Friday, August 13, 2010

Richard Poon and the Company "In a Big Band Mood" at the New World Hotel Grand Ballroom on August 14, 2010

Richard Poon and the Company
"In a Big Band Mood" August 14, 2010 New World Hotel


"In A BIG Band Mood"

Musical Director: Miss Beth Martin

New World Hotel (Grand Ballroom)
Esperanza Street cor. Makati Avenue, Makati City
August 14, 2010 (Saturday)
6:00 PM Cocktails
8:00 PM Show

Attire: Formal

Ticket Prices: With Cocktails
PhP 4,120.00
PhP 3,605.00
PhP 3,090.00

This August 14, 2010, at 8PM, at the New World Hotel Grand Ballroom, the Philippines` premiere vocal harmony group, The CompanY, and multi-awarded big band crooner, Richard Poon, will join forces to stage a musical concert like no other, it will feature their impeccable vocals with a large brass section (otherwise known as a “big band”). This dream concert aptly entitled “IN A BIG BAND MOOD” will feature a gamut of music genres, styles, rhythms and textures that apply the blending of human voices with that of a tight horn section. Be it Broadway or musical theater to Jazz Fusion, from rhythm and blues to old school soul, from mainstream pop to Original Pilipino Music– no stone will be left unturned to discover the endless musical possibilities of this potent and combustible combination. The night The CompanY and Richard Poon join forces with the Philippines’ best jazz big band musicians, the audience is guaranteed a memorable and entertaining evening of good music and good company; a night that celebrates the artistry and virtuosity of these two musical forces.

For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

PETA Stages Filipino Adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's THE POST OFFICE (August 6 to September 12, 2010) at the PETA Theater Center

From Rabindranath Tagore's "The Post Office" comes
"Ang Post Office"
PETA Theater Center (No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City)

Show Dates (10:00 AM and 3:00 PM)

7 (Saturday)
8 (Sunday)
13 (Friday)
14 (Saturday)
15 (Sunday)
20 (Friday)
21 (Saturday)
22 (Sunday)
27 (Friday)
28 (Saturday)
29 (Sunday)

3 (Friday)
4 (Saturday)
5 (Sunday)
10 (Friday)
11 (Saturday)
12 (Sunday)

Ticket Prices:
Walk-in P300
Block buyer (Minimum of 50 tickets) P260

Article from (Philippines) by Oliver Oliveros:

Amal, a 10-year-old ailing child in Indian poet and dramatist Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's (1861-1941) symbolic play "Dak Ghar" or "The Post Office", is now named Abel in Philippine Educational Theater Association's (PETA) contextualized adaptation "Ang Post Office". Featuring Filipino child actor Martin delos Santos and stage luminaries Bembol Roco and Bodjie Pascua, with live vocal score from multi-award winning children's choirs - the Kilyawan Choir and the Loboc Children's Choir - Abel's moving story premieres on August 6, 2010 and will run through September 12, 2010 at the PETA Center Theater in New Manila, Quezon City.

Carlos Palanca award-winning writer Rody Vera reconstructs a contemporary milieu based on the originally Bengali narrative of one of Tagore's most enduring inspirational works. The newly-adapted piece transposes early 20th century rural Bengal into a modern day Filipino town.

The characters in the play are also reborn into their respective Filipino counterparts: a "taho" vendor for the dairyman, a Philippine National Police (PNP) chief for the King's watchman, and a "sampaguita" vendor for the rose seller, for instance.

In "Ang Post Office", Abel lives with his foster parent Mang Pedring. The young orphan's doctor, who doesn't know any better, has little hope for his patient's full recovery. Abel remains unfazed, however.

Abel greets the world with radical optimism through the lone window of his room: he meets a "taho" vendor whom he wants to emulate; a few other young boys whom he shares his toys with; a young "sampaguita" vendor who has promised to return after selling her flowers; a security guard who tolls the bell announcing the time; and a policeman who talks about the royal postmen that will bring the King's letters to the village.

