“STAGERS: LIVE AT THE BIG DOME”: THE REVIEW!!! (as written by robert manuguid silverio)

 

As the curtain rose-up, a group of fascinating young individuals appeared onstage. And on their faces, you could see the smiles, the excitement and the ENERGY. All ready and prepared to show-off their very best. The power was unlimited, all determined to execute a great concert act performances.

They were the theater actors and actresses of Philippine Stagers Foundation. And this time, they’re not going to act. Yes, this time around, they would sing, dance and perform not the usual tasks they did onstage. And indeed, they’d proven their versatility much more upon this first major concert entitled “Stagers: Live at the Big Dome”.

The opening number was all too energetic and breathless. It’s a great punk dance routine- executed in great moves, powerful jumps and creative choreography. The likes you saw on Sunday noontime variety shows like ASAP in channel 2. But this opening number was more original than those, because the dancers and singers showed a variety of great emotions on their faces while they danced and sang. Such an edge factor because they’re actors as well. And it made a greater impact.

The opening number ended with the song “Sugod”, a happy kind of rock song that implied unity and perfection. The audience was enthralled, as shrieks of joy and shouts filled-in the greater noise of the Araneta Coliseum.

Then came another rock song “Salamat”, with great dance movements and graceful rhythms. The Stagers were such great dancers as well. You couldn’t breathe, you couldn’t even move your head farther-away while looking how they danced and sang. So fascinating again, indeed.

In these punk-rock-pop opening number sequences of their concert, the Stagers who stole the show were Raymond Diolan Rances, Arnold Gamier, Erwin Usman Ignacio,  JV Cruz, Poul Garcia, Jomar Tanada-Bautista, Jerie Sanchez and Alence Villanueva. Their own respective styles and grace in dancing skills were magnificent to look at. But someone at the back just kept on stealing the show away from them. His name: John Rey Rivas, who didn’t only dance and sang well, but also showed a wide variety of emotions on his face while dancing and singing. John Rey is a new Stager, but definitely one of the best.

Other succeeding numbers were also outstanding. But when the song “Starlight Express” was sung by Vince Tanada in a duet with JP Lopez, the expectations of a blogger-viewer was fully quenched. Vince sang with all his feelings, he gave so much justice to a very meaningful song. His voice echoed on all the four corners of the Araneta Coliseum. While JP, whew, was also such a great singer.

The Broadway musical numbers were all so captivating. Especially the excerpt musical number from “Cats”. All the Stagers moved and danced like real cats onstage, and their vocal prowess as they sang exceeded far beyond our expectations, once more.

But the real essence of this great musical-dance concert was the spirit of true Filipino nationalism, and it was seen at the latter part of the concert. When the Stagers performed again the excerpts from their previous musical plays like “Enzo Santo”, “Cory Ng Edsa”, “Ako si Ninoy”, “Joe: The Rocksical”, “Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela”, and finally, the currently-running “Filipinas: 1941″, the audience was already on the verge of tears. You could see on the faces of the audience, composed mostly of students, youth leaders, educators and advocates- that they’re so moved by those Nationalistic excerpts from PSF plays.

And a blogger who saw the concert greatly assured to himself that it was the reason why this concert became successful. Maybe, spirits of long-forgotten heroes and angels were also there to celebrate alongside with PSF’s 14th year anniversary as a theater group. Because this group of artists did justice on the lives of heroes and soldiers who all died for the sake of a Nation- the Philippines.

As a tear flowed on the eyes of a blogger when he saw the excerpt from the highlight ending scene of the play “Filipinas: 1941″, he saw further more.

He saw the future of a nation, the oncoming band of new and young leaders who would soon lead and serve a country.

He also saw within the soul and deep in the hearts of all the young theater actors and actresses of Philippine Stagers Foundation, who all simply wanted to perform onstage and serve the youth. Young as they were, their dreams had finally come to a shining moment. It was now realized.

Because on that day, they performed at the Araneta Coliseum and managed to fill it.

It was them. It was the heroes… 

and,

This was their moment

to shine on-

 

FOREVER.

