Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cartoon Network Gets Random this Christmas at Sky Ranch, Tagaytay

Head to Tagaytay with the family this coming second weekend of December and join the fun!

Press Release:

Cartoon Network, the number one kids’ channel in the Philippines, brings crazy holiday fun to Tagaytay with A Very Random Christmas at Sky Ranch on December 13-14. The free admission, weekend-long party will be held at the Amphitheater of Sky Ranch, the complete day destination for families and friends in Tagaytay City. A celebration of all things funny, crazy, goofy, amazing, awesome and random, Cartoon Network’s A Very Random Christmas is the must-attend family event of the season.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests can experience a slew of colorful activities, games and mascot appearances featuring characters from the network’s hit shows like Adventure Time, Uncle Grandpa, Ben 10: Omniverse, The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show, and more. Sky Ranch guests will also be able to witness a festive Cartoon Network parade within the park throughout the day. 
Special treats are also in store for new and existing Cignal subscribers. The first 60 Cignal subscribers to present their monthly bill at the event will automatically get Meet & Greet Express passes. Sign up for a Cignal subscription at the event and take home a special reversible Adventure Time backpack. 
Pile on the exciting randomness this Christmas on Cartoon Network. For more information about A Very Random Christmas, please visit or

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Golden Ticket Events Holds Successful Hunger Games Block Screening

Congratulations Golden Ticket Events for the successful screening! Too bad I wasn't able to attend this one but I hope to join you next time! :)

Press Release:

Golden Ticket Events, an up-and-coming event's company recently held its successful Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 block screening and bloggers night.

Prior to the jam packed movie screening at the SM Megamall Cinema 4, Golden Ticket hosted a fun filled blogger's night at Rack's Megamall. Rack's served everyone a sumptuous dinner consisting of their best selling ribs and sides. Over dinner, Jeanil Alcantara, Rack's Operations Manager, updated everyone on Rack's new branch in Timog Quezon City. 

Following this, Food Panda Philippines CEO Mauro Cocchieri presented an overview about the company and its app. Food Panda is an online food ordering site which has an app that can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play, and the Window's Phone Store. The Food Panda app allows users to choose from hundreds of food merchants. The app determines the users location and shows them a wide variety of choices to satisfy their every craving. Capping the bloggers night was a raffle from Torch, Bioessence, and Great Image which, along with Regroe, gave away lots of freebies to the bloggers.  

Following the blogging event, everyone proceeded to Cinema 4 to join the throngs of movie goers who came to the screening. Each movie goer got popcorn and a bottle of Aquabest as they filed in to watch one of the year's most awaited movies. Attendees of the screening had a good time with the program which included awesome raffle prizes from Torch, Bioessence, ToppCock, Cadbury, Mary Kay, Jelly Nelly, Regroe, and MX3

Making the event possible are Golden Ticket's sponsors; Food Panda, Great Image, Mary Kay, Alveo, Aquabest, Evee, Skinlyn, Regroe, Pregroe, Torch, Bioessence, Chooga, El Lobo 2 in 1, Tea Kingdom, Cadbury, Bubbatealicious, Huang Shang Developent Corporation, Victoria Towers, Amada, Topp Cock, and Jelly Nelly. Golden Ticket was also assisted by its media partners; ANC, ASTIG.PH, Business Mirror, Cook Magazine, and View Magazine.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Have Convenient Christmas Celebrations with Tokyo Tokyo!

Don't have time to cook for a quick family meal or a party? Here are great offerings by Tokyo Tokyo!

Press Release:

In the flurry of all the holiday activities, the meaning of the season tends to be eclipsed by the mad rush. What’s meant to be enjoyable becomes stressful, shopping ends up being a chore and get-togethers are planned haphazardly. You don’t have to get caught up in the Christmas panic, Santa Claus has elves, you can get some help too. 

Make parties convenient with Tokyo Tokyo. Your favorite name in affordable, high quality Japanese food offers the best deals for any occasion! 

