Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Saph at 2!! Time Really is Fast!

Happy happy birthday to my nephew, Saph!  You are very much loved.

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Ode to Manila

I miss Manila.  I want my life in the chaotic city back.  Minus the long stressful hours and maddening demands from work, I would like to think that my life in Manila is way BETTER than what I have today.

I miss the fact that I'm the boss of my own house.  Although there is no one to boss around at the very least, I make decisions that affects no one.  And I don't need to adjust with those I live with.

I would like to have chance to go back to Manila to attend all theater shows I have missed and will be missing just because I'm home.  I miss my friends and the eat outs that we do.  I miss going home in the wee hours of the night because there is always a place or an event up even on these ungodly hour.  And I surely miss looking through airlines' website because I still do holidays and vacations.  I surely hunger for another roadtrip or a 3-day getaway to the beach or a historic destination.

I'm getting bored.  I have a business that is taking most of my time but it is getting routinary that I could do it in my sleep.  Sometimes, I would want to vomit at my day to day activities because it is like eating the same food everyday.  It gets untasteful even if that food is your favorite.

The only thing that is enjoyable is going home to a jolly nephew which brings smile to you. I wonder how such a lovable kid came out from a rotten bitch.

Enough said.  I miss Manila.  And I need to come back.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Update on the 2012 Official Philippine Holidays

Last April 4, 2012, the Pres. Noynoy Aquino signed Proclamation No. 361 declaring December 24, 2012 a special non-working holiday. I would likely be looking forward for the Christmas holidays knowing that the Christmas Eve is now officially a no work day.

But I think the 2-day holidays, December 24-25, are not enough to celebrate Christmas.  Especially for those who are from the province but works in Manila or in other places.  Better save up on your leaves and extend the vacation to celebrate until the New Year 2013.

Based on Proclamation No. 295 signed by Pres. Noynoy Aquino, the holidays are of the following dates:



January 1, 2012 (Sunday) – New Year’s Day
January 23, 2012 (Monday) – Chinese New Year

February 25, 2012 (Saturday) – Anniversary of EDSA Revolution (special holiday)

April 5, 2012 – Maundy Thursday
April 6, 2012 – Good Friday
April 7, 2012 – Black Saturday (special non-working day)
April 9, 2012 (Monday) – Araw ng Kagitingan

May 1, 2012 (Tuesday) – Labor Day

June 12, 2012 (Tuesday) – Independence Day

August 21, 2012 (Tuesday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
August 27, 2012 (Monday) – National Heroes Day

November 1, 2012 (Thursday) – All Saints’ Day (special non-working day)
November 2, 2012 (Friday) – All Souls’ Day (special non-working day)
November 30, 2012 (Friday) – Bonifacio Day

December 24, 2012 (Monday) – Christmas Eve (special non-working holiday)
December 25, 2012 (Tuesday) – Christmas Day
December 30, 2012 (Sunday) – Rizal Day
December 31, 2012 (Monday) – Last Day of the Year (special non-working day)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I used to make choco chip oatmeal cookies even without an oven.  With just an oven toaster, I often whip this delectable treat for my family and friends.  So yesterday, because I miss munching on my favorite cookies, I made a batch to give into my cravings.

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So here is the recipe of oatmeal cookies of which you could use to make for you friends and families.

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
1.  Preheat oven to 325 F or 165 C.
2. Cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar in a large bowl, until smooth.  Beat in eggs one at a time, and then stir in vanilla.
3.  In a separate bowl, sift and combine flour, baking soda and salt.
4.  Stir into the creamed butter-sugar mixture. Blend well.
5.  Add oats and chocolate chips.  Mix very well.
6.  With a spoon, drop a generous amount of the batter in an ungreased baking sheet.  Shape into flat circles.
8.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown in the preheated oven.  Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Home Again

I know, I have previously wrote that quitting is never an option.  I still believe that.  And even with my job applications in SG, quitting is not a solution for me.

But I am now home. I know it is contradicting.  I haven't quit on the dream of travelling the world even if it entails going abroad to work.  But I went home for a job opportunity.  I was invited to take an examination for a post in the government.  Because there's not much activity with my job applications I decided to grab on the opportunity.

So here I am still bumming around but now at home.  Still looking for an opportunity abroad and hoping to hit a jockpot.  If its working in the government is what the Lord's answer to my prayers, then let it be. I don't want to defy my fate.  I'll let things be.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

When I went to Singapore, I have been craving to bake. I was so bored that I have been thinking of what to put into the oven for another delicious treat.

So when I arrived home, I am up and eager to have the oven on the loose. =) 

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Banana Cupcakes
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon baking soda (add to pureed bananas)
3 pureed bananas, very ripe

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake lids in the baking pan.
2. Cream butter, sugar and eggs. Sift flour several times, then add the salt and baking powder to the flour.
3. To the creamed butter mixture, add the milk and flour alternatly.
4. Add vanilla and mashed bananas (with the baking soda added to the bananas) to this mixture.
5. Bake for 25-40 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Ingredients
1/2 stick butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 box powdered sugar (1 lb.)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Frosting Directions:
1. Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth, add sugar and vanilla and blend well. Spread on cooled cake.  Sprinkle rainbow candies on top (optional).

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Experiencing Titanic

I have been a fan of the movie Titanic by James Cameron.  Until now, it gives me goosebumps.  So when Liz and I were looking for an activity to do when we met up, visiting the Titanic Exhibit at the Art Science Museum at the Marina Bay Sands was up in our list.

Minus the lovestory, the movie speaks about history of how in 1912 the great Titanic exudes magnificent engineering in the modern age as it loaded 2223 passengers to New York in a 4-day voyage.  Dubbed to be unsinkable, in the 2nd day of its voyage, it has reached its doom, as it struck into an iceberg.
But the story of the Titanic was only told by those who survived it.  Little was known about it except by those told by a mere 706 individuals who surpassed the tragedy.  But in 1985, Titanic was discovered in the sea bed, 4 km under.  And several missions have been done to obtain relics and artefacts from the vessel and these pieces compose what is the Titanic Exhibit which is shown all over the world.  Singapore is previlege that the Titanic has docked at the Marina Bay Sands!  And I am previleged enough to have the opportunity to see the exhibit

Unfortunately, photos are not allowed inside the exhibit so Liz and I were only left to this one photo which is at the entrance of the exhibit.
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As soon as we hand in our tickets we were given a boarding pass for the Titanic. It is a replica of the boarding pass in 1912 and at the back are the details of an actual passengers, their passenger status and their company during the travel, and their reasons for traveling.  I was a 2nd class mother traveling with my son who's boarding pass was handed to Liz.

