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"I hope we become a bit careful lang on putting labels on ano yung current state ng body ng tao. Just because a person is thin doesn't mean that he or she is anorexic," she explained. This was following her sudden weight loss which concerned fans about the status of her health. She also said that a person who weighs more than the usual shouldn't be labelled as obese either. She clarified that the dramatic change in her figure was because of alterations on her diet. "I hope we just stop labeling people just because hindi na nagfifit yung idea on what a healthy person looks like," she added. She assures concerned individuals that she is okay, that her diet now is mostly comprised of fruits and vegetables. She doesn't eat food items which have high levels of refined sugar and refined starches anymore.

For her birthday which was last June 16, she and her friends went to Kythe Foundation by the National Children's Hospital and spent her time with kids who have cancer and other chronic illnesses. After that. they rested for a bit, had merienda, and then went to the Hillsong concert in Araneta. 

The day after that, her friend set an intimate dinner for her at her abode. When her partner, the Cavite vice governor Jolo Revilla greeted her online last June 17, the message read: "“I wish you all the happiness in this world that you deserve. Thank you for bringing out the best in me. Thanks for the wonderful 8 years! Happy birthday Jods! God Bless always!” Then, he followed it up with a tweet on June 18: “When something is really meant for you, you don’t have to force it, rush it, or manipulate it.” This caused the fans and the media to speculate that something must not be going well between the two. She put the rumor to rest by clarifying that thing are okay, during the set visit of Sana Dalawa ang Puso last June 20. 

"Before naman kami nagstart, we did a lot of preparation and character mapping and characterization para kay Mona and para kay Lisa to make sure na distinct yung pagkakaiba ng character nung dalawang tao," she said regarding how she managed to infuse her two roles with varying nuances. "Masaya pero hindi madali. Fulfilling pero physically taxing. Pero, I'm enjoying naman every bit of it," she admitted. This is her first time to play two characters. Her last memorable roles were Amor Powers from Pangako Sa 'Yo (2015-2016) and Maya "Mrs. Chief de la Rosa-Lim" from Be Careful with My Heart, a role which brought her and her onscreen partner Richard Yap to prominence.

Sana Dalawa ang Puso airs on the Kapamilya channel 2 weekdays at 11:30am before It's Showtime.

Jodi Sta. Maria Speaks up on Anorexia and Jolo Revilla

Di Na Muli was written in 2016 by long-time friends Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola. They entered the song into the 5th Philippine Popular (PhilPop) Music Festival, performed by The Itchyworms, where it won the grand prize. Now, in 2018, the song has been given new life in the official soundtrack of the hit film Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story) (Viva Films, starring Dingdong Dantes and Anne Curtis, directed by Irene Villamor).

Somewhere in between PhilPop and Sid & Aya, the Itchyworms set out to immortalize the song. The result was a visually stunning and emotional music video, directed by Paolo Abella. Help also came along in the form of the video's co-director Juno Oebanda, longtime friend of the band, and the generous indulgence of none other than the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The link to the CCP is Teddy Hilado (d. 2015), recognized as the father of lighting design in Philippine theater, who is also the uncle of Oebanda

The song's themes of love, loss, and words left unspoken, are embodied in the elegant performances of Rosky Balahadia Hilado (Teddy's widow, formerly of the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company) and Carissa Adea (Ballet Philippines), and in the video's sweeping visuals, all captured within the hallowed halls of the CCP. The music video seeks to serve as loving tribute to Teddy, whose influence is still felt and recognized to this day.

The Itchyworms are now proud to share what is probably the first-ever music video shot inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and extend heartfelt thanks to those who helped
bring the music video to fruition.

Youtube link for Di Na Muli official music video: https://youtu.be/rgHHJkzn5TU

For updates about The Itchyworms, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Listen to the music of The Itchyworms on Spotify, Deezer and iTunes.

Check out their music videos on their official Youtube channel.

The upcoming original musical All Out Of Love the Musical, based on the songs of iconic rock band Air Supply, will have its world premiere at Resorts World Manila (RWM) on October 18, 2018, and stars MiG Ayesa, Rachel Alejandro, Tanya Manalang, Raymund Concepcion and Jamie Wilson. MiG Ayesa and Rachel Alejandro will play the romantic leads, rockstar Jamie Crimson and singer/song writer, Rayne, who will sing classic Air Supply love songs in this all original show.

