Monday, July 30, 2018

NAMCYA Continues Resonating Filipino Music Excellence At 45

Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra Quartet.
Greatly supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) is resonating forty five years of Filipino music excellence with "TAGINTING" Through decades of the competition since 1973, it has produced, discovered and nurtured choral groups, rondalla ensembles, soloists, educators, researchers and prominent people in various fields.
On July 25, 2018, the official press launch took place at CCP Silangan Hall to unveil this year's lineup. Dr. Renato Lucas, NAMCYA Secretary General welcomed the attendees and Baltazar Endriga, former CCP President and outgoing NAMCYA Chairman introduced the new NAMCYA Board of Trustees. Also present during the launch were Atty. Orly Ocampo, Board of Trustee, Dr. Ramon Santos, National Artist for Music, Margarita Moran, CCP Chairman, Maria Paz Lagdameo, NAMCYA Chairman and Board of Trustee and Virginia Bactad, NAMCYA Board of Trustee. To set the mood on that afternoon and to give a taste of what to expect and enjoy in this year's competition, Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) Quartet peformed Divertimento in D (Mozart) and Handog (Florante/Consolacion). Under the baton of Jeffrey Solares, MSJO returned triumphantly with a First Prize victory in the String Orchestra competition category at the recently concluded 12th Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival held at the Golden Hall of Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.
On Piano: Gabriel Allan Paguirigan, Soprano Nicole Pugeda and Tenor Radnel Olfasa.
The newly-organized Kuwerdas Filipinas (Philippine Rondalla Ensemble), composed of the participants of the First Rondalla Music Camp held in Baguio last July 2017, presented Concierto de Aranjuez (Joaquin Rodrigo) and William Tell Overture (Gioachino Rossini). The rest of the young artists who rendered with their chosen repertoire includes on piano, Etude no. 4 Embraceable You (Gershwin-Wild) by Gabriel Allan Paguirigan and Radnel Olfasa, tenor and Nicole Pugeda, soprano with Pakiusap (Francisco Santiago) and Makikiliti Ka (Severino Reyes).

Symphony Orchestra and Rondalla Ensemble performance at The CCP and Symphony Band Concert at Ayala Museum.

NAMCYA will kick-off a string center stage performance and celebration with "Minsan Lang Kami Maging Musiko" slated on August 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). The concert will feature NAMCYA winners, the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra, Kuwerdas Pilipinas, world renowned Filipino choir Novo Concertante Manila and international opera singers Jonathan Badon and Stefanie Quintin. Next in the series that will captivate everyone's heart with "Serenata Sa Ayala" slated on August 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm, Ayala Museum. Presented in partnership with Ayala Museum, it will be a night of classical, contemporary and Filipino music eargasm featuring Cardona Ocho Band (2016 NAMCYA Youth Symphonic Band, 1st Prize Winner) conducted by Franz Ramirez (2008 NAMCYA Oboe Category, 1st Prize Winner), Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (2015 NAMCYA Piano Category, 1st Prize Winner) and Raymond Sarreal (5-time NAMCYA Flute Category, 1st Prize Winner). Last in the series will feature outstanding and world class performances in the event dubbed as "Bayan Ng Musika, Alay Ng NAMCYA" slated on October 26, 2018 at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). Featuring the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga and Professor Renato Lucas with Diomedes Saraza on piano, multi-awarded baritone Andrew Fernando, international soprano Rachelle Gerodias and Radnel Ofalsa and Nicole Pugeda (2017 NAMCYA Senior Voice Category winners).

Ticket price ranging from P300 to P1000 with 50% discount for students and 20% discount for PWD, Senior Citizens and Government Employees, are available by calling NAMCYA at 836-4928 or 0917-750-0107, CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999. Visit and for online purchase.
Band and Percussion Workshop Series
Sponsored by the Metro Manila Development Authority, Saturnino Tiamson Jr. (2016 Ten Outstanding Young Men, Awardee), is spearheading a group of trainers for a Brass and Percussion Workshop exclusively for MMDA Drum and Bugle Corps from July 30 to August 1, 2018. Meanwhile, NAMCYA and JB Music will present a Percussion Workshop at Imus, Cavite from 4 to 5 August 2018. The Traditional Music Workshop will be announced during the Regional semifinals in September. Gian Vergel, Ryan Peralta, Karmi Santiago, Jacques Rivas Dufourt, IYSB Drumline, Brigada and Gip Chan from Hongkong will serve as facilitators. Registration for the workshop is free. For inquiries and registration, Jean Llamas can be reached at 0915-135-8400 or Saturnino Tiamson can be emailed at

Annual Music Competition Category
This year's music competition category includes Junior Voice, Junior Piano, Junior Strings, Guitar and Youth Solo Rondalla Instrument (Solo Category) and Children's Rondalla Ensemble, Youth Choir - Equal Voices, Youth Choir - Mixed Voices and Traditional Music for solos and ensembles (Group Category. The halls of the CCP will be filled with heartfelt music by these young Filipino musicians as they compete during the National Music Week from 20 to 25 November 2018. All applications will only be accepted online until August 5. Click the link for the competition guidelines:

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Wings of Vision flying high in Cinemalaya this August.

