Thursday, September 24, 2015

#TheaterPH - ChuvaChooChoo The Mr. Kupido Musicale

Chuva Choo Choo is an Original Filipino Musical inspired by compositions of Mr. Vehnee Saturno.



The play started as two sisters (Morrisette as Darla and Joanna as Dina) battle it out in a singing competition in  Labrador, Panggasinan. The plot revolves with the sisters trying to escape their town as they witnessed a crime involving a politician.

Morossette Amon and Joanna Ampil


Isang Lahi, Mr. Kupido, Till My Heartache Ends, Bakit Pa?, Someone's Always Saying Goodbye, Be My Lady and Mula Sa Puso are just some of the songs used in this play. I love the transition from scene to scene as it's not dragging and was executed flawlessly.

Colorful costumes and fancy headress

Fun Fun Fun!


During the Q&A, I am blessed to ask Morissette Amon and Joanna Ampil some questions. According to Morissette, she made adjustments on her movements since in theater, one needs to move and express more than performing in television. She also reiterate that performing in a musical theater play requires higher discipline vocally, mentally and physically. She felt overwhelmed when she became part of a musical last 2013 which caused her a culture shock and treated it as a challenge. As she returns on stage, she said that she's more prepared and matured as a performer. On the other hand, this is Joanna Ampil's first performance in an Original Filipino Musical According to her, biggest adjustment comes from memorizing and delivering lines in Tagalog. As an international theater actress, she's more exposed to foreign materials and when she accepted this project, she stars in another production. Juggling her schedule and finding time to rehearse according to her is a torture as she jokingly shared it to us.

And the winner is...


Also starring are best of the best artists in the theater stage. Edward Benosa plays the character of Zandro, love interest of Darla and brother of Zsazsa, Jojo Riguerra as Tonton, love interest of Dina. Ross Pesigan plays the character of Nenita. Juliene Mendoza as Zsazsa, Ron Alfonso as Lani, Jay Marquez as Regine and Via Antonio plays 8 supporting characters, Chuva Choo Choo is written and directed by seven-time Palanca winner George de Jesus III and produced by Mr. Alvin Trono. Artsy choreography by PJ Rebullida.

The cast of Chuva Choo Choo during the press preview


Chuva Choo Choo is a great offering in the theater scene as it is a breath of fresh air and a break from all the intense and serious materials out there. You will surely laugh your ass off as the story unfolds bit by bit. Be ready to rumble and immerse oneself to misadventures of Darla and Dina for 150 minutes. Chuva Choo Choo runs from September 25 to 27, 2015 at PowerMac Spotlight - a 300 seater black box theater located at Circuit Makati .



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Sunday, September 20, 2015

#TheaterPH - Ballet Manila presents Paul Vasterling's Romeo and Juliet


The dance of powerful love sizzles as Ballet Manila unveils Paul Vasterling's “Romeo and Juliet”, the second offering of the company’s 20th performance season.


The Artistic Director and CEO of Nashville Ballet USA, Paul Vasterling is  known for his powerful rendition of Shakespeare’s works.  His interest in 'Romeo and Juliet" dates back to his teens when he first saw the 1977 movie  "Turning Point' starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. He remembers being captivated by the "Romeo & Juliet"  balcony pas de deux danced by Baryshnikov and Leslie Brown.  He described it as one of the most beautiful performances he has ever witnessed. A year after watching the movie he followed his heart and nurtured his love for ballet.

Paul Vasterling will be in Manila to personally oversee the Manila staging; which also happens to be its Asian premiere.  For the Ballet Manila production, he leaves no stone unturned in recreating the unforgettable tale of immortal love.  Along with his interpretative choreography is the powerful musical score by Prokofiev as interpreted by The Manila Symphony Orchestra with  Maestro Alexander Vikulov of the Mariinsky Theater as guest conductor.

Vasterling’s  contemporary approach  will transport the audience  to the streets of  Verona, the site of the endless brawls between feuding families, the influential Capulets and Montagues.  With touches from the Franco Zefferelli film,  the grandeur is defined by the expansive set, authentic period costumes and passionate renditions of  love, power and death.


Following the season's “From Page to Stage” theme, "Romeo and Juliet" is the explosive classical entry to Ballet Manila's line-up of shows based on literary classics.

Aside from the tribute to immortal love, the audience will also have their share of suspense with the action packed fight scenes.  Unlike typical theatrical duels, there is no shouting or special effects. The audience will be treated to a thrilling match of graceful gestures and leaps, along with a symphony of flying swords.  

Fresh from their victory at the Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong, Lisa proudly shared that the top winners in the international competition will be playing the role of Juliet. 

Katherine Barkman the 2015 Asian Grand Prix winner will play Juliet with silver medalist Abigail Oliveiro and bronze medalist Joan Sia as her alternates. Playing Romeo are Rudy de Dedios (opposite Katherine Barkman), Brian Williamson (opposite Abigail Oliveiro), and Elpido Magait (opposte Joan Sia). 

