THE ARC OF STARS … (catch “Liwanag Ng Pasko” kapamilya stars concert tonight, december 11, 7 p.m. at araneta coliseum!)

Ang taunang handog ng Kapamilya Network tuwing Christmas Season magaganap na!
“Liwanag ng Pasko” (ABS-CBN Christmas Special)
Mamaya na! December 11 2012, 7PM. Live at Smart Araneta Coliseum.


special thanks to: STARXpress Facebook Page


arc of stars

from sip & sip 🙂



























words by robert manuguid silverio


my rainbow


Ang taunang handog ng Kapamilya Network tuwing Christmas Season magaganap na!
“Liwanag ng Pasko” (ABS-CBN Christmas Special)
Mamaya na! December 11 2012, 7PM. Live at Smart Araneta Coliseum.





In a land visited by never-ending calamities and problems, people  must face life with hopes and rainbows…

That life will still be there, after all…

But people must, again, have some upliftments, some inspirations-

with love and care.

A fragile life must be handled with great care.

And that’s where ANGELS come.

And stars go back to the ground- to share, to help.

Living angels, and heavenly angels…

on the rise!… and,





by sip & sip


Published on Oct 17, 2012 by ABSCBNOnline

Every year, the Kapamilya Network marks the start of the yuletide season with the launch of the ABS-CBN Christmas station ID. It has become almost a yearly tradition that Filipinos around the globe look forward to.

Lumiliwanag ang Mundo sa Kwento ng Pasko, our Christmas Station ID theme, highlights…

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(PASAY CITY) — The Cultural Center of the Philippines announced its artistic and cultural offerings for 2013 in a special presentation to media, show buyers, sponsors, CCP members and the general public at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino on November 28, 2012.




CCP Artistic Director Chris B. Millado led the presentation, rolling out the wide variety of programming for 2013 including new musicals and revivals, classic operas, orchestral concerts, indie films and world cinema, arts festivals and competitions, visual art shows, educational events, and digital and multimedia offerings.


The CCP 2013 season, designed to appeal to the broadest audiences, exemplifies the vision of the CCP to make art matter in the life of every Filipino.


For 2013, CCP will concentrate on three areas of development:  Music Theater, Arts Education and strengthening the CCP’s online presence.


Music Theater


The CCP’s thrust on Music Theater is a recognition that the Philippines is brimming with musical theater talent, Millado says.


The CCP’s musical theater program will be comprised of an opera season and a music theater season that not only offers shows but training for music theater talents.


Five original Filipino musicals will delight CCP audiences in 2013.  These are: Katy, a revival of the musical based on the life of Bodabil Queen Katy de la Cruz; Ibalong is a new musical inspired by Bicol’s folk epic of the same name, and Stageshow, a reprise of the successful production depicting the vaudeville stars of yesteryear.  Other new musicals will be one for children based on the book Unang Baboy sa Langit and another on the life of Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio.


Through satellite technology, CCP gives opera lovers their tickets to the Metropolitan Opera productions in high definition video and full dolby sound.  The first Met Opera production to be screened at the CCP in January will be Verdi’s Aida.


The stars of Philippine musical theater come together in Musical Revue with songs from Broadway, West End and original Filipino works.


Talents of the Paris-Manila Conservatoire present Jacques Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne, a light comic operetta portraying aspects of Parisian life.  The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra provides live music accompaniment.  La Vie Parisienne is a collaboration with the Embassy of France which will be bringing in top opera teachers from Paris to coach upcoming Filipino opera singers.  Some of these local opera performers will be sent to France for a scholarship.


CCP will launch a three year intensive training in which top professionals from New York will work with Filipino counterparts to upgrade skills in voice, dance and acting for musical theater performance.  This music theater workshop will begin in August 2013.


Festivals Galore


CCP mounts seven festivals that will take place at various venues.  These are Pasinaya Open House FestivalCinemalaya Independent Film Festival and CompetitionVirgin LabfestEarth Day FestivalFiesta FolkloriadaAndrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival and Ballet Festival.


Pasinaya, in February, considered the largest multi-arts festival in the country, offers a sneak preview of the CCP 2013 performance season with more than 300 shows and 3,000 artists participating.  Pasinaya in 2013 goes “chinoy” as it focuses on Filipino Chinese arts and culture.


