Fill your life with inspiration, not drama | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022


I love this line from the Bible: “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”

One of the important secrets to contentment is to realize that we are transient beings with limited time on earth. So, we should make the most of our lives and fill it with wonderful experiences, exciting adventures, unforgettable travels and solid friendships.

If you happen to be going through challenges in life, keep in mind that your family and friends will always be there to support, comfort and aid you. Thank God, I have a battalion of loving friends who truly cushion me from negativity.

At an intimate dinner in honor of newlyweds Divine Lee and Blake Go, and soon-to-wed Malu Gamboa and Mon Lindo, we enjoyed chatting about our past adventures and the plans of the blissful couples. We are already planning our next Tropafrica destination next year.

Life should be filled with art and creative energy. I recently got some artistic inspiration from Spanish designer Jaime Hayon.

Studio Dimensione & Fritz Hansen brought Hayon to Manila to sponsor a lecture for professionals, students and enthusiasts from the arts, interior design and architecture communities. The lecture was held at the Playground of Bench Tower in Bonifacio Global City.

Hayon—cited by Wallpaper and Time Magazine as one of the most influential and relevant designers of our generation—came to Manila for the first time and discussed his art, furniture and inspirations.

A Broadway classic

Life can be filled with too much drama, so sometimes it’s best to relax and watch a musical or theater production. There are several shows in the city that are not to be missed.

After opening to a full house and standing ovations at its preview night, Broadway’s greatest dance musical “West Side Story” is now playing at The Theatre at Solaire. Daring, realistic and still as relevant as the day it premiered, the production comes to Manila as part of a worldwide tour, following sold-out seasons around the world, including London, Paris, Sydney and Berlin.

“West Side Story” is inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story “Romeo and Juliet,” and is set amid the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York. It’s about the love between two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two opposing camps in New York City’s urban jungle.

“West Side Story” packs a powerful punch, both dramatically and musically. At its 1957 Broadway premiere, the musical redefined an entire genre in choreography and music score. The genius of its four creators—Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim—produced a piece whose artistic quality remains unquestioned to this day.

Boasting a young all-American cast, many of whom come direct from Broadway, “West Side Story” is on for only a three-week run and will close on Aug. 27. Tickets are on sale at The Manila Season is presented by Globe Live.

Globe Live continues its mission of bringing world-class live entertainment to the country through its partnership with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Concertus for “West Side Story.”

Globe senior advisor for creative marketing and multimedia business Joe Caliro said that theater fans are in for more top-quality productions this year. He’s proud that Globe has been giving Filipinos access to more of these kinds of shows.

… and a Filipino musical

Another production not to miss is the latest Filipino musical of Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Riding the wave of momentum created by “Mabining Mandirigma,” a steampunk musical on the heroic life of Apolinario Mabini, Tanghalang Pilipino returns with another landmark musical that chronicles the life of one of the most significant heroic figures in Philippine history: Aurelio Tolentino, a seditious playwright and actor who, together with Andres Bonifacio and Macario Sakay, founded the Teatro Porvenir.

“Aurelio Sedisyoso: A Rock Sarswela”—a sequel to “Mabining Mandirigma,” which focused on the Mabini-Aguinaldo conflict in the second phase of the revolution—dramatizes the conflicts in Philippine society in the period between 1902 and 1907, which, unknown to many, constitutes the third phase of the revolution.

The stellar cast is led by powerhouse tenor David Ezra essaying the role of Aurelio Tolentino, and award-winning film actor Baron Geisler who makes his theater debut as the allegorical character Tikbalang, a shape-shifter that takes on the different faces and phases of American colonization.

The Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company’s Jonathan Tadioan, JV Ibesate, Aldo Vencilao, Blanche Buhia, Joshua Tayco, Eunice Pacia and Monique Nellas, as well as Remus Villanueva, Hazel Maranan, Kakki Teodoro, Norby David (former co-vocalist of Rivermaya), Jing Reyna-Jorge (former vocalist and violinist of Sugar Hiccup), Paw Castillo, Phi Palmos, Alfritz Blanche, Tope Kliatchko, Ali Santos, Sigrid Balbas, Aika Zabala, Sasa Cabalquinto, Raflesia Bravo, Jasper Cabra, and Lian Silverio comprise the exciting cast of this rock sarswela.

“Aurelio Sedisyoso” is directed by CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado, with book and lyrics by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, and music by Joed Balsamo.

Completing the rest of the artistic team are Denisa Reyes for choreography, Toym Imao for set design, Katsch Catoy for lighting design, James Reyes for costume design, GA Fallarme for projection design, and TJ Ramos for sound design, with Barbie Tan-Tiongco for technical direction. Francis de Veyra of Radioactive Sago Project joins the team as musical arranger.

The production runs at the CCP Little Theater Sept. 1-17, with Friday shows at 8 p.m.; Saturday shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday shows at 3 p.m.

Show-buying opportunities and discounts are available; call Lorelei Celestino at 0915-6072275. Visit; tel. 8919999.




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