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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Si Janus Silang book 2 to open on stage this Sept 20.

Carlo Vergara, Jenny Jamora and Earvin Estioco.
Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, opens its 39th Season: Performing Change with Guelan Varela-Luarca’s adaptation of Edgar Calabia Samar’s award-winning Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang.

The Janus Silang series is critically acclaimed with the first book, Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon, winning the 2016 National Book Awards’ Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Philippine Language and the 2016 National Children’s Book Award for Best Read for Kids. The second book, Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang, also won the 2017 National Book Awards’ Best Novel in Filipino early this year.

Aside from adapting the book into a play, two-time Palanca First Prize winner Guelan Varela-Luarca is also tasked to bring it to life at the Ateneo de Manila’s Black Box Theater starting Wednesday next week. Theater veterans Jenny Jamora, Carlo Vergara, Renante Bustamante, and Xander Soriano act alongside Tanghalang Ateneo’s promising stable of actors.

Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Mananaggal-Mambabarang follows the titular character, Janus Silang, as he continues his search for Tala to defeat the threat of the Tiyanak to humanity. Revisiting old friends and getting to know new ones, Janus dives further into the realm of the unknown through the mysterious ability of the twins Miro and Mira who can traverse from the human plane Daigdig to the supernatural plane Kalibutan. As his allies grow, so too do Janus’ foes as both enemies old and new appear from both his and his caretakers’ pasts. Facing danger on both planes, time is running out for him to truly understand his role in putting a stop to the Tiyanak’s reign.

Tanghalang Ateneo’s Earvin Estioco returns to play the title role of Janus Silang, a teenager who unravels his hidden destiny amidst the death of his parents and the dangers of both the past and the future.

Carlo Vergara alternates with Renante Bustamante as Mang Joey, a bagani (protector of the Pusong bloodline) who becomes Janus’ protective yet doubtful mentor.

Jenny Jamora alternates with Bina Basilio, as Manananggal, a being whose motives and history intertwine not just with Janus’ but with his caretakers’ as well.

Xander Soriano is Mang Isyo, Mang Joey’s brother who must decide to either face or evade the demons of his past.

Jacob Whittaker and Quiel Quiwa alternately play Renzo, Janus’ closest companion in facing the dangers surrounding his destiny.

AJ Umali alternates with MJ Vitug as Mira, a bagani with the ability to travel from the mortal plane Daigdig to the supernatural plane Kalibutan.

Shawn Landayan alternates with Lucas Abaya as Miro, Mira’s twin brother who has yet to discover his own part to play in the coming war.

Tanghalang Ateneo’s ensemble of promising actors complete the cast.

The artistic team of Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon is composed of Tanghalang Ateneo Artistic Director and Moderator Glenn Sevilla Mas, Guelan Varela-Luarca (Direction and Adaptation), Gentle Mapagu (Assistant Director), Delphine Buencamino (Choreography), Gwyn Guanzon (Set Design), Bonsai Cielo (Costume Design), D Cortezano (Lights Design), Arvy Dimaculangan (Sound and Music Design), Sig Pecho (Puppet Design), and Zoe de Ocampo (Graphics Design).

The playdates of Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang are September 20-23, 26-30, October 3-7, 10-14, and 17-21. Performances start at 7:30PM while Saturday matinee shows start at 2:30PM. Performance venue is the Ateneo de Manila’s Black Box Theater at the university’s Fine Arts Annex Building.
For questions and additional details about the show, please contact Chloe Fabul (09989843127).
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Festival of Windows 2017 celebrate People's Theater for Development.

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), recipient of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards is organizing a week-long festival that highlights the role of arts in development, as exemplified in the various advocacy campaigns the pioneering theater company has engaged in the past 50 years – Children’s Rights, Women, Gender, Health and Sexuality, Youth and the Millenials, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, and Human Rights.

Happening on October 24-29, 2017, the festival will feature PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES and DISCUSSIONS. It will showcase some the best advocacy PLAYS of PETA and its partners. There will be 13 performances from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, 3 Performances from Cambodia and Thailand. Festival participants can expect to learn new skills through workshop sessions on songwriting, Shadow Puppetry, Physical Theater, Improvisation, BOAL Forum Theater, Circus Techniques and more! Exciting Keynotes, Lecture Performances and Special Interest Group Discussions will give participants a look into the experiences, success stories and the challenges of practitioners and experts, particularly in the areas of Building creative communities, Public spaces and awareness, Participation, Capacity Building, Participation, and Partnership and Stakeholder Building.

The Festival of Windows will gather more than 120 performers, 40 experts and speakers, hundreds of artists, arts managers, audiences and participants from different parts of the globe.

