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PPO brings classical music to Filipino audiences amid pandemic with chamber concert series

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IN this time when social gatherings are prohibited, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra finds an alternative way to bring classical music to the Filipino audiences through the PPO Chamber Music Concert, slated on October 30, 2020 (Friday), 8pm, streamed via the CCP and PPO Facebook Pages and CCP YouTube Channel.Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, PPO music director and principal conductor, has carefully programmed a chamber concert series that highlights the different instruments of the orchestra while performing music composed for small ensembles.For the October concert, the repertoire focuses on string instruments.  For the first part of the program, PPO concertmaster and violinist Dino Akira Decena and cellist Giancarlo Gonzales will perform VIOLIN AND CELLO DUO OP. 6 No. 1 by Franz Anton Hoffmeister.Violinist Jose Carlo Tuazon, violinist Berny Dulce Payte, cellist Giuseppe Diestro, and double bassist Ariston Payte III will play SONATA FOR 2 VIOLINS, CELLO AND DOUBLE BASS NO. 2 IN A MAJO…

Vote for Miss Connext Advocate from Miss Philippines Earth.

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The Ambassadress of the Earth from the Philippines will soon be crown, as 40 candidates for Miss Philippines Earth 2019 will compete in many events and pageants line up by Carousel Productions, the company behind Miss Earth.
Last June 28, 2019, the ladies representing different flora of the Philippines showcase their skills in modeling for the Beach Wear Competition, held at Matrix Creations studio in Quezon City.
Connext Insurance Agency select 10 girls as their advocates and they are Janelle Tee of Pasig, Danica Joy Acuna of Romblon, Chelsea Fernandez of  Tacloban, Elmarie Dewara of Altavas, Aklan, Keena Mae Del Mar of Esparanza, Agusan Del Sur, Maricres Castro of Muntinlupa, Ana Monica Tan of Tagolan Misamis, Oriental, Mariafe Loayon San Remegio Cebu, Shanon Tampon of Caloocan and Karen Piccio of Maasin, Iloilo.
These 10 candidates will be judged via online votes, and the lady who will gain the most votes via the connecting site Facebook page will be Miss Connect 2019 and will …

GCash now offers Tree Planting service via app

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Leading mobile wallet GCash is now introducing the first ever green feature on their apps available to all users and subscribers, it’s the GCash Forest and it was launch last June 25 at Green Sun Hotel in Makati City.
GCash Forest eyes 365,000 trees planted in 365 days at Ipo Watershed, an essential component of the Angat-Umiray-Ipo watersheds system that supply 98% of water in Metro Manila. This is a tie up with Department of Environment and Natural Resources and World Wildlife Fund who will provide the tree seedlings.
“Almost a month ago we launch GCash for good, and the reason we launch G Cash for Good is we believe that more than being the number 1 mobile wallet in the country today, Gcash would have to do more for its subscribers, for its users and for the Filipino people.” Ney Villasenor, Vice President  for corporate communications for Gcash said during our interview.
Every time you will use the GCash apps, you will earn energy and a tree that you can nourish in the coming d…

Follies De Mwah by Club Mwah, Year 16.

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It’s been 16 years until now Club Mwah is still a name that resonates for expensive Las Vegas-style show with all expensive and amazing costumes and stage design in the Philippines. Club Mwah legend is still alive today and kicking while doing rounds in many private and corporate show in and outside of Metro Manila.

Last June 23, 2019, Club Mwah introduce the third generation of dancers, full of energy, drive, and passion in performing. According to Club Mwah Administrator Pocholo Malillin, they have 16 new dancers mostly compose of millennials, but he retains 2 lead dancers as the main attraction of the group, they were formed as early as January of this year. The only venue in Mandaluyong City that offers this kind of entertainment, Club Mwah survive for 16 years because of its corporate patrons, the bar is only open twice a week because they mostly perform in different City of Metro Manila and provinces for many occasions such as corporate events, personal parties like Birthdays a…

Creative mind gathers for the 4th B+Abble: A Series of Talks on Contemporary Philippine Arts and Design

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Four exciting personalities take the center stage of PETA Theater last June 22, 2019, for the fourth year of B+Abble organize by Buensalido Architects, the whole afternoon of talks is focus on contemporary Philippine Arts and Designs.