 On its 14th year, the 2018 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will screen the best visual storytelling to every film enthusiast. With the theme "Wings Of Vision" there is something that will surely captivates the audience imagination by this year's line-up of ten full-length films and ten short features from August 3 to 12, 2018 at various venues at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and selected Ayala Cinemas.
DISTANCE by Percival Intalan
KUYA WES by James Robin Mayo
LIWAY by Kip Oebanda
MAMANG by Denise O'Hara
ML by Benedicto by Mique Jr.
SCHOOL SERVICE by Luisito Ignacio
THE LOOKOUT by Afi Africa
Short Feautures
BABYLON by Keith Deligero
KIKO by Jojo Driz
LOGRO by Kani Villaflor
SA SAIYANG ISLA (IN HIS ISLAND) by Christian Candelaria
YAKAP (EMBRACE) by Mika Fabella and Rafael Froilan Jr.
YOU, ME AND MR. WIGGLES by Jav Velasco
Eddie Garcia
To date, the annual Cinemalaya Film Festival has continued to discover, encourage and support the cinematic works of upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers who boldly articulate and freely interpret the Philippine experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity and has supported and promoted the production of Filipino full feature indepence films and short films. Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics and art films which have won awards, both local and international competitions and festivals.
Aside from the full-length films and short features, audience will continue to enjoy and experience festival's mainstays: documentary section (Dokyu), best films from local festivals (Best of the Festivals), independent films (Indie Nation) and award-winning Asian and Netpac films (Visions of Asia). The final projects of the Directing and Production Management workshops under the 4th Cinemalaya Institute will be showcased, the Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video on its 30th edition, the longest running independent film competition in the ASEAN region will once again harvest the best of the best of Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental and Documentary and Animation with the pre-selected entries will be screened on from August 4 to 6 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater), a major component of the festival, The Cinemalaya Campus is slated from August 7 to 8 at the Silangan Hall and Retrospective Section will feature the 2017 Cinemalaya Best Picture " Respeto " by Treb Monteras and "Baconaua" by Joseph Israel Laban who was awarded Best Director. And Cinemalaya will pay tribute to Maryo J. Delos Reyed with the screening of Bagets and Magnifico and to Bernardo Bernardo by showing Manila By Night, a film by Ishmael Bernal.

Visit: and Call:CCP Media Arts at 832-1125 local 1704/1712 CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

Text By Gilbert Kim Sancha
Photos by Ericson Dela Cruz. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

28 years after, RS Francisco to reprise his critically acclaimed role as M Butterfly.

Commercially successful and critically acclaimed character of RS Francisco as the Chinese opera singer, Song Liling, who is Gallimard’s object of affection and who seduces him through his biases of the East then exploits their intimacy to collect classified information for agents of Chinese Communist Party is returning onstage. René Gallimard is a member of the French embassy in China. René is mild mannered and considers himself to be poor with women. He meets and falls in love with Chinese opera star Song Liling, a woman whom he considers to be the embodiment of the perfect woman, Madame Butterfly. But when West meets East, everything is not what it seems.

Francisco originated the role in May 1990 for Dulaang UP opposite actor, writer and critic Behn Cervantes, with extended runs played to full house theater audiences and tours to the key cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao marked this poignant drama’s run in Philippine theater history. In the many years thereafter, RS Francisco’s theater credits in numerous productions and variety of roles continued to hone his craft as a complete artist. In films, his most recent awards include the SINAG MAYNILA Best Actor, the STAR AWARDS Movie Actor of the Year and the SUBIC BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Actor. When the play was revived recently on Broadway, RS had thought of bringing it to life once again to the new theater audiences of today. After all, this is the only ‘one’ role that continues to remain closest to his heart.
M. BUTTERFLY, the Tony Award Winner for Best Play written by David Henry Hwang, is all set to open on September 13 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Bonifacio Global City. Presented by Tony and Grammy award winning producer Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment (producer of highly-acclaimed independent films Bhoy Intsik and Bwaya), M. BUTTERFLY will be directed by award-winning Kanakan-Balintagos. This classic masterpiece drama, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini's opera “Madame Butterfly” is loosely based on events surrounding a 1986 espionage trial about a mysterious Chinese opera singer and a French diplomat. French actor OLIVIER BORTEN will essay the role of Rene Gallimard, a former French diplomat, who relates the story of his passionate, disastrous affair with Song Liling from his cell in a Paris prison, where he is serving a long sentence for treason.

