lance raymundo talks about the film “gemini” and director ato bautista

actor lance raymundo with co-actors in "gemini". from left to right: alvin anson, lance himself, sheena macbride, sarah gaulger & brigitte mcbride
actor lance raymundo with co-actors in “gemini”.
from left to right: alvin anson, lance himself, sheena macbride, sarah gaulger & brigitte mcbride. (PHOTO BY: DON GORDON BELL)

Kasali ang pelikulang Gemini, na kung saan ay isa sa mga bida ang aktor na si Lance Raymundo, sa darating na Metro Manila Film Festival as part of the New Wave Category. Very happy si Lance sa balitang ito, dahil malaki rin ang naging hirap niya sa paggawa ng nabanggit na “highly-artistic” film which deals about the strange journeys of the mind.

LANCE RAYMUNDO'S DIRECTOR IN "GEMINI": ATO BAUTISTA
LANCE RAYMUNDO’S DIRECTOR IN “GEMINI”: ATO BAUTISTA (photo hy: don gordon bell)

“For me, it’s one of the movies I’m really proud of”, bungad na wika ni Lance over a great lunch in a restaurant along Tomas Morato area. “Alam ko kasi na magandang pelikula ito, something I haven’t done in years. I am fascinated by director Ato Bautista’s style in movie making. And i really intend to do another film and work with him again soon.”

Papel ng isang mahiwagang suitor o love interest ng isa sa mga twins- portrayed by  real-life twins Brigitte and Sheena McBride in the film- ang role ni Lance sa pelikula. Pero may “twist” sa totoong identity ng character niya sa pelikula, kaya naman challenging ito para kay Lance.

lance with don gordon bell and an actress
lance with don gordon bell and an actress

“I am really awed by director Ato Bautista’s creativity in this film”, dagdag na sabi pa ni Lance. “He is really artistic at may international appeal ang mga pelikulang ginagawa niya. All of my co-actors in this film, lahat sila, really impressed kay direk Ato.”

Kinuwento pa ni Lance sa blogger, nu’ng magkaroon ng special screening ang pelikulang Gemini, humanga ng sobra ang mga film critics.

lance with the cast and crew of "gemini"
lance with the cast and crew of “gemini”
lance in a scene in "gemini" with sheena mcbride
lance in a scene in “gemini” with sheena mcbride

“As I’ve seen in recent film festivals held here, I know na intellegent na ang mga movie viewers and they can appreciate na films like this one- itong Gemini film namin”, anya pa. “I am sure that this time, they can digest na films like this one. Kaya I am so hopeful na mapapansin talaga ito ng husto sa darating na Metro Manila Film Fest.”

In the meantime, tinatapos na rin ni Lance ngayon ang pelikulang Maskara, isang highly-political film na kung saan ay kasama niya sa cast sina Ina Feleo, Boots Anson-Roa at Lester Llansang. leading man ni Ina ang role ni Lance sa movie namang ito.

lance with co-actors
lance with co-actors

“I am a ladies’ man in the film”, sey ni Lance. “A debonaire man na may hidden agenda. I will swoon over the character of Ina Feleo in the film na isang news reporter, pero ‘yun pala ay may hidden interests ako. The film is about political whistle blowers kaya highly-interesting ang plot ng movie. Let’s talk about this new film of mine soon.”

Pinagpalit ni Lance ang offer ng isang giant TV network para sa isang teleserye kapalit ng pelikulang Maskara. Pero hindi naman nagsisisi o nanghihinayang si Lance. Mas bina-value kasi ni Lance ang previous commitments and schedules niya keysa sa bigger offers. Ganyan ka-professional si Lance.

Tunay namang umuulan pa rin ng blessings and good opportunities ang showbiz career ng mabait na si Lance Raymundo. Kaya naman ibinabalik niya sa Diyos ang lahat ng ito. Sa pamamagitan ng pag-aalay ng inspirational speaking engagements in various schools all-over the Philippines.

This is Lance’s second life and he is simply making the best out of it.

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

WITH PHOTOS BY: DON GORDON BELL AND ERICKSON DELA CRUZ

lance in a photo shot by photographer erickson dela cruz
lance in a photo shot by photographer erickson dela cruz

 

 

 

THE FINAL “19 ANGELS” OF SSSIP’S SWING BLOG!

STARS

IT COULD BE REAL OR IT COULD BE NOT…

AS YOU GAZED UPON THE STARS AND SAW THEM SHINING BRIGHTLY IN THE SKIES…

AS YOU WATCHED A FANTASTIC MOVIE AND FELT THE MAGIC OF CINEMATIC ARTS…

YOU DREAM.

