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Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts

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“WE live once.We die once. And we live again forever,” said filmmaker Marilou Diaz Abaya, who would have turned 59 on March 30.

The performing arts world notes with sadness the passing away recently of artists and writers who dedicated their lives to the blossoming of the arts.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Why Christian Bautista keeps going back to theater

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CHRISTIAN Bautista says this is the first time he gets “killed” in a musical

THE POP balladeer, who’s not only visible in the concert scene but also in TV variety shows and teleseryes, is back in theater in Atlantis Productions’ “Ghost The Musical,” which opens April 25 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The Three Tenors’ Manila connection explored

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THE THREE Tenors—Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo—with conductor Zubin Mehta (second from left)

The Three Tenors concert phenomenon is nearly a quarter of a century now. This year is the 24th anniversary since that memorable performance at the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome on July 7, 1990, featuring tenors Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. Of course, the latter is gone now, having passed away in 2007 at age of 72.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Monique Wilson: ‘Art and activism are the lifeblood of my work’

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MONIQUE Wilson leading “One Billion Rising” rally

Monique Wilson is an extra-busy woman these days. A few days after arriving from New York, she was in Tacloban to lend a hand to relief efforts for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” Then she was off to Kidapawan, Cotabato, for another activity related to her longtime advocacy of women’s rights and social justice, which would also see her visiting the displaced sakada of Hacienda Luisita and documenting their plight.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

30-plus productions in 21 years–Bobby Garcia is stoked

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GARCIA: “Accept that throughout your career, you will be praised and criticized, neither of
which is ameasurement of your success or failure. Only you can be the best judge of that.”

This year marks director Bobby Garcia’s 21st year in the theater. “It is hard to believe how fast time has flown,” he says. “It has been a truly incredible journey that I continue to be so thankful for. The opportunity to tell stories and collaborate with great storytellers is really a gift not many are bestowed with. That truth doesn’t escape me for a second. I am blessed to be doing this.”

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A major talent of earth-shaking proportion

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SUMI Jo with pianist Najib Ismail. JANICE DEE

Many years after her debut at La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, and at the Salzburg Festival, Korean diva Sumi Jo made her triumphant Philippine debut Feb. 1 at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura, which ended with a rousing standing ovation by the teary-eyed audience.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Santa Isabel College to launch Gamaliel Viray Festival

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GAMALIEL Viray

The Santa Isabel College Conservatory of Music will pay special tribute to the late baritone Gamaliel Viray with a performance of Mendelssohn’s monumental oratorio, “Elijah,” Feb. 22, at the school’s Santo Cristo de Tesoro Auditorium, Taft Avenue, Manila.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Once the son, now the father–Robert Arevalo returns to the stage, and to ‘Mga Ama, Mga Anak’

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AREVALO in rehearsal with costar Cris Villonco

Last seen in the Chito Roño movie “The Healing” and in the teleseryes “Genesis” and “Indio,” actor Roberto Arevalo returns to the stage to play the patriarch in Tanghalang Pilipino’s production of “Mga Ama, Mga Anak,” which opens at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Little Theater on Feb. 21, under Joel Lamangan’s direction.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Bernardo Bernardo: ‘Theater is the closest one can get to reincarnation’

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“It’s been a fabulous ride,” says Bernardo of his over four decades in theater, film
and TV. PHOTO COURTESY OF BERNARDO BERNARDO

Bernardo Bernardo was born in Sta. Ana, Manila, grew up in Singalong and studied journalism at the University of Santo Tomas (UST)—but never got to practice his chosen course even as he became editor of the UST Varsitarian.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

MSO holds 88th anniversary concert; Korean superstar Jo Sumi to perform ‘Traviata’ finale

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THE MANILA Symphony Orchestra at the BDO Francisco Santiago Hall. The orchestra will have its 88th anniversary concert on Jan. 18.

The life span of symphony orchestras is unpredictable as an artist’s existence. It is especially so in this country where subsidy spells the difference between death and survival.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Top performing artists of 2013

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DIOMEDES Saraza Jr. with the Manila Symphony Orchestra: violinist of the year

It was the year music, theater and dance thrived amid unpredictable monsoon floods and record-breaking typhoons and earthquakes.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

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