The highly-regarded theater actress PINKY AMADOR who was seen internationally in Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon and in a long list of plays, movies and television shows will portray Gallimard’s wife – Helga. The pair married as a matter of convenience; Helga’s father had diplomatic connections that helped Gallimard ascend in his career.

After 25 years of stage acting experience in the United Kingdom, Scottish NORM MCLEOD steps into Philippine stage as Manuel Toulon, the French Ambassador to China who happens to be the dominant and strong-willed superior of Gallimard at the embassy in Beijing. Toulon promotes Gallimard to vice-consul and charges him with collecting information to aid the American war in Vietnam. Trilingual American actor LEE O’BRIAN will personify Marc, the sexually unapologetic best friend of Gallimard. He encourages Gallimard to take sexual advantage of the women around him without regard for their feelings or even their consent. Although this will be the first theater experience for the actor, Lee’s skills have been tried and tested in international films “Edsa Woolworth” and “Forgive Me Father”. O’Brian will also briefly portray Sharpless in M. Butterfly.
Playing the role of both Suzuki and Comrade Chin is master of Theater Arts and master of Communication REBECCA CHUAUNSU. Comrade Chin is a member of the Red Guards, a paramilitary arm of the Communist Party in China. Song communicates with Comrade Chin often, to pass on the classified information he gathers from Gallimard. Her previous acting experience in theater as seen in “The Joy Luck Club” and in films like “Mano Po 7 Chinoy” has prepared this Filipino-Chinese performer to portray her two roles in M. Butterfly with full authenticity. She recently produced “Binondo – A Tsinoy Musical.”
Two-time ALIW Awards Finalist MAYA ENCILA will be adding pizazz to this rendition of M. Butterfly with her unique personification of bombshell Renee - a young, sexually liberated Danish woman with whom Gallimard has an affair. Renee’s boldness presents a stark contrast to Song’s modesty, which Gallimard finds both exciting and obnoxious. A true expert in acting, singing and dancing, Maya has taken the stage countless times as Mary Lennox for “The Secret Garden”, as Belle for Repertory Philippines’ “Beauty and the Beast” musical and as Lara for Philippine Stagers’ “KATIPS”, to name a few. Ensemble playing the role of Kurogo are as follows: John Paul Ortenero, Pheit Lena Ballug, Kay Megan Kierulf, Aira JAY Igarta, Ulysses Basa and Rica Nepomuceno.

Artistic Team Kanakan-Balintagos (Direction) Jhett Tolentino and RS Francisco (Producers) Eric Pineda (Costume Design) Ohm David (Set Design) Jethro Joaquin (Sound Design) John Batalla (Lights) Gery Penaso (Make-Up Designer Song Liling)

Sept. 13 – Thursday – Gala Opening Night – 8 pm (By invitation only)
Sept. 14 – Friday – 8 pm
Sept. 15 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm
Sept. 16 – Sunday – 3 pm / 8 pm
Sept. 18 – Tuesday – 8 pm
Sept. 19 – Wednesday – 8 pm
Sept. 20 – Thursday – 8 pm
Sept. 21 – Friday – 8 pm
Sept. 22 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm
Sept. 23 – Sunday – 3 pm / 8 pm
Sept. 25 - Tuesday – 8 pm
Sept. 27 – Thursday – 8 pm
Sept. 28 – Friday – 8 pm
Sept. 29 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm
Sept. 30 – Sunday – 3 pm / 8 pm.
Jhett Tolentino
This re-staging of M. Butterfly will be 100% non-profit. Net proceeds from each performance will be dedicated to ONE particular charitable institution or organization geared toward education and the arts. Among the 14 beneficiaries are: Hope for Change - funds the full education (from elementary to college) of children in Tondo; Love Yourself Foundation - cultivates HIV awareness; Teach for the Philippines - develops leaders for education equity by enlisting some of the country’s most promising young leaders to teach in public schools throughout the Philippines.

