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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Arthurian Legend Musical Spamalot

Recipent of both Tony and Drama Desk for Best Musical and Grammy award for Best Musical Show Album, " Monty Python's Spamalot " debuted Manila on July 28, 2017. A musical stage adaptation from the 1975 film, " Monty Python And The Holy Grail, " with book and lyrics by Eric Idle and music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle. Financially and critically successful, the original Broadway production opened in 2005 and has been staged and toured across North America, United Kingdom, Spain, West End, among others. This musical revolved on the story of the legendary King Arthur (Lorenz Martinez), the Knights Of The Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail. Lady Of The Lake (Rachel Alejandro and Carla Guevara-Laforteza), a mythical creature guided their journey. Produced by Upstart Productions Incorporated, a company founded by three acclaimed and veteraned actors Joel Trinidad, Onyl Torres and Noel Trinidad was responsible for the Manila run of the Arthurian legend musical.
Directors Joel Trinidad and Nicky Trivino made a very good scale through comparison and contrast. Balance and weight were created through stage blocking and business. Articulation, enunciation and pronunciation of the actors were such a dynamic. The consistency of the accent was a gem of the show. Very pleasing to hear were the rhyming on the line being thrown and line being sung. Martinez who played as King Arthur was perfect choice. Laforteza starred as Lady Of The Lake was a terrific, melodific and comedic onstage. An impressive and interpretative performance and beautiful wearing those creations by Libiran. Filipino celebrated designer Francis Libiran, known for his signature art deco and applique, created five brand-new medieval gowns tailored specifically to be worn by Lady Of The Lake. The shining, shimmering and glittering gown were a hit, a beauty that speaks about her character. Set design by Ed Lacson Jr. and lighting by Meliton Roxas Jr. and Jethro Nibaten complemented the view and the mood. Designers Odit Satre, Jaylo Conanan and Francis Libiran made a realistic and periodic impression through their costumes. Watching this show on the afternoon of July 29 was delightfully hilarious from the beginning to the end. And I am thankful for the invitation.
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Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Blackbird to open Sept 1 at RCBC Theater.

Theater veteran Bart Guingona and Mikkie Bradshaw - Volante will portray the roles of Ray and Una in the forthcoming play BLACKBIRD written by David Harrower.

About the play:
Una, a 27-year-old woman, comes to visit Ray, a 55-year-old man, at his office. They are clearly not comfortable in other's company, and we soon find out why: 15 years before, when Una was only twelve, Ray seduced Una over the course of three months and finally took her away to a hotel for the weekend. Ray spent several years in prison for statutory rape, and Una was ostracized from her community after the incident. Now, she has found him by accident, and the play delves into their complex feelings for each other. Though clearly, and definitional, sexual abuse has occurred, the play that ensues is also part of a love story -- a horrible love story, but a love story all the same.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play, Blackbird is a deeply complex portrayal of two people whose ruined lives are inextricably intertwined. (Synopsis taken from:

Playwright David Harrower
Direction Topper Fabregas
Set design Joey Mendoza
Lights design John Batalla
Sounds design Jethro Joaquin
Photography Paul Lao
Poster Design Steven Tansiongco

First Week:
September 1 (Friday) – 8PM
September 2 (Saturday) – 8PM
September 3 (Sunday) – 3PM

Second Week:
September 8 (Friday) – 8PM
September 9 (Saturday) – 8PM
September 10 (Sunday) – 3PM

Venue: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium
4/F RCBC Plaza, Makati City

Ticket Price: PhP 1,200.00 Orchestra center
PhP 1,000.00 Orchestra sides and orchestra back
PhP 800.00 Loge
PhP 500 Balcony

For inquiries, please contact:
Dodo Lim Ivy Baggao
Producer Prod Manager
0928-5072924 0915-4676443

“IT’S TEE TIME!”with Ivory Music and Tee Radio.

Known top independent Philippine record label Ivory Music and Video teams up with trending online radio station Tee Radio in an exclusive collaboration for a new and anticipated radio segment entitled It’s Tee Time.

It will be a one-hour show dedicated to Tee Radio’s listeners here and abroad to be aired twice a month on Fridays, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM; and aims to interest them in talks about all walks of life, teenage trends and fad, everything under the sun.

Its Tee Time will highlight the most demanded topics that will surely catch the interest of its viewers and listeners. The segment eyes on talking about matters on teenage issues and concerns, music-related topics, human interest stories, and the like.

In view of reaching everyone through social media, the one-hour show will be done in a podcast (audio broadcast) and vodcast (video broadcast) which will be released on Tee Radio’s massively followed Facebook page, as well as in Tee Radio’s mobile app and website, and Ivory Music’s Youtube and Facebook channel.

With more than six million likes on Facebook, Tee Radio is on a roll in its game of being the first online-based radio streaming station in the Philippines.

Established in 2011, Tee Radio enlivens its viewers by catering all interests through music, entertainment, news, and variety programs in just one click.

Because of their immense popularity, Tee Radio was awarded in the 36th People’s Choice Entertainment Awardee for Most Outstanding Trending Portal.

Furthermore, it is now available globally 24/7 with interactive-reach and real-time responses, unlike conventional radios; and can be downloaded on Google Play and the App Store.

Ivory Music’s recognitions for OPM releases and being the exclusive licensee distributor of Sony Music in the Philippines is sure to create a harmonious project with teen-crazed Tee Radio, gearing up a jam-packed show unlike any other.

Last August 11, upcoming pop-rock band Eevee is the guest on its pilot episode of Its Tee Time! Next to look forward to is rising band Iktus coming August 25, as well as Rocker Dad Bradley Holmes.

Don’t miss it! It’s Tee Time, powered by Ivory Music and Video and Tee Radio. (PR)

De-stress your tress in Natural way.