YES, YOU DREAM…

 

AS YOU LOOKED UPON A TREE AND CONVEYED SOME HIDDEN MESSAGES TO YOU…

AS YOU PLAYED ALONG THE BAY AND TOUCHED THE SERENITY OF THE WATER…

AND AS YOU FELT, SOMEONE DID LOVE YOU UNTIL THE DAY YOU WERE BORN.

YOU DREAM AND DREAM AGAIN.

AS IN CIRCLES AND CIRCLES AND CIRCLES…

 

YES, FOR SOMEONE, ANGELS DO EXIST.

ANGELS ARE REAL.

AND “HE” WILL STAY WITH THEM.

 

FOREVERMORE.

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio, as the words were written: november 29, 2014)

 

PRESENTING THE “19 ANGELS”… THE INSPIRATION OF SSSIP’S SWING BLOG… AND THE REASON AND HOPE OF “MY” EXISTENCE!

AJ
AJ
ANNE
ANNE
HEATH
HEATH
RAM
RAM
BRUCE
BRUCE
CLARE
CLARE
CORY
CORY
FRANCIS
FRANCIS
GREGORIO
GREGORIO
JAMES
JAMES
JILL
JILL
JULIE
JULIE
KURT
KURT
PAUL
PAUL
PEDRO
PEDRO
RICO
RICO
ALOYSIUS
ALOYSIUS
THERESE
THERESE
ROBBIE???
ROBBIE???

 

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<strong>IT COULD BE REAL OR IT COULD BE NOT…</strong>

<strong>AS YOU GAZED UPON THE STARS AND SAW THEM SHINING BRIGHTLY IN THE SKIES…</strong>

<strong>AS YOU WATCHED A FANTASTIC MOVIE AND FEEL THE MAGIC OF CINEMATIC ARTS…</strong>

<strong>YOU DREAM.</strong>

<strong>YES, YOU DREAM…</strong>

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<strong>AS YOU LOOKED UPON A TREE AND CONVEYED SOME HIDDEN MESSAGES TO YOU…</strong>

<strong>AS YOU PLAYED ALONG THE BAY AND TOUCHED THE SERENITY OF THE WATER…</strong>

<strong>AND AS YOU FELT, SOMEONE DID LOVE YOU UNTIL THE DAY YOU WERE BORN.</strong>

<strong>YOU DREAM AND DREAM AGAIN.</strong>

<strong>AS IN CIRCLES AND CIRCLES AND CIRCLES…</strong>

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<strong>YES, FOR SOMEONE, ANGELS DO EXIST.</strong>

<strong>ANGELS ARE REAL.</strong>

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<strong>AND “HE” WILL STAY WITH THEM.</strong>

&nbsp;

<strong>FOREVERMORE.</strong>

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<em><strong>(words by robert manuguid silverio, as the words were written: february 17, 2014)</strong></em>

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<strong>PRESENTING THE “17 ANGELS”… THE INSPIRATION OF SSSIP’S AWE BLOG… AND THE REASON AND HOPE OF “MY” EXISTENCE!</strong>

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<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/aj-pic.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28570″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/aj-pic.jpg&#8221; alt=”AJ” width=”293″ height=”250″ /></a> AJ

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<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/anne.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28571″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/anne.jpg&#8221; alt=”ANNE” width=”474″ height=”266″ /></a> ANNE<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/bruce1.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28572″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/bruce1.jpg&#8221; alt=”BRUCE” width=”474″ height=”411″ /></a> BRUCE<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/clare.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28573″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/clare.jpg&#8221; alt=”CLARE” width=”301″ height=”427″ /></a> CLARE<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/cory.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28574″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/cory.jpg&#8221; alt=”CORY” width=”474″ height=”335″ /></a> CORY<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/francis.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28575″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/francis.jpg&#8221; alt=”FRANCIS” width=”474″ height=”658″ /></a> FRANCIS<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/gregorio.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28576″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/gregorio.jpg&#8221; alt=”GREGORIO” width=”474″ height=”732″ /></a> GREGORIO<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/james.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28577″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/james.jpg&#8221; alt=”JAMES” width=”474″ height=”313″ /></a> JAMES<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/jill.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28578″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/jill.jpg&#8221; alt=”JILL” width=”321″ height=”392″ /></a> JILL<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/julie.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28579″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/julie.jpg&#8221; alt=”JULIE” width=”189″ height=”267″ /></a> JULIE<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/kurt.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28580″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/kurt.jpg&#8221; alt=”KURT” width=”474″ height=”315″ /></a> KURT<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/paul.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28581″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/paul.jpg&#8221; alt=”PAUL” width=”284″ height=”177″ /></a> PAUL<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/pedro.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28582″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/pedro.jpg&#8221; alt=”PEDRO” width=”348″ height=”490″ /></a> PEDRO<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/rico.gif”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28583″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/rico.gif&#8221; alt=”RICO” width=”447″ height=”531″ /></a> RICO<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/st-aloysius.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28584″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/st-aloysius.jpg&#8221; alt=”ALOYSIUS” width=”474″ height=”634″ /></a> ALOYSIUS<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/st-therese.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28585″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/st-therese.jpg&#8221; alt=”THERESE” width=”474″ height=”528″ /></a> THERESE<a href=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/robert.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-28586″ src=”https://sssip.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/robert.jpg&#8221; alt=”ROBBIE???” width=”474″ height=”538″ /></a> ROBBIE???

