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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Godspell soars anew!

Due to popular demand, Godspell, by multi awarded Steven Schwartz (from the same creators of Wicked) returns to Manila on May 6-7, 12-14 & 19-21 at the RCBC Plaza.

"The play is both global and local at the same time…Expect fireworks, unconventional storytelling techniques, improv and boundless creativity" Toff de Venecia, Philippine Star

Godspell is a powerful retelling of the parables of Jesus Christ through music, movement, fun and theatrical poetry, delivered by a powerhouse cast led by Jef Flores as Jesus, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Topper Fabregas, Caisa Borromeo, Poppert Bernadas, Abi Sulit, Maronne Cruz, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo and Gab Pangilinan. Joining the cast are Myke Salomon of Peta’s Rak of Aegis and Lorenz Martinez who played the engineer in Miss Saigon in Netherlands.

This staging reaches out to audiences in a timely message of peace, love and hope. Presented by MUSICARTES Inc, Godspell is directed by Dr. Anton Juan with musical direction by Ejay Yatco, lights design by John Batalla, production design by Otto Hernandez and choreography by Dexter Santos.

Godspell is supported by RGV Real Estate Center & SJG Mirror Theatre Studio, with media partners Philippine Star, Click the City, Travel Life, Art Plus, What’s and Crossover.

This production is with special permission from Samuel French Ltd. and Music Theatre International.

Call Musicartes at 8958098 /5771046 / 09175378313 to buy your tickets now. Tickets are also available at Ticketworld at 8919999 or (PR)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Take care of your eyes.

Summer is best known as the season of glare-related eyestrain, when you experience stinging of the eyes because of too much concentrated sunlight. But did you also know that eyestrain can be caused by other factors? Indoors, your eyes can also suffer long-term damage after facing the TV, gadgets or computer monitors at less than a foot away.

While light is an essential part of daily life – helping you see, regulating your body clock, and even providing you with much-needed Vitamin D – too much of it can cause painful eye conditions, including eyelid twitches, eye pain and extreme sensitivity to bright light. In severe cases, overexposure can permanently damage your central vision. Harmful blue light from artificial sources such as electronic devices causes retinal cell degeneration, while ultra-violet radiation from the sun contributes to the development of cataracts.

“Everyone, no matter the age or gender, should protect their eyes daily from bad effects of excessive exposure to light,” shares Dr. Emelita Roleda, Essilor Philippines general manager. “The effects of overexposure to UV rays and harmful blue-violet light may only be visible during adulthood, when vision problems like Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) set in, so we highly advice the Filipino public to take preventive measures against them.”

Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, has come up with a solution that protects vision: Crizal® Prevencia multi-coated lenses, which selectively filters bad blue light and lets in essential good light needed for well-being.

“Essilor has undergone a rigid and thorough process in the creation of Crizal® Prevencia,” explains Dr. Roleda. “Its advanced light scan technology enables us to protect our eyes from irreversible eye conditions which threaten healthy vision.”

In addition to using Crizal® Prevencia lenses, she highly advices proper eye care. “Start by getting a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year,” she says. “Your eye doctor can determine the present condition of your eyes and help you take preventive or protective measures regarding possible vision problems.”

Another way to reduce the risk of eyestrain is taking frequent breaks from reading or monitor use, shares Dr. Roleda.

Lastly, she gives some sound sartorial advice when outdoors: “This summer, load your eyeglasses with Crizal® Prevencia lenses containing E-SPF 25. Then, pair your glasses with a nice hat or a sturdy umbrella.”

Indeed, eyesight is among the most important senses, but it receives less care than it deserves. By reducing strain, limiting exposure to harmful light, and making use of eyewear like Crizal® Prevencia lenses, you can protect your eyes all day long and ensure many more years of healthy vision.

Learn more about Crizal® Prevencia by visiting your eye doctor or leading optical shop nationwide, or by logging on to (PR)

Friday, April 14, 2017

The 7th CineSB Film Festival.

The Digital Filmmaking Program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design Arts recently celebrated the “Rise of the Digital Philippine Cinema” by hosting the 7th CineSB Film Festival at the SDA Theater.

Benilde film majors under the Demo Reel and Film Festival (DEMOFES) class of CineSB: Special Edition Festival Director Joey Ting organized the two-day event which presented award-winning short films with local and international distinctions (Maningning Shorts), original films directed by La Sallian student filmmakers (Berde Shorts) and those from other colleges and universities (Sibol Shorts).

Filmmakers, multimedia arts and communication students from DLS-CSB, DLS-Lipa, DLSU-Dasmariñas, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Far Eastern University, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, Polytechnic University of the Philippines and UP Diliman participated in the film festival.
“As we foreground the significance of digital filmmaking as a medium for storytelling through the works of our students, we explore its potential to transform and impact our lives because we gain insights and understanding about life and our world when these stories are told and shared,” DLS-CSB SDA New Media Cluster Associate Dean Sharon Mapa Arriola stressed in her opening remarks last March 30.