Festival passes are available at P 4,500.00 each (P3,500 for students) and entitles holder access to all the opening and closing reception, lecture performances, main stage performances and one workshop or 2 huddles a day. Day passes are also available for P 1,000 per day (P 800 for students). For those interested to watch specific shows, tickets are also available for all Lecture-performances and Main Stage performances.

The Festival of Windows is presented by PETA in partnership with Starbucks, Save the Children, Development and Peace and the Festival’s Major Hotel Sponsor, Madison 101.

For details of Festival, visit the official website – For more information and registration, please call the FESTIVAL OF WINDOWS SECRETARIAT at 7256244 or email us at (PR)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Roy Doliguez feels he has a lot more to prove in ONE Championship

Roy “The Dominator” Doliguez has been a top contender in the ring or inside the cage, but he still feels that he has something more to prove as he attempts to sparkplug his professional martial arts career under the ONE Championship banner.

Doliguez, a former ONE Strawweight World Championship title challenger, is scheduled to face Yago Bryan of Brazil on the undercard of ONE: TOTAL VICTORY, which takes place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday, 16 September.

The 35-year-old native of Sarangani Province was once considered as one of the brightest strawweight competitors in the Asian region, but his billing lost its luster due to a string of setbacks.
When Doliguez made his ONE Championship debut against Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke for the inaugural ONE Strawweight World Championship belt in May 2015, he yielded to the highly-touted Thai combatant via fifth-round technical decision.

Doliguez tried to bounce back from his loss to Amnuaysirichoke by squaring off with Riku Shibuya in January 2016, but he dropped a three-round unanimous decision to the Japanese stalwart.
A victory inside the ONE Championship remained elusive to Doliguez as he bowed down to Alex “Little Rock” Silva by third-round submission last February.

Doliguez has the chance to arrest his three-bout losing skid as he squares off with a fellow former title contender in Bryan at ONE: TOTAL VICTORY.
“Getting into ONE Championship was a dream came true. So many good and talented martial artists are part of this organization’s roster. Like any other competitor’s dream, I also wanted to be in a good and big promotion to showcase my talent,” he said.

“It is very much important to me to win in this coming bout against Yago Bryan. I want to show to those who believe in me that I can make it not just for myself, but for all,” Doliguez added.

Doliguez is looking to showcase his striking in this upcoming matchup, and is enhancing those skills at the famed Wildcard Gym owned by Manny Pacquiao in Sarangani.

While he is focused on his stand-up skills, Doliguez is also prepared to earn a victory on the ground.
“The Dominator” plans to continue sharpening his takedown defense and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with his crew from Elorde MMA in Manila for final preparations before event night.

Carrying the pressure of having lost three-straight matches in ONE Championship, Doliguez is determined to come away with the breakthrough win.

“I am aiming for a knockout,” he bared, knowing full well that he needs nothing short of a total victory in order to bounce back from his series of losses.

Another defeat could see Doliguez lost in a sea of aspiring contenders and rising prospects, which is something that could jeopardize his hopes of contending for the ONE Strawweight World Championship yet again.

Although a tough task is in front of him, Doliguez is more fired up than ever to deliver a winning performance at ONE: TOTAL VICTORY.

“People ask me why I am still competing, and I tell them that I just like to do it. I will go on as long as I can because I love martial arts. I love competing. I love training. This is my life,” he justified.
“Yago Bryan is a human like me, and everyone is beatable. I always put that in my mind.
That’s why I'm​ confident and focused. I know on September 16 that I will prevail over him,” Doliguez assured.

​For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at ampionship.

About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Championship is the home of martial arts. The world’s most exciting martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 1 billion potential viewers across 128+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more. (PR)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Asiatravel.Com Earns Ptm’s Top Grosser Award For The 3rd Time, Asia’s leading online travel agency, bagged the Top Grosser award for tour operator and travel agency category in the recent 28th Philippine Travel Mart held on September 1-3, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

The 28th PTM was attended by over 250 exhibitors from different travel sectors such as airlines, hotels, resorts, theme parks, local government tourism units, and provincial tourism offices. Regional sectors also showcased their cultural dances, food, products, and tourist spots. La Carmela Hotel Boracay was the top grosser for accommodation sector while Magnum Air (SkyJet) earned the top award for transportation category.

“Winning for 3 consecutive years is not an easy task. It is a product of brilliant minds working together for a common goal to satisfy the complex travel needs of our customers,” said Nikki Rocha, Executive Vice-president. was awarded as the Top Grosser for PTM 2015 and 2016 and was also recognized as the Best Online Travel Agency by the TTG Awards for 4 consecutive years. It is Asia’s leading online travel company that offers a global inventory of over 200,000 hotels, 500 airlines and 8 million travel products worldwide.