"B+Abble started as a internal program, where various speakers sometimes among us, sometimes guest speakers would talk about various topic, then it became a platform for idea sharing and dialogue that led to culture of learning. We then want to share this privilege of learning to more people, so that they can inspire to cause positive change too, in their own spears of influence." Jason Buensalido of Buensalido Architects said to formally open this year's B+Abble.  First to talk is the Singer/Actor and TV Host Gabe Mercado, the man behind the Silly People’s Improv Theater or SPIT, his talk is about Applied improvisation, a field used by the top company in making creativity a key to the economy. He believes using games in any situation giv…

Clarita, the darkness in her. Movie Review

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Clarita, the latest horror Filipino flick showing recently provides a new flavor in the horror genre of Filipino films, from to start to finish the movie gives a dark moment in all of its scenes, intentional somehow but it’s effective for a deeper understanding of its objective, it set our mood on how powerful the antagonist of the story.
The movie is just about the exorcism of Clarita that is set in the ’50s that became a national issue, it is a slow pace in storytelling the background of its mean character which is Clarita, there are many subplots to it like the story of the two priests and the reporter covering the event, there is one scene in the film when the reporter and the Psychologist is talking about Clarita, a guy shows up walking backward that leave us clueless, it was not explained in the film.
Jodi Sta.Maria as Clarita is good here, we used to see here in many teleserye crying most of the time, or make us kilig in her past rom-com films, but in Clarita, she provides a …

CCP brace for 50th Year Anniversary this 2019.

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It’s been 5 decades already, this 2019 the Cultural Center of the Philippines is now celebrating its 50th anniversary with a yearlong fiesta showcasing excellence in the arts, as a sign of renewal of its commitments to the next generations of Filipino artists and its audiences. The golden year celebration will start in September this 2019 and will end September of the next year 2020, loaded with monthly and weekly events highlighting many cultural and arts exhibitions and performances, plus meeting and gathering of respected Art leaders not only from Philippines, but throughout the whole region of Asia and the rest of the world. “50 years anniversary is brainstorm and put together, not only this year but we started dreaming about this as far as 2 years ago, and this is made possible by a whole army of programmers and managers. I must say that this special activities are base on specific strategies that CCP wants to adopt, not only for its 50th year, but for a longer term.” Chris Mil…

OPPO launches a new smartphone series, the OPPO Reno.

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The world leader as selfie expert now introduces a new line of smartphones that caters for creative leaders and trendsetters last June 19, 2019, at the One Canvas Events Place in Makati City. This tech innovative product is called the “OPPO Reno” that offers limitless creative freedom with a tag of Further Your Vision.
OPPO Vice President for Marketing Jane Wan announces that the Reno is a reminder of their vision when OPPO is just starting in the market, to create phones that inspire young generations, the millennials to unleash their creativity and explore the world. In line with Reno launch is unveiling of its new logo to celebrate success in the last 5 years of their operations.
“In 5 years, we have achieved more milestones, now we have hundreds of stores, we have millions of Oppo units sold, we have millions of Oppo users. We are declared as the selfie expert and innovation leaders not just in the Philippines, but also globally. As per research, Oppo is one of the Top 5 Smartp…

The Sacred, Profane and Mundane of William Elvin

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Singer/Songwriter William Elvin release the follow up for his indie album “The Musicalienation of William Elvin” last June 8 at the Taumbayan Bar in Quezon City. The second album with 9 tracks is entitled “Sacred/Profane/Mundane”.

