vince tanada with the rest of the cast of "popepular" at the curtain call
vince tanada with the rest of the cast of “popepular” at the curtain call
vince: handsome Pope
vince: handsome Pope
Vince as the older Pope Francis with Patrick Libao
Vince as the older Pope Francis with Patrick Libao
the five intermingling characters of "popepular"
the five intermingling characters of “popepular”
pope francis
pope francis


What if the Pope was just beside you when you’re about to die?

What if He was also a Filipino just like you?

And what if He resembles so much about your own life, that you feel that He’s almost there- touching and embracing you?

And, yes. What if your death became a very significant one at that because you died for Him?

These are the questions left totally answered when we watched the spectacular and totally overwhelming new theater production of Philippine Stagers Foundation, a very legitimate one at that, entitled Popepular (Paano Kung Naging Pinoy Si Kiko?).

The mesage was sent loud and clear. That embracing a man worthy of His love could be a life well-lived, and a mission succesfully taken.

In the lives of five “Modern-Day Heroes”- all Filipinos, good examples to the youths of this new generation were presented. These five “angels” were sent forth to inspire once more, and believe once more, that despite the bad practices of the present governing administration, Filipinos could still live a life worthy of purpose and heroic acts.

But the way it was presented, oh my. Very redeeming, powerful and articulate. The playwrights of this musical play were specific and consistent. To be able to intermingle five characters with a Pope’s life on the side, was truly a hard task. But they did it with proper gusto.

It was executed through dances and alluring music. You would want to rock and roll, bang out loud and testify to the goodness of a humble Pope.

In-between the melodramatic tunes and sorrows, a great sigh of relief were the very satisfying comedy antics, a little naughty, but delightful to the youths.

Some sexy undertones won’t hurt. It would only make you feel more humane, erasing hypocrisies and wrong notions of being HOLY.

The costumes were authentic in nature, the make-up- incredible. Faces appear in great characterizations, highlighting proper emotions and raw feelings of passion.

One of the most unforgettable scenes of the play- greatly acted upon by Kenneth Miles Posadas and Vince Tanada, together with Poul Garcia, was the death scene of the SAF soldiers of the Fallen 44, who were both believers of the Pope, devoted to the Holy Rosary they both clung upon at the height of a battle.

So much tears fell on this scene alone, which happened before the final climactic ending scene. The Pope was there, almost like Jesus Christ himself- crying, agonizing in great pains and wanting to help. But the boys died, and as he embraced the one left dying, a shout of the greatest sorrow was heard in the vast four corners of the theatre. And it was, the greatest message of LOVE.

In a land where Filipinos now had nothing to cling for, betrayed by the people they thought would help them- somehow, the Pope was their last chance at Faith. In one single vision and one single hope- they could all be reunited again and save this land out for ruins.

In a great performance that would last a lifetime, actor Vince Tanada never failed to deliver. His presence alone added upon by his godly charm and smiles, made this great theater production an unbelievable journey of life.

Of love

Of rainbows







(as the words were written in robert manuguid silverio’s “book of love”, august 29, 2015- together with the “67” that included him. sculptured upon the clouds of time and ETERNITY).*


read the link below to know more about “popepular”, as written by walden belen, courtesy of manila bulletin.com:


A musical on Pope Francis

vince 222(The first Filipino musical on the life of Pope Francis, entitled “#popepular” premiered last July 24, at the Adamson University auditorium).

The play will incorporate the lives of four Filipino heroes, namely, Joey Velasco, the “Heart-ist” who painted “Hapag ng Pag-asa” showing Jesus Christ sharing a meal with 12 poor children; Kristel Mae Pasadas, a member of the Catholic Relief Services who died when a scaffolding fell on her while volunteering in preparation for a mass; Dr. Edgar Gomez, an advocate of coral reef protection; Ronald Gadayan, a poor janitor at the National International Airport who returned a
bag containing jewelries and cash amounting to P1.8 million to its owner; and PO1 Mark Clemencio, among the Fallen 44 at Mamasapano.

