Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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 delegates get that warm Filipino hospitality that we are all known for.
Hosts for the event are Princess Manzon and reigning Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco .The Figure and Form Pre-Judging is considered one of the crucial phases of the competition as it allows the delegates to showcase their curves and figures to celebrate the beauty and Uniqueness of the Human Form. ` The Finals night is all set to happen on November 3, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena.It will have its telecast courtesy of GMA 7.

Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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 the Washington Monument, when you are half a block away! Zooms get my vote, even though we often don't have as wide an aperture, which limits their capabilities in low light situations.

Practically speaking, an SLR is the absolute best. we are lightweight, & can be used with top quality lenses. Film SLRs tend to be less expensive, but have the limitations of film, meaning you have to get it developed & so forth. Digital SLRs are VERY expensive, so for the budget conscious either go with a film SLR or a high quality basic digital camera. With digital, resolution is also a critical factor, so look at the specs before you buy. I know one great Travel Photographer, known D. Scott Carruthers.


OK, we have got the camera, emotions are jogging high, & that's great, but not  great! sometimes I find a spot that's so wonderful, I start shooting like a madman, only to be disappointed by the pics. What happened? Emotions. When you experience a place, there are sounds, aromas & breezes as well as the visuals of the spot. Needless to say, you cannot photograph all of these elements, only the visual. When overwhelmed by the spectacle of a scenic hotspot, we are often overwhelmed by all of these elements.

Now, I was a tad dishonest in saying that you cannot capture all of the elements of a scene. You can hint at them. For starters, motion. Yes, even in a still picture, there's motion. Something happened before, during & after your picture. In a mountain vista scene, you may find something that hints at motion, whether it be a branch of a tree that has been swaying in the breeze, or a river flowing through the valley below. These add a sense of motion.

So what to do? Look through your camera. The viewfinder does not lie (usually). Try to see what you are looking at as the finished picture. Most people perfunctorily take pics, hoping that somehow the shot will come out great. If you wonder how the pics came out when you are on the way to the drugstore to get them, you are doing something wrong. At the moment you click the pic, you should know exactly what you will get. (Of work with digital, that's not a trick!).

Then there's the "rule of thirds." When you place the main object of the picture smack-dab in the middle, it is static & boring. Place it one third of the way from either side, & you IMPLY motion. Put the horizon in a landscape photo a third of the way up or down, not across the middle.

Remember, when a person looks at a picture, their eyes move. You require to frame your photo to help that movement. If you can find some lines in the scene, such as a skyline, cloud formation, path through the forest, etcetera, use it interestingly, & with the rule of thirds to draw your viewer's eyes into the picture.

Avoid "summit syndrome." You get to the top of Mount Washington & shoot the majestic vista. Great. The pics come out .. boring! How? No PERSPECTIVE. Big vistas will be flat unless you have an object in the foreground, such as a rock or a tree, to give them perspective. Then the eye  grasps how big this scene is. People enjoying the view is a real winner, because the viewer may identify with their emotions, giving the image real impact.

Cheese! Yes, you do have to take the family photos. it is obligatory. But when you do, make sure that we show the location of the photo. Otherwise, you might as well do it on your driveway. Frame the scene in context, with landmarks as part of the picture. Find a way to tell as story in the picture, such as little Sara climbing up the rocks by the waterfall.

Finally, any element in the picture that hints at more senses than  the visual will make it remarkable. Actor headshots for example, tell a story about the subject. You can  hear them saying their next lines. If you photograph a garden, the viewer may experience the aroma of the flowers. A tourist street with an accordion player on the corner may have your amazed friends whistling "Dixie."

In summation, picture taking on travel is recording the experience in a satisfying way. Use motion, perspective, sensory, storytelling & so forth, to bring your photos to life. Oh, & needless to say, make your job easy & go to great places! See you at the overlook!






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Friday, October 19, 2018

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 play, somehow it makes you feel connected since majority of its audiences are Filipino, Ang Pag-Uusig is set in 1950’s base on the story with Latin American settings by Miller, but its theme and strong message can be conveyed in today’s time, in line with Tanghalang Pilipino tagline “Utak, Puso, Bayan”.
True to its original content, Ang Pag-Uusig tells a story of one village face with fear, greed and power, over telling the truth and telling a lie, using witchcraft as medium of condemning and making others suffer the consequences of the justice system.
Ang Pag-Uusig is still under the Direction of Dennis Marasigan, the translation to Filipino is by Jerry Respeto. Six Gawad Buhay awards won by this play last 2017 including Best Direction, Translation, Ensemble Performance in a play, and Male Lead Performance in a play.
Playing for four weekends, this play closes on October 28, 2018.Tickets are P1,000 (VIP), P8,000 (Bleachers) all are available at Ticketworld Online or thru CCP Box Office or call Tanghalang Pilipino Office at +632 823 1125 loc 1620 and +63 915 607 2275.

