lance raymundo attends the pucheon international fantastic film festival! wow.

lance in korea before heading home.

lance in korea before heading home.

“Enjoying the cool morning breeze of Korea before flying back to the Philippines tonight! It was an awesome trip! Congratulations Gemini Movie & thank u!”— LANCE RAYMUNDO.

 

Ang nasa itaas po ang latest Facebook status ng aktor na si Lance Raymundo after attending the Gala Premiere Night of his film “Gemini” na isa sa mga napiling pelikula na pinalabas sa Pucheon International Fanstastic Film Festival sa Korea.

Kasama ni Lance na dumalo sa said event ang butihin niyang ina na si Mrs. Nina Zaldua-Raymundo, si direk Ato Baustista, at iba pang cast sa nabanggit na pelikula.

Nangako si Lance sa isang blogger na dito lamang sa SSSIP’s SPLASH blog niya ikukuwento ang mga magagandang kaganapan na nangyari sa said international film festival. By this time, pauwi na siguro siya ng bansa.

Congrats, Lance Raymundo and congrats, team “Gemini”!

PHOTOS BELOW COURTESY OF LANCE RAYMUNDO’S FACEBOOK ACCOUNT:

scenes at the gala night of "gemini" at pucheon international fantastic film festival

scenes at the gala night of “gemini” at pucheon international fantastic film festival

 

lance with mom nina at the hotel elevator in pucheon, korea

lance with mom nina at the hotel elevator in pucheon, korea

 

lance enjoying the flowers in korea

lance enjoying the flowers in korea

 

lance with swedish film actor yannick rosset and the posters of their films

lance with swedish film actor yannick rosset and the posters of their films

 

lance enjoying food in korea

lance enjoying food in korea

lance in a korean park

lance in a korean park

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“simply miggy” ( a Q & A with the latest ELITES model)!

SIMPLY MIGGY!

SIMPLY MIGGY!

Ang gaan-gaan at ang “light-light” ng dating in person ng bagong modelo ng The Elites Model Management na si Luis Miguel Tolentino. Very unassuming siya at very relaxed. Typical bagets na madaling makagaanan ng loob at walang “ka-ere-ere”. Ang mga ganito tao ang tunay namang masarap makasama at matulungan.

Sa isang exclusive pictorial ni Miggy, nagkaroon ng chance ang isang blogger na makausap siya. Narito ang aming Q & A kay Miggy:

SSSIP: Ano ang feeling mo ngayong papasok ka na sa mundo ng modelling at pag-aartista, Miggy?

MIGGY: Masaya po… enjoy lang po. Hindi ko naman po masyadong pinangarap ang mag-artista. Pero sabi ng parents ko, i-grab ko daw po ang opportunity dahil wala naman pong mawawala sa akin. At saka malaki ang tiwala ko kay Mr. Martin martin, ang Godfather ng Elites Model Management.

SSSIP: Paano ka ba nakumbinsi ni Mr. Martin na mag-artista’t mag-modelo?

MIGGY: Nakausap po niya kasi ang parents ko. Nu’ng una, medyo nagdalawang-isip po ako. Kasi, marami na ring mga model management ang nag-alok sa akin before, pero tinanggihan ko sila. Pero si Mr. Martin, siya mismo ang kumausap sa parents ko kaya nakumbinsi na rin ako.

SSSIP: Ang dami-dami mo agad fans, Miggy. Yung Facebook Page mo, more than 40,000 likes na. Ganu’n ka ba talaga kasikat?

MIGGY: Kasi po, nu’ng highschool ako, sikat na rin ako sa school namin. Doon po nag-umpisa ang lahat. Naging popular po ako sa school namin. At kapag pumapasyal ako sa ibang schools, like doon sa schools ng mga kapatid ko, nakikilala din nila ako, kaya ganun. Nu’ng nagkaroon ako ng Facebook Page, dumami ng dumami ang “likers” ko dahil sa kanila.

SSSIP: Sino ang idolo mong mga aktor, Miggy?

MIGGY: Sina Paulo Avelino po at Daniel Padilla.

SSSIP: Sino naman ang mga crushes mo sa mga babaeng artista?

MIGGY: Sina Kathryn Bernardo po at Julia Montes.

SSSIP: How would you describe yourself?

MIGGY: Simple, kind and makulit.

SSSIP; May project ka na ba ngayon, Miggy?

MIGGY: May fashion show daw po ako sa SM City Masinag sa July 27 entitled “Denim Fit To Be Tied”. Kasama ko daw po ang mga kapwa ko Elites hearthrobs dito.

SSSIP: Last question, Miggy. If ever kunin ka ng isang giant TV network, ano ang pipiliin mo- channel 2, channel 7 or channel 5?

MIGGY; Maski saan po. Pero sana, doon sa mga iniidolo ko ako mapunta.