SDA Digital Filmmaking Program Chair Mark Meily shared his personal experiences as he also welcomed CineSB participants, “I started as a film student and my only opportunity then in discovering great films from all over the world is through film festivals like this. In independent cinema, the rite of passage is always a film’s inclusion in a festival.”

Ralph Quincena and Patricia Ramirez’s “Ma?” dominated the Maningning category by winning Best Short Film Gold, Design Excellence Award, Technical Excellence Award (Sound, Cinematography and Editing) and Outstanding Performance by an Actor for Anton Collantes. Donnie Sacueza’s “BJ” got the second prize while Jonel Revistual’s “May Kung Ano sa Takipsilim” won third.

 Advocacy filmmaker Seymour Sanchez received the award for Outstanding Direction for his short film “Caretaker.” Cataleya Surio won Outstanding Performance by an Actress for Martin Mayuga’s “Finish Line” while the cast of “May Kung Ano sa Takipsilim” brought home the Outstanding Ensemble award.

For the Berde category, DLS-Lipa communication student Aimon Mercado’s “Nawala” won Best Short Film Gold, Design Excellence, Technical Excellence, Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Performance by an Actor for Raul Morit.

DLSU-Dasmariñas communication majors Nickole Batutay and Kurt Enriquez’s “Bakit Ako?” and Benilde film student Robin Estargo’s “Iiiri Mo Ba?” bagged the silver and bronze prizes, respectively. Batutay and Enriquez also got the Outstanding Direction award while Andrea Marie Felipe of “Iiiri Mo Ba?” won Outstanding Performance by an Actress.
Mapua’s entry “Collectorella” almost swept the awards for the Sibol category by bagging the Best Short Film Gold, Outstanding Direction for Julian Roxas, Outstanding Performance by an Actress for Barbara Ruaro, Outstanding Ensemble, Design Excellence and Technical Excellence awards.

Zer Eldron Baccay’s “Checkmate” and Jhamela Tejome’s “Anino,” both from Lyceum, won silver and bronze, respectively. Gab Ville won Outstanding Performance by an Actor for UP Diliman’s entry “Nandito Naman Tayo Para sa Isa’t Isa, ‘Di Ba?” 

Benilde film faculty members Vanessa De Leon, Jon Cuyson and Gerard Elviña served as selection jury members for the ten finalists in each category while alumni Kim Zuñiga, Carl Angelo Ruiz and Miguel Pablo made up the competition jury.

“More than the aesthetic value of the form and techniques,” Arriola urged participants to continue to watch and share “their narratives, their personal stories that speak about individuals or people, ideas and beliefs that they value most.”

“Some narratives may be laden with uncertainties and frustrations. Some works reveal about their triumphs and successes, hopes and longing,” she added as she looks forward to more CineSB editions in the future. (PR)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Teatro Palawano, Bandillo Ng Palawan, Nov 5-11, 2001.

Theater industry is at boom now in the Manila scene,  my beloved province is once a venue of this performing arts. there are several Theater groups in Puerto Princesa who dare to produce stage play, many of it fail to continue, and most of this group are from the first University in Palawan, the Palawan State University. But their contribution to the local Teatro will always be remembered.

Here is another story about "Ang Lumang Kama sa Bodega" a production of Teatro Palawano. Under the direction of Albert Balmonte who also write the story, featuring Gerden Macolor, Celeste Pilapil and Carlo Bernardino.

Its time for Sister Act.

OVATION PRODUCTIONS proudly announces its new theater offering to all musical theater fans with “SISTER ACT,” the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film that has more than 6 million audiences jumping to their feet worldwide as it rocks beginning June 27 up to July 9 at the Theatre at Solaire.

Be prepared for dazzling dance routines and a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, Barry White, soul and funk to great big disco anthems.

SISTER ACT features an original score with music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Enchanted, Little Mermaid), lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed). Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard.

Produced by Whoopi Goldberg, TROIKA Entertainment and Sister Act On Tour, LLC, SISTER ACT received five 2011 Tony® Award nominations including BEST MUSICAL, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (Alan Menken (music)/Glenn Slater (lyrics), and BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Cheri & Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane).

The original film's locations of Reno and San Francisco have been changed to Philadelphia and the action now is set in the 1970s. When disco diva wannabe Deloris Van Cartier sees her gangster boyfriend Curtis Shank commit a murder at the grungy club where she's performing, she reports the crime to the police and is placed in the witness protection program. Disguised as a nun named Sister Mary Clarence, she is placed in the convent of the Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith, where she finds herself up against the rigid Mother Superior. Deloris uses her singing talent to inspire the other nuns to create a more contemporary choir, and they become the hit of the community. Word of their success reaches Curtis and his mob, who arrive on the scene to settle their score with Deloris and find themselves battling not only her, but a gang of feisty nuns and the Mother Superior as well.