At the first part of the museum is about the conceptualization and construction of Titanic and its 2 other sisters, Olympia and Britannic. Among the specimens present are the blueprints or plans of the Titanic and the other 2 ships.  Likewise, it showed how a lot of engineers has put their fingers to make Titanic exude in magnificence.
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Building the Titanic

The next room shows the levels of the titanic from the boiler room (which fuels the Titanic), then the 3rd class or economy class, 2nd class and the first class.  The reconstruction of the 2nd and the first class is very impressive and extravagant.  It is similar (and even more) to some hotels I have seen.  We got to see the replicas of the beds, dressers, toilet and carpeted floors.
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Luxury at the First Class

Even the staircase we have seen in the movies was replicated and reconstructed for the audiences' eyes. There are also some artefacts in glasscases like brushes, or toothpaste jars, perfumes etc.  It is quite amazing that we could still see them despite being in the sea bed for 75 long years.

There was also a part of the exhibit where one could see the top deck, the dark night full of stars and the iceberg that hit the Titanic.  There was a big ice sculptured into an iceberg that the audience could touch and feel the freezing temperature which is awesome.

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Iceberg straight ahead!!

Though awesome is the whole exhibit, there is also a part that is quite haunting and depressing.  There was a wall listing all the passengers of Titanic and its crew and whether or not he or she survived.  Fortunately the original owner of my boarding pass and Liz' survived the tragedy.

The last part of the exhibit is the wreck itself.  We were transported in the sea bed down under and was presented with artifacts and their pictures of how they were discovered by the underwater missions which is very tedious and time consuming (almost 12 hours).

Exiting, the exhibit closes with how help has asked and given to the survivors and the families of those who perished in the tragedy.  And even if Singapore is million of miles away from the location, SG has a big contribution when news has reached its shores.

Tickets are sold at 21SGD (with 3SGD booking fee) for adults.  It may sound expensive but I think with all the efforts done in the recovery and preserviations of the artifacts and bringing the proof of Titanic's existence to your doorstep, it is worth every dollar.

The exhibit is on until the 29th of April 2012.  Hope you guys could take a visit. =)

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The Titanic Exhibit
Art Science Museum
Marina Bay Sands


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wonder Full Show at Marina Bay Sands

My cousin Mary Rose, with husband and 2 daughters, are here at Singapore.  So I spent the whole day as their tourist guide.  I'm no expert with Singapore actually, but among my relatives here, I am the only one available.

So we went to the Marina Bay after we have dropped off their things at their hotel.  Pictures were taken at the Esplanade, Merlion Park and the skyscraper.  We then had dinner at the Lau Pha Sat Market which is miles away (a local told us that its only a 5 min walk, but it was more than that!!!).  After, we strolled towards the Marina Bay Sands to just experience the place.

We are meaning to catch "i light", which is the first sustainable light art in southeast asia, which will happen at the Waterfront.  But good thing we exited at the Promenade (after doing some window shopping) and have seen tourists sitting facing towards the skyscraper.  What is also peculiar is the numerous of photographers setting up their cameras so we thought that we are at the right place.

So we took our seats and waited.  At first it was all just the lights from the buildings in front of us.  My cousin was thinking it would be similar to Hongkong's light show but we were up for a different treat.


Sorry for the video... I only had my hand as tripod.. 

With the skyscraper as background, water and lights played before us accompanied by music and sound. Dubbed as Wonder Full, the show uses electric light and laser effects, to tell the story of the journey of life.  We were left to nothing but to enjoy a stunning masterpiece of visual effects composed of lasers, searchlights, LEDs, video projectors and giant streaming water screens.

Some facts:
--  The soundtrack is on air live through 103.9 FM, which is Marina Bay Sands official radio station.  The sound was recorded by a 140 piece orchestra and was conducted and arranged by Iskandar Ismail and Daryl  Ang.

Laservision, the hand behind the multi-display media attraction, controls its technical wizardy in exact timing.  It took about 3 years and 100 architectural, design, creative, musical, engineering, technical and IT specialists to develop the show.

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Event Plaza at the Promenade

Showtimes:
Wonderful is shown nightly, with permitting weather.

Sundays to Thursdays: 8 PM and 9:30 PM
Fridays and Saturdays: 8 PM, 9:30 PM and 11 PM

Length of Show: 15minutes

Source: http://www.marinabaysands.com/Singapore-Entertainment/WonderFull/

FREE

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Art and Lifestyle at VivoCity

VivoCity is the biggest shopping mall in Singapore and I happen to live nearby.  I am crashing at my Aunt's Boss' place in Sentosa Cove.  Sentosa Cove, so posh and exclusive,  deserves a different post but now I would like to write about VivoCity, the closest shopping mall to where I live.

VivoCity gives its customers and visitors a diverse and radiant mix of retail, food and beverage,and entertainment in over one million square feet of space.  It's name is from the word "vivacity" which is a lifestyle that is modern, stimulating and accessible.

The retail shops are a mix of local and international brands which is complimented with a recreational and entertainment attractions which becomes an escape for relaxation and enjoyment.


VivoCity is also a gateway to Sentosa via the Sentosa Express monorail which you could find at Level 3 or you could stroll along the Sentosa Boardwalk, Southeast Asia's first garden themed panoramic boardwalk.
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Acess Sentosa through the Sentosa Boardwalk

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Walkalators are available at the Sentosa Boardwalk

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You could see Sentosa from the Boardwalk.

What I liked about VivoCity is the outdoor Sky Park where kids and kids at heart could splash out in a pool to cool the nearing summer heat. Just bring along extra clothes as your kids will have a grand time in this large pool.

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Have a splash at VivoCity

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Your kids will surely have a grand and cool time

Likewise, VivoCity has a collection of international art scattered around.  Here are just a few:


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Flower Tree by Choi Jeong-Hwa from Korea

Above is named Flower Tree, which is a six meter tall flower tree in all blooms amongst real trees situated at the Promenade.  It symbolizes affluence, courage and youth.

