ROBERT’S RAINBOW

i know… thank you for being with me for a time.—rob.

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

“We won’t stay for so long…

thanks for the candle you lighted up

‘coz they remembered us again.

We won’t stay for so long

we all simply wanted to be remembered

and to be LOVED  again.

The same way you loved

your rainbow.

Your rainbow will always be there

in times of heavy rains and water risings AND SUFFERINGS…

the rainbow,

yes, he’ll be there.

We called it- ROBERT’S RAINBOW.

and with that rainbow, we will be remembered, too.

with that rainbow,

we will be there,

too.

Thanks for your rainbow, Robert.

More candles will be lighted-

for us.

And your rainbow is going home

soon.

He called us.

we were there when you pointed at the rainbow

in the skies.

and we envied the rainbow

but now,

no more.

One mortal soul

one great friendship

can make us alive again.

In your memories,

in your lifetime

and in any…

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“MY PRIDE, MY RAINBOWS” (my special facebook friends and their rainbow profile pictures in a sentimental journey…)

These are people who believes in LOVE. Because “LOVE WINS”…

These are people with PRIDE and MISSION, who believes in freedom of the SOUL.

These are people with braveness, strength and a CAUSE.

Not all of them are GAY people, but they are people who knows respect and understanding…

These are people who believes in PEACE and ETERNAL LOVE.

Who all fought, who all supported their LIFE’s BATTLES, in their own special way…

a RAINBOW is marked in their FACES, A SYMBOL OF HOPE.

As we all await-

a union that would somehow change it all.

 

Thank you, my special FACEBOOK FRIENDS below.

Let’s all continue believing,

let’s all continue loving…

 

FOREVER.

(as the words were written, by robert manuguid silverio, in-between LIFE & DEATH, and a love that was written in his “Book of Love”, as the “65” awaits the boundaries of ETERNITY).*

 

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“MY FACEBOOK FRIENDS WHO ALL BELIEVED IN “PRIDE” AND RAINBOWS- LOVE WINS!”— (sssip)*
AARON DOMINGO, ALICEN RODIE, ANGELA PALMONES, ARTHUR CASSANOVA, ARTHY AC, BERNARDO BERNARDO, BONGGA DATILES, CARLO CRUZ, CARLO ALVAREZ, CARLOS CONCEPCION, DAN VILLEGAS, DAVID FABROS, DAVID MICHAEL, DENNIS EVANGELISTA, DOLLY ANNE CARVAJAL, EDRIAN OPINA, EMMANUEL DELA CRUZ, JOEY REYES, JONELL ESTILLORE, KEITH SICAT, KRISMA MACLANG FAJARDO, LORELEI CELESTINO, MARIA CHRISTINA BEDOLA, MAXINE DEE BRUMGARDNER, RENEE MUEGO GARCIA, RONALD ARCUELLES, RONALDO CARBALLO, ROSE GARCIA LIONGSON, SHANDII BACOLOD, UDDHETZKI PINTO AND MR. ULYSSES KING.

“JUNE 26: A HISTORIC DAY FOR EQUALITY”
(link: https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/june-26th-historic-day-equality)

by CHASE STRANGIO, Staff Attorney, ACLU

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Love Wins! Freedom to Marry in all 50 States!
June 26, 2015. Twelve years to the day after the Supreme Court struck down bans on sodomy in Lawrence v. Texas. Two years to the day after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States has held that states may not deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples and must recognize same-sex couples’ existing marriages.

In Obergefell v. Hodges, on this day, marriage equality comes to the entire nation.

Writing for the 5-4 majority, Justice Kennedy, reflected:

“The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning. When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution’s central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be addressed.”
Today the Court determined our constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection prohibit states from excluding same-sex couples from marriage.

Citing the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s opinion from nearly 12 years ago in Goodridge, the Court today affirmed that by fulfilling “yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”

Of course, so many fought so hard to make today’s historic decision happen.

It was only nine years ago that, in a devastating opinion, New York’s highest court upheld the state’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, concluding that “[t]he Legislature could rationally believe that it is better, other things being equal, for children to grow up with both a mother and a father.”

That argument – that kids fare worse when raised by same-sex couples – has since been discredited at trials in Arkansas, Florida, California, and, most recently, in Michigan. Sociologist and expert for the states, Mark Regnerus, tried to revive this theory in recent years, particularly in the aftermath of United States v. Windsor. The position was dealt a final blow and abandoned after trial in DeBoer v. Snyder, a case brought by a team of Michigan lawyers, during which the ACLU’s own Leslie Cooper demolished him on cross-examination. The District Court in DeBoer concluded that Regnerus’s testimony regarding the welfare of children raised by same-sex couples was “entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration.”

Courts around the country shared that view, striking down marriage bans, affirming the dignity of same-sex couples, and paving the way to today’s decision.

Judge Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that: “The challenged laws discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic, and the only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction—that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended—is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously.”

But for far too long, far too many people took these arguments seriously.

Today, the Court said enough.

As Judge McShane of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon wrote in Rummel v. Kitzhaber, striking down Oregon’s marriage ban last May:

“I believe that if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families. Families who we would expect our Constitution to protect, if not exalt, in equal measure. With discernment we see not shadows lurking in closets or the stereotypes of what was once believed; rather, we see families committed to the common purpose of love, devotion, and service to the greater community.”
Indeed, that is what the Court recognized today.

