“ibong adarna”: a tale of the forgiving heart (a review on gantimpala theater foundation’s latest theater offering)

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Once upon a time, in a kingdom of beauty and wealth, there existed a young man named Don Juan. He was the youngest son of a King and a Queen. He had two elder brothers.
But Don Juan was different, in a way that he was exceedingly good and brave. And his heart was loving.
Despite the many trials, condemnations, unjust treatment of his brothers and great tests, Don Juan proved to all that goodness would still prevail in the end.
This latest and updated version of a theater masterpiece from Gantimpala Theater Foundation spoke of grandeur, authenticity and artful skills.
The production design of this magnificent play was something no one had ever seen before. It was so beautiful. It could transcend you to look further in a magical land, as the set design transformed itself into many different colors, textures and innovations.
Thanks to Mr. Roobak Valle, who also happened to be the director of this play, for the truly wonderful set design. Especially the design on the center stage, wherein you could view entirely through shadows, light effects and silhouette forms and figures the artistry of its moving artists on stage.
The Muslim-inspired set and version of this play was truly functional. It gave the classic tale a refurnished and unique touch.
BJ Forbes as Don Juan was so pleasant and convincing with his performance. He gave a light attack on his character, but certainly efficient.
The dancer who characterized Ibong Adarna also gave a very strong impression. He danced like a mystical bird, indeed. And his costume was simply fantastic, varying in colors and elegance.
The supporting and whole ensemble cast of this classic play (which was based on the classic epic novel in the 18th century, in which, until now, the author was never known) that had existed for seventeen years, was commendable. They all performed well.
But it was the direction of Mr. Roobak Valle that somehow made this play unforgettable. He executed the scenes with perfect blocking, good timings/rhythms and, with a mellow touch. Something so relaxing and delightful to the eyes.
Without too much passion and intensity, but only with perfect simplicity, the play rightfully succeeded in delivering a message.
That a tale of the forgiving heart could endure a lifetime.
In the hearts and minds of the young.

(written by robert manuguid silverio)

IBONG ADARNA’S SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER:

Star Theater, Star City, Pasay
October 3 and 4

Cinema 3, SM Southmall
October 10 and 11

(For ticket and booking inquiries, please call Gantimpala Theater Marketing at Tel. Nos. 998-5622 / 872-0261)

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a benefit cause for tia pusit

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FROM SSSIP 😦
TIA PUSIT, ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED VETERAN FEMALE COMEDIANS HAS BEEN SICK FOR MANY WEEKS NOW. SHE WAS OPERATED ON HER HEART DISEASE, BUT THERE WAS COMPLICATIONS. SHE HAS BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL FOR SOME TIME ALREADY. AFTER HER HEART OPERATION, COMPLICATIONS AROSE BECAUSE OF HER DIABETES ILLNESS AND HER KIDNEY WAS ALSO FAILING.

LET’S ALL HELP TIA PUSIT. LET’S DO OUR OWN LITTLE SHARE OF SAVING HER LIFE.

TIA PUSIT IS A VERY CLOSE FRIEND OF MR. MARTIN MARTIN, THE “GODFATHER” OF D’ELITES MODEL MANAGEMENT. AND THE ELITES MODELS ALL LOVE HER.

OASIS OF LOVE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY (THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SHOWBIZ PEOPLE IN THE PHILIPPINES) IS NOW DOING ITS BEST EFFORTS TO SAVE TIA PUSIT. THE POSTER OF THE BENEFIT CONCERT ABOVE IS A PROOF OF THEIR TASK.

TIA PUSIT, FIGHT ON!

TIA PUSIT WITH ELITES MODEL KANE ROGAL
TIA PUSIT WITH ELITES MODEL KANE ROGAL

TIA PUSIT WITH ELITES MODEL PAUL AQUINO
TIA PUSIT WITH ELITES MODEL PAUL AQUINO

TIA PUSIT (CENTER) WITH MR. MARTIN MARTIN (2ND FROM LEFT) AND OTHER FRIENDS
TIA PUSIT (CENTER) WITH MR. MARTIN MARTIN (2ND FROM LEFT) AND OTHER FRIENDS

TIA PUSIT AND PAUL
TIA PUSIT AND PAUL
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“WAKE ME UP, WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS”

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“CAMOUFLAGE”

UPLOADED ON YOUTUBE.COM BY: ojda7 (many thanks for you, ojda7 for the vid above– sssip*)

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“heath”

WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS…

WHEN THE WAR WE FOUGHT HAS WON

WHEN OUR ARMY WITHSTOOD THE AGONY…

AND OUR WEARINESS, FINALLY, CAME TO PASS.

 

WAKE ME UP, WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS.

AS PEOPLE CLIMBED THE MOUNTAINS,

WE GUIDED THEM.

AS FILIPINOS MERGED WITH THE FLOODS,

WE SUBMERGED THE WATERS…

AND AS LOVE CEASED TO DIE,

WE LIFTED-UP THE FEELING UP AGAIN.

 

YES, NOW THAT SEPTEMBER HAS ENDED.

WE GOT AWAKEN-

AGAIN…

AND,

 

FOREVERMORE.

 

(as the words were written, on september 30, 2014- by robert manuguid silverio- on his “book of love”)

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lance raymundo on the go!

A physical wellness shoot with director Keith Sicat… attending speaking engagements with various religious sectors like the RVM nuns sector… playing with “Puffy”, his guard dog at his beach house shoot… bonding with his co-actors and new friends during the shoot of “Sigaw Ng Hatinggabi” of director Romy V. Suzara in an out-of-town location… and last but not the least, enjoying quality time with high school students of La Salle Greenhills (and at the same time, inspiring them) in the project “Operation: Big Brother”… and again, or simply walking by on the green hilltops of an out-of-town shoot with two young kids… whew!