Cinemalaya, in July, is the popular all-digital indie film festival featuring cutting-edge, new works by emerging and established Filipino filmmakers.


The CCP Earth Day, in April, celebration is an advocacy for the environment but also a valuable process in building community.  With various civic groups, government agencies and NGOs, and the mass media that share the CCP’s vision for a health and green Mother Earth.


Virgin Labfest, in June, showcases unpublished and unstaged one-act plays.  This yearly playfest is known for its provoking and exciting line-up by works by new and veteran playwrights.


Fiesta Folkloriada, in December brings together folk dance groups from different countries in a showcase of their unique dance traditions.


The Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival features a choral competition in the categories of vocal ensemble, chamber choir and folk music.  This is the first edition of the choral festival that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.  The Festival is named in honor of National Artist for Music, Andrea O. Veneracion, founder of the Madrigals.


The Ballet Festival in November brings the numerous ballets schools and companies to showcase their best students and works.  The festival, entitled “Fab!” also pays tribute to choreographer Tony Fabella by featuring his best works.


Salute to Andres Bonifacio and other heroes


CCP celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of hero Andres Bonifacio with special artistic productions.  The Loves of Andres Bonifacio is Ballet Philippines’ study of the hero’s romantic life and peek into the heart of a man who was not just heroic but loving.  A new musical opera on Bonifacio will be mounted by Tanghalang Pilipino. Entitled San Andres B., the musical opera was penned by National Artist Virgilio Almario and depicts the life, love, failures and triumphs of Bonifacio.


Seven individuals and an organization will receive the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Philippine arts and culture on February 27, 2013, 6pm at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).  The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining is the highest award given by the CCP.  The award will be conferred on Agnes D. Locsin for Dance, Ramon P. Santos for Music; Zeneida A. Amador for Theater; Brenda V. Fajardo for Visual Arts; Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon for Film and Broadcast Arts;  Florentino H. Hornedo for Cultural Anthropology. The Silliman University National Writers Workshop will receive the Tanging Parangal for Arts Training and Education.


To honor the genius of the late National Artist Salvador Bernal, who designed numerous operas and musicals, a major retrospective of his works—featuring scale models and actual costume pieces—will be held.  This exhibit points a new direction for the CCP in making its Production Design Center a hub for training and education in technical theater and design.


Arts Education


The CCP arts education program was jumpstarted early in 2012, Millado says.  The CCP resident companies, outreach and touring programs bring shows, exhibits and workshops to places beyond the CCP complex, reaching out to artists and audiences in the regions. CCP airs three radio programs, Diskarte, a radio variety, Wan Dey Isang Araw, a children’s program and Culture Carousel, which is aired on DZFE FM, the only classical music radio station in the country.  CCP is on TV as well, in Maarteh, a telemagazine on arts and culture.  The CCP arts education program will undertake projects such as arts in the curriculum and art appreciation sessions with public school teachers and students.


Digital Heritage and CCP Online


The CCP website at was re-launched recently to strengthen the CCP’s online presence.  The new website enables users to purchase tickets online, easily navigate the site and get updates about the CCP.


CCP has also started digitizing materials and making these available online. The website also allows users to explore arts and culture content through the online resource called MYCCP.


Support for the Arts


CCP offers the public various ways to support the arts.  CCP offers subscriptions to resident company seasons and the CCP membership scheme.  Supporting the CCP programs will ensure that arts and culture will continue to thrive.


For more information about the CCP, visit





THE fourth concert of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra features violoncellist Iñaki Etxepare and trumpet player Raymond Deleon as guest soloists under the baton of Filipino conductor Herminigildo Ranera on December 14, 2012, 8:00 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). Iñaki Etxepare‘s participation in this concert is made possible through the cooperation of the Embassy of Spain.

Billed as “Deleon and Arutiunian”, the program consists of Smetana’s Moldau (Vitava), Lalo’s Concerto in D Minor, Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto and Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite.

