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The Diana Vreeland set that got its own applause? That’s by Joey Mendoza

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“FULL Gallop” set rendering. “It needs to have a sense of humor, I think,” says Mendoza. “The set, like Vreeland, while at first might seem intimidating, is actually warm and funny.”

It isn’t every day that a set design receives applause from an audience.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Senior’s night out


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Lately we’ve been finding ourselves, instead of in bed reading, out for some nocturnal enjoyment. One such spell started with an invitation from Ingrid Sala Santamaria for a concert of hers with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Molina.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

From subject to staging to star, ‘Full Gallop’ is entrancing

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CHERIE Gil as Diana Vreeland was a challenging role to play, with endless lines and no other actor to share the stage with. ERICKSON DELA CRUZ II

The real Diana Vreeland loved being under the spotlight and to hold court. In her old age, she talked slow, so you really had no choice but to hang on her every word. In her column for Harper’s Bazaar, where she served as fashion editor, she loved giving outrageous suggestions like, “Why don’t you … wash your blond child’s hair in dead champagne?”

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Baby Barredo on Bibot Amador: ‘It was a platonic relationship’

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BABY Barredo (with Pinky Amador in a scene from “August: Osage County”): “We stuck to
our guns ... [Rep is] now 46 years old; never did we import an actor to play a lead role. Today,
there is so much theater—and practically all the founders are from Rep.”

The raves are still pouring in, even as Repertory Philippines’ “August: Osage County” is on its last weekend. The lion’s share of the praise goes to Baby Barredo, the company’s cofounder, artistic director and now the play’s main performer after an absence of more than a decade. Barredo remains at the top of her game at 72—an age she is not ashamed to admit.

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

Cherie Gil: I want to portray women of strength

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CHERIE Gil says the play is a homage to the people who helped shape her image and style. FRAN KATIGBAK

Don’t be you’re nothing but a second rate trying hard copycat” goes the message on a T-shirt, posted on Twitter as Cherie Gil’s profile photo.   The veteran actress’ infamous line from the 1985 movie “Bituing Walang Ningning” seems like a (modified) statement of sorts for her pedigree—a descendant of the Eigenmann acting clan—and a [...]

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

Social media, for good or ill

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Supertyphoon “Yolanda” showed the best and the worst of social media. In the immediate aftermath, at least, there was none of the irreverent humor that Filipinos are known for, we who make fun of anything and anyone, even and especially our own misfortune. The enormity of the tragedy was such that not even the worst kibitzers on social media had the guts to post any wisecrack.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | 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 »

Bart Guingona, Irma Adlawan, Nonie Buencamino–they all began in campus theater

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TANGHALANG Ateneo’s “Sintang Dalisay,” 2011, directed by
Ricardo Abad

Some students may regard it as a hobby until they graduate, while others see it as a bona fide drama course for a long-term career. Regardless of its practitioners’ motivations, the recent developments in university-based theater organizations have transformed campus theater into a serious training ground for students’ professional, intellectual and moral growth once they leave the academe.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Theater | Read More »

‘Closer’ runs for final 2 weekends, has Sunday night shows

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Critics, theater aficionados and those who loved the movie version are one in praising Red Turnip Theater’s maiden production, the staging of Patrick Marber’s acclaimed play “Closer.”

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Somber ‘Closer’

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MARC Abaya as would-be novelist and obituary “journalist” Dan, and Cris Villonco as stripper Alice.

There is much to laud in Red Turnip Theater’s maiden production “Closer,” directed by one of its founders, veteran actress Ana Abad Santos.

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Angel Aquino conquers her monsters with ‘Closer’

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ANGEL Aquino, Bart Guingona,Marc Abaya and Cris Villonco star in Red Turnip’smaiden offering, Patrick Marber’s “Closer”—opening Oct. 4 at Whitespace, Makati, directed by Ana Abad Santos.

It’s been a year of firsts for Angel Aquino. A few months ago, she started making her own water kefir—sugar water or juice that has been fermented with grains that contain bacteria and yeasts. “I started out with four tablespoons of kefir grains and now I have five jugs of kefir water,” she says.

Posted: September 28th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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