For more than 10 times that a blogger had watched the Katipunan history play version of Philippine Stagers Foundation’s Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela, tears still flowed in his eyes. The greatest scene of all was that “crying scene” between Bonifacio (played by Mr. Vince Tanada) and Oryang (played by Ms. Cindy Liper) wherein they both felt the greatest pains of their unselfish sacrifices for a nation, as Andres Bonifacio laid there dying of wounds and physical torture.
At that moment, Vince Tanada’s great body movements was so hurting to look at- trembling, agonizing… and still, he managed to speak words of undying love and care for Oryang. Everyone watching was silent and at the verge of tears and breakdown.
And Ms. Liper provided great support- her acting as comparable to that of Ms. Lea Salonga in Ms. Saigon, her singing voice was so enigmatic and powerful, while Vince’s singing voice, too, echoed amidst the evangelical flows and rhythms of eternity.
Another great scene, in which, PMPC (Philippine Movie Press Club) Prexy– in person of Mr. Fernan de Guzman, was found crying in his audience seat as he watched the play one previous time, was that of Patrick Libao (playing as Emilio Jacinto) promising to a “dead and unseen” Bonifacio that he’ll take care of his wife forever, and that he (Bonifacio) is the greatest man he’d ever known. Patrick’s great delivery of words and subtletity in acting made everybody cry whenever that scene was performed onstage.
Another favorite scene of the blogger in this more than 2 hours play was the Sigaw Ng Pugadlawin series of dances, songs and choreography. It’s the most entertaining portion od the play.
Now, this play Bonifacio: isang Sarsuwela is touring all over the land of the Philippine islands. They have finished one performance last January 28 at Legaspi City. And two more days of performances in Naga City on January 30 and 31, as part of their “Bicol Caravan”.
Slated to come next is their “Mindanao Caravan” on the month of February. For sure, a blogger is just waiting TO BE INVITED.
CONGRATS, PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION.
The Bicol Caravan Team of Philippine Stagers Foundation: (L-R) Secretariat: Ms. Jerie Sanchez /Prod. Manager and Operations Head: Mr. “jeproxiliciously” (a.k.a. Jeffrey Ambrosio)/ Chairman: Vincent_Tanada/ Logistics: Kevin Posadas and Marketing Associate: Patrick Libao.
Shows in Bicol: Legaspi City (Jan. 28), Naga City (Jan. 30-31)
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
“Gantimpala Theater celebrates Andres Bonifacio’s sesquicentennial celebration with Katipunan, Mga Anak ng Bayan”
The very first Bulwagang Gantimpala production, Katipunan, Mga Anak ng Bayan, pulsates with new life, as a special touring production, under the direction of Joel Lamangan and Jun Pablo.
The musical theater production acquaints modern viewers to the short life and turbulent times of the working class revolutionary Andres Bonifacio and his wife, Gregoria “Oryang” de Jesus. It illustrates the evolution of the mass-based revolutionary organization, the role of women in the struggle, the internal conflicts that weakened it and gives the audiences the lessons from the struggles and triumphs of the Great Plebian.
Artistic director Joel Lamangan says,“Katipunan is my comeback to Gantimpala Theater. It is the first play I joined in Bulwagang Gantimpala, when the late Tony Espejo was still establishing it at the CCP It is really my coming back, it’s a full circle.”
“We try to make it as relevant as now, in terms of music and movement,” adds Lamangan. “This is all sung thru. It is fast and tiring, yes, but this young people, they are doing it very well.”
He carries on, “This is so challenging because I am doing both choreography and direction, with Jun Pablo (GT Chair and President) helping me to polish everything as we go along.”
“We promise the audiences a very exciting and dynamic musical theater production about the life of Andres Bonifacio. I am sure that people of all ages will appreciate what we are offering,” ends Lamangan.
Playing major roles are Sandino Martin as Andres Bonifacio, Anna Fegi as Gregoria de Jesus, RJ Jimenez as Emilio Jacinto, with Brent Manzano, Allan Joseph Padilla and Vera Capiral as the Mga Tagapagsalaysay.
Script by Bonifacio Ilagan. Lyrics by Jose Jeffrey Camañag, Music by RJJimenez. Set Design by Sonny Aniceto. Production and stage manager is Cicey Alejo.
ON FEBRUARY 8, SATURDAY, AT AFP THEATER, ANOTHER PERFORMANCE OF “KATIPUNAN: MGA ANAK NG BAYAN” IS GOING TO BE SEEN. REMEMBER THE DATE, AND SEE YOU ALL THERE!
Jesus Christ Movie ‘Son of God’ Hitting Theaters February 2014
by Rebecca Ford
(article courtesy of Hollywood Reporter.Com, link below):
(20th Century Fox is releasing the pic, which is based on History Channel’s hit miniseries “The Bible.”)
