Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Why Coming Home to Pampanga is a Privilege

When Mount Pinatubo had its deadly eruption in 1991, San Fernando City in Pampanga painfully saw hundreds of families leave home to look for a safer home.
Decades after, the seemingly ghost city founds its way to become one of the most desired addresses not just for those who found fortune in north and central Luzon but also to busy Metro Manila families wanting a home full of unlimited adventures, authentic dining experience, and select privileges. 
Thanks to the colorful lanterns that were hung in the corners of the city weeks after the disaster that reminded the families that the San Fernando, no matter how cursed it may appear, still is a perfect home. 
This story has been portrayed in an episode of ABS-CBN drama show, Maalaala Mo Kaya about Mr. Rolando Quiambao who pioneered lighting of grand lanterns in Pampanga to share hope.
Mr. Quimabao’s store, RolRens Lantern in San Fernando is one stop no one should miss when visiting the city as it retells the story of how disasters result to beautiful, humane stories that last for generations.
First Privilege: The Kapampangan Cuisine Dining Experience
It’s a universal fact- Kapampangan Cuisine is one of the world’s must-try. No one will argue with that.
A food tour is basically the best way to get the best of this provinces’ best dishes. And while eating sisig,pindang kalabaw, balo balo, bringhe and other Kapampangan signature food, an Aeta, among the original inhabitants of the place, stands barefoot near the door with his native attire belting out pop tunes.
Only people in Pampanga can regularly eat at Apag Marangle in Bacolor overlooking a pond and eat dinner at Matam-ih in Angeles followed by pieces of cheese bread desert from LA Bakeshop. These two restaurants and one bakery are a known gem to certified foodies in the country.
And the dining experience will not end without trying exotic food: sautéed crickets, fried stuffed, and fried crocodile meat!
Second Privilege: The Incredible Memories of San Fernando Train Station
San Fernando Railway Station was part of Jose Rizal’s life as he was among the first passengers who stepped foot on the facility.
During its opening in 1892, Rizal went to Pampanga for three reasons: recruit members of La Liga Filipina, look for funds for the publishing of Noli Me Tangere, and seek the love of a Bacolor woman who later gave him a sad thumbs down.

Looking like a Harry Potter setting, the non-functional station was converted into a museum by the local government.
 
The museum features old dollar bills and coins, ammunition, kitchen utensils and other memorabilia shared by Filipino and Americans during the colonial period.
Another note-worthy event was the Death March in 1942 where Filipino prisoners of war walked from Bataan to this train station which has a distance of 102 kilometers. They proceeded to Angeles where many died.

To complete the tour of historical spots in San Fernando, a “Heritage Passport” is available at the train museum giving a checklist of sites to visit and get its page stamped.
It is sad that the railway is gone so the station is the only surviving relic of Philippine National Railways in the area. And only people living Pampanga can see this museum easily.
Third Privilege: The Upcoming New Clark City
At this time when Metro Manila is heavily- congested due to countless reasons, both local and foreign companies look for alternative locations for their businesses.

Clark New City, covering the former military base and currently an economic zone, will open its doors as another Bonifacio Global City providing thousands of job opportunities.
The community will have its own government, central business, academic, agri- forestry research and development, wellness recreation and eco-tourism districts.

Clark New City will be located in Tarlac as an addition to Clark Freeport Zone. A visit at the Clark Museum and 4D Theatre gives a glimpse of the yesteryears of the area.
Once this business hub opens, those living in Pampanga have new options where to work while continue coming home every day to their family.
NorthPine Land, the property developer co-owned by giants Metrobank, BDO, San Miguel Properties and Hong Kong Land, knew all these privileges will come one day.
As of now, those with regular schedules in Quezon City can come home in Pampanga in about two hours through well-developed North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and MacArthur Highway.
NorthPine Land opened Montana Views in San Fernando City which was sold out immediately. The developer, had to open Montana Strands.
Montana Strands features an American countryside community. Coming home to this village is like going to the Northwestern region of America where there are lots of open spaces, pine trees, and rustic colors.
To check on the features of the house and enjoy the privileges of coming home to Pampanga, CLICK HERE.

Text and Photos by Christian Aligo. 