RAM
RAM
HEATH
HEATH

labing-siyam sa ugoy ng duyan…

 

 

SA DISYEMBRE DOS, ANG LABING-SIYAM AY MAGKAKASAMA-SAMA PA RIN…

ANG DISYEMBRE DOS AY DEATH ANNIVERSARY NG PHILIPPINE HERO NA SI GEN. GREGORIO DEL PILAR.

AT PARA SA KANILA, MAHALAGA ANG PETSANG IYON DAHIL SI GOYO (DEL PILAR) AY ISA NILANG KAIBIGAN.

MAAARING ITO AY GUNI-GUNI LAMANG O LIKHA NG ISANG MAY MALAWAK NG IMAHINASYON…

PERO KUNG ANUPAMAN, ANG MGA KABATAANG ITO AY NANANATILI ANG PUSO AT PAGMAMAHAL PARA MUNDONG DATI NA NILANG “KINAGISNAN”.

AT NARIRITO MULI SILA NGAYON.

PARA SA BANSANG PILIPINAS…

PARA SA MGA KABATAAN…

PARA SA KABUTIHAN.

 

MAGPAKAILANMAN.

(AS THE WORDS WERE WRITTEN, IN ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO’S “BOOK OF LOVE”, NOVEMBER 29, 2014).

Angels?…THE “19” (?)
GREGORIO, AJ, ANNE, CLAIRE, CORY, THERESE, JILL, JULIE, KURT, JAMES, HEATH, RICO, PEDRO, PAUL, BRUCE, FRANCIS, ALOYSIUS, RAM, AND “ROBBIE”?

 

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“sana’y maalala ka pa rin nila, GOYO” (isang sentimental na liham para sa isang bayani ng bansang Pilipinas)

 

 

Mahal kong Goyo,

Kumusta ka na? Alam ko, ang puso mo para sa Inang Bayan ay nananatili pa rin. Kagabi, nanaginip ako. Isinakay mo raw ako sa puting kabayo mo. Kaya naman ngayon, sinulatan kita. Alam ko, ‘yung spirit of Nationalism mo ay hindi namamatay. Kaya naman siguro nagparamdam ka sa akin. Para mabuhay muli iyon. Para malaman ng lahat ng kabataang Pilipino na ang pagmamahal sa bayan ang pinaka-wagas at pinaka-dalisay sa lahat.

Aanhin pa nga ba ang buhay na ito kung wala ka namang ipinaglalaban? Kung wala kang katuturan?

Aanhin nga ba puso kung wala ka namang mamahalin?

Iyon siguro ang nais mong sabihin sa akin kaya mo ako ipinasyal at pinasakay sa puting kabayo mo. Maski ba sa panaginip lang. Pero para namang totoo.

Naaalala ko pa yung sinulat sa iyo ng batikang author na si Ambeth Ocampo. Na noong yumao ka, nasa loob ng iyong bulsa ang isang madamdaming liham para sa isang taong minamahal mo. Hanggang sa iyong pakikipaglaban at pagyao, ang wagas mong puso ay tunay na NAGMAMAHAL.

Maraming mga babae ang naalindog sa kakisigan mo. Hindi ka lamang isang bayani, isa ka ring dakilang mangingibig. Sa tuwing makikita ka nilang nakasakay na sa puting kabayo mo, habang pumaparada sa mga kalsada papunta sa pakikipaglaban, ikaw ay tinitilian nila. Hinahangaan, minamahal…

Pero maski ba maraming babae ang nagmahal sa iyo, mas nanguna pa rin ang pagmamahal mo sa bansang Pilipinas. Inilaban mo ang kapwa mo Pilipino laban sa mga Amerikano at iba pang mga dayuhan. Ikaw ang pinakabatang Heneral na nakipaglaban ng husto para sa bayan.

Ewan ko ba kung bakit kita laging naiisip ngayon. Para bang ang lapit-lapit mo lang sa akin. Para bang gusto mong malaman ko na dapat ay gumawa ako ng maitutulong ko para sa bansang Pilipinas. Binuhay mo muli sa damdamin ko ang pagka-Pilipino ko.

