malapit na ang pasko.



sabi nila,
ang bituin daw ang gagabay sa atin…
sa gabing madilim…

sabi nila,
ang bituin daw ang magtuturo ng tamang daan
na ating lalakbayin…
papunta sa isang hari ng bahaghari-
na isisilang
sa sabsaban…

sabi nila,
ang bituin daw ay pagasa,
at paghanga…

pero isang bituin lang
ang tunay na nagmahal,
tunay na nag-alay
at tunay na mabuti…

iyon ang bituin mo,
aj perez.
isang bituin na dalisay at tapat,
bata at mapaglaro,
nagniningning sa lahat ng panahon….

it was  your star…
shining brightly amidst the skies…
twinkling young and happy.
the ‘aj star’…

will shine.




nilikhang mga salita ni robert manuguid silverio, disyembre 2011.

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mr. vince tanada with blogger robert silverio
mr. vince tanada with blogger robert silverio

“When ALL the Public Servants and Government officials in the 40th Founding Anniversary of CESB (Career Executive Service Board) stood up and gave their thunderous applause in our Tagaytay City show for three times in a row during our performance, it just highlighted to me that Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela is my best work ever. Devoid of any awards or recognition, locally or international because of personal grudges, inadvertence, negligence and vendetta, this unfairly snubbed theatrical masterpiece is the most successful stage work of the Philippine Stagers, opening new doors and wonderful opportunities for the theater company, specifically because it broke the box office records of any theater company in the country, boasts of myriads of provincial shows in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and most especially changed the lives of the many who witnessed it. The trophies which we will proudly display in the pedestal are the thousands of hearts that we have inspired, cleansed with thousands of tears dropped by the viewers and polished by beautiful praises told. Still, with humility, I exclaim the truth, Philippine Stagers is the BEST.” — (MR. VINCE TANADA’S FACEBOOK STATUS)



It’s a “once in a lifetime” event. When all the leaders in different sectors of the governance gathered-up in one spectacular and gigantic gathering- the feeling was tremendous-and, all too powerful.


A blogger felt, how could he be in a place like this? Maybe, it was destined. Maybe, he was a part among these governing people of a land, maybe he really belonged…


Government officials, DepEd Superintendents from different regions, people from the office of the President, agriculturists, transportation and communications officials, to name just a few- all those who belonged in the service of the government- WERE THERE. What a perfect time, in a perfect place, and in a great awesome feeling.


As they all lined-up and gathered inside the big ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City, it was like,almost looking at a big group of warrior angels who lead and help a nation devastated by calamities and intrigues.


It was the 4oth Founding Anniversary of CESB (Career Executive Service Board). For more than two days, these governing people attended fellowships, seminars, dinner events and the likes. 


But there’s more than that.


For two days, the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF) of Atty. Vince Tanada performed and delighted these very important people. To the maximum.


In the highlight event of the ceremony, the play Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela was staged in the ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel. And it became the most embraced event in a series of many show highlights at the founding anniversary of CESB.





You could not just “fool” these very important and highly educated people with delicate and critical tastes. You could not just make them forget of the many harsh problems of a nation and make them feel delighted. You could not just make them stand-up for 20 minutes after watching a play. Because, they, themselves, were worth standing and being applauded for. BUT THEY DID, YES, THEY DID STAND.


Some of them even cried while watching the dramatic scenes of the play. Some of them even recalled, through whispers and sighs with the person seating next beside them- the history of a nation, and yes, some of them got so mystified with the great acting showcase of the ensemble cast and its lead actors in the said play.


That’s purely magical, almost so “dream-like”.


