PLDT lauds ‘unbreakable spirit’ of PH enterprises amid challenging times

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented immense challenges to industries around the world. With mobility restrictions in place, business owners had to rethink their operations and adjust to navigate the uncertainties in the new normal. Although some companies were able to adapt and seamlessly shift to the new norm, the process was not easy with many struggling with financial losses and temporary business closures. A survey from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released September last year reported that the Philippine economy experienced the worst impacts of the pandemic. The Philippines logged the highest number of business closures and layoffs among its peers in Southeast Asia. Despite that, Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP and Head of PLDT & Smart Enterprise and International Business Groups, said that resilience is one of the core values that helped businesses conquer the challenges of the pandemic. This ‘unbreakable spirit’ of enterprises allowed them to embr

The Company at Stephen Sondheim's Company

Another Stephen Sondheim musical is soon to open in Manila on September 13, Company is under the Direction of Topper Fabregas, according to him, the story about being single has gained a lot of attention, seemingly insignificant word. “There’s no ‘the’ in the title,” he clarifies. “It’s just COMPANY.” Musical Director Rony Fortich concurs: “It’s about companionship,” he declares. “If you say ‘The Company,’ it sounds like it’s about a corporation.” To make matters more complicated, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy stars (among others) OJ Mariano and Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, both from the country’s premier vocal group known as The CompanY… which, to add to the confusion, actually took its name from Sondheim’s show.

One of the finest theater actors of today, OJ Mariano will play the central character of Bobby,  Oj started his career in recording with Star Records. In 2010, he burst onto the theater scene playing Tom Collins in RENT (9Works Theatrical), for which he won a BroadwayWorld Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Other theater credits include FORBIDDEN BROADWAY (Upstart), THE FULL MONTY (Viva-Atlantis), RAK OF AEGIS (PETA), and ANG HULING EL BIMBO (Resorts World Manila).

Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, who plays Sarah (one of Bobby’s many married friends), has been a recording and concert artist for 20 years. Her theater credits include RAK OF AEGIS (PETA), YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (9Works Theatrical), THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS (Trumpets), and NOLI ME TANGERE/ EL FILIBUSTERISMO (Tanghalang Pilipino). She is also a sought-after musical director, vocal coach, workshop master, and director.

OJ and Sweet round out a powerhouse company that includes Michael Williams, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Cathy Azanza-Dy, and many others. Another cast member, Joel Trinidad (who also produces the show through his outfit Upstart Productions) summarizes the situation this way: “Our company is producing COMPANY, whose company includes two people from The CompanY,” he quips. “Not confusing at all.”
COMPANY: A MUSICAL COMEDY will have Fridays (9:00 pm), Saturdays (3:00 and 8:00 pm), and Sundays (3:00 and 8:00 pm) between September 13 and September 22 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig. Brought to you by Upstart Productions Inc. and the BGC Arts Center, in cooperation with ETC and Jack TV. Also brought to you by CNN Philippines, Island Rose, ANC, Ralph’s Wine and Spirits, Inside Manila, Spot.ph, Alike Media Inc., Rankthemag.ph, Nolisoli.ph, Jaypee Maristaza Photography, and Makeup Science Asia. For the benefit of Carewell, World Vision Philippines, Edicute Inc., The Red Whistle, and The PARC Foundation. COMPANY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 423 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019. Tel.: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

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