 

— end of interview—

questions by robert manuguid silverio

answers by luis miguel tolentino

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MIGGY WITH MR. MARTIN MARTIN.

MIGGY WITH MR. MARTIN MARTIN.

the great ending scene in "FILIPINAS: 1941"

REVIEW: “FILIPINAS: 1941″ (written by eric borromeo, with exclusive photos by mr. vino oriarte)

REVIEW: “FILIPINAS: 1941″

Written By: Mr. Eric Borromeo  

 

                Filipinas 1941 is simply beautiful. From its opening act to the grand finale, the stage play will hold you enthralled. Factual or fictional, it would not matter, the artistry and pageantry will definitely leave a lingering impression on you.

                Written and directed by Vince Tanada, and presented by Philippine Stagers Foundation, Filipinas 1941 revolves around the story of brothers Felipe (Vince Tanada) and Nestor (Patrick Libao) during the pre- and post-World War II Philippines. Leading two different lives, their story was told in a kaleidoscope of monologues, singing, and dancing.

                Direk Vince made sure each scenes will hold their ground to imprint, in so many ways, subliminal messages to the audience — the comic situations of Dona Paz (Jerie Sanchez) and his husband Don Selo (Rotsen Etolle), the American nuisances of Gen. McArthur (Chris Lim), even the romantic scenes between Felipe and Sofia (Adelle Ibarrientos) and Nestor and Emilia (Cindy Liper) were not only entertaining but also thought-provoking.

                Least to say, the scenes go beyond what the eyes can only see. Even Don Selo and Dona Paz’ comic situation was a bitter way of saying the joke is really on us. Or the war torn lovers longings is a bitter-sweet imagery of love, lost and regained.

                Direk Vince subtly reached in to touch the very core of our psyches.

                Very often the most effective way to convey an important message is to tell it as it is, and that’s one of the many triumphs of Filipinas 1941.

                Direk Vince captured a wide audience with this play. Filipinas 1941 is playful for the younger audience, but it’s biting to a more mature audience.

                It’s historic, but history is a vicious cycle. So, Filipinas 1941 is as timely as today’s events. You don’t have to dig deeper into the history of Wold War II to understand the evil of anarchy. There’s still an ongoing war, not only in our country, but also in the whole world today.

                But what makes Filipinas 1941 truly remarkable is its celebration of love and the triumph of the spirit of man amidst any tragedies. It seemed trite, but Direk Vince direction and storytelling delivered it straight right into the hearts of his audience.

                And this writer would not be ashamed to admit it made him cry.

 

ERIC

words by mr. eric borromeo

VINO

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS BY: MR. VINO ORIARTE

 

 

 

 

the great ending scene in "FILIPINAS: 1941"

the great ending scene in “FILIPINAS: 1941″

one of the most energetic scenes of the play

one of the most energetic scenes of the play

the most dramatic scene in the play with vince and patrick libao

the most dramatic scene in the play with vince and patrick libao

adelle, vince

adelle, vince

an etherealic scene from the play with ms. adelle lim

an etherealic scene from the play with ms. adelle lim

vince tanada

vince tanada

derotsen etolle, regie dela vega and ms. jerie sanchez in one of the most popular scenes in the play "filipinas: 1941"

derotsen etolle, regie dela vega and ms. jerie sanchez in one of the most popular scenes in the play “filipinas: 1941″

cindy liper

cindy liper

chris lim as gen. macarthur

chris lim as gen. macarthur

gabby bautista with vince

gabby bautista with vince

noel mallonga, mr. bernardo bernardo and this blogger poses before the camera lens of vino oriarte before the show starts

noel mallonga, mr. bernardo bernardo and this blogger poses before the camera lens of vino oriarte before the show starts

part of the crowd waiting before the show starts

part of the crowd waiting before the show starts

 

 

Piolo Pascual makes his return to television drama

KIDS LOVE PAPA P.

KIDS LOVE PAPA P.

Piolo Pascual makes his return to television drama

 “HAWAK KAMAY” TO REDEFINE THE FILIPINO FAMILY STARTING JULY 21

 

What happens when you leave three adopted children in the hands of A depressed drunkard who dreams of becoming a famous musician?

This is the story that ABS-CBN’s newest family drama, “Hawak Kamay,” will begin to tell as it hits TV screens on Monday (July 21) to reach out to modern day Filipino families.

The kick-off of the series also marks acclaimed actor Piolo Pascual’s much-anticipated return to television drama following the success of his movie “Starting Over Again” earlier in the year. Piolo will be taking on “Hawak Kamay” along with three of the country’s most powerful child stars, Zaijan Jaranilla, Andrea Brillantes, and Xyriel Manabat. The series will also introduce Grand i-Shiner Yesha Camile, who was under the mentorship of Piolo during her stint in the Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp.