Below are the schedules:
Oct 20- 3:00 and 8:00 PM
Oct 21- 3:00 PM
Oct 25- 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM
Oct 26- 8:00 PM
Oct 27- 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Oct 28- 3:00 PM

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Jon santos tie up with PETA for Trumperte.

Jon Santos as Mocha
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.
As Melania Trump
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 November. 
Jon Santos as Madam Imelda.
“Naniniwala ako na comedy is a nice barometer for social tension, magandang magkaroon ng one hour and half relief from traffic, prizes, headlines, and we realize na ang dalawang super headlines grabber ay ang dalawang presidenteng etu, hopefully after an hour or two with each other ma-realize nila na ang mga bagay na pinagbigyan mong matawanan ng kunti, can heal and you move on the next day to live again.” Santos said
After 30 years of doing political comedy, Santos admit that having PETA this time will add some changes that in line with the theater advocacy, Trumperte will have open forum segment after the show where in the audiences can ask questions anything in line with the content of the show.

“May Q and A, first time ko magkaroon ng talkback, my sharing after the show na nakatanggal na ang make up, haharap ako sa kanila, maybe to talk a little bit about the process, andun yung E ng PETA, educational and truly inspiring, nakaka-nerbyos hope I can answer all the questions.” Santos added.

Trumperte is written by Jon Santos, Enrico Santos, and Joel Mercado , with stage direction by Michael Williams. Tickets are now available at Ticketworld.com

Here is our interview with Jon Santos.

Friday, October 12, 2018

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.
Daniel Darwin
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-buo featuring Skyzx Labastilla, Filipino-American hoop artist Daniel Darwin also returns to the Fringe stage with his endurance piece, Dance Until You Shatter Yourself. Founder of Daloy Dance Company Ea Torrado presents an autobiographical dance piece on race and beauty in the form of Brown Madonna.
Gabbi Campomanes
Emerging playwright Gabbi Campomanes is premiering a musical theatre called My Night with Lea. Actor and founder of SPIT Gabe Mercado also premieres his autobiographical one-man-show, Raising Gabe, about the triumphs and struggles of a single man raising a child in the Philippines. Rizal-based sculptor Herminio Tan, Jr. is doing exhibits about alternate reality about creatures and characters in Philippine Mythology share in the trials and tribulations of the modern Filipino in his exhibition of Mitolohiya 2018.

Tickets for 1SA is available at TicketWorld (891-9999) or at ticketworld.com.ph. For more details and updates, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/FringeMNL or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @fringemnl or visit www.fringemanila.com .
Below are the festival schedules.
October 20, Saturday-
6:00 PM: Mitolohiya 2018 (Sculpture) by Herminio Tan, Jr. | Pineapple Lab
7:00 PM: Moments of Movement (Moving Image Exhibit) by Mark Valino | HollowBlock
8:30 PM: My Night with Lea (One-Woman Show, Musical) by Gabbi Campomanes / Pineapple Lab
October 23, Tuesday-
8:00 PM: About Kazuo Ohno: Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces (Performance) by Takao Kawaguchi | Power Mac Center Spotlight

October 24, Wednesday-
8:00 PM: Dance Until You Shatter Yourself (Performance) by Daniel Darwin | Power MAC Center Spotlight

October 26, Friday
8:00 PM: Brown Madonna (Dance) by Ea Torrado | Power Mac Center Spotlight

October 27, Saturday-
8:00 PM: ang dalagita’y ‘sang bagay na di-buo (Theater) by Dulaang UP | Power Mac Center Spotlight

October 28, Sunday-
7:00 PM: Raising Gabe (Performance Memoir) by Gabe Mercado | Pineapple Lab
8:00 PM: ang dalagita’y ‘sang bagay na ‘di-buo (Theater) by Dulaang UP | Power Mac Center Spotlight

Venues:                                                              
Pineapple Lab
6053 R. Palma Street
Poblacion, Makati City 1210

Power Mac Center Spotlight
Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati
Makati City 1207

Tickets: www.ticketworld.com.ph

Online: www.fringemanila.com
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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, the first episodes is already out in the Facebook page of the brand, it tackles the flavors of friendship highlighting the different flavors of Mega Tuna such as Flakes In Oil, Hot and Spicy, Sweet and Spicy and Spanish Style.

Catalla said they have a lot in store for the Mega Barkada, for this year 2018 it will only be two episodes but a lot more coming in hopefully by next year, they want it to be interactive and they welcome comments and suggestions of their viewers, that’s why the first episodes has a tagline of “Anong Bes Moves mo kapag nandyan si Crush?”

The second episodes is a cook off challenge for the group making best tuna meal using pre-selected ingredients, Mega Tuna only uses premium ingredients without extenders.

All variants of Mega Tuna are available in supermarkets nationwide, for more information please visit www.megaglobal.com.ph and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/megatuna/ the Sarap ng TUNAy webisodes is also available on FB for sharing. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

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 wonderful choreography, and the music by Ejay Yatco, I have to admit it that it all works beautifully when combine.

