Happy Father’s Day at All SM Supermalls

The third Sunday of June is popularly known as Father’s Day which came from western influence later on adopted worldwide by most countries including here in the Philippines.
Dad’s are everything rolled into one, a personal cook, family comedian, DIY specialist , motivator and a lot more. This Dad’s Day, show your love and appreciation for your one- in a million dads by throwing him a feast fit for a king with the whole family at  your favourite SM mall.

With Senior VP for Marketing Mr JonJon San Agustin, TVC daughter Rein Salamante, TVC Dad- Ira Liwanag and Dr. Michelle Alignay before the start of panel discussion.  Photo Credit: Ruel Umali 
This Dad’s day ,SM puts the spotlight into our idol dads who brought  nothing but laughter and love to our homes. We celebrate them through exciting deals, events and  fun feast made especially for them”, invites SM Supermalls SVP for marketing, Jonjon San Agustin.      Photo Credit:  Ruel Umali
Here are six exciting ways to spoil the king of the family this Dad’s Day at your choice SM Supermall:

D-day for your main man.  Reminisce about the good old days over beers and barbeques until June 16 from participating restaurants  because let’s be honest , Dads invented BBQ Sundays.

Makeover and wellness time. Dad always put family first. On this special day, make him feel like the king that he is by pampering him at SM. On June 16 get exclusive deals for haircuts and massages.

Toys for the big boys. Fill your dad’s heart with excitement by bringing him to a showcase of classic and contemporary automobiles and motorbikes at the Cool cars and bikes exhibit from June 14 to 16.
Photo Credit:  Rey Esteves
Daddy belly. Take your dads to a steak date and make reservations at his favorite restaurant  this June 14 to 16 . It’s never too late to treat your Foodie Daddy to a sumptuous feast.

Dance machine. Relive great childhood memories! Work as a team and show off supreme dance moves by joining Dads fortnite Dance Challenge on June 16.
Photo Credit: Rey Esteves
Create memories with Dad . Take snaps and play with fun Facebook filters with your super dad for a chance to win exclusive #DadsDayAtSM2019 giveaways until June 16!.
Photo Credit:  Rey Esteves

Make your Dad the happiest father not just on his special day but 365 days of the year!

For videos and speeches about the launching just click this link, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2326924890721465&id=100002119298281

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In the Company of (New Breed) Ballet Idols: Hyuma Kiyosawa & Jasmine Pia Dames

I am so proud of my ballet dancer friends and medalists, Hyuma Kiyosawa and Jasmine Pia Dames who will both reunite on stage to perform one of my favorite classical piece, Diana et Acteon for Hyuma’s former ballet school, Momoko Ballet Studio in Nagano, Japan.

The occasion is
Momoko Ballet Studio
6th Ballet Festival
June 16, 2019
1PM
Kisei Cultural Hall
A few weeks ago, I took the chance to record this short but sweet casual video moment with both friends just a day before Hyuma flew back to Japan where he spent four fun and exciting months here in the Philippines for the first time. He personally chose to continue training and learning from Ballet Manila who in return, featured and provided him with memorable dance guestings and exposure. Many thanks to Ms Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Mr Osias Barroso.

BM was also Hyuma’s first ballet company experience which he will surely treasure as part of his growth as an exceptional and world class danseur. Recently turned 18, he has a very bright and promising dancing career ahead of his time.

Ballerina Pia got previously sidelined due to injury but with the help of determination and therapy was able to bounce back in the past few months and was even able to perform for Ballet Manila’s Season 23 closing show DEUX and got promoted to Principal Dancer! Sister-twin Jessica Pearl levelled up as Soloist. What a wonderful double blessing!

Do enjoy the cute and candid video below and let me wish Hyuma and Pia MERDE! for their exciting performance of Diana et Acteon!

Did I also mention that it is Pia’s first time to visit Japan and another first as international guest artist for a show? Domo arigato gozaimasu Hyuma for the invite and opportunity.

Mwah and lots of hugs guys! Tara let’s!!!

Follow them on their Instagram:
@hyumachika
@jasminepayaya

Teaser Video Interview With a Future Ballet Star

Get to know HYUMA KIYOSAWA very very soon!

Rebisco and the Filipino Artistry with its Special Edition Designer Can series

One of the most iconic fixtures in a Filipino home is the Rebisco Assorted Biscuits Tin Can — that multi-colored can of snacks that generations have always loved.

Through the years, Rebisco products have become a part of Filipino tradition — a pasalubong lovingly carried to waiting family members in many homecomings; a favorite merienda fare; a much-loved snack passed around during family gatherings, big and small.

A silent witness to the evolution of Filipino lifestyles, Rebisco Assorted Biscuits continues to be a Pinoy favorite, standing the test of time.

A fresh take on a Filipino classic

As it marks its 55th anniversary, Rebisco takes its humble tin can to the next level by partnering with renowned Filipino contemporary artists to create the Rebisco Special Edition Designer Cans. These works of art aim to showcase the rich history and evolution of the brand, while using the can itself as a vehicle of expression.

