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Ensuring culture and arts in foreign diplomacy

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Ensuring culture and arts in foreign diplomacy
By Walter Ang
March 19, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Metrobank Foundation has partnered with the Department of Foreign Affairs's "DiplomART: Cultural Diplomacy through Philippine Visual Arts," a program aimed at including culture and arts in foreign relations.

DFA secretary Hon. Albert del Rosario said, "DFA recognizes the impact of culture in modern diplomacy and sees it as an effective tool in protecting our national interest, in advancing our advocacies, and in achieving the development agenda of the country in the international arena."

He recently signed Department Order No. 15-11, which formalizes the creation of the Cultural Diplomacy Unit of the Department, ensuring that cultural promotions form part of the initiatives of the DFA personnel here and abroad.

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The partnership was commemorated with an exhibit of winning artworks from the 27 years of the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (Made) competiti…

Comebacking actor Junix in ‘Jekyll’

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Comebacking actor Junix in ‘Jekyll’
By Walter Ang
March 12, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The ballad “This Is the Moment,” popularized by pop singers Martin Nievera and Erik Santos in the 2000s, is from the Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde.”

The musical will be staged by Repertory Philippines, featuring Michael Williams and Jett Pangan alternating in the lead role of Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde.

The musical is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel set in Victorian-era London. The respectable scientist Dr. Jekyll begins to display alarmingly erratic behavior apparently due to a chemical formula he creates and ingests, resulting in a sadistic and murderous alterego, Hyde.

Joining the cast is a Filipino actor who’s been based in London since joining the original cast of “Miss Saigon” in the early ’90s: Rufino “Junix” Inocian.  Before leaving Manila, Inocian was introduced to a generation of Filipino audiences via his role as Kuya Mario on the TV show “Batibot.”

London and back
“I’ve b…

Seaside lifestyle inspires new watches--be it the Hamptons or Boracay

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Seaside lifestyle inspires new watches--be it the Hamptons or Boracay
By Walter Ang
March 9, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier launched several new lines in the Philippines via an outdoor exhibit at the Fashion Walk portion of Greenbelt 5. The exhibit featured whitewashed items that evoked how its lines' designs capture the essence of "relaxing seaside living."

Gretchen Barretto graced the exhibit opening, looking chic in a mustard gold tunic. Also in attendance was Emerson Yao, managing director of Lucerne, the exclusive distributor of Baume & Mercier in the Philippines.

At its brightly lit and welcoming display section in Adora, Greenbelt 5, Baume & Mercier's managing director for North East Asia Christian Bartosch said, "We are all about family values and the celebration of moments and milestones. We are excited to present Baume & Mercier's latest collection, which embodies our brand's vision of convivialit…