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MANILA - The Arts Management Program of the De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde stages Pamantasang Hirang (Sa Dilim Man) written by Palanca Award-winning playwright Tim Dacanay this November 23 - 25, 2017 at the Benilde Black Box Theater under the direction of Tuxqs Rutaquio.
Tim Dacanay won the second prize at the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for the Teatro Porvenir Series in 2006.  A senior member of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), Dacanay’s works have been staged by PETA, CCP Tanghalang Pilipino, Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Ateneo de Manila University Fine Arts Program, and Harlequin Theater Guild of De La Salle University. He is currently the chairperson of the Design Foundation Department at the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde.

Pamantasang Hirang (Sa Dilim Man) first premiered at the Virgin Labfest 4 in 2008. It is a one-act play focusing on brotherhood and coercion as expressed in the narrative of a fictional fraternity at the state university. In an attempt to help his panicking roommate, Raji, Dan learns that an initiation rite is going to be conducted in their dorm room. This same fraternity was the one he had left 15 years ago. He later discovers that the frat alumnus regulating the activity was his college buddy and now congressman, Chok Villanueva. Their reconnection reveal a dark history as the unfinished initiation of Dan into Alpha Mu Tau unfolds.
The play is produced as a requirement of the Arts Management Program Batch 114 for their Seminar on Arts Management class under the guidance of Eric Dela Cruz.

The Arts Management Degree Program trains its students in design and arts management techniques and technologies relevant to the needs of the arts industry today. Students are also being taught about cultural programming and its resources. The program also covers basic proficiencies such as art history, theory, and criticism.

It opens at the 6th floor Black Box Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus on November 23, 2017 (Thursday), and runs until November 25, 2017 (Saturday). Showtimes are at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets are priced at Php 150.00 and can be purchased by the visiting our ticket booth at the 9th floor elevator lobby of the School of Design and Arts Building or by contacting Yentl Desuyo at 0929 398 9949/0906 943 0232.
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Benilde stages Tim Dacanay’s Pamantasang Hirang (Sa Dilim Man)

Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy, part of the multi-platinum, record breaking bands, Westlife and Boyzone, have joined forces to create Boyzlife.
Boyzlife is the thrilling untold story of life in two of the world’s biggest boybands, with the lifelong friends walking the audience through their lives - captivating tales of the highs, the lows and of course weaved in between the stories will be an intimate performance including a selection of their biggest hits that forged their careers! Boyzlife has been selling out all their special intimate performances since their formation in 2016.
During Brian’s time in Westlife the band secured a record 7 straight Number 1 singles, 12 UK & Ireland Number 1 singles in total, 4 Number 1 Albums, x3 Record of the Year Awards, x2 MTV Europe Music Award, x1 Brit Award and countless others. Sales during this time reached in excess of 30 million. Among Westlife’s chartbusting singles are; “Swear It Again”, “My Love”, “Fool Again”, “Queen of My Heart”, “I Have A dream”, “Uptown Girl”, “I Need You”, “Soledad”, “All or Nothing”, “Seasons In The Sun”, and many more! Brian’s debut solo single ‘Real To Me’ topped the charts in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, becoming one of the biggest radio airplay hits that year across the continent. Brian followed this up with a further three solo Number 1 singles and platinum status in Australia where he resided.
As a member of Boyzone, Keith has enjoyed incredible success, with the band being Europe’s most successful boyband during the second half of the 1990’s and the success has continued for many years. Achieving 6 UK Number 1 singles - with 16 of their first 17 singles going Top 5 in the UK Charts - it cemented Boyzone as the first Irish group to top the UK charts so regularly. 5 Number 1 albums were secured and over 25 million records sold worldwide. Some of the group’s greatest hits are No Matter What,  I Love The Way You Love Me, Words, Baby Can I Hold You, Love Me For A Reason, among others.

Brian and Keith will sing the greatest hits of Boyzone and Westlife as they perform live in Manila on December 4 at the Kia Theater, presented by Ovation Productions. Ticket prices are P5750, 4750, 3750, 1750 and are available starting October 26 via www.ticketnet.com.ph and all regular ticketnet outlets.


"It may not be as prestigious as Cannes but it's a large festival when it comes to submissions," said Archie del Mundo, writer of Maestra, a film directed by Lemuel Lorca. The film won two accolades in the Five Continents International Film Festival 2017, a Venezuelan online film festival, last November 2. These are for the categories of Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Anna Luna).

Produced by Dr. Carl Balita, Maestra is a story of 3 teachers, a poor dreamer who, amidst adversity, graduated as a cum laude and became a topnotcher in the licensure exam for teachers, an Aeta teacher who took the board exam more than 20 times before becoming a professional teacher and a veteran educator who never let hindrances stop her from teaching her students.

Lemuel Lorca's 7th film, Maestra, will pay tribute to educators whose life-long struggle is highlighted by their unwavering commitment to their profession. Primarily based on a viral post on Facebook about Iah Seraspi - a fisherman's daughter from Romblon who topped the board exams for teachers, the film will also feature inspiring real-life stories of Gennie Panguelo, an Aeta-Ilocana who taught in a school situated on top of Pinatubo Valley for more than 25 years before passing the board after more than 20 retakes; and Espie Bautista, a former high school principal, a college dean, and an inspirational speaker who is now more than 80 years old and even past beyond her years, still refuses to retire from teaching. Lorca said this is his most important film to date. His independent features exhibited locally and internaitonally are as follows: Ned's Project, Intoy Syokoy, Water Lemon, Echorsis, and Mauban: Ang Resiko).

Gawad Urian Best Actress awardee Angeli Bayani (Melancholia, Norte, The End of History, Iloilo) portrays the role of Panguelo by religiously learning the Mag-Anchi Ayta Language. Seraspi, who is now working as a Board Reviewer herself, was present the entire time while Cinema One Originals Best Supporting Actress Anna Luna portrayed her character. Veteran actress and Queen of Visayan Movies Gloria Sevilla essays her real-life counterpart, Ma'am Espie, as a tireless teacher cum impromptu poetess. Bautista can marvelously compose and deliver poems on the spot as part of he rinspirational talks.

The film also includes a stalwart of acting luminaries such as Lou Veloso, Cinema One Originals Best Actor Bong Cabrera, Lui Manansala, William Martinez, Yayo Aguila, Star Orjaliza, and Karl Medina. Former child star Paul Salas plays Anna Luna's love interest.

The said film premiered last August 7 at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and is continuously shown in the CBRC branches nationwide and recognized by other international film festivals such as the Warsaw Avenue Film Festival in Cincinatti, FACINE Festival in San Francisco and the Sydney World Film Festival.

It was also part of Warsaw Ave. Film Festival Cincinatti, FACINE International San Francisco, and Sydney World Film Festival Sydney. The film is set to have screenings across the country starting this December 6, 2017.

Last November 5, there was an invite-only premiere of the Juday-Piolo starrer Don't Give Up on Us.

Piolo Pascual was in attendance, but Judy Ann Santos was nowhere. It wa smentioned in passing that she had a sprain so she wasn't able to attend even if she really want to because of the accident.

Leo Katigbak, the head honcho of the film restoration project, was in attendance as usual.

Aside from this film, here are the other Filipino classics that will be screening starting tomorrow.

Photo credit: ABS-CBN Film Restoration page

REELIVE The Classics Scheduled Nov. 8-14 at the Powerplant Mall

Sometimes, the best kind of friendships are the ones you least expect. But what if that friendship is with your ex-boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend?  Can you really be friends with women who have dated your ex-lover?

GMA Network marks another milestone as it brings to light an extraordinary story about three women who formed an unlikely but strong friendship after discovering that in different times in their lives, they were romantically linked with the same guy.

This primetime series, filled with intriguing characters, funny dialogues and interesting plotlines, is headlined by three beautiful, talented and versatile Kapuso leading ladies: Rhian Ramos, Max Collins and Lovi Poe.

Rhian is Zoe. She is a happy-go- lucky and flirty swimwear designer. A social media darling, she comes from a wealthy family and lives in an upscale condo. Zoe lacks parental love that is why she becomes desperate for love and attention.

Max is Darcy. She is strong-willed and practical. A personal trainer who always speaks her mind, Darcy likes to do things herself and hates relying on others. She lives alone in a small apartment and gives financial support to her siblings in the province. 

Lovi is Alex. She is a workaholic with a sunny disposition and everything she does is on schedule. She works in a cable network and dreams of hosting her own travel show. She is family-oriented and works hard to contribute to her family’s finances.

And to helm this upcoming program is no less than multi-awarded and esteemed film and TV director Maryo J. Delos Reyes.

