jomar tanada-bautista: into the “groove”

jomar bautista-tanada's "three inspirations, three ladies"
jomar bautista-tanada’s “three inspirations, three ladies” (partner allence, baby claire and mom ana.)
jomar: deep into the "groove"
jomar: deep into the “groove”

Jomar Tanada-Bautista, nephew of Master Vince Tanada and one of the most prominent and active members of Philippine Stagers Foundation is into the “groove”. And what’s the groove thing all about?

DIET.

Yes, upon the advice of his uncle Vince, Jomar is now deep into extreme sports kind of thing. He is very much determined to lose weight, keep fit and look more great. He thought of shedding-off those unwanted pounds in a different kind of way- and that is, indulging himself into sports activities that could really keep him fit.

“My uncle Vince reprimanded me already. he said to me: Jomar, if you don’t loose weight, I’ll be mad! So there, that’s when I decided na talaga to loose weight. I go to the gym now regularly like I am going to a classroom. But aside from that, I went to extreme sports. I go biking for hours with my fellow Stager Kenneth and I do a lot of boxing at the gym. Aside from that, I also do Muay Thai martial arts now. Muay Thai is the kind of martial arts that is a mixture of boxing and kickboxing. Those sports are kinda hard but I am determined to loose weight.

“You see, I am an actor, a theater actor at that”, Jomar added. “I have to look good always. I have to take care of my physical aspect, most especially my weight. I am being scrutinized there onstage whenever I perform, so it’s my duty to keep myself fit at all times.”

Jomar is also following a very strict diet nowadays. He calls it the ‘GM Diet’.

“My diet is like a strict diet program”, Jomar said. “It’s composed of fruits, vegetables, fish and a little brown rice”, Jomar said again. “There’s also a little beef on it. But it’s really measured so well that I have to follow every measurement in great detail while eating. It’s kinda’ hard for me because I love food. But again, I say, I am very much determined to loose weight that’s why I have no choice.”

Jomar felt so lucky to have a very good role in the recently-concluded theater master piece of Philippine Stagers Foundation’s Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela.

jomar sa gen. bonson in "bonifacio: isang sarsuwela"
jomar sa gen. bonson in “bonifacio: isang sarsuwela”

“I was the one who really killed the character of Andres Bonifacio, portrayed by my uncle Vince right there onstage”, Jomar added saying again. “I got a lot of good feedback from friends and critics on how meaty my role was. I luckily had that great role because it was given to me by my uncle who directed the play. And I gave my best, I gave so much justice into it. I was already a different person whenever I was there onstage. I fully motivated myself deep into the role.”

Jomar, one blogger noticed, is one of the most promising Stagers of PSF (Philippine Stagers Foundation). You could feel outright his dedication, and he could portray a variety of roles, in different characters- and proved to be good. A blogger was so awed when he once performed as an old lady transvestite who holds the keys to heaven in one of those classic plays held every summer at PSF’s Summer Theater festival.

“Ha! Ha! Ha! I never knew you saw that play wherein I had to wear a lady dress and acted as an old woman!”, Jomar blushed in reaction. “I guess, it’s one of my most challenging roles. I have portrayed many different characters so far. And that’s the reward of my being a theater actor. But I don’t just rest on my laurels. My uncle told me to be always into something more different, something more greater.”

jomar: intellegent, deep.
jomar: intellegent, deep.
a variety of roles onstage... for jomar.
a variety of roles onstage… for jomar.

And Jomar is really one brilliant guy, one blogger could attest. His breeding, good manners and politeness could melt your heart.

“Thanks for that”, Jomar said at the end. “And I get my inspiration now from my baby girl named Claire. We named her Claire because me and my partner Allence are devotees of St. Claire. She’s growing-up fast and we’re so thrilled to be with her. I have many blessings to thank for- my mom, my dad, my kid brother, my uncle, my grandparents. And I guess, I just have to be more dedicated as an artist to give back to God what He has given me.”

Very well said, Jomar.

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

 

sisimulan na ni master vince tanada ang rehearsals ng “filipinas 1941” sa huling linggo ng hunyo!

 

Jeffrey Ambrosio, Vince Tanada, Jerie Sanchez, JV Cruz, Patrick Adrian Libao, John Ivan San Antonio and Chin Ortega at Epic Beach Front Club Boracay.
Jeffrey Ambrosio, Vince Tanada, Jerie Sanchez, JV Cruz, Patrick Adrian Libao, John Ivan San Antonio and Chin Ortega at Epic Beach Front Club Boracay.
vince tanada: nakakasilawwww.....
vince tanada: nakakasilawwww…..

Pagkatapos ng sobrang hectic na schedules ni Master Vince Tanada nitong mga nagdaang linggo, nagpasya siya at ilang mga kasama sa Philippine Stagers Foundation na magbakasyon at magpahinga pasumandali sa Boracay Island. Sakay ng Taylor Swift private plane, tunay namang papunta pa lang sa Aklan province ay napakasaya na nilang lahat sa loob ng eroplano.

Sey n’yo naman sa mga litratong kuha ni Master Vince sa isla ng Boracay, napaka-seksi pa rin niya at name-maintain niya at naalagaan ng husto ang kanyang slim figure, na naaayon talaga sa mga performing artists na tulad niya. Siya rin kasi ang modelo at ehemplo para sa mga Stagers ng PSF, kaya naman disiplinado siya sa kanyang sarili, pati na sa kanyang pisikal na kaanyuhan.

