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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jason Dy wow Malaysia.

Jason Dy being interviewed by Malaysian media.
Back in 2015, Jason Dy conquered the local music scene when he won The Voice of the Philippines season two. Since then, his self-titled debut has spawned several hit singles, and his concerts have always been sold out. Having had success in his native land, Jason is now setting his sights on the world.

Jason—who has been dubbed The Philippines’ Voice of R&B—joined forces with Malaysian multi-hyphenate Fazura to record and release a single titled “Nothing Like Pag-ibig.” (They also did a version of that song for the Malaysian market titled “Nothing Like Cinta Ini.”) It was written for them by Jungee Marcelo, one of the Philippines’ foremost hitmakers, and it talks about the universal power of love.

Love is universal because people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life know what it’s like to love and be loved. It doesn’t matter if we speak different languages, or if we live far away from each other. Love bonds us all. That’s what “Nothing Like Pag-ibig” is about.

Because the song is about such a relatable subject, it became a hit. Not just in the Philippines, where the song was first released, but also in Fazura’s hometown of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The song’s success over there was bolstered by the promo tour Jason and Fazura did recently.
Jason Dy and Fazura.
Jason and Fazura started their Malaysian promo tour for “Nothing Like Cinta Ini” on the first day of May. Jason—who already had a fanbase in Malaysia because MCA Music released his single there too—gathered some of his fans at a bowling alley, where they played against Fazura and her fans.

It was a good thing that Jason and Fazura’s Malaysian promo tour got off to such a fun start, because the following day, May 2, was a very busy one for them. They got up early to perform “Nothing Like Cinta Ini” on Selamat Pagi Malaysia, which is the top morning show in Malaysia. (It’s like that country’s version of ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda.) Jason and Fazura followed that up with another performance on a popular women’s show called Wanita Hari Ini. Then, after a radio guesting on iM4U fm—a youth-skewing radio station in Malaysia—where they talked about what it was like for them to collaborate on “Nothing Like Cinta Ini,” Jason and Fazura performed on H Live, a music show produced by Astro, Malaysia’s number-one cable provider.

May 3 was Jason and Fazura’s last day promoting the song in Kuala Lumpur, and they spent it talking to the people at Radio Suria FM, as well as select members of the Malaysian entertainment press. After a new karaoke version of the “Nothing Like Pag-ibig” music video was launched at RedBox Malaysia, Jason and Fazura attended a Media Conference.

On May 4, Jason and Fazura flew to Kuching, Malaysia, where they appeared at the opening night of the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards. The next day, they visited different radio stations, including Cats FM Sarawak Radio, Era FM Sarawak Radio, and Hitz FM Sarawak Radio to talk about the song.

May 6 was Jason’s last day in Malaysia, and he definitely ended his promo tour in a big way. He and Fazura sang “Nothing Like Pag-ibig” at the gala night of the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards. Jason was the only Filipino invited to sing at that event. However, some Filipino celebrities—Benjamin Alves, Cherie Gil, Jaclyn Jose, Marlo Mortel and Nora Aunor—did get to watch with pride as he did his thing. Star Wars actor Donnie Yen was also in attendance, as were other noted actors and actresses from all over Southeast Asia.

It’s one thing to succeed in one’s home country, as Jason has done. Since he won The Voice of the Philippines season two, he has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the OPM scene. But it’s another thing, a big thing, to find success beyond our borders.
Jason is already a star in the Philippines, but as the success of his recent Malaysian promo tour shows, he’s making the right moves towards global recognition, too.

“Nothing Like Pag-ibig” and “Nothing Like Cinta Ini” is out on all digital platforms through streaming via Spotify, Spinnr, Apple Music and VEVO and through downloads via iTunes and Spinnr.

For bookings and inquiries, please contact Francis Dayao of MCA Music Artist Management at (632) 9162504, +639178935623 or email mcabooking@umusic.com.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Vic Vargas, Bandillo Ng Palawan, June 4-10, 2001

The Macho Man of the Philippine Movies was once based in Palawan, he work with Palawan Council for Sustainable Development as consultant that is caring for the environment. He live in Coron and got to meet him in several occasions in some provincial events.

Vic is no longer with us, but his memory as an actor and advocate of environment still lives on.  here is the clips of my second article about him.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Gerald, Matteo, and Paulo’s recipe to sexy with Century Tuna

Mateo, Gerald and Paolo.
It’s officially summertime! And we can’t think of a better way to get into the groove of things than with the country’s number 1 tuna, Century Tuna, as it presents three “My Recipe to Sexy” dishes from three of the fittest and sexiest actors today, each one with his own distinct handsome looks, unique talents, and personalities!

