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'N.O.A.H.' new musical by Jaime del Mundo

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'NOAH' new musical by Jaime del Mundo
By Walter Ang
August 31, 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Jaime Del Mundo once tried his hand at doing administrative work for a school. It was the same time that rehearsals were ongoing for a musical he had just co-written with Luna Inocian and composed by Lito Villareal. After theater company Trumpets premiered Jaime's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," he promptly resigned from what he called his "grown up job."

"When I saw how people were moved by the material, it took me aback. I realized I couldn't give up my life in theater. The potential of reaching people through the stage outweighed any desire out of the stability that a full time job could give," he says with a laugh.

Since then, he's penned several other musicals, such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Young King" for Trumpets and "The Happy Prince," "Fisherman and His Wife," and "Good as Go…

Proctor and Gamble's Manila offfice promotes wellbeing at the workplace

Wellbeing at the workplace
By Walter Ang
August 17, 2009
Manila Bulletin

No matter what kind of work one does, whether it's deskbound or field work, there is sure to be some level of stress involved. "More and more people are getting stressed and burned out these days," says Christopher Breuleux, CEO of Medical Wellness Association, an international organization that promotes medical wellness education and programs. "Sometimes, work and other obligations in life make us feel like a rubber band stretched to its limits until it breaks," he adds.

Breuleux, who has a doctorate in corporate fitness and health enhancement from Ohio State University, was recently in Manila to give a talk to the employees of Procter and Gamble Philippines on wellness in the workplace. "It makes good business and people sense for companies to invest in wellness. There is a positive rate of return. When employees are healthy and happy, they perform better," he says.

He emphasize…

Sattvah Wellness promotes energy healing to complement modern medicine

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Energy healing can complement modern medicine
By Walter Ang
August 11, 2009
Manila Bulletin

These days, not only do people have to deal with physical diseases such as cancer and pandemic scares like the AH1N1 virus, but there is also a high level of emotional and spiritual "dis-ease."

"Not discounting genetics, pollution, diet, drugs, and other physical factors, there are a lot of, what we call, 'toxic emotions,'" says David Montecillo.

"We have to deal with frustration, anger, low self-esteem, unforgiveness, a sense of feeling trapped, of feeling hopeless. There are valid emotional roots to these situations."

David and fellow healer Claudine Mangasing are the proponents of Sattvah Wellness Center, an intimate space along Xavierville Ave., near Katipunan, that advocates a kind of healing that doesn't deal with medicines.

"It's a mind-body-energy center, the first of its kind, that aims to help people deal with their problems," say…

REVIEW: Wholesome and then some: Savyon Liebrecht's 'Apples from the Desert' and Frank Wedekind's 'Lulu'

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Wholesome and then some
By Walter Ang
August 10, 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Two productions opening in August approach women and notions of "love" and "family" in diametrically dissimilar ways, with one play written by a Jew and the other by a German.

Tanghalang Pilipino will stage "Apples from the Desert," a comedy written by Savyon Liebrecht, one of Israel's best-selling and acclaimed female writers. Actress, dancer and filmmaker Tess Jamias will direct. "The play is about a conservative family with an independent-minded teenage daughter who wants to find her way in the world as she discovers love and life beyond the confines of her highly-regimented life," she says. "The conflict erupts between the Jewish Orthodox father, who is controlling and unable to show affection, and the women surrounding him."

A former member of TP's Actors Company, Jamias has evolved from acting to directing. She's helmed plays that deal with…

Study shows Olay is most effective anti-ageing cream

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Study shows Olay is most effective anti-ageing cream
By Walter Ang
August 3, 2009
Manila Bulletin

An investigative study that evaluated the efficacy of seven popular anti-ageing creams and their ingredients revealed that Olay Total Effects had the best composite score at restoring, enhancing, and protecting skin.

Seven commercially available products such as creams with beech extract, with idebenone, with retinol, with beta-hydroxy acid, with folic acid, and with vitamin C and E were included in the study.

Conducted by Olay manufacturer Proctor and Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, to test its own product against others, the study used three key technical measurements to assess the creams' effectiveness: strengthening of the skin's moisture barrier, increased rate of skin exfoliation, and protection from free radicals. A third-party survey conducted at the 21st World Congress of Dermatology showed that 9 out of 10 dermatologists concur with these standards.

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