The growth of Rebisco parallels that of the Filipino culture. Over the past 55 years, Rebisco has grown into a formidable brand, thanks to the Filipino’s undying love and support, allowing it to grow into what it is today. As a fledgling company, Rebisco started with very simple offerings of biscuits and crackers packed into a can with images of the biscuits. Over time, the packaging evolved, soon showcasing family-themed art works as well.

Visualizing the rich local flavor

Beautifully using the tin can as the canvas through which they can capture local color are four of the country’s talented contemporary artists – Migs Villanueva, Aris Bagtas, Roel Obemio, and Joseph Banez. By collaborating with Rebisco, they aim to shine the light on Filipino artistry and culture in a tradition that Rebisco has created.

Migs Villanueva, a Palanca-awardee visual artist, uses bold pastel colors and wanderlust compositions to invite Filipinos to see their own childhood experiences in her works.  Aris Bagtas shows the Filipinos’ identity through his folk, religious and abstract works,  inspiring people to create a country where family values, traits and traditions are not forgotten. Roel Obemio, a member of the famed Saturday Group,  uses storybook characters and Filipino family-oriented imagery that convey whimsy and fantasy. Joseph “Otep” Bañez, who made his own brand of Filipino Pop-Social Realism that took the market by storm, creates detailed renditions combined with playful colors and hilarious settings.

Alongside these artists, celebrity and visual artist Heart Evangelista-Escudero plus radio DJ Chico Garcia celebrated the launch as official event hosts for this prestigious event.

This project’s new masterpieces are featured on the tin can’s outer packaging. There are four sets of special edition designer cans, and inside are assorted premium biscuits, crackers, cookies and wafers – all-time favorites that people love to snack on and share.

Retailing for php175.00 SRP, these are now available at leading supermarkets nationwide, namely Robinsons, Puregold, Waltermart, Rustans, and Shopwise.

Starting November 15, 2018, you can also buy online via http://www.honestbee.ph.

“Every Pinoy family has a story to tell and through the years, we make these stories come to life through our products. Rebisco’s Special Edition Designer Cans support local not only through taste, but through art. We at Rebisco believe that life is a constant journey of growing and refining who we are.

We find a new twist to an old product to rekindle interest for it while continuing our tradition to let the tin can serve as an art canvas that tells the stories and values of Filipino families,” said Ms. Lulu dela Peña, the Marketing Communications Head of Rebisco.

 

Indeed, Rebisco’s Special Edition Designer Can will once again be part of the Filipino heritage. What are you waiting for? Express your support for local by gifting your family and friends with Rebisco’s special edition designer cans, and share with them a taste of our rich Filipino culture.

 

Another Exciting Short Film Collaboration: #WeAreIntramuros

The more film festivals the better! And that was what just happened earlier today, August 30, 2018 at the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) when a media launch was held to ring out #WeAreIntramuros Short Film Festival.

#WeAreIntramuros, a 24-hour filmmaking challenge focusing cultural awareness on Filipino values and the very historic portions of the Walled City aka Intramuros.

Together with Intramuros Administrator Atty. Guiller Asido, Chairperson Liza Dino explained that this activity is in line with the aim to encourage more young filmmakers to explore their creativity and craft.

“This challenge will surely need our filmmakers to be on their toes and make use of every resource and minute that they have. We look forward to seeing the types of films that they will be coming up with,” she said.

The goal is also to make Intramuros as a viable location for FILM or A/V production. The historical backdrop and interesting venues within the perimeters of INTRAMUROS will hopefully be highlighted by the creativity of the young participants.

The film projects can be of any topic as long as it is promoting the outstanding values of the Filipino people like hospitality, valuing family, hard work, and resourcefulness. Through the Wall Production Fund, ten (10) chosen participants will get an allowance to produce three to five-minute films. The competition is open to all young aspiring filmmakers in High School and College around Manila.

Qualifications include the following:

1. Participants should be a Filipino citizen or a Philippine Passport holder
2. Applicant must be a student of an educational institution in the Metro Manila area.

The production crew TEAM (max of 4 members total) with the proponent will have to come from the same educational institution they’re connected with.

Mechanics for submission:

1. Completed PDF Document of the Entry Form: Synopsis, Treatment, Director’s Intention, and rough outline of the production budget, list of filmmaking tools they’ll be bringing during the 24-hour challenge.
2. Proponent’s Scanned copy of passport / any government-issued ID (1) and/or scanned copy of school ID
3. Proponent may submit a maximum of two (2) entries but only one (1) will be selected.
4. All submissions must be done online.
5. All entries must be original.
6. Preferences must be cited properly and with permission
7. Project must include Intramuros as a viable location.

Finalists can win the following awards:
1. Best Film Award with Php 20,000.00 cash prize, trophy & certificate
2. Jury’s Choice Award with Php 15,000.00 cash prize, trophy & certificate
3. People’s Choice Award with Php 10,000 cash prize, trophy & certificate (most viral video)
4. Consolation Prize of Php 5,000 for the eight (8) production teams with certificates
5. Special Award that the Jury might feel rewarding, Php 5,000 for one or two (1 or 2 ) production teams with certificates.

