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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

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 »

Jamie Wilson–the quintessential all-around actor

VERSATILITY.Wilson in four productions this year, all with Atlantis Productions

He bared everything as Dave Bukatinsky in “The Full Monty”; he was Dennis Dupree in the rerun of “Rock of Ages”; and he was equally memorable as Mr. Stephens and Reverend Bliss in “Carrie The Musical.”

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Piaf,’ ‘Full Monty,’ choral singing enliven performing arts

Philippine Normal University Chorale

Singing actress Pinky Amador gave what may well be the performance of her life as French chanteuse Edith Piaf in Pam Gem’s “Piaf” (Atlantis Productions, directed by Bobby Garcia at the Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza). Bravura acting dovetailed with singing that remarkably sounded like the late, celebrated Piaf.

Posted: July 1st, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pinky Amador is a powerful Piaf

AMADOR fully embodies Piaf from her naïve, crude beginnings to her brash, wild peak, and then her fragile, withering last days

In Atlantis Productions’ “Piaf,” audiences are greeted by a room made of wide, drab, wooden panels and crumbling shutters that reach the rafters, a visual metaphor for the vast, high-reaching yet damaged life of the play’s titular French chanteuse.

Posted: March 16th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »