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Face-to-face with Taylor Swift


My editor sent me an e-mail, asking if I was interested to personally meet Taylor Swift. It was an opportunity that thousands of people would kill for, so to say yes was a no-brainer.

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Theater Calendar: February-March


JOHN Logan’s Tony-winning play “Red,” which made its Manila debut last year via a production of The Necessary Theatre starring Bart Guingona as the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko and Joaquin Valdes as his (fictional) apprentice, returns for eight performances at the CCP’s Tanghalang Huseng Batute.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Theater Calendar: January-March

JOAQUIN Valdes and Bart Guingona in The Necessary Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-winning play “Red,” by John Logan. After its triumphant Manila debut last year, “Red,” directed by Guingona, is back for eight performances at CCP’s Tanghalang Huseng Batute on Jan. 31-Feb. 9.

The 4th Wall Theater Company (T4 Theater) brings back the original Filipino musical “Rivalry” with performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) this weekend—Jan. 17 (8 p.m.), Jan. 18 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and Jan. 19 (3 p.m.).

Posted: January 18th, 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

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 »