Hailed for his authoritative, articulate and soulful conducting, Herminigildo G. Ranera possesses a rare musical combination as a conductor, composer, arranger, performer and educator. He obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in the fields of Trombone and Theory, from the University of Santo Tomas, Master of Music Degree in Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado (with the Dean’s Citation for Graduate Excellence and National Graduate Award) and Doctor of Philosophy major in Educational Management from Cagayan State University.

A multi-awarded performer, he was a three-time prize-winner of the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in 1982 and 1983 as a performer in trombone & baritone categories and   the tuba player of the UST Brass Quintet that won first prize in the 1983 NAMCYA chamber music category.

His conducting mentors include Bernardino Custodio Duilio Dubrin, Kenneth Singleton, David Mackenzie, and Redentor Romero. He had participated in the conducting seminars and workshops under Christian David, John Sebastian Bereau, David Lockington, Pierro Gamba and with Salvador Mas Conde at Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversitat.

Raymond Deleon started playing the trumpet at the age of six under the guidance of his father, Abelardo Deleon. He had his first solo performance accompanied by a concert band at the age of nine and since then he has been featured as a premier soloist in several bands and orchestras.

He has won three First Prize awards in the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in Manila, Philippines. He was a semi-finalist in the 1st Calvia International Trumpet Competition in Mallorca, Spain in 2003. His most distinguished victories were winning Third Prize in the International Trumpet Guild solo trumpet competition in New Jersey in 2006 and winning First Prize in the Seattle Philharmonic Don Bushell Concerto Competition in 2011. Raymond has performed and toured in Europe, U.S.A., and Asia with international orchestra players and competed in international music competitions.

He studied at the University of Santo Tomas where he became a recipient of the Benavidez Award, twice, for International Excellence in Music. He also worked as a recording artist with Global Recording Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga. He served and performed as a soloist in the U.S. Army with the 56th Army Band stationed at Joint Base Lewis – McChord in Washington. He attributes his musicianship from collaborating with great trumpet players in the likes of Roger Llado, former principal trumpet of the Philippine Philharmonic; Edwin Deleon, trumpet soloist and 1st Sergeant U.S. Army; Edmund Cord, former principal trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic; and HåkanHardenberger, international trumpet soloist. He currently resides in Tacoma, Washington with his wife, Abi.

Born in Irun, in 1971, Iñaki Etxepare received his musical education in France at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Bayonne – Côte Basque, under the direction of the violoncellist and prestigious teacher, Jacques Doué, where he was awarded the Médaille d’Or and Prix d’Honneur, for perfection. The rapid progress and development of this young violoncellist took him on a concert tour of France interpreting the Edouard Lalo concert as soloist, and the French press saw in him “a musician to be reckoned with among the new generation of musicians”. Etxepare plays a François Lejeune Violoncello made in Paris in 1760 and an Italian Milan School Cello from XVIII century with bows by E. Pajeot and E. Sartory.

Ticket prices: P1000/P800/P500/P350/P200, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available for eight (8) or four (4) shows. For inquiries and subscriptions, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National Bookstore (891-9999).

Cultural Center of the Philippines
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T: 832-1125 loc. 1115-1117
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ang yumaong “king of comedy” na si DOLPHY, isa sa mga awardees ng GAWAD CCP PARA SA SINING!




SEVEN individuals and an organization will receive the Gawad CCP Para
sa Sining for their outstanding achievements and contributions to
Philippine arts and culture on February 27, 2013, 6pm at the CCP
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). Two of the awards will be
given posthumously.

The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining is the highest award given by the CCP.
This year, the award will be conferred on Zeneida A. Amador for
Theater; Cirilo F. Bautista for Literature; Brenda V. Fajardo for
Visual Arts; Agnes D. Locsin for Dance, Ramon P. Santos for Music;
Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon for Film and Broadcast Arts; Florentino H.
Hornedo for Cultural Research. The Silliman University National
Writers Workshop will receive the Tanging Parangal for the development
of creative writing and the literary arts.


