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How Joaquin Valdes and I became a true tandem in ‘Red’

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ACTOR’S Actors Inc.’s production of John Logan’s “Red” will have a rerun on
Aug. 23-24, 7:30 p.m. at Teatrino, Greenhills, for the benefit of the UP School of
Economics Alumni Association and the UPSE Class of ’88. Bart Guingona directs and top bills the play, along with Joaquin Valdes.

I had never really known Joaquin Pedro Valdes personally until I had him read for the part of Ken in John Logan’s “Red.” He was the last in a line of would-be Kens, each of whom was lacking in some way. Sure, I had seen him as a child actor in Trumpets’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” but I had never really said anything to him before beyond a postperformance “Congrats!”

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Daisy Hontiveros Avellana–Why she will always be the ‘First Lady of Philippine Theater’

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DAISY Hontiveros Avellana, 1917-2013. “I just hope to be remembered as a good
human being. And that I tried my best.”

When I first worked with Daisy Hontiveros Avellana, she was all of 88. By then she had survived five heart attacks, was suffering from crippling arthritis, had seen the loss of a baby, her husband, and even of her house to fire. I was asked by her daughter Ivi Avellana-Cosio to join a staged reading of Ladislas Fodor’s “The Vigil” to be performed at Far Eastern University (FEU). We rehearsed in the garage of their Pasig home and she sat there, script on her lap with an impish grin puffing up her cheeks.

Posted: May 18th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Seeing ‘Red’–art, passion and madness in a brilliant play

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RED” by John Logan is a play that won almost every major theatrical award in London when it premiered in 2009, then repeated the feat in New York when it opened the following year.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Chefs band for education

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Back in the ’80s and even the early ’90s, if a high school graduate said that he/she wanted a degree in either the culinary arts or education, they would have raised a few eyebrows and have caused their parents sleepless nights. Be a doctor! A lawyer! These days of the celebrity chef, culinary artistry has [...]

Posted: August 7th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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