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Is a Festival of the Absurd still relevant?

SPIT theater company

The literature and drama of the Absurd. Man is alone in the universe. Existentialism and all that jazz (there is supposed to be a Christian existentialism). Sarte, Camus and Genet.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Musicals reign–again

BALLET Philippines’ “La Revolucion Filipina”

The case for the beatification of the saintly Bishop Alfredo Verzosa of Vigan (1877-1954) received a big boost recently with the musical play “Ang Pasyon ni Obispo Verzosa ng Nueva Segovia at Lipa,” written by Frank G. Rivera and directed by Joey G. Nombres, with music by Ato del Rosario. (It played at SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, and then SM in Lipa City, Batangas.)

Posted: October 6th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Gourmet coffee, healthy veggies–why Tagaytay is now a foodie destination


The café culture, specialty café and organic healthy vegetables were the main topics of interest in a recent event which sought to provide media a peek into the lifestyle and culture of Tagaytay City, that cool, balmy destination just an hour’s drive south of Manila.

Posted: September 21st, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Chris Millado on Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’: ‘You cannot not do it’

CLOCKWISE from top: Gina Pareño as Linda Loman (alternating with Raquel
Pareño),Nanding Josef as Willy Loman (alternating with Jonathan Tadioan),
RicardoMagno as Happy and Yul Servo as Biff (alternating with Marco Viaña)

“There is a shifting of emotions in this play; emotions not easy to internalize. There is an American element, but during rehearsals this becomes universal. May mga umiyak. The actors would sometimes cry during rehearsals because they were affected by the situation they were rehearsing, and relating it to their own stories.”

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ballet Philippines marks sapphire year with ‘Giselle’

EXCERPT from “Giselle”—the Peasant Pas De Deux

One of our leading dance companies, Ballet Philippines (BP), is in a celebratory mood. And well they should be.

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »