Sa dami ng artista na mga fashion icon sa sine, telebisyon, at musika, oras na para pumili ng iyong mga paboritong pinaka-fashionable style ambassadors ng bansa sa pangalawang StarStudio Celebrity Style Awards.
May dalawang paraan para bumoto—pumunta sa online voting site o magtext gamit ang mga SMS guidelines.
Ang online voting ay magagawa sa http://www.push.com.ph/vote. Pumili lang ng isang nominee bawat kategorya at i-click lang ang “VOTE” button sa baba para mag-submit ng boto.
Ang SMS voting naman ay magagawa sa pagtext ng na ipapadala sa 2331 para sa mga subscriber ng Globe, TM, at Sun Cellular o 231 para sa mga subscriber ng Smart at Talk N’ Text. Ang mga category code at ang listahan ng nominees ay ang mga sumusunod:
Celebrity Fashion Muse
Category Code: SSM MUSE
F. Anne Curtis
G. Bea Alonzo
H. Heart Evangelista
I. Angel Locsin
J. Solenn Heusaff

Celebrity Fashion Leading Man
Category Code: SSM MAN
F. Gerald Anderson
G. Zanjoe Marudo
H. Dindong Dantes
I. Enchong Dee
J. Sam Milby

Young Fashionista on the Rise
Category Code: SSM YOUNGF
F. Kathryn Bernardo
G. Jasmine Curtis-Smith
H. Julia Barretto
I. Empress Schuck
J. Lauren Young

Young Stylish Guy on the Rise
Category Code: AAM YOUNGM
F. Daniel Padilla
G. Elmo Magalona
H. Marco Gumabao
I. Alden Richards
J. Enrique Gil

Stylish Host – Female
Category Code: SSM HOSTF
F. Toni Gonzaga
G. KC Concepcion
H. Anne Curtis
I. Bianca Gonzales
J. Daphne Osena-Paez

Stylish Host – Male
Category Code: SSM HOSTM
F. Luis Manzano
G. Mike Concepcion
H. Vhong Navarro
I. Atom Araullo
J. Paulo Abrera

Onstage Stylista – Female
Category Code: SSM STAGEF
F. Yeng Constantino
G. Sarah Geronimo
H. Regine Velasquez
I. Pops Fernandez
J. Toni Gonzaga

Onstage Stylista – Male
Category Code: SSM STAGEM
F. Christian Bautista
G. Gary Valenciano
H. Vice Ganda
I. Ely Buendia
J. Rico Blanco

Most Stylish Loveteam
Category Code: SSM LOVETEAM
F. Kim Chiu & Xian Lim
G. Bea Alonzo & John Lloyd Cruz
H. Daniel Padilla & Kathryn Bernardo
I. John Lloyd Cruz & Sarah Geronimo
J. Jodi Sta. Maria & Richard Yap

Bukas ang botohan hanggang Hulyo 13, 2013. Para sa mga kumpletong detalye tungkol sa StarStudio Celebrity Style Awards, mag-log on sa http://www.facebook.com/StarStudio.Magazine.

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Malaysia’s premiere pianist Claudia Yang to perform in Manila

Malaysia's premiere pianist Claudia Yang to perform in Manila

“Malaysia’s premiere pianist Claudia Yang to perform in Manila”

The Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation and Ayala Museum present the second concert of the “Great Performances Series” with the upcoming performance of Malaysia’s premiere pianist Claudia Yang in a solo concert on July 27, 2013 at the Ayala Museum at 7:00 in the evening.

Acclaimed as “pianist who really plays from her whole heart and soul” (Lorin Maazel) and “one of the rare pianist who brings joy to their audience.” (Paul Badura-Skoda), Claudia Yang studied at the Hochschule fur Music und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna under foremost pedagogue Prof. Paul Badura Skoda and later with Ludwig Hoffman. She was awarded with a Bosendorfer scholarship that leads to concerts throughout Europe and music festivals.

In 1997, she was invited by the Chinese and Malaysian Ambassador to give a diplomatic recital in Budapest. Since then, she was regularly invited by the State to perform for their diplomatic events including the NATO meeting in Hungary, the opening of “Meet in Beijing” International Music Festival, the state visit of Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi in China. In 2010, she was invited by the Frederic Chopin Society in Poland to celebrate Chopin’s 200 Birth Anniversary. Since then, she was invited to sit as a jury member at the International Chopin Competition for Young Artists. In commemoration with the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth, she was invited by the Hungarian Government to tour Asia and Europe giving concerts with the complete Liszt’s repertoire.

Upcoming performances include recitals in Russia, Hungary, Switzerland, Finland, China, Indonesia, Japan and as soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, the Asia Pacific United Orchestra and Malta Philharmonic.
In Manila, she will be performing the heartrending complete Ballades of Frederic Chopin and the profound and fiendish Ten (10) preludes Op. 23 of Sergei Rachmaninoff. A special masterclass will be held on July 28 (Sunday) at 2:00 – 5:00 in the afternoon at the Ayala Museum free of charge to both the participants and the observers. For more information, please call MCOF at 750-0768 or 0920-954-0053.

The concert and masterclasses are made possible through partnership Lyric Piano, BusinessWorld, High Life, Titania Wines, Sheaffer Pens and DZFE.FM The Master’s Touch.



Ballet Phils (Gawad Buhay)
Ballet Phils (Gawad Buhay)


Tanghalang Pilipino and Ballet Philippines, both resident companies of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, garnered awards given by the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group, Inc. (Philstage) held recently at the Star Theater in CCP Complex, Pasay City.
The Gawad Buhay! awards were received by Tanghalang Pilipino for the following categories, among them, Outstanding Play (“Doc Resureccion, Gagamutin ang Bayan”), Outstanding Musical Production (“Stageshow”), Outstanding Stage Direction (Chris Millado, “Stageshow”), Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play (The Cast of “Walang Kukurap”), Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical (The Cast of “Stageshow”), Outstanding Original Script (Layeta Bucoy, “Doc Resureccion, Gagamutin ang Bayan”), Outstanding Book or Original Libretto (Mario O’ Hara, “Stageshow”), Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical (Denisa Reyes, “Stageshow”), Outstanding Sound Design (TJ Ramos, “Stageshow”), Female Lead Performance in a Musical (Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, “Stageshow”), Female Featured Performance in a Musical (Angelina Kanapi, “Stageshow”), and Male Featured Performance in a Musical (Rody Vera, “Stageshow”).
Ballet Philippines earned the said award for the production “Rama, Hari” in the following categories such as Outstanding Modern Dance Production, Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Dance (The Cast of “Rama, Hari”), Outstanding Adaptation or Translation (Bienvenido Lumbera), Outstanding Musical Direction (Ryan Cayabyab and Jed Balsamo), Outstanding Musical Composition (Ryan Cayabyab), Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production (Alice Reyes), Outstanding Costume Design (Salvador Bernal), Outstanding Set Design (Salvador Bernal), Male Lead Performance in a Musical (OJ Mariano), Male Featured Performance in a Musical (Noel Rayos), Female Lead Performance in a Modern Dance Production (Carissa Adea), Male Lead Performance in a Modern Dance Production (Richardson Yadao), Female Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production (Rita Winder), and Male Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production (Earl John Arisola).
The Natatanging Gawad Buhay! (Lifetime Achievement Award) was given to Tanghalang Pilipino founder Nonon Padilla and former Ballet Philippines artistic director and choreographer Denisa Reyes.

vince: the weeping bonifacio

vince: the weeping bonifacio

“I did a lot of research on Andres Bonifacio’s life”, Vince said to this blogger one time. “And I discovered that he cried. He wept. Not because of himself, but because of his country.”

Vince is known for presenting real-life heroes into a different “take”. A different perspective. Just like what he did in PSF (Philippine Stagers’ Foundation)’s previous plays like “Ako Si Ninoy”, “Cory Ng Edsa”, and “Joe: The Rocksical”

In “Bonifacio: Isang Zarzuela”, Vince will show a different and sensitive, but braver Bonifacio.

“The meaning of his tears were different”, Vince said. “And you’ll see what I am trying to say when you watch me portraying the man who should have been our National Hero.”

The opening of PSF’s new theater season will have a take-off of July 19, with “Bonfacio: Isang Zarzuela”. What a kick!



words by robert manuguid silverio




flutopia: a flute celebration at the ccp

flutopia: a flute celebration at the ccp

Jin Ta


The Cultural Center of the Philippines will hold a musical event entitled “FLUTOPIA”: A FLUTE CELEBRATION AT THE CCP to be held on July 6-7, 2013 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater). The event aims to raise public awareness and appreciation of flute music, products and services in the country, and to strengthen ties with Singapore.

A mini concert will be held at the CCP Little Theater lobby on July 6 at 9 am, 1 pm and 4:30 p.m. featuring the Philbanda Wind Orchestra at 9am. Performing artists in this event include David Johnson, PPO woodwind quintet, Olivier Ochanine, Adolfo Mendoza, Jina Suh, Dr. Sonny Yangco, Raymond Sarreal, Philbanda Wind Orchestra. The following artists will perform on July 7 from 3pm to 6pm: students from UST Conservatory of Music and from UP Conservatory of Music, MPO woodwind quintet, flutists from community bands, Philbond trio, and Candelarius Flute Quartet.

Jin Ta, Principal Flutist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, goes onstage for a Gala Concert on July 7 at 7:30pm at the CCP Little Theater. He will be joined by other performing artists such as David Johnson, Kiko Candelaria, Marie Poblete, Hercules Santiago, Gary Silangcruz and Olivier Ochanine. Likewise, Mr. Jin Ta will conduct Flute Master classes on July 6 and 7 at the Little Theater stage area.

Jin Ta started learning music at the age of five, and later entered the Central Music Conservatory (Beijing) to study flute under Prof. Zhu Tong De. In 1991, he received full scholarship from University of Michigan and studied with Prof. Keith Bryan and later Prof. Leone Buyse. In 1997, he won First Prize in the Boston Pappoutsakies Memorial Foundation Competition and Memphis Young Artist Competition. He was selected as an artist diploma candidate to study with renowned flutist Paula Robison. In 2000, he won First Prize in the Haifa International Flute Competition 2000 (Israel). He joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flutist in 1998.