And as one blogger cried while he looked at the handsome young man who took care of his “shell”, as he cried, too, in one dramatic highlight of the play- he felt something else…


HE FELT, the victory of the Philippine Stagers Foundation as the best performing group now in the land will never be tarnished-







mr. vince tanada with blogger robert silverio
mr. vince tanada with blogger robert silverio


mr. alex datu (with ms. nora aunor at the pic)
mr. alex datu (with ms. nora aunor at the pic)
ms. mona patubo
ms. mona patubo



this blogger with vince tanada and his mom, mrs. emy tanada during a merienda at cafe veranda in alta vista hotel, tagaytay city
this blogger with vince tanada and his mom, mrs. emy tanada during a merienda at cafe veranda in alta vista hotel, tagaytay city
this blogger with Stagers art, kenneth and gerald
this blogger with Stagers art, kenneth and gerald
a picture that this blogger loved so much, with jomar, jordan and patrick- all Stagers.
a picture that this blogger loved so much, with jomar, jordan and patrick- all Stagers.
a bonding night-out with DepEd Superintendent Doc Ramir Uytico and others.
a bonding night-out with DepEd Superintendent Doc Ramir Uytico and others.
distinguished guests at CESB series of events at Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City, with Atty. Antonette Almores (CESB Head)
distinguished guests at CESB series of events at Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City, with Atty. Antonette Almores (CESB Head)
the Stagers performing for CESB guests in one Broadway-inspired show
the Stagers performing for CESB guests in one Broadway-inspired show
mr. vince tanada with stager Jp Lopez at the CESB event in Tagaytay City
mr. vince tanada with stager Jp Lopez at the CESB event in Tagaytay City
the Stagers preparing themselves for a great night of show at the backstage of Taal Vista Hotel's ballroom
the Stagers preparing themselves for a great night of show at the backstage of Taal Vista Hotel’s ballroom
mr. vince tanada with CESB's head Atty. Tonette Almores
mr. vince tanada with CESB’s head Atty. Tonette Almores
this blogger with a DepEd Superintendent from Bayawan, Negros Oriental at the ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel
this blogger with a DepEd Superintendent from Bayawan, Negros Oriental at the ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel
a great "Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela" show that got a twenty-minute standing ovation at the ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City
a great “Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela” show that got a twenty-minute standing ovation at the ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City
vince atanada as andres bonifacio and kevin posadas as emilio aguinaldo in "bonifacio: isang sarsuwela"
vince tanada as andres bonifacio and kevin posadas as emilio aguinaldo in “bonifacio: isang sarsuwela”


vince tanda is THE MAN OF THE HOUR.
vince tanada is THE MAN OF THE HOUR.

“death march”: when the dead comes marching-in

poster of the film "death march", the closing film at the recently-concluded cinema one originals fest.
poster of the film “death march”, the closing film at the recently-concluded cinema one originals fest.
jason abalos: outshines other fellow actors in the movie "death march"
jason abalos: outshines other fellow actors in the movie “death march”
the actors in "death march"
the actors in “death march”
a horrifying dead scene in the movie
a horrifying dead scene in the movie
director adolf alix, jr. instructs actors jason abalos and zanjoe marrudo in one scene in the movie "death march"
director adolf alix, jr. instructs actors jason abalos and zanjoe marrudo in one scene in the movie “death march”



They say that the “dead ones” have no more right to mingle and mix with the living. They say, too, that the dead people are already totally “all gone”, just like a smoke that evaporated into thin air. The dead ones, they say, no longer feel, no longer see, nor hear, smell and breathe… they’re just DUSTS UPON A WIND.

Those, are the usual things that the most cynical and critical people do say about the DEAD. Forever gone. Forever away.

But what happens when the living ones are the ones who are DEAD? Can you comprehend? Can you grasp? Can you understand?

In the movie Death March, this was clearly seen. Because upon joining that historical march in the darkest time in the story of one beloved country, you had to consider yourself ALREADY DEAD.

No wonder, it was called the “Death March”.

But the dead ones have their own reasons to stay, too. Sometimes, they even linger forever. Not until a task is delivered, or a law, broken.

Those who believe in the “soul” surely knows and accepts that.

You could see images after images portrayed onscreen via this enormous movie directed by Adolf Alix, Jr.

Images that could stab you, handsome faces that could penetrate you, but sadden you with the fact that, they, indeed, looked like real ghosts in this film. The words they spoke were few but meaningful. Words that could make you sleep so as to escape the brutalities of war.