For tickets, call TICKETWORLD at 8919999. The ticket prices are as follows: Zone 1: P2,000 Zone 2: P1,750 Zone 3: P1,500 Zone 4: P1,250 Zone 5: P1,000 Facebook: MButterflyMNL Twitter: MButterflyMNL Instagram: MButterflyMNL YouTube: MButterflyMNL For further inquiries, please contact ISHA GERMENTIL at mobile number 0917- 623 - 3834.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

2018 Maningning Miclat Art Awards Entries Submission Extended

The Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc. (MMAFI), in cooperation with District Gallery and Far Eastern University, is pleased to announce the extension of submission of Online Entries to the 2018 Maningning Art Competition to July 31, 2018. Entries must be submitted to 

Image file of the entry must be high-quality, high-definition, and in JPG format. Artist name, title, dimension, medium, and year of the artwork must be included. Passport photo, biodata, birth certificate, and entry form must be attached in email. File name format is [title]_[size in cm]_[year].JPG (Example: TroubleInParadise_160cmx184cm_2018.JPG) Shortlisted artists and entries will be informed via email on August 13. 

Actual artwork of shortlisted entries must be submitted with a passport photo, biodata, copy of birth certificate, and notarized entry form to FEU President’s Committee on Culture Office no later than August 28. The painter is responsible for transporting and submitting entries to FEU. The painter hereby releases the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, District Gallery, and FEU from any claims of damage to artwork due to storage or transport in connection with the competition. Shortlisted entries will be unveiled and exhibited at the Exhibit Hall of the Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts at Far Eastern University from September 3 to September 28. 

Awarding will be at FEU on September 28 back to back with the performance art, “Ginugunita Kita.” All submitted artworks will be available for sale. The top prize to be chosen by the Board of Judges will be awarded as follows: A Julie Lluch Sculpture trophy, Php28,000.00, Miclat book collection, and a solo exhibit at District Gallery. All entries must be claimed by the buyer, with painter present on September 29 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at FEU. Likewise, paintings not sold must be claimed by the artists on the same day. For further inquiries, send an email to:
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Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! Hits Us Back In The '70s

The musical’s songs are carefully selected and tailored fit to form a narrative, from the hits to the hidden gems. It promises to be a melodic treat for fans and theater fanatics alike, with lush choral arrangements that give a fresh twist to the songs that we know and love. Bring out your blue jeans and get ready to do the hustle, because 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live are presenting an original musical: Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! The APO Hiking Society is an OPM legend, and it was only a matter of time that a musical set to the tune of their songs was created. Santi Santamaria, executive producer of 9 Works Theatrical, is thrilled about Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!:
“This year, together with our sister company the Sandbox Collective, we staged our very first Filipino musical Himala Isang Musikal, which had a phenomenal run, and with Globe Live, we won multiple awards for Disney’s Newsies in the recent PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay Awards. Now, we’re thrilled and somewhat pressured, coming from those two highly successful productions, to come up with a brand new original Filipino musical which we will work from the ground up. I’m very optimistic though that everyone will enjoy what we created.”
“I am quite thrilled. I am very excited to see where they will take our songs. I am also happy that a very young cast is performing them. The script, staging, and the music seem fresh and new. I hope the Filipino theater audience loves it,” says Jim Paredes, APO Hiking Society member.

“We captured in songs a lot of what it is like to grow up in the Philippines,” says Paredes, who himself was active in protesting against Martial Law. APO Hiking Society recognized the power of music to uplift people, which their songs continue to do today. Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! pays respect to that by reliving the songs onstage with a moving story which is about love, friendship, overcoming obstacles, and the sheer joy in living in the moment. Paredes succinctly explains their secret, “We wrote the soundtrack of people's love lives. We made and sang songs that became their theme songs for their first love and the other stages that they went through. We captured their closeness and bonding with their barkada. We had songs that celebrated their childhood and school lives.”
Director Robbie Guevara wrote the story loosely based on the start of APO Hiking Society as college student at the Ateneo De Manila University. Set in a university in the 1970s, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! Follows college friends hard at work to win a songwriting and singing competition. The story follows them through the ups-and-downs of youth, from artistic doubts to romantic bliss and heartbreak. All of this happens under the iron fist of Martial Law, and yet, for some of them, their spirit and passion for music thrive. “We all go through these,” says Guevara. “We all relate somehow. They go through joy and heartbreak as they come of age, told through the songs of APO Hiking Society. I didn’t exactly choose them. Things just fell into place. If you listen to their songs, you cannot not get attracted. It’s hard, but the challenge wakes you up early each day. The whole cast and crew’s sheer love for APO Hiking Society music shines, and it’s undeniably infectious," explains Guevara.

