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Welcome to Sofia Elizalde’s dance dream come true

SOFIA Zobel-Elizalde

A few blocks away from where mini-skirted, dusky, long-haired ladies in platformed stilettoes stroll hand-in-hand with foreign men in Birkenstocks and cargo shorts, and a corner away from a bar that features midget boxing, karaoke joints offering foot massages on the side, and cafés that serve Lonely Planet meals and drinks, has risen a glass-and-concrete building with a lofty but realistic purpose of training young would-be dancers in ballet, an art form that is perceived by a majority to be elitist.

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Quezon City hosts Heritage Summit 2013

ADAPTIVE reuse can salvage old or damaged structures.

The Heritage Conservation Society (HCS) Summit 2013 will be held in Quezon City on Nov. 9. Theme is “Heritage and Real Estate Development.” Objective is to discuss the current state of heritage preservation and the best practices of adaptive reuse in the Philippines and Asia.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Philippine Youth Symphonic Band carries on the jazz torch

IRENE Marcos Araneta, chair of Young Musicians Development Organization, with the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band

This year, the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band’s annual concert, “Discovering Jazz with the PYSB,” is set once more to prove that more than its vision of “livelihood through music,” loving what it does enhances the quality of its art.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Groovy crowd go ‘chu-chu-ing’ to grooves of ‘Greatest Hits Reunion’

FIVE of Circus Band’s surviving members—Tillie, Basil, Pat, Hajji, Jacqui—have had successful solo careers.

From the footwear of the crowd whose queue ended beyond the iron-grille gate of the PICC, then traversing past the walkway connecting the entrance lobby to the performance hall, one could discern that this audience was of a benevolent age.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Stars of Philippine Ballet: Some twinkled, others shone bright

ROCAS in “Bells”

We have Lisa Macuja-Elizalde to thank for her vigorous recognition of the wealth of Filipino dancers whose talents are oft seen in their adopted countries but sadly seldom seen here.

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Manuel Betanzos on drawing out the inner passion and power in you through Flamenco

MANUEL Betanzos

In flamenco parlance, there is an undefinable and debatable term called duende which very delicately and loosely could be synonymous with “soul,” but not quite.

Posted: June 3rd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’: A ballet dream come true

UNDER Carlo Pacis’ choreography, the Shakespeare comedy achieves amore dream like  quality.

A refreshing season-ender for Ballet Philippines came in the guise of William Shakespeare’s  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”   The ballet, which has been a staple in many international ballet companies, underwent a transformation in the hands of guest choreographer Carlo Pacis, Hong Kong-based dancer, teacher and choreographer.   In the past 12 years Pacis danced [...]

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

A triumphant return for ‘Rama, Hari’

COMPOSER Ryan Cayabyab and Alice Reyes, founding artistic director of Ballet Philippines and creator-choreographer of “Rama, Hari,” being feted by the cast on opening night

The year 1980 saw the world premiere of a landmark theater piece by Ballet Philippines entitled “Rama, Hari.” It was a creative collaboration among several artistic stalwarts, three of whom became National Artists: Salvador Bernal (scenography and costumes), Bienvenido Lumbera (libretto) and Rolando Tinio (English translation).

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipino creativity doesn’t need a big budget

SOFIA Zobel Elizalde’s Steps Dance Studio scholars performing in “Pepe’s Secret Christmas.”

What lies in the minds of young children that gestates as they grow older, is sometimes never forgotten, and one day is realized, whether in the reality of life itself or in a beautiful fantasy translated in an art form?

Posted: December 5th, 2012 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Helsinki sensation leaves PH; debuts as Hong Kong Ballet soloist


As we sadly bade adieu to Candice Adea, perhaps the most decorated Filipina ballet dancer to date, garnering all colors of medals in international competitions, the bittersweet reality is that she now finds herself in a “better place.” She has accepted the invitation of the Hong Kong Ballet as soloist, making her debut as company member on Nov. 2 in Balanchine’s “Theme and Variations.”

Posted: November 11th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

How I met Claudio Bravo– portrait artist to Filipino society


On Sept. 18, after a year-and-a-half preparation for the retrospective of the works of Chilean artist Claudio Bravo, the exhibit “Claudio Bravo: Sojourn in Manila” will finally open.

Posted: August 26th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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