Ballet Plus More at the Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila

For those with artistic inclinations, enrolling in ballet classes makes perfect sense. Institutions like The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila offer a perfect environment for nurturing the love for the craft. There’s a supportive community for learning, a safe venue for training, and the guidance of the best in the region; CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Co-Artistic Director Osias Barroso, and other world-class trainers.

But there’s more to ballet than just strength and grace. Beyond the Vaganova technique, students also learn about passion, hard work, determination—the list just grows longer at every stage in life.

Contributing to Childhood

Studies have shown that cultivating a child’s creativity improves their mental ability later on in life. Most children develop an interest in music and dance from an early age, so parents nurture it by enrolling them in special ballet classes that are lighter, more playful, and fit for their attention span. Interaction with other children at this stage also means that their social skills receive a big boost.

Ballet is best learned while a child’s mind and body are at their most limber. Age-appropriate classes for older kids maximize these by teaching not only all the basic movements and concepts, but also discipline and focus early on. An increase in concentration reaps benefits outside the studio—don’t be surprised if their grades in school get better.

Aiding Adolescence

Teenage life can be tricky, but with ballet, they’ll be able to train discipline and determination along with the arts. More advanced combinations are taught in ballet lessons for this age segment, where they build strength not only in their pointe work, but also in their mind. They get a chance to perform in front of an audience, which develops confidence and self-esteem during this very crucial part of life.

Most students already have the hang of ballet at this point, with some even considering a career in the arts. At the very least, they’ve already developed an appreciation for a healthier lifestyle, as is the case with exposure to any physical recreation.

Forever a Fit

If you think ballet is only for those who started as children, think again because it’s never too late to pursue the arts. Places like Ballet Manila offer classes for all ages and skill levels, whether it’s for fun, for fitness, or a mix of both. Even complete beginners can feel right at home, as Ballet Manila fosters a friendly and supportive environment that accommodates every learning pace.

Whatever your creative or fitness goals may be, it’s a good idea to pursue them at The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila—the only ballet school in the Philippines with direct links to the Russian Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg, Russia.

For more information regarding rates, program details, and schedules in both Pasay and Quezon City branches, just visit



Stallone is Back With Escape Plan 2

Another movie to hit the SM Cinemas this June is Escape Plan 2: Hades, a sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s 2013 action flick, now together with Dave Bautista.

After breaking out of “The Tomb”, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) continued his life together with his own team of elite specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world’s most impenetrable prisons.

Unfortunately, his most trusted operative, Shu Ren was kidnapped and disappeared inside Hades, the most elaborate prison ever built. With this situation, Breslin together with his team will go to penetrate Hades and rescue.

Don’t fail to watch Escape Plan 2: Hades at SM Cinema branches Now Showing nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app.

You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

This latest flick by Sly Stallone will guarantee you a great viewing!


Girl Power Rocks in Ocean’s 8 Movie

The latest installment of the Ocean’s film series features an all-female power cast headed by my favorites Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett. And I believe this is the first time these two acting heavyweights have starred together.

A spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Trilogy, Ocean’s 8 follows the story of Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney), as she assembles her own all-female crew to execute the biggest heist of their lives – stealing a $150 million necklace at the Met Gala.

An all-star female cast featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham-Carter and a lot of cameos will surely capture your attention with this big movie on the big screen.

Like in all Ocean’s film, expect an exciting twist in the story.

Catch Ocean’s 8 at SM Cinema branches nationwide starting June 13, 2018. Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app.

You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

Free Film Screening of Birdshot and Deadma Walking at FDCP Workshops on Filmmaking

The Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors’ 2nd EDDYS (Entertainment Editors’ Choice) will screen two best film nominees during the two-day workshops of the Film Development of the Philippines (FDCP).

TBA’s Birdshot and T-Rex Entertainment’s Deadma Walking will unreel on May 26 and 27 at the Cinematheque Center Manila of FDCP.

The free film showings, in line with Globe’s #playitright anti-piracy campaign, will come after the FDCP workshops on Scriptwriting by Fatrick Tabada (9 a.m.-12 noon) and Sound Design (‪2 p.m.-5 p.m.) by Immanuel Verona on May 26, 6p.m.; and Acting by Anthony Falcon (9 a.m.-12 noon) and Cinematography (‪2 p.m.-5 p.m.) by Rain Yamson II on May 27, 6 p.m.