Dulaang UP Launches 43rd Season

Dulaang UP holds a Press Preview in lieu of its 43rd Season at the Wilfirdo Ma. Guerrero Theater. Present in the Press Preview were Prof.Emeritus Tony Mabesa, Frontrow President and also DUP alumnus RS Francisco ,Ms. Ma. Amihan V. Ramolete, PhD.  Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and new artistic Director, Banaue Miclat Janssen.
With the Theme : HUDYAT: Pagkilala, Pag-alaala at Pagpapahalaga, Dulaang UP soars high for its 43rd Season.Under the tutelage of New Artistic Director Prof. Banaue Miclat Janssen. Dulaang UP aims to continue producing quality Plays that are in tune with the mission and vision of the Organization.
Ms. Banaue Miclat-Janseen.
Banaue takes over the post that was held by Dexter Santos. For its 43rd Season three plays will be staged namely: Six Characters in Search of an Author (Anim na Tauhang Naghahanap ng May-Akda) by Luigi Perandillo, translated by Rody Vera and to be directed by Prof. Emeritus Tony Mabesa . (Performances will run from Sept. 5-30, 2018 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater. Next after that will be The Dressing Room : That which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia) Ang Dressing Room : Kung Saan Lubusang Pangungulila ang Dulot ng Agos ng Panahon by : Shimizu Kunio Adapted by : Chiori Miyagawa , translated in Filipino by Rody Vera.This is to be directed by Alexander C. Cortez with play dates running from Nov. 7-25 at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater.
Completing the three plays this season is Nana Rosa by Rody vera to be directed by Jose Estrella with play dates running from February 20-March 10, 2019. Miclat Janssen finished her Master of Fine Arts at the City University of New York and is extremly happy that she's back to the one place she calls home- The Theater. For ticket inquiries, you may contact Gio Dexter Santos (09165552782 and Erika Lava (09062241034). For your Social Media posts, the official hashtag is #DUP43Hudyat. See you at the Theater!

Text and Photos by Mark Anthony Cabrera. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! A walastik musical that brings you back, sings you back

 
There are only quite few premier theater production companies in the Philippines consistently displaying the best plays and musicals from both Broadway and West End. My theatrical experiences both as patron and press has always been amazement and astonishment with 9 Works Theatrical. Their latest theater installment on its ninth year, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! was making headlines when they transformed and transcended the classic repertoire of APO for the millenials to recognize and for the oldies to reminisce, what really take shape and take place during the '70s?

Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! is a brand new original Filipino musical production of 9 Works Theatrical, the theater for all season and Globe Live, the company's original production arm known for providing Filipino access through world-class entertainment, co-presented by FOXlife and FRONTROW, with music by Danny Javier, Jim Paredes and Boboy Garrovillo, musical arrangements and orchestrations by Daniel Bartolome and Orly dela Cruz.

With book by Robbie Guevara and story by Jonjon Martin and Robbie Guevara, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO, is a musical with moving and mesmerizing songs, narrative and interpretative scenes that pierce through the heart and mind. A great courage and challenge in imagining scenes during Martial Law period and interpreting songs from APO, played an integral part to achieve historical and factual depiction on this two-act musical. Guevara and Martin made a symbiotic relationship, a perfect tandem to be watched on the next production. Daniel Bartoleme and Orly Dela Cruz and the rest of 9 Works Philharmonic Orchestra simply called as 9PO, deserve recognition for new arrangements and orchestrations of the classic signature hits with different twist and turn, leaving not only realization but combination and conclusion at its finest.

The minimal and experimental set and the two structural and symbolical prosceniums, designed and framed as tormentor and teaser as stage opening became a statement of the show and testament of the flow. Not only that 9 Works Theatrical is the theater for all season, it has always been a trademark as soon as you enter the theater, you will be greeted by splendidly stunning set by Joey Mendoza. 

Director Robbie Guevara made an impressive and expressive dramatic interpretation and motivation, the mother and son scene in "Batang Bata Ka Pa" was superbly satisfying and the scene in "Pag-ibig" was heavily gratifying. His direction has always been effective from verbal versus nonverbal, comparison and contrast to even flashback and foreshadow stage business.

Eventhough I anticipated "Saan Na Nga Ba?" will be at the finale, how they ended the show made it lovelier, not the usual scene you expect. The star of the show is Jobim Javier, radio DJ for Jam 88.3 and the son of Danny Javier. He played Butch opposite with Sab Jose who played Michelle. His first musical and he made a mark with his tiring and exhilarating performance. Very impressive as a first timer onstage. What a great leap from Jon Philippe Go from his previous act. He is perfect for the role as Ray and I don't see any other actor from the company who can interpret and portray his character. Raul Montesa, his character as Mon stole the show, I hate him and I love him at the same time. All actors from this musical has its own way of interpreting and impersonating multiple characters, whatever and whoever it is, those lines, songs and scenes undeniably became instrumental and monumental for staging a class act.
This musical is a revelation to millenials in terms of values and cultures and a recollection to oldies in terms of memories and histories. A walastik musical that brings you back and sings you back. Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! runs at Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City, on August 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 & 24-26, 2018, up to Sept 2 at 8:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, and 3:00pm on Saturdays & Sundays. For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999. A limited number of performances are available for fundraising and block buying. Please contact 586.7105 • 0917.554.5560 • info@9workstheatrical.com.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