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Snowman by Inges Idee from Germany

The Snowman, with a height of 13 meters, sits at the Promenade, towering over second-story terrace to peer over the Sky Park.

THERE by Henk Visch from The Netherlands

THERE, a gymnast which swings from a horizontal bar perched more than 6 meters above the rooftop pool, symbolizes man's optimism and his belief that he can find everything he is looking for.

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Vivo Punch by Michael Cheung from Hong Kong

Vivo Punch are human like figures in various poses is a picture of how we must see the bright side of life and we must never fail to explore.  It also depicts fun, inquisitive and innocence which is very childlike. Above is just one of the many human like figures scattered around the open area.

There are 3 other artworks in VivoCity and hopefully I get to update this blog once I had the chance to find them!

-o0o-
VivoCity
1 HarbourFront Walk,
Singapore 098585

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Novena Church

Sanctuary.  I have always searched for one during difficult times.  It is a haven when you feel you're world is crumbling and nothing seems to be falling in place.

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Novena Church

I have found mine in churches.  But among all the churches I have been into in Singapore (I've been in 3 already), it is the Novena Church that I always go back to often, though out of my route most of the time, just because I felt I have found some solace in there.  The familiarity of faces, kneeling down and praying, seemed to refill my shallow well of hope.

The strong belief of Catholics in Singapore will make you feel you are not alone in your plight, whatever they may be.  That your prayers will be answered and that miracles will happen in your life.

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Inside the church

Many devotees come to the Church to pray and ask intercession to the Mother of Perpetual Help.  As I've said in my previous posts, I am not religious.  But I must say I believe in the Divine Power and the power of praying for yourself and for others.  I believe in seeking help from others for prayers.  I believe in power in numbers that's why I seek help from others to pray for me as well, the Blessed Mother most especially.

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Mother of Perpetual Help

Everytime I get out of the Novena Church, I am recharged, refueled to continue my journey.  =)

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As some may not believe in what I have written above, this posts is not for debate nor to convert others.  I just want my religious beliefs heard and respected.

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Novena Church
300 Thomson Rd.,
Singapore 307653

MRT:  Novena

Singapore Art Museum

I don't have a job and I live by my Philippine pesos savings in Singapore.  It's expensive here but this dilemma does not put my explorations at a halt.  I figured that there are ways to see Singapore without spending much.

So last Friday, I visited the Singapore Art Museum which has free admissions during Fridays at 6PM to 9PM.  Famous for its nickname, SAM, the museum features art histories likewise contemporary art practices in Singapore, South East Asia and the world. It is housed in a restored 19th Century Missionary School as seen with its facade with a Saint welcoming its visitors and interiors that are very much like an abode for the religious. The white building of SAM was guarded by a strikingly statue of the headless superman withering like a candle wax which stood in front.

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Singapore Art Museum


Their current feature is The Singapore Show: Future Proof which is a collaboration of young artists whose works, artistry and innovation has gained attention and acclaimed brilliance from different art circles.  They are the next generation of artists to watch out for.

Paralleled with Future Proof is the Collector's Show featuring Chimera.  Chimera brings together works of Asian contemporary art from 21 collections around the world.  An evocative word, Chimera is referenced both from the mythological hybrid monster and the idea of illusion, fantasy or delusion.  A variety of works, from painting to sculpture, to interactive media, to new media, and installations. The artworks aims to remind us of issues which continuously test our judgement at every turn and corner of our new millennium.

See some of their works below:

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Statue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets 2/10 by Yayoi Kusama

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Jesus by Takashi Murakami

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Orange Madonna by Yasmin Sison



The ones that stood out the most is a work by Patricia Eustaquio which is composed of a piano lace cover swathed over an absent piano.  The work is very delicate in detail giving a haunting feeling of hallowness and loss.

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Psychogenic Fugue by Patricia Eustaquio


Likewise, I find this artistic work, worth mentioning as this is composed of red rays set in a former chapel of the convent exuding a feeling of tranquility or that there's a red light from the heavens.

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The man in the picture is actually a person and not part of the art.

Singapore Art museum is free during Fridays 6-9PM! =)

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Singapore Art Museum (SAM @8Q)
8 Queen Street
Singapore 188535



Source:  Singapore Art Museum Program

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Plants and Flowers at Thomson Road

Last weekend, when the house had a party, Tita Eden's boss required her to buy flowers.  Instead of approaching the usual flower shops, me and my aunt trudged to Thomson Road.  This is just a bus ride away from my usual spot, the Novena Church.

So I went back there yesterday to totally capture the plant and flowers highlighted at Thomson Road.

There are a series of shops catering to your needs in landscaping, gardening plants, both for indoor and outdoor, fresh cut flowers, tools and decors.  Baskets, vases, and painted pots are also available to complete your arrangements.

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Greens Everywhere


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Live Potted Flowers and Plants

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Vases, Pots and Decors

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Wooden decors, Baskets, Clay Vases, and Colored Celophane for bouquets

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Landscaping Materials and Gardening Tools

Some shops also offers a variety of indoor and outdoor home decorative pieces to compliment your garden likewise your interiors.  They have water flowing pieces, rattan swings, sofas, figurines and the like.

One good idea I found is the Frame Gardens. It is about having a lush green wall.  In this concept, a plastic crate is turned into a wall planter box.  Lined with moss, planting materials like cotton and topped with chicken wire mess, you are ready to plant your indoor plants.  A plank of wood formed into picture frames and painted with bright colors like red, orange or yellow brings out the green and lushness of the plants.

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Wanting to have a Green Wall? Frame Gardens is your solution!

I also enjoyed looking at the herbs section because I got to see the actual plant where my dried spices and herbs came from.  I saw basil, mint, oregano, celantro, chili, and my favorite, rosemary. I'm thinking of buying some seeds, which they also provide, so I could grow herbs and have them fresh in my cooking,

They also have a variety of cactus, arterial plants, moss, ferns, palms, and grass.  If you are a newbie in gardening, each plant has a sticker giving you details of the plant and how to take care of it.

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Cactus anyone?

If you need some fresh flowers for birthdays or special occasions, you could get your flowers at Thomson Road. They kept the flowers in a big refrigerated room and you could buy these in bundles for a much lower rate unlike the flowershops which sell them expensively per piece.  Self service is encouraged at the shop as they provide customers with baskets for which they could put their flowers of interest.  I think you would have to pay extra if you want your flowers arranged.  Flowers available are roses, daisies, carnations, sunflower, anthoriums, calla lily, tulips, orchids, and a lot more in different colors.  You will surely not ran out of flowers to give your loved ones.

