VVS Collective celebrates women from the countryside with pop-rap crossover “Probinsyana”

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  Promising hip-hop quartet VVS Collective pays tribute to the women of the countryside whose distinct looks, effortless grace, and captivating intelligence redefine conventional standards of beauty. On their lilting anthem “ Probinsyana ,” the rap crew delivers a romantic serenade for every ‘country’ lass who took their breath away in recent years. “ Probinsyana is a feel-good track which many Filipinos can relate to,” the group describes the appeal of their latest single. “It’s about searching and pursuing that dream girl who lives in the suburbs or the province. It expounds on the qualities of a province girl who’s simple yet has everything you’re looking for in a girl. With the thousands of islands that the Philippines has, the track will surely transcend to all Probinsyanas all over the country.” What makes it extra special is their attempt to take a stand against urbanite snobbery and Manila-centrism in a song that celebrates women of all kinds, regardless of their geogra

The Horrible In Blackbird.

The Blackbird (PR Photo)
 Actor's Actors' THE NECESSARY THEATRE latest performance of critically praised "Blackbird" is currently playing from September 1 - 3 and 8 - 10 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. Written by Scottish playwright David Harrower in 2005 and winner of 2007 Laurence Olivier for Best New Play, Blackbird was inspired by sex crimes offender Toby Studebaker after abusing a minor aged twelve. It tells the story of a 55-year old man named Ray, played by Bart Guingona and a 27-year old woman named Una, played by Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante. At his workplace, Ray was surprised and shocked by an unexpected visit of Una, whom he sexually abused when he was 40 while Una was 12. Una recognized him upon seeing a photograph whom she later searched and tracked. Ray who was then arrested, charged and imprisoned for statutory rape, was seen distressed, disquieted and disturbed. Fifteen years later, they meet again. The two clashed and collided in a stringy and lengthy confrontation, descriptions and questions. Both were torn by fear, anger, curiosity and confusion.  
PR Photo/Jaypee Maristaza
Harrower's perturbingly play is beautiful, rich in comparison and contrast and lots of symbolism. Though the ending was what I anticipated, still the flashback and foreshadow was evident, very symbolic. In fact, the script is a jewel. Television, film and theater veteran actor Guingona as always, did an impressive portrayal, he has the characteristics of Ray. He has always been great at his craft. Seeing Volante as Una for the very first time onstage with this piece was a pro. She was consistently and sustainably delivering the most striking lines. Not to be missed was her long monologue, a thrilling revelation of the script. That was the signature scene of the play, moment of revelation. Both Guingona and Volante interpreted Harrower's script disturb and abusively. Directed by Topper Fabregas with beautiful set and lights design by Joey Mendoza and John Batalla, a must see play for matured audience.    
The cast and Director of Blackbird.
Call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or log on to: www.ticketworld.com.ph for tickets. Prices: Orchestra Center (1,200), Orchestra Sides and Back (1,000), Loge (800) and Balcony (500).

Text by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

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