Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Jake Cuenca in his much-awaited theatrical debut.


Written to be performed devoid of props, costume changes, or scene transitions, Lungs MNL will have its Philippine premiere making ecological decisions and accidental complications at the Power MAC Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati from September 22 to October 7, 2018.

“The script challenges the director and creative team to think outside of the box. It says it outright that it has to be really simple,” says director Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan, who takes on material that differs from the spectacular nature of his history in musical theatre.

“With a minimal set, no light changes, and no miming, it’s nice to challenge yourself as a director to find different ways to convey the story without being dependent on the usual things you normally use as devices,” says Pamintuan, who is excited to introduce Filipino audiences to Duncan Macmillan’s works.
Take a deep breath between two lungs, as M and W quibble and quarrel in one unbroken conversation for ninety breathless minutes about babies, love and sex. Lungs is a one-act play about parenthood, written by Duncan Macmillan, an Olivier Award-nominated writer and director whose works are celebrated in his native Britain and all over the world. Originally produced in Washington DC in 2011, Lungs has since found audiences in the UK, Germany, India, Malaysia, and China. He is also best known for plays such as People, Places and Things, Every Brilliant Thing, and the stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.

#LungsMNL stars Sab Jose, last seen in 9 Works Theatrical’s Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!, as the intelligent W, assertive, and cripplingly neurotic female half of the couple. Television and film actor Jake Cuenca, last seen in ABS-CBN’s The Blood Sisters and on the big screen in Carlo J. Caparas' Ang Panday, makes his much-awaited theatrical debut playing opposite Jose as her patient M, but frequently bewildered partner and potential father to their child.

Creative Team Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan (Direction) Caisa Borromeo (Assistant Direction) Miguel Panganiban (Lighting Design) Jodinand Aguillon (Set and Costume Design) Production Team Toff de VeneciaVenecia (Sandbox Collective Managing Artistic Director) Santi Santamaria ( 9 Works Theatrical Executive Producer) Anna Santamaria (Operations Director) Maine Manalasansan (Design Director) Gian Nicdao (Social Media Manager) GM Hernandez (Marketing Manager) Jonjon Martin (PR Manager) Pauline Gaerlan (Production Manager) Anissa Aguila (Stage Manager) Luis Yatco (Deputy Stage Manager) Gabbi Campomanes (Dramaturg)
Note: At certain performances, the role usually played by Jake Cuenca will be played by Gabs Santos. #LungsMNL is a production of The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical, together with Power MAC Center Spotlight as an official venue partner. Official Hashtags: #LungsMNL Facebook: TheSandboxCollective & 9WorksTheatrical Twitter & Instagram: @thesandboxco @9WTonline

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Star Studded Lineup at HISTORY CON 2018

 International and local stars are set to appear at the upcoming HISTORY CON, dubbed as the country's entertainment convention happening from 10 to 12 August 2018 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. HISTORY CON is a world-class affair which garnered a record-breaking attendance of 68,800 people in 2017 and 50,000 people in 2016. With over 300 hundred astonishing exhibits from historic displays to exclusive talks, workshops, and more, this year’s HCON is definitely one not to miss.

Katheryn Winnick, the Canadian actress from History Channel Emmy winning series, "Vikings" will be making her first special appearance in Asia at History Con 2018. For her role as Lagertha since to 2013, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in A Drama Series at Critics' Choice Award 2015, Best Actress In A TV Series broacasted in the US at Golden Maple Awards 2015 and Best Actress In A Drama Series at Women's Image Network Awards 2014 to 2016.

Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, fans are invited to explore the unexplained with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos and examine some of the world’s greatest mysteries about extra-terrestrial existence throughout history. This special talk will bring together truth-seekers and HISTORY fans on the discussion, debate and exploration up-close with the leading expert himself. Every purchase of the HISTORY MAKER VIP pass or HISTORY Maker Pass allows the ticket purchaser to request a slot to attend the Ancient Aliens ‘LIVE’ Session with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos”. Ancient Aliens explores the theory that extra-terrestrials have been visiting the Earth for millions of years. The series is produced by Prometheus Entertainment.

Simon Yin, the actor of History Hustle and Hidden Cities Extreme from Atlanta, Georgia is also a director and TV host. He co-founded his own production company, Mustard and currently base in Hongkong.