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Tulips and Calla Lily

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Roses

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Anthoriums, Lilys, Chrysanthemum and some fern

So check out your calendar of who's celebrating their birthday next, give them beautiful flowers and make them smile.  Or start a new hobby with gardening and get your plants, pots and tools.  All of these you get to find at Thomson Road.

-o0o-
Thomson Road
Singapore


Thursday, March 8, 2012

When Bumming and Desperation Mix...

It has been a month and 5 days since I left work.  I'm officially bumming around for the same equivalent number of days.  For the first few weeks, I felt I was just on vacation.  And then I was back on my feet trying to finish some requirements for a scholarship in school and a board exam I'm trying to get my ass into taking even if I'm not sure I am qualified.  I just applied and let's see come June.

And then I flew here in Singapore to look for work.  And it has been 12 days of looking for an engineering job, applying to companies online, searching for vacancies in the classified ads and attending walk-in interviews and job fairs.  I feel tired and somewhat desperate.  I'm nearing two weeks yet I have not heard anything from the Immigration regarding my Long-Term Visa pass (allowing me to stay here for 3-12 months), giving me ample time to get a job.  So are the companies whom I have sent my resume to, they just gave me their silence.

When you have nothing to do day by day but waiting, it gets to you.  I get bored for awhile.  I entertain myself with helping out with the chores or do some errands but that becomes boring too that you feel  desperation. I cried yesterday because I feel helpless.  I just hope not to cross the border of insanity.

I'm not really afraid of not finding work because I could always return to the family and help out with the business but at the back of my mind, I don't want to feel defeated.  That I gave up right away..but then again..when should I say that it is enough and maybe its not for me?

I know 12 days is too early to say I quit.  I am not at that point yet.  We are left to wait.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

St. Andrew's Cathedral

I'm not a frequent church goer.  I'm not religious but I pray.  I say sorry because I've sinned.  I seek for God's grace when I am in a crossroads.  I asked for guidance when I am troubled or in doubt. I continuously seek for blessings.

I believe in Divine intervention.

So now that I am looking for a job in SG and to trying broaden my horizon, I often than not find myself going into churches to seek for God's mercy and compassion for my future.

After going through with the ICA and Lucky Plaza, I scanned the map for the nearest church and seen St. Andrew's Cathedral.  The cathedral is said to be the largest in Singapore being the center of the Diocese of Singapore.

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St. Andrew's Cathedral

I would like to share with you some parts of the Cathedral of which is interesting.

When you enter the Cathedral by its main door in the font, you will be welcomed by the Baptismal Front, which is placed at the entrance into the Nave to signify that as one enters the kingdom of God through Christ, he has to respond to His command to be baptised in water.
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Baptismal Front

In the very front of the Cathedral is the Lord's Table.  Just like the last supper where Christ shared dinner with his beloved disciples, Christians gather around the Lord's Table to eat the bread and drink the wine, representing the body and blood of Christ, in accordance with Jesus' command to do this in remembrance of Him.
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Lord's Table at the center (draped in violet because its the Easter Season)

As a backdrop of the Lord's Table are the East Windows where the Centre, North and South Light passes through. The Centre Light is in memory of Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of modern Singapore.  The North and South Light are in memory of Sir John Crawford, Governor of Singapore from 1823-1826 and Mar. Gen. William Butterworth, the Governor in 1843 to 1855, respectively.

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East Windows

At the left side of the Lord's table is the Lectern, where the Bible passage are being read.  It is shaped after a flying eagle perched on a globe to signify that God's Word should be proclaimed and shared throughout the world.

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Lectern

The Pulpit is where the Word of God is preached.  It is made in Sri Lanka in 1889.  Behind is a cross by the wall which they named Coventry Cross, named after the the Coventry Cathedral because it is made from the nails recovered from the ruins of the said cathedral.

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Pulpit

As I've looked around the church, it also has a lot of tomb stone by its wall.  What is good about the church is that there is big TVs for people seated at the back so that they would see and hear the priest during the mass.

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Tombstone inside

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TV Screens everywhere

Somehow, saying a prayer eased my doubts.  I always find solitude in a church. =)

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St. Andrew's Cathedral is open to the public and is easily accessible through the City Hall MRT (Exit B).

St. Andrew's Cathedral
11 St. Andrew's Road
Singapore 178959

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Goodbye for now Phil


Today, I temporarily say goodbye to the Philippines.  I have a return ticket for today but I won’t use it.  I had it to show the Immigration that I am planning to return. 

But I would return to my beloved country.  In the near future perhaps but not today.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lucky Plaza, Filipinos are lucky to have you.

I was adviced by my aunt to buy my sim card at Lucky Plaza because it is cheaper than in other malls.  So after finishing my business at the ICA, I proceeded to Orchard Station and walked to Lucky Plaza.

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 Not only did I find my simcard so I could be reached by possible employers, I found Lucky Plaza as Filipino’s haven in Singapore.  If you miss Pinoy food, you will find a stall that savors your tastebuds.   There are also stalls for remittance to you’re loved one’s bank-account.  The usual banks are PNB, BDO, Metrobank and BPI.  Also if you want to send your family a box of Singapore items, you could also find a courier at Lucky Plaza. 


 It would be crowded with Filipinos most especially during Sundays when most of the domestic workers have their day off and the only time where they could do their personal errands like remittance and shopping of things they miss from home. 


 I think I have heard a lot of Tagalog in one area alone.It made me miss Philippines. It made me miss home.


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Lucky Plaza is located along Orchard road. To get there get off at Orchard MRT, then Exit towards Tangs.  It is beside Tangs. 


Lucky Plaza 
304 Orchard Road 
Singapore 238863

MOM, I got my EPEC, now what?

As I’ve said in my previous post, I was issued of an Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate by the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore last year.It was only now that I came to Singapore to take the next step.

 As per instruction in my certificate, I am entitled to apply for a Long Term Visa Pass (up to 12 months) for me to stay in Singapore long enough to find work.