 

(as the words were written on robert manuguid silverio’s “book of love”. november 26, 2014).

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the “salamat” number

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jeffrey ambrosio

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the “cats” broadway number

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patrick libao

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the “starlight express” number

the "let it go" number

the “let it go” number

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adelle lim

the "psg" comedy number

the “psg” comedy number

the mini-fashion show number of the elites models

the mini-fashion show number of the elites models

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the crowd audience

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the opening dance number

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araneta coliseum was filled-up!

the great opening sing and dance number!

the great opening sing and dance number!

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vince tanada’s great broadway number

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANG HANDOG NG PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION!

Napakalinaw na sinabi ng Stager na si Patrick Libao sa harap ng mga press people nu’ng gabi pagkatapos ng kanilang very successful concert sa Araneta Coliseum ang tunay na kahulugan ng lahat:
“Hindi kami naririto dahil sa pera o mga materyal na bagay”, sabi ni Patrick.”Naririto kami dahil it’s our ‘passion’ to perform and act, it’s our happiness na mapasaya at ma-entertain ang mga tao. Yun lang at kuntento na kami. At masaya kaming lahat sa aming ginagawa.”


Ang grupo na ito ng mga theater actors ay grupo ng mga artistikong nilalang na nag-aalay lamang ng kanilang mga kakayahan para sa ikauunlad ng sining at kultura, ipakita sa mga kabataan at mga estudyante ang kahalagahan ng pagmamahal sa bayan, at, ang kahalagahan din ng edukasyon. At ito ay naipapakita nila sa kanilang mga dula na pawang mga “nationalistic” ang tema, kundiman, may universal and religious messages para sa lahat.


Sila ay isang “foundation” na masasabi. At ang naganap nilang concert sa Araneta Coliseum ay isang benefit concert. Dahil ang Philippine Stagers Foundation ay nag-aalaga ng maraming student-scholars, orphanages, mental institutions at iba pang mga charitable endeavors.
Kaya naman, kung ano man ang kinita ng PSF sa naganap nilang konsiyerto, iyon ay nakalaan para sa mga mahihirap at kapus-palad na nilalang. Kaya suwerte ang kapalit o ang “balik” nito sa mga taga-PSF. Dahil tunay lamang at totoo ang kanilang mga adhikain.

 

FAST-CUT TO: THE ACTUAL DAY OF CONCERT.