Jesus Christ is coming to theaters in February.
20th Century Fox announced that Son of God, the film based on History Channel’s miniseries The Bible, will open wide in U.S. theaters on Feb. 28, 2014.
The 10-hour miniseries The Bible, produced by husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, was a breakout hit for History, garnering an average of 15 million viewers per episode. It also earned three Emmy nominations.
The big-screen treatment will follow Christ from his birth through his crucifixion and resurrection.
Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado is starring. The film will feature selections from the miniseries plus additional scenes that were left on the cutting room floor. Hans Zimmer created the score.
“We are very excited to be working with 20th Century Fox to release Son of God as a major motion picture,” said Downey and Burnett in a statement. “We responded to an overwhelming demand for the greatest story ever told to be seen as a shared experience on the big screen. The result is a beautiful stand-alone movie. It’s the story of Jesus for a whole new generation.”
Son of God will go up against two other wide releases on Feb. 28. Universal’s airplane thriller Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson and Paramount’s sci-fi thriller Almanac, which centers around a time machine, also open on that date.
“STARSTUDIO NAMED BEST MAGAZINE AT THE 12TH GAWAD TANGLAW AWARDS”
The country’s best source for entertainment news and celebrity lifestyle is taking things notches higher this 2014, following a win at the prestigious 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards for Best Magazine.
Setting the bar with its recent success, StarStudio aims to up its game of bringing the latest happenings in showbiz, as featured in its newest February issue.
For this month, StarStudio Magazine presents “The Love Diaries”—an issue packed with celebrity love stories that will make for the perfect reading this month of love.
Leading the couples featured in this issue are Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez, who share the exclusive story of how they met and fell in love. The much talked about celebrity couple also give readers a look into their personal travel photos with captions that Sarah wrote herself.
Apart from that, StarStudio looks into celebrity weddings—Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco, Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup and Lloyd Lee, and director-turned-Congressman Lino Cayetano and ex-Ateneo volleyball star Fille Cainglet.
A newly-minted couple also takes on the spotlight in StarStudio this February to model day and night date looks, as Gretchen Ho and Robi Domingo show readers ways to look their best for the upcoming Valentine’s day.
All this and more are featured in the February 2014 issue of StarStudio, which was recently named Best Magazine in the 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards in which ABS-CBN was also named TV Station of the Year.
Get all these and more in StarStudio’s latest issue, available at bookstores and newsstands nationwide. For updates, visit and like StarStudio on Facebook (www.facebook.com/StarStudio.Magazine) and follow the magazine’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts (@starstudiomag) for your best source of entertainment news and celebrity lifestyle.
Since SSSIP’s “AWE” blog featured an article “BRAD PITT & LABCE RAYMUNDO: A COINCIDENTAL CASE OF DUALISM?”, it’s been garnering so many hits and viewership for the past weeks and it became the most-viewed blogpost on this blog.
Thus, we feel a follow-up feature on the “dualism” aspect of Brad and Lance. Miss SSSIP further investigated and managed to get some proofs and evidences on that dualism aspect.
So, below, are the photos of Brad and Lance when they were still Levi’s jeans models. What a parallelism on both their respective careers when, again, they both started it out as print ads models before they became established film actors.
So there. Look at the photos below!
(By the way, this “dualism” aspect on Lance and Brad is this blogger’s own opinion and research, it can be coincidental only- so, no one has the right to contest it, ok?— sssip*)
Ms.Sssip (this blogger) also managed to find an old Levi’s ad in the archives of Preview Magazine. The Ad features young models John, Amir and Reggie before they became actors and were re-named. They are known now as Jake Roxas, Carlos Agassi and Lance Raymundo by the Philippine Showbiz world. Photo below:
at the end of the road, in my living existence (I HAVE OTHER “EXISTENCES” IN DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS OF LIFE & DEATH), it’s always my father (RINO FERNAN SILVERIO) who will always save me, understand me, help me…. sa kanya ako nanggaling, kaya ako naging tao ay dahil sa kanya. at kaya gaano man kalayo o kalalim ang mga napuntahan ko at nasisid… o mga natuklas na imposibleng bagay… ang aking AMA pa rin pala ang makakatulong sa akin sa bandang huli…. salamat, tatay kong dakila. buti at nandyan ka pa. paano na ako kung wala ka? ang bait ng Diyos dahil binigyan Niya ako ng isang TUNAY NA AMA.
an angel taught me how… he brought me back to my father. “you’re dad will always be there for you, while your friends may not”, my angel told me. and it was the moment of truth for me… because i was never a good son to my father. i hope it’s not yet too late.