This was not an enjoyable film. Even critics would hate it because it challenged the mind so much. And it even questioned one blogger, why did ANGELS let those things happen in a long but almost forgotten chapter of a dark history?

As they say, the dead ones always brings tears, sadness, depression… that’s why most people would rather forget than cope, that’s why most people, too, were afraid of “ghosts”.


There was only one living character that a blogger saw as he watched this film on the closing event of Cinema One Originals fest. And it was the character portrayed by Jason Abalos, who also stood-out among the rest as the greatest actor in the ensemble cast. His emotions in the film were so vivid and real.

The rest, were “ghost-like” phantoms that acted in unison, in contrast with Jason’s magnificent acting ability all throughout his scenes. One other actor, Sam Milby, could have been alive, but he somehow faltered back in evaporation in his few remaining last scenes in the movie.

There was no “music”, only very raw sound created by actress Alessandra de Rossi, but it created utter shock and praise.

The cinematography in black & white by Albert Banzon was delusional, haunting, absolute.

The direction was unbelievably magical. A wonder of hands and mind created by Adolf Alix, Jr.

Warning: When you watch this film, be sure to have drunken a big mug of coffee so as not to fall asleep while watching it. Because it’s so painful, all you could do is to escape and close your eyes to  its horrifying images of the casualties of war. Then, as you closed your eyes, the angels would dwell and would make you fall-in more deeper into slumber.

Because this movie was not a movie, after all. IT WAS DEATH AND LIFE COMBINED IN ONE VISION. Surely, the cinema has played a trick of magic upon it… AS THE DEAD CAME MARCHING-IN.


(words written by robert manuguid silverio)


(special added feature below, courtesy of history.com)

The Bataan Death March

The Deadly March of American and Filipino POWs During World War II


(link): http://history1900s.about.com/od/worldwarii/qt/Bataan-Death-March.htm


The Bataan Death March was the forced march of American and Filipino prisoners of war by the Japanese during World War II. The 63-mile march began with 72,000* prisoners from the southern end of the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines on April 9, 1942. The horrible conditions and harsh treatment of the prisoners during the Bataan Death March resulted in an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 deaths.

actual graphic pictures of DEATH MARCH IN BATAAN PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES below:

japanese soldiers torturing filipinos
japanese soldiers torturing filipinos
the march of death
the march of death

Bataan Death March

Only hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Japanese also struck airbases in the American-held Philippines (around noon on December 8, local time). Caught by surprise, a majority of the military aircraft on the archipelago were destroyed during the Japanese air attack.

Unlike in Hawaii, the Japanese followed their surprise air strike of the Philippines with a ground invasion. As the Japanese ground troops headed toward the capital, Manila, American and Filipino troops retreated on December 22, 1941 to the Bataan Peninsula, located on the western side of the large island of Luzon in the Philippines.

Quickly cut off from food and other supplies by a Japanese blockade, the American and Filipino soldiers slowly used up their supplies. First they went on half rations, then third rations, then fourth rations. By April 1942, they had been holding out in the jungles of Bataan for three months and were clearly starving and suffering from diseases.

There was nothing left to do but surrender. On April 9, 1942, U.S. General Edward P. King signed the surrender document, ending the Battle of Bataan. The remaining 72,000 American and Filipino soldiers were taken by the Japanese as prisoners of war (POW). Nearly immediately, the Bataan Death March began.

The March Begins

The goal of the march was to get the 72,000 captured American and Filipino POWs from Mariveles in the southern end of the Bataan Peninsula to Camp O’Donnell in the north. To do this, the prisoners were to be marched 55 miles from Mariveles to San Fernando, then travel by train to Capas. From Capas, the prisoners were again to march for the last eight miles to Camp O’Donnell.

The prisoners were separated into groups of approximately a hundred, assigned Japanese guards, and then sent marching. It would take each group about five days to make the journey. The march would have been long and arduous for anyone, but the already starving prisoners were to endure cruel and brutal treatment throughout their long journey, which made the march deadly.

The Horrible Conditions of the Bataan Death March

Japanese soldiers believed strongly in the honor brought by fighting to the death and anyone who surrendered was considered contemptible. Thus, to the Japanese soldiers, the captured American and Filipino POWs from Bataan were unworthy of respect. To show their displeasure and disgust, the Japanese guards tortured their prisoners throughout the march.

To begin with, the captured soldiers were given no water and little food. Although there were artesian wells with clean water scattered along the way, the Japanese guards shot any and all prisoners who broke rank and tried to drink from them. A few prisoners successfully scooped up some stagnant water as they walked past, but many became sick from it.

The prisoners, who were starving even before their surrender, were given just a couple balls of rice during their long march. There were numerous times when local Filipino civilians tried to throw food to the marching prisoners, but the Japanese soldiers killed the civilians who tried to help.

The intense heat during the march was miserable. The Japanese exacerbated the pain by making the prisoners purposely sit in the hot sun for several hours without any shade — a torture called “the sun treatment.”

Without food and water, the prisoners were extremely weak as they marched the 63 miles in the hot sun. Many were seriously ill from malnutrition, while others had been wounded or were suffering from diseases they had picked up in the jungle. These things didn’t matter to the Japanese. If anyone seemed slow or fell behind during the march, they were either shot or bayoneted. There were Japanese “buzzard squads” who followed each group of marching prisoners, responsible for killing those that couldn’t keep up.

Random brutality was common. Japanese soldiers would frequently hit prisoners with the butt of their rifle. Bayoneting was common. Beheadings were prevalent.

Simple dignities were also denied the prisoners. Not only did the Japanese not offer latrines, they offered no bathroom breaks along the long march. If a prisoner had to defecate, then they had to do it while walking.

Arrival at Camp O’Donnell

Once the prisoners reached San Fernando, they were herded into boxcars. The Japanese shoved so many prisoners into each boxcar that there was standing room only. The heat and conditions inside caused more deaths.

Upon arrival in Capas, the remaining prisoners marched another eight miles. When they reached their destination, Camp O’Donnell, it was discovered that only 54,000 of the prisoners had made it to the camp. It is estimated that about 7,000 to 10,000 died, while the rest of the missing had escaped into the jungle and joined guerrilla groups.

The conditions within Camp O’Donnell were also brutal and harsh, leading to thousands more POW deaths even within their first few weeks there.

The Man Held Responsible

After the war, a U.S. military tribunal was established and charged Lieutenant General Homma Masaharu for the atrocities committed during the Bataan Death March. Homma had been the Japanese commander in charge of the Philippines invasion and had ordered the evacuation of the prisoners of war from Bataan.

Homma accepted responsibility for his troops’ actions even though he himself never ordered such brutality. The tribunal found him guilty.

On April 3, 1946, Homma was executed by firing squad in the town of Los Banos in the Philippines.

* Some sources say 75,000 soldiers were taken prisoner after the surrender at Bataan, with 12,000 of them American and 63,000 Filipino.

a date with ms. chanel latorre- the “woman of the ruins”

chanel: a second lead role in "woman of the ruins", shown in the recently-concluded cinema one originals fest
chanel: a second lead role in “woman of the ruins”, shown in the recently-concluded cinema one originals fest
poster of "woman of the ruins"
poster of “woman of the ruins”
chanel with lead actress alessandra de rossi during thre press conference of cinema one originals fest held recently
chanel with lead actress alessandra de rossi during thre press conference of cinema one originals fest held recently


It was a fantastic dinner date with Ms. Chanel Latorre at the fab Mr. Choi Kitchen (a  Chinese restaurant), located at the ground floor of Robinson’s Galleria mall. The food was great and the celebrity-host who treated this blogger for that sumptuous Chinese dinner was AWESOME.

Chanel was so lovely, candid and in high spirits that night. She’s so happy about the outcome of her latest film- Woman of the Ruins, which was among the film entries in the recently-concluded Cinema One Originals fest. The film will soon have added screenings in some major cinemas.

As she talked about her latest films, her relationship with her co-stars, her new film projects and her passion as an actress, Channel became so optimistic.  She was also so elegant in her black & sexy dress that evening- that charmed her guest to the max!

This new and promising actress is destined for great stardom. She’s totally dedicated to her craft, hopeful and positive for the future and no qualms at all with baring a little onscreen. And as one blogger noticed, she could really ACT.

So, here goes our Q & A (Question & Answer) interview with the lady in the Cinema One Originals film “Woman of the Ruins”:


SSSIP: What were your most memorable experiences while filming Woman of the Ruins?

CHANEL: It took us two weeks to shoot the film. We did rush because the Cinema One Originals indie fest was already near its deadline then. But you know what? It took us three weeks, and for five days, we got  stranded on that island in Corregidor, Bataan province because of a storm! We couldn’t get-out of the island because the only way out was through a boat. But because of the big waves, a boat could not cross- and so, we got trapped!

SSSIP: What happened then?

CHANEL: Well, we just did re-takes, played cards, hang-around and make kulit to each other. Haha. We had no choice. Sometimes, our director, Keith Sicat, would think of new ideas to shoot, so we just did added shoots even if we already finished shooting. We waited for the storm to pass. We became very collaborative to each other, it’s like one big family. And we all managed to enjoy being trapped on that great island where we shot the film.

SSSIP: What can you say about your director there – Keith Sicat?

CHANEL: I can say by now, he’s one of the best friends I ever have! Yes, you heard it right. Me and direk Keith leveled-up into becoming very good friends while we shot the film. And it was great! An artist like me having a friend like direk Keith is such a great joy for me. We have no limits to each other, you see.

SSSIP: What about direk Peque Gallaga and Alessandra de Rossi who were your co-actors in this film? What can you say about them, too?

CHANEL: Oh, my!!! They’re both so greaaaatttt!!! Direk Peque was like my real lolo (grandpa). He’s so ‘grandpa-like’, you see. He’s very caring, very warm and very loving. To think he’s one of the Masters we consider as a director and as a film maker. He’s so humble! It’s really a great experience working with him via our film Woman of the Ruins… And Alessandra, we were, like, sobrang attached to each other while we worked on that film! Hay naku, grabeeee!!! Favorite ko talaga siya katrabaho! the best!… Imagine, there’s one scene in the film wherein she’s supposed to be drowning on the sea and I was saving her, actually, on reality, we’re both already drowning on that scene take but our director didn’t know! And so we had to save each other. As the take ended, that’s the only time our director Keith realized the great hardships we had encountered while doing that take. But it’s okay for both of us. Luckily, we didn’t drown.

SSSIP: How did you get your part in this film?

CHANEL: I auditioned for the role. The director then was looking for an actress who could play a 17 yr.-old girl. And nicely enough, I got the part. When direk Keith gave me the materials and the script, I got so drawn to my role in the movie. It’s one of the best roles an actress like me could ever have… And by the way, I had to lose 10 pounds for the role. And I did it in a matter of days, would you believe that!

SSSIP: I heard that you’re from Tacloban City, Channel. And your father was first reported missing after typhoon Yolanda devastated your city province. Is everything okay now, Channel? Was your dad rescued?

CHANEL: Thank God, my dad is safe! Actually, he really didn’t go missing. It’s just that our relatives there could not contact his whereabouts. There was no communication. My dad lived in the city proper and he offered our home as a shelter to most of our neighbors and town mates who suffered heavily. Our home became an instant evacuation center there. And my dad was really a hero… Right now, me and my dad organized relief operations to all the victims and the homeless in Tacloban City. And you know what, a lot of people helped! A lot of friends donated goods, clothes, toys, etcetra. It was so overwhelming. God is soooo good. We managed to helped our fellow kababayans there now in Tacloban City.

SSSIP: What would be your next movie project, Chanel?