Maaga pa lamang sa paligid ng Araneta Coliseum ay maaga nang nakaabang ang mga estudyante’t kabataan upang panoorin ang “STAGERS: LIVE AT THE BIG DOME” kahapon (Nobyembre 24, 2014). Samantalang alas-tres pa ng hapon magsisimula ang konsiyerto, umaga pa lamang ng alas-otso ay nandu’n na karamihan ang mga manonood ng concert. Excited na silang lahat.
Sa loob ng Araneta Coliseum, buong-pusong nagre-rehearse ang mga Stagers, kasama si Vince Tanada- ang head ng Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF) na siyang direktor din ng nasabing concert. Kagila-gilalas ang ipinakitang determinasyon ng lahat ng miyembro ng mga theater actors na naroon sa entablado at nagpa-practice. Bigay na bigay sila. Puno ng emosyon at damdamin. Puno ng puso at kaluluwa. Sila ang mga tunay na artists ng tanghalan! Pinapawisan na sila ng husto, pero hayun, sige pa rin, kuntodo-bigay pa rin sa pagre-rehearse ng kanilang production numbers.
Bigla ay nakita ng isang blogger ang potograpong si Vino Oriarte. Biglang nagsalita ng ganito: “Robert, ang haba na ng pila sa labas. Grabe talaga, nagkakagulo na ang mga manonood ng concert na ito sa labas. Ang dami nila! Palagay ko ay mapupuno mamaya ang Araneta Coliseum!”, anya pa.
Takbo rito, takbo roon ang mga Stagers. Ang iba ay natataranta na talaga dahil magkakasunod ang kani-kanilang mga numbers onstage. Si Jerie Sanchez, tumakbong naka-bra at panty na lamang pabalik sa dressing room niya, maski na ang iba pang mga babaeng miyembro na mga Stagers din. Wala silang pakialam. Ganyan talaga ang mga performers. Ang mahalaga, makapag-palit na sila ng damit kaagad dahil may kasunod pa silang number na ipe-perform.
At si Master Vince Tanada, bawal na bawal na haharangin mo siya sa daan pagkatapos ng isang number niya sa dress rehearsal na iyon. Dahil may kasunod din agad siyang production number. Kapag humara-hara ka sa dadaanan niya, isang malaking batok ang mapapala mo. Hahahahayyyyyyyy!!!!
Ang mga guwapong Stagers naman na sina Raymond Diolan Rances, Poul Garcia, Jomar Bautista at Irwin Ignacio, nakita ng isang blogger na mga naka-brief lang sa loob ng kani-kanilang dressing rooms. Nagpista talaga ang matatambok at malalaking bulges sa “harapan” nila. Na halos maluwa ang mga mata ng isang blogger.
Natigil na lamang ang pagwi-“window-shopping” ng isang blogger ng dumating na ang grupo ng “Personage” team ni Frederick Aquino, ang Associate producer ng nasabing TV talk-show sa PTV-4 (Channel 4). naro’n din sila para i-cover ang nasabing event na ipapalabas nila sa December 25 episode ng “Personage”, ang kanilang very special Christmas episode. Ang buong episode na iyon ay nakalaan sa coverage ng concert na ito ng Stagers. Kaya tunay namang nakakataba ng puso. Kasama ang iba pang staff ng “Personage”, tunay namang namangha rin ang mga taga-PTV-4 sa propesyonalismo at galing ng mga Stagers sa kanilang rehearsal nung umagang iyon, ilang oras bago ang actual concert sa bandang alas-tres ng hapon.
Bumaha rin ng mga pagkain sa loob ng isang room sa dressing room area ng Stagers. Bukod sa may breakfast na ay may lunch pa para sa mga Stagers at ilang bisita nila. Nagluto ng masasarap na putahe ang mabait na ina ni Vince Tanada na si mommy Emy Tanada, kasama ang mabait na ama ni Vince na si Mr. Tanada. Sila ang nagdala ng anim na putahe ng food dishes para sa lahat.
At ilang minuto na lamang, magsisimula na ang PAGTATANGHAL.
Abalang-abala naman si Anna Tanada-Bautista, ang sister ni Vince Tanada, sa pag-aasikaso sa lahat. Siya ang nag-ayos ng mga designated seats para sa mga V.I.P. guests at sa mga press people na imbitado. Halos siya rin lahat ang nag-coordinate sa mga tao dahil abalang-abala na si Vince sa gagawing pagtatanghal.
Isa-isa nang nagdatingan ang mga bisita. Nauna na dito ang female TV host ng programang “Personage” na si Miss Carla Lizardo, kasama ang kanyang butihing ina. Personal pang binati ni Carla at ng kanyang ina si Vince at ang mga Stagers sa loob ng kanilang dressing room. Kaya naman very flattered si Vince. Saglit silang nag-tsikahan muna ni Carla, at naroon din nu’ng mga sandaling iyon si Frederick Aquino.
Abala din si Jeffrey Ambrosio, ang marketing executive ng PSF sa pakikipag-coordinate sa mga taga-Araneta Coliseum. Dumating din ang baby son ni Vince na si Spidey at ang younger brother ni Vince na si Cocoy Tanada.
Hayan na rin ang mga press people na sina Alex Datu, Nonie Nicasio, Maryo Labad, Alwyn Ignacio, Rey Pumaloy, Crispina belen, Nards Belen, Arnell Ramos, Joel Contravida, Trixie Dauz, Dennis Sebastian, at iba pa.
Dumating din ang mentor ni Vince na si Mr. Frank Rivera, pati na rin si direk Elwood Perez at ang composer na si Pipo Cifra.
Tunay ding nakaka-touch ang ginawang pagtulong ng mga past Stagers sa araw na ito ng concert. Lalong-lalo na si Jordan Ladra na labas-masok sa audience area at backstage upang makipag-coordinate at tumulong. Siya rin ang nag-assist kay Dr. Luzruth Almeda, ang daughter ng DepEd Supervisor na si Dr. Ruth Almeda, na isa sa mga bisita nu’ng hapon na iyon ng concert.
AT MAGSISIMULA NA ANG CONCERT!

