24 Mar 2017 Leave a comment
06 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
Ballet Manila Opens 2017 with a Classic Masterpiece
I personally always look forward to every shows and productions mounted by one of the country’s premiere ballet company, Ballet Manila. Most especially their year opener of a well loved classic—- DON QUIXOTE which I haven’t seen or watched in full on the ballet stage.
Happening on February 24 and 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. and on February 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Aliw Theater, Don Quixote is known in the ballet world as one of the most technically challenging pieces ever created, with some of the choreography raising the already high international standards when it first premiered in 1869at the Tsar’s Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg. It is especially known for its compulsory quick and strong movements, high vertical takeoffs, one arm lifts, quick fouettes, quadruple pirouettes, and Kitri’s signature move, the Plisetskaya head-kick.
Don Quixote is the closing act for Ballet Manila’s 21st performance season.Set in Spain, the story tells the tale of Don Quixote,who decides to become a knight and embark on a journey to find Lady Dulcinea, a lover that he has only made up in his head. The ballet places special focus on the love story between Kitri and Basilio, a pair he encounters during his adventures.The production combines great acrobatic feats, lively music, colorful sets and costumes, and a lot of comedic elements. Specially for this run, Ballet Manila will bring in Kremlin Ballet Theater star and principal danseur, Mikhail Martynyuk, to play Basilio.
“Our 21st performance season, Revenge of the Classics, has allowed us to mark so many milestones not just for Ballet Manila, but for the country as well,” says Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Ballet Manila’s CEO and Artistic Director. “Therefore, we only find it fitting to close it with a true classic—one that’s opulent, captivatingly elaborate, and serves as a true testament to the strength, passion, and skills of our dancers, who are all trained in the Vaganova Academy Style of dancing.”
She continues, “Don Quixote is kind of like my signature ballet. It’s the ballet that reallybrought me to the spotlight, and Kitri is my most performed role. I’m so excited for this production because I feel like this is me handing down the role to Ballet Manila’s next generation of principal dancers.” Alternating for the role of Kitri are Katherine Barkman, Pia Dames, andDawna Mangahas, who will be partnered by Martynyuk,
Lisa adds that the public should also watch out for the ballet’s production elements. “We are revamping some elements of our staging from previous ones. We are going all out with stage designs, props, and costumes. We’re not holding back for Don Quixote. Everyone should really watch out for it.”
Don Quixote is co-presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company, Star City, and Aliw Theater. Other sponsors include ACS Manufacturing Corporation, First United Corporation, Papa John’s Pizza, Hot Star Chicken, Oasis Paco Park Hotel, Microtel Wyndham Hotels, Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas, City Garden Suites Malate,Island Rose, and Philcom. Official ride partner is Grab Philippines. To learn more about it, 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 8919999 or visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph, for more information.
21 Jan 2017 Leave a comment
In time for the Chinese New Year 2017 ushering in The Year of the Rooster, our ever favorite and legendary martial artist and natural comedian Jackie Chan has collaborated with his consistent director Stanley Tong and came up with the Sino-Indian movie, “Kung Fu Yoga”. What an exciting film title and premise right?
Although this is not the first it ever happened Jackie has previously starred opposite Bollywood actors. And now he’s back with some of India’s superstars like Malika Shewarat, Disha Patani and Sonu Sood who have very high regard and respect to Jackie’s iconic reputation.
The film follows celebrated Chinese archeology professor, Jack (played by Chan) as he searches for ancient treasures scattered all around the world.As with a Jackie Chan film, expect lots of fun and humorous moments in “Kung Fu Yoga” plus JC’s signature action and death-defying stunts and a lot of action-packed road scenes.
Reportedly spending 65 million, this film that took a year to make will take you almost around the world, I am personally excited for the scenes filmed in Iceland, Dubai, most parts of China and of course mystical India. Jackie will even sway and dance to a famous Bollywood number choreographed by Farah Khan.
Kung Fu Yoga also stars Lay Zhang and Aarif Rhaman so watch out for their action scenes and hilarious moments with Jackie. Perfect movie date bonding with family and friends. Will definitely not miss this! Big JC fan here ☺ Love you, Jackieeeeeee!!! ♥♥
Save the date, here in the Philippines, Kung Fu Yoga opens in theaters nationwide February 1st and distributed by Star Cinema.
12 Jan 2017 Leave a comment
Forever heartthrob and my forever favorite hunky actor Piolo Pascual celebrates his 40th birthday today January 12 with a lot of gratitude from Up Above and to showbiz where he has been part of for the past 20 years or so. Papa P started at the prime of his youth.
But before this happy occasion, we bloggers met up with the one and only Papa P to look back and excitedly find out his awesome plans this year onwards.
We shall be seeing him again very soon on the big screen with newcomer actress Yen Santos in the film, “Once in a Lifetime”. More details to be shared once more updates gets out.
Papa P is also thankful for the gift of great health and he also proudly shared he is already “pensionado” thanks to his life insurance that he has been with for two decades. He also stressed the importance of one having insured whether it be medical, dental, accident and the likes. The benefit is very essential and one gets to have a source of funding when the need arises. Piolo likewise thanks his Sun Life Insurance family here in the PH.
Papa P is also on the cover of Star Studio Magazine wherein he allowed public camera to shoot and feature his man-cave bachelor pad somewhere in Makati. A rare treat that we all can share and see on print!