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Immigration and Customs Authority
So today, I went to Immigration and Customs Authority to apply for an LTVP.  Pre-warned by my aunt who have worked in SG for more than 20 years, there are a lot of people at ICA so I better leave the house early.  But when I arrived, there is not much people unlike in the Philippine Government Agencies.

The small crowd  is due to the efficient system of employing computers for applications.  So I was directed to an e-ICA kiosk of which, there’s an ICA employee assisting users of what to do.  After a few clicks, I found myself answering the questionnaire for the LTVP application.  Then my photo was scanned.  Afterwhich I was asked to pay 30SGD through credit card in the same kiosk. And I was done.  The whole process didn’t even last for 20 minutes.

I just love their system.  It was a breeze.  No wonder Singapore is a first world country.  The employees know what to do or what to advice enquiries. They employ technology for the public’s convenience.  Two thumbs up for ICA.  I’m impressed!

I ask for your prayers.  I hope to get my LTVP approved and released ASAP.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Touchdown KL, Commuting to SG

I am now at Singapore trying to look for a job and continue off my life.  I have planned on doing this for such a while now but it was only now that I have decided to come here.  I was issued an Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate by the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore.  It certifies that I am qualified to work and be given an Employment Pass should a company hire me. My certificate has only 2 years validity and I wouldn't want to miss my opportunity that's why I went here.

So I left last Saturday via Clark.  I have previously booked a vacation to Kuala Lumpur with my Mom and my brother but plans changed and it is not a priority financially, so they don't want to go...so I proceeded with half of the plan that after touring KL, I would go to Singapore to find work.

It was harder for me at the Immigration.  In the Philippines, I was questioned why my family won't go and what will I do in Kuala Lumpur without them when my reason was a vacation.  And I was asked what my current working status is which I have to lie.  I told the officer of my previous position at Manila Water without telling him that I actually resigned from work.  When I was searched for a company ID, I told him that I left it and only brought my PRC License.  I told him that I have gone out of the country for so many times and it was only now that I was asked of my company ID,  although this is a repeat of our South Korea.  


After the agoning 15 minutes of interrogation, I got my stamp and I passed through the Philippine Immigration.  I think it was the longest 15 minutes I ever had and I have to be composed the whole time!

I touched down the Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Terminal in Kuala Lumpur.  It was such a breeze when I went through the Immigration.

After that I rode the bus going to KL Central but got off at the Puduraya Bus Station where there are buses to Singapore.  But I hated the fact that there seems to be no system in the area.  There are just guys issuing tickets.  There was no bus going straight to Singapore but only until Larkin Terminal.  So I took an Ekspress Bus with 45 Ringgit.  From the Larkin Terminal, I got a SBT Bus to Singapore with only 2.60 Ringgit.

After getting out of the Malaysian Embassy, I found a friend in the name of Mr. Lee while waiting in queue for the bus. It was somewhat tough at the Singapore Immigration.  While answering the arrival card, an immigration security requested for my passport and asked a few questions.  That was not the official questions yet.  Then I have to face the Immigration Officer and I was bombarded with a lot more questions.

Eventually, I got passed and entered Singapore.  My next problem was to contact my cousin.  My globe roaming was not activated so my phone was useless the whole travel time.  Good thing, Mr Lee was generous, he allowed me to call my cousin so that I could finalize our meet-up point.

And he was more generous when he came with me to the agreed place to endorse me to my cousin.  

So I'm job hunting now... and hopefully will get to work.  I feel homesick sometimes but I always recall my journey coming here...With all the trials, conquering them and the help that the Lord God has given me just to arrive in Singapore safe and sound, I really can't lose hope whenever I feel that I'm all alone here. =)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Plays to Look out for in 2012

I'm a self confessed theatre freak.  I'm mad about plays and I have said goodbyes to movies so I could save on entertainment expense so I could keep up with watching live acts.  So when I found this article at spot.ph, I'm quite excited.


This 2012 is another year of great acts and quality productions.  So fill in your calendar and save on some moolah for a spectacular show!


The Sound of Music

When: All Fridays (8pm), Saturdays (3pm & 7pm) and Sundays (2pm & 7pm) of January and  February

Where: Newport Performing Arts Center, Resorts World Manila

Ticket prices: P1,000, 1,300, 1,700 and 2,000

Cast: Joanna Ampil and Cris Villonco as Maria Rainer, Audie Gemora, Ariel Rivera and Jon Joven as Captain Georg von Trapp, Tanya Manalang as Liesl von Trapp, Paolo Ocampo and Luis Nieto as Friedrich von Trapp, Rebecca Coates as Louisa von Trapp, Anton Posadas, Roberto Sison and Justin Sian as Kurt von Trapp, Alida Moberg and Paula Therese Zamesa as Marta von Trapp, Alexa Villaroel as Gretl von Trapp, etc.

Synopsis: Due to popular demand, The Sound of Music Manila is extending until February this year. Watch the story of Maria Rainer come to life as the young Austrian postulant appointed as governess over Captain Georg von Trapp's seven children. Fall in love with the timeless songs that tell the story of how Maria plays mother to the seven children and captivates the heart of the once cold and strict captain.

Purchase tickets via RWM Box Office and Ticketworld


R.I.P.
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Theater group: Ateneo Entablado


When: January 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30pm; January 14 and 21 at 2:30pm and 7:30 pm; January 21 at 10:30 am


Where: Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University Ticket price: P250


Cast: Kalil Christian Almonte and Timmy Gabito as Colas, Tyron Judes Casumpang and Jethro Niño Tenorio as Toming, Sergio Luis Gahol and Mark Philippe Legaspi as Uban, Anna Maria Reyes and Jenaira Mae Jalasco as Ichay, John Michael del Rosario and Justin Benedict Armada as Bociong/Kristyano, Paul Nicolo Claustro as Bociong/Moro, Nicole Cambal as Sianang, Ayesa Mira Lemence and Lemelen Palad as Sianang/Bambay, etc.


Synopsis: “Bamos, bata, mag-agwanta, alang-alang, na sa pista.” This satire shows the transformation of Philippine performing arts in the form of a theater group rehearsing for a performance while struggling against the emergence of another art form.


