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Stage manager Sheryl Polancos and her quest to learn more

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Stage manager Sheryl Polancos and her quest to learn more
By WALTER ANG
July 9, 2016

"I've always been inclined towards the arts. I was always involved with dance, drama and art classes when I was a little girl," says Sheryl Polancos.

She expressed her affinity for the arts by joining dance clubs in grade school and high school. When she enrolled in University of Santo Tomas, an injury waylaid her plans to audition for the school's famed Salinggawi dance troupe.

"I joined the official theater guild of the College of Arts and Letters, Artistang Artlets. That's where I caught the theater bug."

She fell in love with the profession. So much so that the first job she applied for right after graduating was with the resident theater group of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Shifting gears
"I started out as a production manager at Tanghalang Pilipno," she recalls.

"Then I noticed that I enjoyed the rehearsal process more than paperwork and I…

From dislike to devotion: How Topper Fabregas conquered yoga, cardio and the stage

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From dislike to devotion: How Topper Fabregas conquered yoga, cardio and the stage
By WALTER ANG
July 23, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Trying new experiences has always proved life-changing for Topper Fabregas.

He never liked performing as a child. "It was like pulling teeth to get me to sing at family gatherings!" he says.

He wanted to become a writer and would join journalism contests. One summer, two of his friends joined an acting workshop by Triumphant Peoples Evangelistic Theatre Society (Trumpets), and he gave it a go as well. Trumpets was holding auditions at the time for its musical "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."

"My friends dared me to audition. I got a callback on my pager. I didn't even know what a callback meant," he says, laughing. His acting career began when he originated the role of Peter Pevensie.

"I worked nonstop from when I was 19 until I was about 25," he says. There weren't as many theater groups and acti…

Guide to different yoga styles

Different yoga stylesBy WALTER ANG

If you're considering taking up yoga, here is a short guide to the different kinds of yoga commonly offered by commercial/for profit yoga studios.
Yoga is popularly known as a series of physical poses that combines breathing and, sometimes, a bit of meditation/chanting.
Most people who are new to yoga go into it for its physical exercise/conditioning aspects. Most yoga studios and teachers do not incorporate chanting, but even if they do, it's not religion-based, so anyone can still do the chanting or choose not to.

The classicsHatha yoga A blanket term that means "physical yoga." Though usually, this is used to describe a moderately paced class using Vinyasa Flow (see below for description), ask your instructor.
Ashtanga yoga - Vigorous style with set poses and sequences. First timers are usually led by an instructor, though eventually, are encouraged to practice by themselves (which is called Mystore style). - Developed by K. Pattha…