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Jack Tips, 'naturopathic' doctor, wants to help the body heal itself

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Jack Tips, 'naturopathic' doctor, wants to help the body heal itself
By Walter Ang
Jan. 31, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"I don't want to work with conventional medicine, pharmacological drugs and insurance companies," says Jack Tips, a naturopathic doctor. "They have an agenda to keep people on drugs and dictate to doctors what treatments are supposedly right for the individual."

Tips is known for his work in the natural health field through his private consultations, lectures and books.

"From the natural health perspective, each person is biochemically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually individual; and must be treated accordingly," he says. "This is why natural health is a creative engagement with the individual's vitality, rather than a standardized process."

Tips advocates methods of health restoration by using the body's own capacity to express optimal health. He does this through a combination of homeopathy, nutri…

Philippine Arts Festival holds nationwide theater fest 2012

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Philippine Arts Festival holds nationwide theater fest
By Walter Ang
Jan. 30, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

This year’s Tanghal! National University and College Theater Festival will have events across the country, kicking off in the National Capital Region at University of Makati, Feb. 1-4.

Open to the public, the three main performances for NCR are Collective Arts of Students and Thespians’ (University of Makati) adaptation of Aurelio Tolentino’s “Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas;” Tanghalang Ateneo’s (Ateneo de Manila University) staging of Ron Capinding’s “Para los Jovenes,” a collection of Rizal’s stories for children; and Navotas Polytechnic College’s staging of “Sampung Hampas ni Mesiyas,” a production tackling current social issues.

“The festival, now on its sixth year, offers performances from university theater groups from all over the country, showcasing the harvest of Philippine theater,” says Roberto “Bobet” Mendoza, festival director.

There will be fringe productions by Molave Th…

Lui Medina investigates intersections

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Lui Medina investigates intersections
By Walter Ang
Jan. 30, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"The concept of limits, both of experience and of self, is the main starting point in my current investigation," says Lui Medina of her upcoming exhibit titled "Ascetics (Unbound)."

To be held at Silverlens Gallery's intimate 20Square project space, Medina will showcase four pieces: two using oil, beeswax, and metal leaf on gesso panel, and two using oil, beeswax and gold leaf on plaster object.

"My practice seeks to place itself in that position between the boundaries of the visible and invisible as well as the dichotomies of emotion and reason. The tension and anxieties that this position creates is a recurring element in my work, as well as the driving force of my practice as a whole."

Medina took up painting at University of the Philippines and University College London's Slade School of Fine Art. She has been exhibiting since 2003 and has done solo and …

New musical celebrates long-running Ateneo-La Salle rivalry

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New musical celebrates long-running Ateneo-La Salle rivalry
By Walter Ang
Jan. 24, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Ed Gatchalian is producing, with 4th Wall Theatre Company, “Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle The Musical,” a musical with fictitious characters from De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University.

“‘Rivalry’ is unique, original and local, not just a remake of a Broadway hit,” said Gatchalian. “It may be about the fabled feud between La Salle and Ateneo in sports, academics, love and marriage, business, politics and the professions, but such competition, and the excitement it generates, is a universal theme.”

“It will be enjoyed by even those not associated with either of these two schools,” he said.

How it started
Gatchalian has had a long and successful career in advertising, creating scores of jingles that have become familiar to generations of Filipinos. He was the musical director for television shows like “Celeste Music Hour,” “Pilita and Jackie Lou,” and “Champoy.”

“Ov…

With face reader Dadhichi Toth, your future is in your face

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Your future is in your face
By Walter Ang
Jan. 17, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"In 2012, something amazing is happening in the Philippines," said Dadhichi Toth. "There is a spiritual shift that is going on that stems from the `mother energy.'

"The Philippines is traditionally a spiritual nation. With the movement of the solar system through high-energy sectors of our Milky Way galaxy, this spiritual or 'mother' energy will be quickened here.

"Many people from other nations will be drawn to these spiritual powers as well. This will, therefore, bring greater prosperity to this country.

"This is an intuitive and unconscious attraction much like the attraction of the west to India in the '60s and '70s."

He points out that, regardless of what the energies or qualities will be for the year, "where's there's a good heart, there's a good destiny. What you sow is what you reap."

We met up with Toth late last year to…

Peta stages ‘King Lear’ in Filipino, opens Jan. 27, 2012

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Peta stages ‘King Lear’ in Filipino
By Walter Ang
Jan. 16, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) wraps up its 2011-2012 season with a Filipino translation of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” that opens on Jan. 27, employing an all-male cast.

Felix “Nonon” Padilla directs, using National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera’s translation of the tale of King Lear, how he bequeaths his kingdom amongst his three daughters and is betrayed by two of them.

When Padilla was asked by Peta artistic director Maribel Legarda to stage a Shakespeare production, he immediately offered “King Lear.”

“It was suggested to me by Salvador Bernal because he’d always wanted to design it,” said Padilla, a longtime collaborator of National Artist for Theater Design Bernal, who passed away October 2011.

Post-apocalyptic setting
Production design duties are being handled by Gino Gonzales, one of Bernal’s protégés, who will build on Padilla’s post-apocalyptic set…

Benefits and protection for artists

Benefits and protection for artists
By Walter Ang
Jan. 9, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Artists usually are not practical or business-minded. They don’t invest their money—most of the time they don’t have much money anyway—or have health or any kind of insurance,” says actor Fernando “Nanding” Josef, artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino.

Josef is referring not just to theater artists, but also painters, sculptors, television and film actors, voice talents, production and backstage staff, dancers, composers, playwrights, choreographers, costume and fashion designers, photographers. Basically, people working in creative fields who are “self-employed” or “freelancers.”

Fortunately, there are now growing options for them on availing certain government-issued benefits and other safeguards against emergencies. There are also groups they can join that can assist them with these kinds of needs.

Life Basics
Luigi Nacario, artistic director of Kids Act Philippines, had an epiphany when a fell…

Sleek, chic and convenient new way to make coffee: Dolce Gusto

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Sleek, chic and convenient new way to make coffee 
By Walter Ang
Jan. 4, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Nescafe had launched its line of Dolce Gusto single-serve coffee machines and exclusive coffee capsules here in the country.

The machines have an innovative, easy-to-use system that allows users to make espresso-based drinks via capsules that have pre-measured ingredients, such as roasted and ground 100-percent Arabica coffee and whole milk.

The capsules, which are sealed airtight for maximum freshness, are popped in the machine; a lever is locked (to the red side for hot water and to the blue side for cold water); and coffee streams out of the machine in seconds.

"There's no mess, no fuss," said Nescafé Dolce Gusto consumer marketing manager Justin "Jiggy" Cruz. (Cruz is the nephew of President Aquino III.)

The capsules come in different flavors.

Caffé Lungo, intense full-bodied coffee with a rich aroma and velvety "crema" layer, can be had using ju…