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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Acer Wraps Up 40th Anniversary Celebration With “Smart Cities of a New Si-vilization” Forum

On October 26, Acer and its co-hosts held a forum titled “Smart Cities of a New Si-vilization” in Taipei. As the final event to wrap up the company's 40th anniversary celebration, Acer invited government and industry leaders to discuss and share their thoughts about the future of global technology.

Stan Shih, Acer’s Co-founder and Honorary Chairman took to the stage to deliver a keynote speech where he called on governments and businesses to encourage new thinking, people-centric innovation and integrated cross-industry capabilities with a service-oriented mindset.
Keynote speeches were also presented by industry leaders from Microsoft and TSMC. The keynote speeches were followed by a number of panel discussions and breakout lectures to discuss the many facets of creating smart cities and the New Si-vilization.”

The day-long event also included Acer’s Tech Showcase which gave attendees a look at what an early phase of the New Si-vilization could be by exhibiting a full suite of the company’s latest BYOC products in the segments of smart transportation and smart cities, smart retail and integrated enterprise communications, programming kits, life and wellness solutions, among other applications of new people-centric technologies and solutions.


The forum was hosted jointly by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, National Development Council and Acer Inc.  (PR)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The 10th Enteng Kabisote and The Abangers.

Vic Sotto as Enteng Kabisote.
In the tradition of offering family-friendly fare, Vic Sotto and his Dabarkads are back for another blockbuster fantasy-adventure movie based on the well-loved Pinoy pop culture icon! Kids are in for a treat as Bossing reprises his beloved role as Enteng Kabisote in the latest instalment of the movie series titled:  Enteng Kabisote 10 and The Abangers.

The comedy-adventure movie follows the reluctant hero in his latest fantastical escapade.  Through hard work and determination, Enteng Kabisote has used his talent to “butingting everything” to become an ironworks and robotics magnate. Since his last adventure in Engkantasya, he has settled down to becoming a successful businessman, community leader, and a doting grandfather to his cute and bubbly grandchild Benokis, as his son Benok (Oyo Boy Sotto) tackles fatherhood and his duty as a law enforcer.  Little does he know that trouble is brewing and he will be called on once again to save the world.
Enteng’s nemesis is Kwak-kwak (played by Epi Quizon), a power-obsessed villain who was booted out from Engkantasya. He has the capability to control minds who has launched a virtual reality game that transmits his mind control to anyone who plays it. The villainous plot is helped along by Bibi, Kwak-kwak’s devoted second-in-command and Bibe, his moronic but useful sibling, along with A1/ALLAN & A2/ALLAINE, the two creators of the viral game app which Kwak-Kwak uses as a channel to spread his psychic powers to control humankind.

To defeat Kwak-kwak and restore order in the real world, Enteng calls upon a team of misfits, who form his Abangers team. They are individuals who have unusual special powers and have been waiting for a long time to put these powers into good use.  The Abangers are actually OEWs (overseas engkantasya workers), whose powers Kwak-kwak needs to harness in order to fulfill his nefarious mission.
On his team, Enteng has three inimitable sisters: Nidora (Wally Bayola), a fierce but values-centric granny who possesses an equally fierce loud voice called "The Incredible Voice"; Tinidora (Jose Manalo), who has very quick reflexes and engaging dance moves called "The Flash Dance", and Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros), a flirtatious hot granny who channels her hot flashes to other persons through her stare. They are joined by Remy or “The Mister Iron", a tour guide and family guy who can seemingly flatten any tangible materials, Oring, a spunky female fortune teller in Quiapo who can perfectly predict anyone’s future but only for a span of two minutes, Lucas, a muscled handsome guy from Tondo who possesses incredible strength and a high pitched voice, and Bistika, a standup gay comedian who can perfectly blend himself with his surroundings -- while doing some pakganern splits!

Will Enteng and the Abangers be able to save the world? Moviegoers can find out in theaters on November 30, 2016. The movie is directed by Marlon Rivera and Tony Y. Reyes, and produced by OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions and APT Entertainment. (PR)

Mabining Mandirigma returning this December at CCP.

Liesl Batucan and Armand Ferrer.
Tanghalang Pilipino is on its 30th theatrical season and for its mid – season offering is the acclaimed and multi – awarded MabiningMandirigma a steampunk musical from Dr. NicanorTiongson’s narrative entitled “MabiningMandirigma (The Gentle Warrior)”.

