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Saturday, June 24, 2017

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

Calling all actors!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chronicles Of Northpine Land Heroes. NLI honors top sellers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

10 SEP Champions receive award in protecting Palawan's environment.

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act, 10 awardees is recognized as SEP Champions in a Gala Night last Monday, June 19.

The award will be given to local government units and organizations embodying the SEP principles in their programs and projects. They are as follows:

Malampaya Deep Water Gas to Power Project and Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.
For ensuring positive socioeconomic contribution through development programs for various communities

Local Government Unit of El Nido with El Nido Resorts
For making Palawan labelled as tourism haven

Local Government Unit of Cagayancillo and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
For getting the park declared as a protected area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance and an ASEAN Heritage

• Local Government Unit of Balabac and Jewelmer International Corporation
For promoting marine eco-region to save marine ecosystems

City Government of Puerto Princesa and Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.
For being the first national park devolved to LGU

• Local Government Unit of Narra and Katala Foundation, Inc.
For cultivating partnership with NGO for the management of a wildlife sanctuary

• Local Government Unit of San Vicente and for Eco-Town Planning
For being the role model for LGUs in the demonstration of Eco-Town framework as tool for green growth.

Local Government Unit of Bataraza with Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation and Coral Bay Nickel Corporation
For striking positive development in Bataraza through partnership between LGU and the private sector

• Palawan Council for Sustainable Development for ECAN implementation
For providing policy governance for the SEP through the ECAN framework

• Provincial Government of Palawan for IHELP Program
For implementing the IHELP Program compatible to Palawan as a Biosphere Reserve

The awards night was held in Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa, with Department of Environment and Natural Resources Under Secretary Marlo B. Mendoza as the keynote speaker.

Attendees of the event are the PCSD members and staff, PCSD Scientific Advisory Panel members, municipal mayors, provincial and city government top officials, high-ranking officials of the different Government agencies and the three universities, among others.

Republic Act 7611 or the SEP for Palawan Act is a landmark legislation signed by former President Corazon C. Aquino on June 19, 1992.  This unique law aims to provide a comprehensive framework for the sustainable development of Palawan compatible with protecting and enhancing the natural resources and endangered environment of the province.

Atty. David Ponce De Leon with then House Speaker Ramon V. Mitra co-authored this special intended only for Palawan.

The SEP guides the local government of Palawan and the government agencies concerned in the formulation and implementation of plans, programs and projects affecting the province.

As its general philosophy, this framework aims for the improvement in the quality of life of its people in the present and future generations through the use of complementary activities of development and conservation that protect life-support ecosystem and rehabilitate exploited areas to allow upcoming generations to sustain development growth. (PR)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Balancing passion and profession.

Atty. Rene “Rebo” Saguisag, Jr. is a multifaceted individual who, despite his busy profession, never turns down an opportunity to work with his passion. Aside from being a notable lawyer, following the footsteps of his father, prominent human rights lawyer Rene Saguisag Sr., he was also a former BEST Center coach and is currently the UAAP commissioner for two consecutive seasons, 78 and 79. On top of that, Atty. Rebo is also a strong advocate of sports development among the youth naming the Mindanao Peace Games as one of his involvements.  Recently, he even volunteered to manage his son’s little league baseball team.

How does he balance his passion and profession? “I don’t,” Saguisag wittingly answered. “I just married the perfect wife who fills all my shortcomings.” Law practice and basketball seem like two different worlds. Managing each would require his undivided attention as they are both time-consuming and emotionally draining. He explained, “I don’t see it as an obstacle but a challenge and opportunity to better myself so I never even considered choosing one over the other. In fact, if handled properly, they can even complement each other.”

Saguisag stated that his success as a lawyer, his pride in being a former BEST Center coach and now the UAAP commissioner, his commitment to being a good family man, and a better individual are all because of the lessons he learned while playing basketball when he was still young.

“All I really needed to learn, I learned inside the basketball court,” he shared.

Saguisag’s experience as a former coach for BEST (Basketball Efficiency & Scientific Training) Center, multi-awarded and pioneer in basketball clinics in the country, helped in his values formation. He noted how the organization has instilled in him discipline and a great sense of responsibility. The strict guidelines and high standards imposed and maintained in the clinics and the proper behavior required in the court, along with the values taught in team sports, has molded him to become who he is today.

He further explained, “Playing and coaching basketball aided me in knowing the technicalities and rules of the game which is vital in my position as a commissioner. Meanwhile, small details such as punctuality and grooming (like making sure my jerseys are tucked) helped in how I properly carry myself, even inside the courtroom.”

So far, the former BEST Center coach and now notable lawyer-cum-UAAP commissioner enjoys the best of both worlds and aims to implement his advocacies for the development of both fields. He also encourages everyone not to limit themselves to their own comfort zones but instead, be open to opportunities, accept challenges and turn these into achievements. Above all, never undermine the seemingly trivial lessons you learn along the way for it is through these experiences that make you who are, regardless of what you are.

For more information, call 411-6260 or 372-3066. You can also visit (PR)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Anaconda Choke finishes Istela Nunes by Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee.

Singapore: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), once again electrified the Singapore Indoor Stadium as the organization played host to yet another evening of authentic martial arts action. ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS showcased the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent, featuring a packed card of compelling bouts that left the crowd on the edge of their seats. In the main event, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee of Singapore retained her title with a spectacular submission finish over top contender Istela Nunes of Brazil. In the co-main event of the evening, ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren made quick work of Malaysia’s Agilan Thani to win via arm triangle choke.

In an exciting main event showdown between two talented females, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee overcame a spirited performance from challenger Istela Nunes to win by submission in the second round. After catching Nunes with a twister in the first stanza, the bout appeared all but over. However, through sheer willpower and determination, Nunes was able to power through the situation and survive. In the second round, Lee went right back to work on the ground, finishing Nunes with an anaconda choke to retain her title.

“I really love you guys and it’s an honor to fighter here (in Singapore) as your champion. To everyone who is watching from all around the world, thank you guys so much, it means the world to me,” said Lee in the post-fight interview. “The anaconda choke is one of our favorites, so I was really happy to win with that submission tonight.”

In the co-main event, reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion and one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound, Ben “Funky” Askren of the United States easily took care of previously unbeaten Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Malaysia, taking his younger foe down to the mat at will with his world-class wrestling and finishing him with an arm triangle choke. On the mat, the former US Olympian caught Thani in a mounted crucifix and pounded on the Malaysian before locking in the fight-ending submission just past the two-minute mark of the first round.

“Agilan [Thani] has a great story, he’s a young kid, and this is not the last time we’re going to see him,” said Askren in the post-fight interview. Askren then proceeded to call out ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash for a possible cross-division showdown.

ONE Championship Newcomer Zebaztian Kadestam of Sweden took on American Top Team product Luis “Sapo” Santos of Brazil in a scintillating three-round affair. Kadestam, who lives and trains at the scenic beach locale of Boracay, Philippines, weathered the early storm from Santos, who is known for his fast and aggressive starts. Midway into the third and final round, Kadestam found himself in dominant position and drove two hard knees to Santos’ head, knocking the Brazilian out.

In a historical first for mixed martial arts, ONE Championship held the first ever Grappling Super-Match between former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki and American submission wizard Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon. After an entertaining display of grappling mastery, Tonon emerged victorious, catching Aoki in a heel hook halfway through the contest, forcing a tap from the former lightweight titleholder.

Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke returned to action against Adrian Matheis, needing only one round to author a thrilling knockout finish. The 3-time Lumpinee Stadium champion and Muay Thai legend stifled his Indonesian foe with lightning quick kicks and heavy-handed punches. Towards the end of the opening stanza, Dejdamrong landed a powerful left hand that floored Matheis, earning him the knockout victory.

In a highly-anticipated rematch between flyweight contenders, the Philippines’ Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio and Thailand’s Anatpong “Mak” Bunrad went to battle over three rounds to the delight of the capacity crowd. Eustaquio, operating behind his world-class wushu base, tagged Bunrad with pinpoint accurate punches and kicks. Bunrad, a karate champion, had his moments in the fight but it wasn’t enough to claim victory. In the end, it was another close split decision, this time in favor of Eustaquio who avenged his loss to Bunrad two years ago.

Lightweight prospect Amir Khan of Evolve MMA made quick work of opponent Rajinder Singh Meena, wasting no time in bringing the fight to the ground with a successful takedown. Once on the ground, Khan easily took full mount and punished Meena with punches and elbows. Meena succumbed shortly after, as the referee deemed him unable to continue. The technical knockout finish earned Khan his fourth straight victory.

Singapore’s Tiffany “Soul Crusher” Teo turned in another complete performance, dominating the United States’ Rebecca Heintzman-Rozewski over three rounds to claim victory in front of her hometown crowd. Teo used her accurate striking to tag Heintzman-Rozewski repeatedly with left and right hand combinations while threatening with various submissions on the ground. All three judges judges scored the bout in favor of Teo who wins by unanimous decision.

Thai-Japanese female atomweight prospect Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige returned to the ONE Championship cage against Indonesian wrestling champion Nita Dea, and her performance certainly did not disappoint. Ishige once again proved her mettle on the ground with another technical grappling showcase, catching her opponent in two armbar attempts, ultimately winning by rear naked choke midway into the first round.

Unbeaten Chinese prospect “Rock Man” Chen Lei and Indonesian national grappling champion Jeremy “Predator” Meciaz kicked off ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES in exciting fashion, blasting each other from the opening bell with wild punches. Both men wasted no time in going to battle at the center of the cage. With the two fighters spent after just a few minutes of action, it was Chen who came away with the win via referee stoppage in the first round.

Official results for ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES
ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship bout: Angela Lee defeats Istela Nunes by Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 2:18 minutes of round 2
ONE Welterweight World Championship bout: Ben Askren defeats Agilan Thani by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:20 minutes of round 1
Welterweight bout: Zebaztian Kadestam defeats Luis Santos by Knockout at 2:18 minutes of round 3
ONE Grappling Super-Match bout: Garry Tonon defeats Shinya Aoki by Submission (Heel Hook) at 7:47 minutes
Strawweight bout: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Adrian Matheis by Knockout at 4:26 minutes of round 1
Flyweight bout: Geje Eustaquio defeats Anatpong Bunrad by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Lightweight bout: Amir Khan defeats Rajinder Singh Meena by TKO (Strikes) at 1:29 minutes of round 1
Women’s Strawweight bout: Tiffany Teo defeats Rebecca Heintzman-Rozewski by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Women’s Atomweight bout: Rika Ishige defeats Nita Dea by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:39 minutes of round 1
Catchweight bout (69.0kg): Chen Lei defeats Jeremy Meciaz by TKO (Strikes) at 2:56 minutes of round 1

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ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more. (PR)