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Eco lights now shine on works of art

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Eco lights now shine on works of art
By Walter Ang
Nov. 30, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"Hold on to your incandescent light bulbs, because the only place you'll see them in the future will be in museums," said Rico Gonzales, country manager of Philips Electronics and Lighting.

Philips has partnered with Ayala Museum by providing subsidized lighting using LED (light-emitting diode) units.

At the signing of a memorandum of agreement between both parties, Gonzales noted that LED is fast becoming the standard of lighting for commercial and residential use due to its longevity and low-energy consumption.

LEDs emit less heat than conventional lighting units and do not generate UV (ultraviolet) light?two elements that degrade artworks.
Philips' 35-watt Luxspace LED units have replaced 120-watt incandescent lamps, which results in energy savings of up to 70 percent.

The LED's life span of 50,000 hours (compared to incandescent bulbs' 1,200 hours and compact fluores…

Japanese danseur featured in BP’s ‘Sleeping Beauty'

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Japanese danseur featured in BP’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’
By Walter Ang
Nov. 21, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Japanese ballet danseur Nobuo Fujino will play Prince Desire in Ballet Philippines' staging of "The Sleeping Beauty" this December. He alternates with BP principal dancer Jean Marc Cordero.

BP principal dancers Carissa Adea, Candice Adea and Katherine Trofeo alternate as Princess Aurora, who is cursed as a baby to die. However, good fairies soften the curse and replaces death with a long, deep sleep, which will end with the kiss of true love.

Fujino will perform in only two performances. He will partner Candice Adea, 2011 USA International Ballet Competition silver medalist, in the Dec. 2 fundraising gala for the benefit of the Noordin Jumalon Dance Scholarship Fund.

Jumalon was the CCP Dance School director and passed away last Sept. 24, 2011. He had been with Ballet Philippines for more than 30 years, mentoring hundreds of dancers.

Fujino
This is Fujino's f…

Children's plays by DUP and TP starts Nov. 18, 2011

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Children's plays by DUP and TP
By Walter Ang
Nov. 21, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Umaaraw, Umuulan
Dulaang UP will stage "Umaaraw, Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang" a children's play based on publisher-painter-theater producer and Philippine Daily Inquirer contributing writer Gilda Cordero-Fernando's children's short story "The Magic Circle."

"The Magic Circle" was serialized in PDI's Learning Section in 2009.* 

Adapted by Rody Vera and directed by José Estrella, "Umaaraw" is about the adventures of a boy named Jepoy Baybayin and his pet dog, Galis, as they go on a "magical journey bursting with fantastic characters and strange happenings."

Jepoy and Galis are invited to a wedding underneath a balete tree, in the middle of the dark forest. There they meet the Spanish-speaking dwarf maitre d' Pacqui, Tatlong Maria (Makiling, Sinukuan and Cacao), the enormous Doña Geronima with her clean and shiny plates, talking…

Making theater in Cebu for ten years and counting

Making theater in Cebu for ten years and counting
By Walter Ang
Nov. 15, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

To cap its tenth anniversary, Cebu's Little Boy Productions is staging a one-day-only performance of Chris Martinez's comedy "Welcome to Intelstar" and Anton Chekhov's farces "The Boor" and "The Proposal."

LBP brings in shows from Manila and stages its own shows with local talent. It's also done co-productions in Manila, including "Once on This Island" and the Filipino translation of "Art" with Actor's Actors Inc., and the Asian premiere of Disney's "High School Musical" with Ateneo Blue Repertory.

"What I'm most proud of is the diversity of shows that we've done," says Hendri Go, the man behind LBP. "In Manila, you have different theater groups with different segmented markets.  In Cebu, we don't have that.  LBP tries to do a little bit of everything."

LBP has also wor…

Pulitzer-winning novelist Edward Jones in Manila this week

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Pulitzer-winning novelist Edward Jones in Manila this week
By Walter Ang
Nov. 7, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Edward Jones (2004 Pulitzer Prize winner, "The Known World") will visit the Philippines under the auspices of the US Embassy in Manila. He will be featured speaker at the 2nd Manila International Literary Festival, Nov. 16-18 at Ayala Museum, Makati City.

Organized by the National Book Development Board in celebration of Philippine Book Development Month, this year's theme is "The Great Philippine Book Café." The festival will feature performances, book launches, book signings and a book fair.

The board of the Philippine Center of the International PEN [Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists], led by National Artists for Literature F. Sionil José and Bienvenido Lumbera, will host a dinner reception for Jones on Nov. 11. Visit www.philippinepen.ph.

Set in the state of Virginia in what was the not-quite-yet United States of America, Edward Jones&#…

L. De Guzman: 'I look at my painting as a form of prayer'

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L. De Guzman: 'I look at my painting as a form of prayer'
By Walter Ang
Nov. 5, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

After taking a nap one day in 2006, L. De Guzman woke up to discover he couldn't see, among other frightening things. He had an attack of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a severe allergic reaction to medication that causes skin to die and shed.

"The skin of my eyelids fused to my eyeballs," he says. "My corneas now have scars, my vision has blotches and it feels like there's something covering my sight."

After three months of recovery, he got involved with developmental work with an NGO. "It was hard because I had to get used to sunlight and the glare of a computer monitor. My skin was super sensitive because some layers hadn't grown back. Paperwork has difficult because my fingernails hadn't grown back yet. My fingertips were still stubs back then."

Artificial tears
He'd been working and living a normal a life as possible sin…

Starring Lea Salonga, in the role of "Mommy"

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Starring Lea Salonga, in the role of Mommy
By Walter Ang
November-December issue 2011
Moms Today Magazine

Lea Salonga was thrust into international stardom when she landed the lead role of Kim in the musical "Miss Saigon" in West End, London and then on Broadway, USA, winning top awards from both countries. Many years and notable roles later, she's still on top of her game, having recently performed as Grizabella in the musical "Cats" right here in Manila.

As she travelled the globe for her numerous projects, sharing her singing with countless audiences, she found love and got married to Robert Charles Chien. Initially based in the US, Chen was assigned for work in Manila and the couple has been staying here for the past few years.

Nicole Beverly was soon part of their family. While her daughter and husband are priorities for Salonga, it hasn't stopped her from continuing with her career. "Whenever I know I'll be away from home for an extended perio…