The stories of these five “ordinary people who did extraordinary things” will be interwoven with the story of Pope Francis.

Vincent Tanada as Pope Francis

Atty. Vincent Tañada, through the Philippines Stagers Foundation, which he heads, has been writing, producing and directing musical plays mostly about Filipino heroes.

The musical play on Pope Francis is a passion for him. When the Pope visited the Philippines, Tañada and his son also walked to the Rizal Park where the Holy Father presided over an afternoon mass in front of the Quirino grandstand. That’s how the musical play stirred his creativity.

The lawyer-stage actor plays the lead role as Pope Francis. The play will be shown all over the country.

(With report by Leonardo W. Belen)

Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/a-musical-on-pope-francis/#ICmhX4P8s5ADghKF.99

Korean and Filipino artists in Tosca at CCP

Coro Tomasino

“Korean and Filipino artists in Tosca at CCP”

THE Italian opera “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini featuring Korean and Filipino artists will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater on October 2 and 3, 2015 at 8:00pm.

Playing the title role of Florina Tosca is Korean soprano Yae-Jin Han, with tenor Ji-ho Kim as Mario Cavaradossi and baritone Daesan No as Baron Scarpia. Portraying the supporting roles are tenor Lemuel de la Cruz as Spoletta, Noel Azcona as the Sacristan, and Byeong-In Park as Angelotti. The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra will be under the baton of Maestro Jae-Joon Lee, with the UST Coro Tomasino under the direction of Ronan Ferrer and Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir under the direction of Maria Teresa Roldan providing choral support. Stage direction is by Floy Quintos.

Soprano Yae-Jin Han graduated with highest honors at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan. A first prize winner at the Marsala, Bel Canto, and Como International Vocal Competitions, she had portrayed the leading and title roles of the operas “La Traviata”, “Madame Butterfly”, “Aida”, “Cosi fan tutte”, Tosca”, “Don Giovanni”, and “ “L’elisir d’amore”. She was a featured soloist of the KBS Symphony, Ukraine Philharmonic, Bacau Philharmonic, Korean Symphony, Incheon Symphony, and other major orchestras in Korea. She is currently a faculty member at Sang Myung University.

Tenor Ji-ho Kim graduated from Kyung Sung University in Korea, National College of Music in Koln, Germany, and Magnita Gorsk in Russia. He had portrayed the leading roles in the operas “I Pagliacci”, “Aida”, “Madame Butterfly”, “Turandot”, “Cavalleria Rusticana”, “La Traviata”, “Un Ballo in Maschera”, “Carmen”, and “Nabucco”. He was a soloist for Handel’s “Messiah” and Mozart’s “Coronation Mass”, and had appeared in various performances in Japan, Russia, Cuba, and China.

Baritone Daesan No graduated from Han Yang University in Seoul, Peabody Institute in Maryland, and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He was a first prize winner in the Marilyn Horne Vocal Competition, Mario Lanza International Vocal Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, Liederkranz Foundation International Vocal Competition, James Parkinson Italian Opera Competition, Jeunesses Musicales International Competition in Canada, recipient of the Placido Domingo Fellowship at the Academy of Vocal Arts, and the coveted Lieder Prize of the 1999 Cardiff Singer of the World. His numerous leading roles include those from “Falstaff”, “Rigoletto”, “Don Giovanni”, “Die Zauberflote”, “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “Madame Butterfly”, “Carmen”, and “Tosca”. He had played the title role of “Rigoletto” during the 2014 opera presentation at the CCP Main Theater.

The opera production is an annual project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines that started several years ago. Past productions and co-productions with the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc., Rustan’s Group of Companies, and the Philippine Italian Association have included Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” (2012), Verdi’s “La Traviata” (2013), and Verdi’s “Rigoletto” (2014). Other co-productions at the CCP were with the UST Conservatory of Music – Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” (2007), Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” (2009), and with the MusicArtes – Puccini’s “La Boheme” (2011).