We all know Century Tuna as the choice of health and fitness buffs, but it is also the favorite of many foodies out there as it’s a great, delicious addition to any dish. So why not have three of the most popular male actors share their favorite, easy-to-prepare and oh-so delicious Century Tuna recipes?

“Like Gerald, Mateo and Paulo, Century Tuna is very versatile,” relates Greg Banzon, Century Pacific Food, Inc. VP & General Manager. ”You can use it in different dishes, allowing you to be creative in creating your own recipe to sexy!”

Gerald, Matteo, and Paulo’s recipe to sexy with Century Tuna

First, there’s Gerald Anderson. After becoming the Third Big Placer in the first season of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition in 2006, and after a string of television appearances, movie roles, and as part of a popular love team, Gerald proved his acting worth in the gritty, acclaimed film On The Job.

Next, there’s Matteo Guidicelli. Following a decorated stint in the fast lane as a karting racer garnering numerous trophies, Matteo entered showbiz in earnest, attending drama and performing arts school in the United States to further hone his craft. On top of that, he also released his first self-titled album in 2016!

And then of course there’s Paulo Avelino. Considered in the industry as “The Prince of Teleseryes”, Paulo has starred in a number of outstanding indie movie releases, among them Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa which earned for him the Best Actor nod from the prestigious Gawad Urian.

So what brings these 3 fit and sexy gentlemen together this scorching summer, you ask? They’re the latest faces – and hot bods – in the Century Tuna’s newest summer TVC, one that spells fun and fitness by way of its “My Recipe to Sexy” campaign! For those who’ve not seen the ad which is now airing on primetime TV, it features the trio as “hot cooks” as they respectively present their favorite recipes to a sexy, healthy bod: Tuna Egg Salad Sandwich ala Matteo; Tuna Pancit Canton ala Paulo; and Tuna Silog ala Gerald. All nutritious, delicious, and most of all easy to prepare!

“Breakfast for me is very important,” Gerald shares. “And I wanted a dish that’s a healthier take on the typical Pinoy breakfast so I came up with this super delicious Tuna Silog. “

“I’m always on the go,” Matteo reveals. “I love having a lean sandwich because it’s easy to prepare. Just like my Tuna Egg Salad Sandwich on wheat bread which is healthy yet very satisfying!”

“Tuna Pancit Canton is the ultimate, yummy comfort food – something you can make in a jiffy!” Paulo declares.

In other words, as summer equals frolic and fun under the sun, it doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself just to stay fit and sexy. Thanks to Century Tuna, which is lean and adaptable, you can easily prepare and enjoy a myriad of irresistible meals. And if you can have these hot cooks as fitsperation, even better!

So…this summer…what’s your recipe to sexy?  (PR)

JC Santos, ‘Annie, ‘Tribes’ triumph in 9th Gawad Buhay

2017 Gawad Buhay Winners (Photo by Jaypee Maristaza)
JC Santos, the young Dulaang UP-trained theater actor who became a TV sensation last year when he was cast as the third wheel to the James Reid-Nadine Lustre tandem in the ABS-CBN teleserye “Till I Met You,” won the Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Play for Red Turnip’s “Constellations” at the 9th Gawad Buhay, held at the CCP Little Theater this evening.

His co-star in “Constellations,” Cris Villonco, won the Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play honors, while the play itself, directed by Rem Zamora, was adjudged Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play.

The Gawad Buhay, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, on its ninth year celebrated not only the best performance and technical achievements of its member-companies’ productions in 2016; it also conferred the Natatanging Gawad Buhay for Lifetime Achievement to stalwart actor-directors Soxie Topacio and Joy Virata.

Topacio and Virata are pioneering members and pillars of their respective theater companies, the Philippine Educational Theater Association and Repertory Philippines, both of which are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The twin milestone achievement for Philippine theater was a focal point of celebration at the evening’s ceremonies, which also featured a segment jointly honoring Peta founder Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and Rep co-founder Baby Barredo.

The ceremonies were hosted by Jon Santos.

Krystal Brimner, the child actress who appeared as John Lloyd Cruz’ daughter in the Erik Matti thriller “Honor Thy Father,” was adjudged Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Musical for her turn in “Annie.” The classic Broadway musical, mounted by the Full House Theater Company of Resorts World Manila, won four other awards: Outstanding Female Featured Performance for Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical for director Michael Williams, and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical and Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical.