It is the first in Philippine theater to have a woman play the role of ApolinarioMabini. “The play is about a great man, ApolinarioMabini, with a vision and mission for a free and united Filipino people, which were not realized during his time, and which remain to be an elusive dream until now”, according to TP’s Artistic Director, Nanding Josef.
Mga Busabos. Photo by Kurt Copon.
It is a steampunk musical foregrounding the intellectual heroism of ApolinarioMabini, who in the second phase of Philippine revolution, displayed an uncommon vision, a warrior’s spirit, and a principled revolution, as he struggled against all odds to enjoin his countrymen to go beyond considerations of class, clan, economic gain, and personal ambition, so they could think and act as citizens of one nation.

Steampunk is incorporated in the production to make it appeal to contemporary audiences. It repurposes the expressions of the Victorian era and engages them with the current. “The production repurposes the politics and aesthetics of turn of the century Philippines and engages it with current notions and issues”, says director Chris Millado.

Mr. Millado states, “What new meanings will come forth as Mabini’s life and times collide with the restlessness of the present? How can Pure Reason stand up against Brute Power? This is what propels MabiningMandirigma.”
David Ezra and Ensemble. Photo by Kurt Copon
ARTISTIC STAFF:
Chris Millado (Director)
Dr. NicanorTiongson (Librettist)
Manny Pambid (Dramaturg)
Joed Balsamo (Composer, Supervising Arranger, Musical Director)
TJ Ramos (Sound Designer, Co – Arranger, Sound and Mixing Engineer)
Denisa Reyes (Choregrapher)
Toym Imao (Set Designer)
James Reyes (Costume Designer)
KatschCatoy (Lighting Designer)
GA Fallarme (Video Projection Designer)

Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Ticket Prices: Orchestra Center – PHP 1,500.00
                      Orchestra Sides – PHP 1,000.00
Performance Dates: December 2, 2016 – December 18, 2016
            Fridays 8PM / Saturdays 3PM & 8PM / Sundays 3PM  (PR)

A Little Princess to close successful 2016 season of Repertory Philippines.

Sara finds comfort in little Lottie and Becky amidst the struggles
and tough circumstances in her school.
At the cusp of its 50th anniversary,Repertory Philippines, popularly known asREP, is proudly closing the 2016 season with a grand musical production that will surely touch the hearts of audiences no matter what age.

REP presents its year-end musical A Little Princess, from November 18 to December 18 at the OnStage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati. 

A Little Princess is based onthe popular children’s novel written in 1905 by Frances Hodgson Burnett and acclaimed as one of the top fifty best children’s books ever written. The musical adaptation was written by Brian Crawley and set to music by Andrew Lippa. Jillian Ita-as and Maria Gabriela Gil Padilla lead the cast of REP’s A Little Princess as Sara Crewe, a young girl who grew up in West Africa with a great big imagination. Sara is sent to boarding school in London by her father, wealthy and renowned adventurer Captain Crewe who is played by REP veteran actor, Noel Rayos.
REP’s A Little Princess is directed and choreographed by highly respected theater director
Dexter Santos, who is the Director of the Dulaang UP School of Performing Arts and Literature.
She is forced to leave sunny Africa and the kindhearted people who raised her, most especially the caring Aljana who is portrayed by REP’s very own Cara Barredo. Life in the boarding school becomes difficult for Sara when she attracts the envy of the other girls like the snobbish Lavinia played by Jo Mari Logdat (who also alternates with Padilla for this role), and the cruelty of wicked old headmistress Miss Minchin played by Mary Patrice Pacis and Roselyn Perez.

Even though circumstances in school get tough, Sara uses her powerful imagination to transform the gloomy boarding school into a place of mystery and magic. She befriends thepetite scullery maid Becky, little Lottie,and the lovely teacher Miss Amelia. Things take a turn for the worst after it was reported that Captain Crewe died on his journey to Timbuktu and was stripped off his fortune.

Sara loses her privilege as the unofficial princess of the school and is forced by Miss Minchin to work as a serving girl. However, no matter how much Miss Minchin tries to starve and abuse her, Sara manages to rise above it all by always being kind and loving.
Repertory Philippines presents its year-end musicalA Little Princess,from 
November 18 to December 18 at the OnStage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

REP’s A Little Princess is directed and choreographed by highly respected theater director Dexter Santos, who is the Director of the Dulaang UP School of Performing Arts and Literature, with musical direction by critically acclaimed musical arranger and composer EjayYatco.

With a poignant story that resonates with any audience, charming characters played by a brilliant mix of veterans and upcoming young theater actors, and lively and colorful musical numbers, REP’s A Little Princess is a terrific musical that will surely teach the young and young at heart the true meaning and value of kindness, fun, love and laughter.