Elvin is known as the songwriter for the theater musical “Mula Sa Buwan” and was base in Hongkong for many years working in an advertising company. His first home grown and independently produce album was release in the late 2000’s, and from then he gains some following and tag as poetic, soulful and propulsively melodic.
During the launch, Elvin said that he miss his indie roots, and he don’t consider producing his album with the help of a major label, he prefer to release it on his own style. “The first thing I value as an artist is the freedom, even If I could have talk to some people, but the music industry now is very much different, parang if you don’t have a steady following na automatically bibili ng gawa mo, di ka rin mabilis na masi-sign or ma-p…

Ginebra San Miguel, continues the legacy for Filipinos

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The iconic Gin in the Philippines is now celebrating 185 years, making it the most respected brand that stood the test of time, Ginebra San Miguel story started as a drinking culture since March 10, 1834, from a humble distillery in Quiapo, Manila. Today it is considered the World’s Largest selling Gin and awarded consistently. Through the years, Ginebra shape the nation in nine generations from being a drink of the elite to winning the hearts and taste buds of the masses, its iconic image of St.Michael the Arcangel vanquishing the the devil is still its brand mark to this days, the fact is, it was painted by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo.  “Ginebra is part of Philippine culture, life, taste, flavor, and festivity that no other drink has been, this is a fact.” Ronald Molina, Marketing Manager of Ginebra San Miguel said. But Ginebra want more for Filipinos, after launching the One Ginebra Nation Tour traveling to many cities of the country the past years, they want to incorporate…

Rak of Aegis Season 7: A Homage to OPM

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Dubbed as the longest running contemporary pinoy musical play, Rak of Aegis returns for another season from July 5 to September 29, 2019. For its seventh season, the musical will look back to its roots and pays homage to the original Filipino music.

Since 2014, Rak of Aegis has become PETA mainstay play which grows bigger, both in casts and production, each year. Written by Liza Magtoto and features classic jukebox songs of Aegis, the play revolves around Aileen’s dream of becoming a famous singer by becoming an online viral sensation. Together with the hilarious community of Barangay Venezia, the play portrays the struggle of achieving big dreams in a poverty-stricken society.
With its return this July 2019, Rak will be co-presented with the the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), The Philpop MusicFest Foundation (PhilPop) and PLDT Home Fibr. The collaboration aims to showcase local talents in the different field of entertainment, especially in theater, and impart how o…

Sunshine Family and how they shine.

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Spring Films along with Film Line Pictures of Korea latest venture, the Sunshine Family movie is a feel good film that tackles unity in the family after an unfortunate incidents happen, they are foreign family living in a foreign land and how they were able to adjust in all adversary of family life.
Honestly I expect so much on humor on this, it made us laugh 4 times and two of that is an LOL experience, seeing Filipino actors potraying in a KMovie is refreshing to watch, we Filipinos feel proud on this project.
Kmovies have the tendency of slow pace in storytelling, one at a time in executing the story, but of course the Cinematogrpahy is awesome as compare to other hit Korean films, the producers and Directors are from Korea and that’s what this movie make it a legit one to consider. I should say the musical scoring is also a superb one to consider because it did bring the movie up.
We feel that its more on Shamaine Buencamino character that lift this movie, somehow its like a M…

Quezon’s Game; is it really a game?

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iWant Original Movie Quezon’s Game is enjoying its two weeks run now in Cinemas nationwide, the film that focuses on the legacy of the great President Manuel Quezon act to save Jews from death in the arms of Nazi’s.

The movie is presented in a lot of talking scenes, meeting here and discussion there, the first 30 minutes I was clueless on what is the main story that they are arguing, but in the long run its about the wish of the late President in saving the Jews and the pros and cons he is facing to bring in them here in the Philippines, and start all over again.

Raymond Bagatsing playing the Ama ng Wika  is prolific, there is time that he is changing his accent from Spanish to Filipino to English, all in a good manner and good acting prowess, the part that he is telling Osmena (Audie Gemora) about going to the Bathroom in the Whitehouse, is such a sincere act.

The movie focuses only on the angle of hiring Jews for the nation-building, however, they try to incorporate some scenes lik…