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REVIEW: Campus productions tackle cruel nature of life, memory, death

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Campus productions tackle cruel nature of life, memory, death
By Walter Ang
October 25, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

In our world of sensory overload through various mediums, desensitization to real life is a constant threat, if not result. Last month, the University of the Philippines' College of Arts and Letters put up three productions whose different materials and staging methods provided meditations on this implication while commemorating International Day of the Disappeared.

The college's Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas staged a twinbill of Palanca Hall of Fame awardee Reuel Aguila's works: "Alimuom / Walang Maliw," directed by Chris Millado and its Dept. of English and Comparative Literature staged Argentine playwright Griselda Gambaro's "Information for Foreigners," directed by Anton Juan. Its Dept. of Speech Communications and Theater Arts, through Dulaang UP, staged Floy Quintos' "Shock Value," directed by…

Asian American playwrights lend support to their Filipino counterparts

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Asian American playwrights lend support to their Filipino counterparts
By Walter Ang
October 18, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang noted the importance of supporting local playwrights as part of efforts to establish Philippine theater in the global arena.

"[The Philippines] has a unique, beautiful and complicated identity that needs to be shared with the world," he said at a reception at the Ayala Museum hosted by the Asia Society Philippine Foundation in cooperation with the Lark Play Development Center.

Hwang's most famous work is the play "M. Butterfly," which has been staged in the Philippines several times by theater groups such as Dulaang UP and Repertory Philippines. His "Golden Child" has also been staged by Tanghalang Pilipino.

Hwang co-wrote the libretto for the Disney musical "Aida" and wrote the libretti for the Disney musical "Tarzan" and an updated version of the Rodgers and…

'Dolce Italia!' launched

'Dolce Italia!' launched
Text and photos by Walter Ang
October 18, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Italian ambassador Luca Fornari and his wife Silvana opened this year's Italian Festival 2010 at a reception held at Italian furniture retailer Furnitalia's showroom in Bonifacio Global City.

Fornari gave a few inspiring words, highlighting that the festival is indeed the perfect time to celebrate the continuing partnership between Italy and the Philippines.

Organized annually by the Italian Trade Commission, this year's theme is "Dolce Italia," aiming "to promote fine Italian living through a series of interesting events that mix art with technology, design with function, and tradition with development."

Hosting the launch were Furnitalia managing director Florence Ko and Italian Trade Commission senior trade officer Lyndon Villanueva. Noted personalities from the social, business and diplomatic circles were treated to a red, white and green celebra…

REVIEW: American Hwangap -- charming, funny and fuzzy

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American Hwangap -- charming, funny and fuzzy
By Walter Ang
October 14, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Distance is a recurring theme in Korean American Lloyd Suh's "American Hwangap," recently staged by Tanghalang Pilipino.

Min Suk left his family in Texas for Korea fifteen years ago and has returned for his 60th birthday. David, his eldest son, is in New York City, closer to Texas than Korea, but refuses to join the reunion. Esther, his daughter, is in the same house as he is but can't wait to leave. Ralph, the youngest son, lives in the basement but now Min Suk wants him out. Mary, the mother, is in a new place in her life, even if she's still physically in the same location.

Suh's play is charming and funny enough: the characters are endearingly quirky, the punchlines are good for laughs. But it plods along at a slow pace and fizzles at the end due to both scripting and staging.

Hwangap commemorates the completion of one full astrological cycle and is a sym…

New internet experience from Sky Broadband

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New internet experience
By Walter Ang
October 11, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cable internet provider SkyBroadband has launched its 112mbps service, the fastest ultra high speed plan available for residential customers. Speeds of 48mbps and 24mbps are also now offered, all surpassing its high speed connections of 6mbps and 12mbps.

SkyBroadband provides internet connection using the same infrastructure used for the SkyCable cable television service. Cable lines carry more data and allow for higher bandwidths compared to DSL internet connections which use phone lines.

"With this service, we bring the Philippines to the next level, moving closer to first-world countries such as Japan," said Ray Montinola, marketing head of Sky. Japan ranked the highest in a study of 30 countries on the fastest advertised broadband speeds offered commercially and technologically. The study was conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

"We are committed to el…

Metrobank art and design winners named

Metrobank art and design winners named
By Walter Ang
October 11,2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Winners of this year's Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (Made) National Competition in painting, sculpture, architecture and interior design were awarded by the Metrobank Foundation.

Reynaldo Samson, Jr. won grand prize in the oil/acrylic-on-canvas category with his 36 by 48 inches "Ang Hindi Matapus-tapos na Ebolusyon, at ang Walang Katapusang Paghahanap sa 'Di Matagpu-tagpuang Langit."

Lester Rodriguez won grand prize in the watermedia-on-paper category with his 24 x 36 inches "The Hidden Agenda."

Both Samson and Rodriguez are first time competitors, do not have any formal training in painting, and hail from Rizal (Antipolo and Binangonan, respectively).

For the sculpture category, which allows entries in glass, metal, wood, stone, and fired clay, Marc Vincent Cosico took top honors for his polymer "Superhero Complex."

The painting and sculpture cate…