Sumilip ang mga Stagers mula sa makapal na black cloth sa gitna at likod ng entablado na siyang nagse-separate sa malawak na audience area at sa backstage ng Araneta Coliseum. At namangha sila sa kanilang nasaksihan! PUNONG-PUNO ANG ARANETA COLISEUM!
Totoo ka. Punong-puno ito.
At isang madramang eksena na ang sumunod na naganap sa mga dressing rooms ng Stagers!
Lahat ng Stagers ay nag-iiyakan na sa loob ng kanilang mga dressing rooms! Nu’ng makita nila na puno ang Araneta Coliseum, tunay na napaiyak sila!
This is the fulfillment of their dreams. This is the fruit of all their hard works, perseverances and determinations. Ang pag-aalay nila ng kanilang buong puso’t mga kaluluwa ay nagkaroon na ng matinding KAGANAPAN. This is their MOMENT. TO SHINE FORVERMORE!
Nag-akapan pa ang mga Stagers habang nag-iiyakan. Hindi sila makapaniwala sa kanilang nasaksihan! Tanging sina Vice Ganda at Dennis Padilla pa lamang ang nakapuno ng Araneta Coliseum! At sila na ay kasama doon!

AT HUMUDYAT NA ANG PAGSISIMULA NG KONSIYERTO.
SA PUSO’T KALULUWA NG LAHAT NG STAGERS, IBINIGAY NILA ANG LAHAT. IPINAKITA NG TODO ANG KANI-KANILANG KAHUSAYAN.
AT ITO AY PARA SA SINING, PARA SA KANILANG MGA ADVOCACIES AT MGA ADHIKAIN. PARA SA KABATAAN, SA EDUKASYON. SA KULTURA.

AT ANG KAGANAPAN AY NAGANAP NA NGA.

(SINULAT NI ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO, MULA SA KANYANG “AKLAT NG PAGIBIG”, INIUKIT SA PETSANG NOBYEMBRE 25, 2014).

P.S.: ANG REVIEW NAMIN SA KONSIYERTONG ‘STAGERS: LIVE AT THE BIG DOME” AY MABABASA BUKAS SA BLOG NA ITO. ABANGAN!!!

 

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VINCE TANADA, HEAD OF PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION

VINCE TANADA, HEAD OF PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION

take a peep… cherish, enjoy, shout with a joy… embrace the journey of the “starlight express” and the “STAGERS LIVE AT THE BIG DOME”!!! (tomorrow, nov. 24, 2014)

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vince with son spidey

IT’S BEEN SUCH A JOURNEY…

THE “STARLIGHT EXPRESS” BROUGHT THEM TO PLACES NO ONE HAS EVER IMAGINED…

IN A SEPARATE DIMENSION OF SPACE AND TIME,

IN AN ADVENTURE OF ETERNAL LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP…

A GROUP OF FRIENDS…

A GROUP OF WARRIORS…

A GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE…

A GROUP OF ARTISTS AND ADVOCATES…

A GROUP OF THEATER PERFORMERS..

AND

A GROUP OF ANGELS.

 

ALTOGETHER, THEY RIDE THE “STARLIGHT EXPRESS”…

FOR FOURTEEN YEARS, THEY EXPLORED,

THEY CONQUERED.

AND NOW,

THE REUNION.

 

TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 24, MONDAY- LIVE AT THE ARANETA COLISEUM AT EXACTLY 3 P,M.

A TRIBUTE.

A CELEBRATION.

A REUNION.

A PARTY.

WILL HAPPEN!

 

STARLIGHT EXPRESS TOOK THEM HOME.

WITH THE BIG HEART OF ONE PERSON,

THE JOURNEY TOOK FLIGHT

THE JOURNEY BECAME REAL.

