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Ang rising boyband na Clique V na kinabibilangan nina Clay Kong, Marco Gomez, Sean de Guzman, Karl Aquino, Rocky Rivero, Kaizer Banzon, Blaize Nicolas, Calvin Almojera, at Gabby Villamor, ay nagkaroon ng first major concert last Feb. 27 sa Music Museum. Wala pang isang taon under their management and discover, ang 3:16 Events and Talent Management Co. na headed by Len Carillo, ay naging bahagi naman sila ng PMPC Star Awards for Music 2017-2018 na ginanap more than week ago. Nominated sila para sa categories na Dance Album of the Year at Duo/Group Artist of the Year bukod sa pagiging guest performers sa nasabing event.

Matatandaan na ang isang member nila na si Josh ay hindi na nakakasama ng grupo at umamin ang kompanya na ito ay kasalukuyang nag-"leave of absence" nang makapanayam nila ang entertainment publication na Pinoy Parazzi. November 2017 nabuo ang grupo na nag-grow from 5 to 9 members at naglaunch ng self-titled album noong February 2018.

Masasabing ang "sister group" nila ay ang Belladonnas na kayang-kayang makipagkabugan sa dance floor dahil sa galing humataw bagaman karamihan sa kanila ay bata pa. Ang miyembro ng girl dance group ay sina Chloe Sy, Jazzy Dimalanta, Xie Fabricante, Phoebe Loseriaga, Rie Cervantes, Christine Bermas, at ang anak ng owner na si Quinn Carillo.

Bagaman may kanya-kanyang specialty ang bawat group, multifaceted sila kasi iba't ibang workshops sa dance, voice, acting, at maging sa personality development, ang kanilang dinaanan. Kahit na walang gigs ay may regular training sila sa soundproof studio na siya ring nagsisilbing homebase nila sa New Manila. Nakakatanggap sila ng rehearsal allowance tuwing nagtetrain bukod pa sa talent fee tuwing may gigs.

Ang unang film ng production outfit kasama ang both performing groups na sumesentro sa isang advocacy ay nasa final editing stages na at goal nilang mapalabas ito ng October. Ang Codep ay idinirect ni Joven Tan na siya ding nagdirect ng first concert ng Clique V.

Ang small salu-salo ay ginanap sa studio nila last September 11. Halatang bukod sa pagiging talentado ay tinuruan din ni Len na maging well-mannered ang mga ito dahil bawat bisitang dumarating ay sila ang unang bumabati at bumebeso.

In line with its 18 th year anniversary celebration, The Maningning Miclat Art Foundation Inc. in cooperation with District Gallery - Artist Playground, and the Far Eastern University President’s Committee on Culture presents “GINUGUNITA KITA,” a performance art featuring Maningning Miclat’s poems and an all original music composed by Jesse Lucas.

“GINUGUNITA KITA” will be held on September 26 – Wednesday 6 p.m. at the historic, newly-opened FEU Auditorium located at Nicanor Reyes St., Sampaloc, Manila.

Maningning Miclat was a poet, fictionist and essayist in English, Filipino and Chinese as well as a painter in Western and Chinese genre. A Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate in UP Diliman, she was a fellow of the U.P. National Writer's
Workshop, Silliman Writer's Workshop and Rio Alma Poetry Clinic. Her Chinese poems made her one of the top-rated women poets in Chinese in the world.

With Ryan Cayabyab and Chino Toledo as mentors, Jesse Lucas won awards from FAMAS which catapulted him to the Hall of Fame, and from the Gawad Urian, Young Critics Circle, Gawad Tanglaw and Aliw. In 2005, he won an
award from the Screamfest International Film Festival in Los Angeles, USA. CCP’s Tanghalang Pilipino, Dulaang UP, Dramatis Personae, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Ballet Philippines and the Philippine Ballet Theater have adapted his music.

The eleven poems by Maningning Miclat are in her trilingual book of poetry, “Voice from the Underworld” (Anvil Publishing - 2000). The book was a National Book Award finalist for poetry in 2001.

The title of the poems are: Ginugunita Kita, Tawag, Anino, Panibugho, DUET (nina Rizal at Bracken), Kulay sa Bagyo, Ang Naliligaw, Shi Bu Shi, A Stare, Verse # 2, and To Catch a Second and Turn it to Forever.

According to the composer, Jesse Lucas, inspiration came easily to him after reading “Voice from the Underworld.” He wrote: "The poems of Maningning Miclat are almost melodious that I can hear the music through the poetic images.

