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.


 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.

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.

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 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, 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

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
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.

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
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 
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!
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 
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
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
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

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 

Leading Ladies 
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 
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 
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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

This is a work in progress so watch out for updates!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Forsaken House

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero has contributed a lot in theater that he has been proclaimed as one of the National Artist in Theater.  UP has paid tribute to the man, naming the theater that stages production after production for 36 Seasons after Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero, which is located at the second floor of the Arts and Sciences Building.


And to further celebrate of Guerrero’s birth centennial, Duluaang UP capped its 36th Season with a production of Guerrero’s work:  Forsaken House.

Leo Rialp as Don Ramon in Forsaken House

Set in the 40s where the Philippines was gaining independence and power from the American regime, the audience was brought to the abode of Don Ramon. While the Philippines is ready for change, Don Ramon has a strong hold on his household, especially his children. 

Francis Makil Ignacio and Ces Quesada alternating as Tia Pelagia

His children’s activities were limited to school, their home and the church.  He doesn’t want them to attend social activities like parties or even visiting relatives nor he let them entertain friends at their place. He limits their actions, he dictates their schedule, and selects their peers.

Amidst its tight grip, Don Ramon found himself losing his children.  What once a very happy home, turned into a Forsaken House.

Leading the cast are veteran thespians, Leo Rialp and Joel Lamangan playing alternately for the character of Don Ramon and Ces Quesada and Francis Makil Ignacio alternating for the role of Tia Pelagia. I think with the power cast, I was treated to a spectacular play. Joining them are the actors of the new generation.

Young Generation Thespians

Forsaken House
Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater
UP Diliman
For tickets contact the DUP office at 926-1349.  The play runs until March 4, 2012 with shows at 10 AM (Sat-Sun), 3 PM (Sat Sun) and  7PM (Mon-Fri)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Celebrating Vday at Cafe Via Mare

Since college, me and my girlfriends celebrate Valentine's Day over food and good chat.  I think we have lived with the idea that being single is totally not a reason to mope on Vday.  And that even with friends, we could celebrate Valentine's Day.

So to continue with tradition, Kat and I, decided to go out and have dinner.  No destination at mind, we roamed Maginhawa St., eyeing for Van Gogh is Bipolar as an option. Donday and Pino and Pipino as other alternatives.  But somehow, I wasn't paying much attention when I saw Van Gogh, the first time, that I can't remember where it was.  Donday, Pino and Pipino are all cramped that night, not even a parking space is available.

Singles at Via Mare

So Kat and I decided to check out UP Technohub for the mere fact that parking is bountiful. But just before deciding on exiting UP, we remembered Cafe Via Mare at GT Toyota.  the last time we ate there, there are only 3-4 tables occupied so we assume that we would have a table despite the hearts season.

Arriving at Via Mare, we are amazed that it was full though we were still able to score a table at past 8PM.  I think their crew is understaffed because they seem to be fidgety with the request of customers left and right.

After a thorough look at their menu, Kat ordered Tapa while I got Beef Kaldereta.  I was debating with my self of wether to go with their Bangus, or Crab Relleno but seeing the Beef Kaldereta placed at the table near us, I completely forgot the two seafood delicacy and settled into this beef chunks cooked in slightly hot tomato sauce.  I like the taste of their kaldereta, it reminds me of Mom's cooking. They added green olives which I gave all to Kat because I am not a fan.  It is also served with fried spring rolls, halved for an easy eat.

My Beef Kaldererata

Kat's tapa is crispy and sundried.  When you take a bite, it crumbles into flakes in your mouth.  It was a yummy treat!!!  Kat really enjoyed her dinner as she satisfied her craving.

Sundried Tapa

We added Oysters combination which is baked oysters served in 5 flavors.  I like it with cheese and spinach (I think!) better while my least favorite is with mayonnaise.  But I think I still like my oysters steamed, simple but the taste is intact.  Missing home more!

Oysters in different flavors

After the feast, we are given heart shaped white chocolates.  Ahh! Vday complimentary! Just love it when its free! Hahaha!!

Happy Vday

So that ends our Vday, a celebration of friendship and loving ourselves through good food. Single or (not) in a relationship, I think Valentine's day is worth celebrating....It's a good excuse to go out with the people you love and who matters most to you.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Cafe Via Mare
GT Toyota
UP Diliman

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Next Fall: Loving Against all Odds

Loving despite the odds.  I think that is the main story of the 5 year relationship of Adam (Bart Guingona) and Luke (David Bianco) in Next Fall, the latest offering of Repertory Philippines.
Adam, a middle aged atheist fell in love with the young Luke, a religious Born Again Christian.  Amidst differences in religious beliefs and the conflict between their sexuality and religion, Adam and Luke showed the world that they do love each other.


The play opened with a car crash and sirens.  Luke got into a car accident and as his friends, Adam and Luke's divorced parents await for his recuperation at the New York City Hospital, Adam struggles with his position in Luke's life as his 5-year long partner and with Luke's parents who doesn't know who he is and that their son is gay.  Flashbacks of how their relationship started, their arguments about religion and their last conversation before the accident.