THANK YOU, DAD. THANK YOU, ANGEL.
thank u, angel… for bringing me back to my dad.
Written by Mr. Bhenj Agustin (of mb.com.ph blogsite)
He earned praise for his debut film Otso which might even make it to several international film festivals this year yet actor, writer and director Vince Tañada says that after his next one, Esoterica Manila, he’ll never be seen again on the big screen.
“This will be my last,” he said of Esoterica Manila. “If ever that I will do another film (after that), I will just write or direct it, but not play any role.”
What drives a man who seems to be onto bigger success in an endeavor to just backtrack like that? Well, Vince said it’s ‘about following one’s clean desire from heart’.
“When you do things, dapat masaya ka duon sa ginagawa mo. Sampung taon na ako as theatre director and writer and…hindi naman mahirap mag-adjust sa filmmaking – wala nga halos challenge – but for me, acting is a process,’ he said.
Vince differentiated between acting in theatre and in film. He said that when acting in theatre “every scene is a moment of discovery” in that there’s suspension of belief because things happen in real time.
“Although memorize ko yung script, parang dun ko lang nararamdaman lahat kasi yung nangyayari sa play is in chronological order,” he explained.
In the movies, at least from an actor’s point of view, the order when scenes are shot depends on availability.
“Pag available yung actor ngayon, ‘O, yan na muna (na scene niya ang i-shoot).’ Ni hindi mo nga alam ang istorya eh. Ang sasabihin lang sa yo, yung eksena na yun at ano dapat nararamdaman mo at that moment. Pero yung kabuuan ng pelikula, hindi mo alam kung ano yung nangyayari.”
He acknowledged that some people criticized his acting in Otso, finding it inappropriate and very theatrical (almost bordering on histrionics, or OA, as in ‘over-acting’, he said). But, Vince said it was what the story required from him – and not all knew, let alone understood that.
“It was actually Elwood (Perez, Otso director) acting, using me as a medium. As a theatre director, I know how to taper ‘stage-y’ acting. But he said no, you have to act oratorical, you have to be unrealistic because the movie is not logical, it isn’t realistic in anyway, so why would you act like a real person?”
Both Elwood and Vince knew some won’t get it but they are not about to explain anything. The actor actually thinks that the questions the movie left on people’s minds is one of its strengths.
“That is the beauty of it, creating debate among people. Some people liked it, others thought it was trash…ganun naman ang kagandahan ng pelikula eh. Kasi pag sinabi mong maganda siya, tapos na yun.
“Pero pag sinabi mong ‘Bakit ito ganun? Bakit ‘Otso’? Bakit hindi ko ma-gets ito, hindi ko maintindihan…’ kumbaga may baon ka pag-uwi mo, meaning it created a mark,positive or negative man ‘yan.”
Somewhere down the line, Vince hopes people would recognize the film as “filmesque”; that is, a combination of fantasy and reality. He likes to believe that what they’ve created is an “art film” , and that he hopes it would start a new “trend”.
Or maybe not.
“Sabi nga po, para maintindihan mo ang film na ito, kailangang magkaroon ka ng IQ level na 130. Hindi ko naman po bine-belittle yung iba. Ang gusto ko pong sabihin, nabubuhay kasi tayo na ang inaakala nating maganda eh yung kung paano isinasagawa yung mga teleserye dito sa bansa natin…”
And yes, he said that, too.
That’s Mr. Vince Tanada for you.
(words written by: benj agustin)
Super na “na-touched” ang isang blogger nang makita niya a few days ago ang isang larawan ni Maria Isabel Lopez sa Facebook, na kung saan ay nagdo-donate siya ng sarili niyang dugo para sa recovery ng kaibigan niyang Hollywood actor-photographer na si Don Gordon Bell. This is a very HUMANE act coming from a true friend. At nagkataong magkapareho pala ng blood type sina Maribel at Don Gordon (which is a “B+” blood type), at indeed, nakapagbigay nga si Maribel ng matinding effort to help a true friend. Tunay ngang napatunayan pa muli ni Maribel ang kanyang pagiging sincere sa kanyang mga kaibigang tinuturing. At mismong si Don Gordon Bell ay nagsabi ring: “Maria Isabel Lopez is the best person I’ve known in Philippine showbiz!”…
Para sa isang dayuhan na napamahal na sa Pilipinas na sabihin ang mga katagang ‘yun sa isang blogger, oo, tunay ka, napaka-totoong tao nga ni Miss Maribel Lopez.
Samantala, ugong-ugong sa sulok-sulok ng showbiz na “agaw-eksena” raw si Maribel sa mga matitindi niyang scenes sa bago niyang teleseryeng The Legal Wife, na kung saan ay gaganap siya bilang ina ni Jericho Rosales. Hindi raw nagpatalbog si Maribel sa isa pang seasoned actress na ka-level niya- si Miss Rio Locsin- in terms of acting, glamour and professionalism sa set. Kaya naman tuwang-tuwa ang mga taga-channel 2 kay Mama Maribel.