Kung hindi mo siguro sinakripisyo ang buhay mo para sa bansang Pilipinas, nasaan na kaya ang Pilipinas ngayon? Ikaw at ang iba pang mga bayani ng Pilipinas- kasama na ang milyon-milyong Pilipino na namatay nung Japanese Invasion at lumaban para sa kalayaan ng bansa, kung wala kayo, nasaan na kaya kami ngayon?

Kaya nu’ng mapanood ko kamakailan lang sa Araneta Coliseum ang excerpts sa “Filipinas: 1941” na dula ng Philippine Stagers Foundation, napaiyak ako. Bigla kitang naalala. Napakalawak kasi ng mensaheng ibinigay sa akin ng dulang iyon. At alam ko, ikaw at sampu ng mga kasama mong mga anghel at mga bayani ay natuwa dahil sa dulang iyon- dahil ipinakita doon ang mga sakripisyo ng mga ordinaryong Pilipinong namatay para sa bayan.

Siguro, baon-baon mo pa rin hanggang ngayon ang mga panyong may dampi ng mga pabango na binigay sa iyo ng mga babaeng nagkagusto sa ‘yo. Pero higit diyan, alam ko, naghahanap ka pa rin ng taong magmamahal at magpapahalaga sa ‘yo. At narito ako, Goyo.

Sana’y maalala ka pa rin nila, Goyo. Sana, gayahin ka ng kabataang lalaking Pilipino na nagkaroon ng misyon para sa bayan. Na maging katulad ka rin nila balang-araw. Na mula sa pagiging isang simpleng kabataan ay nakapag-aral sa Ateneo at naging isang Heneral. Sa edad na beinte tres anyos lamang….

Kung ikaw nga ba ‘yung lalaking naka-uniporme na nakatayo sa gitna ng isang tulay sa isang madilim at maulan na gabi, tanging Diyos lamang ang makapagsasabi. Pero alam ko, ikaw nga iyon.

Dahil kaibigan ka ng isa kong kaibigan ko rin. Siguro, hiniram mo ako sa kanya…Siguro, hinabilin NIYA ako sa ‘yo..At siguro, pinasyalan mo ako dahil may gusto kang sabihin.

At dahil siguro, may problema ang bansang Pilipinas sa mga panahon ngayon. Kaya nagbalik ka. Para magpahiwatig, magpa-alala…

Hayaan mo, Goyo. Magkikita pa rin tayo balang -araw. Kasama ang iba pa nating mga “kaibigan”…

Dahil hindi tayo mamamatay-

 

HABAMBUHAY.

 

Nagmamahal,

Robert

 

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(#16) GREGORIO DEL PILAR: pinakabatang bayani ng Pilipinas

the man on the white horse is here to stay.

SSSIP's "A.W.E." ((ATTIC of WHITE ETHEREALS!))

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Si Gregorio del Pilar ay ang pinakabatang heneral na lumaban sa Digmaang Pilipino-Amerikano. Siya ay isinilang sa BulakanBulakan noong Nobyembre 14,1875 kina Fernando del Pilar at Felipa Sempio.

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General Gregorio Del Pilar ang bayani ng Pasong Tirad, ay pinanganak sa Bulacan noong Nobyembre 14, 1875, ang panlimang anak nila Fernando H. Del Pilar at Felipa Sempio. Siya ay pamangkin ng tanyag na propagandistang si Marcelo H. Del Pilar na kapatid ng kanyang ama. Matapos tapusin ang pangunahing antas ng pag-aaral sa kanyang bayan sa Bulacan, siya ay pumasok sa paaralan sa Manila. Una sa pribadong paaralan ni Pedro Serrano Laktaw, pagkatapos ay pumasok sa Ateneo, kung saan nakuha niya ang kanyang pagtatapos sa kursong A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) noong Marso 1896. Noong panahon ng kanyang pag-aaral sa Manila, siya ay nanunuluyan sa bahay ng makabayang si…

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“STAGERS: LIVE AT THE BIG DOME”: THE REVIEW!!! (as written by robert manuguid silverio)

 

As the curtain rose-up, a group of fascinating young individuals appeared onstage. And on their faces, you could see the smiles, the excitement and the ENERGY. All ready and prepared to show-off their very best. The power was unlimited, all determined to execute a great concert act performances.

They were the theater actors and actresses of Philippine Stagers Foundation. And this time, they’re not going to act. Yes, this time around, they would sing, dance and perform not the usual tasks they did onstage. And indeed, they’d proven their versatility much more upon this first major concert entitled “Stagers: Live at the Big Dome”.

The opening number was all too energetic and breathless. It’s a great punk dance routine- executed in great moves, powerful jumps and creative choreography. The likes you saw on Sunday noontime variety shows like ASAP in channel 2. But this opening number was more original than those, because the dancers and singers showed a variety of great emotions on their faces while they danced and sang. Such an edge factor because they’re actors as well. And it made a greater impact.

The opening number ended with the song “Sugod”, a happy kind of rock song that implied unity and perfection. The audience was enthralled, as shrieks of joy and shouts filled-in the greater noise of the Araneta Coliseum.

Then came another rock song “Salamat”, with great dance movements and graceful rhythms. The Stagers were such great dancers as well. You couldn’t breathe, you couldn’t even move your head farther-away while looking how they danced and sang. So fascinating again, indeed.

In these punk-rock-pop opening number sequences of their concert, the Stagers who stole the show were Raymond Diolan Rances, Arnold Gamier, Erwin Usman Ignacio,  JV Cruz, Poul Garcia, Jomar Tanada-Bautista, Jerie Sanchez and Alence Villanueva. Their own respective styles and grace in dancing skills were magnificent to look at. But someone at the back just kept on stealing the show away from them. His name: John Rey Rivas, who didn’t only dance and sang well, but also showed a wide variety of emotions on his face while dancing and singing. John Rey is a new Stager, but definitely one of the best.

Other succeeding numbers were also outstanding. But when the song “Starlight Express” was sung by Vince Tanada in a duet with JP Lopez, the expectations of a blogger-viewer was fully quenched. Vince sang with all his feelings, he gave so much justice to a very meaningful song. His voice echoed on all the four corners of the Araneta Coliseum. While JP, whew, was also such a great singer.

The Broadway musical numbers were all so captivating. Especially the excerpt musical number from “Cats”. All the Stagers moved and danced like real cats onstage, and their vocal prowess as they sang exceeded far beyond our expectations, once more.

But the real essence of this great musical-dance concert was the spirit of true Filipino nationalism, and it was seen at the latter part of the concert. When the Stagers performed again the excerpts from their previous musical plays like “Enzo Santo”, “Cory Ng Edsa”, “Ako si Ninoy”, “Joe: The Rocksical”, “Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela”, and finally, the currently-running “Filipinas: 1941”, the audience was already on the verge of tears. You could see on the faces of the audience, composed mostly of students, youth leaders, educators and advocates- that they’re so moved by those Nationalistic excerpts from PSF plays.

And a blogger who saw the concert greatly assured to himself that it was the reason why this concert became successful. Maybe, spirits of long-forgotten heroes and angels were also there to celebrate alongside with PSF’s 14th year anniversary as a theater group. Because this group of artists did justice on the lives of heroes and soldiers who all died for the sake of a Nation- the Philippines.

As a tear flowed on the eyes of a blogger when he saw the excerpt from the highlight ending scene of the play “Filipinas: 1941”, he saw further more.

He saw the future of a nation, the oncoming band of new and young leaders who would soon lead and serve a country.

He also saw within the soul and deep in the hearts of all the young theater actors and actresses of Philippine Stagers Foundation, who all simply wanted to perform onstage and serve the youth. Young as they were, their dreams had finally come to a shining moment. It was now realized.

Because on that day, they performed at the Araneta Coliseum and managed to fill it.

It was them. It was the heroes… 

and,

This was their moment

to shine on-

 

FOREVER.

 

(as the words were written on robert manuguid silverio’s “book of love”. november 26, 2014).

vince tanada
vince tanada
john san antonio
john san antonio
the "salamat" number
the “salamat” number
jeffrey ambrosio
jeffrey ambrosio
the "cats" broadway number
the “cats” broadway number
patrick libao
patrick libao
the "starlight express" number
the “starlight express” number
the "let it go" number
the “let it go” number
adelle lim
adelle lim
the "psg" comedy number
the “psg” comedy number
the mini-fashion show number of the elites models
the mini-fashion show number of the elites models
jv cruz
jv cruz
the flash mob
the flash mob
the crowd audience
the crowd audience
the opening dance number
the opening dance number
araneta coliseum was filled-up!
araneta coliseum was filled-up!
the great opening sing and dance number!
the great opening sing and dance number!
broadway number
broadway number
vince tanada's great broadway number
vince tanada’s great broadway number

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANG HANDOG NG PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION!

Napakalinaw na sinabi ng Stager na si Patrick Libao sa harap ng mga press people nu’ng gabi pagkatapos ng kanilang very successful concert sa Araneta Coliseum ang tunay na kahulugan ng lahat:
“Hindi kami naririto dahil sa pera o mga materyal na bagay”, sabi ni Patrick.”Naririto kami dahil it’s our ‘passion’ to perform and act, it’s our happiness na mapasaya at ma-entertain ang mga tao. Yun lang at kuntento na kami. At masaya kaming lahat sa aming ginagawa.”