With only 6 characters, it is quite amazing to bring out such an amazing story full of issues and conflicts.  The play is very heartwarming, relatable, real and a reflection or a glimpse of the struggles of the gay members of our society.  Though, the setting is very Americanized, it still didn't fail to bring out the conflicting issues of homosexuality and Christianity.

Superb acting from Bart Guigona and Miguel Faustman (Luke's father), all deserved rounds of applause. Likewise the simple set-up of a waiting room that transforms into an apartment, a hospital room and a secluded area in a party.

Next Fall is a play by Geoffrey Nauffts, shown in Broadway and has won Tony Awards in 2010.

Photo Credits:  Repertory Philippines and JR Sala

Friday, February 3, 2012

Moving on to the Next Adventure

I have walked away from the playground that I had for 4 years.  Today is my last day of work.  I'm sad but somewhat relieved.  My decision to resign from work is simply a plan that I kept on postponing only to let myself drown into the the routine and the self pity.  I was not totally happy but because of the day to day learnings I have picked up from time to time, it has held me for four years and more.  And then I got into a graduate program I have been praying for for years, in UP, a stone throw away from where I work so what better way to hang around while doing the program.

But then, when you come to the a point when you find yourself back into the routine of work, questioning whether or not you are growing, until you will just find the guts to say that, I am fine and I am done.  I'll move on to the next adventure.

And that's what I did exactly.  I moved on to the the next adventure life will be throwing at me.  I don't have a concrete plan just yet but I will surely figure it out soon. =)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sagada Day 2: The Strength of the Mighty Bomod-ok Falls

After a big breakfast at the Shanghai House, the group prepared for the hike and a nature trip to the Bomod-ok Falls.  We were told that we could take a dip so we brought along extra clothes and some sunblock to shed our skin from the sun.

We loaded our van and approached Brgy. Fedilisan where the Information Center is located.  We fetched our tourguide and  Kuya Allan (from Pilipinas Roadtrip) paid 10Php per person which will go to the maintenance and development fund of the area.

The trek is about an hour (more if you walk slow) along the walkways of Bangaan Rice Terraces.  The weather was good, the sky was clear and blue, the sun is up yet there is breeze to cool you down.  It was a long walk but the view of the terraces and the people doing their daily activities at the rice paddies is a sure treat to the eyes. 

When we reached some boulders, the rush and might of Bomod-ok Falls could be heard as its waters hits the river below it. Excited, we hurriedly went towards more boulders for a great photo. 

While my friends are busy changing into their swimwear, I was ready for photo opportunity ala postcard!  Hahaha!!  I didn’t bother changing into a proper swimwear because the water is as cold as its surrounding, even colder perhaps.  And true enough, once my toes stepped into the waters, I shivered like crazy.  But once the rest of my body got submerged, I got used to the temperature and I only felt cold whenever I get off the water and the breeze touch my skin.

We gathered for a picnic over the food and drinks brought by Kuya Allan. It was a chance to recharge our body from all the walk we did.  Pictures are till nonstop as the group is truly a picture happy one.
Just after noon, we decided to head back for a late yet proper lunch.  It was a tiring trek going back… the walking sticks provided by our guide did its magic as it proved to be helpful.

Tired as we are, we are extremely blessed for such experience. And we were looking forward for the afternoon activities that awaits.

Tips: Preparing for Spelunking

Spelunking is a good activity for adventurous type who wants to get their hands dirty and who are not afraid of dark and tight spaces.

What to wear:

1) Clothing.  The usual clothes to wear would be shorts, jogging pants, and leggings and a shirt. A rushguard is also convenient as it dries easily. The rule is to wear lighter clothes as possible. You will be soaking wet inside the cave so it would be convenient to wear light and easy to dry clothes as possible.  I love leggings more because it hugs your legs and is very good in silhouette photos. =)

2) Gloves.  To protect your hands from the scrapes and dirt.  As much as possible, wear gloves that has a very good grip.  If you're not bothered to get your hands dirty, it is optional.  I still think, spelunking with bare hands is the most effective.

3) Shoes and Slippers.   The rule with shoes and slippers is to protect your feet but make sure that it won't cause you to slip as you would be walking in uneven ground.  As much as possible, where shoes that has a good friction.  Also, where footwear that you don't care much when it gets dirty and wet.  You may walk through puddles, mud and sometimes get your whole body soaked.

During my Sagada experience, I didn't wear much of my slippers because it causes me to slip.

What to bring:

4) Headlamps and Flashlights.  This is optional since most of the guides have a lamp to light your path.  But it is convenient to have headlamps to see your next step.  Sometimes bringing flashlights is a hassle because you would need both of your hands to climb rocks or grip when sliding down.

5) Cameras.  It is alright to bring cameras with you to capture the experience and the great moments during your spelunking trip.  But as I've mentioned in #4, you would need both of your hands, you won't take as much pictures... and when your hands are dirty, you won't try to hold your cameras anymore.  So arrange with your guides that they would be the ones to take your pictures so that you would still have every moment in print.

6)  Water.  Bring ENOUGH water.  Don't bring the whole 1L bottle.  It's too heavy!  Just bring enough that you could sip through when you feel thirsty.  It's a long activity and you need to re-hydrate. Again, some guides would allow that they would carry your things but if not, bring enough so that you won't have a hard time.
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