Jef Flores scored an unprecedented back-to-back Gawad Buhay win by copping the Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical for his turn as the young pre-“Rent” Jonathan Larson in 9 Works Theatrical’s “Tick, Tick... Boom!” Only last year, he was the Outstanding Male Lead recipient in the play counterpart for Red Turnip’s “This Is Our Youth.”

In dance, Rita Winder of Ballet Philippines also notched a rare double nomination—Outstanding Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance for “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko,” a dance-musical that featured the music of the 70’s band VST & Co; and Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance, for “Firebird and Other Ballets.”

The trophy for Outstanding Female Featured Performance for Modern Dance went to dance legend Edna Vida, for “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko,” eliciting some of the evening’s loudest cheers.

The most honored production of the night was also in dance—Ballet Philippines’ “Firebird and Other Ballets,” which went home with seven trophies.

Tying with “Annie’s” five wins was Red Turnip’s “Tribes,” which garnered nods for, among others, Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play for Topper Fabregas, and for the featured performances of Angela Padilla and Teroy Guzman. Peta’s “3 Stars and a Sun,” meanwhile, a musical that employed the music of the late rap artist Francis Magalona, earned four wins, including Outstanding Original Musical and for its libretto by Mixkaela Villalon and Rody Vera.

COMPLETE LIST OF 2016 PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY! WINNERS IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES:
Outstanding Original Libretto
Mixkaela Villalon and Rody Vera, “3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

Outstanding Translation or Adaptation
Rolando Tinio, “Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw” (Tanghalang Pilipino)

Outstanding Musical Direction
Myke Salomon, “3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

Outstanding Original Musical Composition
Malek Lopez, “Opera” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production
Carlo Pacis, “Weighted Whispers”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)
Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical
PJ Rebullida, “American Idiot” (9 Works Theatrical)

Outstanding Costume Design
Gino Gonzales, “3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

Outstanding Lighting Design
John Batalla, “Almost, Maine” (Repertory Philippines)

Outstanding Sound Design
Teresa Barrozo, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Outstanding Set Design
Mio Infante, “American Idiot” (9 Works Theatrical)

Female Lead Performance in a Play
Cris Villonco, “Constellations” (Red Turnip Theater)

Male Lead Performance in a Play
JC Santos, “Constellations” (Red Turnip Theater)

Female Featured Performance in a Play
Angela Padilla, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Male Featured Performance in a Play
Teroy Guzman, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Female Lead Performance in a Musical
Krystal Brimner, “Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Male Lead Performance in a Musical
Jef Flores, “Tick, Tick… Boom” (9 Works Theatrical)

Female Featured Performance in a Musical
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, “Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Male Featured Performance in a Musical
Ariel Reonal, “Tick, Tick…Boom” (9 Works Theatrical)

Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance
Rita Winder, “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance
JM Cordero, “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko” (Ballet Philippines)

Female Featured Performance in Modern Dance
Edna Vida, “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Featured Performance in Modern Dance
Erl Sorilla, “Simoun” (Ballet Philippines)

Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance
Rita Winder, “Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance
Rudy de Dios, “Cinderella” (Ballet Manila)

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance
Denise Parungao, “Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Featured Performance in Classical Dance
Cyril Fallar, “Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Modern Dance Production
“Weighted Whispers”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Classical Dance Production
“Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play
Topper Fabregas, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical
Michael Williams, “Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play
“Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)
Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical
“Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance
“Weighted Whispers”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play
“Constellations” (Red Turnip Theater)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical
“Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Outstanding Musical—Original or Translation/Adaptation
“3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

Natatanging Gawad Buhay
Joy Virata (Repertory Philippines)
Soxie Topacio (Peta)


ABOUT GAWAD BUHAY. Now on its ninth year, Gawad Buhay is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts. It is juried by an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the members of the jury, who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year.

From the four quarterly citations (the first and second quarters are merged into the midyear citations), the jury selects the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season.

Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include 9 Works Theatrical, Actor’s Actors Inc., Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Full House Theater Company (Resorts World Manila), Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Peta, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Philippine Opera Company, Repertory Philippines, Red Turnip Theater, Stages, Tanghalang Pilipino and Trumpets. (PR) [Visit Facebook.com/gawadbuhay]