Friday, August 17, 2018

BALAG AT ANGUD, A Musical about the life of funeral parlor make-up Artist turned Visual Artist

 "I have been again entrusted with the direction of Layeta Bucoy "Balag At Angud " with music by Dodjie Fernandez of Patatag about the life of installation artist Junyee. His story will not only resonate with artists who in pursuit of their art have been met with seemingly insurmountable opposition and struggle, but with anyone who chooses to follow his heart and live accordingly," Director Audie Gemora said.

Cultural Center of the Philippines' resident theater company, Tanghalang Pilipino will open its 32nd Theater Season with an original Filipino musical about the life story of a pioneering Filipino visual artist Luis Yee Jr., better known as Junyee, written by Palanca Awardee Layeta Bucoy featuring the music of Patatag's Dodjie Fernandez and musical direction by Upeng Galang-Fernandez.
Junyee
To influence and transform people, Junyee believed in the power of the arts, at the age of seventeen his original artwork was on display at the lobby of Palace Hotel. His father tried to get rid of his artwork because the clients referred it as garbage. For Junyee, his artwork is his way of enlightening people on the need of caring for the mountains of Agusan. His argument between his father made his reason for leaving home to pursue his craft and to support himself. He landed a job as a makeup artist in a funeral parlor. Upon hearing the demise of his father, he went home and applied makeup on his father's corpse. He went on to study Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines enjoying free board and lodging with regular allowance which came from respected artist.

As one of Professor Napoleon Abueva's apprentices while studying sculpture, he incorporated protest materials against Marcos dictatorship which prompted Professor Napoleon Abueva to give him the freedom to grow as an artist on his own. The vision of creating a sculpture finally saw the light when he created "Balag" a trellis structure made from bamboo bound firmly by ropes or strings where vines grow. His installation was displayed in UP Diliman with messages about protest, poetry or love notes tied on objects and paper.

In the aftermath of typhoons Milenyo and Reming, he gathered the felled and looted trees for firewood around the CCP Complex to create an artwork at the front lawn of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, he replaced it with ten thousand "Angud" the part of the tree trunk where holes are drilled and that part with the hole is stripped, chopped and discarded. He fell off the stage during the launch of his outdoor installation, Angud: A Forest Once. An artist against all odds, his art manifests an abiding love of life, love of nature, love for country, love for art and love for family. In keeping with Tanghalang Pilipino 32nd Season's theme "PIlipino" the musical recounts the choice he made to follow his passion against the wishes of father.

Artistic Team
Audie Gemora (Director)
Dodjie Fernandez/Upeng Fernandez (Music Composers)
Ava Villanueva Ong/Al Bernard Garcia (Choreographers)
Toym Imao (Set Designer)
James Reyes (Costume Designer)
John Batalla (Lighting Designer)
TJ Ramos (Sound Designer)
Datu Arellano (Projection Designer)
Doray Dayao (Stage Manager)
William Guillermo (Deputy Stage Manager)
Jonalou Fabon (Assistant Stage Manager)

Cast: Rody Vera (Junyee), Paw Castillo (Teenage Junyee), Dune Michael Garcia (Batang Junyee), Bayang Barrios (Musa), Krystle Campos (Batang Musa), Jonathan Tadioan (Luis), Mia Bolaños (Felisa), Zoe Delos Santos (Teresa), Astarte Abraham (Tess) and Noe Morgado (Napoleon Abueva). Ensemble: Raflesia Bravo, Sigrid Balbas, Cheeno Macaraig, Cyril Balderamo, Karl Jingco, JV Ibesate, Aldo Vencilao, Lhorvie Nuevo, Toni Go, Ybes Bagadiong, Monique Nellas, Eunica Pacia and Joshua Tayco.

Balag At Angud will play from August 31 to September 16, 2018 at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and with special shows on September 7 at 3pm, September 13 at 3pm and 8pm and September 14 at 3pm. Tickets prices: P1000 for Orchestra Center and P800 for Orchestra Sides. For ticket reservations, group sales, sponsorships and special performances, contact Lorelie Celestino at 09156072275 or Juan Lorenzo Marco at 09998843821. Tanghalang Pilipino at 832-1125 local 1620/1621. Tickets are also available by calling CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999. Email info@tanghalangpilipino.com for information.

Visit: https://tanghalangpilipino.com and www.ticketworld.com.ph

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

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.
(PR)
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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.