CHANEL: I will have another festival movie. It’s one of the indie film entries on this forthcoming Metro Manila Film Festival. It’s entitled Island Dreams and I will star here opposite a French actor. The film is about a foreigner who fell in love with his tourist guide. It’s like a love story with a sexy twist.

SSSIP: More power to you, Chanel. Great things are coming your way!

CHANEL: Thanks, tito Robert. Luvlots!


(end of interview)



chanel sizzles
chanel sizzles
chanel with her director keith sicat and the rest of the cast of "woman of the ruins"
chanel with her director keith sicat and the rest of the cast of “woman of the ruins”
channel in red! (photo by don gordon bell)
channel in red! (photo by don gordon bell)

cultural center of the philippines and its forthcoming special events!

Imagethe cultural center of the philippines




THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra holds a new series of free family/youth concerts at Rizal Park called ‘Out of the Box’, featuring PPO’s wide array of music and collaborations between local schools beginning November 23, 2013. This musical event is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with the People’s Television Network, Inc. (PTNI) and the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC).


Through the initiative of PPO’s Music Conductor Olivier Ochanine and the CCP Marketing Department, the said concerts provide audiences a chance to learn more about classical music and its ability to touch people in a meaningful and unique manner. ‘Out of the Box’ also involves partnerships with various university groups and organizations for a fresh and innovative take in presenting a Philharmonic concert.


The series starts on November 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the newly-renovated Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium, which will also have its soft launch on the same date.  The first concert on Saturday will have the theme “Undress Bonifacio”, and will be presented in collaboration with the University of the Philippines’ (UP Manila) Coalition of Cultural Organizations. A descent of Filipino nationalist and revolutionary Andres Bonifacio, Patria Bonifacio will share her musical production about the life of the young Bonifacio. Multimedia and multi-art groups using different media such as hiphop, rock, graffiti, theatre, and music will be included to create an upbeat multimedia production. Succeeding concerts will be held in December for a Christmas theme, in January 2014 with the Far Eastern University (FEU) with the theme ‘Save the Tamaraw’ in February with the Ateneo de Manila University and UP Manila Orgcom students with the theme ‘Love’ and in March with De La Salle University and De La Salle-College of St. Benilde with the theme ‘New Beginnings’.





Cultural Arts Events Organizer, in partnership with Ayala Museum, presents a special tribute concert for the victims of the most recent calamity entitled “A Christmas Offering” on December 3, 2013 at the Ayala Museum (Makati Ave. cor. De la Rosa St., Makati City) at 7:00 in the evening.


This ambitious undertaking is the concerted effort of 27 of the country’s finest classical artists bonded together to present one of the most beautiful, dramatic and difficult sacred music ever written – “Petite Messe Solemnelle.”  Written by Gioacchino Rossini, one of the pillars of Bel Canto opera era and the genius behind the opera The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola, the work was written at the twilight of his life as his homage to God for the blessing bestowed on him.  Maestro Alberto Zedda, a Rossinian specialist described the work as “the Petite Messe Solemnelle can be at par with Verdi’s Requiem in its dramatic intensity and memorable melodies”. The work opens with a hushed intensity ending with a boisterous high spirits, abound with memorable tunes and rhythmic vitality that brings a delightful and a life-enhancing musical experience.” In the original manuscript, Rossini specifically requested for four (4) of the finest singers in Italy, 16 chorus members of soloist calibre, 2 piano and 1 harmonium for the premiere and requirement of the work.   


This concert features the finest Filipino tenor in the world today, Arthur Espiritu and three of the country’s premiere classical artists – soprano Camille Lopez Molina, soprano Margarita Giannella and bass-baritone Noel Azcona with the prestigiousViva Voce (16 of the most promising young singers today) with pianist Najib IsmailFarley Asuncion and Melissa Taqueban under the musical direction of Gideon Bendicion and Camille Lopez Molina.


A tribute to the victims of the latest tragedy, let the music remind us of God’s love and rekindle the humility in each one of us. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the typhoon victims of Llorente, Samar. This concert is made possible in partnership withAyala Museum, Lyric Piano, BusinessWorld, DZFE.FM 98.7 The Master’s Touch, Highlife and HerWord.