 For tickets, contact the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.


jm de guzman: takot sa dagat!

jm: nagpapasalamat sa suporta ng lahat
jm: nagpapasalamat sa suporta ng lahat
jm and yen santos
jm and yen santos

Alam niyang naroon ako. Panaka-nakang siya’y sumusulyap, tumatanaw buhat sa malayo- mula sa kinalalagyan niya. Pero sa dinami-dami ng mga taong naroroon, lalo na ang walang humpay na pakikipagsisiksikan ng mga media bloggers upang makunan siya ng larawan at ma-“ambush” sa pakikipag-panayaman, marahil, hindi nga niya ako makita.

Pero sa pamamagitan ng tamang tiyempo, kalmadong “break” mula sa mga media people na nangawala na finally sa paligid niya, isa o dalawang kaluluwa ang nakalapit na rin, at last, sa kanya. Salamat sa malambing na imbitasyon ng kanyang handler na si Ms. Portia, at sa sinserong alok ng kanyang ama na lumapit na sa tabi niya- ang mundo ay tumigil na muli.

Sa unang lapit, bago pa nangyari iyon, kapalpakan ang nangyari. Nagkatinginan muna, naghabulan, at bigla siyang nawala sa aming likuran. Marahil, may mga iniiwasan siyang tao kung saan sana ay amin siyang daldalhin.

Kaya nuong pangalawang “attempt”, sa tulong ng kanyang handler at ama, muling nagtagpo ang dalawang nilalang, o marahil, tatlo, dahil hindi lamang nakikita iyong ISA.

Malamlam ang tingin ng kanyang mga mata, mahiwaga, nakapagtataka. Kailangan mong basahin iyon ng mas malalim pa.

Pero nanginginig ang iyong mga tuhod kapag kaharap mo na siya. Hindi mo malaman ang gagawin mo, o ang susunod mong sasabihin o susunod mong gagawin. nkadarama ka ng “panic attacks”.

Hanggang sa huling tanong mo, sinabi mong okey na ang interbyu, at bigla ka na lamang umalis. Dahil hindi mo na kaya ang mga damdamin mong hinaluan ng kung ano- dahil naramdaman mo rin ang mga damdamin niya nu’ng mga oras o sandaling iyon.

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“Very challenging”, nawika pa niya- ang aktor na si JM de Guzman nu’ng tanungin mo siya kung ano ang masasabi niya sa kanyang role sa bagong teleserye niyang All of Me. “Isa ito sa mga papel na pambihira kong magampanan. Kasi, it requires me a lot of angst, pains and mixed emotions. ‘Yun bang alam mong ikaw iyong lalaking mahal talaga nu’ng babae, pero nasa iba at mas batang kaanyuan ka na. ‘Yun bang ang nakaraan mo ay hinahabol ka pa rin. At kung paano mo maipaglalaban iyon, dapat ay matibay ka. Hindi ba, tito Robert, ang hirap gampanan nu’n? Punong-puno ng paghamon.”

Karamihan sa mga eksena ni JM sa teleseryeng ito ay sa DAGAT. Tila ata palagi na lamang siyang napupunta sa dagat. Nagkaroon din siya nuon ng isang indie film na kung saan ay sa dagat din ang setting- ‘yung pelikulang Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino. At ngayon, heto na naman.

“Kung tutuusin po, tito Robert, ayaw ko sa dagat, takot ako sa dagat”, naging sagot pang muli ni JM. “Parang may phbia nga po ako sa dagat, eh. That makes it so ironical for me, na kadalasan, sa dagat ako nagsu-shooting o nagte-taping. Kaya nagdarasal na lang ako na ma-conquer ko ang fears ko. Maybe, I have to face it talaga. Wala akong magagawa.”

At takot din si JM sa matataas na lugar.

“Para po akong nalulula”, anya pa. “Feeling ko, nu’ng past life ko, nakatira ako sa isang mataas na lugar at nahulog ako.”

Nagpapasalamat si JM sa lahat ng mga kasamahan niya sa teleseryeng All of Me, lalo na sa direktor niyang si Dondon Santos.