There is no need to worry about what to bring to potluck gatherings or casual socials. Tokyo Tokyo accepts orders for party trays good for groups of eight to ten. You can mix and match their best sellers for a menu that’s uniquely your own. The Tokyo Tokyo Party Tray list contains the Yakisoba (P600), Yasai Itame (P700), Beef Misono (P995), Pork Tonkatsu (P995), Cheese Tonkatsu (P995), Fried Chicken Karaage (P995), Best Chicken Teriyaki (P1115), California Maki (P259 for 24 pieces), Spicy Beef Maki (P279 for 24 pieces), Gyoza (P275 for 15 pieces), and Steamed Rice (P255).

If you prefer individual meals for hassle-free service, Tokyo Tokyo Bento-Go is your best bet. Ordering is a breeze and your guests can choose from Cheese Tonkatsu (P155), Pork Tonkatsu (P145), Honey Chicken Teriyaki (P130), Fried Chicken Karaage (P115), Beef Misono (P155), and Best Chicken Teriyaki (P159). 

Tokyo Tokyo can even go where the celebration is with their catering services. You can expect the whole shebang, from the food, to the buffet set up and waiter service. You can’t ask for more! They have three catering packages, all presented beautifully with price tags ranging from P500 to P850 per person. The basic spread includes your choice of Best Chicken Teriyaki, Pork Tonkatsu, Beef Misono or Honey Chicken Teriyaki plus California Maki, Miso Soup, Prawn and Kani Tempura, Yasai Itame, Yakisoba, Chahan, Fresh Fruits, and Red Iced Tea. If you wish to include Tokyo Tokyo’s signature Ramen to the line-up, you may opt to request for a ramen bar set up in addition to the feast. 

Revel with convenience with Tokyo Tokyo. Book your parties now. For more information, log on to or follow TokyoTokyoPhilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SupermodelMe Season 5 Returns to DIVA with Four Sirens in Manila

FYI, SupermodelMe: Sirens premieres on 24 November, Mondays at 8pm – first and exclusively on DIVA ...

Press Release:

MANILA, 13 November 2014 – Feisty Filipinas Irish Ong, 20, and Jasmine Ng, 21, are among this year’s roster of finalists for SupermodelMeThe Original Asian Supermodel Series – which follows 12 aspiring models of Asian heritage competing in a once-in-a-lifetime chance to advance their career in the fashion industry. Ong and Ng made an appearance in Manila’s Cav Wine Shop and Café, alongside fellow finalists, Brazilian-Japanese twins Rafaella and Gabriela Leonardo.

Jasmine, Irish, Gabriela, and Rafaella
SupermodelMe returns with its most daring, most explosive and most revealing season yet. Aptly dubbed as SupermodelMe: Sirens, the latest season promises to break new ground as the search for the ultimate siren is set against an exotic background of a brand new location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Among the grueling, fashion-forward challenges faced by the finalists include crazy casting calls, photoshoots featuring exotic birds, catfights on moving vehicles, and many more! 

fashionista L.A. Ferriols hosted the event
“Unlike other modeling competition-based reality series in the market, SupermodelMe represents another example of DIVA’s commitment to not only entertain but empower its core female viewers,” said Christine Fellowes, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Universal Networks International. “The women featured in the series prove that real beauty lies beyond a pretty face, boasting a wide range of accomplishments that encompass knowledge, strength and charisma.”

Scott MacKenzie, NBC Universal VP for Channels for Asia Pacific
poses with the girls
SupermodelMe: Sirens premieres 24 November, Mondays at 8PM, first and exclusively on DIVA.  
Diva airs on Channel 37 for Sky Cable and Destiny Digital, Channel 65 for Cignal and Channel 32 on Cable Link. #supermodelme and #DIVAasia are the official hashtags of SupermodelMe: Sirens.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Are You Up For Teddy's Bigger Burgers' Monster Double Dare?

If you have a big appetite for big burgers, this is for you! :)

Press Release:

This holiday season, it’s time to go big or go home. Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, located at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City, issues a monster challenge for burger lovers with the Teddy’s Monster Double Dare running from now until December 31.

To join the Teddy’s Monster Double Dare, form a group of at least four members and head over to Teddy’s. Each member must order a Monster Double Burger combo of the same size. The group members must then race against each other to finish the entire combo as a Teddy’s associate assists the group. The first one to finish will get his Monster Double Burger combo for free, plus will have his name and photo up on the restaurant’s Wall of Fame. This promo is open only to participants aged eighteen and above.

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers is the number one burger restaurant in Hawaii. Founded by entrepreneurs Ted Tsakiris and Rich Stula, the restaurant has made its way to the country with its first store in Greenbelt 3 last August. Best known for its 100% pure ground chuck patty, potato bun, fresh ingredients, and its tangy Super Sauce, Teddy’s also serves classic favorites such as fries and sides, wings, and milkshakes.

For complete promo mechanics, visit the official Teddy’s Bigger Burgers Facebook page (

Friday, November 14, 2014

MINUSCULE : Valley of the Lost Ants is a Massive Hit in France!

Here's a pre-Christmas treat you may want to watch with your family!

Press Release:

In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned spark warfare between two tribes of ants. A bold young ladybug finds himself caught in the middle of the battle. He befriends one of the black ants, Mandible, and helps him save the anthill from the assault of the terrible red ant warriors, led by the fearful Butor. A fantastic journey at ground level…

On the tube, “Minuscule” unspooled in tight, 6-minute episodes, as CG (computer generated) insects went about their modest adventures amidst the French countryside. Now at feature length, the approach of directors Thomas Szabo and Helene Giraud always managed with modest, yet effective animation, nicely complimented by lush cinematography (lensed in Provence) and a sweet score that’s anything but antic.

Far removed from civilization, the excursion opens with a bird’s eye wink at mankind: a young couple, out for a romantic afternoon drive in their bright red VW bug. However, this is not their story; rather, it follows the fate of their picnic supplies, left behind for tiny scavengers. In this spirit, a title card trumpets the heroism of a lone ladybug — the William Wallace of the insect world, Braveheart of the bugs — whom we see abandoned by his family and adopted by a colony of black ants under full-scale attack by a rival red-ant faction.

This mostly-insect cast, who never speak but gleefully toot sound effects from both ends, function as the most rudimentary of animated characters, their simple CG bodies adorned with googly eyes — the sort preschoolers paste to arts-and-crafts projects, in which poppy seed-sized specks wiggle in tiny plastic hemispheres. Even without the relatively dazzling, gem-like orbs seen on most American cartoon characters, these critters are capable of a wide range of amusing expressions, their simple design and silly behavior accounting for most of their appeal.

From time to time, the ladybug bumps into larger creatures intent on eating him — a frog, a fish and a lizard as terrifying in its scale as the T-rex must have seemed to the humans in “Jurassic Park.” 

Animation-wise, these animals aren’t nearly as endearing, neither cartoony nor especially realistic. The same goes for a range of virtual props that factor into the battle between the black and red ants. The attackers fire slingshots and carry a can of bug spray (a toxic weapon for both sides), while the defending black-ant colony hordes a stockpile of fireworks, but only one match.

With echoes of 2006’s “The Ant Bully,” this drawn-out siege scenario plays like a slow-burning house fire and it makes little sense until  the wounded ladybug William Wallace rises to the challenge and shows how he can be the one to save the day for the Black Ants Tribe

Directed by Thomas Szabo and Helene Giraud, MINUSCULE : Valley of  the Lost Ants  is distributed by Solar Pictures, Inc. This pre-Christmas treat for the entire family starts showing at your favorite theaters on December 3, 2014.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Global Art Philippines Hosts 2014 Global Art International Competition on November 15 at SM Aura Convention Hall

Learning art should not just be a thing for summer breaks. That's what I discovered when I visited Global Art Philippines. Read my enlightening experience here

Press Release:

Global Art Philippines will host the 2014 Global Art International Competition on November 15 at the SM Aura Convention Hall

2013 International Competition held in Bali
Theme: My Invention (To make the World a Better Place)
Artwork from 3rd Runner Up Category C
Amy Sum Jia Chin - Malaysia

It will be participated in by some 500 participants from Global Art campuses around the world including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, Myanmar, China, India,  Hong Kong  and the Philippines.  These young artists will compete and showcase their artistic talents and skills based on this year’s theme: “Heal The World.”

Yenny Saw, Country Manager of Global Art Philippines, feels honored and privileged to be at the helm of this year’s competition noting that Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia have played host to the said event in the past years.

2013 International Competition held in Bali
Theme: My Invention (To make the World a Better Place)
Grand Champion of Category D
Kanchanaporn Wiroopetchr - Thailand
On the said date, Global Art Philippines will simultaneously hold a competition among students from local branches— the winners of which will advance to the International Level where they vie for a slot among the best artists of Global Art worldwide.

