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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Love Sings! to open 4th season of Philippine Opera Company.

Philippine Opera Company’s Young Artists’ Series (YAS) Season 2018-2019 in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and The Friends of the Philippine Opera Foundation present “LOVE SINGS!” on March 15, 7:00 pm at the lobby of Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

“LOVE SINGS!” is an evening of Passion set to Music by some of the world’s Greatest Composers. Revel in the sensuous and life affirming melodies of Mozart, Donizetti, Puccini, Bernstein and Verdi as interpreted by the young stars of Philippine Opera Company as they celebrate Loves Lost and Loves Found.

POC’S Young Artists’ Series (YAS) started in October 2012, as a soiree every third Wednesday of the month, featuring our young artists from various colleges and universities. After the success of our first series, POC decided to enhance our YAS program by engaging the artists in more creative work and perform scenes from various Operas—as well as Musical Theater pieces that have crossed over into the classical arena. What makes this event different from other endeavors is the challenge we give to young artists to hone and develop their artistry by giving them the opportunity to stage their own scenes.
To assist and mentor these artists, POC invites several established and well-known directors in the theater industry.

The YAS program is designed to nurture, train and develop the next generation of talented classical singers. It provides a professional training ground for them in the art and craft of stage performance. Our goal is to furnish them with a solid foundation, which will enable the participants to work on their artistic development During the critical phase between end of formal academic training and the beginning of performing careers.

To develop the growing appreciation for opera, POC developed the “3A” programs that will nurture a new generation of classical singers and audiences — THE ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, THE AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND THE ARTS ASSIST PROGRAM
Over the years, the P0C has witnessed the uptrend in the awareness and appreciation of opera and classical-related performances by Filipinos, particularly the young, educated segment of society.

“We saw the need of “further” training our classical singers when it comes to acting, text analysis, character analysis and movement because these aren’t part of the curriculum in the conservatories. In the conservatory we learn vocal techniques, theories, the basic languages for singing like Italian, German, French and we have the different music literatures but the fundamentals of theater or script are not incorporated in the curriculum.” shares Karla Gutierrez, Artistic and Managing Director of Philippine Opera Company.
“It is very important to connect with the audience most especially for opera. The audience should be able to understand what we’re singing even if we’re singing in a different language.” For “LOVE SINGS!” all the arias will be performed in the English text so that the audience will be able to appreciate and understand what the classical singers are singing.”

YAS “LOVE SINGS!” will feature Carlo Miguel Bunyi, Melisa Camba, Bernadette Mamauag, Rein Pineda, Kenneth Kyle Rarama, Nazer Salcedo, Jasmin Salvo and Cloi Sugano with special guest, Jennifer Uy. Collaborating artist, Obel Alalong on the piano.
“LOVE SINGS!” will be directed by Jaime del Mundo.

Proceeds of the show will go to the Artistic and Audience Development Programs of the Philippine Opera Company. For inquiries call Philippine Opera Company at 09176452926 or 09175272880. (PR)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Celebrate Women's Month In Silent Sky

#ComeHomeToRep from March 2 to 25 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati City as Repertory Philippines reveals a figure out of the shadows of history and brings her story to the spotlight in the science bio-drama, Silent Sky. Lauren Gunderson known for science, history and comedies based on Shakespeare, is an American playwright who wrote "Silent Sky." The play focuses on historical figure and astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt and her women's pool who made an astonishing discoveries towards the dawn of modern astronomy. 

Directed by Joy Virata and headlined by Cathy Azanza-Dy in the role of Henrietta Leavitt who will be joined by Caisa Borromeo, Naths Everette Shiela Francisco and Topper Fabregas. Silent Sky is a story that harmonizes science, history, family, love, and the passion of a young woman who forged her own path through a society bent on keeping a woman in her place.

Text and photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Songwriter William Elvin set to release new album this 2018.

After producing a string of original Filipino musicals, including 2011’s “Rizal X”, 2013’s “Maxie The Musicale” and 2016’s “Mula sa Buwan”, singer-songwriter William Elvin is set to release a new collection of personal songs on Spotify and Apple Music in October this year.

Having gained fan support through his emotionally vulnerable and brutally honest musical works, songs such as Ang Sabi Nila (Mula sa Buwan), But I Love No One But You and Tonight, I Break Some Promises (Rizal X) have garnered thousands of listeners on Spotify. With the new album’s release, William aims to express his musical message on a more personal level and connect with his listeners more intimately.

“I think the new album will be an exploration of where I am now as an artist as opposed to where I was creatively when I was just starting out,” said William. “It will contain a mix of songs I have recently written here in HK and some that were from when I was 17 years old,” he revealed.
William Elvin started performing music in 2003 with small band gigs in the now-defunct iconic rock club Mayric’s in Espana, Manila. He then went on to become a performer, writer and director for the stage after being trained in Dulaang UP, the official theater group of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is now based in Hong Kong and is active in the Filipino musician community in the city, and continues to perform with his band William Elvin and the Circus Tour.