“Sobrang tulong sila sa akin para makayanan ko at magampanan ng maige ang role ko dito sa bago naming teleserye”, anya pa. “Lalo na sa direktor namin, kasi sobrang patient siya sa akin. Ang haba ng pasensya niya. Kaya gusto ko sana, maibalik din sa kanya yung pangangalaga niya, kaya pinagbuti ko ng husto ang acting ko dito. Kaya sobrang thankful din ako sa lahat dahil tinutulungan nila ako.”

Para na namang naging emosyonal a madamdamin ang mukha ni JM nu’ng banggitin namin ang pangalang ‘Jessy’. Para ding nag-react at kumilos ang handler niyang si Portia nang marinig ang pangalang iyon. Medyo yata na-“off” sila? Kaya sana, hindi na lamang namin naitanong kung kumusta na sila ni Jessy?

“Isa po siya sa mga inspirasyon ko ngayon”, walang nagawa si JM kundi ang sagutin na lamang ang aming katanungan. “Okey naman po kami.”

Pero mas lalng naging negatibo bigla ang “atmosphere” nu’ng matanong namin (actually, napilitan lang din kaming itanong ito) kung kumusta na ‘yung isang pelikulang gagawin niya sa isang “mukhang luka-lukang” aktres?

“Nagawa na po namin ‘yung parang teaser lang ng movie”, sagot muli ni JM. “Nakapag-shoot na po kami ng one day.”

Maikling sagot means hindi rin gano’n ka-interesado na si JM na ma-tackle pa ‘yung movie na iyon na titulo pa lang ay salungat na sa aming paniniwala. Hahahaayyyy, sa totoo lang.

At  sa muli, ang magandag daan na tinatahak ngayon ni JM ay tila isang daan na mas lalong magpapatibay sa kanyang pagiging isang aktor. Tinitiyak ng isang blogger, mga sunod-sunod na acting awards na ang susunod na matatanggap na pagpapala sa buhay ng batang aktor na ito.

“Salamat naman po”, huling sambit ni JM. “Iyan ang pinakamagandang narinig ko sa gabing ito.”


(mula sa mga nalikhang salita ni robert manuguid silverio, kasama si jm de guzman).*

jm flunked by media people at the last screening of "all of me"
jm flunked by media people at the last screening of “all of me”


jm with child actor akihira and director dondon santos
jm with child actor akihira and director dondon santos
jm de guzman: luv it
jm de guzman: luv it


CCP holds workshop series for Performatura 2015

Workshop on Poetry 2015

“CCP holds workshop series for Performatura 2015”


The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) holds an institution-wide workshop on Philippine literature and performance for its employees and also for public school educators as part of Performatura 2015, a three-day event in November this year. Performatura 2015 will be held on November 6, 7 and 8 at various locations within and without the Center. The event is free or open to the public.

The first leg of the workshop series will be held on August 28, Friday, at the CCP Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining for the Center’s employees. Lilian C. Barco, Department Manager of the Human Resource Management of the institution, said that this initiative forms part of its overall program designed to achieve the fourth objective of the CCP, which is to “develop a loyal, competent and efficient workforce towards fulfilling a vital role in the cultural institution”.

“The continuing education on Philippine literature and performance for our cultural workers would greatly help them in gaining a deeper understanding of our rich culture, which, in turn, would enable them to work more effectively in promoting our arts and culture to the broad public,” Barco said. “Art matters to the life of every Filipino” is the vision of the CCP.  

Multi-awarded writer, performer, and educator Vim Nadera, Festival Director of Performatura 2015, will be conducting the workshop series for the CCP employees and the public school teachers. “Performatura 2015 has an education aspect for the ones who directly interface with a large group of people – the CCP employees who deal with the public aside from the artists, and the public school teachers who interact with the students. This aspect of Performatura could be likened to training the trainers,” Nadera explained.   

The second leg of the workshop series will be held sometime in September for public school educators. The CCP Arts Education under Department Manager Eva Mari Salvador will handle this activity.

Highlights of Performatura 2015 include the Epic Center, Coffee & Conversations with National Artists hosted by the likes of Lourd de Veyra and Gloc-9, Chromatext Rebooted Art Exhibition curated by Krip Yuson, Park Poetry performances, daily workshops, and a day-long summit of performances from young poets.   

