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Expect dancing at LRT 2 on April 29, 2010 (Int'l Dance Day)

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Expect dancing at LRT 2 on April 29
By Walter Ang
April 26, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Commuters using the Light Rail Transit 2 line will be in for a surprise (or shock) on April 29 when dancers dressed as regular passengers start dancing inside the trains and at certain stations throughout the afternoon.

On that day, the dancers will be celebrating International Dance Day with the passengers. Founded in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO and celebrated every April 29, the date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a French dancer and balletmaster known as a great reformer of dance. In the Philippines, the last week of April is also National Dance Week.

Titled "Moving Dance @ The LRT Dance Express," more than 20 dancers will stage contemporary dance pieces beginning at the Legarda station, ride the train (and dancing inside) going to the Katipunan station where they will also perform. "They will the…

Macau: From the Grand Prix race to Cirque du Soleil

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Macau: From the Grand Prix race to Cirque du Soleil
By Walter Ang
April 25, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

While Macau is known more as a gambling destination, we discovered more to it: lots of man-made (with the help of machines) magic. We spent a weekend marveling at how man uses both mind and machine to maneuver great speeds and how machines can help man use his muscles to fly.

One of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China (the other being Hong Kong), Macau is about as big as Makati City and a sizeable portion of it lies on reclaimed land. To the west lies the Pearl River Delta, with Guangdong province to the north, and the South China Sea to the south.

Inquirer Lifestyle was invited to the Windsor Arch 56th Macau Grand Prix, which includes the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, the FIA World Touring Car Championship, and the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. While watching races like these on TV gives you the best views, nothing beats actually bein…

Confident, yes; arrogant, no: The John Robert Powers way

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Confident, yes; arrogant, no: The John Robert Powers way
By Walter Ang
April 20, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"There is a huge difference between confidence and arrogance," Marivic Padilla says. "It all goes back to 'The Golden Rule.' That will never be passé." Padilla has been helping Filipinos find their own sense of self and style for the past 25 years as international director of the John Robert Powers school.
The school is popularly known for its "personality development" courses. Towards this end, there are classes in social graces, poise and carriage, grooming, communications and even modeling. Padilla notes that the school's mission is to "help individuals achieve their maximum potential through confidence building, communication proficiency, and image enhancement."

The school follows a core curriculum developed by John Robert Powers. Powers is credited for starting the professional modeling industry when he started training…

How to protect skin from the sun and prevent premature aging

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How to protect skin from the sun and prevent premature aging
By Walter Ang
April 20, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"Sunblocks or sunscreens don't prevent your skin from tanning," said Belinda Hooshmand, dispelling a common misconception about what sunblock can and cannot do for the skin. "What a good sunblock can and should do, however, is to protect the skin from burning and from premature ageing."

Hooshmand is the consumer healthcare business unit manager for Merck Sharp and Dohme, the pharmaceutical company that now owns the Coppertone brand of sunblock products. She has a nifty mnemonic device for remembering the effects of the two kinds of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun that we should avoid.

"UVB ends with the letter `B' and causes burning while UVA ends with `A' and causes ageing," she said. UVB rays are more intense in summer months, at higher altitudes, and in areas closer to the equator like the Philippines. Aside from sunbur…

UPLB creates artists endowment fund

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UPLB creates artists endowment fund
By Walter Ang
April 12, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

As part of its centennial celebrations, University of the Philippines-Los Baños has created the Centennial Artists Endowment Fund "to sustain our efforts to uplift the Filipino culture and fire-up artistic talents among our young students and faculty," said university chancellor Luis Rey Velasco. "As the envisioned center for culture and the arts in the Southern Tagalog region, UPLB has been nurturing its artists?seeking to provide the enabling environment for their talents to bloom."

The fund is actually part of an umbrella fund, UPLB Centennial Fund, that "allows donors to become involved in creating a legacy of distinctive excellence in higher education," he said. "UPLB seeks to raise funds for and to undertake projects that will contribute to nation-building by producing high quality, well-rounded graduates; generating relevant and responsive technologies an…

Volume by volume: collecting the works of Tony Perez

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Volume by volume: collecting the works of Tony Perez
By Walter Ang
April 12, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Poetry, fiction, plays and essays are all utilized in the arsenal of Tony Perez when he crafts his works. Though he is a prolific playwright and has written a slew of books in English and Filipino that deal with various topics, Perez is more popularly known for his output on esoterica and the paranormal.

He has a series of books, which includes "Mga Panibagong Kulam," that teaches readers how to cast spells. Another series chronicles the experiences of the Spirit Questors, a group of psychics that communicate with paranormal entities, which he formed in 1996.

He also has five books set in Cubao, where he has lived since 1955. Perez was born in Pampanga in 1951 but relocated as a young child. "My father was a colonel and set down roots in this area (near Camp Crame) that was allotted for military officers who served in Korea," he says.

Perez started writing in …

Filipina artist Nikki Luna's work to be auctioned off at Sotheby's

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Filipina artist's work to be auctioned off at Sotheby's
By Walter Ang
April 5, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Nikki Luna was already into her third year of political science course when she decided to quit and turn to fine arts. "I'd always loved to draw and you reach a point where, at the end of the day, you just want to do what you lust for. It was really art that I longed to do," she says.

She'd already had a taste of being exhibited as a polsci major when she did an installation for a group exhibit but after she shifted to fine arts, Luna has been exhibiting regularly since the early 2000s.

In 2008, Luna was accepted to a summer residency in Cooper Union, New York. She was the first Filipino to be accepted into the residency and only one of 19 chosen from over 210 applicants.

There she exhibited "This Side Facing You" ("wherein her experiences as a female individual determine her products") and began work on pieces for "The Heartle…

Sam Milby: Wild at heart

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Sam Milby: Wild at heart
By Walter Ang
April-May 2010 issue
Garage Magazine

The heat is intense on the day Sam Milby's photo shoot is scheduled. The photographer decides to take advantage of the weather and formulates several poses for Milby that will take place under the sun. When Milby arrives, a nimbus cloud promptly appears and stubbornly blocks the light.

As a testament to Milby's professionalism, he stands by for the sun to reappear just like the rest of the crew. The stylists adjust his clothes. The make-up artist wipes his face with tissue paper. He is polite all throughout. No complaints. In order not to waste time, he answers this interview with all of these things going on.

When told he is one of Garage Magazine's picks as a sexy man for this issue, he stares blankly for a split second and the beginnings of a blush ever so slightly creep into his cheeks. You can almost see this thought balloon: "Who? Me? Sexy?"

The girls at the shoot nod silently with g…