Ang grupo na ito ng mga theater actors ay grupo ng mga artistikong nilalang na nag-aalay lamang ng kanilang mga kakayahan para sa ikauunlad ng sining at kultura, ipakita sa mga kabataan at mga estudyante ang kahalagahan ng pagmamahal sa bayan, at, ang kahalagahan din ng edukasyon. At ito ay naipapakita nila sa kanilang mga dula na pawang mga “nationalistic” ang tema, kundiman, may universal and religious messages para sa lahat.


Sila ay isang “foundation” na masasabi. At ang naganap nilang concert sa Araneta Coliseum ay isang benefit concert. Dahil ang Philippine Stagers Foundation ay nag-aalaga ng maraming student-scholars, orphanages, mental institutions at iba pang mga charitable endeavors.
Kaya naman, kung ano man ang kinita ng PSF sa naganap nilang konsiyerto, iyon ay nakalaan para sa mga mahihirap at kapus-palad na nilalang. Kaya suwerte ang kapalit o ang “balik” nito sa mga taga-PSF. Dahil tunay lamang at totoo ang kanilang mga adhikain.

 

FAST-CUT TO: THE ACTUAL DAY OF CONCERT.

Maaga pa lamang sa paligid ng Araneta Coliseum ay maaga nang nakaabang ang mga estudyante’t kabataan upang panoorin ang “STAGERS: LIVE AT THE BIG DOME” kahapon (Nobyembre 24, 2014). Samantalang alas-tres pa ng hapon magsisimula ang konsiyerto, umaga pa lamang ng alas-otso ay nandu’n na karamihan ang mga manonood ng concert. Excited na silang lahat.
Sa loob ng Araneta Coliseum, buong-pusong nagre-rehearse ang mga Stagers, kasama si Vince Tanada- ang head ng Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF) na siyang direktor din ng nasabing concert. Kagila-gilalas ang ipinakitang determinasyon ng lahat ng miyembro ng mga theater actors na naroon sa entablado at nagpa-practice. Bigay na bigay sila. Puno ng emosyon at damdamin. Puno ng puso at kaluluwa. Sila ang mga tunay na artists ng tanghalan! Pinapawisan na sila ng husto, pero hayun, sige pa rin, kuntodo-bigay pa rin sa pagre-rehearse ng kanilang production numbers.
Bigla ay nakita ng isang blogger ang potograpong si Vino Oriarte. Biglang nagsalita ng ganito: “Robert, ang haba na ng pila sa labas. Grabe talaga, nagkakagulo na ang mga manonood ng concert na ito sa labas. Ang dami nila! Palagay ko ay mapupuno mamaya ang Araneta Coliseum!”, anya pa.
Takbo rito, takbo roon ang mga Stagers. Ang iba ay natataranta na talaga dahil magkakasunod ang kani-kanilang mga numbers onstage. Si Jerie Sanchez, tumakbong naka-bra at panty na lamang pabalik sa dressing room niya, maski na ang iba pang mga babaeng miyembro na mga Stagers din. Wala silang pakialam. Ganyan talaga ang mga performers. Ang mahalaga, makapag-palit na sila ng damit kaagad dahil may kasunod pa silang number na ipe-perform.
At si Master Vince Tanada, bawal na bawal na haharangin mo siya sa daan pagkatapos ng isang number niya sa dress rehearsal na iyon. Dahil may kasunod din agad siyang production number. Kapag humara-hara ka sa dadaanan niya, isang malaking batok ang mapapala mo. Hahahahayyyyyyyy!!!!
Ang mga guwapong Stagers naman na sina Raymond Diolan Rances, Poul Garcia, Jomar Bautista at Irwin Ignacio, nakita ng isang blogger na mga naka-brief lang sa loob ng kani-kanilang dressing rooms. Nagpista talaga ang matatambok at malalaking bulges sa “harapan” nila. Na halos maluwa ang mga mata ng isang blogger.
Natigil na lamang ang pagwi-“window-shopping” ng isang blogger ng dumating na ang grupo ng “Personage” team ni Frederick Aquino, ang Associate producer ng nasabing TV talk-show sa PTV-4 (Channel 4). naro’n din sila para i-cover ang nasabing event na ipapalabas nila sa December 25 episode ng “Personage”, ang kanilang very special Christmas episode. Ang buong episode na iyon ay nakalaan sa coverage ng concert na ito ng Stagers. Kaya tunay namang nakakataba ng puso. Kasama ang iba pang staff ng “Personage”, tunay namang namangha rin ang mga taga-PTV-4 sa propesyonalismo at galing ng mga Stagers sa kanilang rehearsal nung umagang iyon, ilang oras bago ang actual concert sa bandang alas-tres ng hapon.
Bumaha rin ng mga pagkain sa loob ng isang room sa dressing room area ng Stagers. Bukod sa may breakfast na ay may lunch pa para sa mga Stagers at ilang bisita nila. Nagluto ng masasarap na putahe ang mabait na ina ni Vince Tanada na si mommy Emy Tanada, kasama ang mabait na ama ni Vince na si Mr. Tanada. Sila ang nagdala ng anim na putahe ng food dishes para sa lahat.
At ilang minuto na lamang, magsisimula na ang PAGTATANGHAL.
Abalang-abala naman si Anna Tanada-Bautista, ang sister ni Vince Tanada, sa pag-aasikaso sa lahat. Siya ang nag-ayos ng mga designated seats para sa mga V.I.P. guests at sa mga press people na imbitado. Halos siya rin lahat ang nag-coordinate sa mga tao dahil abalang-abala na si Vince sa gagawing pagtatanghal.
Isa-isa nang nagdatingan ang mga bisita. Nauna na dito ang female TV host ng programang “Personage” na si Miss Carla Lizardo, kasama ang kanyang butihing ina. Personal pang binati ni Carla at ng kanyang ina si Vince at ang mga Stagers sa loob ng kanilang dressing room. Kaya naman very flattered si Vince. Saglit silang nag-tsikahan muna ni Carla, at naroon din nu’ng mga sandaling iyon si Frederick Aquino.
Abala din si Jeffrey Ambrosio, ang marketing executive ng PSF sa pakikipag-coordinate sa mga taga-Araneta Coliseum. Dumating din ang baby son ni Vince na si Spidey at ang younger brother ni Vince na si Cocoy Tanada.
Hayan na rin ang mga press people na sina Alex Datu, Nonie Nicasio, Maryo Labad, Alwyn Ignacio, Rey Pumaloy, Crispina belen, Nards Belen, Arnell Ramos, Joel Contravida, Trixie Dauz, Dennis Sebastian, at iba pa.
Dumating din ang mentor ni Vince na si Mr. Frank Rivera, pati na rin si direk Elwood Perez at ang composer na si Pipo Cifra.
Tunay ding nakaka-touch ang ginawang pagtulong ng mga past Stagers sa araw na ito ng concert. Lalong-lalo na si Jordan Ladra na labas-masok sa audience area at backstage upang makipag-coordinate at tumulong. Siya rin ang nag-assist kay Dr. Luzruth Almeda, ang daughter ng DepEd Supervisor na si Dr. Ruth Almeda, na isa sa mga bisita nu’ng hapon na iyon ng concert.
AT MAGSISIMULA NA ANG CONCERT!