Serving customers worldwide through 13 major language sites, its 17 offices in Asia, Middle East and Europe operate and provide 24 X 7 customer services. (PR)

The first SM Mall in MIMAROPA to open this September 15.


Known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier, the province of Palawan is a natural wonder with its vast tracts of tropical rainforests and a huge expanse of marine wilderness.

The province is composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island, which is surrounded by about 1,780 smaller islands and islets. Rocky coves and sandy beaches lie in primordial splendor along Palawan’s almost 2,000-kilometer coast. Renowned underwater explorer Jacques Costeau has described Palawan as having one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world. Sprawled beneath its seas are nearly 11,000 square kilometers of coral reefs; while myriads of fish swim in these underwater gardens.

Palawan has probably more protected areas than any other province – the Calauit Game Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary with its exotic and endemic species of animals roaming freely; the El Nido–Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area with its edible bird’s nests and limestone cliffs; and the Tubbataha Reefs, a pair of coral atolls that was named a world heritage site in 1993.

In the heart of Palawan lies the City of Puerto Princesa, a tropical paradise with a bustling urban center perfect for business with leisure trips. Lush rainforests and white sand beaches are simply hours away from the city proper, where a banking, commercial, IT, and BPO boom have made it one of the country’s fastest developing cities.

And then, of course, there is the Puerto Princesa River National Park, another world Heritage Site that has one of the longest underground rivers in the world with its old growth forests, cathedral caves, limestone cliffs, and unique flora and fauna.

It is said that every island is an adventure in Palawan, and there will be so much for both residents and the many tourists to discover when SM City Puerto Princesa opens its doors to the public on September 15, 2017.

Envisioned as Palawan’s premier mall, SM City Puerto Princesa is a resort style complex that reflects the province’s tropical feel while integrating SM’s innovative design approach. SM Prime Holding’s 64th mall will serve shoppers in Puerto Princesa and Palawan, as well as residents of the nearby provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon in the MIMAROPA region.

Strategically located in a 47,000-square meter site along Malvar corner Lacao Streets in Puerto Princesa, the three-level 54,000 square meter mall will create a unique identity along the island’s most popular thoroughfare and within a short walk to the well-known Baywalk Park and nearby pier. Striking glass walls at the main entrances and a dramatic linear overhang stretching along Malvar Street create an impressive and inviting appearance for the mall as approached in every direction.
But what makes SM City Puerto Princesa an exciting new lifestyle destination?

· It is a Resort Style Complex in an Urban Paradise. Lush landscaping and reflecting pools integrate the mall into its setting while providing sheltered walkways for pedestrians along the street.

The mall’s interiors are distinctly crisp and modern with textures and relaxing colors that give one the sense of being on a tropical holiday. At each opening to the floor above, walls clad in a unique plaster give a texture of continuous and soft waves. An elaborate ceiling displaying hundreds of delicate handcrafted wooden lanterns not only ample natural light, but add to the Palawan feel.

· Great Shopping + Leisure + Entertainment. With The SM Store and SM Supermarket as its major anchors SM City Puerto Princesa brings to Palawan a mix of SM mainstays like SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware, Watsons, Surplus, Miniso, and Sports Central; as well as national and global brands in its 180 food and retail shops.

Eating out options include specialty restaurants, and international and local food chains. Dining in the mall is experiential, not only because of the exciting food choices, but also because its two levels of restaurants give diners amazing views of the Puerto Princesa Bay and Thumb Peak.

The mall will also bring great entertainment to Palawan with its three state of the art cinemas and two Director’s Club theaters.

· First in Palawan Brands. SM City Puerto Princesa adds a lot of lifestyle excitement when it gives residents wide array of dining choices with the opening of the first Mesa restaurant, Kuya J, Cabalen, RibShack, Turk’s Shawarma, BreadTalk, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Techies will love Palawan’s first Powermac and Rulls stores in the mall’s Cyberzone, while DermCare, Belle La Peau, and Dent XP give new concepts in looking good and feeling great in the wellness area. Global apparel brands will further increase Palaweños’ excitement with Hush Puppies, Macbeth, Memo, Regatta, and Toby’s.

· Homegrown Brands. Shoppers in SM City Puerto Princesa will also enjoy the best of Palawan brands like McCoys Brickoven Pizza, Isla Casoy De Palawan, Vogere by Bong Villanueva, Divine Sweets, Puerto Electronico, Banh Pho Chao Long, and more.