 

BECAUSE,

THE STARLIGHT EXPRESS

WILL

JOURNEY ON-

 

FOREVER.

 

(AS THE WORDS WERE WRITTEN, IN ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO’S “BOOK OF LOVE”, TOGETHER WITH THE “18”, SCULPTED BY THE HANDS OF LOVE- NOVEMBER 23, 2014).

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vince with son spidey

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the christmas star by narcoleptica, AND THE 2014 ABS-CBN CHRISTMAS STATION ID

from sssip :-)
we saw this christmas star image by narcoleptica when we googled it. we thought of making it as our blog’s header cover. thanks to the link below, the artwork is courtesy of them:

http://narcoleptica.deviantart.com/art/Christmas-star-24488816

“CHRISTMAS IS NEAR.”

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“Christmas star
by narcoleptica
Digital Art / Other / People©2005-2014 narcoleptica
This is a peice of work I produced by drawing the large star onto a blue carboard background with pastel pencil and white marker pen. I then cut out the silhouettes of the people and the hills. Finally I scanned it into photoshop, added the other stars and tidied it up quite a bit.”

 

The “Thank You Ang Babait Ninyo” station ID is part of ABS-CBN’s Christmas campaign for 2014. It’s theme song was sung by “The Voice Kids” finalists Lyca, Darren, Juan Karlos, and Darlene and written by Robert Labayen, Lloyd Oliver Corpuz, Love Rose de Leon with music by Amber and Marcus Davis.

The 2014 ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID was created by ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management headed by Robert Labayen, Johnny Delos Santos, and Patrick de Leon. It is directed by Paolo Ramos and Peewee Azarcon-Gonzales.

The SID Creative and Production team members are Danie Sedilla-Cruz, Edsel Misenas. Kathrina Sanchez, Dang Baldonado, Sheryl Ramos, Christina Barbin, Faith Zambrano-Pascual, Joan Mole-Santiago, Carlota Rosales, Adrian Lim, Mark Bravo, Carla Payongayong, Christine Joy Laxamana, Love Rose De Leon, Pamela Mercado, Marchie Blaire Mallari, Lloyd Oliver Corpuz, Christine Daria-Estabillo, Raywin Tome, Angela Suarez, Christer Salire, Nikz Berame, Monique Olaivar, Ermil Sanchez, Lawrence Arvin Sibug, Nathan Perez, Des Parawan, Aye Duñgo, Tess Perez-Mendoza; with ABS-CBN Marketing; ABS-CBN TV Entertainment, ABS-CBN News, ABS-CBN Regional, ABS-CBN Global, ABS-CBN Digital Media Division, DZMM, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc., ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, ABS-CBN Human Resources Division, ABS-CBN Property Management, ABS-CBN Safety and Security, Star Records.

Other members are Jaime Porca, Technical Production Head; Carmelo Saliendra, Shane Ibañez, Emil Hembra, Tim Aguirre, Ralph Emerson Escoto, Eric Po, Lorenz Roi Morales, Christian Abuel, Marl Abejero, Videographers; Robert Joon Ku, Production Designer; Roger Villon, Oliver Paler, Dennis Amarille, Karlo Victoriano, Raphael Angelo dela Rea, Alfie Landayan, Bridge Sulit, Maria Concepcion Ignacio,Rhea Ramos, Gewerly Bautista, Graphics, Editing and Post Production Team; Marvin Bragas, Location Manager; Darwin Dueñas, James Manalastas, Jenverly Esber, Jesusa Canilang, Production Coordinators.

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SALAMAT!

Oo, salamat. Salamat ng marami sa inyo. Ang mga magkakaibigan ay sadyang hindi nag-iiwanan. Magkahiwa-hiwalay man, sila’y magkakasama-samang muli. No matter what.

Tulad ng mga anghel sa langit, sila’y nagse-celebrate din sa mga okasyong mahalaga. At tulad din ng mga anghel sa lupa, ang pagsasamahan ay ipinapakita sa isang matinding pagtatanghal. Sa isang kakaibang event na hindi malilimutan.