Striking a life balance is no easy task to do. It requires hard work and dedication which sometimes can be strenuous to achieve. Can you imagine how overtaxing it is to juggle between your career and providing for your loved ones?

Studies have shown that stress is commonly caused by interrelationships, such as having to deal with work issues and family-related complications. If left unresolved over time, it could lead to immune deficiency, which later on, might cause other parts of our body to show signs of disruption like hair loss.

Many of us could attest to that. It’s like always autumnal equinox whenever we experience chronic hair fall, most especially at the prime of stress. At its peak, our white blood cells attack no less than the follicles, thus causing alopecia. What’s more, anxiety could drive your mane into a prolonged resting phase, which is called telogen effluvium.

Stress experienced by the body or beyond our coping resources could trigger hair loss symptoms, which, if not addressed properly, could result to early baldness. Worried about this? Fret no more. You can beat it simply by relaxing, eating or flexing some muscles.

Never underestimate the power of sleep. If you feel that you are over your head in dealing with anxieties, choose to rest it off for a while and recharge.

Let’s get physical to de-stress. It helps release endorphins, or what is known as the happy hormones, that can be beneficial in relieving the tension.

How about rewarding yourself? Watch the timeless story of Tony and Maria and their fateful love affair as the electrifying classic WEST SIDE STORY musical premieres at The Theatre at Solaire on August 10. Read more on

Eat more fruits and veggies. Having these as a staple in your diet will bolster your immunity from disease, which in turn, knock out stress. We can all benefit from the vitamins and minerals of the healthy food we consume.

It’s best to complement these simple regimens with a topical solution that’s safe to keep your crowning glory at its robust state. NOVUHAIR, nature's answer to hair loss, is made up of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help remedy stress-related hair loss and promote healthy tress and scalp.

The challenge in preventing these mane problems is to keep your locks healthy with proper care and let it grow naturally sans subjecting your hair to temporary relief with the use of harmful chemicals. Go natural.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Find comfort at Discomfort Room.

More often than not, mental health illnesses are trivialized – to the point that it is apathetically dismissed and ignored as a mere attempt to bring an afflicted individual back on an emotional level that is more acceptable and manageable for the common man. Mental illnesses are frowned upon with a stigma which is harmful to an afflicted individual.

Discomfort Room is an experimental group show attempting to engage that stigma. It is an experiential acceptance; that these problems exist within our material plane of existence, manifesting in our daily lives like broken furniture inside our own homes. The room recreates the space inside our heads, decorated with the pains and illnesses depicted in different types of media. It communicates the ephemeral struggle against a constant burden in an individual’s daily life; and yet it is a safe-space, where the disturbed can realize that they are not alone in their fight.

As art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, the room is set to comfort or discomfort the occupants.
Either way, welcome home.

Curated by WIPO
Written by Wesly Sy

Kris Abrigo
Kris Abrigo is a sculptor, a painter and an illustrator, just to name a few. He studied in Fine Arts and majored in Visual Communication in UP Diliman. He has won a national sculpture competition and has had a handful of group shows under his belt. His work has gained much visibility over the years from doing street art for a year and doing illustrations and set designs for magazines, to creating murals for commercial and residential spaces, and crafting design sculptures for a furniture shop.

Gab Baez
Gab Baez plays between two ends of the spectrum: the discipline of neatly cropped images and the crude rendering of ghostly visions. Her monochromatic paintings are images of experiences; moments captured by the eyes of others, borrowed as if to live in that reality or perhaps escape her own. She shows how fragmented her thought process can be and still make sense to the person seeing it. Seeing the face of a girl can mean one thing to the artist and another to the viewer. A hand is only a hand until it is transformed by a pun.

Franz Casaclang
Franz Oliver Chan Casaclang (FOCC) transforms and channels his ideas through the virtual romance of 3D Graphics and Motion Design, churning in different sources primarily poetry and music and how it activates senses and sensuality. This is why FOCC’s works, although appearing to be arbitrary, carries innuendos that ironically reflects the truth about emotional and social interactions, even its paradoxes. The name speaks for such artistic discovery. FOCC took Visual Communication in the University of the Philippines-Diliman and is currently a Multimedia Officer in one of the country's casinos.

John Hey
Graphic Designer and Multimedia artist, John Hey graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication. As a student, he was part of the varsity track and field team and was also a freelance designer and multimedia artist; maximizing his capabilities in different fields and balancing priorities as a student-athlete-artist all at the same time. As a young boy, he would frequently create different characters using clay as he was exposed to anime and cartoons in television. Sculpture is Hey’s main media for his works and his subjects derive from pop culture. In recent events, Hey’s works was part of the Mars Ravelo’s: Early works exhibit held in NCCA last April. The Ravelo family commissioned him to render a few of Mars Ravelos first comic book characters namely: Rita, Gorio, Tekla and Ipe into sculptures. It was the first time in 70 years that these characters where rendered from two dimensional drawings to three dimensional artworks. He currently works as a fulltime art director and graphic designer for an advertising agency and is also pursuing his career in creating designer toys/ Toy art.
Lorenzo Luis Hidalgo
With a background in filmmaking, Luis Hidalgo translates his skills into his video art. He draws inspiration from the human body, specifically the eyes. This part of the body becomes a medium to tackle themes such as the influence of media to the present generation and societal perception of current issues and norms. Hidalgo graduated with the degree of Digital Filmmaking at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. In 2016, his thesis film “Nakauwi Na” was a finalist for the short film category.

Jeffrey Jay Jarin
The primary concept of Jeffrey Jay Jarin's works are just simple day-to-day moments that basically anyone can relate to. He gives significance to things, places, and feelings that surround us, a common-ground — like plants for example. It is somehow innate to us to consider plants to be just a decorative object, something to fill those plain spaces we have at home, but little do we know about the so called filler, plants have personality, use, benefits and feelings too — just like us.