That’s Lance Raymundo on the go!

Just enjoy the pictures below, taken without any authorizations at all at Lance Raymundo’s Facebook Page. Haha.

This man of great subtlety of strength and faith… this actor of goodness and wholesome appeal,,, and this artist of magnificent beauty and awe is continuing his own LEGACY, in his new chapter of life’s blessings and charity.

Months after his tragic facial accident, Lance continues to move-on, inspire, share, motivate and perform.

A MAN OF GREAT WONDER,

THAT IS,

MR. LANCE RAYMUNDO!

 

(as the words were written, in robert manuguid silverio’s “book of love”, september 30, 2014)

PHOTOS COURTESY OF: MR. LANCE RAYMUNDO

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Filipino trumpetist in PPO’s October concert

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“Filipino trumpetist in PPO’s October concert”

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra goes onstage on October 17, Friday, 8pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater), to be conducted by Herminigildo Ranera with trumpet player Rommel Reyes as guest soloist.

Program includes Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Telemann’s Trumpet Concerto and Borodin’s Symphony No. 2.

Rommel Reyes took his first trumpet lesson in his local town band, the Band 4 of Malabon. He enrolled afterwards in the UST Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Professor Roger Llado. After winning a scholarship from the Loyola Foundation, he earned his Master of Music degree from the Elizabeth University of Music, Hiroshima, Japan. He took further studies in the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Belgium where he finished his Specialisatie Diploma and Teaching Diploma. At the same time, he took lessons with Professor Klaus Schuhwerk in Frankfurt, Germany. A NAMCYA prize winner, he also joined competitions abroad such as the Raimo Sarmas Trumpet competition in Lieksa, Finland and the International Jean Dartier trumpet competition in Brussels, Belgium where he was a laureate. He was a member of the Brass Band Willebroek, cultural ambassadors of Flanders, when they won the Second Prize in the National Brass Band Competition, Highest Level.  Rommel Reyes was a member of the World Youth Orchestra, the Asian Youth Orchestra and the Flemish Youth Orchestra during its concert tour in St. Petersburg. He also performed with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra and the I Fiamminghi.

Ticket prices are P1,500 / P1,200 /P800 / P500 / P300, 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. 1804), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National Bookstore (891-9999).

UST CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC IN TWO EVENTS AT CCP

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“UST CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC IN TWO EVENTS AT CCP”

 

The UST Conservatory of Music celebrates the 30th year of its much acclaimed “Sampung Mga Daliri atbp” at the CCP Main Theater on Saturday October 4 at 7 pm. An annual showcase of the Conservatory talents highlighting various repertoire played on ten grand pianos by selected alumni, faculty, and students, the event also boasts of its outstanding ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra/Symphony Band, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Voice faculty, Coro Tomasino, and Liturgikon Ensemble that will be performing alongside the piano groups. Featured pieces are Invitation to the Dance (Weber), Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin), Brasileira (Milhaud), Ang Maya (Estella), Inday (Buencamino), Take the A Train (arr. By Emi Muniji), Movie Themes (arr. By Naldy Rodriguez), and culminates with the Cuenco Medley (arr. By Fr. Manuel Maramba, OSB), honoring the late National Artist and UST Faculty Ernani Cuenco who conceptualized “Sampung Daliri” in 1984. Conductors include Herminigildo Ranera, Daniel Bartolome, Alberto Mesa, and Ronan Ferrer.

On Sunday, October 5, the UST Symphony Orchestra, a resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, presents a unique symphonic concert entitled “Prism Rhapsody” at the CCP Main Theater at 6 pm with Daniel Bartolome as conductor. Featured soloist is prize-winning Japanese marimbist Yukiko Ishihara who will be performing the Prism Rhapsody of renowned marimbist composer Keiko Abe. Other numbers in the programme include Overture from “La Gazza Ladra” by Rossini, Suite from “Star Wars” and “Battle of the Heroes” by John Williams, featuring special visual and sound effects.

Tickets to both events are available at the UST Music Office (731-4022), CCP Box Office (832-1125), and at the CCP lobby before curtain time.

NECRO RITES FOR LATE NATIONAL ARTIST FRANCISCO FELICIANO AT CCP

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“NECRO RITES FOR LATE NATIONAL ARTIST FRANCISCO FELICIANO AT CCP”

THE late National Artist for Music Francisco Feliciano was given a tribute by family and friends in a necrological ceremony held on September 25, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater), followed by an interment held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Feliciano died on September 19 at the age of 73.

Among those who attended the necrological ceremony were National Artists Bienvenido Lumbera, Abdulmari Asia Imao and Benedicto Cabrera, National Commission for Culture and the Arts Officer in Charge-Executive Director Adelina Suemith, and CCP president Raul Sunico.

Feliciano’s daughter Julette-Marie Feliciano-Batara spoke in behalf of the family.

Proclaimed National Artist for Music in 2014, Francisco Feliciano was known for propagating “Asianness” in his works. He combined Filipino culture, the Western and Asian musical idiom in his operas, ballets, orchestral works and hymns. Many of his choral compositions were performed by the best choirs in the country, such as the world renowned Philippines Madrigal Singers, UST Singers and the Novo Concertante Manila, and won for them numerous awards in international choral competitions. As a performer, Feliciano also brought the Philippines at par with the rest of the European and American worlds. He was invited to conduct the major orchestras of Europe and America, most especially in Asia, a strong indication that his conducting abilities were highly respected by his western counterparts. Feliciano’s philosophy in music was multiplied through his lifelong mission of propagating a new language for religious music, more realistically fulfilled by his numerous students at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, which he founded in 1981. (Photos by Kiko Cabuena and Orly Daquipil)