On the road to The 2nd EDDYS, nominees will be recognized at The EDDYS Nominees Night, happening in partnership with FDCP. SPEEd officers and FDCP Chair Liza Dino will be awarding special certificates at the event on June 3, 5 p.m., at 38 Valencia Events Place, Quezon City.

The 2nd EDDYS is slated early July and will be held in partnership with FDCP, led by Chairperson Liza, and Globe, represented by Senior Vice President Yoly Crisanto.

Paolo Valenciano will be directing the show. A glittering after-party, The EDDYS Mega Party, to be hosted by OneMega Group, will happen after the awards rites. The 2nd EDDYS is being presented by telecom giant Globe and produced by the fastest-growing FM station, Wish 101.5.

Far East Film Fest Set to Conquer Udine, Italy

 In celebration of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will be leading a big delegation of Filipino filmmakers, artists, and members of the academe with the Philippines chosen as the Country of Focus in the Far East Film Festival happening on April 24 to 29 in Udine, Italy.

Set to compete in the Festival are “Si Chedeng sa Si Apple,” “Smaller and Smaller Circles” and “Ang Larawan,” while restored Ricky Lee classics, “Himala” and “Moral”, directed by the well renowned late director, Marilou Diaz-Abaya will be showcased at the restored film classics feature.

With the opportunity to showcase our very own filmmakers in Far East Film Festival, FDCP is bringing in select filmmakers and speakers for Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Talks.

Speakers include Mr. Ed Lajano, Festival Director of QCinema, Bianca Balbuena, CEO of EpicMedia, renowned actress Elizabeth Oropesa and FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño for Filipino Popular Cinema to be moderated by Mr. Max Tessier on April 26.

Film Historian and documentarist Mr. Nick Deocampo will talk about Discovering the Past: Asian Film History – Filipino Cinema during WWII, to be introduced by Mr. Roger Garcia, Festival Director of Hong Kong International Film Festival on April 27.

Aside from these, FDCP is also proud to announce that three Filipino film projects made it to the 14 titles selected by Focus Asia, the Far East Film Festival Project Market dedicated to genre cinema. These projects in development will be presented to more than 200 professionals made up of panels, one-on-one meetings, projections and networking opportunities.

These are “Belen” by Quark Henares, produced by Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew, Epicmedia Productions Inc., “Quantum Suicide” by Mikhail Red, produced by Micah Tadena, Media East Productions and Taro Imai, Harakiri Films, co-produced by Japan and “Wilderness” by Nadira Ilana, produced by Nadira Ilana, Telan Bulan Films and Pamela Reyes, Create Cinema and Panuksmi Hardjowirogo, M’GO Films, a co-production between Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore.

On the other hand, Filipino Producer Monster Jimenez of Arkeo Films with her film in development, “Return of the Owl” by Martika Ramirez Escobar made it to the 15 selected projects for the tenth edition of Ties That Bind, the Asia-Europe co-production workshop, bringing together Asian and European professionals in the development of film projects. These selected films will have the opportunity to meet numerous producers, financiers and distributors present on the Focus Asia days for potential partnership in the development of their film.


The Far East Film Festival runs from April 20 to 29, 2018.

Rampage With The Rock

Dwayne The Rock Johnson is back with an action-packed film “Rampage” directed by Brad Peyton. It among others features a wolf, a deadly crocodile and an albino gorilla named George!

It just hit the theaters. You will enjoy the movie with a bag of popcorn and lots of wild creative imagination.

Watch it best in IMAX available in selected SM Cinemas.

Must See Suspense: “A Quiet Place” by John Krasinski

Imagine…A Quiet Place

Starring Emily Blunt alongside her husband and director of the film John Krasinski, A Quiet Place will surely leave its viewers shaking with anticipation and filled with paranoia as they step into the life of the Abbott family.

Every move of the characters is tense with dread second-by-second as the unknown creatures lurk, able to terrorize the family with a single cry or a heavy footstep. That is why sign language is key wherein the cast needed to study and learn how to sign.

Millicent Simmonds in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

Left to right: John Krasinski and Noah Jupe in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

Emily Blunt in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

For a thrilling and unpredictable cinematic experience, A Quiet Place is sure to keep your heart pounding at the edge of your seat feel, until the very end,

Invite anyone you know to any Director’s Club or SM Cinema theatre.

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