The partnership hopes to raise the values of national pride, encourage common good and foster cultural awareness and creativity.

Deadline of submission of entries is on September 20, 2018.

For more details, like and follow the FDCP social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page.

May the Ballet Force Be With You Ballet Manila @23

It’s time to watch and enjoy more ballet shows these days…
Ballet Manila opens their 23rd performance season, Tour de Force, with a presentation of the company’s most iconic performances. In a two-weekend affair, Iconic 1.0 and Iconic 2.0 will revisit some of Ballet Manila’s most memorable collaborations, selected from a repertoire of over 200 ballets performed since 1995.

Iconic 1.0 draws mostly from the strength of Ballet Manila’s global network, with highlights such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom. The Colombian-Belgian choreographer’s work is sought after in operas, musicals, and even in fashion—this piece is her first work ever for an Asian dance company. There’s also Sotto Voce by Augustus “Bam” Damian III, one of the most prolific Filipinos in European ballet. And as nod to Ballet Manila’s Vaganova roots, it is restaging a version of Romeo and Juliet by Russian legend Sergei Vikulov.

Meanwhile, Iconic 2.0 digs deep into the wealth of Ballet Manila’s homegrown talent, with gems such as Gerardo Francisco’s fantasy-filled Ibong Adarna, Osias Barroso’s lifelike Ecole, the late Ballet Manila co-founder Eric V. Cruz’s sensuous Carmen, and Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s timeless Fur Elise.

We’re reliving the past in a very special way, because our company has seen many changes happening—most especially in our roster of dancers. It is such a fantastic learning experience to have some of our most loved and successful original ballets handed down to the new generation that is Ballet Manila today,” shares Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.

Seventeen different ballets, 14 featured choreographers, and the country’s premier classical dance company – the Iconic series is Ballet Manila’s biggest gala yet and promises to be a different, daring, and diverse season opener. With a single ticket valid for two shows, dance fans are in for two weekends’ of Iconic performances!

“This series is also an introduction of what Ballet Manila can do – and we can do it all, from the classics to contemporary pieces. We curated this series in such a way that we show as much variety and versatility as possible, so there’s a performance for everyone,” adds Lisa.

Tour de Force gets the ball rolling for Ballet Manila’s silver year on 2020, and the best is always yet to come for the company. With the perfect season opener in Iconic 1.0 and Iconic 2.0, this season promises to be a world-class and highly entertaining run that everyone in the family can enjoy. Don’t miss the opening gala dear all!

 

Show schedules:

“Tour De Force” kicks off this September with “Iconic 1.0,” which will be on September 1 and 2, 2018, and “Iconic 2.0,” which will be on September 8 and 9, 2018. One ticket will be valid on both weekends.

 

For more information about the shows, including ticket prices and schedules, you may visit http://www.balletmanila.com.ph or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are also available through all TicketWorld outlets. Please call 891-9999 or visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph for more information.

In addition, those who are planning to watch all the shows may take advantage of the company’s Season Subscription Programs, which offer up to 50% discount on ticket prices.

For more information, you may visit www.ticketworld.com.ph/balletmanila/Online/ and click on ‘View Details’ under ‘Season Subscription Program’.

 

 

Catch Across the Crescent Moon at Cinematheque Manila

In observance of the 2018 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), will be holding a Cineforum featuring the film, Across the Crescent Moon on July 31, 2018 at the Cinematheque Manila.

The Cineforum is one of the main activities lined up for the week-long celebration of the global event in the Philippines, which mainly aims to raise public awareness on human trafficking. It will be graced by the film’s director and producer Ms. Baby Nebrida,  IACAT member agencies and partners led by the DOJ as IACAT Chair, the CFO (Usec. Astravel Pimentel-Naik) and the FDCP (Chairperson Liza Diño).

In 2013, the United Nations General adopted a resolution designating July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

The award-winning masterpiece of Ms. Nebrida (heralded as the Ambassador for Peace by the International Parliamentarians), is a good eye-opener to the problem of human trafficking in the Philippines. The protagonist, portrayed by Matteo Guidicelli, is a Muslim soldier who battles human trafficking and other crimes in the Southern part of Mindanao while keeping his marriage to his Christian wife (Alex Godinez) intact. The film highlights the perils of modern-day slavery and digs deeper into kidnapping, abduction, and illegal recruitment, as three modes of trafficking in the Philippines. It also tackles the uniqueness of inter-faith relationships, echoing the importance of unity despite tremendous religious and cultural differences. The film has garnered numerous international acclaims such as “Best Ensemble Cast and Best Feature Global Film” by the International Film Festival Manhattan and “Best Film” by the Catholic Mass Media Awards.

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits men, women, and children for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation. From 2016 until the current year, the Philippine government, through the IACAT headed by the DOJ, has consistently ranked Tier 1 in the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. This means that the government fully meets the minimum global standards for the elimination of trafficking. The launch of IACAT’s 1343 Actionline Against Trafficking in 2011 marked the commitment of our government in eliminating threats of human trafficking, slavery, and abuse.

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