“Some performing artists kasi, they simply focus on their talents alone, dapat tignan din nila ang ibang aspeto- tulad ng pisikal na kaanyuhan”, nasabi pa ni Master Vince via a cellular phone call from Boracay. “Narito ako sa Boracay to recharge myself physically, mentally and spiritually. Dapat ay prepared na ako sa nalalapit naming rehearsals sa next theater season naming Filipinas 1941. Patapos na ako sa kabuuan ng play, at inaayos na rin ni Pipo Zifra ang mga musikang gagamitin namin. Kaya pagbalik namin mula dito sa Bora, lagare na muli sa trabaho, Robert!”

Pero paano ba name-maintain ni Master Vince ang slim and proper physical looks niya?

“Alam mo naman, Robert, dati akong mataba”, sagot ni Master Vince. “Ayoko nang bumalik sa pagiging mataba. Kaya ipinapakita ko sa mga Stagers ko na ako dapat ang modelo nila, para alagaan na rin nila ang sarili nila. Sa mga performing artists na tulad ko, tinitignan kami maige ng mga tao, ng mga fans, ng audience. Binubusisi kami ng husto. Kaya kapag tumaba ka lang ng konti, may maririnig ka na. Saka sa entablado, lumalaki ka, eh. Lalo na kapag nailawan ka na. Kaya I go to the gym regularly at panay ang langoy ko ngayon dito sa Boracay. Nagme-meditate din ako dito and I did some solitude which is so beneficial to artists like me.”

Gaano kaganda ang dulang sinusulat mo ngayon- ang Filipinas 1941?

“Naku, Robert, alam ko namang sobrang taas ngayon ng expectations ng mga taga-tangkilik ko sa PSF at sa entablado kaya talagang gusto kong ma-cope-up ang expectations nila”, sagot ni Master Vince ulit via CP call. “Gusto ko silang sorpresahin muli. Ang masasabi ko lang, magandang-maganda ang Filipinas 1941. Tulad ng Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela, marami ring violence and killings and blood all over the stage. Pero kailangan kasi, eh. Ang play na ito ay ukol sa war, at kung paano namatay ang mga sundalo sa Bataan Death March. Nakakatusok sa puso. Salamat, Robert, at alam kong isa ka talaga sa nag-aabang muli sa dulang ito. Hayaan mo, iimbitahin kita sa rehearsals namin sa pagtatapos ng Hunyo.”

vince: "take two"
vince: “take two”

vince4

going aboard the "taylor swift" plane
going aboard the “taylor swift” plane

Marami na ngang mga marketing people ang nagpi-prisinta na muli kay Master Vince na i-market ang dula nila sa iba’t-ibang paaralan. Kaya medyo nape-pressure na rin si Vince at ang mga Stagers. Kailangan na nilang mag-rehearse na tala sa nabanggit na dula.

“Hindi ko lang alam kung mahihigitan pa nito ang dulang Bonifacio ko”, pagtatapos na wika ni Master Vince. “Kasi, iba talaga ang na-accomplish at narating ng Bonifacio play namin. Hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa ako makapaniwala. Pero sa tulong ng Diyos, alam kong hindi magpe-fail ang expectations nila sa susunod naming dula. We will give them the best!”

And that’s so true, Master Vince. Keep it up!

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

PHOTOS BY: MR. JV CRUZ (Stager)

 

 

prescy valenzuela-yulo: patroness of the arts

mrs. prescy yulo: a true patroness of the arts
mrs. prescy yulo: a true patroness of the arts

People who loves beauty are very well also into the arts. And most of them becomes the patrons of the ARTS. They are selective, fragile, careful and delicate. They must be valued, because they are very special people. They do not only contribute a great deal for the existence of the arts, but also mobilize other people to do the same and beautify the world and its existence.

prescy and maria isabel: beauty and arts personified
prescy and maria isabel: beauty and arts personified

One woman does the same, too. Her name is- Mrs. Prescy Valenzuela-Yulo. She could be a businesswoman by profession, but her dedication to preserve and enhance beauty and her support to the field of arts is impeccable. Just recently, she bought one great painting by actress Maria Isabel Lopez entitled Textures and Shapes VII-a mixed media mosaic of natural stones, glass and smalti. The said painting was last exhibited at the Beauty & Arts 3 event of Maria Isabel Lopez. A noted art collector herself, Mrs. Yulo also never failed to support the Film Artist Group, a group of painter-artists-actors that promotes Arts & Culture in the Philippines.

That’s why Maria Isabel’s so thankful to Mrs. Yulo. She’s always there to lend a hand to support the Arts, although she’s known more as a beauty expert.

“Beauty and Arts are very much connected”, Mrs. Yulo once said to a blogger. “They simply co-exist. When we admire beauty, we also admire the Arts.”

How does it feel to be called a Patroness of the Arts?

“I feel flattered”, Mrs. Yulo answered. “But I simply want to give something because that’s what makes me happy.”

prescy with husband ronald: currently in Japan for business matters
prescy with husband ronald: currently in Japan for business matters
prescy and ronald: on tour in japan
prescy and ronald: on tour in japan

Mrs. Yulo’s beauty clinic- Skin Rejuve- now has six branches all over Metro Manila. And they will soon open new branches in Mindanao and the Visayas. It’s becoming the talk-of-the-town nowadays because of its efficiency in beauty services, without any surgical procedures.

“It was the year 2011 when me and my husband decided to put up with an Aesthetic beauty clinic”, Mrs. Yulo recalled. “It all started with one clinic which was located in Kamias Road. Now, in a matter of three years, we grew-up. We upgraded and added-up. We now have six branches and opening more branches soon.”

People who became patrons of the arts are in for greater things in life. Because they contribute so much to make life more meaningful and profound, and exciting, too. Life could be beautiful amidst REALITY. If we only know how to deeply value ARTS & BEAUTY.

Just like Mrs. Prescy Valenzuela-Yulo.

 

(words written by robert manuguid silverio)