Having won in the Berlin International Film Festival, Brussels International Independent Film Festival as well as in numerous Philippine Film Festivals and after doing drama soaps like Someone To Watch Over Me, Niño, Pahiram ng Sandali, Munting Heredera, Little Star, Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak, Direk Maryo is truly one of the country’s best directors when it comes to relationship stories. 

Catch Rhian, Max and Lovi in #GMADrama soon.

THE acclaimed religious musical, “NASAAN SI HESUS?” will be staged again in Metro Manila starting on November 19, 2017 at 7:30p.m. in a special invitational performance at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

“NASAAN SI HESUS?” is composed and produced by Lourdes “Bing” Pimentel, the wife of former senator Nene Pimentel, and the mother of Senate President Koko Pimentel. It is written and directed by Nestor U. Torre, who has collaborated with Mrs. Pimentel on other acclaimed musical like “Cory”, “Huwag Pumayag sa Dagdag Bawas”, “Pag-ibig sa Bayan"; and “Buhay Isang Awit”.

“Nasaan si Hesus?” is being restaged due to the continuing relevance of its script and songs, which dramatize the real pressing problems that Christians face in today’s complicated world. They include issues and conflicts like teenage pregnancy, unjust working conditions for factory workers, men with two families, electoral reforms, hypocrisy in the parish, legal injustice and loss of faith even among some members of the clergy. The reality and relevance of the problems and solutions dramatized in the show has made it uniquely popular and inspirational through the years, with more than 80 performances all over the country. Groups, Schools and Parishes interested in sponsoring a performance of “Nasaan si Hesus?” in their locality are invited to call Bing Pimentel at 0977-8177934.

The 2017 restaging of “Nasaan si Hesus?” topbills Bimbo Cerrudo, Russell Magno, Joannah Basanta, Zara Pagay, Paul Pareja, Honee Gipulle, Liza Schneider, Rain Gibbs, Crystel Campos, Rhoger Clarveria, Maricel Reyes, Faith Cabebe, Hirohito Ruiz, Jastine Molod, RR Efren, Rj Prado, Mabie Flores, Aljon Ubalde and Albert S. Jimenez. Lights are by Marin Esteva.

Proceeds of the play will benefit the following organizations:

1. Community Chest Foundation, Inc. (ComChest) which supports eighteen (18) social services agencies.

2. The “Batang Transformers” project of the Pimentel Institute for Leadership and Governance which helps Muslim, Lumad and Christian youth leaders experience oneness of being Filipinos and aims to eradicate all forms
of prejudice imbedded in their young minds.

3. The PasaLord Prayer Movement whose advocacy is to mobilize nationwide interfaith prayers for justice and peace in the country.

4. Projects of the Women’s Rights Movement of the Philippines.

Sa unang pagkakataon ay magkakaroon ng "Concert Talk" si Kuya Jay Machete ng 91.5 Win Radio dubbed as "BAKIT ANG HIRAP MAG-MOVE ON". Dito ay ipapaliwanag ni Kuya Jay kung paano nga ba ang gagawin para makapag-move on amg isanv broken hearted individual na nanggaling sa isang failed relationship. With the use of spoken language or monologue ni Caren Armillo of "Pag-ibig Feels" ng 90.7 Love Radio, maipapaliwanag ng maayos kung ano nga ba ang proseso ng pagmo-move on at kung paano ito dapat gawin. Makakasama ni Kuya Jay sa "Concert Talk" na ito ang mga sikat na OPM singers ng mga broken hearted songs gaya nina Jireh Lim. Mark Carpio, pati ang bandang Kithara. Kasama rin sa "Concert Talk" na ito bilang guests ang Pinay Teenage Sweetheart ng Brunei na si Micole Dupaya ang lawyer turned actress na si Atty. Jemina Sy.

Ang Concert Talk na ito ay first of its kind sa concert scene na dedicated solely para sa mga broken hearted at sa mga nilalang na iniwan ng kanilang partner. Ang "BAKIT ANG HIRAP MAG-MOVE-ON" Concert Talk ay magaganap sa Music Box Timog Ave, QC, ika-9 ng Nobyembre, 7PM. This show is presented by Hannah's Beach Resort Ilocos, Frontrow Philippines, Jewels Clothing, Aficionado Perfume, MK Group of Companies, Comguild International, Tamayo's Veggies Medicine at Hotel Sogo. For inquiries, please text 09184194480.

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