“Okey naman sa akin na gumanap nang isang ina”, sey pa ni Maribel sa isang blogger. “I have a daughter- si Mara- na hindi naman nalalayo ng husto sa edad ni Jericho. And at the same time, feel ko ang role ko sa teleserye- palaban!”
Mapapanood na ang nasabing teleseryeng The Legal Wife starting January 27, bilang pamalit sa Maria Mercedes na teleserye rin ng Dos.
Samantala, on February 12, 2014, maghe-headline naman si Maribel, together with her fellow beauty queens sa isang napaka-sosyal na painting exhibit for a cause. Ito ang “Arts & Beauty 3” ng NCCA (National Comission for Culture & The Arts). Ito na bale ang third year ni Maribel na nag-spearhead sa artsy but charitable event na ito.
“Maski beauty queens kami, we have time to show our artistic sides din naman”, pagtatapos na wika ni Mama Maribel. “At ang event na ito, ang makikinabang naman ay ang mga charitable organizations at mga estudyante. Gusto naming i-spread sa mga kabataan ang kahalagaan ng pag-appreciate sa sining.”
Korek na korek ka diyan, Maribel.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
The 4th International Rondalla: Plucked String Music Festival begins with Kuwerdas ng Pagkakaisa: Philippine Rondalla Festival from February 12 to 16, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) through the Musicological Society of the Philippines (MSP) and the UP Center for Ethnomusicology, Kuwerdas Festival will highlight the genius of the Filipino in the plucked string tradition through performances at the CCP Little Theater, an exhibit on the History and the Development of the Philippine Rondalla, a Forum on Rondalla Instruments Development, and a Parangal, a tribute to the composers, conductors and dedicated rondalla teachers who have contributed greatly to the development of rondalla music in the country and abroad.
Kuwerdas, which launches the 4th International Rondalla/Plucked String Music Festival will be mounted in other countries where the plucked string tradition is practiced. Kwerdas also celebrates the 10-year effort of the NCCA and MSP in promoting, sustaining and enhancing the rondalla that forms part of a shared plucked string tradition with countries such as Spain, Arabia, Russia, Mexico, Australia, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Myanmar, India, Japan and Iran, among others.
Dr. Ramon Santos, well-renowned composer and Festival Director of Kuwerdas, regards the rondalla as an emblem of Filipino cultural identity, which has principally contributed to the social and artistic life of the entire nation. Santos claims that today the Filipino Rondalla is continuously developing in the United States, Europe, Australia, and in some Asian countries.
Performing a formidable repertoire that will provide Filipino audiences an exceptional rondalla musical experience are seven (7) of the best rondalla ensembles in the country today that have passed the rigorous audition recently held in Manila, Davao City, Silay City and Dipolog. Concert repertoire includes classic and avant-garde compositions by Filipino composers, baroque pieces by Vivaldi, Bach, Corelli and Handel; overtures by Filipino and foreign composers.
The Filipino groups featured are the Celso Espejo Rondalla, a family rondalla from Las Pinas City that has consistently won grand prizes in prestigious rondalla competitions; Dipolog Community Rondalla, a group that has won in the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA), national level category in 2010; Harmonya: The String Ensemble of the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna, which dedicates its existence to the pursuit of excellence in both classical or contemporary works; Kabataang Silay Rondalla Ensemble that has earned the title of “Young Cultural Ambassadors of Negros Occidental”; Lucban Pahiyas Community Rondalla, National Champion Rondalla A and Solo Competitions, NAMCYA 2012; Maco Heights Central School Rondalla of Davao del Norte, 3rd place winner, NAMCYA Rondalla category A 2011 and 2013; University of the Philippines Rondalla, a group that has represented the country in major music festivals and that promotes, preserves and explores the versatility of the rondalla.
Joining the best Philippine rondalla groups are the plucked string artists Fu-Shing Junior High School and NTNU Chinese Plucked Instruments Ensemble of Taiwan as well as plucked string ensembles from Vietnam and Indonesia.
Performances are set at 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. from February 13 to 15, and 4 p.m. on February 16.
For tickets, call the CCP Box Office at 8323704 or 8321125 local 1409/1406. The Rondalla Exhibit at the second level of the CCP Main Lobby is open to the public and runs from February 16 to 28; Forum on Rondalla Instrument Development on February 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is also free to interested parties. Please call 9260028 to pre-register. For details on the festival visit www.stringsofunity.com or like us on facebook: rondalla.festival. ###