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Musica FEUROPA Choral Competition all set this May 25 and 26

The Far Eastern University Chorale Competition has gone a long way, from just four choirs in 2009 mostly from Manila, the list of competing choirs rose to almost 30 hailing from all over the Philippines, making it one of the most prestigious Chorale Contest in the Philippines today.

For 2019, FEUROPA again supported by the European Union as its principal sponsors featuring 10 choirs for Open category and 5 from the teen category, Grand Champion shall take home P100,000.00 and a trophy, First Placer will receive P30,000 and P20,00 for the Second Runner up plus trophy. P10,000 consolation will be given away also to remaining finalists.
Musica FEUROPA year 11 is set on May 25 and 26, 2019 in the upgraded retrofitted auditorium of the FEU Manila Campus.

The Chorale competition will require each Choir to perform two songs, one of that is their chosen piece that is written in any European Union language, and another piece is any Filipino songs. Only this year, FEU did change some things ab…

Stagers summer workshop is now 12 years old and counting

For 12 years now, Philippine Stagers Foundation, Inc continue its legacy of discovering talents thru Stage Acting, Theater Direction, Production Designs, and Writing scripts, all in two months of Summer Workshop, headed by its founder, Atty. Vince Tanada.
The 2019 batch is around 120 students that undergo screening in order to be part of this  year’s summer activity, the selection according to Tanada is due to the fact that this year is an extensive workshop program from acting to directing, this is in preparation for the next venture of PSF which is producing film scheduled last quarter of the year. The PSF Summer Theater Workshop 2019 is sponsored by Filipino Theater Icon R.S Francisco and his company, the Frontrow. The usual acting showdown and direction of mini play by the Stagers members still happen, we manage to witness one whole afternoon screening 6 productions in their mini-studio in Balic-Balic, in Sampaloc Manila, from newbie actors to veteran stagers, we are all delight…

The Dresser, unite Filipino Theater Veterans

As passionate as the story, Repertory Philippines latest production is a power house casting with no less than Audie Gemora and Teroy Guzman as the main lead, base on the British play by Ronald Harwood that tell a story about loyalty and dedication to theater, staged in war period where a production of King Lear is being mounted.
Gemora play Norman, a very passionate Dresser to Teroy Character as Sir, the main star of their play whose life is colorful as the role he plays in many stages show they are doing, it talks about friendship above all its loyalty that matter. The Dresser we must say is a showcase of prowess acting, how great all the actors in bringing life to their characters, plus the challenge of its accent in a beautiful production set believing you are really in a backstage of a theater set. Loy Arcenas of the fame MMFF Best Picture “Ang Larawan” is the Director, in his talk after the show he admit it is something new to him and he became curious of directing this Britis…

Anton Diva to conquer Cuneta Astrodome on June 15

The songbird with a big bird, that’s how they introduce Anton Diva in a regular show in different comedy bars, for the past many year’s she is the legit and the only gay impersonator of the real songbird Ms. Regine Velasquez. An original Raging Divas member, Anton time has come to stage a solo concert.
With Teri Onor Entertainment Services Production as the producer, Anton Diva major solo concert is set on June 15, 2019, 8pm at the Cuneta Astrodome with a lot of guest including the Unkabogable Star Vice Ganda, and the songbird herself, Mrs. Alcasid, Michael Pangilinan, Miss Q & A Mitch Montecarlo Suansane, Jewel Johnson and the current members of Raging Divas, Pepper Divas and the Rapture Girls. Onor said that the talk for Anton’s big show started in 2018, but they can’t find a perfect venue and dates until Anton’s surprise appearance on Vice Ganda and Regine Valentine’s concert became viral and hit in social media where she sings Shine, a hit song of Regine, that’s inspired him to…

Ben & Ben release debut album “Limasawa Street"

After making hits in all digital platforms, OPM indie folk band Ben & Ben (formerly The Benjamins) finally release their debut album in the market in titled “Limawasa Street”, inspired by the street name that one of their members holds dear with memories  of personal comforts. Limawasa is derived from Butuanon word “Masawa” that means light.
"We wanted the album to represent a place of light by singing about hopeful perspectives in troubled situations," lead singer and guitarist Paolo Guico said.
This 9-piece act are behind the songs “Kathang Isip”, “Maybe The Night” and “Ride Home” and was watched and stream via Spotify and Youtube, they headline major concerts here and abroad and consider now as one the most popular band in the country today.
Limasawa Street, the debut album has 13 tracks including collaboration with Sugarfree Vocalist Ebe Dencel and Johnoy Danoy, they also acknowledge U2 and Dave Matthews for this album. “The reason we are doing Ben & Ben, the rea…

Candon City invites everyone for a 3 Day Music Festival

From the City of Arts and Culture in the whole Ilocos Sur, a new summer festival is born combining modern to classical music that features more than 30 artists, bands and performers all over the country, it is the first ever Candon Music Festival scheduled this May 23 to 25, 2019 at the Bagani Campo Concert Grounds.
The three day festival is headed by National Artist for Music, Ryan Cayabyab as the festival Director,  who see the event as a opportunity for the young minds to appreciate music in different genre, plus he include in the Festival some Ilocano songs to be perform by different orchestra including his own Ryan Cayabyab Singers, plus two notable Ilocano singers to perform, Noel Cabangon and Davey Langit. “If there is anything about this festival, for me overwhelming kasi tatlong gabi na iba ibang genre kada gabi ng performances, iba ibang artist, iba ibang persuasions, and this is what we intend to do for this festival, I.m sure meron kami next year at sa next 10 year, pala…