After officially hanging up her pointe shoes last year, Lisa dons them once again as she portrays Juliet's mother,  Lady Capulet opposite Nonoy Froilan who plays Lord Capulet.  

Although she has announced her retirement Ms. Macuja will continue to support Ballet Manila's performances and this includes joining the dancers for some shows. "My life is all about ballet and I will continue to dance roles that I feel I’m comfortable with," she said. 

"Romeo and Juliet"  will also be a reunion of sorts, since Lisa will be dancing with Nonoy Froilan, one of the country's premier danseurs.  



"Nonoy Froilan was my first Albercht when i arrived from Russia in 1986. He was my first Basilio, Prince Sigfried, Nutracker Prince, Colas - together we danced Norman Walker's 'Summer's End", Basilio's "Oriental Fantasy' and many more adagios and pas de deux. We competed in Jackson together, we toured the Philippines together and for our Ballet Manila production of "Romeo and Juliet' in 2001,  he was Lord Capulet to my Juliet in the Sergey Vikulov's full length version.  I can't wait to dance with him again in the Asian premiere of Paul Vasterling's version" 



The show is co-presented by Manila Broadcasting Company, Aliw Theater and Star City.  Other sponsors are ACS Manufacturing, First United Travel, Papa John’s Pizza, Manang’s Chicken, Empire Salon, Slimmer’s World, Island Rose, Oasis Paco Park Hotel, Ramada Manila Hotel, and whatshappening.com.ph.

"Romeo and Juliet" goes onstage on October 2 and 3, 8:00 p.m. and October 4, 3pm at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City. Tickets are available at all Ticketworld outlets, online at www.ticketworld.com.ph, or call 891 9999.   



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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

#TheaterPH - Random Thoughts about Heneral Luna.



It's like watching a recorded stage play as it stars the brilliant actors and actresses of the Filipino theater scene.

John Arcilla's portrayal to Antonio Luna's role is so flawless it will made you feel where he is coming from as a frustrated commanding general of the Republic of the Philippines.

Pong Ignacio's keen eye to details is exceptional as he presented magnificent cinematography with picturesque scenes from start to finish.




For people who were exposed much of independent films may it be intellectually appetizing or not, this film might fall on 3.5 out of 5 category but for people who were used to romantic comedy type mainstream films, this would be a 6 out of 5.

Mind blowing, ultimately fierce, darkly funny, and delightfully entertaining. #HeneralLuna is one significant film every Filipino should watch.



I love how Jerrold Tarog presents all the sarcasm and the sickness of the society.

This film will surely engage you and will envelope you with rage. Politics during this era is totally bloody, literally and figuratively. Eye for an eye. Tooth for a tooth. Strong loyalty was possessed by revolutionaries as everyone tried to work underground.

Kalaban laban sa kalaban. Kalaban laban sa kakampi.


Same goals but different approach will lead to a test of character. At the end of the day, one will need to make better choices.


Have you seen this film? Any thoughts about it?


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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

#TheaterPH - Tanghalang Ateneo's 37th Season Line Up

Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, is celebrating its 37th season with the theme "Staging Revolution/s". 



Growing from a fledgling band of student players to one of the country’s leading school-based theater companies, Tanghalang Ateneo will stage this season three works that have been deemed revolutionary when they were first unleashed to the world. 

These productions are:

R.U.R. (Robot Unibersal ni Rossum)
written by  Karel ńĆapek
translation by Guelan Varela-Luarca
direction by JK Anicoche
September 30, October 1-3, 6-10, and 13-17
Venue: Ateneo's Fine Arts Black Box Theater




TA Lab: Utos ng Hari
a devised production of Jun Cruz Reyes’ “Utos ng Hari”
direction by Ricardo Abad
November 24-28, and December 1-5
Venue: Ateneo's Fine Arts Black Box Theater




KALANTIAW
written by Rene O. Villanueva
direction by Charles Yee
March 30-31, April 1-2, 5-9, and 12-6
Venue: Ateneo's Rizal Mini-Theater



Glenn Sevilla Mas, a well-respected playwright and 9-time Palanca winner for drama, is the artistic director of the company and the Theater Arts Program Coordinator of the Ateneo de Manila University.   

The officers of Tanghalang Ateneo (SY 2015-2016) are: Hershee D. Tantiado (Company Manager), Rnice E. Delgra (Finance Officer), Maria Del Carmen B. Juliano (Marketing Coordinator), Nicolo M. Perez (Publicity Coordinator), Gabriel Maria F. Tibayan (Secretary General), Bianca G. Bautista (Special Projects Officer) and John Brian E. De Asis (Theater Manager).