Guadalupe The Musical tell the story of poor peasant Juan Diego from Mexico, his tale of seeing the Virgin Mary shape his sleepy town to what is now the most visited pilgrimage in the world, and the three miracles that he experience with the Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Cocoy Laurel is playing Juan Diego, I admit that my last memory of Mr. Laurel is thru his film Lollipops and Roses along with Superstar Nora Aunor, its my first time to see him onstage and he really did well not to mention his longevity in the industry, he can still move rocks with his looks and of course his powerful singing voice.

Other notable performances in this musical is Lorenz Martinez as Archbishop Juan De Zumarraga, his presence on stage is a strong one that fit for the character he is portraying, not to forgot the multi task tour guide, narrator and Virgin Mary too, she is so beautiful with the blue veil and so immaculate in the stage.

Guadalupe The Musical is an original Filipino musical, book and lyrcis by Joel Trinidad, Choreography by Julie and Rose Borromeo and under the direction of Baby Barredo. It will run until October 14, 2018 at the Meralco Theater, Friday to Sundays at 8pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 in the afternoon.  Call (891-9999) and Check Ticketworld Manila to buy your tickets. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

#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).  

Hosted by Kring Kim.

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, and of course happy memories recalling your past favorites Asia novella that you grow up watching.

Tawag Ng Tanghalan singers open the show. 
Upcoming Star Records singer LA Santos entertain the audience with his carrier single “Tinamaan”, while former I Do contestant Kring Kim hosted the event with her antics and information’s since she is a Asia Novela fanatic herself.
The highlight of the event is the signing of an agreement between Asianovela Channel Head Mark Awiten, Asianovela Channel Promo Specialist Lota Rosales, KOPFa Chairman of the Board Sherilyn Catura and KOPFaCo CEO Katherine San Jose. The agreement is the formalization of their partnership to more events and promos in the years to come.
MOA signing with Asianovela Channel and KOPFaCo.
One unforgettable contest that day is the KDrama Singing Contest, five pre-selected contestant showcase their singing skills thru Korean songs that were used as soundtrack, Venice Nicole Sy is the unanimous winner for her cover of “I Will Go To You Like the First Snow” from Goblin series, while Eirryll Kathreen De Jose is the first place for her rendition of “What Should I Do” from He’s Beautiful OST, Stacy Narag who sing “Words of my heart” from I am Not A Robot OST is the second prize winner.
KDrama Singing Contest winners with the Judges.
For the dubbing contest, the group Hashtag Wannabae is the grand winner after being judge by some notable dubbers of ABS-CBN.
The Hashtag Wannabae.
 The KOPFacO is still open for affiliation, you may visit their facebook page @KOPFaCo or send them email at kopfa.corp@gmail.com

Below are the videos of the four other contestants for KDrama Singing Contest.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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 again directing this show, according to his statement he incorporate new arrangement of music by Jed Balsamo, and new dance choreography by Lezlie Dailisan to make it more effective and jive to the new generation of theater goers.  

Kanser as base on Noli Me Tangere tells the story of Crisostomo Ibarra during his return from Europe to his motherland, he find out his father is murdered by some prominent people in the society, he rekindle to his old flame and ignite a call for revolution against the Spanish invaders.
Upcoming TV and movie actor Vance Larena is playing Crisostomo for the 41st season of Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Inc, his good looks and in depth acting gives a fresh style for the portrayal of Ibarra. Andrea Manuel as Maria Clara is also perfectly casted, her good singing voice proves to be her asset for the role.
The Kanser 2018 cast during the pocket presscon backstage.
To catch the longest running play in the Philippines, Kanser is going to SM Southmall in Las Pinas City come October 12 and 13, 2018. For more information and booking reservation, you may contact Gantimpala Marketing Office thru Mobile nos. 0921.2513733/ Tel nos. (02)998.5622 / 872.0261.

Special thanks to Erickson Dela Cruz III for the photos. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

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.
Mr. Eugene Evasco.
“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 immerse himself during the production of the book, he even create account in some gay/bi site and apps, follow alter secret in social media. As a thesis of his studies in the University of the Philippines, at first it takes time for him to accept the reality of the situation, he try using pen name JM Matias as the author, but circumstances change and he embrace it wholeheartedly and accept it by putting his full name on the book.
Matias and Dr. Detangco
“Nilalayon ng proyektong ito na makatulong upang unawain ang kultura ng kabataang miyembro ng LGBTQ, wakasan ang homophobia at itigil ang stigma sa mga positibo sa HIV.” Matias said.

 Mga Batang Poz is available on Precious Pages retail outlets, National Book Store, Pandayan Book shop and leading book stores nationwide. For your inquiries you may contact lamparapublishinghouse@gmail.com.

During the launching, Matias is joined by award winning writer Ricky Lee, Research Institute for Tropical Medicines head Dr. Rosanna Detangco and Mr. Eugene Evasco from Ateneo De Manila University. It also feature spoken words performance by Roche Lazarte and Zuela Herrera, and excerpts reading by Word Anonymous and Collaboratory PH.