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Miguel Castro: He acts, he sings, he cuts paper

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He acts, he sings, he cuts paper
By Walter Ang
May 24, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

For someone who was told for more than a decade that he couldn't sing, Miguel Castro has spent the last five years proving this notion wrong and has even set his sights on opera singing in the future.

After Castro decided to leave his bucolic childhood in Lipa behind to pursue higher studies in Manila, he soon had to choose between college and his growing interest for the performing arts.

The stage wooed him over from the classroom and he hasn't looked back since. Cutting his teeth with Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Castro started out developing his acting chops under the tutelage of theater pillars Tomy Abuel, Mia Gutierrez, and Ronnie Lazaro.

After doing straight plays for more than 15 years, Castro broke out as a singer in a big way, as the lead for the musical "St. Louis Loves Dem Filipinos" by Dulaang UP in 2005. "I've always loved singing since I started acting in 198…

Have Eagle Creek bag, will travel

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Have bag, will travel
By Walter Ang
May 9, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

This summer, exploring the country is one of the options for travel. And if you really think about it, traveling within the Philippines is easy. Buses in Manila travel to any point in Luzon, and there are ferries and planes to take you anywhere else you'd like to visit. So all you really need is a sturdy bag to put some clothes and personal items in and you're good to go.

To kick off this summer's adventures, Eagle Creek travel bags took a group of media members to Caramoan in Camarines Sur to check out the sights, to road test their bags, and to introduce their Global Citizenship campaign.

The campaign wants all travelers to be more aware and mindful of the impact of their actions to the environment, both natural and social. Responsible traveling is the only way to go these days. You can't just go into a new place with its own culture and start throwing around your weight, your trash, your germs,…

Ricky Francisco explains how to conserve artworks at home

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How to conserve artworks at home
By Walter Ang
May 5, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Saving your art begins even before you acquire it, noted collection management consultant Ricky Francisco. In a lecture on "Preventive Conservation for Artworks at Home," Francisco gave buyers and collectors basic tips on how to take care of their art pieces.

Major events like earthquakes, fires or flooding will do obvious damage. However, the environment is full of elements that gradually and incrementally affect artwork. Changes in temperature, light and humidity can cause an array of problems such as mold growth, corrosion and fading, among many others.

Man-made accidents and neglect also come into play. Even the creators of art can be held accountable if they use easily degradable materials (like frames made of wood that haven't been treated to protect it from mold growth) or if they neglect to have their paintings varnished (to provide a protective layer).

It can be argued that a mus…

Therese La'O sells soles with soul

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Soles with soul
By Walter Ang
May 4, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Fashionable footwear with a heart is the dominant theme of Toms Shoes, a brand of canvas shoes that are now available in the Philippines.

At a sunset launch party in Boracay, Swim Philippines head Therese La'O said, "You can get Toms Shoes at our stores Swim Designer Swimwear and Nothing But Water. We are initiating the awareness for this brand and the good it does for children in need."

La'O is referring to the "One for One" program of Toms Shoes wherein for every pair of shoes purchased, a free pair is given to a child in need. The brand has been tagged by the American fashion media as "socially responsible shoes" that allow people to "stay chic while building good karma."

The brand's unique way of operating is borne out of the desire of its founder, Blake Mycoskie, to give back to make a difference. Mycoskie first encountered Argentina when he was a contestant on t…

Emir--'First Filipino movie musical'--tackles OFW phenomenon

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"First Filipino movie musical" tackles OFW phenomenon
By Walter Ang
May 3, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Audiences will soon be able to watch the first Filipino movie musical. "Emir" tells the story of Amelia, an Ilocana who grows up in the sand dunes of Paoay and ends up as a nanny in a royal household of a fictional emirate in the deserts of the Middle East.

Chito Roño, known for directing movies like "Sukob" and "Caregiver," is helming the project. The obvious first question is, of course, "Why a musical?" Roño laughs and says, "That's what I asked myself, too!" He'd been approached by executive producer Rolando Atienza, chair of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, last year to take on a project. "I wanted to commit to what no one else would dare do," Roño says.

With a filmography that spans genres and topics that deal with social issues ("Bata bata paano ka ginawa"), women and soci…

REVIEW: 'Haring Tub-l' ('Ubu Roi')--Explosive play sends up elections, power politics

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Explosive play sends up elections, power politics
By Walter Ang
May 2, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Sipat Lawin Ensemble's "Haring TUbu-l" is an explosive production, figuratively and literally. The "ticket" is a paper bag (think airplanes) stamped with an ominous warning that you can use the bag, just don't give up on the production. Obviously, this isn't for mainstream theatergoers.

But for those who have a sense of humor and adventure, an appreciation for irony and a strong constitution, it's one of the most fun and funny productions you'll ever get to see. Audiences at the performance we saw were laughing throughout the very tight one hour run. Mind you, the laughter ranges from nervous to approving and frequently switches back and forth.

The title alone foretells of the scatological humor involved (a friend who knows Bisaya explained it to this Manileño). The show's own announcements state it is "set inside a toilet bowl" and…