For inquiries and reservations, please contact Madel Juliano at 0917-631-4387 or email: ta.mpc78@gmail.com.

Connect to Tanghalang Ateneo online through the following social media networks:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TanghalangAteneo
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TAOfficial_
Instagram:   www.instagram.com/tanghalangateneo
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/tanghalangateneo 

See you at the theater! 



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Friday, September 4, 2015

#TheaterPH - Ballet Philippines opens it's 46th Season Performance with Body Positive + !


Ballet Philippines opens its season with Body Positive +, A Dance Gala for HIV Awareness. Featuring excerpts from Swan Lake, Mark Bogaerts’ Bolero, Enrico Labayen’s Cloth, and other landmark pieces, the show celebrates the dancers’ innate athleticism in the context of the alarming rise of HIV in the Philippines.



The prevalence of HIV in the country has risen by over 50% in the last 3 years, yet the general public remains largely unaware. Males having sex with other males (MSM) remains the predominant mode of transmission among males and comprised 84% of infections through sexual contact from the study period of January 2010 to April 2015. With around 20 newly reported cases of HIV per day in 2015, Ballet Philippines was compelled to raise its voice about the matter.

On why BP decided to adopt this particular advocacy in its season opener, Ballet Philippines Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales says, “When the HIV/AIDS epidemic struck many countries in the 80s, the Philippines was mostly unaffected. Now it’s here, and it’s spreading at three times the rate that it was in 2012, but it’s hardly being talked about. Body Positive + is our small contribution towards changing that.”



One of the featured dances in the Body Positive + program is Enrico Labayen’s award-winning choreography, “Cloth”. It is a dance of two men that investigates missed opportunities for meaningful connections and unrequited emotions. Labayen’s works comment and inform “how society, politics and cultures deals with the plague from the black death in the dark ages up to the plague that haunts us at present such as HIV/AIDS, SARS and the H1N1 virus.” In 1997, “Cloth” won Labayen his first Isadora Duncan award for “Outstanding Achievement in Choreography”, and in 2011, he received the same award for his design and work entitled “en-Gulf-ed”. He is an alumnus of Ballet Philippines and is a staunch AIDS advocate.



At the end of the day, this is still a Ballet Philippines production, and that means having some fantastic dancing. We’re giving some of our young ballerinas a chance to shine, with the White Swan and Black Swan Pas de Deux, as well as the iconic Cygnets pas de quatre from Swan Lake. Monica Amanda Gana and Garry Corpuz dazzle in the romantic White Swan, while Jemima Reyes and Jean Marc Cordero showcase their bravura in the Black Swan Pas de Deux.

These classical swans will also be joined by contemporary counterparts in Erl Emmanuel Sorilla’s “Requiem to a Cygnet”. Last performed in April 2015 at BP’s Young Dancers and Choreographers Showcase for International Dance Day, the piece features three male dancers in white tutus, mourning the death of their sibling.



In addition to the show. Artletics Inc., a group of painters and visual artists convened by the social realist painter, Manny Garibay will join Ballet Philippines and show support by holding a 50-painting exhibit. The exhibit will highlight health and well-being. The exhibit will be displayed at the CCP Little Theater lobby during the Body Positive +’s first weekend and will then be toured to public venues all around Metro Manila.



Body Positive + will be performed at the CCP Little Theater from September 12 to 19, 2015 at 6:00PM. For inquiries, visit www.ballet.ph, send an email to info@ballet.ph, or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003. For tickets and reservations, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.

Ballet Philippines (BP) is the flagship professional classical and contemporary dance company in the country. A resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, it was founded in 1969 by Alice Reyes and Eddie Elejar. It is widely recognized today as a cornerstone of the contemporary Filipino identity. The Ballet Philippines Dance School continues to produce dancers of international caliber. 



Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:

Twitter: @balletph
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: balletph

To join in the Ballet Philippines conversation, use our official hashtags: #balletph, #dancespring, #bodypositive, #bepositive

BP celebrates its 46th anniversary season under the direction of Paul Alexander Morales. Witness the rise of a new generation of Philippine dance in Dance Spring [Pagsibol].

See you at the ballet!


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HATTENDO - The Cream Buns Craze

There's a new craze that people are talking about and trying out. It's the creams buns straight from the Land of of the Rising Sun, Japan. 



Hattendo offers one of a kind taste from its delicate, strangely delicious and interesting cream buns. Available in seven (7) flavors namely mango, azuki bean, chestnut, custard, whipped cream, matcha and mango.






The Mango and Chestnut flavors are seasonal. Hattendo's melting soft texture always begs for another bite. One should definitely need to try all to compare and choose the flavor that suites one's tastebuds.  



Hattendo has a kiosk in SM Mall of Asia and SM Mega Fashion Hall. So what are you waiting for? Have a taste of Japan. Try Hattendo. It's very #Hattendolicious!



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