Abel also becomes a friend to Poldo, who tells him larger-than-life stories about kingdoms far away.

But above all, Abel fervently awaits the arrival of a letter from the King that he anxiously expects from the royal postmen.

As the night slowly falls, Abel's health condition also worsens. Then there is a knock on the door, the royal postmen have arrived. It is now time for the King to meet with Abel.

"The Post Office" was most recently staged in New York City by a Bangladeshi theatre group, Charanik, which played five performances at the New York International Fringe Festival in Lower Manhattan in 2001. The production featured a strong multiracial cast with three different young actors playing Amal - a Latino, a South Asian, and a Chinese.

On May 7, 2011, the world will celebrate Tagore's 150th birth anniversary. Tagore, the first Asian who won the Nobel Prize in Literature, is also often referred to as Bengal's Shakespeare.

PETA's "Ang Post Office" is its second offering for the 43rd season. The production showcases the theatre company's young budding artists Lao Rodriguez, Ian Segarra, Jojo Atienza, Jack Yabut, Lot Lot Bustamante, Abner Delina Jr., Ness Roque, Jason Barcial, Mary Jane Medina, Josh Tecson, Sweet Ramos, and Julia Chua.

Gardy Labad directs the show.

PETA's "Ang Post Office" has been receiving art grants from the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), UNESCO Commission for the Philippines, MISEREOR/KZE, and Zest Airways Inc.

For ticket inquiries and reservations, contact PETA Marketing and Public Relations at (632)725-6244, (632)410-0821 or (63)917-8044428. You may also visit

Mastaplann The Reunion Concert + DMC World DJ Championship (Philippine Finals) on August 14, 2010 at One Esplanade

MASTAPLANN The Reunion Concert + DMC World DJ Championship (Philippine Finals)
One Esplanade, SM Mall Of Asia Grounds
August 14, 2010 (Saturday)
8:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
VIP Limited Seats (Reserved Seating) P2120
Regular P636

Please call 911-5555 for inquiries. Thank you!

For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Boyz II Men, the Love Tour on August 13, 2010 at the Araneta Coliseum

"Boyz II Men, The Love Tour on August 13, 2010 at the Araneta Coliseum"

Boyz II Men
The Love Tour
Araneta Coliseum
August 13, 2010 (Friday)
8:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
Patron VIP (PT 101/103 A-J) (Reserved Seating) P4752
Patron (Reserved Seating) P4224
Lower Box (Reserved Seating) P3696
Upper Box A (Reserved Seating) P2640
Upper Box B P1056
Gen. Admission P528

Please call 911-5555 for ticket details and inquiries. Thank you!

For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sayaw, Sabel @ CCP Little Theater on August 11, 2010

Cultural Center of the Philippines
CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino

"Sayaw, Sabel"
Pinagalaw ni Agnes Locsin
ang likha ni Ben Cab

CCP Little Theater (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino)
August 11, 2010 (Wednesday)
7:30 PM

Ticket Price: P300

Sayaw, Sabel at the CCP and the Provinces

Sayaw, Sabel, a dance production choreographed by Agnes Locsin based on the iconic work of National Artist for Visual Arts Ben Cabrera, will be presented at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) on August 11, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

The performance is a preview of the regional tour of Sayaw, Sabel which is being facilitated by the CCP Outreach and Exchange Division under its Tugon Pansining Program. The tour is slated on September 24 to October 10, 2010 in Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Ilocos, La Union and Baguio.

Sayaw, Sabel is a collection of dances depicting how the Filipino goes through life as a Filipino. Symbolized by Philippine National Artist Benjamin (BenCab) Cabrera’s Sabel, the Filipino treads through challenges, trials and tribulations in the best way he could, sometimes successfully and sometimes dismally. Survival, in any form, is our way of life. Sabel is a warning for what awaits the unsuccessful.

Who is Sabel? Sabel is the name which BenCab christened the scavenging figure that dominated his works in the 60’s and 70’s.

In Sayaw, Sabel, Locsin explores the Filipino psyche. Locsin, winner of the Prince Takamado Award and the Silver Medal at the 2nd Tokyo International Choreography Competition in 1994, is the director and choreographer of the show. Her 2008 restaging of "La Revolucion Filipina" for Ballet Philippines received the Philstage Gawad Buhay for most outstanding dance production of 2008.

Sayaw, Sabel will have seven solos on how the Filipino survives the trials, mishaps and the lighter side of a stressed life. “For Bencab, Sabel is a melancholic symbol of dislocation, despair and isolation, the personification of human dignity threatened by life`s vicissitudes, and the vast inequities of Philippine society," said Locsin.

“In this production, Sabel is a reinvention of Jose Rizal`s Sisa, whose sad and relentless plight has come to represent an image of the country`s continuous and seemingly endless struggle to survive. Sabel dances, speaks and sings to express what could have been her past life,” she said.

Music is by Louie Ocampo and Joey Ayala, who share their unpublished works for this production. Additional sound design and music is by Jakob Rodriguez to the selected OPM songs of Celeste Legazpi, Basil Valdez, Parokya ni Edgar, Noel Cabangon, and Aegis. National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera`s poetry will also be used.

Each show will feature some of the country’s well accomplished and highly regarded dance artists today and one special guest artist portraying the title role; thus making each performance an experience unlike the other.

Guest theater artists who will portray the title role are Maribel Legarda, Melvin Lee, Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, and Nonie Buencamino. The dance artists to be featured in the show are: Christine Crame, Annette Cruz-Mariano, Judell de Guzman-Sicam, Annie Divinagracia-Sartorio, Grethel Domingo-Raypon, Gaye Galiluyo, Sonny Locsin, Alden Lugnasin, Camille Ordinario-Joson, Dwight Rodrigazo, Georgette Sanchez, and Perry Sevidal.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Free Admission to Flute Fantasy, Sta. Isabel College on August 7, 2010

Sta. Isabel College Music Department presents...

Flute Fantasy
Matthew Jarvis on Flute
James Samillano on Piano

Including works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Doppler and Rodrigo

August 7, 2010 (Saturday)
4:00 PM
Sor Catalina Ledesma Hall
Sta. Isabel College
210 Taft Avenue, Manila

Free admission
All are welcome =)

Free Movie Screenings in Instituto Cervantes de Manila on All Saturdays and One Sunday of August 2010

The Instituto Cervantes de Manila (cultural arm of the Spanish Embassy) in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines and Spanish Agency International Cooperation for Development (AECID) presents...

Free Movie Screenings
Theme: "Madrid: Una Ciudad de Cine" (Backdrop is Madrid, Spain's historical capital on these films =)
All Saturdays and One Sunday of August 2010
6:00 PM
Instituto Cervantes' Salon de Actos
855 T.M. Kalaw St.
1000 Ermita
Manila, Filipinas

August 7, 2010 (Saturday) - "Tiovivo c. 1950"

This film is a Goya award winner, directed by José Luis Garci, which offers a nostalgic vision of several people in Madrid all managing to survive in the face of post-war era...

"Tiovivo" has virtually no plot, and limits itself to representing the lives of a bunch of people in the Madrid of the post-war era. Garci's "Tiovivo c. 1950" could be considered as a deserving heir to Camus' "La Comena", based on Camilo José Cela's marvelous novel, which is a sad composition with the stories of many people in the Madrid of 1950. It depicts how life was by war survivors.

August 14, 2010 (Saturday) - "Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health"

Manuel Gómez Pereira’s Spanish romantic-comedy flick El amor perjudica seriamente la salud (Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health) narrates a long-time on-again-off again love affair between two characters (played by Pénelope Cruz and Gabino Diego) when the Beatles arrived in Madrid in 1965...

Two young people meet in the 60's as a result of their devotion to John Lennon, and have a recurring relationship during the next thirty years at the oddest of moments, in the most diverse places and during very important moments that defined several decades. Pay attention as one couple of younger actors alternate with the other couple of older actors to recreate this 30-year span in this Spanish-French comedy.