“STAGERS LIVE AT THE BIG DOME”.

Isang pagtatanghal na sadyang mahalaga para sa isang blogger. Pinaghandaan ng husto ni Vince Tanada at ng kanyang Philippine Stagers Foundation. Dahil sila’y mga KAIBIGAN … “namin”.

Come, celebrate with us and with them. Sa mahalagang petsa ng Nobyembre 24, 2014. Gaganapin sa Araneta Coliseum, bandang alas-tres ng hapon.

Magsama-sama muli tayo. Sa labing-apat na anniversary ng Philippine Stagers Foundation.. at sa “reunion” ng dati nang magkakaibigan!

Let’s celebrate love, life and the glory of it all…

Through songs, dances, comedy skits, audio visual presentations, fashion show, and more!!!

MULI, SALAMAT.

KAIBIGAN KO!

(as the words were written, in robert manuguid silverio’s “book of love”, november 18, 2014).

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mr. vino oriarte with stagers cindy liper and adelle lim


EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS OF MR. VINO ORIARTE DURING THE REHEARSALS OF “STAGERS: LIVE AT THE BIG DOME” BELOW:

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cinema one memories and impressions

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A handsome indie film actor came in inside the Trinoma Cinema One theater house with a male buddy actor. He was tall, slim and elegant and very Filipino-looking. He climbed the stairs up and passed the other rows wherein other showbiz personalities and theater enthusiasts were seated and excitedly waiting for the film “Volator” shown up. It seemed, the actor wanted a better row and a seat that could be near his heart. And he found it. It was the left side row of the venue, and below that seat, lower to him, was, the blogger’s seat.
The blogger saw him and heard his voice.
“Hi, Alex”, the blogger greeted the actor.
“Hi, tito Robert! Nice to see you here!”, the actor happily replied.

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It could have been something else, but the mystery of life was out to be shown. And the lonely blogger preferred not to look back anymore. As he saw the film “Violator”, which was the best film he saw (and happily, it also won the Best Film at the recently-concluded 2014 Cinema One Originals awards night), he knew that reality was totally different from dreams and visions. He knew, too, that he was bound for something else and a dream was still waiting for him.
Just minutes ago, he was supposed to be seated in a different row, in the middle section of the cinema house. He chose that seat number “D-E”, but someone else took it. He was late in entering the theater venue because he bought some coffee and a donut. Upon seeing that someone took his seat, he saw another indie film actor (his crush, actually) seated beside that seat number. It could have been him seated beside that actor. And it’s okay even though the actor has got a female date beside him. The actor was RK, one of the stars of the film “Violator”.
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In life, there could be many “misses” and many “fall-outs”, plus many mistakes, too. You tend to lose your poise and proper bearing when you saw people you love and adore, people who mattered, people who cared. And somehow, your love for the CINEMA was all that mattered, coz it entertained you and it was like the mirror of life and the water that quenched your soul.
The blogger was also there at the Gala Night of the movie “That Thing Called Tadhana”, but hid himself from the young actor named JM de Guzman. The blogger was already content seeing how the fans shrieked and shouted upon seeing him. That was all that mattered for the blogger. Like a mother who cared for her son, it was the feeling he felt. His good comeback at the Cinema already made the blogger happy after knowing that JM had already recovered from his drug problems.
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Just a week ago, the blogger knew how JM managed to love him back. It was at the press conference of 2014 Cinema One originals held at the restaurant 9501 of ELJ Building in ABS-CBN compound. He asked JM the first question on that mid-day event. And JM stood-up facing him. The blogger’s voice cracked, nervously toned-up. He was at the verge of crying but heavily managed to control the bursting-out of tears because everyone was looking at him and JM. It was as if the world stood still at that moment.In a different dimension of life, JM was like a son, and facing a mother at that moment was the most beautiful picture of all.
At the Cinema One opening night, wherein the film “Esoterika: Maynila” was exhibited, the blogger saw lots of faces. This was one of the few events that a blogger truly enjoyed deep within his heart. He saw how people still supported the art of a TRUE CINEMA. Not the art of a commercial cinema. He saw sponsors, elite people, ordinary fans, veteran celebrities, media writers and friends- all gathered-up in one great event and celebration of a CINEMA. It was a moment of triumph. How the Cinema persevered and fought. How the young indie film artist were still trying to fight for it.
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And Vince Tanada came on that night, too. It was perfect. The blogger felt so grateful that a man from the theater world managed to support the Cinema, too. And on that opening night of a festival, wherein Vince was also the star of “Esoterika: Maynila”, it seemed that a merging had happened. People from different worlds collided- all for the glory of a true Cinema. The film “Esoterika: Maynila” was shocking but beautiful.
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The blogger greatly saw the efforts of a man behind this film festival- and his name: Ronald Arguelles, the Chairman of 2014 Cinema One Originals film fest. Ronald was there all along. In almost all the events leading to and connected to the festival. He looked so tired and weary at times, but his spirit of courage and faith kept on. In the end, he organized a festival that was all worthwhile and unforgettable.
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The films that a blogger saw were all so good. All the ten competing films were executed and directed with great passion and intensity. “Esprit de Corps” made the blogger feel the beauty of gay love, and the magical scenes on the swimming pool and the forest were so everlasting in sight, executed by director Kanakan Balintagos with proper clarity. Sandino Martin, Lharby Policarpio and JC Santos were all so good! Especially Mr. Sandino Martin who used his eyes as his acting tool and felt his character’s sensitivity all throughout this film. Congrats, Sandino.
“Red” was truly fascinating. Though quite homophobic in nature, the film collided with dreams and violence and it was really hard to do that.
The other Asian films that a blogger saw were also magnificent. And also the restored version of the classic film “Hindi Nahahati Ang Langit”. It was all too great.