Visually, Jarin's pieces almost always contain concrete elements to signify the stiffness around us and plants to provide balance between the living and the non-living things. A few other elements that he named “integral organisms” that wander and explore within the space can also be seen, as his representation of one's curiousness and adaptaion to unknown spaces or situation to give us enlightenment of things on a much deeper level.

Jeffrey Jay Jarin received his B.F.A. major in Advertising at the Technological University of the Philippines in 2013. Currently, Jarin dedicates most of his time to being a full time artist.
Doktor Karayom
“I am Doktor Karayom. I am the living fear of Russel Trinidad. I’ve taught him how to be brave, alert and inquisitive. I showed him how to be sensitive to things. I used the world of horror as an outlet for him to showcase his feeling. I’ve trained him to use the color red as a more effective tool for his story telling. I’ve instructed him to infuse his feelings in every line and every stroke, base everything on each pulse and emotion. Every new piece has no do over. I’ve taught him to sketch in paper, paint in canvas, and go out the streets and make something out of the walls because I don’t want to limit Russel’s talent and the thing he does. Together we met creative people and friends, ive givent him knowledge on carving and sculpting things. We converse a lot when he gets tired of this reality. I let him enter my domain to talk. During morning, he is awake for his job as a graphic artist. Me on the other hand I wake at night to draw, to carve, and to sculpt and during these hours I watch over him as he dreams and aspire to reach his wish in life. I’ve lent him my courage… and he in turn help me live in this reality.”

Celine Lee
Born in Quezon City, Philippines in 1993, Celine Lee grew up as a city girl. For most of her formative years, Celine always had an appreciation for the arts, most especially in visual arts. What she thought was just a childhood dream, eventually became her career.

She graduated with honors from The University of Santo Tomas in 2015 with a BFA degree Major in Painting. Months after graduating, Celine briefly worked as an intern for Secret Fresh Gallery. On October of that same year, she also had an internship at the Lopez Museum and Library in Pasig. More than a year after graduating, Celine landed her first group show at The Metro Gallery and has since been joining several group shows at different galleries within Metro Manila. Although she graduated as a painting major and was exposed to traditional art, Celine eventually explored different materials and medium for her works. Celine’s fascination of the universe, time, astrology and everything else beyond what people perceive now as absolute truth and what is myth is the inspiration for most of her pieces. What the artist would like to show to the spectators is how science and art can come together as a way not only to teach or show an idea, but to ultimately contribute to the progression and vitality of human life.

‘’PISSSQUIDHEAD’’ - is a street / tattoo artist from caloocan city. He is one of the founding members of the street art/graffiti group known as ‘’THE VOID CREW PROJECT’’. In 2007 He graduated from the Technological University of the Philippines taking up product design and development technology, after graduating from TUP he then took up Bachelor of Fine Arts - major in advertising in University of the East Caloocan. While attending school in UE, he ventured into street art, painting his trademark character in different parts of metro manila. He was also active in joining several painting competitions during his time in college. being nspired by other painters and street artist local and International, such as Nemo Aguila, Froilan Calayag, Andres Barroquinto, Osgemeos, Herbert Baglione, Banksy and many more. His works are basically a product of long bus rides, staring at clouds while joining the infamous mosh pit in the MRT, a good stash, and lots of cups of coffee. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, he then again ventured into a different genre in art this time making the human skin as a canvas. He then undergone apprenticeship to Ryan Bernardino and Kenneth Iwarat , two of the best tattoo artist of today. PISS is now a freelance tattoo and visual artist, pursuing his journey in art.

Rafaelle Louise
Rafaelle Louise San Agustin approaches painting as an interplay between control and chaos. Appropriating chance with a calculated focus, her works oscillate between action painting and minimalism. San Agustin reflects through painting a personal vision of contemporary existence, combining a wide array of mediums from traditional oil and pigments to acid colored spray paint, recognizing the ordered hierarchy of art while assimilating the sensory overload of living in our urbanized pandemonium. Rafaelle was born in Quezon City, Philippines in 1990.

She currently resides in Fairview and owns an advertising agency in Project 4 where she works as a Digital Marketing Executive and Art Director. She majored in Visual Communication under the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines Diliman (2012). Her shows include The King's Garden, Light & Space Contemporary, Fort Victoria (2014), Light & Space Inaugural Exhibition, Fort Victoria (2014), Ornamental Burnout, 182Artspace, Tainan, Taiwan (2016).
Reuel Yap Rendon
Reuel is a self-taught artist. He quit his job as a hotelier and returned to Philippines and started a career as an artist. Mostly inspired in renaissance, surrealism and pop. His works is juxtaposing cartoons and reality, a kind of reinventing himself and trying new ideas in abstract and figurative art.
Raha Rodriguez
Whimsical, melancholic, and quirky – three words to describe Raha Rodriguez, a graduate of industrial design who has an eye for upcycling unwanted objects. His designs present materials in a different light, different form, and different use. He has this desire and curiosity for experimentations with merging unconventional methods and materials from which his artistic philosophies also project by constructing a series of sculptural works that are heavily driven from the aesthetics of toys but contesting the notion of toys being just objects, and one for children specifically. Raha wanted to make something that was a little bit more adult in the thematic choices and show that toys could be an avenue to tell an array of stories through infusing heavy themes relating to societal ills involving history-contemporary events to which involves his day to day experiences and of those around him by rendering his pieces to a much lighthearted and indirect approach, a marriage between satire and sincerity; a commentary that usually relates to current events or personalities. The artist consider toys as possessions that does not only offer a series of momentary leisure, but rather something that sets the platform from which indoctrinates a specific societal role for the juvenile individual that contributes to the formation of the persons archaeological identity – thence of larger groups of people constructing society.