“Learning about this musical is really exciting for us because there is nothing more pleasant than to have your body of work through four decades be staged by a successfully-known production company, and be given new life in a medium that we as a group have not quite immersed ourselves in,” says Buboy Garrovillo of APO Hiking Society. He originally suggested the idea of a musical to director Guevara in 2013. “We also feel comfortable that our material is in good hands. I’m more excited now to see the production fulfill their aspirations and different takes on our music," he added.

More than a walk down memory lane, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! is a thrilling spin on APO Hiking Society’s songs by musical director Daniel Bartolome. Featuring some of APO’s greatest hits like “Pumapatak Na Naman Ang Ulan,” “Panalangin” and “Paano” among others, the musical is a treat for fans and their families. Inspired by the early days of the legends of OPM, the musical is a homage to APO and their illustrious history. Even if you know the songs by heart, they won’t exactly sound the same.  
“You'll notice right away that something new is added to the original,” says musical director Daniel Bartolome, “There's ragtime, swing, straight rock.” The musical offers reinvented renditions of the songs with new and unexpected arrangements that will surprise even APO Hiking Society’s diehard listeners. He added, “I personally wouldn't want to touch the original arrangements. The songs are already perfect as it is. But considering that it would be used in a musical, changes have to be made. Because it’s not going to be staged as a concert. But with a story. The music is part of the storytelling. I carefully chose which to omit, which to keep and which to change to best serve the staging or the scene. Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! was made with a fervent love and respect for the music of APO Hiking Society. It is a heartfelt homage to the group and how their songs have resonated with generations upon generations. It’ll be a treat for the entire family and theater lovers alike."

Mark Bautista stars as the group’s chief lyricist Rick, who is also the boyfriend of Anna, played by the magnetic Rita Daniela. Part of Here Lies Love at West End in 2014-2015 and fresh from a Seattle Repertory’s staging of Here Lies Love, Bautista has been a mainstay of Pinoy showbiz, releasing 6 chart-topping albums, taking part in 10 movies, and being part of numerous musicals, both local and international, such as Noli Me Tangere.

Meanwhile, Daniela, an artist at GMA, is also the first ever Pop Star Kid. She has graced the silver screen on Bahay Kubo at the 33rd Metro Manila Film Festival and Dagim at Cinema One Film Festival, where she was nominated as best supporting actress. Jobim Javier, who will be making his theater debut as the campus palikero Butch is the son of Danny Javier. Sab Jose, graduated with honors at the Guilford School of Acting in London earlier this year, plays his love interest, Michelle. Award-winning singer Alfritz Blanche is Sonny, who was part of Himala Isang Musikal, and Noli Me Tangere.

The role of Jane is Filipino-Japanese actress Marika Sasaki, a GMA artist who has appeared in TV series My Guitar Princess, and Unbroken Hearts. Jon Philippe Go, also known as The Singing Chemist after being chosen by Lea Salonga in The Voice of the Philippines Season 2, is Ray. He appeared in the musical adaptation of The Little Prince, and I Remember a Boy. Jaime is Philippine Theater’s it-boy Jef Flores, two time PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay awardee for best actor for tick… tick… BOOM! and This Is Our Youth. Part of Newsies and Mula Sa Buwan is Jon Abella, a UP Theater Arts graduate, who will play Donnie. Theater veteran Raul Montesa is Ray’s father. Last seen as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Miss Saigon alumna, and an actor in many local teleseryes. UP College of Music graduate Neomi Gonzales is Ray’s mother, who played Chayong in Himala Isang Musikal. She also has appeared in Rak of Aegis, ABS-CBN’s On the Wings of Love and Hanggang Saan.

Lush harmonies courtesy of the rest of the cast includes Gian Gloria (A Christmas Carol and American Idiot), Marco Polo (An Untold Love Story), Shalee Vicencio (A Christmas Carol, American Idiot and Dirty Old Musical), Peachy Atilano-Guevara (RENT, The Wedding Singer and Grease), Anton Posadas (Disney’s Newsies, The King & I and The Bluebird of Happiness), Jourdan Bartolome (Disney’s Newsies, A Christmas Carol and UP Filipiniana Dance Group member), and Derrick Gozos (Walang Sugat, Romeo and Juliet and Florante at Laura).

Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! is a brand new original Filipino musical with music by Danny Javier, Jim Paredes and Boboy Garrovillo, musical arrangements and orchestrations by Daniel Bartolome and Orly dela Cruz.