It spoke and at the same time sang to me poignant thoughts about life, pain and love…. the experience in writing the music was really meditative and cathartic at the same time. It feels like I have discovered a new language, a language that
speaks directly to the soul. These are the foundation of Ginugunita Kita’s music.”

Directed by film and theater actor Roeder Camaňag, the performance will feature soloist Banaue Miclat-Janssen and master cellist Renato Lucas, together with singer Al Gatmaitan and Angela Castro of the FEU Dance Company, with live interactive visual art of Nasser Lubay.

Banaue Miclat-Janssen sings the opera, acts and dances on stage and hones young artists as professor of theatre arts at UP Diliman’s Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts
from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and her Bachelor of Arts from UP Diliman. In New York, she attended voice lessons from Evelyn Mandac, Robert Carpenter, and CUNY's Judylee Vivier. She had a stint at the
Metropolitan Opera in such productions as Salome, Faust, La Boheme, Don Carlo, I Puritani and La Traviata, among others. She has performed at the CCP, UP Abelardo Hall, UP Theater and Ateneo de Manila University. At present, she is
the Artistic Director of Dulaang UP and the Executive Director of the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation.

Renato Lucas is one of the finest cellists in the country. His schools included UP Diliman College of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA), Royal Northern College of Music (England), Hochschule fur Musik Detmold (Germany), and Universitaet der Kunst Berlin (Germany). He has been the principal soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra for three decades. He has performed as soloist with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, Manila Chamber Orchestra, and UST Symphony Orchestra, as well as the CCP's Filipino Artist Series, Pundaquit Arts Festival, Las Piňas Bamboo Organ Festival, and the Maningning Poetry Awards.

Al Gatmaitan is an opera singer, theater actor, and three-time Aliw Awardee for Best Performer of the Year. He can also be seen on film, television, and online advertisements.

Angela Castro is one of the principal dancers of the FEU Dance Company headed by Edward Malagkit. Her performance has brought her to various competitions that the FEU has joined in and outside the country.

“GINUGUNITA KITA,” the performance art, says the director, Roeder Camaňag, “is all about poetry and the creation of emotive response. From the poetry of the life of a poet to the poetry of interpreting the poems of someone you
love and the poetry of putting the right music to amplify the auditory experience of powerful images embedded in a poem.”

‘Ginugunita Kita’ had its gala world premiere at the Aldaba Hall, University Theater, U.P. Diliman QC in May 2015.

Then, it was also performed at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino in September 2015 to coincide with the 2015 (7 th ) Poetry Awards of the Maningning Miclat Art Foundations.

Ginugunita Kita garnered the 2015 Aliw Awards for Best Performance in a New Concept Production for Banaue Miclat-Janssen. It was nominated in the same category - Best Director for Roeder Camañag.

Ginugunita Kita is presented in cooperation with Frontrow Entertainment, and Ruben & Elizabeth Vedar.

For ticket inquiries, please refer to Maningning Miclat Art Foundation c/o Carmela (09998050681). Or call Ticketworld (891-9999).
Additional Photos by Francis Lumahan

Article and photos by Salve Galquiera

Fresh from the success of the 49 th Season opening production, Carmina Burana, Ballet Philippines is once again set to heat up the CCP Main Theater Stage this October with The Innovators: Carmen and Other Dances.

Continuing the retrospective on the company’s rich history and dynamic repertoire, this production will feature the country’s most innovative choreographers

Denisa Reyes will present Love Lies Bleeding, a raw and emotional look into the temperaments that
best describe love and relationships, and Te Deum, a window into the Filipino socio-political
consciousness of the 80s, mirroring the emotional state of the Filipino citizens of today.

Augustus “Bam” Damian III, will showcase the power and precision of the company’s dancers in After Whom, contrasting with his sensual and fresh take on one of the most beloved classical pieces of music, Georges Bizet’s Carmen.

Alden Lugnasin’s Swimming The Ilog Pasig, a piece inspired by the campaign to clean up the Pasig River, and This is my Life, a solo piece highlighting the independence and elegance of a woman, also takes center stage as a showcase of Alden’s unique choreographic vocabulary.

Experience Ballet Philippines as it brings to the stage masterworks from master dance maker in The
Innovators: Carmen and Other Dances running from October 5-7 at the CCP Main Theater.

The official candidates of Misters of Filipinas 2018 were formally presented to the members of the media last September 17 at the Plaza of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.

After months of online screening, casting calls and regional competitions from various franchises in the Philippines and among Filipino communities abroad, Prime Event Productions Philippines Foundation Inc. (PEPPS) formally introduced the 23 official candidates of Misters of Filipinas 2017.

"It was a long search for the official candidates, but I am confident that we have a good batch this year," said PEPPS president Carlo Morris Galang.