Performatura 2015 updates are available on the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph), Facebook (CCP-Intertextual-Division-Programs,culturalcenterofthephilippines), Tumblr (ccpintertextualdivision.tumblr.com), Twitter (ccpintertextual, ccp_gov), and on Instagram (ccp_gov).


jm de guzman
jm de guzman
jm de guzman
jm de guzman
jm and yen santos
jm and yen santos
jm and albert martinez
jm and albert martinez
yen santos
yen santos
albert martinez and yen santos
albert martinez and yen santos
cast of "all of me"
cast of “all of me”



Dagdag sa Kapamilya Gold block ang pinakabagong obra maestrang pantelebisyon ng ABS-CBN na “All of Me,” ang romantic drama teleserye na hahamon sa oras para sa pangalawang pagkakataon sa pag-ibig simula ngayong Lunes (Agosto 31).

Umiikot ang kwento ng “All of Me” kay Manuel (Albert Martinez), isang 50-year-old na doktor na hahamunin ang oras para lamang ipaglaban ang kanyang pangalawang pagkakataon sa pag-ibig nang maging binata muli.

Ang “All of Me” rin ang major TV comeback ni JM de Guzman matapos ang kanyang breakthrough film na “That Thing Called Tadhana.”

Kasama ni JM sa bagong Kapamilya Gold teleserye sina veteran actor Albert Martinez, Kapamilya hunk actor Aaron Villaflor, at rising young actress Yen Santos na gaganap sa kanyang unang daring role bilang love interest ni JM.

Susundan ng teleserye ang buhay ni Manuel (Albert Martinez), isang doktor na iiwan ang kanyang masiglang karera at maninirahan sa isang isla matapos mamatay ang kanyang asawa. Sa isla niya makikilala si Lena (Yen Santos), isang dalagang muling magbibigay kulay sa kanyang buhay na mauuwi sa matamis na pag-iibigan.

Ngunit sa gabi ng kanilang honeymoon sa isla, isang hired killer ang magtatangka sa buhay ni Manuel, pero matatakasan niya ang kamatayan at mapapadpad sa isang magic portal na magiging tulay sa pagbabalik binata niya. Ngayon, isang binatang Manuel (JM de Guzman) na matutuklasan na tumakbo na ang oras ang haharap sa bagong hamon sa kanyang buhay – ang maghiganti at muling paibigin si Lena na isang maybahay na ng kanyang protégé na si Dr. Henry Nieves (Aaron Villaflor) o kalimutan ang mga masayang alaala nila ni Lena.

Ano ang handang kayang ibigay ni Manuel para ang nakaraan ay maging kasalukuyan?

Mula sa direksyon ni Dondon Santos, ang “All of Me” ang dramang hahamunin ang lahat pati ang oras para sa pag-ibig.

Tampok din sa inaabangang teleserye sina  Angel Aquino, Ina Raymundo, Neri Naig, Ana Capri, Micah Munoz, Jordan Herrera, Sue Ann Ramirez, at Akira Morishita.

Huwag palampasin ang pagsisimula ng kwento ni Manuel sa “All of Me” ngayong Lunes pagkatapos ng “It’s Showtime” sa ABS-CBN Kapamilya Gold. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, bisitahin ang official “All of Me” accounts sa Facebook (All of Me TV), Twitter (@AllOfMeTV), at Instagram (@AllOfMeTV).

“all of me”: beneath the hidden dimensions of time (a review on the pilot episode of this new teleserye)


Stories that linger forevermore about the question of TIME. In folklore, occult novels, personal accounts, and yes, history.

Of people vanishing deep within the soil or deep within the seas, and when they reappear back, TIME has changed.

My grandfather, too, told me about a story of three fishermen-friends of his who were taken by mermaids and came back as little boys. He told me that story when he was sick and dying, but I vowed to him I won’t ever be scared at all.