Creative Team Robbie Guevara (Director and Writer) Jonjon Martin (Dramaturg) Dingdong Rosales (Assistant Director) Daniel Bartolome (Musical Director) PJ Rebullida (Choreographer) Shakira Villa Symes (Lightning Designer) Joey Mendoza (Set Designer) Eric Pineda (Costume Designer) Dong Calingacion (Technical Director) Rards Corpus (Sound Designer) Myrene Santos (Hair and Makeu) Ronan Ferrer (Vocal Supervisor) Cathy Azanza-Dy (Stage Coach) 9 Works Theatrical And Globe Live Production Team Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical, Executive Producer) Joe Caliro (Globe Live, Executive Producer) Denise Seva (Globe Live, Events Director) Anna Santamaria (Company Manager) Jonjon Martin (PR manager) GM Hernandez (Marketing Manager) Arma Bonilla (Stage Manager) Gian Nicdao (Graphic Design Manager) JC Inocian (Photographer)
Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! runs at Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City, on August 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 & 24-26, 2018, at 8:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, and 3:00pm on Saturdays & Sundays.

For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999. Official Hashtags: #9WTMusikalnAPO #GlobeLiveMusikalnAPO Facebook: /9WorksTheatrical. Twitter & Instagram: @9WTonline Facebook & YouTube: /GlobePH. Twitter & Instagram: @enjoyGlobe A limited number of performances are available for fundraising and block buying. Please contact 586.7105 • 0917.554.5560 •

Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! is a production of 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live, co-presented by FOXlife and FRONTROW, with MUD (Make Up Designory) as the official make up partner, and CNN Philippines as media partner. Special thanks to BGC Arts Center. Globe Live, is set to introduce APO’s music to new generations, while bringing back golden memories for long-time fans.

Text by Gilbert Kim Sancha.
Photos from 9 Works Theatrical.  

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Converge ICT Solutions and Tata Communications Partners to Strengthen the Way Business is Run in the Country

Focused on its mission of upgrading the overall Filipino digital connectivity, Converge ICT Solutions Inc, through its business arm, Converge Enterprise, announced its partnership with Tata Communications, a global leader in telecommunications solutions. Now armed with a globally-recognized partner, Converge ICT powers its already industry-changing services with more relevant value-added solutions.
Converge Enterprise offers the country’s premiere connectivity and data solutions. Running on Converge ICT’s pure end-to-end fiber network, it has been instrumental in ensuring that its business partners and clients enjoy operational efficiency integral to their respective sustainable growth. With that in mind, Converge has taken it upon itself to find ways to innovate and strengthen its brand to better serve the market.

Hence, the partnership with Tata Communications who, through its Global Partners Program (GPP) has been able to forge strategic alliances with leading local companies from different regions worldwide.

Tata Communications is a multi-national company that has developed data solutions that globally set trends and standards for business entities. As a Tier 1 Internet Service Provider (ISP) and global supplier to local ISPs from around the world, the company consistently deploys strategic alliances with partners, channels, system integrators and carriers in countries where they operate.

"With this partnership with Tata, Converge ICT can now extend its service reach to other countries for its Enterprise customers in the Philippines," said Alan Smyth, Head of Wholesale and Enterprise Sales at Converge ICT. Smyth explains that the strengthened resources opened by this alliance is one major consideration for the partnership.
"Instead of creating these services and re-inventing the wheel ourselves, Converge ICT decided to work with Tata to fast-track adding value-added service portfolios and leveraging on the mature product lines of Tata for the enterprise market." Smyth explains.

Converge Enterprise’s clients are set to experience optimized services through Tata´s wide range of premium level products and services which would "help clients become more efficient, achieve increased productivity, generate customer loyalty, as well as mitigate potential business risks," Smyth shares.

The partnership, according to Patricia Briones, Regional Partner Manager of Tata Communications, allows the two companies to offer new innovations which the consumers and enterprise clients will benefit from. "We also extend Tata's certification program to the partner's technical personnel, so they can familiarize themselves with Tata's products and sell them more effectively," Briones emphasized.
Initially, Smyth shared that the "Direct Cloud Connect," "A-Z VoIP service," and international ethernet service are among the Tata services that Converge ICT will offer. Everyone should look forward to the complete line of new products and services that Converge ICT and Tata have in store for us. This partnership is set to upgrade and reinvigorate the Enterprise sector and surely benefit the clientele they serve and the community as a whole.

To learn more about Converge ICT, visit (PR)

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical

Synergy 88 and Rebecca Chuaunsu Film Productions present Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical. This is an epic love story that depicts cross-cultural generations.

Set in the 70s, Lilly is a club singer in Binondo who battles with love against all odds. She falls in love with Chinese Ah Tiong who is in Manila for two weeks. Together they struggle with their affections against the reluctant parents, the political unrest of the 70s in the Philippines and China, cultural differences and Tsinoy Carlos, the best friend of Lilly who is in love with her.
Binondo is directed by the legendary Joel Lamangan and penned by veteran writer Ricky Lee together with Gershom Chua and Eljay Castro Deldoc. Music is by Von de Guzman and choreography by Douglas Nieras. The musical is at The Theatre at Solaire from June 29 to July 8.