 SISTER ACT will be the funniest and funkiest musical ever to rock Manila very soon.With only a limited two-week run, don’t miss this blissfully silly heavenly hit show.

The performance schedules of SISTER ACT are as follows:
June 27 – 8 pm - Opening Night (Tuesday)
June 28 – 8 pm – Gala Night (Wednesday)
June 29, June 30 – 8 pm (Thursday – Friday)
July 1 and 2 – 2 pm and 8 pm (Saturday – Sunday)
July 4, 5, 6 and 7 – 8 pm (Tuesday - Friday)
July 8 and 9 – 2 pm and 8 pm (Saturday – Sunday)
Duration: Two hours and 30 minutes. With one 15-minute intermission.

Venue: The Theatre at Solaire, 1 Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City, Paranaque City.
Tickets: Call TICKETWORLD - 8919999

Connect SISTER ACT through the following:
Social media:
Twitter: @ovationprod
See you at the theater !!!!! (PR)

Presenting the 2017 MCA Music artists.

MCA Music, the number one music company in the Philippines, keeps on championing local acts as it presents its new releases.

Fresh from the airing of her international TV debut at US show Little Big Shots, Elha Nympha comes out with a single she performed in the show, “Chandelier”. The track is the second single from her debut album “Elha” after her rendition of Beyonce’s “Love On Top”. Her version of “Chandelier” stunned host Steve Harvey and even garnered a tweet from the original singer herself Sia calling the performance “Incredible”.  Nympha is also a part of the ABS-CBN show “Your Face Sounds Familiar”.

Alternative band MilesExperience has 3 amazing singles “Anggulo”, “Silakbo” and “Love Supreme” playing on radio, online and on major playlists of streaming platforms. “Anggulo” is currently the theme of GMA morning series “Wolfblood”. They will also be part of the “Get Music Indie-Go” Concert happening on May 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena with the best upcoming bands in the country.

The Total Performer Darren Espanto is definitely proud of his new single “Home” having been one of his compositions from his sophomore album “Be With Me”. It speaks about missing home and going back to where it all started. Espanto is still on demand with countless shows here and abroad. He also appears at ABS-CBN show ASAP every Sunday.

Now 16, former The Voice Kids Season 1 semi-finalist Edray blossoms as she releases her third single “Wala Lang” from her upcoming self-titled debut album coming out this April. The song which is about being in love with someone but can’t really express it will definitely be the new LSS song of the youngsters. It is something they can dedicate to their crushes.

Get ready for a new dance craze, as Mitoy Yonting brings his latest single “Juan Leg Chacha” from his “Hanggang Wakas: Deluxe Edition” coming out on April. Expect this to be another radio hit like his single “Pinaikot-ikot” with catchy hooks and danceable beats. Watch out for the steps on how to do the “Juan Leg Chacha”.

After winning the third season of The Voice Kids, Joshua Oliveros finally releases his self-titled debut album this month featuring the carrier single “Nobela”. His version of the Join The Club hit will leave you humming and singing its lyrics.

Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart Sabrina comes out with two new covers: Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor” and “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay. Relax to her chill sound with her own acoustic take of the two hits.

These are now available on digital streaming via Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Spinnr and digital downloads via iTunes and Spinnr. CDs are available at Astroplus and Astrovision outets nationwide.

For booking inquiries, please contact Kerwin Rosete of MCA Music Artist Management at 916-2504 local 107, 0920-9682991 or email (PR)

Montana Views Food and Finds shines in Pampanga

NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI) opens “Montana Views Food and Finds,” a new casual place at Pampanga where people can dine, shop and relax.

Kapampangans and food lovers alike experienced an exciting weekend destination where food and music were the center of attraction. In honor of the Cabalens’ colorful culinary culture, NLI set up its first food and finds outdoor hangout place at its maiden property development in Central Luzon, Montana Views. 
The weekend market kicked off last April 1st and will continue to be in operation on the 22nd and 29th from 4PM to 10PM. It featured a number of food stalls from street style to gourmet takes on snacks, desserts and heavy meals. Visitors also took home souvenirs and other knick-knacks which were sold in some of the booths. For entertainment, a live acoustic band filled the venue with music as the event went full blast in the evening.
Montana Views is located at Brgy. Calulut, City of San Fernando – Brgy. Panipuan, Mexico, Pampanga. It is just 1.5kms left of NLEX Mexico Exit. For inquiries on the event, call 637-1531 or email (PR)