Or what about the personal account of author T. Lobsang Rampa in one of his occult books- “The Third Eye”? He recounted there that he went to a place wherein time and space swallowed him and when he got out, he was already in an entirely different continent?

These and all still causes unbelief and amazement to many. But thanks to the very creative minds of the people behind a TV network- the channel 2 people- for giving and breathing-in a new life and a powerful concept for a TV series melodrama. An ancient tale has become the ‘backdrop’ of their new prime time teleserye, entitled “All of Me”.

A very beautiful pilot episode was seen and watched by a selected few during a press screening, attended by bloggers and movie press people, at Cinema 7 of SM Megamall last August 24, 2015.

The pilot episode seemed to swing you up and down as you felt like a baby in a cradle, being swayed upon by an invisible hand. No pretensions of grandeur and greatness, only a simple story-telling of a man’s life that rose up from a very tragic start.

The main lead was a boy who became a young man, and turned into a 56 year-old adult man. His name was Manuel, alternately played by Akira Morishita,


JM de Guzman and Albert Martinez.

His life was like a POEM, a lyrical song, with loving and sweet, lonely undertones. He lost all the people he so dearly loved, but emerged as a successful doctor who built-up a humble hospital in memory of his dead mom. But when he loved a woman and married her, she died.

He sought refuge in a watery land, where villagers are unassuming and kind. He lived a new kind of existence, seeking comfort in the ashes of his dead wife. Not until…

A young woman came along. Carefree, playful, sincere. And his heart became alive once more.

Albert Martinez as the old Manuel could makes you feel he was really ‘the’ JM de Guzman, the younger Manuel. To be able to do this seemed so hard, but a fine actor like Albert indeed transformed you into the hidden dimensions of time via ‘deja-vu‘s’, coupled-in by his powerful acting and controlled emotions.

Yen Santos as the young woman was so pretty to be true, angelic in nature, casual in her acting performance.

But another young supporting actor, in person of Arron Villaflor almost stole the show. His character as the other man who loved the young woman served as the bittersweet aspect of the plot. Arron exuded a great acting sensitivity this blogger had not seen for a long time.

Ms. Ana Capri, Neri Naig and Micah Munoz- the threesome bit players in most of the village scenes- looked so delightful, wholesome, wonderful. Especially that of Ms. Capri’s scene with Albert wherein she told him it’s okay for her as a mom to have him as his son-in-law. That scene was truly delightful! Wow.

The production design of this “almost- like- a- painting” pilot episode was so alluring, mystifying, that left you with a feeling of wanting to live there the rest of your life. Whoever is the production designer for this, simply deserves a “kneel down”.

The music “All of Me” by John Legend served as the perfect musical background for this pilot episode. It’s so romantic to hear, recharging your spirits, regressing your mind, body and spirit to become young once more.

But the most touching of all, was the way director Dondon Santos attacked his rather captivating style of an artistic direction for a TV teleserye. It was almost like a full-length movie that you were watching. Anticipating the next scene, loving every frame and angles, shots and “bird’s eye views”. Truly AVANT-GARDE.

As the ocean rumbles, scrambles and raptures…

Or the skies turns blue, and the lights, orange.

Silhouettes from a different angle of time, once again, appear-

On the face and the image of the greatest young actor we had seen in this generation-


As the younger Manuel, you could feel an almost mystical spirit, mixed-in with humbleness and perfection.

The way he ran in the sand dunes, the way he jumped, the way he cried, and smiled.


Yes, without JM de GUZMAN in this TV teleserye, the “poetic justice” of a remarkable story-plot could not be put into a totally magnificent form.

It’s like, your embracing his very soul via this TV drama, loving him more, touching him more.


you won’t ever want to lose him again




(as the words were written by the “67”, in an infinite glory that separates a time dimension of space and eternity- recorded in robert manuguid silverio’s “book of love”).*



proud of you, jm.
proud of you, jm.

a of m3a of m

a blogger looks from behind on jm de guzman, carrying little akira
a blogger looks from behind on jm de guzman, carrying little akira
this blogger and "all of me"
this blogger and “all of me”