The majority concluded today’s opinion:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
Our work is by no means done. We have always fought for more than marriage. As we prepare for the work ahead, let us take this moment to celebrate this historic collective victory.

‘La Cage aux Folles Manila’ Gears Up For The Perfect Storm

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(from sssip*- “It’s high time to SHINE!, RISE AND SHINE, EVERYONE, via this rerun of a truly magnificent play!”)

‘La Cage aux Folles Manila’ Gears Up For The Perfect Storm

 

Earlier this year, Manila audiences were treated to a standing ovation-filled musical extravaganza in 9 Works Theatrical’s La Cage aux Folles – a critically-acclaimed musical comedy that had audiences laughing and crying faster than you could say ‘fabulous.’

 

A fun, frivolous romp through the streets of Saint Tropez and the French Riviera, the Tony Award-winning musical which returns to the RCBC stage from August 15 to September 6, 2015, follows the story of night club owner Georges, played by TV and film actor Michael de Mesa, and his life partner and the club’s star performer Albin, played by veteran stage actor and PHILSTAGE president Audie Gemora.

 

When the former’s biological son Jean-Michel (played by TV actor Steven Silva) brings home his fiancée Anne (played by Missy Macuja-Elizalde and Joni Galeste) and her ultra-conservative parents for a matrimonial téte-a-téte, pandemonium ensues, leaving no stone unturned, no feather unplucked, and no sequin unpolished.
Based on the 1973 French play by Jean Poiret, also the inspiration behind the Robin Williams’ starrer Birdcage, La Cage aux Folles was a musical that Manila audiences wholeheartedly embraced and called their own. “How everything came together,” recalls director Robbie Guevara, “the cast, the 9PO orchestra, the production team – it was like a perfect piece of pie that everyone just gobbled up!” The talent we assembled, executive producer Santi Santamaria adds, gave us constant tearjerkers, “a whirlwind of emotions and contagious enthusiasm from everyone onstage and off.” The amazing audience reception, Robbie recalls fondly, made the sacrifices and hard work well worth it.

 

Featuring tap-dancing, energetic musical numbers like We Are What We Are, The Best Of Times, and the anthemic I Am What I Am, and breathtaking costume changes courtesy of scenographer Mio Infante, Twinkle Zamora for costume execution, and the Fashion Designers Association of The Philippines (FDAP), the show promises to up the theatrical ante for its sophomore return, giving audiences both old and new, “a vivid, colorful celebration of theater magic” and a love story that is effervescent as it is timeless.

 

“For those who have seen and enjoyed the show, this is one musical you may want to consider watching again before it gets restaged after another 20 years,” says Santamaria. “Add that to the uncanny chemistry between acting juggernauts Audie Gemora and Michael de Mesa on stage,” he shares, and you’ve got time in the theater that is time well spent.

 

Appearing alongside Audie Gemora, Michael de Mesa,Steven Silva and ballerina Joni Galesteare some of today’s most respected and up-and-coming theater performers.Theater veterans Raul Montesa and Sheila Francisco star as Jean-Michel’s ultra conservative in-laws Monsieur and Mademoiselle Edouard and Marie Dindon. Miss Saigon alumnaAnalin Bantug returns to the stage as restaurant owner Jacqueline while Hong Kong Disneyland performer Noel Rayos plays Jacob the butler.

 

Joining them are the iconicLes Cagelles played by JP Basco, Mara Celine Javier, Randi de Guzman, Carlos Deriada, Chesko Rodriguez, Dindo Divinagracia, Cheeno Macaraig, James Stacey, Arnold Trinidad, PJ Rebullida, and TV and film star Rafa Siguion-Reyna.

 

La Cage aux Folles will be directed by Robbie Guevara, with scenic and costume design by Mio Infante, and special participation of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines; choreography by Arnold Trinidad, PJ Rebullida, and Yek Barlongay; musical direction by Joseph Tolentino and Sweet Plantado-Tiongson; lighting design by Martin Esteva; technical direction by Dong Calingacion; hair and makeup design by Myrene Santos; and additional costume execution by Twinkle Zamora; photography by Leo Castillo and graphic design by Larry Palma.

 

Heading the production team is executive producer Santi Santamaria, with Anna Santamaria as company manager; Toff de Venecia as PR director; GM Hernandez as marketing manager; Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers; Randy Salvador as production manager; and Mikey Garcia as stage manager.

La Cage aux Folles will be shown at the RCBC Plaza, Makati on August 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, September 4, 5 & 6, 2015, with Friday and Saturday galas at 8:00pm, selected Saturday matinees at 3:30pm, and Sunday matinees at 4:00pm.

A limited number of performances are available for fundraising and block-buying. For tickets and other inquiries, please call 586.7105 or 0917.554.5560, or email info@9workstheatrical.com. Facebook: 9workstheatrical. Twitter & Instagram: @9WTonline. Hashtag: #LaCageManila

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is presented by 9 Works Theatrical and The Rockwell Club, with MAC Cosmetics as the Official Makeup Sponsor. Official photos by Photoworks Academy.

La Cage aux Folles” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.