The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents a durational performance art series entitled NALUWAS SI LIGTAS SA MANILA by visual artist Russ Ligtas on November 22 and 29, December 6 and 13, 2013 with a blend of fun and amazing performances that will excite audiences.


On Nov. 22 (2pm-9pm, CCP complex area), the artist performs in Search Party, dressed like a very colorful clown with balloons that float a missing-person poster, walking in slow motion from outside of the CCP Main Theater Lobby and down the ramp toward the front lawn, the Harbour Square, ending by the breakwater.  In Pista sa Barrio (Nov.29, 2pm-8pm, CCP front lawn), the artist wears a black coat and pants. There is a pole stretching out from his back, at the tip of this pole are banderitas and the Philippine flag. He stands on an 8 x 8ft platform next to the CCP marquee and flagpole. A videoke machine is set on the other side of the platform. The audience is invited to use and enjoy the videoke machine while the artist stays on the platform for the six-hour duration.


On Dec. 6 (11am-7pm, CCP ramp), Russ Ligtas performs in Being B. Niyaan as Mdm B. Niyaan, going around the ramp of the CCP in circles, reminiscing his past as he tries to bring out his emotions in silence while dancing, singing, and reacting to remind him of his past with music in background and approaches audience. The artist engages in a show entitled Bayang Magiliw (Dec. 13, 2pm-10pm, CCP ramp to Luneta), singing along and playing the Philippine National Anthem 115 times (referring to the number of years since our independence from Spain) as he walks towards Rizal’s monument while having his portable sound system.


Russ Ligtas’ process employs autobiography as a platform to study and confront the human condition through the specificities of his own individual context; the product of such self-analyses becomes his art. Russ discusses the common and the commonly veiled vagaries of existence by placing himself as the subject of such discussions either in front of an audience or through the confessional nature of his non-performative works.


In most of his performances, Russ assumes characters that are specialized versions of himself – alter egos that have developed as a means of dealing with reality. He performs within a theatrical template that incorporates various perspectives and media such as butoh, text, video, music, photography etc., insisting that theatrical techniques are necessary in creating moments of beauty and insight via performance art without being divorced from the authenticity of reality.



Russ earned his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Cebu with a major in Painting. Before fully committing to his art, Russ worked with Kenneth Cobonpue as a designer at HIVE, a design house that produces interior accessories for the Kenneth Cobonpue line. He also taught Art at BRIGHT Academy while developing his thesis on performative painting and assemblage. He is a member of Cebu’s only performance art group XO? alongside his first mentors Raymund Fernandez and Roy Lu. He is also a member of The Academy of Everything is Possible based in Dublin and founded by his late teacher Gordon Campbell, a student of Joseph Beuys. Russ is a writer of Cebuano and English poetry and is a member of BATHALAD INC., a group for writers who write in Cebuano and other regional languages. He also regularly performed with performance poetry group The Really Bad Poets during the latter part of his time in Cebu.


For more information, call the CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division at 832-1125 local 1504 & 1505, or 832-3702, and email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com



METROWEAR FRANCIS LIBIRAN Francis Libiran and Anne Curtis

anne curtis and francis libiran
anne curtis and francis libiran



In celebration of Metro Magazine’s 24th year, which coincides with Francis Libiran’s 15 years in the fashion industry, Metro has named him, the “designer to the stars,” its latest Metrowear Icon.

Libiran has gained renown for his elegant style and great skill with draping fabrics and doing intricate beadwork. His creations have drawn the attention of fashionistas in both local and international circles. Among the stars that have been fortunate to wear his beautiful dresses and bespoke suits are the likes of Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, Shaina Magdayao, Billy Crawford, Xian Lim and Kim Chiu. For major events like the Star Magic Ball, the brightest (and most fashion-savvy) of stars look forward to wearing his creations. His latest fashion coup was creating the dresses and gowns wore by 2013 Miss World winner, Megan Young. His coral beaded evening won him raves all around.