The competition is aimed at encouraging kids to apply everything what they have been learning in Global Art classes independently; boost their confidence; gain valuable experience and learn from other participants and most importantly, through the theme, “Heal The World,” learn  how to take care of  the environment, their health, fellow citizens,  their country and its resources.
2013 International Competition held in Bali
Theme: My Invention (To make the World a Better Place)
Grand Champion Artwork from Category C
Grace Chieng Yu Xuan - Malaysia

Depending on their age group, participants will be given the opportunity to think creatively either by adding objects on the given template, or coming up with an artwork from scratch that would be good enough to be used as an Ad Campaign for a cause.

Judges for the Global Art International Level Competition are Mr. Mahair Goh; founder of Global Art;  Mr. Ajin Thong, Global Art Master Trainer and Ms. Gean Fong,  Global Art Assistant Trainer who will choose winners based on  these criteria: creativity - 40%; drawing skills - 20% and coloring techniques 20% and overall presentation 10%. A trophy plus cash prizes await the grand champion and several runner- ups per category/age group. 

2013 International Competition held in Bali
Theme: My Invention (To make the World a Better Place)
Artwork from 3rd Runner Up Category D
Sherilyn Paisan - Daan Mogot Indonesia
A company founded in Malaysia in 1999 by Mr. Mahair Goh, Global Art has touched over 500,000 young artists’ minds and hearts in 15 countries including Malaysia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Vietnam, China, USA, Cambodia, Myanmar, Hong Kong. In the Philippines, Global Art accepts students as young as 3 years old to adults and teaches them varying level of skills using diverse mediums like color pencils, oil pastel, poster color, acrylic paint, watercolor, glass paint, ink pens, and pencils. 
Sponsors are Ayala Land Premier and Sun Life Insurance

2013 International Competition held in Bali
Theme: My Invention (To make the World a Better Place)
2nd Runner Up Artwork from Category C
Jason Ng Chan Fung - Malaysia

Global Art Philippines’ main office is at Unit 101, Sekai Center, 368 Ortigas Avenue corner Madison Street, Greenhills, San Juan and has 8 branches in Metro Manila, 2 branches in Davao City and 1 branch in Cebu. For further information and inquiries on Global Art Philippines and the International Art Competition, like them on Facebook: or visit their website at; Tel no. 726-0435.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Roeder Camañag Reprises Role of Don Simoun in “El Filibusterismo” from Nov. 14 – 28, 2014

This play is a must-see especially by high school students who are currently using El Fili in their lessons! Moms and dads, please bring your teens to watch this! 

Press Release:

Fresh from his critically-acclaimed performance as the sublime paralytic in “Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini,”  ROEDER CAMANAG shall once again reprise his role in Gantimapala Theater’s EL FILIBUSTERISMO.

EL FILIBUSTERISMO” --- the novel of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal written by noted playwright Jomar Fleras narrates the return of the protagonist of Noli Me Tangere, Crisostomo Ibarra, under the guise of the wealthy jeweler named Don Simoun

The role is being essayed by multi-talented actor Roeder Camañag who is stepping into this role for the 7th time for Gantimpala Theater Foundation. His foray as Don Simoun started in 1998 and then again in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Indeed, Roeder’s celebration of his 27th year as an artist in the entertainment and theater industry is being etched  with very significant roles in the legitimate stage. He also won the 2013 Aliw Awards for  Best Actor (Musical) for “Stageshow” under Tanghalang Pilipino

“El Filibusterismo, whose alternate title is The Reign of Greed, is a very dark novel, it was set in a dark time, written during the dark days of the Spanish tyranny, the themes progression is wheeled by an unseen dark force, a force that is so powerful that it controls even the characters trivial actions and choices that often lead to nothing but tragic endings. This unseen and destructive force is greed,” said director Jose Jeffrey Camañag

“It is the intention of this production to reconstruct the face of greed as painted by the great Jose Rizal in this novel and to resonate Rizal’s definition of greed as the key evil that chains and enslaves the mind, heart and soul of a society away from the real path toward genuine freedom,” Camañag continues.

