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A Second Chance (2015)

Scalding Realities (A SECOND CHANCE 2015 – a Review)

Cathy Garcia-Molina could do a re-boot of ONE MORE CHANCE (2007), and can still maintain its intelligent charm. That’s for sure. However, she does another thing. Instead of bringing, yet another painfully cutesy Star Cinema film, she manages to offer something far deeper than her original. Once again, Garcia-Molina has considered creating a cinematic film that…

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The Jellicle Podcast: Jellicle Meets Balle Manila's Alvin Santos

JELLICLE PODCAST: Jellicle Meets Ballet Manila’s Alvin Santos

Click the play icon below to listen to my interview with the Mr. Alvin Santos of Ballet Manila. If you have a slow connection, I suggest you click on the “download file” link for a breezier listening experience. Hi, Jellicle Listeners. It’s been a while since I last did a Podcast. Medyo naging busy lang, wala…

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The Idea of Roseman Bridge (Atlantis’ THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY – a Review)

Had Robert Kincaid used the more modern DLSR, he wouldn’t have had needed to ask Francesca Johnson for a bucket of ice for his film rolls; and had it not been really hot that afternoon when they first met, Francesca wouldn’t have had asked Robert to stay in the kitchen, for a while, to have an…

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Single Bells

Single Bells (The AMPALAYA MONOLOGUES – again)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the cold weather, the sweet holiday music, kissing under the mistletoe. And if you think about it, Christmas is actually the most romantic season of all. Unless you’re single, or broken hearted, then it’s probably the worst time of the year. But you don’t need to worry, because…

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THE LIFE OF PI: A fight between a story and its narrative

Written by Ms. Pam Capacete for #GiveABookToday Life of Pi is such an intriguing book. Its story and story telling battle each other. The story is quite hard to believe, but its narrative comes most belivably – turning things possible before everybody’s judgment. These two literary devices conflict each other; however, in the end, the story telling wins  and simply…

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How The Jellicle Blog Brought Home A Prize (#Bloggys2015)

First things first. The Jellicle Blog was only made a Finalist this year. Still, it is a recognition I never imagined. Lalo na noong nagsisimula pa lang akong mag-blog. Hindi ko po talaga pinlano na maging blogger. Ika nga ni Alma Moreno, “dasal lang talaga. Dasal lang.” The first few years of The Jellicle Blog…

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Becca Coates playing the role of Martha, the housekeeper; and Ashlee Factor and Albert Silos portraying the young Mary Lennox and Colin Craven, respective

The Gates to the Garden Opens today

Manila, PHILIPPINES — Repertory Philippines opens the gates to THE SECRET GARDEN as its Christmas season treat for theater goers. It tells the story of a young girl, born and raised in India, who finds herself suddenly orphaned, and goes to live with her uncle in England. She discovers a garden, neglected for years and almost…

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Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

A poignant end (HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Part 2 – a Review)

Director Francis Lawrence closes the HUNGER GAMES franchise with a seemingly bitter end. I can’t blame him. Novelist Suzanne Collins wasn’t so keen in giving her characters their much deserved victories, thus, making you understand that tyranny and war have their own consequences. Lawrence fully get that part, and as he ends his journey for…

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Knock, Enter, Survive “Bahay Trese”

Family entertainment pioneer World of Fun, and Lightbulb Moments Entertainment, in partnership with the Philippine Educational Theater Association, brings an immersive theatrical experience in their newest horror attraction, BAHAY TRESE. The attraction features a haunted house with address number 13, believed to be the playground of unappeased spirits from the Japanese occupation. PETA Artistic Director…

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Paglayang Minamahal

Varying Revolutions (PAGLAYANG MINAMAHAL – a Review)

George de Jesus III‘s award-winning 1998 material PAGLAYANG MINAMAHAL graces the La Salle College of Saint Benilde SDA Theater this month. With music by Jeff Hernandez, this neo-zarzuela tries to remain faithful to the genre’s form, structure, motif and style. Worthy to note, too, is the attempt to modernize a few common devices, making it quite accessible. It…

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Cookin' Nanta comes to Manila

A Buffet of Sizzling Delights (COOKIN’ NANTA – a Review)

COOKIN’ NANTA tells the story of three Korean chefs preparing for a wedding feast. Their manager told them that they only have one hour to finish all the dishes. Enter the manager’s Nephew, a young boisterous lad eager to learn the art of cooking. He joins the gang to help in preparing for the feast….

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Red Turnip Theater's THIS IS OUR YOUTH

Cruel Realizations (Red Turnip Theater’s THIS IS OUR YOUTH – a Review)

In 1997, Kenneth Lonergan wasn’t simply desperate for a title when he decided to stretch his one-act play, BETRAYED BY EVERYONE, to a full-length and rename it THIS IS OUR YOUTH. Though barely passable for a commercial title, it still comes with a deeper context. See, in it’s full form, Lonergan’s material manages to explore the duality…

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PBT's The Nutcracker

Joseph Phillips returns to Manila for PBT’s THE NUTCRACKER

Philippine Ballet Theatre, Inc. (PBT) a Resident Company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines will present the classic all-family Christmas favorite, THE NUTCRACKER on November 13-15 at the CCP Main Theatre. By popular demand, “Golden Boy of Ballet”, Joseph Phillips, will return to Manila  to perform the role of the Nutcracker Prince, partnering PBT’s home grown…

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OPPA Launch

OPPA launches scholarships for Filipino performing arts students

PASAY, Philippines — Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. (TIHGI), owner and operator of Resorts World Manila, announced the formation of Original Pilipino Performing Arts (OPPA) Foundation, yesterday November 10, 2015 at Maxims Hotel, Newport City, Pasay. OPPPA aims to organize efforts in institutionalizing the advancement of Philippine performing arts as it starts with an initial funding of up…

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