To listen to William Elvin’s music, visit his official website at, or like his official Facebook page (PR)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Maja Salvador And Tor Saksit Tours Philippines For Upcoming Single.

Love is truly in the air this February as the most-awaited Asian pop love song Falling Into You by Philippines’ Maja Salvador and Thailand’s ToR Saksit gets its worldwide single release and music video debut on February 9, 2018.

Released by BEC-TERO Music Thailand and Ivory Music & Video Philippines; co-presented by The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Isuzu mu-X Blue Power; and co-supported by Marco Polo Hotel, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, and Robinsons Malls, Maja and ToR will be touring parts of the Philippines to spread kilig in this season of love.

Aside from the highly anticipated Asian Duo’s digital single release, Maja and ToR will be launching Falling Into You in Southwoods Mall BiƱan, Laguna on February 10, 2018, 6PM; and in Robinsons Townville Meycauayan, Bulacan on February 11, 2018, 5pm.

Last year, widely adored Dance Princess Maja Salvador flew to Bangkok, Thailand to meet and record the single with Thai heartthrob ToR. Later in 2017, ToR paid a visit to the Philippines for the song’s promotion and shoot for their upcoming music video.

Valentine’s Day is coming forth, and this melodic musical collaboration from two of the most loved singers in Asia will get the fans falling in love all over again.Falling Into You will be digitally available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music. (PR)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The exciting "Never Say Die".

Before KPOP domination here in the Philippines, Chinese movies were considered crowd favorites in the foreign film entertainment scene especially with themes leaning toward romcom, action and supernatural. Another instance was during the height of the Mexican telenovela in the country in the early 2000, Chinese series Meteor Garden starring F4 was such a big hit on Television.

Chinese movie followers or even those who crave for fresh films are in for a hilarious treat as the recent blockbuster top grosser in China and Hong Kong over the recent months will now be shown in the country. Never Say Die will leave you excited all throughout the film and will have you laughing your heart out as Ai Lun (Edison) and Ma Li (Xiao Xiao) bring you a mixture of all the elements you love in a Chinese film; Action, RomCom and Supernatural all in one movie. The film is the highest-grossing in China in 2017 with a whopping US$334 million recorded in the box office.

Never Say Die surpassed the US$250 million earned by Jackie Chan’s film Kung Fu Yoga last year, to become the biggest single-territory grosser among all live-action comedies ever released.

Never Say Die is a movie about a has-been Ultimate Fighting King (UFK) boxer who can’t seem to get a good fight and a celebrity Journalist who is caught it in a bad romance and how destiny allowed them to straighten their acts as they switch bodies and embark in a series of misadventures to fix their intertwined predicament.

Directed by Yang Song & Chiyu Zhang, the film is an adaptation from a stage play produced by Happy Mahua Pictures, a popular comedy troupes following the success of Goodbye Mr. Loser which incidentally also starred the two.

This feel-good film will definitely awaken the Chinese movie aficionado in you. Distributed in the country by Creative Products Corporation and released by Star Cinema. Never Say Die is showing in cinemas nationwide starting February 28, 2018. (PR)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

‘Art Rules’ 2018 opening salvo of SM Puerto Princesa.

Celebrating the wonders of Palawan through arts, SM City Puerto Princesa starts the year 2018 with Art Rules that highlights local culture and arts.

From January to March 2018, SM City Puerto Princesa will showcase different forms of art depicting the dynamic and vibrant culture of the “Best and Friendliest” island in the world.

“We take the notion of ‘Discover Palawan’ to celebrate the wonders of Palawan created and communicated through the artistry, creativity and thoughtfulness of our local artists, may they be in visual arts, photography, music, creative writing, or performing arts,” said Rita Sarmiento, marketing manager of SM City Puerto Princesa.

For January 2018 alone, there will be mascot parades every weekend, gallery of paintings on selected areas in the mall, music and dance performances on Wednesdays, and photo exhibits at The Event Center.

Ms. Sarmiento also said, “we want to highlight the role of the audience, our customers as active co-creator and partner to the artist, making the entire experience real, meaningful and mutually reinforced.”

Kids will also have an opportunity to hone their creativity in various weekend activities that SM City Puerto Princesa has prepared for them. There will be painting sessions, dream catcher making, cupcake designing, and many more.

In addition to organizing these wonderful activities for the family’s enjoyment, SM City Puerto Princesa’s Art Rules is also committed to making a long term impact on audience development and in artistic development. The said campaign therefore also includes a wide array of educational activities, and further offers an important platform for local artists.

For updates on the activities of Art Rules, visit the SM City Puerto Princesa Facebook Page and Instagram.  (PR)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The NOVUHAIR Holiday bash promo.

Holiday outfit, gifts for kris-kringle, and party ever before the year end.

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