Get up close and personal with other stellar lineup of stars including Jamie Dempsey of Ride N’Seek, Mongchin Yeoh of Who Runs the World, and will also include Xian Lim and Diego Loyzaga starring in HISTORY Asia’s award-winning original automotive reality series, Celebritar Wars.
HISTORY CON 2018 tickets are available in three different categories with exclusive privileges for the HISTORY MAKER VIP pass at PHP 10,000, limited to 100 tickets for sale only. Other ticketing categories include the HISTORY MAKER pass at PHP 2,500 for a three-day admission and GENERAL ADMISSION pass at PHP 350 for a one-day access to the mega entertainment convention. Tickets are available for sale exclusively on SM Tickets.

Visit www.historyasia.com/historycon for more information.

Text by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Most in Demand Business Consulting Services

​​The world of business has dramatically changed over the century and it is no longer the old business world as we know it. Nowadays, you can make business out of anything, as in anything at all.

Hobbies and even caprices can now generate income for anyone. And business consulting is no different.
In business consulting, you just have to follow where your passion and expertise lie and you are sure to give sound and reliable business counsel. But if you are still baffled as to what to do or where to start because you might have two or more areas of expertise and you want to be sure which is the best choice, here are some of the most popular and in demand business consulting services.

1. Online Computer consulting.

This is one of the, if not the topmost, in demand business consulting service because a lot of high-ranking executive officers are not very adept with computer technology.

It is usually the younger generation who have the knack and strong interest in following and learning new trends and updates in the high maintenance world of computer technology.

So, more often than not, executives leave the nitty-gritty of high-tech computing to computer consultants. They’d rather not be bothered or wasting their time, learning the ever-changing and dynamic computer world so they think it the best option to just hire somebody expert on the field.

2. Business Starts.

This is another in demand for young and neophyte entrepreneurs. The world’s young urban professionals are turning into business entrepreneurs these days.

More and more young people are realizing that earning and making it big is in starting their own business and not just relying on their monthly salary.

This young generation is sometimes over eager in starting a business that they tend to make big  mistakes. This is where business consultants enter thepict ure.

Consultants who are experienced in turning a small business endeavor into an income generating machine, helping the new entrepreneur learn everything about running a business.

3. Human Resources.

This department is the most important division of every company and yet the most taken for granted.

Human resources department plays a very crucial role in every company. It is the heart of the company.

The happiness and contentment of employees lie in good management of the labor force. There are companies that do not even have this department. Well, at least not in the real essence of the profession anyway.

Most companies only have administrative department and that is not the same as human resource management. So what executives do is hire human resources expert from time to time to sort out HR related problems.

Sometimes, this is even get better results as the temporarily hired Human Relations consultant can provide objective and unprejudiced analysis of the labor relations problem.

4. Project Management Consulting.

This one is also fast-becoming famous with companies that creates several projects on a regular basis. From time to time, they hire interim officers to head a particular project and retain them until the project team can already stand up and run on their own.
5. Business Communications Consultant.

This consultancy covers both written and oral communications, as well as proper etiquette and practices of communications.

Majority of every company’s workforce does not communicate well, especially in the universal language-English. And they find it even harder to put communications in writing.
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Meet the official Candidates of Miss Silka Palawan 2018.

The 15 official candidates of Miss Silka Palawan 2018 is now on roll for hectic schedules, after passing the screening last July 13-15 at the Chinatown Center Palawan, they will be presented at a show on August 3 at the Activity Center of SM City Puerto Princesa, organizers Cosmetique Asia Corporation and Travel and Marketing Experts, Corp (TMX) announced it last July 31.

To comprise this year’s batch of the annual pageant are Xianne Caileigh Francisco, Ivy Rose Palo, Danica Carillo, Arjane Cafugauan, Airah Mae Suson, Judy Ann Dagohoy, Sabrina Rose Wagner, Precious Eppiefammy Badon, Daena Yapparcon, Maria Veronica Sinajon, Zia Mae Gustilo, Jeri Bernadeth Cortez, Kia Czaryl Valle and Almera Rosadenio. 

The Talent and Swimwear competitions will be held at the NCCC Mall Activity Area on August 4 and 5 respectively. The winner will be crowned at the Grand Finals on August 25 at Robinsons Place Palawan which will be graced by a TV celebrity from Manila.