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The spellbinding ‘Ang Nawalang Kapatid’

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Dulaang UP’s “Ang Nawalang Kapatid” (with remaining performances Saturday and Sunday at Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman) is billed in press announcements as a musical adaptation of the Indian epic “Mahabharata,” the theatrical transposition courtesy of Floy Quintos and the music by Ceejay Javier.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Jogja in a jiffy–and A-1 service all the way

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Bali has traditionally held the crown as Indonesia’s biggest tourist attraction. In 2012, according to Indonesia’s tourism ministry, some 3.2 million visitors out of 8 million tourists headed to the magical isle with its sparkling beaches, kinetic nightlife and mystical Hindu culture.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

The resurrection of the original Filipino musical

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BART Guingona and Joaquin Valdes in The Necessary Theater’s “Red,” written by John Logan, directed by Bart Guingona. THE NECESSARY THEATER

When “Katy” opened on Jan. 27 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, not only was it the first local production to raise its curtain this year, it was also a harbinger of sorts.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ramon Ang: ‘When you’re young, go to far-off places!’

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It’s common knowledge by now that Ramon Ang, top honcho of both San Miguel Corporation and Philippine Airlines, got his start by working as an auto mechanic, fixing cars that he then sold for a profit.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

‘I have five (landing) slots, but I want two more’–how Ramon Ang brought PAL back to London and Europe

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It’s still a 14-hour ride, but the flight is now direct, with no extra hours for layovers or the risk of missing connecting flights, not to mention having to haul carry-on baggage while sprinting toward far-off boarding gates.

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Even the ladies who lunch ditch pork

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IN THEIR weekly assessmentmeeting last Tuesday, INQUIRER editors
served this huge butter cake, its icing the image of—what else—a pork.

Four women, well-dressed, well-coiffed, obviously well-off, immaculate in their white shirts, munching daintily on sandwiches while sitting on white monobloc chairs they had obviously brought.

Posted: August 29th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Sa Wakas’–nothing less than a prototype for the Filipino jukebox musical

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FRED LO and Caisa Borromeo

Of the 20 songs by Sugarfree featured in “Sa Wakas,” the jukebox musical woven around the music of the late great pop-rock band that’s on its last weekend at the Peta Theater Center, nearly every other number has been a chart-topper, or at least a staple of the radio- music TV loop for years.

Posted: April 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘The Graduate’ on stage is not ‘The Graduate’ we know

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REB ATADERO as Benjamin Braddock in Repertory Philippines’ “The Graduate,” running until April 28 at Onstage, Greenbelt 1

The red flags come up early in Repertory Philippines’ production of “The Graduate,” the screen-to-stage adaptation (running until April 28 at Onstage, Greenbelt 1) otherwise directed with customary gloss and professionalism by Jaime del Mundo.

Posted: April 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Hidden treasures, insider tips–European holidays made extra-ordinary

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There is, as always, the dim view: “Tourism,” says American author Don Delillo, “is the march of stupidity. You’re expected to be stupid. You walk around dazed, squinting into fold-out maps. You don’t know how to talk to people, how to get anywhere, what the money means, what time it is, what to eat or how to eat it … You are an army of fools, wearing bright polyesters, riding camels, taking pictures of each other, haggard, dysenteric, thirsty. There is nothing to think about but the next shapeless event.”

Posted: February 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Ancient problems–but the market, wherever it is, is growing

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National Artist for Literature F. Sionil José, in a recent column, called it “the ancient problems of our theater”—the lack of resources, say, and more gravely, the continuing lack of audiences, which was the prevalent lament during the sparsely populated National Theater Festival held in November this year at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

‘Stageshow’ and the National Theater Festival —the return of the native

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By native, we mean, of course, original Filipino material, which for much of this year seems to take a beating from either a general lack of visibility or the lackluster quality of many new homegrown offerings.

Posted: November 17th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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