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Century Park Hotel hosts Figure and Form Preliminary Judging for Miss Earth 2018.

Eighty-Eight stunning Earth warriors were presented to the press and media for the Figure and Form Preliminary Judging at the Century Park Hotel Manila. Present in the event were Lorraine Schuck,one of the founders Carousel Productions that runs the Miss Earth Organization, Ms. Peachy Veneracion and some national directors of Miss Earth from other countries.
The ladies paraded in swimsuits designed by Ricky Abad and Eye wear by Viaje. The candidates were divided amongst the different continents and were judged according to their Figure and form. No sashes were worn at this point of the competition and they also wore hats and shades as well.
After the judging, all the contestants then paraded back onstage with their official sashes for Miss Earth but still following of how they were arranged according to continents. Century Park Hotel is one of the Hotel Sponsors for Miss Earth 2018 for a total of three years now. They support the organization’s advocacy and ensures that the delegate…

Travel and Scenic Photography

When you are driving through the mountains somewhere, & you notice a automobile parked half off the road & some guy leaning to the left to avoid a branch with his Rebel 2000 camera in the act of focusing, you have met me. I do this because, to me, a trip isn't fulfilling unless i have preserved that beauty for posterity. I'd like to share a quantity of the techniques that make scenic photography such a wonderful artform - simple, yet elegant.
First off, equipment. As much as the cheap disposable camera beckons, get real. These cameras have fisheye lenses which I call "spam" lenses. we cram everything in, with equal blurriness & boringness. nice photos are sharp, unless you use blur for artistic effect. Sharp comes from an adjustable lens. It can be a fixed lens or a zoom, but it must focus specially for each picture. Fixed lenses are limiting for scenic pics, where to frame the shot you may require to move long distances. Imagine using a fixed lens on t…

Ang Pag-Uusig the return in CCP.

The award winning classic play of Tanghalang Pilipino is making a comeback this October at Tanghalang Huseng Batute of the Cultural Center of Philippines, this is the American classic and politically relevant “Ang Pag-Uusig” or The Crucible by Tony Award winning playwright Arthur Miller. Along with Actors Company, this year’s rerun proves a lot in terms of acting performances, most its original cast are now doing dual roles, it’s a challenge for many of its actors specially on memorization part, this play had a kilo-metric lines. Compare to 30 rehearsals before, this revival only had 12 practice to perfect it. I’ve never seen the first run in 2017, but this one really blow me away, it is intense and more eye connection to its characters, blocking in one stage format is surely admired same in the previous shows, script analysis is also use in this production to help all the actors give their best. One notable change this time is the adaption of Filipino dress or Barong in the Act 2 of the…

Jon santos tie up with PETA for Trumperte.

Iconic Filipino comedian and actor Jon Santos is re-staging his very timing one man show called “Trumperte” this coming Oct 26 to 27, at the PETA Theater Center, this is the first time that Santos partner with Philippine Educational Theater Association under the Direction of Michael Williams.
The show will showcase the usual Jon in many political faces like Pres. Digong, US Pres.Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, young actress Liza Soberano, plus some notable personality that Jon is identified like former First Lady Imelda Marcos and many more. According to Santos, the show is depending on the headlines, so expect changes before the actual performance night that varies on latest political issues. During its launching last Oct 9, we have a load of laughter especially the Imelda part, Jon is all witty and intelligent to respond immediately from the comment of his audience, it also features performances from Isprikitik Improv, a next PETA event to watch out for coming this October to …

1SA, Performing Arts goes solo.

Arts in many forms is going solo this October, as Fringe Manila in partnership with The Japan Foundation brings you 1SA - Solo Arts Platform, that will celebrate solo artists and present their works on the Philippine stage in this year’s Museums and Galleries Month, coming this October 20-28, 2018 at Power Mac Center Spotlight Theatre and Pineapple Lab.
1SA Creative Director Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan declare that this pioneer festival is a newest platform or venue that explores various mediums or artistic expressions coin from its title itself “one” or solo, they aim to presents solo artists thru performing arts and exhibits. 1SA inaugurates international artists like multimedia performance artist Takao Kawaguchi with his piece, About Kazuo Ohno: Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces, Filipino-Canadian director and cinematographer Mark Valino, whose dance video series Moments of Movement will be on exhibition for 1SA. They also restaging Dulaang UP’s ang dalagita’y ‘sang bagay na di-…

Introducing, “The Mega Tuna Barkada”.