Sumilip ang mga Stagers mula sa makapal na black cloth sa gitna at likod ng entablado na siyang nagse-separate sa malawak na audience area at sa backstage ng Araneta Coliseum. At namangha sila sa kanilang nasaksihan! PUNONG-PUNO ANG ARANETA COLISEUM!
Totoo ka. Punong-puno ito.
At isang madramang eksena na ang sumunod na naganap sa mga dressing rooms ng Stagers!
Lahat ng Stagers ay nag-iiyakan na sa loob ng kanilang mga dressing rooms! Nu’ng makita nila na puno ang Araneta Coliseum, tunay na napaiyak sila!
This is the fulfillment of their dreams. This is the fruit of all their hard works, perseverances and determinations. Ang pag-aalay nila ng kanilang buong puso’t mga kaluluwa ay nagkaroon na ng matinding KAGANAPAN. This is their MOMENT. TO SHINE FORVERMORE!
Nag-akapan pa ang mga Stagers habang nag-iiyakan. Hindi sila makapaniwala sa kanilang nasaksihan! Tanging sina Vice Ganda at Dennis Padilla pa lamang ang nakapuno ng Araneta Coliseum! At sila na ay kasama doon!

AT HUMUDYAT NA ANG PAGSISIMULA NG KONSIYERTO.
SA PUSO’T KALULUWA NG LAHAT NG STAGERS, IBINIGAY NILA ANG LAHAT. IPINAKITA NG TODO ANG KANI-KANILANG KAHUSAYAN.
AT ITO AY PARA SA SINING, PARA SA KANILANG MGA ADVOCACIES AT MGA ADHIKAIN. PARA SA KABATAAN, SA EDUKASYON. SA KULTURA.

AT ANG KAGANAPAN AY NAGANAP NA NGA.

(SINULAT NI ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO, MULA SA KANYANG “AKLAT NG PAGIBIG”, INIUKIT SA PETSANG NOBYEMBRE 25, 2014).

P.S.: ANG REVIEW NAMIN SA KONSIYERTONG ‘STAGERS: LIVE AT THE BIG DOME” AY MABABASA BUKAS SA BLOG NA ITO. ABANGAN!!!