Mark Jeffrey R. Santos
Mark Jeffrey R. Santos is a Visual Artist residing in Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines. He studied BS Multimedia arts and Sciences (MAS) in Mapua Institute of Technology where he began his ventures in the creative industry. He studied traditional to digital art, photography, graphic design, and specialized in the field of Film and video not knowing that these are just stepping stones to become an aspiring Visual artist. As of now the entirety of his art focuses mainly on his own experiences. he usually exhibits scenes of his own real-life stories and he translates it into his own vivid world of creatures and oddities.
Red Salonga
Red Salonga is a Manila based multimedia artist. A graduate of Asia Pacific College; majored in game design, yet has went back to his roots of traditional mediums. Depressed and Anxious. Transient in terms of skills. Career highlight: Pinto Art Museum Sunflower Mural.

Wesly Sy
Wesly Sy is a copywriter and graphic designer based in Marikina. He took his English degree at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines with a personal bias towards poetry, literary review, and linguistic research. He approaches art and literature as two sides of the same coin, using literary theories and artistic license to achieve a unified message that he hopes will transcend both niches to clearly signify an impactful message. His current art style is an amalgam of techniques he’s picked up on the way from friends and mentors, experimenting and playing with different mediums in the process. His discomforts include depression and anxiety. He performs poetry and has collaborated with a few artists before. He believes that Sisyphus, pushing a boulder up the hill day and night, is happy.

Jose Tong
The art and architecture of the Manila-based artist Jose Tong is not a separate practice from his other artistic activities but rather a gesamtkunstwerk which includes installation works, drawings, object design and performance art. His whole opus is an antiestablishmentarian commentary on global and local geopolitical dynamics, global capitalism, class struggle, repressive apparatuses, gender conflict, history and technological inhumanity. His ideas stem from post-Nietzschean ontological problems in the complexity and contradictions in a hyperdense Asian megalopolis. His works doesn’t impose a perfect solution by a singular mind but rather questions, challenges, augments and creates an open-ended narrative in which a community could participate and develop. Simply put, his works are an expression of ultimate freedom unbounded by the fetters of a societal superego – a Hegelian process of constant challenging, restructuring and shapeshifting.
Miguel Lorenzo Uy
Miguel Lorenzo Uy is a multimedia artist born in Manila. He is acquainted to art at an early age through his love for art books and encyclopedias. His work explores on the ideas of beliefs, hopes, and despair of people and how it affects one’s perception of reality. He is still currently studying at DLS-CSB and is taking up Multimedia Arts to further expand his knowledge and skill in the use of different modes of communication. His first group show was in 2016 at Metro Gallery and from there still continues to practice and explore different forms of media and art.

His works attempt to explore the relationship between human and corresponding surroundings by progressively learning human behavior. He used to combine the past and present experiences as an opportunity to expand his abilities through constant experimentation. Unconscious movements, automatism, serendipity, bold style of dynamism by infusing abstract and making accidental discoveries are the way of expressing himself. His works focus on the analytical depiction of depression, mental disorders and mental health conditions.

Asking everything "Why?”, curiosity, existentialism, and anxiety attacks are the major influences of Wipo's works. Human behavior and human psychology, emotions and feelings and persona are his main interest. Portrayal of his works are depiction of depression, mental disorders, and mental health conditions.

District Gallery aims to inspire, engage, excite and connect people through contemporary art. It is a committed to providing a collaborative space and environment for emerging and established artists. It aims to maximize local and global opportunities thru institutional partnerships. The gallery is founded by the ARTIST PLAYGROUND, an arts and performance company.

For inquiries email or contact +639175373436 (PR)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Filipino Eric "The Naturally" Kelly sees move to lightweight in MMA.

Eric Kelly
Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Eric “The Natural” Kelly has been competing as a featherweight since he started his prizefighting stint eight years ago in the flourishing Philippine combat scene.

After spending most of his career as a featherweight with 15 professional bouts, Kelly decided to venture into a new territory as he moves up in another weight class.

The 35-year-old native of Baguio City, Benguet makes his lightweight debut against Japanese MMA legend Kotetsu “No Face” Boku on the undercard of ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS, which takes place at the glamorous Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao in Macao, China. Kelly sees his jump to ONE Championship’s 77.1-kilogram weight class as a new chapter in his illustrious run as a world-class MMA athlete.

“It’s a new beginning for me. It’s somehow a permanent move since this is my walking weight. We have to abide by the weigh-in rules of the company. I am comfortable with the weight,” he said.
“I am excited to be in this new journey. I hope everything will turn our great for me as a lightweight,” Kelly added.

Although Kelly’s last two outings as a featherweight competitor resulted to throbbing setbacks inside the ONE Championship cage, he looks to erase the painful memory by picking up a statement-making victory over Boku in his maiden assignment as a lightweight.

“It's been a year since the last time that I fought. I am looking forward to put on a great performance for my beloved country. I have been training hard and going through strategies. I hope to give my 110 percent inside the ONE Championship cage in Macao. I am coming to win,” he stated.
Fighting fire with fire
Even if Boku presents too much danger in the striking department, Kelly has no qualms when it comes to trading kicks and punches with the highly-touted Japanese combatant. With more than 30 professional matches on his resume, Boku has the experience of a seasoned veteran and has seen it all whether it is inside the cage or the ring. Always a crowd pleaser, Boku utilizes his dynamic boxing background with well-regarded grappling arsenal to subdue his opponents.

