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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 3, 2017

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

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

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

Text and Photos by Anthony Cabrera. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The 50 Shades of Fun at 28th Philippine Travel Mart.

IN TIME for the beginning of Christmas season in the Philippines, is bringing over sale packages for up to 75% off with 0% installment both on international and domestic travel bookings.

The Philippine Travel Mart which will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, will be held on September 1-3, 2017. Celebrating its 28th year, PTM will also highlight the Visit ASEAN @ 50 Golden Anniversary celebration which will present more than 50 tour deals across the Philippines. There will be cultural events, national costume competition, cultural dance competition, and tourism quiz bee.

As one of the leading online travel agencies in the Philippines, has continuously establish its competitive brand by participating in activities that upkeep the stream of Philippine Tourism. It was awarded as the Philippine Travel Mart’s Top Grosser for 2015 and 2016.

Moreover, it was recognized for the 4th time as the Best Online Travel Agency by the TTG Travel Awards Asia Pacific for its contribution in the Tourism industry.

It is Asia’s leading online travel company that offers a global inventory of over 8 million travel products worldwide. Its online booking feature for all-inclusive packages strongly appeals to travelers seeking convenience, instant confirmation and extra savings.

Visit us at Pavilion N (Hall 4) and get exciting freebies and prizes. For inquiries, you may email or call (02) 634-4220 loc. 221

Musikahan Noon at Ngayon in concert.

Get ready to indulge yourself in one legendary night of nostalgic music from the biggest veterans and rising names in the OPM industry!

Mallillin Music Production (Erasmo and Nitoy Mallillin) brings you Musikahan Noon at Ngayon Concierto, a musical event gathering the brightest names that gave a whole spin to Original Pilipino Music (OPM) today and way back to be held at the Music Museum on December 8, 2017.

Catch the #throwback fever as legendary 60s, 70s and 80s bands Boyfriends with Gary Ariola and Bob Guzman;Male Rigor of VST & Co.; Jun and Nitoy Mallillin of ABRAKADABRA; and Big 3 Sullivans, rock the stage with their upbeat and notable songs that topped the music charts. The legends will also be joined by rising OPM stars Elha Mae Nympha “The Voice Kids Champion Season 2”, Kyle Echarri “The Voice Kids Season 2 Finalist”, Zendee “The Viral Random Girl”, and Go Girl Dancers.

Boyfriends, VST & Co., ABRAKADABRA, and Big 3 Sullivans thrived in the music scene from 1960s to the 80s, sporting the Manila Sound genre, the predecessor of the all popular OPM.

Pioneering Manila Sound is the iconic all-male band VST& Co. that stepped into the limelight in the late 70s. Now actors Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon were former members of the disco group, as well as Val Sotto, Male, Spanky and Roger Rigor, and others. Their hit singles include the all-time favorites “Rock baby, Rock”, “Ikaw Lang ang Aking Mahal’, “Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko”, and “Ipagpatawad Mo”.

The Boyfriends, on the other hand, swooned the hearts of many through their pop and disco harmonies. Dubbed as “The Bee Gees of the Philippines”, their music has been looked upon for giving light despite the then Martial Law, and has influenced the modern genres in the country now known to us as OPM. Their hits include the popular “Sumayaw, Sumunod”, “Dahil Mahal Kita”, and “Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal”.

Joining the roster of iconic disco bands is ABRAKADABRA comprised of the Mallillin brothers Jun and Nitoy. ABRAKADABRA fronted the Rock Expo Battle of the Bands, and topped charts with their singles like “Bote Diyaryo”.

Lastly, Big 3 Sullivans that rose to fame in the 60s and 70s with their hit songs “May Pulis sa Ilalim ng Tulay” at “Kahulugan ng Nunal” will join the stage as well for one night of spectacular musical throwback.

Bringing life to contemporary OPM and today’s popular hits include Elha Mae Nympha, winner of the second season of The Voice Kids in 2015; Filipino-American singer Kyle Echarri who was also a finalist in the season two of The Voice Kids; Global and internet sensation Zendee who rose to prominence because of her viral video singing “I Will Always Love You” that lead her to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; as well as the Go Girl Dancers. Front acts are Martin Velasques and Amelia Robert.

