the first pageant for call center homosexuals, The search for ONE CROWN...ONE QUEEN is their follow-up after the first Mr. and Ms. BPO pageant held last year.

Chimes International with offices both in the US and UK has been in ditto industry for more than two decades now, is the mother company. In the years to come, Royale Chimes aims to innovate and introduce groundbreaking concepts and unwavering events closer to the public. BPO short for "Business Process Outsourcing" represents people working in a call center. And the Philippines is regarded as the BPO capital of the world.

BPO Queen aims to promote excellence, leadership and camaraderie in the workplace such as empowerment, work ethics, nation building and gender equality. The official candidates of BPO Queen are: Ashley (Alorica), AJ (Teletech), Bangs (Alorica), Farrah (Telus), Jay (Teletech), Angel (Acquire), Arkisha (Teletech), Vinci (Startek), Mhelody (Alorica), MJ (Teletech), Veronica (IQOR), Kim (Teletech), Rhexy (VXI), Riri (Telus), Denise (Teleperformance), Queen (Telus), Georgina (VXI), Sarah (Sitel), Asia (Grab Philippines), Sophia (Teleperformance), Allyson (C3), Samantha (VKPO), Nicole (Concentrix), Eula (BSD Trade Services), Scarlett (Tech Mahindra), Stephie (Cognizant), Jess (Teleperformace) and Khloe (ePerformax).
Who will be the first-ever BPO Queen? Catch these lovely ladies vie for the crown on May 29, 2018, 6:00PM at the Mall of Asia Arena as they compete in swimsuit, evening gown and as they walk like Angels in a Victoria Secret Fashion Show inspired catwalk.

Text and photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.