A major career highlight for Libiran was when his whimsical creations – made using all kinds of Hello Kitty merchandise – was worn by the model-contestants for one of their photo shoots in the 18th season highly-rated program “America’s Next Top Model.” No less than host Tyra Banks wore one of his gowns when she attended the 4th Annual Blossom Ball in New York earlier this year.

It is because of his eye for detail, his timeless style that has led Metro magazine to select him as this year’s Metrowear Icon. Libiran will be presenting 10 themed collections as a sneak peek of his 2014-2015 collection on November 25 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel. The collections are Victorian Gothic, Earth Colours, Edwardian Ash, Gemstones, Oriental, Deluxe and Royale.

As a favorite designer of the most beautiful celebrities in local entertainment, they are taking to the stage to model his pieces during the show. Among them are muses Anne Curtis and Kim Chiu; actresses Liza Soberano, Maricar Reyes, Coleen Garcia, and Karylle; celebrity models Kelly Misa, Wendy Tabusalla, Daniel Matsunaga, Fabio Ide, and Hideo Muraoka; beauty queens Shamcey Supsup, Venus Raj and Gwen Ruais; athletes Anthony and David Semerad; and actors Xian Lim, Christian Bautista, Jake Cuenca and Matt Evans,

As a show of solidarity with fellow Filipinos in Eastern and Central Visayas affected by Typhoon Yolanda, Francis Libiran has decided to do a silent auction of 15 iconic pieces on that evening. All proceeds will be donated in support of relief operations for the storm’s victims.

For more of style embodied, grab a copy of Metro Magazine’s latest issue at bookstores and newsstands nationwide. For updates, visit Metro Magazine on Facebook (www.facebook.Metro.Magazine) or follow them on Twitter / Instagram @metromagph.


mamang sorbetero, tayo’y sumayaw!

ms. celeste legaspi, now: her voice and her songs- especially "mamang sorbetero" will forever linger in the heart of one blogger- ssssip*, me.
ms. celeste legaspi, now: her voice and her songs- especially “mamang sorbetero” will forever linger in the heart of one blogger- ssssip*, me.


from sssip 🙂

This song posted below- “Mamang Sorbetero (Ice Cream Vendor Man)”, is one of the best Filipino songs for me! It was sung originally by my favorite- Ms. Celeste Legaspi- during the 1980’s, and now considered a classic Filipino song.

It reflects the very typical Filipino life, wherein in every community, whenever an Ice Cream Vendor Man comes ringing his bell, kids and folks run and buy ice cream at once. And friends and families unite to eat ice cream outside the street and play games and fun!

It’s like a call for unity, hope and love- especially during times of need and suffering.

Just like now, wherein Filipinos still feel the pain of the recent calamity- the typhoon Yolanda- they see HOPE anew, they smile, they continue their day-to-day lives, they try to stand-up once more and HELP EACH OTHER.

As the bell rings from the “ice cream vendor man”, I smile.

Here he comes again, to bring me LOVE…




🙂  🙂  🙂  🙂 “CHILL IN!”

(as the words were written: November 21, 2013, by Robert Manuguid Silverio)


“Mamang Sorbetero” lyrics (sung by Celeste Legaspi)

Mamang sorbetero,

anong ngalan mo

Tinda mong ice cream,

gustung-gusto ko

Init ng buhay,

pinapawi mo

Sama ng loob,

nalilimutan ko

Mamang sorbetero,

tayo’y sumayaw

Kalembang mong hawak,

muling ikaway

Batang munti,

sa ‘yo’y naghihintay

Bigyang ligaya ngayong tag-araw

Masdan ang ulap sa himpapawid

Korteng sorbetes sa pisngi ng langit

Mata ng dalaga’y nananaginip

Mayro’ng sikretong nasasaisip

Mainit na labi, nagbabagang mata

Sunog na pag-ibig, parang awa mo na

Mamang sorbetero, o,

nasaan ka

Init ng buhay,

pawiin mo na.