The candidates came from all over the country in hopes of winning one of the coveted titles of the competition and becoming the next Neil Perez (Mister International 2014), Kara Singhdole (Man of the Year 2016), and Ion Perez.

The competitors are very happy that they made it to the official list of candidates. These men came from various backgrounds such as being a fitness trainer, model, and even a college professor. They will now set off on their journey for the titles that will have the winners competing in various international competitions.


Misters of Filipinas: Stronger at 6
This year's Misters of Filipinas is PEPPS 6th edition, and this year's batch proves that the pageant is going stronger.

"I wouldn't say that the entire 6 years were smooth," mentions Galang. "Like any organization, we are constantly evolving and facing challenges. But I thank God for my team because we have faced obstacles and survived if not came out victorious."

Galang pertained to different challenges that the organization faced in the 6 years since its inception. These challenges saw conflicts -- with names, previous organization members, and even the challenge of emerging victorious in PEPPS' initial advocacy of uplifting the male pageantry system in the Philippines.

Despite odds, PEPPS emerged victorious and overcame the stumbles it faced.

Galang further addressed some recent developments in the organization, some of which entailed the breakdown of a partnership, the issue on resigned Mister Universe Tourism 2018 Ion Perez, and even the change of venue of the finals for Misters of Filipinas 2018.

An iconic venue

Misters of Filipinas 2018 will have its finals on October 3 at the iconic Music Museum in San Juan City.

"People have been asking why we chose Music Museum as the finals venue," said Galang. "Actually, we want a lot of things to be different this year. We want the competition to be more intimate with our audience. Music Museum offers just that."

"Add the fact that Music Museum is celebrating their 30th year this 2018. We want to pay tribute to their contribution to the music industry in the Philippines the same way Misters of Filipinas contributed to the uplifting of male pageantry in the country," Galang further says.

The Road Leading to the Finals

The 6th Misters of Filipinas promises that the candidates will really have something worth enjoying and remembering. In a short amount of time, the candidates will be exposed to various activities that will develop skills in them.

Last September 16, the official candidates had a photoshoot for both swimwear and formal wear. They also had a series of workshops with the best in the industry such as David's Salon (for grooming), and Lyn Bentsen (for personality development). They even had runway walk coaching with the president of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines Raphael Kiefer.

The candidates will also fly to Davao which will host the pre-pageant competitions before flying back to Manila for the finals.

Misters of Filipinas is produced by Prime Events Productions Philippines Foundation Inc. along with its sponsors such as TPC Events Concept and Design, David's Salon, Resorts World Manila, Highland Bali Villas Resorts and Spa, and many more.

#YATO (You Are The One)
 is one of the singer-songwriter's 200 songs which caught the attention of Viva Records. The actor, who's currently single. dedicates the song to his ex-girlfriend. When he's not doing acting stints in independent movies or playing Jesus Christ in Martir sa Golgota, Lance Raymundo is dabbling in his greatest passion which is music.

"I'm just happy to be alive and I'm thankful to God that I'm alive," he said regarding his accident 4 years ago in a gym which left his face crushed, prompting him to go through reconstructive surgery. He likes the way his MTV director from Viva, Joel Mendoza, handled his material. He described him as having sensitivity. 

"Kinilala niya ako bilang tao. And from gathering info about me, this is how he put together the material needed for the video." Joel's actually the one who suggested he incorporate this challenging part of Lance's life into the video. One of the highlights is when his leading lady in the video, Janna Victoria, cries after seeing his face though what happened to his face was not shown. "Our characters love each other for what we are, hindi sa panglabas," stressed Lance.

The official start of Lance Raymundo's career as a musician was in 2000, when he released his self-titled album with then tracks, six of which he wrote and the rest he assisted in the creation process. "Ito yung totoo kong sound ever since. And now, I'm more comfortable with my career, with myself, that I don't need to pretend to be something I'm not. I don't need to go along with the trend," he said with confidence regarding his re-released ballad.

He is also a model for the 2019 brand which features suits for men alonside Rannie Raymundo, Christian Vasquez, and Yul Servo. His other hit single was Fatanas, which was part of his second album, Wolf Sound. You Are The One (#YATO) is out on iTunes and Spotify under Viva Records and  the music video is available on Youtube.

Magkaiba man ang kanilang main focus bilang mga alagad ng sining, di maikakailang ibang level ng characterization ang ibinigay ng actresses na ito para sa kanilang roles. Kilalang musician si Bayang samantalang laman ng iba't -ibang teleserye si Gilleth.