 

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VINCE TANADA, HEAD OF PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION
VINCE TANADA, HEAD OF PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION

take a peep… cherish, enjoy, shout with a joy… embrace the journey of the “starlight express” and the “STAGERS LIVE AT THE BIG DOME”!!! (tomorrow, nov. 24, 2014)

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vince with son spidey

IT’S BEEN SUCH A JOURNEY…

THE “STARLIGHT EXPRESS” BROUGHT THEM TO PLACES NO ONE HAS EVER IMAGINED…

IN A SEPARATE DIMENSION OF SPACE AND TIME,

IN AN ADVENTURE OF ETERNAL LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP…

A GROUP OF FRIENDS…

A GROUP OF WARRIORS…

A GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE…

A GROUP OF ARTISTS AND ADVOCATES…

A GROUP OF THEATER PERFORMERS..

AND

A GROUP OF ANGELS.

 

ALTOGETHER, THEY RIDE THE “STARLIGHT EXPRESS”…

FOR FOURTEEN YEARS, THEY EXPLORED,

THEY CONQUERED.

AND NOW,

THE REUNION.

 

TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 24, MONDAY- LIVE AT THE ARANETA COLISEUM AT EXACTLY 3 P,M.

A TRIBUTE.

A CELEBRATION.

A REUNION.

A PARTY.

WILL HAPPEN!

 

STARLIGHT EXPRESS TOOK THEM HOME.

WITH THE BIG HEART OF ONE PERSON,

THE JOURNEY TOOK FLIGHT

THE JOURNEY BECAME REAL.

 

BECAUSE,

THE STARLIGHT EXPRESS

WILL

JOURNEY ON-

 

FOREVER.

 

(AS THE WORDS WERE WRITTEN, IN ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO’S “BOOK OF LOVE”, TOGETHER WITH THE “18”, SCULPTED BY THE HANDS OF LOVE- NOVEMBER 23, 2014).

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the christmas star by narcoleptica, AND THE 2014 ABS-CBN CHRISTMAS STATION ID

from sssip 🙂
we saw this christmas star image by narcoleptica when we googled it. we thought of making it as our blog’s header cover. thanks to the link below, the artwork is courtesy of them:

http://narcoleptica.deviantart.com/art/Christmas-star-24488816

“CHRISTMAS IS NEAR.”

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“Christmas star
by narcoleptica
Digital Art / Other / People©2005-2014 narcoleptica
This is a peice of work I produced by drawing the large star onto a blue carboard background with pastel pencil and white marker pen. I then cut out the silhouettes of the people and the hills. Finally I scanned it into photoshop, added the other stars and tidied it up quite a bit.”

 

The “Thank You Ang Babait Ninyo” station ID is part of ABS-CBN’s Christmas campaign for 2014. It’s theme song was sung by “The Voice Kids” finalists Lyca, Darren, Juan Karlos, and Darlene and written by Robert Labayen, Lloyd Oliver Corpuz, Love Rose de Leon with music by Amber and Marcus Davis.

The 2014 ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID was created by ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management headed by Robert Labayen, Johnny Delos Santos, and Patrick de Leon. It is directed by Paolo Ramos and Peewee Azarcon-Gonzales.

The SID Creative and Production team members are Danie Sedilla-Cruz, Edsel Misenas. Kathrina Sanchez, Dang Baldonado, Sheryl Ramos, Christina Barbin, Faith Zambrano-Pascual, Joan Mole-Santiago, Carlota Rosales, Adrian Lim, Mark Bravo, Carla Payongayong, Christine Joy Laxamana, Love Rose De Leon, Pamela Mercado, Marchie Blaire Mallari, Lloyd Oliver Corpuz, Christine Daria-Estabillo, Raywin Tome, Angela Suarez, Christer Salire, Nikz Berame, Monique Olaivar, Ermil Sanchez, Lawrence Arvin Sibug, Nathan Perez, Des Parawan, Aye Duñgo, Tess Perez-Mendoza; with ABS-CBN Marketing; ABS-CBN TV Entertainment, ABS-CBN News, ABS-CBN Regional, ABS-CBN Global, ABS-CBN Digital Media Division, DZMM, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc., ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, ABS-CBN Human Resources Division, ABS-CBN Property Management, ABS-CBN Safety and Security, Star Records.

Other members are Jaime Porca, Technical Production Head; Carmelo Saliendra, Shane Ibañez, Emil Hembra, Tim Aguirre, Ralph Emerson Escoto, Eric Po, Lorenz Roi Morales, Christian Abuel, Marl Abejero, Videographers; Robert Joon Ku, Production Designer; Roger Villon, Oliver Paler, Dennis Amarille, Karlo Victoriano, Raphael Angelo dela Rea, Alfie Landayan, Bridge Sulit, Maria Concepcion Ignacio,Rhea Ramos, Gewerly Bautista, Graphics, Editing and Post Production Team; Marvin Bragas, Location Manager; Darwin Dueñas, James Manalastas, Jenverly Esber, Jesusa Canilang, Production Coordinators.

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