More and more activities from Papa P as the months roll on…I am also grateful that I met him some years back due to sports in the wonderful world of running! Love love love you Papa Piolo !!!!!! May blessings be more abundant to you from this day forward… ♥♥♥
29 Dec 2016 Leave a comment
in Entertainment Tags: Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2, awards night, Die Beautiful, indie, Kabisera, Metro Manila Film Festival, MMFF 2016, Oro, Saving Sally, Seklusyon, Sunday Beauty Queen, Vince and Kath and James
Congratulations to all the winners of the recently concluded 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 that was held at the KIA Theater in Cubao, Quezon City. It has been a remarkable year for this year’s MMFF that did away with the traditional films the movie goers got used to watching year in and year out. CHANGE was the significant essence.
Who would have thought a dark horse documentary like “Sunday Beauty Queen” would win Best Picture? And so they did with flying colors thanks to the stories of four real life Hongkong domestic helpers. Director Erik Matti did a back to back win as Best Director for his suspense thriller “Seklusyon” but was not around to accept his trophy. Also a no-show was the evening’s Best Actor and king of make up transformation Paolo Ballesteros for his remarkable role as Trisha Echevarria in “Die Beautiful” while seasoned theater actress and sought after “mother” Irma Adlawan of the advocacy film “Oro” finally brought home a Best Actress title upsetting Noranians in the audience who routed for superstar Ms. Nora Aunor’s “Kabisera”.
I was personally surprised that “Kabisera” did not win anything at all not even a special award considering it has a talented and award-winning ensemble cast led by Ms. Aunor.
Heavily favored Best Supporting Actor and “Die Beautiful”s Christian Bables won for the coveted title while Phoebe Walker aka Sister Cecilia in “Seklusyon” was awarded Best Supporting Actress and very thankful for such honor she did not expect.
Here’s the complete list of the MMFF 2016 winners :
- Best Picture: Sunday Beauty Queen
- Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: Sunday Beauty Queen
- Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award: Oro
- Best Director: Erik Matti, Seklusyon
- Best Actor in a Leading Role: Paolo Ballesteros, Die Beautiful
- Best Actress in a Leading Role: Irma Adlawan, Oro
- Best Ensemble Cast: Oro
- Special Jury Prize: Rhed Bustamante, Seklusyon
- Best Screenplay: Seklusyon
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bables, Die Beautiful
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Phoebe Walker, Seklusyon
- Best Cinematography: Seklusyon
- Best Sound Design: Seklusyon
- Best Theme Song: “Dominus Miserere” Seklusyon
- Best Editing: Sunday Beauty Queen
- Best Musical Score: Saving Sally
- Best Production Design: Seklusyon
- Best Float: Die Beautiful
- 42nd MMFF My Most Favorite Film: Die Beautiful
- Children’s Choice Award: Saving Sally, Sunday Beauty Queen, Vince & Kath & James
- Male Celebrity of the Night: Ronnie Alonte
- Female Celebrity of the Night: Rhian Ramos
- Short Film – Best Screenplay: Mitatang
- Short Film – Special Jury Prize: Manila Scream
- Short Film – Best Picture: EJK
- Short Film – Best Work for Children: Passage of Life
- Best Short Film Director: Jarell Serencio for Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad
Christian Bables and Gladys Reyes for “Die Beautiful”
Seklusyon’s Phoebe Walker played a mysterious nun in the movie
Team “Die Beautiful” with Director Jun Robles Lana, Best Supp Actor Christian Bables, Perci Intalan
F emale Celebrity of the Night went to the ever gorgeous Rhian Ramos of “Saving Sally”
28 Dec 2016 Leave a comment
Princess Leia is a symbol of fierce femininity when she took on the role of Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga as one of the defenders of good and sister to Luke Skywalker and forever love by Han Solo.
It was breaking news when she had a heart attack on board a plane from a long flight from London to Los Angeles. But her condition was stable after she was confined. And now yesterday December 27 her time and life was taken back and now faces eternal love and gratitude for all the things and legacy Ms Carrie Fisher leaves behind.
May we all be blessed with her advocacy and fight for what is right!
As the STAR WARS family would say: The force will always be with You! You will be missed profoundly ♥♥♥
22 Dec 2016 Leave a comment
It’s that time of the year here in Manila especially during Christmas Day December 25, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is annually held and celebrated.
The eight entries who made it this year is a result in the revision of the criteria eventually followed by the selection jury. They say that the process of film selection has gone thru a big CHANGE and now the viewing audience are about to watch better and exciting movies including a first time documentary.
Opening on December 25, 2016 until January 3, 2017 only in cinemas nationwide. All entries are guaranteed first 2 days full screening and no pull out from theaters.
The Magic 8 films and its Directors are:
Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 – Directed by: Marlon Rivera
Die Beautiful – Directed by: Jun Robles Lana
Kabisera – Directed by: Real Florido
Oro – Directed by: Alvin Yapan
Saving Sally – Directed by: Avid Liongoren
Seklusyon – Directed by: Erik Matti
Sunday Beauty Queen – Directed by: Babyruth Villarama
Vince and Kath and James – Directed by: Ted Boborol
The Awards Night will be held on December 29 at the KIA Theater also considered as Gabi ng Parangal.
I have already seen at least 2 entries and I am looking forward to watching the majority if not all. What makes it extra special are the celebrity friends in some of the films like Oro, Saving Sally, Seklusyon and Kabisera. Cheering and supporting them most definitely!
I am also grateful to the blogcons I attended and meeting the cast, directors and producers upclose is really nice and fun! ☺☺
Good luck to all entries and may it be a really Merry Christmas to the Pinoy viewing public!