The Golds of Paracale

I seldom heard Paracale before, I got interested on it after watching the Metro Manila Film Fest entry “Oro” that was based on a town in Bicol region that has gold reserves, but the film is not made in Paracale.
So, After Bantayog Festival 2019 coverage we got a chance to explore this Golden Paradise of Camarines Norte, and to our surprise, this is truly a hidden gem waiting to be expose soon due to its all in offering for tourism, from historical sites to beautiful beaches they have it, this is for a fact that they serve as a gateway to Calaguas Island, another popular island beach in Camarines Norte. After a briefing from the Municipal Tourism Office headed by Sir mark Gil Zamudio, we proceed to this small but beautiful historical 408 year old Church of Our Lady of Nuestra Senora De Candelaria, it is undergoing renovation as of this writing but Zamudio told us that they are preserving it the way it was used to be in the past many years, they are adopting some modern technology in …

Happy Andrada release Spring/Summer 2020 Collection

Filipino world-class designer Happy Andrada just declare summer as happy, that’s why she officially launched her latest Spring/Summer 2020 bridal dressing robe collection last May 5, 2019, at her own Fashion Art boutique in Quezon City. The collection is inspired by travel, each has its own name depends on the destination, these are creations delicately made with French Lace to Silky Satin with full length robes to timeless cocktail style or even bold jumpsuit.
"I want to be inspired by travels, so I name all the pieces base on locations, like destinations, I make it fun and really easy to wear, like comfy and sheer, and lightweight." Andrada said.

The colors are all in line with season, ice cream pastel, subtle brights, delicate jewel toned while the robes are sprinkled with Swarovski crystal and a lot of embellished details to stand out from the rest, it could be for debut or most likely for wedding, these designs are for the whole year round to captivate your most import…

Daet, the home of Bantayog Festival

Camarines Norte will always be a gateway to Bicol Region, that’s in my mind before this travel happen recently where I witness how culturally rich and beautiful Camarines Norte is, the home of Bantayog Festival that unite all its 12 towns for a summerific showcase of talents, fun and happiness.

The festival that run for almost a month stretching from April 2 to May 6, 2019, is a tribute of the Provincial Government to the first ever erected monument of Dr. Jose Rizal, the country’s National Hero, place in the municipality of Daet two years after Rizal’s execution, it serve as the province landmark in many ages, that’s the inspiration of Bantayog Festival is all about. Our travel with cooperation from Katooga.ph and the Provincial Tourism Office of Camarines Norte starts with a coverage of Bangkathon, a boat race in Mangcamagong in Basud, this race is exclusive for the fishing community of CamNorte held every festival season, a small boat that can carry two passengers will race into th…

Kundiman Party to happen in PETA Theater.

It was 2018 most memorable, meaningful and relevant original Filipino play that features Kundiman songs use in musical theater, a masterpiece by Floy Quintos for UP Playwright is now making a return this time in PETA Theater as its new home.

Quintos is kinda hesitant at first in doing the restaging, but he was overwhelmed by the unanimous decision of PETA Board of Directors in choosing his creation to be perform in PETA with larger audience and to share the message especially to the young audience.
“They choose us, nung una kaming nag-meeting, nag recommend pa ako ng ibang plays, why Kundiman? Gawin nyo na lang yung Dekada 70, Desaparecidos, these plays has just come out about Marcos era, and they told me that they took a consensus sa lahat ng elders ng PETA, kayo talaga ang gusto namin mag guest, and it seems a wonderful chance.” Quintos said.
The restaging will reunite the majority of its original casts lead of course by Shairmaine Centenera-Buencamino as Maestra Adela, the voice…

Kabataan of Puerto Princesa holds Election and Voters Education seminar.

Sangguniang Kabataan of Puerto Princesa will hold Senatorial Forum  this coming May 6 and voters education this coming May 10 and 11 at the Performing Arts Center of Palawan State University, the senatorial forum is a joint endeavor with Palawan NGO Network Inc and the Social Action Center of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa, while the two day Voter’s education seminar is a tie up with Bawat Isa Mahalaga Movement, and will be attended by its founder, former Supreme Court Chief of Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
“As both pag-asa ng bayan and heirs of the country’s last ecological frontier, the Palaweño youth are seriously taking on its role in sparking much-needed conversations and paving the path for the realization of progressive politics and a truly participatory democracy.” Myka Mabelle L. Magbanua, SK City Federation President said.
Below are the schedules for this three-day event and this is open for public with no admission fee, for more information and inquiry you may…

BINONDO, A Tsinoy Musical Back to SOLAIRE

Exactly a year after its successful run at the Theatre Solaire, BINONDO , A Tsinoy Musical comes back for another one.This time spearheaded by  the Maritess Alava-Yong Foundation , the said play whose story was based on Rebecca Chuaungsu’s uncle , written by multi-awarded writer Ricky Lee and directed by no less than veteran director  Joel Lamangan promises an excellent rerun of the  said theatrical piece.

The Maritess Alava-Young foundation started its roots in 2017 by Mickey Yong,the husband of Maritess. Maritess succumbed to cancer in 2017 and her husband found it fitting to honor his wife’s dedication to philantrophical works by starting a foundation under her name. Maritess is a Filipina who got married to Singaporean Mickey Yong. Despite her stature, she never lost the passion in serving people. Unknown to her husband, she had done countless of charity work and her husband only found out the extent of her charitable works a few weeks after she died. BINONDO, a Tsinoy Musical re…