“To tell you honestly, I am in a very tough fight. It’s nerve-wracking in a sense, but I am ready to accept the challenge,” Kelly said about the marquee match-up. “I want to trade strikes with my opponent. He is dangerous in that aspect, but I can see some loopholes.” Kelly asserted that he has a fair share of knowledge in terms of delivering blows from a toe-to-toe stance.

“I might be known for my submission wins, but I also have striking in my skill-set,” he reminded.
Before becoming an MMA fighter, Kelly was first introduced to Yaw-Yan, a Filipino style of kickboxing with emphasis on hip-torquing motion and delivering attacks from long range as well as the downward-cutting nature of its kicks.

After mastering Yaw-Yan, Kelly then transitioned to Wushu Sanshou, where he represented the Philippines in various international tournaments from 2001 to 2004. When Kelly started his MMA career in 2009, he has been heavily regarded as a submission specialist, owning nine triumphs by way of forcing his foes to tap. Kelly seeks to test his leverage over Boku, who tasted five of his 11 career losses by way of submission.

“I am prepared wherever the fight goes. If there’s chance to submit him, I will submit him. If there’s an opportunity to knock him out, I will go for it,” he bared.
Resorting to his bread-and-butter is stylistically the obvious option for Kelly, but he sets his sights on a knockout win. The last time that Kelly knocked out an opponent was in August 2012 when he stopped former UFC lightweight titleholder Jens Pulver in the second round with a left roundhouse kick to the body.

“I am looking for statement win this time around. Knocking him out will be an accomplishment because he is a good fighter and a tough opponent,” Kelly stressed.
While championship gold has always been his ultimate goal, he does not want to rush into it like he would when he was younger.

Instead, Kelly wants to earn it one match at a time, and that quest begins on 5 August by defeating Boku at ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS.

“A world title can wait. Right now, I have to redeem myself in front of my countrymen and cement my status as one of the best lightweights on the planet today. I might be 35 years old, but I am not giving up. I am here to stay,” he ended.

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ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion 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)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The WAB Boys of DYPR AM. Bandillo Ng Palawan Oct 21-27, 2002

Once a upon a time, a trio rule the AM band in Palawan doing public service, yes they are friends and share many stories together. Ed Sepida, Romy Luzares and John Paul Dacoco program in DYPR 765Khz is something to look forward right after lunch, they start a style of commentary with a lot of practical jokes, half mean or not, they are serious to deal with.

I'm sure somehow they miss this spotlight in their career, they share many controversies, issues that they face with flying colors. Ed is no longer in the Broadcast industry, he is employ somewhere in the middle east doing corporate job, Romy is into tourism industry promoting domestic tourism, while John Paul is still rocking the airwaves in the province as legit commentator.

Here is the clip of the article publish in Bandillo Ng Palawan by then.

World Class Filipino talents, to star in A Gala Celebration this August.

Catch the country’s preeminent ballet and contemporary dance company this August in “A Gala Celebration”. Ballet Philippines revives choreographic gems in a gala featuring Filipino stars from various international dance companies. Among the guest artists are Candice Adea (formerly of BalletMet and Hong Kong Ballet), Marcelino Libao (Hamburg Ballet), Kris-Belle Paclibar (formerly of Cirque du Soleil), Ronelson Yadao (formerly of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre), Paul Ocampo & Chien-Ying Wang (OcampoWang Dance), and Jean Marc Cordero & Rita Angela Winder (Ballett Kiel).

This production marks the return of Alice Reyes, National Artist for Dance, as the company’s Artistic Director. Handpicked to showcase the excellence at the company’s core, the featured works include Agnes Locsin’s “Salome”, Bam Damian’s “Minamahal, Sinasamba”, Edna Vida’s “Vision of Fire”, Norman Walker’s “Summer’s End”, and an excerpt from the classical ballet “Raymonda”.

“This is quite an exciting time for all of us at Ballet Philippines, especially as we move towards our 50th anniversary in two years,” remarks Reyes. “The energy in our studios is electric! It is wonderful to see all of these artists coming together to perform these signature works from the company’s repertoire. Truly a cause for celebration!”
“A Gala Celebration” runs at the CCP Main Theater from August 18 to 20. This is the first production of the 48th Season, entitled “Quintessence”. The season’s lineup also includes “The Exemplars: The Best of Ballet Philippines (1970-1980) on October 20-22, Edna Vida’s “The Nutcracker” on December 1-10, and “Don Quixote” on February 9-18, 2018. Catch us!

Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:
Twitter: @balletph
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: balletph

For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at (+632) 551-1003, the CCP Box Office at (+632) 832-3704, or Ticketworld at (+632) 891-9999. (PR)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Introducing Viddsee.

The online entertainment platform Viddsee launched a filmmaker programme with its first efforts through a filmmaker community initiative, Viddsee Juree Awards for the Philippines.

With a growing Filipino audience and an expanding network of creative content producers from the Philippines, the Viddsee Juree Awards aims to bridge the gap between digital filmmaking and distribution by working closely with local film communities.

The initiative is supported by The Film Development Council of the Philippines.

“Offline events are a big deal for us, as a digital-first platform. Launching this filmmaker programme in the Philippines is even a bigger deal, having witnessed a wellspring of creativity in the Philippines. We hope to help the creative community grow, and also hope to create content together eventually,” says Viddsee co-founder Ho Jia Jian.

“Viddsee has been an excellent addition to the platforms available to our Filipino filmmakers where we can showcase a rich and diverse set of content representing our thriving cinema scene,” says Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra.

The Viddsee Juree Awards activities kick off with a roadshow in multiple cities and locations, including the University of the Philippines Film Institute and the Far Eastern University.

The top two entries chosen by an international jury panel will win production equipment including a cinema camera sponsored by Blackmagic and a 5-day Film Immersion Course in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association. The jury panel comprises of Loïc Valceschini, festival programmer of Neuchâtel Int' Fantastic Film Fest & Locarno's Semaine de la Critique, Marcus Manh, Vietnamese film producer & founder of YxineFF and Antoinette Jadaone, Filipino film director.