Purchase tickets via Eric Estolatan at 0906-4413838


Next Fall
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Theater Group: Repertory Philippines


When: January 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8pm;February 3 and 4 at 8pm; January 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29 at 5:30pm; February 4 & 5 at 3:30pm


Where: OnStage 2/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati


Ticket prices: P400, P600, and P800


Cast: Bart Guingona as Adam and David Bianco as Luke


Synopsis: A gay couple agonizes over their differences in religious beliefs—Luke believes in God, while Adam believes in, well, everything else. This humorous and witty story portrays the ups and downs of an unlikely couple's five-year relationship that is forever changed when an accident happens. 


Purchase tickets via Ticketworld or Greenbelt 1.



Eyeball
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Theater Group: Tanghalang Pilipino

When: Set A (Bakit Wala Nang Nagtatagpo si Philcoa Oberpas? and Doc Resureccion: Gagamutin Ang Bayan) – Jan. 13 at 8pm; January 14 at 3pm and 8pm; January 15 at 3pm; February 4 at 8pm; February 5 at 3pm; February 10 at 8pm; February 11 at 3pm Set B (Maliw and Isang Araw Sa Karnabal) – January 20 at 8pm; January 21 at 3pm & 8pm; January 22 at 3pm; February 3 at 8pm; February 4 at 3pm; February 11 at 8pm; February 12 at 3pm

Where: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), CCP Ticket prices: Regular: P600, Student: P300
Cast: Bakit Wala Nang Nagtatagpo si Philcoa Oberpas? – Jelson Bay, Carmina Capile, Marco Viaña, Jonathan Tadioan, Martha Comia, Pam Hundana, Gino Ramirez, and Paolo Cabenero Doc Resureccion: Gagamutin Ang Bayan – Riki Benedicto, Jonathan Tadioan, Sherry Lara, Rayna Reyes, and Spanky Manikan Maliw – Sherry Lara, Spanky Manikan, and Regina De Vera Isang Araw Sa Karnabal –
Sheenly Gener, Marco Viaña, Yul Siervo, and Martha Comia

Synopsis: Tanghalang Pilipino has selected four of their best plays from the Virgin Labfest to be showcased in Eyeball: New Visions in Philippine Theater. Bakit Wala Nang Nagtatagpo si Philcoa Oberpas? tells the story of a man and a woman who decide to meet at the Philcoa overpass after months of flirting online, as their story intertwines with other characters. In Doc Resureccion: Gagamutin Ang Bayan, a well-meaning doctor runs for Mayor only to find out that the community he wanted to help desires a different path for itself. In Maliw, a family celebrates the 30th birthday of their eldest daughter who disappeared five years ago as her mother tries to close a chapter that has yet to be written. Isang Araw Sa Karnabal is about two former activists, both with missing loved ones, meeting again after a long time and attempting to mend broken ties.

Purchase tickets via CCP and Ticketworld

Love, Loss, and What I Wore
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Theater Group: CTE Productions

When: January 20 at 8pm; January 21 at 3:30pm & 8pm; January 22 at 3:30pm

Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati

Ticket prices: P500, 1,000, and 1,200

Cast: Cathy Azanza-Dy, Liza Infante-Robinson, Jay Valencia-Glorioso, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, and Bituin Escalante

Synopsis: This intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as the firsthand accounts of the Ephrons' friends. Just like the book, this play captures the milestones in a woman's life with laughter, tears, and, not to mention, the special piece of clothing or accessory she wore during that moment. The stories behind each character's halter top, faded jeans, cocktail dress, killer stilettos, and designer handbag will make you laugh or cry—or both.

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld

You Can't Stop The Beat 
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Theater groups: Theater Down South and De La Salle Zobel 


When: January 20 at 8pm; January 21 at 3pm and 8pm


 Where: Sylvia P. Lina Theater in De La Salle Zobel Ticket price: P350


Cast: To be announced 


Synopsis: A musical showcase that celebrates the past, present and future of DLSZ musical theater. 


Purchase tickets at the lobby of Sylvia P. Lina Theater on the day of your preferred show. All seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. 



Mamma Mia!
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Theater group: Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Limited

When: January 24-27 at 8pm; January 28-29 at 3pm & 8pm, January31-February 3 at 8pm, February 4-5 at 3pm & 8pm, February 7-10 at 8pm, February 11-12 at 3pm & 8pm

Where: CCP Main Theater

Ticket prices: P750, P1,000, 1,500, 2,000, 3,500, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000

Cast: View the full list and credentials of the international cast here.

Synopsis: “A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!” On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to find the identity of her real father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island of Greece, which the men last visited 20 years ago. The tale is told through Abba's timeless hits, such as “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes It all.”

Purchase ticket via Ticketworld


Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle The Musical 
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Theater group: 4th Wall Theatre Company 


When: January 27-29, Feb 1-5, 8-12, 15-19 (Wednesday and Thursdays at 8pm, Friday to Saturday at 3pm and 8pm, Sundays at 3pm) 


Where: Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig 


Ticket prices: P600, P800, P950, P1,000, P1,300 and P1,650 Cast: Felix Rivera and Red Concepcion as Quito Valencia, Jeremy Aguado and Mako Alonso as Tommy Basilio, Athena Tibi and Ashley Imler as Reena San Jose, OJ Mariano as Paco Valencia, Juliene Mendoza and Jennie Nuyda as The Valencias, Raymund Concepcion and Sheila Francisco as The Basilios, and Joel Trinidad as Benny Ysip 


Synopsis: The long-running Ateneo-La Salle rivalry gets a melodic twist. Set in 1968 when Ateneo and La Salle were still part of the NCAA with other schools such as Letran and San Beda, the story revolves around two families—one blue-blooded (Atenean) and one green-blooded (La Sallian). The main stars are two young men—both star basketball players of their respective schools—vying for the affections of a beautiful coed from a nearby all-girls school, Maryknoll. To make the friendly rivalry a bit more complicated, the boys—Quito Valencia and Tommy Basilio—are first cousins and best friends. 