Other activities include a session with Mr. Sean Tan, who will give a flute maintenance workshop; and a talk on “Exploring Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major” by Ms. Lin Shumei. Both talks will be held at the Little Theater stage area.

Sean Tan is the woodwind master technician at WindWorks & MusicGear Pte Ltd. He holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University and a diploma in Band Instrument Repair Technology from Renton Technical College in USA. He has undergone extensive training at factories of Buffet Crampon Clarinets (France), Verne Q Powell Flutes (USA), Muramatsu Flutes (Japan) and is also a StraubingerTM Pads Certified Technician. With his extensive experience in acoustical optimization for woodwind musicians, he brings a whole new dimension of woodwind product expertise. Besides his work as a repair technician, he also performs regularly with The Philharmonic Winds (Singapore).

Lin Shumei (Head of Piano and Theory) was an active music educator in a government school from 2004 – 2012, specializing in the Music Elective Programme for students from 12 to 18 years old. She also sings frequently with various choral groups and enjoys ensemble playing. Shumei studied piano with Professor Michael Young from the Royal Academy of Music while completing her music education (Bachelor of Music, First Class Honors) in King’s College, London. She also completed her LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) in Piano Performing while studying in London. Currently, she is leading the Flute and Music Academy Ptd Ltd in Singapore, which specializes in woodwind education and retail.

Other highlights of the 2-day flute appreciation treat include a product exhibition and trade show; and flute repair by Mr. Hirofumi Tamamitsu, Mr. Toshifumi Watanabe and Mr. Shota Yamamoto, three flute specialists from Muramatsu Flute, the top flute maker in Japan. They will provide technical consultation and repair sevice for a minimal cost of P500.00 per repair, covering adjustment/alignment and replacement of a maximum of four (4) pads. Flute accessories and music sheets are also available at very reasonable prices.

For more information, contact Ms. Nila Bondoy at telephone no. 832-1125 local 1609-1610, cell phone no. 0920-2737718 and Marie Poblete at 0915-7793017 or 0922-8435809.

Sandosenang Sapatos this coming July 2013!

Sandosenang Sapatos this coming July 2013!

TP celebrates National Children’s Book Day with a musical performance of Sandosenang Sapatos this coming July 2013!

In time for the commemoration of the 28th National Children’s Book day and Tanghalang Pilipino’s 27th theater season, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Philippine Board on Books for Young people present Sandosenang Sapatos of Palanca Awardee and renowned playwright Layeta P. Bucoy. This musical production will be brought to life by the arrangement and composition of Noel Cabangon and Jed Balsamo this coming July 2013.

The play is adapted from Dr. Luis P. Gatmaitan’s book which he wrote after reading various children’s stories during his sponsored training course in writing non-fiction books for youth at Tokyo, Japan. These books centered themselves on motifs of Japanese’s affection, concern and respect for people with disabilities.

Sandosenang Sapatos tells a narrative of a Filipino middle class household composed of a father, who makes a living out of shoes, his wife and two children. The premise of its plot lies on the shoemaker’s dream to have a ballerina as a daughter someday and to make the best shoes for her. It continues as his family faces struggles after realizing that the younger child has incapacitated limbs. As the younger daughter gets older, she would experience maltreatment and unjust stereotypes that her society attaches to physically-challenged people. Certainly, this play attempts to reflect on what it means to support and care for one’s family members, especially those who need it most.

The cast of Sandosenang Sapatos consists of Jonathan Tadioan (the father/shoemaker), May Bayot (the wife), Trixie Esteban (Susie) and Tessa Prieto Valdez (Diwata), Racquel Tajonera (Diwata Understudy) and other artists from TP Actors Company namely Regina De Vera, Marco Viaña, Ralph Mateo, Nicolo Magno, Remus Villanueva, Jovanni Cadag, DorayDayao, Llorvie Nuevo, Jan Vincent T. Ibesate, Aldo Glenn Vencilao and Antonette Go.

The play is directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio with TJ Ramos as the production’s sound designer and Gerald Mercado as its choreographer.

Watch the play at Tanghalang Huseng Batute at Cultural Center of the Philippines for only PHP600 for Regular Adult, PHP300 for students and kids below 7 yrs. old. Discount to Senior Citizens, Government Employees, Military personnel and PWDs applies.

Play runs for 12 shows in two weeks. Catch this on July 13 (Sat), July 14 (Sun), July 18 (Thu), July 19 (Fri), July 20 (Sat) and July 21 (Sun) at 10 am or 3 pm.

For more information and updates, visit Tanghalang Pilipino’s official website: http://tanghalangpilipino.org.ph/main/ or like on Facebook (Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation Inc.).

For inquiries on ticket reservations, group sales, sponsorships, special performances, email Cherry Bong Z. Edralin, TP’s marketing manager, at cherry_edralin888@yahoo.com or contact these numbers 0917-750-0107 or 0918-959-3949.