Winners will be announced at a live event on the 25th of November 2017 in Manila. The closing date for submissions is 14th September. For more information, visit

About Viddsee Juree Awards
Viddsee Juree Awards is an initiative celebrating the entertainment industry's picks of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary and animation. In this second edition of Viddsee Juree Awards, stories are picked from the brightest talents and upcoming filmmakers in the Philippines to be watched and judged by a panel of international judges. Each short film shortlisted for the competition will be watched by millions online and selected for film screenings around various cities in the Philippines. Juree is part of Viddsee’s commitment to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.

About Viddsee
Founded in 2013, Viddsee is an online entertainment and technology platform that drives distribution and marketing of short movies. Its unique stories have generated over 1 billion views through Viddsee’s mobile applications and platforms with its proprietary marketing insight of targeted communities and content. With the vision of building an ecosystem for creators and audience, Viddsee empowers storytellers to tell their very own local stories that resonate with a global audience. Visit to find out more.

About Film Development Council of the Philippines
Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is an agency under the Office of the President mandated to promote and support the development and growth of the Philippine film Industry and currently under the leadership of Chairperson Liza Diño. FDCP's goal is to create a thriving and self-sustaining Filipino film industry that contributes to the cultural and economic development of the country. (PR)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The white cross in Magarwak. Bandillo Ng Palawan March 26 to April 8, 2007.

If your travelling north of Puerto Princesa, I am sure you notice the big white cross standing tall in the scenic mountain view of Magarwak area that was part of Brgy. Sta. Lourdes. Many are asking about the history of it, who is the person in charge of building the said cross.
Sis. Shirley Banzuela
Here we provide the article pertaining to the said cross, as reference to give background and the reason behind the construction. Faith healer Sis. Shirley Banzuela from Antipolo in Rizal first came in Palawan in May 2004 during a big healing event, after that she receive a message from God Father that asking her to construct a huge cross, and that's were the Magarwak cross was built, and fully erected in Sept 28, 2004.
The view from the cross.
It is open to public who wish to climb and see the scenery up there, her house beside the road is the entrance to the way of the cross, it is also a place for people looking for alternative healing, there are rumors that Sis. Shirley is doing her healing thru kissing her patients, but upon this interview we didn't see that style, what she does is touching you while reciting a prayer. Check the published article below for the complete story.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Hot Spring in Sta. Lucia.

Sta. Lucia Hot Spring & Nature Park.
Yes, there is no active volcano in Palawan, but we have hot spring that you can visit and take a dip on especially during rainy season or even in summer days. 
In Puerto Princesa City alone we have two spots for hot spring aficionados, one in Brgy. Sta. Lourdes and in Sta.Lucia.  We drove going south this time and made a final curtain call in Sta.Lucia Hot Spring that was manage by City Environment Natural Resources Office.

I can’t remember my last visit to this place but what I notice is there is no minimal change, the swimming area was located in the top most area before, but It was now reconstructed with a bigger 4 pool in one roof swimming area, plus one Kiddie size pool.
Kids Pool
Cottages are around the area where you can leave your things, no charges for swimmers since the City ENRO is only collecting a donation fee that not even required.  Since it is located in a middle of forested area, expect bees and mosquito that may disturb you, be ready with any mosquito repellent in case.
The 4 Square type Pool.
The water is not that hot, just enough warm to keep your troubles away, somehow I feel rejuvenate after swimming and looks good on skin, maybe because there are few people who were there at that time. If you prefer the hot one take the first pool left side facing the main spring pool.
The main hot spring its off limits to guest due to its soft soil or quicksand.
The pool is open Monday to Sunday from 7am up to 5pm only, you can bring food or even cook it there since they have area for cooking, and obviously it is not that cozy or develop for commercial purposes, basically this is one venue of Puerto Princesans to detox.
The former pool area up there.
Going there must take up National Highway south of the City, past Iwahig to the left side you will see a wooden signage of the place, a feeder road of all season will take around 3 to 5 minutes before you reach the welcome area. A small sari-sari store is open inside but they don’t have that much.

Reservation is  not required since it is a first come first serve basis, having a private vehicle is recommended but if you’re commuting, its better to hire a tricycle or van so you can arrange your drop off and pick up. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

This July at GEM TV.

Adventurous Journey.
This July, GEM brings an entertaining line-up of shows, headed by the marital comedy My Loser Husband premiering Same Time as Japan. Also showing this month are the Chinese epic drama Adventurous Journey, Korean variety show Idol Heart Attack, and the fifth season of the award-winning Japanese variety show The Quest.
My Loser Husband
A picture-perfect couple hides an embarrassing secret – this ideal husband is not a good office worker! Despite having a good education, Tsukasa Kobayashi (Ryo Nishikido) still manages to fumble his way through the workplace. He tries keeping the situation from his wife Sayaka (Mayu Matsuoka) who believes him to be a star in the office. Having too much pressure to deal with, he wants to quit his job. However, the couple finds out that they will soon have a new addition to their family! With a new determination and the support of his wife, watch this loving pair navigate the messy corporate jungle together!

My Loser Husband premieres on 8 July, every Saturday at 9pm, Same Time as Japan.
Adventurous Journey
The Emperor sends his loyal subject, Bai Ze (Leo Wu) on a mission to search for the mystical stars that will help restore peace and stability in their kingdom. Along the way, Bai Ze meets four teenagers – a troublemaker, a chef, a mysterious girl, and a princess – who join him in his journey. Will they be able to find what they are looking for and complete their quest?

