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K-La Rivera learns a lead role in just six days

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How to learn a lead role in six days–take it from K-La Rivera
By Walter Ang
Oct. 26, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The theater community, practitioners and audiences alike, have been abuzz about an actress who learned a lead role in six days.

When Mikkie Bradshaw fell ill after the Friday opening night of Atlantis Productions’ recent staging of “Carrie,” a musical based on Stephen King’s novel, K-La Rivera was approached to step into the titular role.

Atlantis called her the following Saturday morning, asking her to come in to learn the songs, dialogue and blocking so she could open the show the following Friday.

“I was going to school, it was our finals week,” recalls the actress who’s currently taking up Communications at Miriam College.

“My heart just dropped. I had just watched Mikkie the night before. I was so happy for her when she got the role because I knew she really wanted it. I was devastated for her. I knew how important the role and the show were for her,” Rivera says. “I…

Paolo Rodriguez designs bead jewelry

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He acts with Eula Valdes, Wilma Doesnt –and supplies their bangles, too
By Walter Ang
Oct. 9, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

During a break from rehearsals one day, Paolo Rodriguez found out that some women in the cast were willing to skip a meal in order to save money to buy a pair of earrings.

“I was fascinated by it,” he says. “I started selling accessories that I bought from Divisoria.”
When his clients started to place orders with specific materials and sizes that Rodriguez couldn’t find, he started making them himself. He’s been selling his designs to the theater community since.

“Eula Valdes asked me to make her a big armband. Wilma Doesnt inspired me to make big, big statement earrings,” he says.

He’s peddled necklaces, bracelets and earrings, among other pieces, to coactors in his recent productions such as Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) “’D Wonder Twins of Boac” where he played Malvolio; Resorts World Manila’s “The King and I” where he was a monk in the e…

REVIEW: ‘Der Kaufmann: Ang Negosyante ng Venecia’–terror made all too real

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‘Der Kaufmann: Ang Negosyante ng Venecia’–terror made all too real
By Walter Ang Oct. 5, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Pardon the language, but there is no other way to describe Tanghalang Pilipino's staging of "Der Kaufmann: Ang Negosyante ng Venecia" except to say it is a complete mindf*ck.
William Shakespeare's "The Comical History of the Merchant of Venice" has a bunch of Christians turn the tables on Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, over an unpaid debt. Portia, the female protagonist, uses legal maneuverings to defeat him, predating Elle Woods of "Legally Blonde" by centuries.
The tables are turned in a different way in Rody Vera's adaptation. While portraying Shylock as a sympathetic character (versus an anti-Semitist caricature stock villain) started as early as the 19th century, Vera transposes the action squarely onto the event that informs the identification of Jews since the mid-20th century: the Holocaust.
Vera reworks a British play…

Angel Aquino conquers her monsters with ‘Closer’

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Angel Aquino conquers her monsters with ‘Closer’
By Walter Ang
Sept. 28, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

It’s been a year of firsts for Angel Aquino.

A few months ago, she started making her own water kefir—sugar water or juice that has been fermented with grains that contain bacteria and yeasts. “I started out with four tablespoons of kefir grains and now I have five jugs of kefir water,” she says.

Aquino discovered water kefir from a friend and decided to brew her own. “I have friends who are vegetarians and their healthy eating habits seem to be rubbing off on me,” she says. She brings a glass bottle filled with the amber liquid, rich in probiotics and B vitamins, everywhere she goes.

She takes sips from it during rehearsals and tapings for her work in movies and television. This year, she did her first portrayal of a male-to-female transgender character in the film “Porno,” written by Ralston Jover and directed by Adolf Alix Jr. The film was shown in the recently concluded 9th Cinem…

UPLB stages ‘Banwa!,’ based on ‘The Jungle Book’

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UPLB stages ‘Banwa!,’ based on ‘The Jungle Book’
By Walter Ang
Sept. 21, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Arts and Sciences is staging “Banwa!” by Om Velasco, under Joey Ting’s direction.

“Banwa!” is a translation and adaptation of Edward Mast’s “Jungalbook,” a play adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s collection of stories, “The Jungle Book.”

The book is a collection of stories dealing with Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the Indian jungle with the help of Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther, and his encounters with the tiger Shere Khan. First published in 1894, the book is now in the public domain and e-book versions can be downloaded for free from sites such as Gutenberg.org and Amazon.com.

Neil Gaiman’s children’s fantasy novel “The Graveyard Book,” is inspired by Kipling’s book while a popular adaptation is Disney’s 1967 animated musical film version of the same title. The movie was adapted for the stage in Chicago (premi…

‘Carrie’–a musical prelude to Halloween

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‘Carrie’–a musical prelude to Halloween
By Walter Ang
Sept. 14, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Atlantis Productions will stage the suspense-horror musical “Carrie” in the weeks leading up to Halloween.

The musical is based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel (first published in 1974) about a girl who is bullied in school and suffers under a cruel mother. She soon discovers a special power that she wields over her tormentors.

Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo headlines the show as the titular character’s mother Margaret White, while Mikkie Bradshaw (“Rock of Ages,” “Nine,” “Disney’s Aladdin,”) will play Carrie.
An upcoming film adaptation has Julianne Moore as Carrie’s mother and Chloe Grace Moretz (“Hugo,” “Kick-Ass,” “(500) Days of Summer”) as Carrie. Prior to this version, there was a 1976 film adaptation directed by Brian De Palma, starring Sissy Spacek in the title role.

The musical version debuted on Broadway in 1988 with book by the film’s screenwriter Lawrence Cohen, music by Michael Gore…

Noel Rayos–singer, actor, serious bike collector

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Noel Rayos–singer, actor, serious bike collector
By Walter Ang
Sept. 7, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Noel Rayos doesn't just ride bicycles, he folds them with his bare hands, too.

No, he's not a muscleman who bends metal for fun. Rayos is a versatile actor who is at ease in plays and musicals, comedy and drama, English and Tagalog and once had a bike stolen, even though it was chained and locked.

"I never again owned a non-folding bike that I couldn't bring inside to where I was going," he says.

"My first folding bike was a 12-inch wheel Dahon copy from Zhuhai, Mainland China. I've bought and sold dozens of others since then."

Rayos tread the boards recently as Tenyong in Tanghalang Pilipino's "Walang Sugat," Dasaratha/ Lakshmana in Ballet Philippines' "Rama Hari," (for which he won the 2012 Philstage Gawad Buhay! Male Featured Performance in a Musical) and Princeton/Rod in Atlantis Productions' Singapore run of &quo…