For inquiries, you may call REP at 843.3570, and Ticketworld at 891.999 or log on to www.ticketworld.com.phFor updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow @repphils on Twitter. (PR)

Peppermint, the new at NorthPine Land Inc.

Trusted property developer, NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI), racked up good reviews from home buyers in the recent reveal of Peppermint model unit.

The new addition to the line-up of model houses in Greenwoods, one of NLI’s premier lifestyle communities in DasmariƱas, Cavite, was unveiled in a well-attended Grand Open House with the theme Greenwoods Goes Green. This is in connection to growth, balance and harmony which are symbols of color green. According to NLI, these are inspirations in the creation of the said unit.

NLI EVP Ferdinand Macabanti said, “NorthPine is very proud of Peppermint. It is a place for growth as it offers a refreshing take on your usual house & lot. It is an ideal refuge to achieve work/life balance. As it is carefully situated amongst a natural setting, Peppermint’s look and feel is in harmony with Greenwoods’ verdant surroundings.”

With sleek and simple architectural finish, Peppermint is designed to blend in with the natural setting of the sub-community of Parkview in Greenwoods. The lifestyle community has a naturally lush environment and offers a panoramic view of the stunning landscapes from afar.


NLI Technical Management Group executed an excellent maximization of the standard 185sqm lot area. The house has a floor space of around 160sqm with 3 bedrooms and 2 common T&B. The first time to introduce the multi split-level type, NLI is proud to have created segregated spaces to create intimate areas around the house. It has a lower ground level and an elevated master’s bedroom at the second floor.
A glimpse of Peppermint’s cathedral ceiling, dining area at the lower ground floor and master’s bedroom at the second floor’s mezzanine.

Spacious balconies above the garage area and another one in the rear section just outside the dining area provide a stunning view and naturally cool ambience where one can lounge and relax. A cathedral ceiling with surrounding glass windows, including a corner pane, is another attractive feature. Moreover, the sloping terrain in the section where the units will be built provides legroom which can be upgraded to a storage. Homebuyers may avail Peppermint for as low as PHP5M.

NLI brokers already made high sales for Peppermint since its launch and continues to attract more positive responses from homebuyers. The property developer claims this breaking milestone a reflection of its expertise in building innovative and quality house & lots.      

NorthPine Land Inc. (NLI) is one of the country’s trusted real estate prime movers with a prestigious portfolio of projects in Pampanga (Montana Views), Cavite (Kahaya Place, Greenwoods Village, Wind Crest and Kohana Grove), Laguna (South Hampton), Antipolo City (Forest Ridge), and Pasig City (Lexington). Its distinguished shareholders are: HongKong Land, BDO, Metrobank, and San Miguel Properties, Inc. To know more about our lineup of products, visit www.northpineland.com or call +632 637.1531. (PR)                                                                                                                  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Da Shanghai Sauna, gay friendly spa place in Taiwan.

The entrance to this discreet place.
If your gay, single and ready to mingle, and travelling to Taiwan particular in Taipei, don’t forget to visit this classic Gay friendly sauna right in the bustling busy street near the Train Grand Station, well it’s a lot of walk from the said point of landmark.
The Welcome counter.
It’s called Da Shanghai Sauna, exact address is  No. 12, Lane 80, Section 1, Hankou St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 and with telephone number +886 2 2311 0078.
The place is not that easy to find, we had a hard time looking for it, we talk to a lot of people to point us to the said place, but we end up returning to our Taipei M Hotel, fortunately the staff of our hotel assists us and also was bother with the address numbers, so she end up calling the number and we spoke directly to them, and to our surprise it’s just on the front of the said hotel on a sort hidden street.
Locker Rooms
So best tip is to call them, and they will give you instruction on how to get there with all the signs and symbols you will see along the way, and yes they are open 24 hours and seven days a week. The red lantern outside is the sign you found the place to be.