Purchase tickets via Ticketworld 


Additional run: March 9 at 8:00 PM, March 10 at 3PM and 8PM and March 11 at 3PM



Haring Lear
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Theater Group: PETA

When: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24 & March 2 at 7pm; February 18 at 2pm & 7pm; January 28, 29, Feb. 4, 5, 11, 12, 19, 25, 26, March 3 & 4 at 10am & 3pm

Where: PETA Theater Center, #5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City

Ticket prices: Regular: P350, VIP: P500

Cast: Teroy Guzman as Haring Lear, Abner Delina as Cordelia, Gary Lim as Regan, Nor Domingo as Goneril, Jay Gonzaga as Edmundo, Myke Salomon as Edgardo, Jack Yabut as Gloster, Jeff Hernandez as Duke ng Cornualles, George de Jesus as Oswaldo, Josel Reyes as Kent, Renante Bustamante as Duke ng Albanya, Angel Moratilla as Hari ng Francia, Fredyl Hernandez as Duke ng Burgonia, and Ernie Cloma (multiple roles)

Synopsis: Considered by many as Shakespeare's best work, King Lear was translated by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and adapted into a Filipino stage play by director Nonon Padilla. Haring Lear is the story of a king whose rash judgment, firm faith in filial piety, violence and blindness is the cause of his kingdom's destruction, and eventually his own undoing. It features an all-male cast, including the daughters of Haring Lear portrayed my male thespians.

Purchase tickets via PETA


You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
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Theater group: 9 Works Theatrical


When: February 11 at 3:30pm and 8pm; February 18 at 8pm; February 19 at 3:30pm; February 25 at 3:30pm and 8pm; February 26 at 3:30 pm; March 2 at 8pm; March 3 at 3:30pm and  8pm


Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, Ayala Avenue, Makati City


Ticket prices: P700, P900, P1,000, P1,200, P1,300, and P1,500


Cast: Robbie Guevara as Charlie Brown, Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Lucy, Franco Laurel and Toff de Venecia as Linus, Tonipet Gaba as Schroeder, and Sweet Plantado-Tiongson as Sally


Synopsis: Charles M. Schulz's comic strip comes to life in this family-friendly musical comedy starring six of our beloved Peanuts characters. There's Charlie Brown, who can't seem to win the heart of The Little Red-Haired Girl. There's Lucy, the bossy and crabby little tyrant who is in love with the piano-playing Schroeder. There's Schroeder, an admirer of Beethoven and Charlie's second best friend next to Linus. There's Snoopy, Charlie Brown's wisecracking yet lovable dog. There's Linus, the blanket-toting daydreamer. Last but not the least, there's Sally, Charlie's sister who battles getting a D in school while crushing on Linus.


Purchase tickets via Ticketworld



Fireflies 
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Theater group: Tanghalang Ateneo

When: February 9-11, 15-18 & 22-25 at 7pm; February 11, 18 and 25 at 2pm

Where: Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University Ticket price: P250

Cast: Katski Flores and Gigi Escalante as wife, Ward Luarca and Xander Soriano as husband, Gel Basa and Ella Palileo as Megumi, Dave Fabros and Mikey Panopio as Hayakawa, AJ Constantino and Mirick Paala as Murai, Nicolo Magno and Brian Sy as Nakagawa, Laura Cabochan and Cindy Lopez as Tomoyo

Synopsis: Based on the award-winning Japanese play by Suzue Toshiro, Fireflies is set in Tokyo in the '90s. The story weaves the stories of four couples trapped in emotional paralysis—two lovers stuck in a relationship they don't want to be in, a couple slowly drifting apart, a student in search of herself, an office boy who envies his best friend's life, and a deluded businessman in search of adventure in his life.

Purchase tickets via Ada Albaña at 0922-895-2070, 0920-584-7421 or adpalbana@yahoo.com 

Leading Ladies 
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Theater Group: Repertory Philippines

When: February 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 8pm; March 2 & 3 at 8:00pm; February 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 3:30pm; March 3 & 4 at 3:30PM

Where: OnStage 2/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati Ticket prices: P400, P600, and P800

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: Two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, are in financial and career trouble. When they hear that a dying old lady in York, PA, is leaving her three million dollars to two long-lost nephews, they decide to pass themselves off as the two nephews to inherit the fortune. The only thing is, as soon as they get to York, they find out that the lady's long-lost relatives are nieces, not nephews! One disastrous decision leads to another in this hilarious story of two broke actors passing themselves off as women in order to scam an old lady for her wealth.

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld or Greenbelt 1

Company Call 
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Theater group: Ateneo Blue Repertory

When: February 11 at 8pm

Where: Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

Ticket prices: P500 for regular guests, P250 for students

Cast: Rem Zamora, Gabe Mercado, and RR Herrera

Synopsis: To celebrate their 20th season, blueREP is producing Company Call: blueREP at 20, a showcase of various numbers from past productions staged by the theater organization since it was founded in 1991. Watch blueREP members and alumni perform hits from musicals such as Once On This Island, Footloose, High School Musical and All Shook Up, as well as blueREP originals such as Stages of Love.

Purchase tickets via Ant Altomonte at 0926-7164395



The Forsaken House 
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Theater group: Dulaang UP

When: February 15-17, 22-24, 29 and March 1-2 at 7pm; February 18-19, 25-26 and March 3-4 at 10am and 3pm

 Where: Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2/F Palma Hall, UP Diliman

Ticket price: P250

Cast: Irma Adlawan, Tess Dumpit, Leo Rialp, Ces Quesada, Espie Tinio-Garcellano, Menggie Cobarrubias and Joel Lamangan Synopsis: It's the early 1940s, and while most Filipinos are embracing change and diversity, Don Ramon maintains a strict hold on his family. Although he believes that he has his children's best interests at heart, his overbearing rules—from not allowing them to go out with friends to forbidding visitors in the house—spur an unfortunate and ultimately heartbreaking series of events.

Purchase tickets via Dulaang UP at 926-1349


Jekyll and Hyde
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Theater Group: Repertory Philippines

When: March 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31 at 8pm; April 13 & 14 at 8:00pm; March 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31 at 3:30pm; April 1, 14 & 15 at 3:30pm

Where: OnStage 2/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati

Ticket prices: P400, P600, and P800

Cast: Michael Williams and Jet Pangan as Jekyll/Hyde, Kalila Aguilos as Lucy, and Cris Villonco as Emma

Synopsis: This dark musical is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel about a brilliant doctor whose psychological experiments with human personality create an evil counterpart. To find a cure for his father's mental illness, Dr. Henry Jekyll is convinced that he can separate man's evil nature from his good side. During this dangerous experiment, he inadvertently unleashes his own dark side—the maniacal Edward Hyde, who wreaks havoc in the streets of late 19th century London.