Mega Tuna, The country’s most exciting Tuna brand officially launched their newest brand ambassadors, the Mega Barkada composed of Deegee Razon, Ronan Domingo, Melissa Gohing and Baninay Bautista, and they will appear in two webisodes featuring life with spirit, adventure and fun.
Mega Tuna brand Manager Adelle Catalla said that this new ambassadors undergo tedious process depending on the category they need to represent, they look for the youth of today that can fit on different lifestyles and attitude, like being jolly, athletic and trendsetters, most of this are millennials who are always looking for some answers and solutions online.  The said Barkada are all young professionals with age from 22 to 27.
“It’s all about celebrating TUNAy, so we want to celebrate ang “Sarap ng TUNAy with 100% pure goodness, its authenticity, realness just like Mega Tuna.” Catalla said about their latest campaign, the Sarap ng Tunay.
Mega Barkada is the main stars for the two webisodes of Mega Tuna,…

Guadalupe The Musical, our miracle in Theater.

With the biggest Jackpot now in Ultra Lotto, everybody is asking for miracle, that they can have the winning number combination, that they win the jackpot and change their lives forever. Just like this musical Guadalupe, it answers a question that we need miracle, for us to have strong faith and earn the living that we want.

Guadalupe The Musical, Julie Borromeo’s Performing Arts Foundation, Inc current theater offering will help you realize that, there are miracles in life that we forgot to acknowledge, this are little miracles that we encounter in our daily lives, that instead of saying thank you, we ignore it because we aspire to be bigger, but this play made me realize a common cliché, sometimes dreams happen for those who are deserving to make it a reality, and that person don’t ask for that.
It is a superb musical to watch out for, even for non-Catholic it is worth a try due to its entertainment value, from the lighting design by John Batalla, the beautiful costumes, the wonde…

#kAConnect, the grand fans day with Asianovela Channel and KOPFaCo.

We cannot deny the fact that our neighboring Asian countries already invaded the Philippines in terms of entertainment aspect, their soap operas, songs and movies became our favorites too, and yes, we are hooked already.
ABS-CBN TV Plus just recently launch the newest free channel, the Asianovela Channel that offers all the hits and classic telenovelas and movies from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and many more. This are all in tagalized version or dubbed in Filipino language.
The said launching is called kAConnect that happen last Sept 30, 2018 at the Dolphy theater of ABS-CBN, this is in partnership with Korean Artists Organization of the Philippines Fans Club Corportaion (KOPFA.CO).  

It was a half day full of activities from bazaar and exhibits featuring different fans club, to series of games, up to regular program of singing contest, dubbing and costumes contest, it was such a fun filled day, making friends with different fans club base in the Philippines,…

Kanser 2018, the latest take on Noli Me Tangere.

One iconic Philippine theatre experience is Kanser, the stage version of Noli Me Tangere that is written by our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. There are many versions of this play by different theater groups, from musical to straight play. Gantimpala Theater Foundation made it as their own biggest production for so many years, it keep changing and upgrading in many aspects, from color feel, to music ambiance and of course the magnificent cast that is challenge to portray iconic characters onstage. Kanser 2018 proves to adopt the needful in terms of stage show, a showcase of photos and some graphics is on the projector during the performances, some new twist in some remarkable scenes is implemented, like the slapping scene of Maria Clara and Padre Salvi which the audience find it humorous. But the kissing scenes of Crisostomo and Maria Clara is always the favorite mostly by the students, they feel the “kilig” somehow.
Award winning Director, Actor and Model Frannie Zamora is once agai…

Mga Batang Poz: The HIV/AIDS young adult novel in the Philippines.

AFTER almost one year and a half, acclaimed and bestselling author Segundo Matias book “Mga Batang Poz” is now officially out published by Lampara Books, this novel tackle one of the pressing issue of our community, the continuous growth in figures of HIV and AIDS cases that is mostly involve very young people. During its launching last Sept 28 at the Precious Romances pages building in Quezon City, Matias very reason in writing the book is how he get affected by numbers of cases that is increasing day by day, he was challenge in terms of writing using foul words that should be understood by adults, he point out that the book is solely base on many interviews he have, a visit to many centers and to some experts who handle this kind of cases. “Mga Batang Poz” refers to group of young adult that is tested positive of carrying HIV, how their lives connect, how they cope up with stigma starting from their own family, and how they will face their future now.
Matias admit that he truly im…