The place is generally old, but its clean, there are numerous lockers that can keep all your belongings, there is a reception area wherein you can eat and drink, they don’t serve food and drink and its ok to buy outside and bring it in.
Shower and Pool Area.
There is the bathing area section where showers and two hot and cold pool are located, as well as the sauna, and adjacent to it is a small room for steam bath near to the toilet. There are TV rooms, cabins and basement section that have private rooms that you can sleep, usually you can stay up to 6hours. Some guest that we chat with, most of them stay there before catching their flight to wherever.
Grooming Area with blower and other toiletress.
Da Shanghai promotes safe sex, condoms and lubes are everywhere from the reception up to the private rooms, and it’s for free.  Soaps and shampoos are also available.
Most of the guests we notice are ages 35 up to 80 years, mostly Chinese and a bunch of foreigners. Fee is NTD350 for the first visit, and a discount of NTD100 to the second or succeeding visits. The staffs are friendly and can speak well in English.
The mini-Sauna room.
According to the staff we chat, best time to visit is around afternoon where a lot of guests are coming in, this are from three in the afternoon up to 8 in the evening, but they are open 24 hours and there is no preferred days, because any day of the week they are full. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dannah Garcel. Bandillo Ng Palawan, Nov 17-23, 2003

When sexy stars begin to boom again Philippine Showbiz, another Palawenya try her luck to be an actress and soon a legend, from joining TV contest in noon time show to solo movie with sexy theme, the name Dannah Garcel is somehow make a noise.

She is not a pure Palawenya, but her family stay in Calero in Brgy. San Miguel at the capital Puerto Princesa for many years even until now. Dannah even study in Holy Trinity College by then, and move again to Manila to continue her chance in getting to showbiz.

After making movies, shows and even recording, Dannah's career was abrupt due to a vehicular accident that affect her eyes, but with proper guide and medication she manage to see until now. She bid showbiz and what I know she is already married and have a family of her own.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Novuhair CEO gets 37th Agora Awards for Individual Category.

Quezon City, Philippines – Nutramedica, Inc. President and CEO Sheila Mae Velilla bagged the Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship – Medium Scale at the recently concluded 37th Agora Awards. Nutramedica is a homegrown 100% wholly-owned Filipino enterprise that manufactures and distributes Novuhair, an acclaimed line of products that addresses hair loss.

Held last October 26 at PICC, CCP Complex, the Agora Awards recognizes individuals and organizations for exceptional marketing skills and strategies. It is touted to be the premier marketing awards body in the country and sets the high standards of excellence in the industry.

From humble beginnings to big winner. 
Moving in an industry dominated by giant multinational pharmaceutical companies, Nutramedica’s tenacious rise from its humble beginnings as a microenterprise is one for the books. Thanks largely to its creativity and innovation, it has become a major player with a well-established niche in the industry.

Founded in 2004 by Velilla, Nutramedica develops beauty and healthcare products out of natural and mostly indigenous ingredients. It is one of the pioneers in the commercialization of virgin coconut oil (VCO) and gained wide success with its slogan “healthiest oil on earth,” which led to its acquisition by a big company.

It continued to create more VCO-based skin care products and hit the jackpot with its latest, and now banner, product – Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss. This breakthrough solution is made of 19 herbal ingredients and comes in topical scalp lotion, herbal shampoo, and herbal conditioner that effectively battles the effects of hair loss and helps enhance and restore one’s crowning glory.

Launched in 2009, Novuhair enjoys tremendous success until today. It is widely accepted not only here in the Philippines, but also in other countries. It is set to enter the international market, starting with the United States (US), in December of this year. Such bold, yet timely, move of the company to export Novuhair to the US and eventually the Middle East also opens the opportunity for proudly-made local products to penetrate the global arena.

Novuhair’s popularity and market leadership may be attributed to the company’s initial market study coupled with the right timing, as well as smart use of resources by coming up with an effective tri-media campaign best described as low-budget yet high-impact marketing.

Leveraging on its organic growth from a microenterprise to medium scale with over 30 employees in a span of 12 years, Nutramedica continues to further develop, market and distribute high-quality goods that could bring honor to the country.

The firm raises the bar in entrepreneurship with its faithful adherence to best business practices, such as provision of high quality products and excellent services, adaptability to market trends, constant innovation, diversification of trade, and giving back to society.

“Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people”, Velilla quotes Steve Jobs when asked what’s her secret to success in this competitive business of beauty and healthcare.

“We at Nutramedica also adhere to our core values of integrity, trust, fairness, discipline, humility, leadership, teamwork and faith in God. That’s our winning formula,” Velilla further adds.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com. (PR)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Ballet Philippines brings back "Disco Fever".

From December 2 to 11 at the CCP Main Theater, celebrate the holidays with “Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko”, Ballet Philippines’ new dance musical featuring the songs of popular Filipino disco group, VST & Co. The show is an exciting collaboration with ABS-CBN and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Gerard Salonga.

“Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko” tells the story of the forbidden love between Teresa, a high-class kolehiyala and Victor, a construction worker. They are brought together and torn apart amidst the backdrop of the Philippines in the late ‘70s – brimming with disco fever but within the confines of Martial Law.

The show features Filipino disco favorites such as “Rock Baby Rock”, “Magsayawan”, and “Ipagpatawad Mo”, along with Bert de Leon’s “Hindi Ko Akalain, Roger Rigor’s “Ikaw ang Aking Pasko”, and Celso Llarina & Roger Rigor’s “Puwede Ba?”, all woven together by a libretto by Bibeth Orteza and transformed into dance by choreographers Carissa Adea, James Laforteza, and PJ Rebullida. It will be directed by BP artistic director Paul Alexander Morales.

Taking the lead roles of Victor and Teresa are two of Ballet Philippines’ legendary principal dancers: Nonoy Froilan and Edna Vida Froilan. Their younger selves will be portrayed by Jean Marc Cordero, Rita Angela Winder, Denise Parungao, and Garry Corpuz.
Joining them are two casts of singers culled from the ABS-CBN talent pool and distinguished actors from the Philippine theater scene. The gala cast from ABS-CBN is comprised of Michael Pangilinan, Karylle, Markki Stroem, and Kyle Echarri. They will be alternating with Sandino Martin, Cooky Chua, Jef Flores, and Noel Comia.

“This has been a rather fortuitous undertaking,” shares Morales. “Jed Balsamo had the idea to do a show with the music of VST and Co., then ABS-CBN approached us to do a project together... We’re very lucky that all of these pieces came together so easily.”

A Filipino disco group prominent in the late 1970s, VST & Co. is one of the pioneering groups of the music genre known as the Manila Sound. The group is composed of Vic Sotto, Spanky Rigor, Tito Sotto, Val Sotto, Celso Llavina, Monet Gaskell, Male Rigor, Roger Rigor, Jun Medina, Joey de Leon, Homer Flores, Chito Ilagan, Ben Escasa, Fred Concepcion, Boy Alcaide, and Clod Baria. Their impressive collection of hits has left a legacy that endures to this day.
“Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko” will be staged at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo) from December 2 to 11, 2016. Ticket prices range from Php 500 to Php 3500, with discounts for students, senior citizens, and government employees. (PR)

World Flavors at your plate. courtesy of Citi Credit Cards and The Bistro Group.

Have you ever gone on a food trip, trying different national dishes for each meal? Citi Credit Cards is teaming up with The Bistro Group to make this happen for you, and at pocket-friendly prices. Simply use your Citi card to get 40% off at the featured The Bistro Group restaurant of the week.

You can start your food trip with an all-American meal at TGI Friday’s, which offers hefty portions of thick juicy steaks, famous burgers and crisp salads. From October 3-6, Citi cardholders get a generous 40% on their bill. From October 10-13, don’t miss out on Korean favorites such as kimchi, barbecued meats, noodles and rice dishes when you dine next at Bulgogi Brothers.

Come October 17 to 20, take your time hopping between two must-dine places: for the freshest seafood dishes, head over to Fish & Co.; while garlic fans looking for a kick of taste in their meals should proceed to Krazy Garlic, which includes the healthy, tasty herb with every dish.

Looking for more spice? Make a pit stop on October 24-27 at Buffalo Wild Wings, which serves the world-famous “buffalo-style” chicken wings.

Expand your knowledge of Continental dining from October 31 through November 3 at the Village Tavern, which is famous for its flatbreads, salads, crab cakes and its signature Cowboy Burger. To enjoy a balanced diet in a more casual ambiance, go with the Southwest flavors of Moe’s, The Bistro Group’s newest restaurant franchise. While you’re at it, why not try the delicious hand-cut steaks and fall-off-the-bone ribs of Texas Roadhouse?

Satisfy your taste for Oriental gastronomy at Modern Shanghai, home of innovative Chinese cuisine, on November 7-10. Savor the tender, flavorful pork cutlets of Tonkatsu by Terazawa or indulge in authentic Japanese cuisine at Watami Restaurant during the same period.

To complete your gastronomic journey, visit Italianni’s for the classic Italian-American experience on November 14-17.

This weekly 40% discount is available every Monday through Thursday from October 3 to November 17. To avail this, diners must have a minimum bill of P2,500 and the discount will apply up to the first P5,000 spend. Only one Citi card transaction per table can qualify for the promotion.

Learn more about privileges exclusive to Citi cardholders! Log on to www.citibank.com.ph or call the 24-hour CitiPhone Hotline at 995 9999.

You can also visit www.bistro.com.ph. (PR)

Pasion Flight this Nov 30.

 
The Philippine Suzuki Association (PSA) proudly presents the one-night-only first Philippine concert titled " PASSION FLIGHT” featuring ISKANDAR WIDJAJA, Berlin-based violin virtuoso and ITAMAR GOLAN, world-renowned collaborating pianist on November 30 at 4 pm - Fleur de Lis Theater, St. Paul University Manila, Pedro Gil, Malate.

" PASSION FLIGHT " is a Fundraising Concert of the benefit of PSA Teacher Development Program, Scholarships, and the forthcoming 2018 Asia Region Suzuki Conference in Manila.

Born in Berlin, IskandarWidjaja began playing violin at the age of four, at first with the Suzuki method under Susan Mann. At eleven, he was accepted as an extraordinary student at the College of Music in Berlin, where he studied with Ursula Scholz and Joachim Hantzschk. Furthermore, he studied at the Julius Stern Institute Berlin– the pre-college division for the highly musically gifted. After completing secondary school, he studied violin at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Prof. Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Prof. IlanGronich, which he completed in 2010.

Iskandar’s debut CD “Bach ‘n’ Blues” was released worldwide by Oehms Classics in 2011 to great critical acclaim by press and recommendation by Bavarian, Hesse, and North german broadcast.

His second album ,"Precious Refuge-Works by J.S.Bach", recorded with the Berliner Camerata,was released in April 2014 with notable reviews and recommendations by FonoForum,NDR, BR Klassik, Deutsch land radioKultur, the Strad, Pizzicato magazine and was named "CD of the month" by Rondo magazine.
Additionally,Iskandar plays Tango with his Trio "CAYAO". Their debut album was released in October 2014 and reached the Classical Bestseller Charts Top 30 after a TV appearance on arte with startenor Rolando Villazon.

Furthermore, Iskandar has been the face for Indonesia’s high-end coffee brand “JJ Royal“ as a brand ambassador and TV commercial model for three years. He has been on the cover of indonesia’s “High End“ magazine, Fashion-TV magazine, the Jakarta Post, to name a few. Recently he collaborated closely with the VOLKSWAGEN group. His concert wardrobes are officially sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger. Photoshoots for Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Mens Folio or the Volkswagen Magazine round out his profile as a modern classical violinist.

He plays a Franciscus Geissenhof from 1793and a Stradivarius from 1734, on loan by Florian Leonhard.

On the other hand, Itamar Golan for more than two decades, has been partnering the most outstanding instrumentalists of our time. His work has brought him great critical acclaim, and he is one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, playing on the most prestigious stages around the world.

Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Itamar’s family emigrated to Israel when he was a year old. He started his musical studies there, and at the age of seven, he gave his first concerts in Tel-Aviv.

He was repeatedly awarded scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation which enabled him to study with Emmanuel Krasovsky and ChaimTaub, his chamber music mentor. Later, under a full scholarship from the New England Conservatory in Boston, he was chosen to study with Leonard Shure.

Since his early years, Itamar Golan’s passion has been chamber music, but he also has appeared as soloist with some of the major orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta, Royal Philharmonic under the direction of Riccardo Muti, and Philarmonia Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel.

Over the years, Itamar has collaborated with VadimRepin, Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky, ShlomoMintz, IvryGitlis, Ida Haendel, Kyung Wha Chung, Sharon Kam, Janine Jansen, Martin Frost, and Torleif Thedeen, among many others. He is a frequent participant in many prestigious international music festivals, such as Salzburg, Verbier, Lucerne, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and has made numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Decca, Teldec, EMI and Sony Classical labels.

In 1991, Itamar Golan was nominated to the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, making him one of their youngest teachers ever. Since 1994, he has been teaching chamber music at the Paris Conservatory. He resides in Paris, where he is involved in many different artistic projects.

The Philippine Suzuki Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization of Suzuki teachers, parents, and students. It aims to foster, promote and advance the understanding of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy and methodology. Through the Mother Tongue Approach, it provides students the opportunity to learn music at an early age. PSA's current president is Prof. Carolyn Kleiner-Cheng and its founding president is Prof. Carmencita Guanzon-Arambulo.
Itamar Golan, Prof. Carmencita Guanzon-Arambulo & Rica Arambulo
PSA Inc. promotes fellowship and interaction among its members as well as with other Suzuki organizations all over the world. Its goal is to reach out to the people; to uplift their lives and to bring happiness to all children through music.

PSA Inc. is duly accredited by the Asia Region Suzuki Association (ARSA) and the International Suzuki Association (ISA). By affiliation, all members of PSA Inc. are automatically members of the Asia Region Suzuki Association (ARSA) and the International Suzuki Association (ISA).

Ticket prices at P3000, 2000, and 1,000.

For reservations, please call PSA Office/Greenhills Music Studio at 7240705, 7242543, 0922-828-0377, 0922- 837-5454. (PR)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Yes, a broadway Christmas concert this December in Manila.

Are you a fan of Broadway musicales ? Well, a new theater company will bring to Manila a different concept of a Christmas concert this coming holiday season.

So, come and join us as we welcome ANDREW KEENAN-BOLGER in “A VERY BROADWAY CHRISTMAS IN MANILA” on December 11 – 7 pm at the newly opened BGC Arts Center located in Taguig City.

For those living in the South, you can also catch this concert in Iloilo City on December 17 at the Central Philippine University’s Rose Memorial Hall.

Produced and directed by Jhett Tolentino, the concert will feature a mix of holiday tunes synonymous to Christmas, Broadway anthems from the latest musicals, and a surprise mix of Original Pilipino Music. Under the musical direction of Ceejay Javier, the repertoire will have a new and fresh rearrangement for audiences of all ages to enjoy.

Andrew Keenan-Bolger’s Broadway credits include: "Jesse Tuck" in Tuck Everlasting (Drama League nominee), “Crutchie" in Newsies (Outer Critics Circle nominee), Mary Poppins, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol. For film, he appeared as “Billy Frazier” in The Rewrite starring Hugh Grant. In television, he was in “Nurse Jackie”, “Looking”. Andrew also directed the award-winning films "Sign" and "The Ceiling Fan." He also appeared in Webseries - “Submissions Only.” Andrew is also co-author of the best-selling children’s book series “Jack &Louisa” (Penguin Random House).

Special guest artist is Tanya Manalang, who recently appeared in Rak of Aegis and the London revival of “Miss Saigon – 25th Anniversary.”
Jhett Tolentino
JhettDizon Tolentino is a Pinoy Pride born, raised and educated in Iloilo CIty. He had won three Tony Awards for producing Broadway shows, making him the second Philippine-born Tony Award winner. He is the first Filipino Tony Awards voter among the 27 million theater-goers in the United States. He is also a Grammy Awards voter. In 2014, Jhett received the award for The Outstanding Filipino-American - New York (TOFA-NY) for Entertainment in at the Carnegie Hall, New York City. In February 2016, Jhett was recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts with "Ani Ng Dangal" Awar for bringing international honor to the Philippines. Currently, he is the Deputy Chapter Commander of the Knights of Rizal - NY Chapter and a delegate to the 5th Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro). He is the President and Artistic Director of Jhett Tolentino Productions Inc. the newest company to join Manila’s theaterdom,

Jhett Tolentino Productions Inc. is led by Bal Endriga (Chairman of the Board); Trisha Victoria Lim (Vice President); Ma. JudelfhaMabaquiao (Secretary); Ma. Anastasia MelanaMonfort Lim (Treasurer); Sunshine Elizabeth Do and Agnes Jamora (Board of Directors); Atty. JericJucaban (Corporate Counsel)

For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999. You can also check our social media: Facebook: Jhett Tolentino Productions, Inc. and Instagram: jtpi2016 (PR)

The truth on Hair Chemicals by Novuhair.

We may not be aware that we are unknowingly putting harmful chemicals on our hair thus resulting to general conditions such as migraine, nausea and skin rashes. The symptoms maybe quickly attributed to stress but if you look closer to that hair product you’re using, you’ll be surprise to find the culprit.

Popularity does not equate to safety, some popular brands sold in the market are loaded with mildly toxic chemicals that may be harmful in prolonged use.
Novuhair, Nature’s answer to hair loss, gives you the lowdown on these chemicals to help you with your choices.

Myth: Shampoo must produce lots of lather in order to properly clean your hair.
Truth: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a compound that helps shampoo and other cleaning product in producing foam and bubbles. Though it may effectively remove hair build-up, it can also strip off essential oils that is needed to keep your hair healthy.

Myth: Parabens has an anti-bacterial compound benefits that outweighs the harm.
Truth: Parabens are basically used to prolong the shelf life of hair and cosmetic products mostly for its antibacterial purpose. Symptoms that are related to over exposure to parabens are Atopic Dermatitis and Rosacea. Further studies also show that use of products with parabens accelerate skin damage and aging related to sun exposure.
Myth: My hair smells terrific! I love the perfume scent on my hair product.
Truth: A nice whiff of perfume might not be harmful but the fragrance that is mixed in your hair product might have come from harmful substances from highly toxic ingredients which can lead to Allergic reactions and mood swings. That perfume is better off somewhere else.

Myth: Hair products that promise straightening and smoothening effect use non-toxic Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate as a natural preservative.
Truth: Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate is a substance used in making your hair soft and bouncy, although it is considered natural preservative, also releases formaldehyde which can lead to skin and eye irritations. Prolonged use may also affect your immune system.

Use of some of these chemicals combined may also result to hair loss and other hair problems, thus, it is important to be an informed consumer. A lot of new products have saturated the market hence, read the labels for fine prints before buying.
Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss is made of 19 Natural ingredients which includes herbal components such as moringaoleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint. Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching.


NovuhairTopical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com. (PR)_

Ricky Lee receives Lifetime Achievement Award in New York by IFFM.

Veteran screenwriter Ricky Lee was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Scriptwriting by the International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) in New York.

Lee personally received the plaque of recognition from festival director Luis Pedron last October 20 during the IFFM awards night held at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center in New York City.

The award-winning writer also conducted ascriptwriting workshop from October 17 to 19 at the Producers Club Theaters & Bar. He has been holding workshops in the Philippines since 1982, producing hundreds of graduates who are now part of the movie and TV industry. He has mentored several budding writers and he vows to continue to help more of them reach their full writing potential in his upcoming workshops.

Lee has written more than 160 scripts for Filipino films since 1973. Many of these have won awards here and abroad. Among them are Himala, Karnal, Moral, Salome and other films directed by acclaimed Filipino filmmakers, including the late National Artists for Film Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal.

Aside from being a screenwriter, Lee is also a book author, fictionist and playwright. He has written Trip to Quiapo, a scriptwriting manual; Si Tatang at mgaHimala ng AtingPanahon, a collection of short stories; Pitik-Bulag Sa Buwan Ng Pebrero, a playbook; the novels Para Kay B (O Kung PaanoDinevastate ng Pag-ibigang 4 out of 5 saAtin) and Si Amapolasa 65 naKabanata; and screenplay books like Brutal/Salome, Moral, Bukas May Pangarap and Jose Rizal. His script for Salome has also been translated into English and published by the University of Wisconsin for its film studies.
Lee has received more than 60 trophies from various award-giving bodies, including the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Gawad Para saSining, UP GawadPlaridel, NatatangingGawadUrian from the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, and a similar Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cinemanila International Film Festival. He was also one of the recipients of the Centennial Honors for the Arts from the CCP and the GawadPambansangAlagadniBalagtas for Tagalog fiction from the Unyon ng mgaManunulatsaPilipinas (UMPIL).

At ABS-CBN, he has worked as Creative Manager, handling dramas for television such as MangarapKa, Maging Sino Ka Man, Vietnam Rose, Ysabella, Lobo, Magkaribal, Imortal, KahitIsangSaglit and The Greatest Love.

The week-long IFFM showcased 11 narrative feature films, 32 shorts and two documentaries from the US, Spain, China, Mauritius, Australia, Germany, Canada, Argentina, Finland and the Philippines (SBS). (PR)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Menotti Thriller In Manila this November.

MusicArtes' OPERA INTIMA_ a showcase of intimate dramatic performances stages Gian Carlo Menotti's THE MEDIUM, a thriller musical drama on November 11,13,16 & 18 at the Mirror Theatre Studio in Makati. 

Director Leo Rialp conceives an exciting version of The Medium featuring singer-actors Jon Abella, Jay Valencia Glorioso, Lara Maigue, Ronaldo Abarquez, Stephanie Aguilar, Margarita Roco,  and pianist Dingdong Fiel. 

First presented in New York in 1947, The Medium also ran on Broadway’s Barrymore Theater. Menotti directed a “film noir” version in 1951 to reach a global audience. This dark drama is a play of ideas, the fascination with the occult, psychic and supernatural world versus reality, innocence, truth and God. 

The Medium, published by G. Schirmer Pty Ltd and by kind permission of the Music Sales Group, will premiere at the blackbox Mirror Theatre Studio, 5th flr. SJG Centre, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Don. Pedro St. Poblacion,Makati. Tickets are available at Ticketworld outlets (8919999), and at MusicArtes Inc. (8958098/0939 2611228). (PR)