“Hawak Kamay” will also star Piolo’s “Starting Over Again” co-star Iza Calzado, who will be joined by singer-actress Nikki Gil and “Banana Split: Extra Scoop” and “Banana Nite” mainstay Ryan Bang. The show will also feature Victor Neri, who makes a comeback through “Hawak Kamay,” with “She’s Dating the Gangster” cast member Sofia Andres, and former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Axel Torres.

This cast will be behind the story of Gin (Piolo Pascual), a failed musician who becomes the guardian of the three orphans that his dearly departed sister adopted: Emong (Zaijan Jaranilla), Dara (Xyriel Manabat), and Ningning (Yesha Camile). Tough attorney Bianca (Iza Calzado) and her sister Lorrie (Andrea Brillantes) witness how the reluctant and unprepared Gin ends up as a potential father figure to these three kids. As they encounter different trials, Gin gains sight of the more important things in life, and little by little, they all realize what exactly makes a family.

The cast of “Hawak Kamay” will be making things exciting at Fairview Terraces, the day before the show launches. Join Piolo, Iza, Zaijan, Xyriel, Andrea, and Yesha as they put on a mall show for fans on Sunday (July 20) at 4:00pm.

Catch the story of “Hawak Kamay” as it begins to unfold on Monday (July 21) after “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN. For updates, visit “Hawak Kamay’s” official website (hawakkamay.abs-cbn.com), like “Hawak Kamay” on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HawakKamayTV), and follow @HawakkamayTV on Twitter and Instagram.

Xyriel Manabat, Piolo Pascual, Zaijan Jaranilla, and Yesha Camile

Xyriel Manabat, Piolo Pascual, Zaijan Jaranilla, and Yesha Camile

Nikki Gil, Piolo Pascual, and Iza Calzado

Nikki Gil, Piolo Pascual, and Iza Calzado

Iza Calzado, Andrea Brillantes, Zaijan Jaranilla, Piolo Pascual,Xyriel Manabat, Yesha Camile, and Nikki Gil

Iza Calzado, Andrea Brillantes, Zaijan Jaranilla, Piolo Pascual,Xyriel Manabat, Yesha Camile, and Nikki Gil

Andrea Brillantes, Zaijan Jaranilla, Piolo Pascual, Xyriel Manabat, and Yesha Camile

Andrea Brillantes, Zaijan Jaranilla, Piolo Pascual, Xyriel Manabat, and Yesha Camile

a more personal, fascinating and deeper look with the STAGERS in the play “filipinas: 1941″ (written by robert manuguid silverio)

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What made Filipinas: 1941 (Isang Dulayawit) deeply engrossing was the fact that it valued the bondage of family and friendships, the great relationship between two brothers caught-up in the midst of war, and the very personal message of hope that existed when people never gave-up on love against all odds.

But, there’s more into it. What we saw were young people who still looked so beautiful even when they executed scenes of great horror, discomfort and torture. Even when the hardships of each of the scenes did aggravate them- they all still looked so beautiful ONSTAGE. That’s so mesmerizing. And fascinating.

 

It seldom happened. Mainstream stars on movies and TV avoid doing scenes of ugliness that would make them “messy” to look at. And movie and TV directors knew that. Fans would be left angry when they saw their idols looking ugly with great discomfort and uneasiness.

On the theater side, it would be not an excuse. They needed to do those awkward scenes, they needed to make their faces elastic and knotting.

With other theater productions, what we saw were real “ugliness” and all. The actors seemed like a “turn-off” when they did those awkward scenes.

But with the Stagers of Philippine Stagers Foundation, it was the other way around. We found them still looking all so beautiful despite those heavy awkward scenes of death, torture, pain and delicate body movements.

How could it be?

We soon found one redeeming answer: that, BEAUTY IS WITHIN.

When an actor seemed like to be a wet face towel that you could squeeze so much juice on it, that actor has transgressed into something eternal. Unleashing the qualms and the attitude, humbling his profound self, journeying more deeply into his artistic craft.

Maybe, other theater actors of other theater companies didn’t really acquire the beauty “within”, that’s why they really looked ugly when they did those awkward scenes. But with the Stagers of PSF, the inner glow shone much brighter despite the awkwardness, the demands and the absurdity.

One blogger said this one time during a kick-off party of the PSF’ers:

“You all looked so beautiful onstage even when the scenes were demanding and taxing”, the blogger quipped. “And it simply added more delight to the audience.”

The Stagers of PSF were composed mostly of raw talents- young and hopeful- which Mr. Vince Tanada (the Creative Director and actor) enhanced into full mobility. This could be the secret.

But we’d say more. It’s the honesty of a given TASK that mattered. It’s the transparency. The genuineness.

THE OPENNESS.