· A Travelers’ Lounge. With Puerto Princesa City and Palawan as a tourist haven, the mall complements the tourism-related offerings available by providing an alternative relaxation hub for visitors where they could rest, bathe, book flights, and seek assistance on other concerns.

· A Commitment to Sustainability. The mall is designed to achieve a sustainable future. Natural lighting, 6” CHB walls with an Exterior Insulating System, and Solar Panels make it a cost-efficient and energy saving building in line with SM Prime Holdings’ commitment on disaster mitigation measures and carbon footprint reduction.

A Sewage Treatment Plant treats restaurant and toilet wastes with a Treated Water Recycling Tank System. toilet flushing, plants irrigation, cleaning/maintenance and other non-potable purposes that help in the conservation of freshwater. Recycled Water will also be used on the Air-conditioning System’s chilled water and cooling towers to reduce fresh water consumption. Paver Blocks will be strategically used on the parking areas to allow rainwater penetration in the grounds to replenish underground water table.

Solid wastes will be managed in accordance to local and national standards of segregation, recycling, reusing, and sending to the sanitary landfill. This is even elevated to a more inclusive advocacy in SM’s Trash to Cash initiative.

For customer convenience, SM City Puerto Princesa will have a two-level parking area with 398 car slots, as well as a tricycle and jeepney terminal.

SM City Puerto Princesa’s project team includes Robert Meckfessel – DSGN Associates, Design Architect; Jose Siao Ling & Associates, Architect of Record; D. A. Abcede, Project Manager; KHMAYA Builders, General Contractor. (PR)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Palawan Bar. Bandillo Ng Palawan, March 12-18, 2007.

Palawan Bar in Cubao, QC.
When millinneum year strikes, Palawan by that time is known as the Bar in Quezon City, every time we utter the word Palawan to non-Palawenyos, the in return joke is that I am always there, and they are referring to this Bar in Cubao, identified as the the Gay mecca of QC.

Later on, this Bar got involve in a news due to bomb threat and I got the piece of news that the alert was implemented in all the night bars in the city of Puerto Princesa, that later on retracted that it is intended only to the said bar in QC.

We visit this Bar and did a feature on it, the last time I visit Cubao particularly Palawan Bar in 2016, its still up and running, 1 and 2 Bar but its glory already diminished, the place already look old and need further construction to bring back its fame. LGBT members is still their number one patrons.

Here is the clip of our feature on Palawan Bar, and the reason why they name it after the Best Island in the world.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Joy Wu and Jacob Muñez win Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2017 titles

Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 winners.
Last September 1, 2017, the finals night of Mr and Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2017 was held at the Theater Solaire in Pasay City. Joy Wu and Jacob Nuñez emerge victorious as Mister and Miss. Chinatown Philippines 2017 respectively. This year’s theme is #NewDynasty. The contest made searches in Manila and other provinces in the Philippines to find the rightful Tsinoys who embody the modern citizen and will be good role models to the Tsinoy Community. Aside from bagging top plums, Joy Wu also received the Miss PAL Award, Miss Congeniality, Best in Swimwear and Miss Revlon Professional as well. Jacob Nunez was adjudged Mr. Photogenic .The eventful 1st. runner Up, Martin Sy also received Mr. PAL, and Mr. Revlon professional brand awards respectively. Angela Elpa was first runner up and also bagged the Miss Talent and Best in Evening gown award in a beautiful ensemble designed by Francis Libiran. Jacob Muñez was a crowd favorite from the very beginning eliciting loud cheers from the audience. Jacob served for the US Military for six years and he said that he learned a lot about that whole experience.
There 30 contestants who vied for the title, 15 males and 15 females. Then it was narrowed down to the Final 12(Q and A followed) and then the final 6.From the final 6 came the crucial final Q and A portion that sealed the fate of the contestants. From there, they chose the eventual winners. To complete the list of winners are 2nd runner up Kency Ongkeko for the females and 2nd runner up for the males is Allen Wu. 
Several events were held before the finals night at different venues before the grand coronation which took place on September 1st. Some notable names on the judging panel were Mr. Labayen, Basketball player and businessman Chris Tiu among others. The event was hosted by Gretchen Ho for the 4th straight year and Richard Juan co-hosted for the very first time. Segment hosts included Ms. Grand International first runner up Nicole Cordoves and Janina Chang. Christian Bautista also had a song number for the audience as well.

The Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2017 is a project by the Miss Chinatown Foundation, Inc. and co-produced by Fil-Chi Media Productions, It aims to promote the Filipino Chinese Community in fusion with Filipino Values and to ensure the mission of producing good role models for the Tsinoy Community

Text and Photos by Anthony Cabrera.