Event producer Erasmo and Nitoy Mallillin shared that the concert will be a breakthrough in the music scene as it combines talents in one show to give the audience the best entertainment value for their money.

“This show encompasses around five to six generations so you can imagine how superbly entertaining all the legends of OPM onstage with the upcoming stars of this generation will be, in terms of their skill, style and impact,” he further shared.

Musikahan Noon at Ngayon Concierto! will be held in the Music Museum at December 8, 2017, 7:00 PM. Tickets range from P2, 500, P2, 000, P1, 500 and P600.00 and will distributed by Ticket World.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime extravagant event of the best OPM artists in the country! (PR)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NorthPine gives smiles to Caviteños

NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI) one of the country’s trusted property developers, makes another move towards effective community service through its regular dental mission in Dasmariñas City.
NLI is keen on spreading healthy smiles to communities. During the recent activity, over 50 residents of the area received free tooth extraction services and medicines.

“At NorthPine, we like to promote healthy communities by educating people and providing medical assistance. This is part of the bigger purpose of changing the landscape of the areas we develop. The community has NorthPine as partners throughout these steps towards change,” shared NLI GM, Mr. Ferdinand Macabanti.   
NLI’s impressive portfolio of projects in South Luzon, Eastern Manila and recently Central Luzon, carved its niche in the real estate industry. With its ultimate mission of making dreams come to life, NLI believes in engaging people in its venture. For over 20 years of being in the business, the company has been doing special activities benefiting areas in Cavite where most of its prime developments are located. 

NLI vows to make more meaningful programs to carry out this mission and effect sustainable results in many communities. 
 About NorthPine Land, Inc. 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 or call +632 637.1531. (PR)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sing Us Your Song Again: The music and legacy of Eddie Mesa.

The Elvis Presley of the Philippines is Back! One of the country's all-time most-loved singer-actors will stage his very first full concert after more than 28 years!

EDDIE MESA headlines a show that will keep us rockin' and rollin' all night long as he takes us through the journey of his career spanning 4 decades. Joining him  are PILITA CORRALES, CHRISTOPHER DE LEON EDGAR MORTIZ TIRSO CRUZ III, RAMON RJ JACINTO CIARA SOTTO THE HOTLEGS AND OF COURSE THE ACTORS OF THE EIGENMANN CLAN NAMELEY, MICHAEL DE MESA, RYAN, GEOFF, MAX, GABBY, ANDI EIGENMANN, SID LUCERO AND CHERIE GIL.

The concert, which is directed by Bert de Leon with musical direction of Mel Villena, will take you back in time as the star-studded line-up perform classic songs from the 50s all the way to the current hit songs.

Produced by MYOWNMANN PRODUCTIONS, INC With the help of the following Sponsors:
St. Francis Square, Caliraya resorts, Power Mac, McCormick, Jt’s Manukan, Make Up Forever, Jing Monis Salon, Freeway, SiP, Hoseki jewelry Shop, Figlia and ABS CBN as media partners

The production wishes to Thank Mark Nicdao for the photos

SING US YOUR SONG AGAIN will be held on September 23, 2017 at the Meralco Theatre.  Tickets are now available at TICKETWORLD

Buy your tickets now. This will surely be one concert you will not want to miss! (PR)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bong Villanueva. Bandillo Ng Palawan, March 5-11, 2007.

Bb.Pilipinas-Universe 2006 Lia Andrea Ramos with
 Palawan's Hair Guru, Bong Villanueva.
Palawan's loudest and most level up Hair and Make Up Artist is Bong Villanueva, originally from Zamboanga, Bong career in salon industry started in Casa Bonette, an old time parlor in Rizal Avenue own originally by Boyet Martin. 

Bong already made his carve as one travelling HMU of Puerto Princesa City, he occasionally go abroad or stay in Manila for some showbiz gigs, from one salon to another and to another town, Bong Villanueva salon branches not just in some municipality of Palawan, but also in Metro Manila. 

Here is a clip of Bong feature way back, as he compete in Hair Asia. 

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.

NOVUHAIR contains natural extracts, herbal oils and essences, such as lavender that is also known to relieve stress. It also has a scent that leaves a calming effect.

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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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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)