The late Zeneida Amador was a theater director and actress whose
career spanned 45 years. Her name is synonymous with Repertory
Philippines, the theater company dedicated to bringing Broadway and
West End productions.  As the driving force behind Repertory
Philippines and with a passion for excellence, Amador succeeded in
honing a generation of theater actors disciplined and dedicated to
their craft as well as building an enthustiastic and loyal theater

Poet, fictionist and critic Cirilo Bautista is a preeminent voice in
Philippine Literature in English and Filipino. He is the author of the
Trilogy of Saint Lazarus composed of the award-winning poetry
collections (Archipelago, Telex Moon and Sunlight on Broken Stones).
He has won all the important literary awards and he continues to write
criticism as well as literary reviews and essays in Panorama where he
serves as literary editor. Having been a lecturer and critic in
literary workshops in various universities, he has mentored many young

Visual artist Brenda Fajardo’s works carry strong historical and
nationalist themes as folk and mythological tales. Fajardo
participated in prestigious exhibitions both here and abroad and
represented the county in various biennales notably in France, Cuba,
Japan, the USA, Korea, Chile, India and Australia. Because Fajardo was
not an artist contented with isolation, she explored her expression
with other art organizations and institutions. She has been
instrumental in founding or revitalizing artist groups bonded by a
common advocacy such as art education, gender issues, and community
enrichment programs. Her efforts at revitalizing her family’s farm
through cultural awareness prove to be a further testimony to this

Choreographer, dancer and teacher Agnes Locsin is one of the most
progressive contemporary choreographers in the Philippines.  Her
neo-ethnic choreographies derives inspiration on Filipino tribal
practices, beliefs, more, folklores and rituals which gave a new voice
to our ethnic traditions.  Her body of works enriched Philippine
dance’s treasure of original Filipino works.  As a teacher, has
produced outstanding dancers that have become members of leading dance
companies abroad.

Dr. Ramon Santos’ outstanding contribution to Philippine music is
comprised of his numerous Filipino contemporary compositions that
reflect traditional and Asian music aesthetics which have been
performed not only locally but also in different parts of the world. A
leading composer of contemporary music, he is recognized by other
composers in Asia for his works which have been showcased in festivals
and conferences abroad. His scholarly research in Philippine music
have been published in journals and books both locally and
internationally, helping contribute to the understanding of Philippine
and Asian music aesthetics. His active involvement as officer of
international music organizations has helped put the country in a
prominent position in the field of contemporary music in the global

The country’s most beloved comedian and King of Philippine comedy
Dolphy, who passed away on July year, is credited with elevating
Philippine Comedy in Cinema to new heights.  Through his stage, radio,
television, and film work, he has delighted generations of Filipinos
with his comic antics and touched audiences with his range of thespian
skills that include heartfelt drama as well.

Writer, scholar, researcher, anthropologist and professor Florentino
Hornedo is a leading researcher and anthropologist who has
participated in various training programs of the CCP Outreach for over
a decade.  He is a prominent advocate for the preservation of culture
and heritage in the regions, particularly in Batanes and through his
involvement in the Batanes Development Foundation Inc.  He has played
a crucial role in the cultural education of local artists and
institutions through his teaching engagements at the Ateneo
University, UST, St. Dominic College of Batanes.  He founded the
founded the St. Louis University Museum of Culture and Arts in
Northern Luzon in 1971, now the biggest museum of Northern Luzon and
Cordillera culture and arts.  He has recorded and studied Ivatan
entho-history cultural expressions & traditional arts since 1969.  He
has published books and ethnographic and historic articles.

The Silliman University National Writers Workshop is the oldest
creative writing program in Asia since 1962.  It has been bringing
together in creative and critical discussion young writers from all
over the country and honing their skills in the craft of fiction,
poetry, nonfiction and drama. Realizing the importance of regional
writing, it has endeavoured to include writers in the Visayan
languages.  Its roster of alumni and panelists is veritably a “who’s
who” in Philippine letters.  The Gawad CCP 2012 award is a timely
recognition of the Workshop as it celebrates its golden anniversary
this year.

The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining, which is given every three years, is
awarded to artists or groups of artists who have consistently produced
outstanding works, enriched the development of their art form. The
award is also given to cultural workers, who through their works in
research, curatorship and administration, have helped to develop and
enrich Philippine art.  The Tanging Parangal is given to Individual or
organizations to honor their outstanding contributions to the
development of the arts in the country.


The Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines Launches Chefs on Parade 2013

Boy Logro and Steve Tamayo DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez DOT SECRETARY WITH HRAP and COP LAUNCH partners Emmanuel Stroobant latest pic HRAP President Philippe Bartholomi

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines Launches Chefs on Parade 2013

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP) proud to host the 28th edition of Chefs on Parade (COP) at the SMX Convention Center on February 28 to March 3, 2013. Launched by HRAP at Resorts World Manila’s Passion Restaurant last December 4, 2012,  COP 2013 is set to be the grandest yet in its history. Celebrity master chefs have confirmed their attendance and there will be more attractions packed into the four-day extravaganza.

Chefs on Parade is a culinary festival with a trade exhibit, cooking demonstrations, food workshops and seminars and other gastronomic-related activities. COP’s main highlights are the numerous competitions for students and professionals. This HRAP-initiated endeavor began in 1974 as a simple food display. Through the years, COP has become a major national event.

COP in 2011 was a huge success! Over 26,000 visitors trooped to the venue SMX Convention Center. This number includes about 600 contestants from the Philippines and ASEAN countries, plus almost a hundred guest chefs. “We expect the same warm response as we stage Chefs on Parade 2013,” declares Philippe Bartholomi, Overall Chairman of COP 2013. “We made a great impact in 2011. For the industry and the public, Chefs on Parade is the most important hospitality and culinary event in the Philippines. We will present a world-class program. Our goal is to show that the Philippines can organize a great food show.”

Attending the COP launch was Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez. The Secretary referred to Chefs on Parade as one of the banner events for 2013. He says “Now is the most exciting growth period of our Republic. Chefs on Parade is an exciting example of what must be done because it is devoted to excellence.”

COP 2013 will again have an “international flavor.” Among the foreign master chefs who will conduct demos and judge at the competitions is Singapore-based Belgian chef Emmanuel Stroobant, host of the Asian Food Channel’s successful show Chef in Black. Two chefs from the renowned Alain Ducasse international restaurants—Jerome Lacressioniere and Marc Chalopin―will be flying in from Paris to Manila just for COP 2013. Alain Ducasse is an internationally-recognized chef and restaurateur who holds 18 Michelin stars (a seal of a high standard of dining given by the Michelin Guidebook) for his establishments from NY to Tokyo, and three stars in Paris, Monte Carlo and London. Both chefs will conduct demos on French cuisine and judge COP competitions. The Puratos Group, worldwide supplier of baking and chocolate ingredients, will be bringing in a master baker and a pastry chef from Belgium to support COP.

There will be a total of 30 mixology and culinary competitions on both professional and student categories. Four of which are new to COP: Breakfast-Making, Ice-Carving, Flair-Tending and Dream Team. “The Dream Team contest which is for students is actually interesting,” says Chef Gabby Prats, Chair of COP 2013’s Competition and Judging Committee. The challenge involves two members who will be in charge of cooking a meal and two more who will take care of the table set-up and wine-pairing. “It’s a dream that you perfect the ‘front of the house’ aspect and the ‘back of the house’ aspect,” says Chef Gabby.

Add to all these a 286-booth trade exhibit that will feature for the first time a Wine Avenue (showcase of a wide selection of local and international wines and spirits), and an Artisanal and Organic Food Avenue (a remarkable gathering of organic produce and artisan food), and the conferment of the second Larry J. Cruz award to an outstanding Filipino in the culinary field ― and you’ve got a Chefs on Parade 2013 that’s bursting with yummy ideas and tasty treats!

COP 2013 is supported by sponsors De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Meat & Livestock Australia, Nestlé Professional, Del Monte, Oleo-Fats, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Kitchen Aid; and partners Trade Net Events and Management International, Allied Metals, Enderun Colleges, the Asian Food Channel, GMA News TV, Total Gaz, Imacron, The Puratos Group, Resorts World Manila, Allegro Beverage, Liquid and Liquid Creations, Plan Z, Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Hospitality News Magazine, Olive Magazine, and Flavors Magazine. More  sponsors and partners will be coming in as the event draws nearer.

For more information about Chefs on Parade 2013, contact the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines secretariat at tel. 816-2421, fax 816-2419, email or, or check out,* * * * * * * *