“Through creative staging, powerful visuals, clear storytelling and moving music, we hope to usher and challenge the audience especially the students who will be watching this show as an aid to their curriculum, to look beyond the entertaining value of our production and try to listen to the remarkable messages embedded in Don Simoun’s confessions to Padre Florentino,” states Camañag.

The artistic team of EL FILIBUSTERISMO include Joel Lamangan (Artistic Director), Jose Jeffrey Camanag (Director), Andy Villareal (Lighting Director), Joey de Guzman (Set Designer), Pauwie Garcia (Production Manager), and Kate Butch Weaver (Stage Manager).  

November  14 & 15 - AFP Theater 9AM/12NN
November  21 & 22 - STAR Theater 9AM/12NN
November  28 - SM Southmall Cinema 3 11AM/2PM

For tickets, call Gantimpala Theater at 998-5622 or 872-0261. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

GREASE Will Always Be The Word

Here's a look back at the 1950s, plus rave reviews for the Gawad Buhay award-winning production by 9 Works Theatrical in 2013 …

Press Release:

The 1950s is a period of wholesome, straight-laced, prosperous living – a picture perfect life of what America should be. War had passed and fears have subsided. For the younger generation, school hops, dances, bonfires, and rallies were the rage, not to mention, hang-outs at soda fountains, drive-in movies, and all-night slumber parties. 

The teens of America enjoyed the birth of rock and roll and declared themselves to be free and authentic, distancing themselves from tradition and conformity. These were the “greasers,” teen boys who showed their rebellion with shiny, slicked back hair, thick black leather jackets, and tight jeans as personified by 1950s bad boy icon James Dean. Girls showed their sexual aggression by wearing pedal pushers and tightly fitted sweaters. Instead of thinking about their future husbands, they dreamt of movie stars and even dropped out of school, as exemplified by the character of Frenchy.

Danny and Sandy
These occurrences served as inspiration for Grease creators Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey to piece together one of theater’s most beloved musicals. Using themes like teen angst, freedom, and sexual identity, which were prevalent during the late 1950s, Grease highlights and glamorizes the period where the teens of the time had a greater awakening as they progressed to the next decade. 

Doody and Frenchy
Matched with incredible songs, superb theater actors, impressive backdrops, and an engaging storyline, it’s no wonder why this new American classic is still very much relatable. The tradition was very much carried over to 9 Works Theatrical’s Grease which had a celebrated run in 2013, earning numerous rave reviews, a Gawad Buhay Award and several nominations. 

Here are just some of the commendable words said about last year’s production: 

“With the different characters and issues in the show, you can't help but relate and reminisce about your high school life. The re-staging of “Grease” in Manila helps prove why, for many people, high school was one of the best times of their lives. It’s the kind of show that can make you believe that you can be who you are, and that “Grease” is definitely the word, a timeless story that no matter how old you are, you are part of them.” – Mac Macapendeg, GMA News
Rizzo, Danny, and Sandy
“Reproducing classics can sometimes lead to dangerous waters; playing it again and again to a familiar audience ends up being dull and boring. But 9 Works Theatrical manages to bring in the fun and stay faithful to the production’s many previous incarnations that one must ask: Who knew Grease could ever feel so fresh?” - Margarita Buenaventura, The Philippine Star

“Critics have dubbed this “well-oiled” production of 9 Works Theatrical as the best staging of the show to date, “beating its predecessors by a mile.” With its jukebox set, concert vibe, and showcase of well-loved classics like “Summer Nights,” “You’re the One that I Want,” and “Greased Lightnin,” you can’t help but leave the theater smiling from ear to ear, dancing on your tippy toes, and nursing a serious case of L.S.S.” -

Johnny and Cha-Cha
“The energy of the cool Rydell High students inspired the audience to join the bopping and hand jiving, especially to the “dip di-dip di-dip doo-bop a doo-bee doo” of “We Go Together.”” – Michael Joe T. Delizo, Manila Bulletin

“The Manila run of Grease is a must-watch for its energetic song numbers as well as great acting moments of the cast. This is a pleasant surprise considering that there were newbies who had the huge responsibility of bringing life to major moments of the musical.” – Nikko Tuazon, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal)

“This 2013 version is by far the most fun as it truly captured the youthful effervescence of the 1950s.” - Vladimir Bunoan,

Rizzo, Sandy, and Marty
Regarded as the “Tony Awards” of the country, the PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay Awards for the Performing Arts acknowledged Grease as the most Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical. The show also earned other nominations, including Outstanding Musical Direction (Sweet Plantado-Tiongson and Joseph Tolentino), Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical (Arnold Trinidad and Francis Matheu), Male Lead Performance in a Musical (Gian Magdangal), Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play or Musical (Robbie Guevara), and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical.

