By Marge C. Enriquez
Like a violent tornado, he spins into a jump and pretzels on the floor with nary a joint or muscle endangered. When dance artist Ernest Sarino Mandap executes this explosive movement, the muscular control of the landing is imperceptible. The only thing the audience sees is the contrast of the sharp trajectory in the air and the weightless surrender to the earth.
By Carmencita S. Sioson
Arriving at the shoot in a button-down denim shirt and stark white jeans, Mikaela Lagdameo-Martinez looked far from a mom of two—to 9-year-old Noelle and 4-year-old Tyler—and a woman with numerous roles that may be daunting to others.
Veda Bañez Alonso takes a while to answer when asked if she had raised her three sons as a hippie.
Interior designer Jose Luis “Tito” Villanueva displays his art and antiques collection in his condominium unit like a collage, making a powerful statement out of a group of elements. These collages not only tell stories of his family and travels, but also of his history.
My dearest best buddy Jojie Dingcong turned another chapter in his exciting life by celebrating his birthday with an awesome bash at the spanking new Congo Grille on Jupiter Street in Makati.
By B. Carlo M. Tadiar
The artist Roberto Chabet, who died after heart failure on May 1, mentored generations of artists who revered and loved him not just for coaxing out of them the ability to look at and make art in a new way, but also because of the awe for his work, which, through the simplest of forms, could have cosmic sweep at the same time that it could express such tender humanity.
By Pablo A. Tariman
Tenor Arthur Espiritu—who received a standing ovation at the Ayala Museum last February for a deeply moving recital with pianist Najib Ismail—again made history as the first Filipino to sing Cassio in “Otello” mounted in Teatro Communale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Italy, recently.
By Mozart Pastrano
Before the TV hit series “Glee” was even conceived, the most happening thing in Cagayan de Oro City was to make it to the glee club of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. It was the breeding ground of local talent.
By Tats Manahan
One of the country’s dance icons, Rose Borromeo, recently returned to the Philippines for good after 31 years in Singapore, where she established a well-known dance studio— continuing the mission she had started here with her sister, Julie Borromeo, many years ago at her home studio, DanceArts.
Kitchen RescueBy Reggie Aspiras
When we talk of breads, few places can make them better than The French Baker and L’Artizan. And when we talk of bakers, it goes without saying that, locally, Johnlu Koa is one of the best.
By Pocholo Concepcion
Timi Gomez-Aquino laughs when she recalls the time she informed her parents that Bam Aquino was courting her. “I think my dad’s only issue was that Bam is an Atenean,” she tells Inquirer Lifestyle. (Timi’s dad, Dr. Vince Gomez is from La Salle.) But my mom loved Bam from the beginning. And so did my younger brother.”