Adventurous Journey premieres on 7 July, every Monday to Friday at 8pm.
Idol Heart Attack
Idol Heart Attack

Get up close and personal with your favorite K-pop group! Catch them at their personal best as they take on the challenge of completing various missions to delight their fans.

Every week features some of K-pop’s hottest musical group artists, which include BTOB, Lovelyz, MONSTA X, B.A.P., B1A4, VIXX, and more!

Idol Heart Attack premieres on 22 July, every Saturday at 10:40pm.
The Quest Season 5
Whether it is on land, at sea, or in the air, the Earth is filled with mysteries and adventures waiting to be discovered.

In the new season of The Quest, our hilarious hosts travel once again to different parts of the world in search of answers to every mystery they encounter. Their antics and nail-biting stunts are bound to leave you hanging at the edge of your seats!

The Quest Season 5 premieres on 7 July, every Friday at 10:10pm.

GEM is available on SKYCable Channel 116 in Metro Manila  and on Channel 222 in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Baguio. (PR)

Ballet Philippines Collaborates With Eisa Jocson In “Your Highness”

Eisa Jocson’s newest creation, “Your Highness” will have its world premiere on July 27 (8pm) and 28 (3pm, 8pm) at the CCP Little Theater, and will be performed at several major European performing arts festivals from August to September 2017. The work is a production by Ballet Philippines and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main (Germany), in co-production with Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Germany), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Switzerland), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève (Switzerland).
Eisa Jocson
Eisa Jocson is an internationally renowned artist creating and touring works in Asia, Europe, America and Australia. Educated as a visual artist and trained as a ballet dancer, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010 and began her international dance career with public interventions like “pole-tagging” here and abroad. Her 3 solos, “Death of the Pole Dancer” (2011), “Macho Dancer” (2013) and “Host” (2015) toured extensively in major festivals abroad. Under the HAPPYLAND (2017) series, her new creations, “Princess” a duet with Filipino performance artist Russ Ligtas and “Your Highness” are a continuation of her investigation into Filipino labour, performance of happiness and production of fantasy within the happiness empire. “Your Highness” is her first ensemble creation, and is the first of all her works to be premiered and produced in the Philippines.
In “Your Highness”, the classically trained dancers masterfully alternate between stylized Disney gestures and standards of ballet classics like Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake – and explore the fine line between portrayals of happiness through ballet history and princess archetypes in a globalized entertainment industry.

The massive employment of Filipino performers by Hong Kong Disneyland has led to a dire brain drain, with its impact strongly felt in Ballet Philippines, which has lost half of its top dancers within the last decade. Against this backdrop, choreographer Eisa Jocson has now created a dance piece with five young dancers of the Ballet Philippines.

“As an independent Filipina choreographer it is a unique and inspiring adventure to collaborate with Ballet Philippines in creating this new ensemble work,” shares Jocson. “It is exciting to see the dancers push their capacities into unknown terrain with incredible virtuosity. And I am looking forward to share this performance born out of an intense and meticulous process of exploring the dancer's and ballet's manifold bodies and voices.”

“Your Highness” international artistic team is led by Eisa Jocson (choreographer), Gia Gequinto, Stephanie Cabral, Maila Habagat, Alexis Piel, and Carlo Padoga (Ballet Philippines dancers), Arco Renz & Anna Wagner (dramaturgs), Teresa Barrozo (music & sound design), Florian Bach (lighting design), and Dennis Maristany (costume design).

Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:
Twitter: @balletph
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: balletph

For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at (+632) 551-1003, the CCP Box Office at (+632) 832-3704, or Ticketworld at (+632) 891-9999. (PR)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Additional Bouts Confirmed At One: Conquest Of Kings In Surabaya, Indonesia

The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced additional bouts for ONE: CONQUEST OF KINGS. The inaugural event in Surabaya is set to take place on 29 July, at the GOR Kertajaya Arena. In the main event, reigning champion Kairat Akhmetov will face interim titleholder Adriano Moraes to crown the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.

Ticket information for ONE: CONQUEST OF KINGS is available at

An unbeaten flyweight contender from the famed Team Lakay, Danny “The King” Kingad is a professional martial artist with a perfect five-win record. A true warrior from the mountains of the Cordilleras and one of the top prospects to come out of Baguio City, Philippines, Kingad is a tremendous striker, and is a former 2015 Regional Wushu Champion. In his most recent bout, Kingad met a tough test in Malaysia’s Muhammad Aiman, putting on a complete performance en route to a unanimous decision victory. In his next contest, Kingad will take on Hexigetu.

32-year-old Hexigetu of Inner Mongolia, China, is a professional martial artist with a record of four wins and two losses. With an inherent ability to strike and grapple coupled with a highly-aggressive style, Hexigetu is eager to join a deep roster of talent to seek success inside the ONE Championship cage. Training out of China Top Team, the Chinese flyweight hopeful is making his promotional debut opposite top prospect Danny Kingad of the Philippines.

Top Indonesian prospect Stefer Rahardian impressed in his ONE Championship debut by winning the ONE: TITLES & TITANS Flyweight Tournament in August of 2016. Rahardian finished both Yotha Hutagalung and Hendrick Wijaya by first round rear-naked choke to become the Tournament Champion. In his last outing, Rahardian impressed with a thorough unanimous decision victory over flamboyant Filipino striker Eugene Toquero. Unbeaten at six wins and no losses, Rahardian puts his unblemished record on the line once more against Niko Soe.

Singaporean flyweight prospect Niko Soe is 24-year-old with a 3-1 professional martial arts record. He possesses a well-rounded skill set, complete with a great kickboxing base and a capable ground game. In his most recent bout, Soe defeated Malaysia’s Muhamad Haidar via first-round submission. Training out of Impact MMA in Singapore, Soe will look to impress once more in his next outing, as he aims for victory against Stefer Rahardian.

In addition to the exciting card, ONE Championship is also set to hold the 2017 Surabaya Bantamweight Tournament, which will feature Indonesia’s top martial arts talents as they battle it out for the distinction of being crowned Tournament Champion.

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, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ 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)

Aleron, Wins Top Prize In Choir Competition In Germany.

ALERON, the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club under the musical direction of Christopher Ong Arceo arrived recently after participating in the 10. Förderkreis Internationale Chortage Mainhausen from June 9-11, 2017 bringing with them the good news !!!!!.

ALERON garnered a Gold Certificate, and placed first in the ALL-MALE CATEGORY, besting choirs from Europe and South America.

According to the judges, what set ALERON apart from its competitors was its stability in sound while presenting something unique with each competition piece, showcasing the group’s versatility. These were most evident in their praises for the interpretation and performance of the compulsory piece “Die Linien des Lebens sind Versheiden” by Heinrich Poos and Philippine National Artist Francisco Feliciano’s “Pamugun.”

The Förderkreis Internationale Chortage Mainhausen is an international event celebrated in Germany, in the villages of the Mainz and Zellhausen regions. Since 1988, the choral community has been meeting in Germany to present and enjoy music of a high caliber. The competitors and the visiting audience enjoy the hospitality of the villages and communities in this region. The competition requires a high degree of musical literature and artistic expression.
ALERON, translated from Latin as "the winged one," is geared towards exploring the male choral soundscape. Through innovative programming and the performance of repertoires across musical styles and genres, the group aims to deliver to its audiences a diverse and unique choral experience.

ALERON first came into existence in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club under the musical direction of Christopher Ong Arceo. Today, the group is composed of male choristers from different backgrounds: most of which are from the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines musical networks.

For further information, please check (PR) 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Artist Playground Calls For Auditions On June 26 For Rody Vera’s Plays

Calling all actors!!!!!

Artist Playground is conducting auditions for the two forthcoming productions of award-winning playwright Rody Vera – Happiness is a Pearl and Fly Me To The Moon.

Date: June 26, Monday 2 pm – 8 pm
Venue: The Little Room Upstairs, 1701 Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia cor. Timog Ave., QC

Please Prepare the following for the audition:
* A short monologue
* A movement piece, please prepare your music in a USB Flashdrive
* You will be asked to read the script in the audition.

Casting brief:
Happiness is a Pearl - What can you do for love?
Mari – Female, Japanese looking 25-35 years old
Kenji - Japanese Hosto, toned body age 21-30 years old
(with or without theater experience )
Maria - A Pinay Japayuki, age 21-30

Fly Me To The Moon – What love could do to you ?
Karayuki - A Japanese Prosti age 25-30
Herby - Okamasan, Transgender with Fair Skin, on her 20's
Captain - An older Japanese looking guy, on his 30's
Ibrahim - 25 -35 Middle-Eastern looking

“Happiness is a Pearl” revolves around three characters —Kenji, a male courtesan; Maria, a poor Pinay Japayuki; and Mari, a wife who falls in love with Kenji.

Before becoming a prostitute in a club in Kabukicho, Tokyo, Mari was married to a wealthy businessman. But Mari’s billionaire husband soon leaves her when she becomes attached to a male gigolo named Kenji, who has a pearl stitched under the skin of his penis. However, Kenji sets his eyes on a poverty-stricken Filipina entertainer named Maria. Intertwined by fate and struggles, how will Kenji, Maria, and Mari find the true meaning of love and happiness ?

"Fly Me To The Moon"
Herbie embarks on a journey to Japan to help her family make ends meet. Using her charm, she boards on a ship full of flesh-hungry sea crew, and finds comfort in Jo, a karayuki-san who longs for her one true love Ibrahim. On the ship, the two draw parallels between their lives as they unfold their own stories. Soon, Herbie and Jo part ways to follow their own pavement, but still keep a piece of each other’s heart.

For further inquiries, please call or text Kimberley Somoza 0975-9193179. (PR)

Chronicles Of Northpine Land Heroes. NLI honors top sellers

NLI’s broker heads and Leadership Team give thumbs up to show their unity.
From the brilliant quartet to the glorious decorations and arresting venue design, NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI) definitely created a magical night to celebrate the top performers of 2016 dubbed as extraordinary heroes.

In the recently concluded Annual Awards 2016, NLI gathered its Sales Network for a night to rejoice over the company’s milestones

TO MAKING MORE DREAMS COME TO LIFE. NLI GM, Ferdinand Macabanti, gives a 
toast to celebrate successes and welcome future ventures of the team.

“NorthPine experienced a triumphant 2016 which quickly led to an upswing for the first months of 2017 and we have our assiduous sellers to thank for. As a team, we intend to sustain this momentum and remind people that excellent work is duly recognized,” shared NLI GM, Ferdinand Macabanti.

Top Broker for 2016 received the coveted NLI’s Master’s Green Jacket and Trophy. More brokers and sellers won in several other award categories during the event.
The 2016 winners received plaques and prizes. Car incentives were also given to deserving agents.
From L-R: CFO Ben Tatunay, VP for Corporate Services, Wilma Fernando, car incentive winners: Kyre Ching, Shiela Lim and Rey Nidua, together with NLI GM, Ferdinand Macabanti are all smiles during the prestigious awarding ceremony.
For NLI, the previous year’s sales record is positively one for the books. The property developer conquered several astounding accomplishments that marked its name in the real estate map. It changed the landscape of a new territory in North Luzon through Montana Views in Pampanga while maintaining its good momentum in its projects in South Luzon. 

With the real estate group embarking on a year of significant changes, NLI seeks more transcendent moments as it ventures into making dreams come to life. (PR)