Fresh from their big win and recognition, this year’s rerun of Grease will be another much-awaited event, gathering a new cast of talent to breathe life into the characters of Rydell High. New leads and TV personalities Guji Lorenzana and Tippy Dos Santos are ready to give powerful performances as Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, respectively. The new class includes TV personality Steven Silva as Johnny Casino, Alex Godinez as Marty, Marvin Ong alternating as Doody, Nelsito Gomez as Sonny LaTierri, Gabriela Pangilinan as Cha-Cha DiGregorio, and making her comeback in the local theater scene is Antoinette Taus as the feisty leader of the Pink Ladies, Betty Rizzo.

Jan and Roger
Don’t forget the original cast members returning to the stage: TV personality and GMA talent Rafa Siguion-Reyna as Kenickie, Reb Atadero as Roger, Vince Lim alternating as Doody, Peachy Atilano as Frenchy, Sarah Facuri as Jan, James Stacey as Vince Fontaine, Harold Cruz as Eugene Florczyk, Sab Jose as Patty Simcox, and Angela Padilla as Miss Lynch. And just like last year, keep an eye out for different Teen Angel cameos every night.

The artistic team of Grease is headed by Robbie Guevara as director, together with Lorenz Martinez as assistant director, Joseph Tolentino as musical director for instrumentation, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson as musical director for vocals, Arnold Trinidad and Francis Matheu as choreographers, Mio Infante as scenographer (set and costume designer), John Batalla as lighting designer, Chuck Ledesma as sound designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer, Gerhard Daco as Technical Director, Twinkle Zamora for costume execution, Leo Castillo as photographer, Tin Samson as playbill editor, and Larry Palma as graphic designer.
Sonny and Marty
Heading the production team is executive producer Santi Santamaria, with Anna Santamaria as company manager, Toff de Venecia as PR director, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers, Anna Escalona as Business Development Manager, Randy Salvador as production manager, and Aries Alcayaga as stage manager.   

For over 40 years, Grease has remained one of the world’s most popular and beloved musicals. Time Magazine even dubbed its 2007 Broadway revival as the “#1 Musical of the Year.” Now Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie, and the Rydell gang are back, ready to bop and hand-jive at the RCBC Plaza, Makati, all weekends from November 15 to December 7, 2014. Grease will have Friday and Saturday galas at 8:00pm, Saturday matinees at 3:30pm and Sunday matinees at 4:00pm.

A limited number of performances are available for fundraising and block-buying. For tickets and other inquiries, please call 586.7105 or 0917.554.5560, or email Facebook: 9workstheatrical. Twitter & Instagram: @9WTonline. Hashtag: #GreaseManila  

GREASE is presented by 9 Works Theatrical with MAC Cosmetics as the Official Makeup Sponsor. Official photos by Photoworks Academy.   "Grease" is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 1359 Broadway, Suite 914, New York, NY. 10018.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Chevron, JCI Manila, and GK create Caltex Playland in Smokey Mountain

Great advocacy! I hope more private companies would create initiatives like these so that more underprivileged children and their families could take steps for a brighter future.

Press Release:

Manila, Philippines, November 3, 2014Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga (GK) and the Junior Chamber International Manila (JCI), has made learning more fun for at least 700 pre-school children in Smokey Mountain with the creation of the Caltex Playland, an interactive learn-through-play area, and the renovation of the GK day care center.

At least 105 volunteers composed of Chevron employees, project partners, parents, teachers, and students, painted together to create the Playland that teach children about safety, hard work, excellence and creativity. 

In addition to the sweat equity, CPI donated P150,000 in materials and skilled labor, while JCI and GK donated P400,000 also in cash and kind. Chevron employees complemented their company’s contribution by also passing the hat to donate P25,000 in cash and 35 sets of school supplies, 26 sports equipment, 108 toys, 335 children books and other educational materials as well as several pretend play costumes to promote the children’s cognitive development.

