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Barbie Almalbis honors animal rights advocate on new single “An AsPin’s Song”

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Ahead of her highly anticipated full-length album to be released next year, Filipina singer-songwriter Barbie Almalbis has officially dropped a heartfelt tribute to her grandaunt Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco, or Tata, as she is fondly referred to. Entitled “ An AsPin’s Song ,” the track assumes the role of a beloved indigenous mixed-breed dog in the Philippines, which has nothing but utmost love and appreciation for the late animal rights supporter and activist. Having served The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for the entirety of her life, Tata was instrumental in empowering people for countless volunteer opportunities that involved rescue, protection and sheltering of strayed and abused animals. Barbie recalls, “Tata was a gifted musician and a champion for animals. She was the President of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, which she reorganized in 1986, after having been one of its youngest volunteers in the ’50s. I had always wanted to write the song she requested, bu

Philippine Marketing Association bring Japanese culture in marketing approach.

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Left to Right - Victor Galzote , Director for Branding - Corporate Branding and Marketing - Okada Manila ; Ms Cielo Ortega - Reboredo, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hospitality & Entertainment; Mary Faith A. Abaño, CPM President, Philippine Marketing Association; Ms. Alpha Gracias C. Allanigui, CPM Director-in-Charge, IPSUM: JPX Philippine Marketing Association is celebrating 65 years in the business this 2019, as they advocate in redefining marketing conferences in the country, this year’s theme for IPSUM JPX is learning the best practices from Japan, the land of the rising sun that we Filipinos could adapt their winning approaches in terms of marketing. The conference which is scheduled for Sept 19, 2019, at the Okada Manila is divided in three categories, culture, leadership, and innovation. Under the culture,  speakers who will discuss their success stories are Christine Dychiao, the First Certified Consultant of the KonMari Method in the Philippines; Taka

Punch Associates: Credit Card Debt Consolidation

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Credit card debt consolidation is something many of us will have done at least once or considered doing. The immediate advantage is to save money on interest rates by moving balances on to a loan which will charge a fixed rate of interest with fixed repayments. The wise move to make then is to cut up your cards and then just pay off the loan. So how many people actually do that? Having a clear credit card in your wallet is too tempting a thing to have now you are under the illusion of it being clear. Typically we’ll hang on to it ‘just in case of emergency’. Then a few months down the line we find it maxed out again, we’re back where we were making the loan repayments and card payments with their high rates of interest again. The credit card debt consolidation cycle can repeat itself a few times before the consumer realises what they are doing,- by which time their overall debt has plunged so far into the red that it’s a serious problem. In the worst cases paym

Himala, Isang Musikal return this September

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The two Elsa of Brgy. Cupang, Aicelle Santos and Celine Fabie (Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz) From being the most important film in the Philippines, Himala is now considered an immortal musical in the theater scene after bagging major awards in Gawad Buhay 2019 and that validate the reason it should be return on stage this September, of course under 9 Works Theatrical with Sandbox Collective. Ricky Lee award-winning story and Vince De Jesus genius in music is still the major reason why this Pinoy musical keeps coming back on stage since its opening in 2003, and this time again under the direction of award-winning theater Director, Ed Lacson, Jr.   Vince De Jesus and Ricky Lee “When were inform that it will be musical in 2003, this is a movie waiting to be made into a musical, tragedy, rape lahat ng elements ng drama andun, and beyond the drama madali syang panoorin pero it’s sad, it’s happening in real life” De Jesus said. Lee believes that Himala is still relevant i

Oreo now has Wafer Roll and Chocolate Coated

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The world-leading biscuit, Oreo now introduce two new exciting products that all of us will love, this is the Oreo Chocolate Coated, your original Oreo cookie is covered with Cadbury dairy milk and the next one is Oreo Wafer Roll. These two new formats for Oreo products was launched last Aug 22, 2019, at the Vanilla Cupcake Bakery in Quezon City, Mondelez Philippines spearhead the events to formally introduce to Filipinos new products. “It’s available in another market already, meaning other parts or countries and we saw it very successful there, a lot of people and consumers really like it as the new form of Oreo, that’s why we saw an opportunity here in the Philippines, to give that to consumers also, so we brought it here that’s why consumers have a lot of options to enjoy Oreo” Kristine Enriquez, the Oreo Brand Manager in the Philippines said. Oreo Chocolate Coated is price only for P35, a value for money in a sense of enjoying your regular Cookie with Cadbury that

Dolorosa beyond the neither. Theater Review

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Bibeth Orteza is Pilar Tanghalang Ateneo is honoring women in their 41 st season with Dolorosa by Peter Zaragoza Mayshle under the direction of Jenny Jamora, it opens last August 16 at The Doreen Black Box, Arts Wing of Arete inside Ateneo De Manila University campus in Quezon City. They call this season as Ecriture Feminine, Sulat Babae in short The Women’s Season. It is not easy watching Dolorosa, this is a 3-hour play set in three different periods of Philippine history starting at Spanish colonialization, to Japanese occupation and at the present time, it tells a story of a family from a father who artistically creates a Mater Dolorosa statue and later lost it, and her only child Pilar who explore the unknown world trying to find that important missing family patrimony that she can pass to her children. Even though there are breaks in between hour of the play, Dolorosa is full of confusion at first set, giving you many questions on what is going on, you can feel t

The One and only Club Mwah.

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Chris Nicolas, The Only Diva of Club Mwah Since 2004, Club Mwah is the one and only Las Vegas inspired show-stopping performance bar in the Philippines, still giving us jaw dropping show that only they can offer, one name behind the colorful costumes and grand production numbers is Chris Nicolas, the in house Choreographer, Director and Designer, and the only one Diva of their center stage. “Sa totoo lang in the Philippines, etu lang ang may ganitong seryosong show, iba hindi tumatagal, etu yung pang long lasting entertainment, etu yun eh.” Nicolas said.  Nicolas not known to many is a former member of Bayanihan Dance Company, a graduate of Physical Education at the Philippine Normal College, start as a dancer in 2004 during the establishment of Club Mwah, after that he takes over as a choreographer until now. He draws his inspirations depends on her audiences, he believes that it’s a constant change, that they need to keep creating production numbers that people will lo

The warrior inside Mabini. Theater review.

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Mabining Mandirigma return to CCP Little Theater this 2019 as opener for its 33 rd season of Tanghalang Pilipino, as they continue its advocacy of educating our new generations of historic past and learn from our very own heroes that shape our nation today, and that is Apolinario Mabini, the Filipino revolutionary leader, lawyer and statesman that is identified because of his being a paralytic. This year restaging is so far one of the refine compare to its previous production, the music and lyrics is masterfully crafted, thanks to Ejay Yatco who did some changes as the musical director, however it may sound so pop this time and we find it okay for good. It tells a biography story of Mabini, from his early days working in a convent until further his study to law up to being an adviser to the first republic government of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines. It also shows us his situation during exile in the US soil, and how lonely life became one

Twin Bill’s Dancing Lessons: A Modern Insight on Vulnerability and Intimacy

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Peña and Villarama’s Outstanding Portrayals of Senga and Ever An original playwright by Mark St. Germain, Dancing Lessons is a contemporary story of two individuals making way-out of their comfort zones, only to find an unexpected relationship. Jill Peña and Randy Villarama on Twin Bill’s Dancing Lessons With the company’s objective of staging acts that stir minds for constructive societal revolution and creating a venue for formal dialogues on issues plaguing man’s current societal conditions, Twin Bill’s Dancing Lessons puts a spotlight on Asperger’s syndrome-a developmental difference characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour and interests. Inspired by a real people, the play revolves on the story of two individuals ,an injured dancer and a professor with the Asperger’s condition, as they embark on a journey of self-discovery and stepping out of their comfort zone

The tales of engkanto’s at Lambana

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The characters you will encounter in Lambana A new theater experience is born on the 4 th floor of Eastwood Mall in Quezon City, this is the Lambana by Tipsy Tales that bring its guest to almost 1 hour of experience of whimsical fairy tale that features Filipino folklore stories. Founded by Quina Baterna and Wayne Yeang, they get inspired by travelling abroad and experiencing immersive theater from US, UK and Singapore, they decided to put up their own version featuring our grown-up stories of duwende, kapre, sirena and other mythical creatures we all hear from our lola’s. Wayne Yeang and Quina Baterna “From a tourist perspective all they know is beaches, Boracay, Cebu.  And from local perspective the younger generations don’t know enough about Filipino folklore, the stories are not being pass to the next generations, so we wanted a show that local and tourist don’t have to read about Filipino folklore, they can experience themselves.” Yeang said. The Lambana stin

The Dance of life at Pandanggo Sa Hukay

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Iza Calzado (Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz) Cinemalaya 2019 full-length entry Pandanggo sa Hukay by first-time director Sheryl Rose Andes is a minimal to the intense life story of rural midwife Elena, played by Iza Calzado base on the Palanca Award-winning story by Andrian Legaspi. The movie starts with the daily grind in the life of Elena, from the comfort of her home to the Lying-In Clinic to the distant family and her big dreams of working abroad, it gives us a glimpse of how midwives survive this crucial kinda profession. The normal life of Elena is change when she was abducted by a group of bad people responsible for doing crimes in the area lately, she was asked to administer the pregnant fiancé of the gangmaster that will give birth anytime, and later on face the biggest change of her life, facing death and how to escape it if there is a chance. Iza as always is such a delight to watch on screen, her beautiful face resonates in all levels even at a very intense s

Passion to mark 20th year of Philippine Opera Company

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Vien King and Shiela Valderrama-Martinze for Passion The Philippine Opera Company is turning 20 years old this September 2019, and to celebrate its glorious anniversary, they are staging Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, a 1994 Tony Awardee for Best Musical that tells a story of one soldier who falls in love with two women at the same time, one with lust and the other is one true love. “Passion is an operetta, and Stephen Sondheim is considered as a composer of contemporary opera, Marketing wise we want to do something, not commercial but more relatable, more accepted or accessible, it boils to marketing” Karla Gutierrez, Artistic Director of Philippine OperaCompany said during its launching last August 12. Director Guevara, Shiela, Karla of POC and Vien (Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz) Directing Passion is multi-awarded Director Robbie Guevara, a proud Stephen Sondheim fan he religiously read, watch and follow all the works in the theater of Sondheim, that makes him perfect to