Text and Photos by Aga Posadas. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Purchasing Motorcycle Parts Made Easy

One of the things that people stress about after they have purchased a motorcycle is the fact that there are still other decisions that they have to make. Motorcycle parts do not last forever. If the motorcycle will be ridden for a long time, it would need some of its parts replaced at one point in time.

The good news is that there are a lot of products that can be purchase for a discounted price. For example, there are cheap motorcycle tires that you can purchase from the right stores. You just have to know some tips and tricks that will make purchasing the right motorcycle parts easier.

  • You need to find the right website to buy from. There are thousands of websites online that offer motorcycle OEM replacement parts. It may seem easy but it can be confusing when there are so many that are available. How will you know if the website can be trusted? Check out the reviews left behind by other people who have tried the website too.

  • Take note that when purchasing motorcycle parts, it is not only to replace parts that already need to be changed. There are some that you can buy to upgrade the performance of your motorcycle. Some parts can be purchased in order to enhance the overall appearance of your motorcycle. You have to be prepared to spend a lot of money on your new “baby.”
  • You need to be smart about the parts that you are going to purchase. It may be tempting to just buy a new part for your motorcycle because it can change your motorcycle’s overall appearance but this should not be the case. There are some motorcycle parts that will not fit in with your motorcycle. You may only end up spending more money in the long run.
  • You can also look for aftermarket parts if you want parts that are cheaper than most. Take note that these parts will not be available for new motorcycle models. There are some parts that can fit even newer motorcycles so you have to familiarize yourself with the parts you need to be sure.

With all of these things in mind, purchasing motorcycle parts do not seem to be too complicated anymore, right? You may want to use the same tip to purchase ATV tires for sale.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CCP Presents Band and Orchestra Festival 5th Edition

Over 700 young musical artists from 14 groups across are expected to perform at " Banda Rito, Banda Roon, " the Band and Orchestra Festival 2018 of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) which will run from 20 to 22 July 2018 at venues of CCP. For Chris B. Millado, CCP Vice-President and Artistic Director, “The festival is on a grand scale since this is national event. Beyond the scale and scope of the event however is the fellowship and camaraderie shared between and among young and veteran musicians. The festival is also a venue where they could exchange learning experiences from their own regions"

There are three main events: the Gala Concert of Orchestras on Friday, July 20 at 7pm at the Main Theater; the Youth Symphonic Band Concert I on Saturday, July 21 at 7pm at the Little Theater; and the Youth Symphonic Band Concert II on Sunday, July 22 at 4pm also at the Little Theater. Parallel events such as the Open Air Brass Exhibition will be on Saturday, July 21 at 4pm at the CCP Ramp and the Music Fair from July 20 to 21 at the Little Theater Lobby.

There are 14 Participating Groups In The Festival, Lasallian Youth Orchestra San Beda College Alabang Symphony Orchestra Seven Spirit Kids Orchestra (Cebu) Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra Taytay Youth Symphonic Band Banda Sampaguita (Laguna) St. Scholastica’s College Wind Orchestra Ang Musikero Batangueño (Batangas) San Marcos Band ’92 (Navotas) General Trias Youth Symphonic Band (Cavite) Sasmuan Band 31 (Pampanga) Marilao Community Symphonic Band (Bulacan) Philippine Baton Twirling Association (PBTA) PhilBanda.
There will also be small brass ensemble performances in the Little Theater Lobby during the Music Fair from July 20 to 21. For ticket and schedule information including block ticket sales may be obtained by calling CCP Box Office at 832-1125 or 832-3704.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

The search is on once again for Miss Silka-Palawan.

To celebrate different kind of beauty, the provincial hunt of Silka ambassador is once again on the roll, to find the best and most beautiful Palawena that will embodies the beauty with grace, intelligence and purpose in life.

The annual Search for Miss Silka Palawan 2018 is now looking for females 16 to 22 years old, born and raised in Puerto Princesa City or other municipalities of Palawan who are not title holders of any national pageants, and with no existing sponsorship's/endorsement deals with other cosmetic brands.

They must have a minimum of one year residence in the locality being represented, at least 5’3 in height, single, without a tattoo and with fair and smooth complexion. Applicants below 18 years old must present parents’ waiver. Screening will be at the Chinatown Center Palawan Activity Hall on July 13 and 14, with call back and final selection on July 15, all at 2-4 PM.