“The idea to create a safe and a more playful environment will help the kids learn, hope and dream for more in their life. We simply lack the resources to get the vital tools they need for learning. I’m just so glad that Chevron came to help,” said Delia Valenzuela, Gawad Kalinga volunteer teacher.

The project forms part of the Caltex Energy for Learning Initiative, which aims to help needy communities acquire new knowledge and skills through educational projects. The activity also marked the first day of the Chevron Week of Caring, the energy company’s week-long celebration of diversity and volunteerism. 

About Chevron Philippines Inc.

Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years. Caltex™, its retail brand, offers high quality products and services. There are close to 750 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

'Wanderlust' Photography Exhibition at Yuchengco Museum's Water Dragon Gallery

Get a chance to see Giselle Kasilag's photos up close! 

Press Release:

Writer/ curator Giselle P. Kasilag combines her twin passions for travel and photography in her first solo exhibition dubbed "Wanderlust: Windows to Asia." Featuring 40 photographs, the exhibit opens on November 13, 2014 -- which is also Kasilag's 40th birthday -- at the Water Dragon Gallery of the Yuchengco Museum.

Master and Commander
"Wanderlust" showcases photographs Kasilag has taken on her trips to various places in Asia, including South Korea, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Her favorite subjects include architecture, especially windows and staircases, as well as street scenes and nature views.

Branching Out
"I like anything that can serve as a portal into another world. I enjoy it when I come across things that are different but still strangely familiar, or so familiar but vaguely different," says Kasilag.

Through her photographs, she hopes others can join her in discovering the extraordinary in the everyday.

Kasilag became a journalist because she wanted to be the person who visits far-off places and gets to write about them for other people's benefit. Back then, she would find herself in a different Philippine city almost every weekend, listing down names of places she could barely pronounce and trying out every food and activity that each one offered. 

For her, wandering became a career. 

Spiral Orange
In recent years, she rediscovered her love affair with the camera which provided her with the best excuse to travel. Her photographs were shown in New York as part of the 2013 event entitled "The Story of Creative." Another piece was projected onto the side of a building in Long Island as part of the "Creatives Rising" event held in the same year. In July 2014, her photograph was shown on electronic billboards covering an entire building in Times Square, New York

When not taking photographs or travelling, Kasilag produces and curates exhibits for Project Art, a company she co-owns and runs. She also writes for different publications. 

The Yuchengco Museum is located at the RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For inquiries, call (+632) 889-1234 or (+63)917-5631008.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow – Finland’s Amazing Magic Theater All Set to Open Nov. 14

Looking for a great bonding activity for your family? How about watching this world-class show? :)

Press Release:

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – Light bulbs falling in love? Photo frames as leading ladies? How about simcards as dashing sidekicks? All these and more in PETA Theater Center’s upcoming treat for the whole family!

This November 14-16 and 21-23 every 10 am and 3pm, the PETA Theater Center stages Finland’s Amazing Magic Theater’s Wally Watthead and his Lost Glow.

Join Wally Watthead, his best friend Simon the Simcard and leading lady Polly the Picture, as they try to find out: where did Wally’s light go?

In this children’s show devised by magician Janne Raudaskoski, lead character Wally Watthead levitates, shrinks and grows right before your very eyes!

Raudaskoski not only does magic tricks, but also acts onstage with multi-media characters such as screen-projected Polly Picture, played by Tuija Nuojua Raudaskoski, and an interactive robot-like mascot of Simon the Simcard, voiced by Jonathan Hutchings

Wally Watthead and his Lost Glow combines magic, clowning, mime, black light theatre, video, various special effects, and plenty of laughs for kids, parents -- and even grandparents -- to enjoy!

Once again, the PETA Theater Center flips the cliché “all the world’s a stage” through its latest offerings, and becomes ‘a stage to all the world’ by hosting unique international performances such as Finland’s Wally Watthead and his Lost Glow. 

Tickets are Php 800 for VIP and Php 600 for regular audiences. For tickets contact Ticket World at 891-999 or or contact the PETA Theater Center at 725 – 6244 loc 21-23, 0915-4933728 or email

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