FAST CUT TO:

The dim indoors of the Trinoma mall complex looked so scary when you walked there all alone when it was about to close gates and doors after watching the last full show at the cinemas there. You just didn’t know where to exit, and where the doors where.
Sudenly, you were at a MAZE.
You felt so vague, so strange. It’s as if there was a void in your existence. It’s as if someone was gone.
You walked there ALL ALONE. Amidst the closed shops and restaurants… and you felt, you’re about to meet someone.
In the end, no matter how the journey was, the ONE will be TWO.

CINEMA ONE COULD HAVE BEEN…

CINEMA “TWO”

FOREVER.

(as the words were written, in robert manuguid silverio’s “book of love”, dated: NOVEMBER 17, 2014).

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THE PEN

sip & sip:

“you can always correct the mistakes you make… and i will always be here for you”, he said.

Originally posted on SSSIP's "S.W.I.N.G." ((Say What's Inside and Nothing's Gone)):

A TRUE STORY:

ONCE UPON A TIME, A LONELY WRITER WENT TO A NETWORK STUDIO. BUT BEFORE HE COULD GET IN, HE HAD TO SIGN SOME WAIVERS. BUT STILL, HE WAS NOT ALLOWED IN, AS THE PERSON HE WAS VISITING THERE TOLD THE GUARDS HE WAS BUSY AND COULDN’T ACCEPT VISITORS.
OTHER PEOPLE WERE ALSO LINED-UP, ALL WANTING TO GET IN AND WAITING.
THE LONELY WRITER NOTICED, THERE WERE SO MANY PENS OUTSIDE THE WINDOW BOOTH OF THE RECEPTION ENTRANCE. AND SUDDENLY, HE SAW A LONELY PEN THAT LAID STILL IN ONE CORNER. HE USED THE PEN TO SIGN HIS NAME ON THE WAIVER. BUT HE FORGOT TO PUT BACK THE PEN WHERE IT USED TO BELONG.
UNCONSCIOUSLY, HE PUT THE PEN IN THE LEFT SIDE POCKET OF HIS POLO SHIRT, NEAR HIS HEART.
AND WHEN HE KNEW HE WON’T BE ALLOWED-IN, HE LEFT.

THE NEXT MORNING, THE LONELY WRITER…

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