The production boasts an Australian creative team and an all Filipino cast working together to recreate the high powered, crazy recording industry of the ‘80s. The musical features an original script by award winning Canadian playwright Jim Millan, with the classic songs of Air Supply masterfully woven together to create a timeless love story.

Director Darren Yap said that after working all around Asia directing musicals for Cameron Mackintosh, it is great to be directing the World Premier of a new musical in the Philippines. “Having grown up in the ‘80s and hearing Air Supply songs on the radio, I am excited to see these songs realized in a theatrical context. The story is a modern fairy tale, set in New York in the music business. It’s a love story for all ages, beautifully woven together with the hit songs of Air Supply."

Joining the creative team is musical arranger and orchestrator Stephen Amos, choreographer Yvette Lee, associate director Jacinta John, local musical director Joe Tolentino, and set designer Bob Brunton. Our talented creative team have worked all over the world but this will be the first time they have work together on a new project on the Philippines.

The amazing talent of the Filipino singers was evident in our auditions said Stephen Amos “the quality of the voices just blew us away”.

MiG Ayesa
One of only a handful of performers, MiG Ayesa has performed in both the West End and on Broadway. Appearing in shows Rock Of Ages (Stacee Jaxx, 1st National Tour USA and Broadway), We Will Rock You (“Galileo Figaro” London), Thriller Live (London 2012), Rent (“Angel” London) Burn the Floor (Broadway).  MiG Ayesa was a competitor of the television series Rock Star: INXS to be the new lead singer of INXS and was one of the final three contestants. MiG Ayesa starred as Robert Kincaid in the first international production of The Bridges of Madison County in Manila. MiG has also performed all over Asia in concerts.

Rachel Alejandro
Star of the big screen and small, Rachel is returning to the stage as Rayne in All Out of Love the Musical. Rachel was a host on the popular TV show That's Entertainment. Her first album, Just a Minute, has several hit songs including the #1 single "Mr. Kupido". Rachel's latest movie Ang Larawan The Movie is a musical.

Tanya Manalang
Tanya alternated as Kim, the lead role for the musical revival Miss Saigon, originally played by Lea Salonga. Other roles Tanya has played, Tuptim in The King and I, Resorts World Manila (2012-2013), Carla in In The Heights, Atlantis Productions (2011/2012), Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Resorts World Manila (2011-2012), Curtains Up!, Newport Performing Arts Theater (2016) – featuring MiG Ayesa, Tanya Manalang and special guest Lea Salonga. 

Raymund Concepcion
Concepcion started acting in theater during the 1980s at the Manila Metropolitan Theater where he was a resident artist. After about a 20-year hiatus from the theater scene, his comeback productions were Triumphant People’s Evangelistic Theater Society’s (Trumpets) Joseph The Dreamer and The Little Mermaid. He was in The King and I as the Kralahome and its Singapore run of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Most recently, he played Larry Calma in Bituing Walang Ningning, The Musica” and as Ahoshta and The Hermit of Southern March in Trumpets’ The Horse and His Boy.

Jamie Wilson
Jamie Wilson began his professional theater career at the tender age of 7 years old, as Theo in Repertory Philippines' production of Pippin. Since then he has made the stage his home, appearing in numerous musicals and straight plays, and tackling a wide range of characters and roles in his 32 years as an actor. Recently, he played Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical and Manila audience saw him in Kinky Boots. And this year made his directorial debut in Arsenic and Old Lace.

The World Premiere of All Out Of Love the Musical opens at Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT) in Resorts World Manila (RWM) on Thursday 18 October 2018.

The show will feature 17 Air Supply songs including "Lost in Love", "All Out of Love", "The One That You Love", "You are the Reason", and many others from yesteryear.

The Story
The story of the musical happens over the course of one evening, as music mogul Tommy King tries to convince struggling rock star Jamie Crimson to embark on a world tour to promote his new album and save Tommy King’s record company. 

Jamie is struggling having left behind his song writing partner and love of his life Rayne, while Tommy is dealing with his own loss, that of his wife and his distant relationship with his daughter.