Young warriors of the arts survives not because of the money and the benefits. They survive by the SOUL.

And that made the STAGERS a lot more different from the rest.

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

WITH PHOTOS BY: MR. JV CRUZ, MR. VINO ORIARTE, ROPER STUDIO AND MS. TRIXIE DAUZ

top stagers JV, kenneth nd poul- with vince (2nd from left).

top stagers JV, kenneth nd poul- with vince (2nd from left).

vince: turning rawness into great artistic finds

vince: turning rawness into great artistic finds

the stagers perform in a party

the stagers perform in a party

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THE PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION

THE PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION

LANCE RAYMUNDO: SURVIVOR! (WRITTEN BY MR. ERIC BORROMEO)

“LANCE RAYMUNDO, HIS TRAGEDY BECOMES AN INSPIRATION TO MANY”

 

By Eric L. Borromeo

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Lance Raymundo is a survivor. After meeting a freak accident that nearly caused him his life, the actor has moved on, accepted his fate, bounced back, and even turned that fateful day in rejuvenating his acting and singing career.

    But the best life’s lesson he learned from the experience is that miracle do happen when you have a strong faith in God and you are surrounded by loving and caring people.; Lance is truly thankful for his friends, and most importantly, his family.

    “The love, support, positivity and continuous prayers from my family and loved ones literally fueled my veins and brought me back to life! I feel like I’ve become a stronger person.

    “I actually surprised myself when I was able to look at the mirror for the very first time – when I was disfigured – and easily accepted my fate and immediately planned on how to move on and continue having a meaningful life even if I lost the sight of one eye and looked disfigured,” he shared.

    It also gave Lance more reasons to appreciate life’s very often much overlooked simplicity.

    “Now that I’m back to normal, I give less importance to superficial things like looks. And give more importance to what’s within. Because during the days that I looked disfigured, the one thing I held on to is the goodness and beauty from within,” he said.

    Having a new lease in life, and showing the people how strong a person he is, Lance’s painful ordeal continues to inspire people.

    “It’s an honor and privilege for me to have become inspirational to many people. Whenever I hear that’s experience has touched people’s lives positively, it makes all the pain I experienced worth it,” he said.

    What made the actor hold on to his life was the thought of his family. Lance was on the brink of death and slipping away, but that single thought made him fight for his life.

    “Even when the middle of my skull was literally cracked open… Surprisingly, I never lost consciousness. But, I actually felt like I was swiftly slipping away. I actually had that feeling that death was approaching. And I held on to my life because I thought of my family and loved ones who would be shattered if I left this world in such a tragic manner,” he shared.

    What happened was while Lance was lying on his back and doing his dumbbell routine, a trainer accidentally shoved a barbell that smashed his face.

    “I’ve actually always been careful. The accident had nothing to do with me not being careful. I was doing a dumbbell fly workout, I was laying on my back and had one dumbbell on each hand, I wasn’t using the barbell. Then while I was doing my own workout, the trainer who was standing near my head area accidentally shoved the barbell that was resting on the rack above me and fell on my face.

    “I will play safe for now and do more body weight workouts like pushups , sit-ups… And will also use the machines in the gym instead of the free weights,” he said. He did not file any case against the trainer though.

    After a series of reconstructive surgery and months of recuperation, Lance said all the positive comments he received from different people made it easier for him to accept his ‘new’ self. And amazingly a tide of new opportunities also started pouring in.

    “I’ve gotten used to it very easily. All the positive comments I got from the media, audience, industry people and social media helped me a lot in embracing the new me.

    “I was surprised at how the events in the past three months of my life have opened doors to so many new opportunities for me in the entertainment world. The changes in my physical appearance also gave me the chance to play roles I’ve never played before. Now, I get good guy roles more than the usual bad guy or character roles in the past,” he said.

    To date, Lance is working on an international film project and his singing engagements are already fully booked until January of next year. The actor is also in talk with possible TV projects.

    “I’m currently working on an international movie project, shooting begins in July. I’m also flying to Korea this July 19 for the world premiere of my movie by Ato Bautista, ‘Gemini’, for the Puchon International Film Festival.

    “As a singer, so far, I have been booked till January 2015. Also looking forward to good working relationships with the networks,” Lance said in closing.

    Indeed, fate is a strange bedfellow. But a strong determination and loads of positivity will fate only favor. And Lance is one perfect example of that.

 

eric b. & wife (?)

eric b. & wife (?)

WORDS BY: MR. ERIC BORROMEO

 

PICTURES BELOW, COURTESY OF MR. LANCE RAYMUNDO IN ONE OF HIS SPEECHES FOR THE RVM NUNS AND CATHOLIC STUDENTS, TOGETHER WITH HIS MOM- MRS. NINA ZALDUA-RAYMUNDO:

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