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The Diana Vreeland set that got its own applause? That's by Joey Mendoza

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The Diana Vreeland set that got its own applause? That's by Joey Mendoza
By Walter Ang
April 12, 2014
Philippine Daily Inquirer

It isn't every day that a set design receives applause from an audience.

Joey Mendoza's scenery for "Full Gallop," a play about former Vogue editor in chief Diana Vreeland after she'd been axed from the magazine, received applause for every single show in its recently concluded run, staged by Actor's Actors Inc. and My Own Mann Productions, at RCBC Plaza in Makati.

When the curtains rose at the start of the show, audiences invariably burst into spontaneous clapping at the sight of Mendoza's interpretation of Vreeland's apartment.

Mendoza had seen the original production of "Full Gallop" in New York.

"I immediately thought Manila would relate to this easily," he says.

Last year, when he heard there was talk of a Manila run, he got in touch with director Bart Guingona. "He's a friend from way bac…

Tuxqs Rutaquio sings, acts, directs, designs sets and costumes--and collects toys

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Tuxqs Rutaquio sings, acts, directs, designs sets and costumes--and collects toys
By Walter Ang
April 5, 2014
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"I have over a hundred toys in my shelf, most of them in mint condition, never taken out of the boxes. Some are loose for display," says Tuxqs Rutaquio.

The collection began in 2004 with an Incredible Hulk action figure.

"I didn't know why I bought it in the first place, but I remember that it reminded me of my childhood and that I noticed how great the craftsmanship is on the details of the figure," he explains.

"At that time, the only things I collected were the comic books that I'd gathered since the 1980s, 'Uncanny X-Men' and 'Mighty Avengers.' I still have them in near mint condition.

The second piece for his collection was a no-brainer. "I never had a Voltes V toy as a child so that was the first hunt," he recalls.

From there, Rutaquio expanded to other robots from '70s and '80s a…