Wagi si Bayang Barrios para sa kanyang role sa pelikulang likha ng isang Kagay-anon filmmaker na si Julienne Ilagan, ang Kauyagan. Pinatanda siya dito at castmates niya ang mga musikerong sina Jeff Bringas at Waway Saway na Mindanao at Lumad heritage ang pinagmulan.

Samantala, si Gilleth Sandico, na beterana na sa teatro at telebisyon, ay ang title role sa Sol Searching, bagaman supporting talaga ang labas ng karakter niya sa pelikulang pinagbibidahan ni Pokwang. Dark comedy ito ni Roman Perez, Jr. at tulad ng nangyari sa karakter ni Lou Veloso sa Requieme! na past Cinemalaya film, namatay ang character ni Gilleth na si Sol at si Pokwang ang pangunahing tumulong para makuha ang katawan niya at tuluyan siyang maipalibing dhail hindi na nga makontak ang mga kamag-anak niya.

Ito ang full list ng mga nanalo:

Best Picture:
"Tanabata's Wife"

Second Best Picture:

Third Best Picture:

Best Director:
Choy Pangilinan, Lito Casaje and Charlson Ong, "Tanabata's Wife"

Best Actor:
Miyuki Kamimura, "Tanabata's Wife"

Best Actress:
Mai Fanglayan, "Tanabata's Wife"

Best Supporting Actor:
Richard Quan, "1957"

Best Supporting Actress:
Bayang Barrios, "Kauyagan" and Gilleth Sandico, "Sol Searching"

Best Story:
Hubert Tibi, "1957"

Audience Choice:
"Sol Searching"

Best Screenplay:
Charlson Ong, Mao Talas, Choy Pangilinan and Juan Carlo Tarobal, "Tanabata's Wife"

Best Cinematography:
Nap Jamir, "Tanabata's Wife"

Best Editing:
May-i Padilla. "Tanabata's Wife"

Best Sound:
Immanuel Verona," Mga Anak Ng Kamote"

Best Production Design:
Martin Masadao. "Tanabata's Wife"

Best Short Film:
"Panginoong May Lupa"

Second Best Short Film:
"Kaluguran Da Ka, Ma"

Third Best Short Film:
"Tahanan Ng Isang Magsasaka"

Ang festival director na pumalit sa namayapang si Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes ay ang theater and film actress-director na si Bibeth Orteza. Ito ay brainchild ni Dr. Milagros Ong-how na may-ari ng Universal Harvester, Inc.

Huling 2 araw na ng Tofarm Film Festival 2018 (TFF) mamaya at bukas kaya sugod na sa mga sumusunod na sinehan: Greenbelt 1, Trinoma, SM Megamall, SM Manila, Gateway, Gaisano Davao, and Ayala Legazpi (Bicol).

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, maaaring bumisita sa  https://www.facebook.com/TOFARMFilmFest.

Bayang Barrios at Gilleth Sandico, Iisang Tie ng Gabi Para sa Tofarm Film Festival 2018

Rediscover a beloved fairytale as REP's Theater for Young Audiences brings you the story of Princess Rapunzel like you've never seen it before in Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale from September 15, 2018 to January 27, 2019 at the OnStage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

Twists and turns abound in this musical retelling of the childhood classic, including delightful new characters with their own mysterious stories, intersecting at just the right comical---and heartwarming---moments. Joy Virata directs the colorful cast in this magical world, including an evil would-be queen, a handsome prince, a determined hairstylist, a lovable dragon, and the princess with a famous head of hair.

The story first introduces you to the beautiful, extremely long-haired Princess Rapunzel (Cara Barredo, Mikkie Bradshaw, Justine Narciso, Alyssa Rosa, and Ani Pearl Aquino) as she's kidnapped and trapped inside a tower by the evil lady Za Za (Carla Guevara-Laforteza and Christine Flores) in an attempt to take over the throne.

Meanwhile, Sir Roderick (Hans Eckstein and Andres Borromeo) and his friend Edgar (Steven Hotchkiss, Chino Veguillas, and Kenny Isidoro), who chose beauty school instead of knight training, are on a quest to find the perfect head of hair when they stumble upon the tower. Together with a strange Gypsy Woman (Bituin Escalante and Naths Everett) looking for a powerful piece of jewelry that was stolen from her, and witty, old dragon Socrates (Arnel Carrion, Raymund Concepcion, and Jamie Wilson), they band together to try to rescue Rapunzel and defeat the scheming Za Za.

Based on the story, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, this is one unexpected adventure you definitely shouldn't miss!

For available show dates and tickets, call REP at 843-3570 or Ticketworld at 891-9999, or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.

For updates and show schedules, log on www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow #repphils on Twitter.

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