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Ricky Lee releases new book

Ricky Lee releases new book

AFTER five years, award-winning screenwriter and author Ricky Lee comes out with his latest book Kung Alam N’yo Lang: Mga Kuwentong Pambata Para sa mga Hindi na Bata, a collection of four stories told from the point of view of four children.  The 250-page book, which targets both children and adults, tackles topics as diverse as the search for God (Ang Nawawalang Diyos), a […]

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Caretaker short film wins Active Vista Audience Choice Award

Caretaker short film wins Active Vista Audience Choice Award

A SHORT film which tackles brotherhood, parenthood and belongingness recently bagged the Audience Choice Award in the Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival short film competition. Seymour Sanchez‘s* Caretaker tells the story of a new caretaker (Rolando Inocencio) who comes in to replace the previous keeper of a vacation house of a wealthy family. He is a single parent trying to make ends meet while taking care of […]

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Aleron all-male choir launches their journey to Europe via release of “Dakilang Hiwaga” Christmas CD album

Aleron all-male choir launches their journey to Europe via release of “Dakilang Hiwaga” Christmas CD album

ALERON, one of the country’s top all-male choir recently launched their debut Christmas album “Dakilang Hiwaga,” which includes a wide variety of songs. Also included in the album are some songs from their European Concert and Competition tour repertoire. The group aims to further cement the Filipino’s reputation of having some of the world’s most formidable musicians through this trip. […]

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BenildeFilm wins big in 2nd SineNanay filmfest

BenildeFilm wins big in 2nd SineNanay filmfest

A SHORT film made by students from the Digital Film making program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde won four major awards in the second annual SineNanay Film Festival held at the Philippine Women’s University Concert Hall on Taft Avenue last December 16. Uyayi won Best Director (Alda Dalisay), Best Cinematography (Francis Jimenez and Ernestine Joice Bay), Best Sound and Best Production Design (Elaiza Rivera, Robin Estargo and Neil Reyes). Dalisay, […]

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Folk singer James Taylor cancels Manila concert in protest of EJKs

FIVE time Grammy award winner James Taylor on Wednesday canceled the Manila leg of his Pacific concert in protest over the rising instances of Extra Judicial Killings in country, which allegedly already claimed nearly 6,000 lives. Taylor, in a statement posted on his Twitter account, expressed sadness over his decision to postpone his scheduled February concert saying “I don’t think […]

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Students, senior citizens and the disabled will be given Metro Manila Film Fest box office discounts

IN a bid to ensure the success of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival, a thirty percent discount will be given to students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities, the Metro Manila Development Authority on Tuesday said. This after members of the MMFF Executive Committee came up with a resolution authorizing the giving of discount to that mentioned segments of […]

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BP’s dance musical rages with Manila Sound

BP’s dance musical rages with Manila Sound

THE local concert scene has been witnessing a vibrant return, if not rebirth, of the “Original Pilipino Music” (OPM) or the “Manila Sound,” with one-night only gigs by the legends of this particular genre storming theater stages to the delight of their audience willing to buy expensive tickets. The dance scene is not going to be left out of the […]

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Pamilya Magtanggol

“Magtanggol” awarded Most Popular Film at the International Film Festival Manhattan

Pamilya Magtanggol THE political whodunit film tells the story of a family who has spent years fighting for and helping the disenfranchised and the abused, specifically Overseas Filipino Workers, survive and get out of their hapless situations. The family encounters hardships, opposition, scandals and inter-family disagreements, including a potentially destructive accusation that one of their own has been exacting revenge […]

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“With Child” vies for Indie spirit award in AFI film fest

WITH Child, I find out quickly, is not an idiom to say pregnant but a literal description of a widowed construction worker who had to bring his four-month-old daughter into his workplace and everywhere else. That “child” is Riley — left to the care of his construction worker dad Auden Price (played by Kerry van der Griend) when her mom […]

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Mula sa Buwan all set to open on Dec. 2

Mula sa Buwan all set to open on Dec. 2

BLACK Box Productions proudly presents its first theater production “MULA SA BUWAN ” — a new Filipino musical about love, ideals, and the heartbreaks in between. Based on French poet Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac, “ Mula Sa Buwan ” is now set in 1940s Manila, among young ROTC cadets and blushing colegialas. The play shows the innocence and beauty […]

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PPO rocks with Aegis Band at CCP on Nov. 13

AFTER conquering the PETA Theater with their rock music via the runaway hit “Rak of Aegis,” the Aegis Band “occupies” the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater for one-night only on Nov. 13 to jam with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO). The unprecedented encounter between the rock Aegis Band and the classical musicians of the PPO is tickling the […]

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Swing back into disco fever with Ballet Philippines  in “Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko” this December 2-11

Swing back into disco fever with Ballet Philippines in “Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko” this December 2-11

FROM December 2 to 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater, celebrate the holidays with “Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko”, Ballet Philippines’ new dance musical featuring the songs of popular Filipino disco group, VST & Co. The show is an exciting collaboration with ABS-CBN and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Gerard Salonga. “Awitin Mo At Isasayaw […]

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“A very Broadway Christmas in Manila” concert set on Dec. 11

“A very Broadway Christmas in Manila” concert set on Dec. 11

ARE you a fan of Broadway musicales ? Well, a new theater company will bring to Manila a different concept of a Christmas concert this coming holiday season. So, come and join us as we welcome ANDREW KEENAN-BOLGER in “A VERY BROADWAY CHRISTMAS IN MANILA” on December 11 – 7 pm at the newly opened BGC Arts Center located in Taguig […]

