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When will Mr. C’s rousing violin concerto be played again?

RYAN Cayabyab

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s 40th anniversary last January came and went quietly, an indication of the sad state of classical music in the country.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Monique Wilson speaks up vs violence against women

MONIQUE Wilson and Eve Ensler

Monique Wilson is finally out and proud. The woman behind New Voice Company, the theater group behind such hit productions as “The Vagina Monologues,” “Angels in America,” and “Rent,” has finally declared she is gay.

Posted: December 10th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Lisa Macuja says farewell to Kitri, Giselle and Carmen

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde

It is hard to believe that in a span of three weekends last October, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde bade farewell to three of her favorite roles: Kitri in “Don Quixote,” Giselle and Carmen.

Posted: November 11th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Larry Can’t Cook,’ but he sure came up with the best resto concepts


It’s easy to see why most people only know Larry J. Cruz for his restaurants. The LJC Restaurant Group, which he founded in 1980, is known for some of the most successful dining concepts in the country: Café Adriatico in Malate; Café Havana, originally in Malate, now at Greenbelt 3; Abé in Serendra; and Fely J’s Kitchen and Lorenzo’s Way, both at Greenbelt 5. Many of these restaurants are so popular that they have more than one branch, proof that the dining public rates these establishments highly.

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Country’s biggest orchestra pit unveiled at ‘Don Quixote’ gala


In a perfect world, ballet performances would always be presented to live orchestral music. This fusion of music and dance makes going to the theater not just a rewarding experience but a truly enlightening one.

Posted: October 1st, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

World ballet stars dazzle Manila audience


For the second year in a row, Ballet Manila (BM) brought to Manila some of today’s best dancers in “World Stars of Ballet,” a couple of galas that introduced local ballet enthusiasts to world-class dancing.

Posted: September 17th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ballet Manila young dancers clinch awards at HK dance tilt

ASIAN Grand Prix Pas de Deux bronze medalists Joan Emery Sia and Elpidio Magat.

Talent doesn’t grow on trees. Once discovered, it is nurtured and tended to until it reaches its full potential. Only then can you sit back and appreciate your work, as you continue tweaking it to perfection.

Posted: August 20th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Love is in the air at Ballet Manila’s season-ender

LISA Macuja-Elizalde and Rudy de Dios in “The Last Poem”

Ballet Manila went Rated PG in its last show for the 2011-2012 season. Indeed, it was a paean to love and sex in a concert called “Lab Ko ’To.”

Posted: March 19th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Real estate maverick goes for sleek, simple spaces

PRISTINE By keeping clutter to a minimum, space is maximized in a small condo unit. The mirrored panel hanging above the sofa adds to the illusion of space, while the pillows in black slipcover and the dog figure add color. PHOTOS BY STANLEY ONG

Last Christmas marked realtor Gab Perez’s first year in his bachelor’s pad. His unit at Angelica Manor in San Antonio Village, Ortigas, Pasig City, is a testament to his success as a young entrepreneur.

Posted: February 29th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Use colors to turn your setting from holiday wedding to party

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In Anna Fay Plaza-Rosal’s world, every day is a busy day. As creative director of The Peninsula Manila, she oversees all efforts for beautifying the hotel.

Posted: December 27th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Top 10 Filipino artists create floral art to make you swoon

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This book “Decorating with Flowers” (Tuttle Publishing) should come with a warning: Read slowly. You cannot speed-read a book that details the many ways flowers can be used to beautify a home. You have to take in each page slowly, committing the images to your mind one picture at a time.

Posted: November 16th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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