This is a strictly limited season so don’t miss out on this opportunity to see All Out Of Love: the Musical.

Thursday 18 October 8pm Performance
Friday 19 October 8pm Performance
Saturday 20 October 3pm Matinee Performance 8pm Gala Performance
Sunday 21 October 3pm Matinee Performance 8pm Performance
Thursday 25 October 8pm Performance
Friday 26 October 8pm Performance
Saturday 27 October 3pm Matinee Performance 8pm Performance
Sunday 28 October 3pm Matinee Performance 8pm Performance
Tickets are on sale now at TicketWorld.

More information about the show is available on All Out Of Love the Musical website
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Air Supply Musical World Premiere in October at Resorts World Manila

Back to the Filipino roots, Back to the Filipino Culture. Let’s support one another. For the benefit & to support the Filipino Entertainers under Aliw Awards Foundation, the only Grammys in the Philippines, we will present the biggest concert with Aliw “Entertainer of the Year” awardees as performers. Join us on October 4, 2018 at Aliw Theater and be among those 2350 attendees who will experience how great our local entertainers are who captured the hearts of millions from different generations; Ms. Pilita Corales, Rico J. Puno, Hajji Alejandro, Kuh Ledesma, Liza Macuja Elizalde, Ballet Manila, Jun Polistico and Ms. Imelda Papin. We are still waiting for other performers confirmations. It will be directed by our award winning director Freddie Santos. Tickets; VIP Php 4500 Gold Php 3500 Silver Php 2500 Bronze Php 1500 We are accepting sponsors and exhibitors. For more information: grace@tagmedia.asia |09778978877 or 2193503

In celebration of its 15th Anniversary, Renaissance Gallery, a leading purveyor of non-representational art in the country, presents “AMBIDEXTROUS: THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT” which opens on June 24 till July 4 at the SM Art Center, with
cocktail reception on June 25 at 6 pm.

A group exhibition of artists working in both representational art and abstraction, “AMBIDEXTROUS” shall feature the works of Hermes Alegre, Art Bermido, Remy Boquiren, Arley Carig, Addie Cukingnan, Egai Fernandez, Sam Penaso, Ronaldo Ruiz, Aner Sebastian, Valen Valero and Janice Young.

“AMBIDEXTROUS” is curated by noted art critic, writer and visual artist Cid Reyes.

The Art Center is on the 4/F, Bldg. A, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, call Margaux Romero-Oracion at mobile: 0925-555-7790.



Henry Moore, the great British sculptor, stated, “All art is abstract in one sense. Not to like abstract qualities or not to like reality is to misunderstand what sculpture and art are about … I see no reason why realistic art and purely
abstract art can’t exist in the world side by side at the same time, even in one artist at the same time. One isn’t right and the other wrong.”

On the other hand, Picasso declared, “There is no such thing as abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” In fact, the greatest titan of twentieth century art who was a genius in
representational painting, drove his works in the Cubist style to the very edge of abstraction.

The Renaissance Art Gallery, as part of its fifteenth anniversary exhibition, celebrates the talent of artists who might be regarded as ambidextrous, or possessing the ability to paint with either hand with equal ease or dexterity. Both
hands, in this case, do not literally signify the left and the right hand, but rather, that each hand can represent representational art, and the other, abstraction.

Participating artists in “Ambidextrous” are Hermes Alegre, Art Bermido, Remy Boquiren, Arley Carig, Addie Cukingnan, Egai Fernandez, Sam Penaso, Ronaldo Ruiz, Aner Sebastian, Valen Valero, and Janice Young.

The show will be a revelation: some artists better known for their abstraction will demonstrate their skill and talent from years of academic and classical art, in works executed in a range of styles inflected by Impressionism and Magic Realism; while those whose reputations were built on the Mother and Child theme, still lives, portraiture, or social realist figuration, can be impressive with their purely abstract works.

All this proves that, in certain individuals gifted in both styles, the division between figuration and abstraction is “porous,” allowing for the crossing of boundaries and demarcations, which are, to these ambidextrous artists,
essentially non-existent.

Renaissance Art Gallery raises a toast - with two glasses of wine ! - to celebrate the unlimited skill and talent of the Filipino artist !

