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Theaterbatoring "Sweet Charity" and "Noli Me Tangere"

thoughts on "sweet charity" and "noli me tangere"
by walter ang
aug 30, 2011
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i caught 9 works theatrical's "sweet charity" and tanghalang pilipino's staging of the lumbera-cayabyab musical "noli me tangere."  i don't normally do combo-reviews, that is, talking about wo or more shows in one piece, but what the hey, it's interesting to me that both materials have strange(!) plot structures and auteur-ish (hmm!) provenance. whaaat?

sweet charity
this was my first 9 works theatrical production.  it was a fun show. the plot was weird in that the entire first act seemed like a throwaway, what with charity's one-night encounter with a film-star that didn't really make any sense, that didn't really push the story forward anyway, and that just made the first act seem to drag on forever.

one assumes that, given the proven…

Of circles, Mercury retrograde, carbs and friends

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Of circles, Mercury retrograde, carbs and friends
By Walter Ang
August 27, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The real reason why I suggested that my friends have regular file-swapping nights is because I'm too lazy to search for files and too impatient to wait for files to download on my own.

And also, for someone who once knew how to code HTML like a pro, I seem to have used up all my IT brain cells learning that (now) ancient coding language, and haven't yet gotten around to learning how to use torrent sites.

But it's all good. My friends hardly get to see each other anymore anyway given separate lives, separate worlds, and separate schedules that wouldn't intersect on their own unless we made a conscious effort to make them do so.

So file-swapping nights were born. File-swapping sessions, for those who haven't yet caught on, are opportunities for you to copy files from your friends' gadgets: Photos, music, videos, audio books, e-books, silly animated GIF files, …

A no-frills way to access Southeast Asia and the world

A no-frills way to access Southeast Asia and the world
By Walter Ang
Aug 14, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

AirAsia will be opening Philippine offices by the third quarter of 2011, with an initial offering of regional flights as it studies the viability of domestic flights. Meanwhile, AirAsia Berhard (the mother company based in Malaysia) has been flying out from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (aka Clark Airport) to locations in Southeast Asia.

The AirAsia group currently has over 60 destinations. Filipinos can use the low-cost airline to fly around the region or use its hub in Kuala Lumpur to board flights on AirAsia X, its long-haul service, to destinations in Australia and Europe (London and Paris).

AirAsia is considered the region's largest low-fare, no-frills airline and a pioneer of low-cost travel in Asia, with its founder Tony Fernandes having pushed for open-skies agreements. AirAsia won the Skytrax World's best low-cost airline award in 2009 and 2010.

Fernan…

Bewitching Barcelona

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Bewitching Barcelona
By Walter Ang
August 14, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The surprising thing about Barcelona is how relaxed it feels. It's a vibrant city, but also refreshingly laidback. Perhaps it's because the city grew beside the coast of the Mediterranean sea. When you're that close to so many beaches, really, who has time for angst? It slowly but will surely enchant you.

We flew to Kuala Lumpur from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (aka Clark Airport) with Air Asia, and then switched to its long-haul carrier Air Asia X to fly to Paris' Orly Airport. We hopped on a Vueling flight, Spain's low-cost carrier, and one hour later, we were in Barcelona.

After a quick stop at a Turisme de Barcelona (the city's tourism office) kiosk, positioned immediately outside the customs exit in the airport, to ask for maps and general directions, a bus ride dropped us off at Placa Catalunya, smack in the middle of the city. Surprisingly tiny when seen in free maps…

De La Salle University launches health program for faculty and staff

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'Animo' for fitness-think chair yoga routines
By Walter Ang
Aug. 9, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

As the school year opens, in addition to celebrating its centennial, De La Salle University will be charging ahead with a health and wellness program for its faculty, administrators and staff.

"Our 'Animo Wellness' campaign consists of a health and wellness information drive and a series of activities that promote a healthy lifestyle among our employees," says Edwin Reyes, director of the university's Office for Sports Development. "Employees observe a full trimestral schedule that can be very stressful."

Employees are motivated through a Passport to Wellness, where they collect stamps for every in-campus Animo Wellness activity joined. Those who gain the correct number of stamps qualify for raffles, where treats such as iPod Nanos with Adidas miCoach kits and spa retreats are given away.

Reminders
Starting this trimester, employees will be sent a pa…

"Seussical," unique children’s musical, starts Aug. 13, 2011

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"Seussical," unique children’s musical, starts Aug. 13, 2011
By Walter Ang
Aug. 8, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Repertory Philippines' Children's Theater will stage the musical "Seussical" starting August 13 and run for the rest of the year.

"Seussical" combines characters from the books of Theodor Geisel, more popularly known as Dr. Seuss, which includes "The Cat in the Hat," "Horton the Elephant," and "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."

Not all Filipino families might have been exposed to nor are even aware of the books, but they might be familiar with the three movies that are based on the books.

Comedian Mike Meyers played the titular role in the movie "Cat in the Hat."

Taylor Momsen (who plays Jenny Humphrey in the TV show "Gossip Girl") played Cindy Lou Who in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," with comedian Jim Carrey as the Grinch.

Carrey also voiced Horton the Elephant in the ani…

Theaterbatoring DLSCSB's "Titus Andronicus" 2011

thoughts on de la salle college of st. benilde's "titus andronicus"
by walter ang
aug. 6, 2011
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http://theaterbator.blogspot.com/2011/08/theaterbatoring-dlscsbs-titus.html

since i realized earlier this year that 2011 is the year of the titus andronici and since i've already caught one staging this year, i figured i might as well catch the remaining two.

so, despite a super busy schedule, i made an effort to catch de la salle college of st. benilde's production of "titus andronicus," staged for the thesis work of its graduating classes in production design and technical theater. let's leave the grading of the costume design, set design and lighting design to their teachers.

translated and directed by george de jesus III, the show is a straightforward staging that's fun and funny. fun because the various murders, dismembering, and other acts of violence are done without hesitation and very matter-of-factly, as if the people …

45-year-old virgin opera and more

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45-year-old virgin opera and more
By Walter Ang
Aug. 1, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

An original Filipino opera has finally been staged 45 years after it was written.

The University of the Philippines’ College of Music recently presented the world premiere of Ramon Santos’ “Ang Mahiwagang Hardin” at the college’s Abelardo Hall.

And at the heels of presenting new work, the college takes a look back via a concert featuring excerpts of lyrics/libretti written by its professor emeritus, coloratura soprano Fides Cuyugan Asensio.

Asensio’s own Music Theater Foundation Philippines, in cooperation with the UP College of Music, presents “Applause: A Musicale Retrospect” on Aug. 4-5, also at Abelardo Hall.

Santos’ virgin opera was finally deflowered, thanks to Christopher Borela’s search for material to fulfill the thesis of his Master in Choral Conducting degree.

“My journey began more than two years ago with the search for an opera, sarswela or musical composed by a Filipino,” said Borela. “…