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Ricky Lee receives IFFM Lifetime Achievement Award in New York

Ricky Lee receives IFFM Lifetime Achievement Award in New York

By Seymour Barros Sanchez VETERAN screenwriter Ricky Lee was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Scriptwriting by the International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) in New York. Lee personally received the plaque of recognition from festival director Luis Pedron last October 20 during the IFFM awards night held at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center in New York […]

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Legends of the 1970s Original Pilipino Music (OPM) to hold ‘Yugyugan Nation!’ on Nov. 23 in Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater (Photos courtesy of Resorts World Manila)

‘Yugyugan Nation!’ concert reunites 1970s OPM icons on Nov. 23

LOVERS and fans of the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) should thank the late Snaffu Rigor, a former SuperBand member, for inspiring legends of the 1970s OPM to stage a one-night only concert called “Yugyugan Nation!” on Nov. 23 in Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater. In an interview, Freddie Santos, Yugyugan Nation! concert director, said the idea of the […]

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Zhang Yimou’s ballet ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Zhang Yimou’s ballet ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

AFTER three years of protracted talks and repeated visits to check the suitability of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater for its mammoth logistical requirements, Zhang Yimou’s ballet “Raise the Red Lantern: A Ballet in Three Acts” is finally being mounted in the Philippines on Oct. 27 and 28. In an unprecedented move, “Raise the Red Lantern” in […]

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Cholo Ledesma (left) plays "Adam-Samantha Turner" in Tanghalang Ateneo's "Boy". Teroy Guzman (right) is Dr. Wendell Barnes, a psychologist. 
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Tanghalang Ateneo’s ‘Boy’: defiant tale of a ‘transgender’

IN Tanghalang Ateneo’s “Boy”, all the characters are flawed either physically or psychologically. Or both. Like mortals inhabiting the real world, the characters’ limitations do not hinder them from going on with their messy lives, making decisions, seeking answers to salve their emotional wounds, and attempting solutions to balm their turmoils. In “Boy”, the combined weight of all the characters’ pathos, […]

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Filipino short film “Caretaker” wins in Egypt

Filipino short film “Caretaker” wins in Egypt

By Ricky Lee THE short film “Caretaker,” directed by advocacy filmmaker Seymour Barros Sanchez and produced by Red Room Media Productions, recently won second place in the short fiction category of the sixth CAM International Festival for Short Films in Cairo, Egypt. The film, which is co-written by Kristine Camille Sulit and Sanchez, is about a newly hired custodian of a […]

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Talent search in Houston…

Talent search in Houston…

Paraluman Productions is searching for young talents in the Fiipino community. The goal is to give opportunity to kids to showcase their talents and inspire them to learn something about their cultural heritage. So kids aged 3-10 are encouraged to sing, dance, act, in Filipino. If they sing an English song, they can translate at least two lines of it in Tagalog or […]

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Tanghalang Ateneo all set to open “BOY”

Tanghalang Ateneo all set to open “BOY”

WHO were you, who are you and who will you become? How much of you did you decide for yourself? Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University opens its 38th season: De/Constructing Narratives with Boy, a thought-provoking new play by award-winning American playwright Anna Ziegler. This will go on stage at the […]

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The Vienna Boys Choir in a one night concert at the PICC on Nov. 11

THE best holiday treat in our music scene is the forthcoming arrival of the internationally famous Vienna Boys Choir for a one-night only concert this November. Considered as one of the oldest choirs existing in the world, best known for their boy sopranos and altos between the ages of ten and fourteen, the Vienna Boys Choir are selected mainly from Austria, […]

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A Pinoy wins in the “Price is Right” TV contest

  A 39-year-old Filipino from Mississippi turned into an instant celebrity after appearing in a popular TV game show “The Price is Right” and winning about $8,600 worth of giveaways from the show. Ernesto Paras Jr., a physical therapist, has been in the local newspapers, local TV and radio stations in Greenville, Mississippi. “I am enjoying all the attention, I […]

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Honor Thy Father is LAPIFF best picture

  HONOR Thy Father, a movie that starred John Lloyd Cruz, was adjudged Best Picture in the recently concluded Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF). The movie, which revolves on an investment scam that subsequently forced its main character to commit another crime, bested nine other movies in a three-day film festival where seven other short films and three […]

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Violin virtuoso together with world renowned pianist in Manila

Violin virtuoso together with world renowned pianist in Manila

THE Philippine Suzuki Association (PSA) proudly presents on Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. the one-night-only first Philippine concert titled ” PASSION FLIGHT” featuring Iskandar Widjaja, a Berlin-based violin virtuoso and Itamar Golan, a world-renowned collaborating pianist at the Fleur de Lis Theater, St. Paul University-Manila.  ” PASSION FLIGHT ” is a fund raising concert for the benefit of PSA Teacher Development […]

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Tatlong linggong Pag-ibig all set to open on Nov. 11

Tatlong linggong Pag-ibig all set to open on Nov. 11

NAAALALA mo ba yung tamis nang unang halik ? Eh yung pait nang una ‘mong break-up ? Yung first date mo ? Yung huling beses na masaya kayo? Yung maliliit na away na biglang lumalaki? Nung tight budget ang dates niyo pero ang saya-saya niyo pa rin? Hayaan niyong iparanas namin sa inyo ang first love, first break-up, first toot, […]

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