Join Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes as he showcases the unseen beauty of planet Earth in GMA’s newest infotainment program Amazing Earth. The show started airing last June 17.

The show features the Philippine presentation of British Broadcasting Company’s (BBC) award-winning series - Planet Earth II.

In Amazing Earth, Dingdong will not only present extraordinary and exceptional wildlife from all over the world but he will also bring the audience to different places in the Philippines—from its natural formations and all types of terrains to its fascinating flora and fauna.

Known for being someone who wants to discover new things, Dingdong shares how the show enables him to unlock his adventurous side.

“I love to travel. In my every destination, I always discover na marami pa talaga akong hindi nalalaman at dapat ma-explore about how beautiful this planet is. Kaya naman in this show, expect me to be part of the journey of every viewer—that in every episode, I will be learning side-by-side with them,” the Kapuso actor said.

A show for all ages, the program presents amazing wildlife stories using ultra high definition cameras, remote recording and aerial drone technology.

Dingdong—being an advocate of education, youth development and protection of the environment—is proud that the show highlights how everyone should properly treat and protect the people, animals and our planet.

“Masaya ako kasi while doing this, I realized how it teaches me the value of respect—for the people, the animals and our planet. In the complexities of this current world, we should all find this balance wherein we could all co-exist and live as how we were all designed,” he stated.

The program is under the helm of Director Rico Gutierrez.

Don’t miss the wonderful surprises in Amazing Earth every Sunday night after 24 Oras Weekend on GMA Sunday Grande.

Dingdong Dantes explores the wonders of the world in GMA’s Amazing Earth

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — For those with artistic inclinations, enrolling in ballet classes makes perfect sense. Institutions like The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila offer a perfect environment for nurturing the love for the craft. There’s a supportive community for learning, a safe venue for training, and the guidance of the best in the region; CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Co-Artistic Director Osias Barroso, and other world-class trainers. But there’s more to ballet than just strength and grace. Beyond the Vaganova technique, students also learn about passion, hard work, determination—the list just grows longer at every
stage in life.
Contributing to childhood
Studies have shown that cultivating a child’s creativity improves their mental ability later on in life. Most children develop an interest in music and dance from an early age, so parents nurture it by enrolling them in special ballet classes that are lighter, more playful, and fit for their attention span. Interaction with other children at this stage also means that their social skills receive a big boost.

Ballet is best learned while a child’s mind and body are at their most limber. Age-appropriate classes for older kids maximize these by teaching not only all the basic movements and concepts, but also discipline and focus early on. An increase in concentration reaps benefits outside the studio—don’t be surprised if their grades in school get better.

Aiding adolescence
Teenage life can be tricky, but with ballet, they’ll be able to train discipline and determination along with the arts. More advanced combinations are taught in ballet lessons for this age segment, where they build strength not only in their pointe work, but also in their mind. They get a chance to perform in front of an audience, which develops confidence and self-esteem during this very crucial part of life.

Most students already have the hang of ballet at this point, with some even considering a career in the arts. At the very least, they’ve already developed an appreciation for a healthier lifestyle, as is the case with exposure to any physical recreation.

Forever a fit
If you think ballet is only for those who started as children, think again because it’s never too late to pursue the arts. Places like Ballet Manila offer classes for all ages and skill levels, whether it’s for fun, for fitness, or a mix of both. Even complete beginners can feel right at home, as Ballet Manila fosters a friendly and supportive environment that accommodates every learning pace.

Whatever your creative or fitness goals may be, it’s a good idea to pursue them at The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila—the only ballet school in the Philippines with direct links to the Russian Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg, Russia. For more information regarding rates, program details, and schedules in both Pasay and Quezon City branches, visit

About Ballet Manila
Founded in 1995 by Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila is the country’s premier classical dance company. With the mission of connecting both ballet and the people, the company, which puts education at the forefront of its priorities, is well-known as
the only Philippine dance company to adopt and strictly adhere to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet style of dancing, which is well-regarded the world over as the most disciplined and technically-superior style. The company currently has 65 artists under its wing, all of whom have been trained in the Vaganova Academy style of dancing. Each artist boasts of a solid repertoire that consists of some of the most technically challenging and timeless ballet favorites.

There’s more than just ballet at The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila

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