Applicants should come on time on July 13, in heels, short white dress or white blouse and white shorts with very minimal make up.  This year’s winner will take home P30, 000 cash and to represent the City or province in the national pageant of Miss Silka.
The Reigning Miss Silka Palawan is Reyna Michelle Ruhen who was recently crowned Mutya ng Palawan 2018. Imelda Schweighart  won the said title in 2010, Sandrine Stoelzaed in 2012 got the second place, and Kathreen Grace Ahorro is Miss Silka Philippines 2014. For inquiries and application form, contact Cleo 09057910812/09283888498.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Artist Playground Presents First Original Pinoy Musical.

 Originally presented as a straight play at the CCP Virgin Labfest in 2005 and a short film produced for Cinemalaya in 2006, the characters of Gee-gee and Waterina returns onstage this time as a musical. For their 4th Season, Artist Playground's first Original Pilipino Musical, " Gee-gee At Waterina, Ang Musikal " will debut on August 18, 2018 at Arts Above, Artist Playground II, located at 112 West Venue Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City.
Based from the story, book and lyrics by J. Dennis C. Teodosio, choreography by Lezlie Dailisan and direction by Andrew de Real, will feature an all-new original musical compositions by Jesse Lucas. Roeder Camañag plays Waterina, a comfort gay during Japanese Occupation and Norman Peñaflorida plays Gee-gee, an entertainment actor, radio host and Pasay City councilor. 
Supporting cast includes Bench Ortiz, Joseph dela Cruz, Nel Gumalog, Romeo Palma Jr. and Sean Nolasco. Follow Gee-gee and Waterina, the soon to be famous comfort gay, as they mull over the prospects of their newly acquired wealth where they launch into a comfortable tirade with their flaws and frailties through lines, songs and dances. All performances starts at 7pm every Saturday and Sunday, August 18 - 19 and August 25 - 26. 
For inquiries about the current season, please cal or text Kimberly Somoza at 0975-919-3179. Follow Artist Playground on: Facebook: @artplayg Twitter: @artplayg Instagram: @artplayg YouTube: Artist Pacquired

Text and photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Guadalupe, Patron Saint Of The Philippines Now A Musical

The series of unexplained miracles and events that changed the world forever is the basis of the stranger than fact and fiction, GUADALUPE: The Musical. The incredible true tale and miraculous stories of the our Lady Of Guadalupe is a brand-new theatrical musical production in english comes onstage at The Meralco Theater from 28 September to 14 October 2018, which is presented by the Julie Borromeo Performing Arts Foundation.

“The story of Juan Diego of Guadalupe is practically a musical already,” quips Borromeo, who is both producer and choreographer of the show along with Rose Borromeo. “But what makes this story different is all the supernatural elements in it that simply can’t be explained.” Of these there are many, and all a matter of public records: the painted images on Juan Diego’s now famous tilma(or apron), which show no evidence of any brushstrokes, and whose pigments come from a source unknown to nature; the seeming impenetrability of the cloth from which it was made; the mysterious recovery of Juan Diego’s dying uncle; the list goes on and on. But although it deals in the miraculous, GUADALUPE: The Musical, which stars stage icon Cocoy Laurel as Juan Diego, is not a conventional faith-based show.
“It’s not a ‘religious’ musical as such,” declares theater legend Baby Barredo, who directs the piece. “It’s a powerful piece of theater that just happens to contain religious elements.” It’s an important distinction, and one that drove the creation of the show from the start. For scriptwriter and lyricist Joel Trinidad and composer Ejay Yatco, the creative task was to use factual, historical events as a backdrop for a true story that contains some fictional elements. “Some of the most popular musicals in the world combine fact and fiction this way,” shares Yatco. “MISS SAIGON, EVITA, LES MISERABLES… The list goes on and on.” But how can GUADALUPE audiences tell fact from fiction? “You’ll see some things in this show that seem completely implausible,” says Trinidad with a smile. “Those are the ones that really happened.”

In 1531, Spaniards have claimed Mexico after thirteen years. Administered by the kind Archbishop Juan de Zumarraga, Aztecs had been converted into Christianity. However, under the vicious ruler, Governor Nuño Beltran de Guzman, native Christians and Pagans bristle in the conquered land. He believes that violence can happen any time even though Christianity brought peace. Middle-aged peasant, humble mat-weaver and recent convert, Juan Diego visited the argumentative archbishop and the governor whom Diego revealed about an apparition by the Blessed Virgin Mary and that a church should be built to honor her name. Zumaragga, considered the apparition is a way that Spaniards and Aztecs can be united and the once broken land can be healed.
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Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.