August 21, 2010 (Saturday) - "Dark Habits"

Yolanda is a Nightclub singer who, after seeing her boyfriend die of an overdose and fearing the police, seeks refuge in a convent that saves women from the streets. These off-beat gay nuns on dope include a heroin using abbess who loves Yolanda; Sor Rata de Callejón who writes romance novels under a pseudonym; Sor Perdida who is obsessed with housekeeping and raising a tiger in the convent yard; and Sor Estiércol who designs fabulous fashions and is in love with the local priest. They plan an evening extravaganza starring Yolanda to celebrate the abbess's birthday in order to convince their wealthy patron not to abandon them.

August 28, 2010 (Saturday) - "Open Your Eyes"

If you are in a mood for a psychological thriller, then Alejandro Amenábar’s Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes) is the film for you. This film depicts the story of a former womanizer (Eduardo Noriega), disfigured in a car crash, and has trouble distinguishing dreams from reality. American Director Cameron Crowe remade this film as Vanilla Sky in 2001, with Tom Cruise in the lead role and Penélope Cruz reprising her role as Sofia...

César, an orphan who inherited a huge fortune from his parents, used to live in a luxurious house of his own where he hosts lavish parties. He is very handsome and a renowned womanizer. He met Sofía and began to feel something he had never felt before: love. Nuria, with whom César had his last affair, was very jealous; she went to pick him up in her car the next morning and committed suicide by crashing into a wall. César survived the crash, but his face was hideously disfigured, his handsome looks gone and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery. But the Doctors said they couldn't help him. César found out that the real nightmare had only just began for him.

August 29, 2010 (Sunday) - "Wine Cellars"

La bodega (1929), directed by Benito Perojo and based on the novel of Vicente Blanco Ibanéz (1905), has for a plot the Andalusian wineries where there was an atmosphere of feudalism and clerical exploitation, coupled with a correlative misery and civil unrest. Also, during those times, the masters sexually harass their workers. The film recounts the love affair of Rafael and María Luz, the daughter of Fermín who works at the wine cellars of Pablo Dupont in Jerez. When Rafael gets wounded in a smuggling operation, he was taken care of by María Luz. Now, Luis Dupont is known in Jerez for his scandalous festivities in which he is joined by her cousin Lola, called “the marchioness”. In one of these feasts, one farm employee is killed by a bull because of their jokes. With his licentious behaviour, Luis courts María Luz whom he knows since childhood before Rafael’s eyes, while the marchioness harasses Rafael continuously. One harvest time, María Luz gets drunk and gives herself up to Luis. Ashamed of what happened, she abandons Rafael without giving explanations.

Admission to all the screenings is FREE on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis.

For more details, please contact:
Tlf: (63 2) 526 14 82 - 85
Fax: (63 2) 526 14 49

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sharon Cuneta's Mega Drama at the Araneta Coliseum on August 7, 2010

Sharon Cuneta's Mega Drama
Araneta Coliseum
August 7, 2010 (Saturday)
8:00 PM

Special Guests:
Kuh Ledesma
Zsa Zsa Padilla
Ai Ai de las Alas
Ogie Alcasid
Sarah Geronimo

Ticket Prices:
Patron A (PT 101 & 103 Rows A to Z) (Reserved Seating) P5000
Patron B (Reserved Seating) P4500
Lower Box (Reserved Seating) P2500
Upper Box A (Reserved Seating) P1000
Upper Box B P500

To view the Seat Plan, please CLICK HERE.

For tickets, please call:
Artist House - 817-4660; 815-1953
TicketNet - 911-5555

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Juicy Cat Dolls (Mitch Valdes, Nanette Inventor and Pilita Corrales) at the Music Museum on August 6, 2010

MAXI-MUSIC INC. presents...


A Musical Comedy Revue

Music Museum
August 6, 2010 (Friday)
8:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
PhP 1,850.00
PhP 1,350.00
PhP 850.00

For more details and to buy tickets, please CLICK HERE.

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