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld or Greenbelt 1

Si Tonying at Ang Mahiwagang Aklat ng Kasaysayan
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Theater Group: Harlequin Theatre Guild

When:  March 15 to 17, 2012  at 6:30 PM

Where: De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: In the world of fantasy, history is being created in a place where the past and the future can be found. A young historian named Tonying has been destined to take care of history. 

With the help of the mirror of time, the key of the past, present and future, and the book of Philippine History, this young historian will strive to witness and record the events of history. In this journey, Tata Lasy and Klea joins him.

However, Tonying’s young mind and half-hearted self paved way for Mangmang to do his evil tricks ? he steals history’s precious objects for him to reign and become the most powerful in the world of fantasy. As Mangmang holds possession of those, history experiences chaos and mix-ups.

Purchase tickets through Mary Dizon at (63 917) 826-2880


In The Heights: The Repeat
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Theater Group: Atlantis Productions

When: March 16 at 8pm; March 17 at 2pm and 8pm; March 18 at 3pm and 8pm; March 23 at 8pm; March 24 at 2pm and 8pm; March 25 at 3pm & 8pm

Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium

Ticket prices: P700, P800, P1,300, P1,600, and P1,700

Cast: Nyoy Volante as Unsavi, K-La Rivera as Nina, Jackie Lou Blanco as Camila, Jay Glorioso as Abuela Claudia, Ima Castro as Vanessa, Tex Ordonez as Daniela, Calvin Millado as Kevin, Felix Rivera as Benny, Bibo Reyes as Sonny, Jimmy Marquez as Piragua guy, Tanya Manalang as Carla, and Altair Alonso as Graffiti Pete

Synopsis: After last year's successful run of In The Heights, Unsavi and his gang are back for more. This upbeat musical explores three days in the lives of New York City Dominican-Americans in the neighborhood of Washington Heights. The hopes, dreams, budding romances, and conflicts of the Hispanic characters intertwine in this colorful showcase of hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music.

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld

Rock of Ages
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Theater Group: Atlantis Productions

When: June 15 at 8pm; June 16 at 2pm and 8pm; June 17 at 3pm and 8pm; June 22 at 8pm; June 23 at 2pm and 8pm; June 24 at 3pm and 8pm; June 29 at 8pm; June 30 at 2pm and 8pm; July 1 at 3pm and 8pm; July 6 at 8pm; July 7 at 2pm and 8pm; July 8 at 3pm and 8pm

Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, Ayala Avenue, Makati City

Ticket prices: To be announced

Cast: Mig Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx. Remaining cast to be announced.

Synopsis: Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl meets a big city rocker in LA's most famous rock club. Their love story unfolds through the greatest rock songs of the '80s, including hits from Journey, Whitesnake, Poison, Styx, Night Ranger, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twister Sister, and Asia.

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld


God of Carnage
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Theater Group: Atlantis Productions

When: July 13, 8pm; July 14, 2pm and  8pm; July 15, 3pm and 8pm; July 17, 8pm; July 18, 8pm; July 19, 8 pm; July 20, 8pm; July 21, 2pm and 8pm; July 22, 3pm and 8pm;

Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, Ayala Avenue, Makati City

Ticket prices: To be announced

Cast: Lea Salonga, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Arthur Acuña, and Adrian Pang

Synopsis: This non-musical play is a dark comedy about two pairs of parents who meet to discuss the matter of one of their children hurting the other at a public park. As the night goes by, the parents become increasingly childish, and their attempts to handle the situation in a civilized manner starts turning into chaos.

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld

D'Emperor
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Theater Group: Tanghalang Pilipino

When: August 2012 (final dates to be announced)

Where: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), CCP

Ticket prices: To be announced

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: An adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic, The Emperor's New Clothes, TP's original musical version sets the story in the modern and colorful world of fashion. See the iconic moment when the vain emperor parades his invisible clothes and a child cries, “But he isn't wearing anything at all!”

Purchase tickets via CCP


The Wizard of Oz
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Theater Group: Repertory Philippines

When: August 18 – December 16

Where: OnStage 2/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati

Ticket prices: To be announced

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel comes to life in this adventurous musical starring our favorite character Dorothy, a young Kansas farm girl who is whisked away by a tornado to the magical land of Oz, where she looks for the mighty Wizard who has the power to send her home. In her quest she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion who help her avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch Of The West in this adventurous journey.

A friendly note: This musical is not based on the famous MGM film starring Judy Garland, and will not include songs from the movie.

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld or Greenbelt 1

Walang Kukurap
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Theater Group: Tanghalang Pilipino

When: September 2012 (final dates to be announced)

Where: Tanghalang Huseng Batute, CCP

Ticket prices: To be announced

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: This suspense thriller combines traditional theater with live interviews and unscripted performances—blurring the line between reality and fiction as it tackles the shady world of politics and business in the Philippines. Walang Kukurap also addresses the weakening of the Filipino identity, and how this leads to graft and corruption in our country.

Purchase tickets via CCP

Shrek the Musical
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Theater Group: Atlantis Productions

When: November 15 at 8pm; November 16 at 8pm; November 17 at 2pm & 8pm; November 18 at 3pm & 8pm; November 23 at 8pm; November 24 at 2pm & 8pm; November 25 at 3pm & 8pm; November 30 at 8pm; December 1 at 2pm & 8pm; December 2 at 3pm & 8pm; Dec. 7 at 8pm; December 8 at 2pm & 8pm; December 9 at 3pm & 8pm

Where: Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City

Ticket prices: To be announced

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: The Oscar-winning DreamWorks film takes to the musical stage as our favorite ogre, Shrek, rescues Princess Fiona from the tower and turns the world of Faraway kingdom upside down. Joining the singing and dancing ensemble is a talkative donkey, a diminutive villain, and dozens of other fairytale misfits that are out to make the life of this unlikely green hero more challenging and fun.

Purchasing info: To be announced

Camp Rock
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Theater Group: Repertory Philippines

When: November 16 – December 16

Where: OnStage 2/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati

Ticket prices: To be announced

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: “Camp Rock: The Musical” is a stage adaptation of the Disney Channel hits Camp Rock (2008) and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010), but focuses on the storyline of Camp Rock 2, where Mitchie gets her team of Camp Rockers to get into shape to battle the flashy new Camp Star across the lake in an ultimate musical showdown. This Repertory adaptation features four songs from Camp Rock and 10 songs from Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld or Greenbelt 1


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