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December 30, 2011

Amazing Show Philippines

The Philippines' premiere theatrical family show. For schedules of amazing performances and other information visit The Amazing Show.

December 29, 2011

Lea Salonga and Mig Ayesa

Lea Salonga and MiG Ayesa highlight Atlantis' 2012 Season - Philippine Star
Lea Salonga and MiG Ayesa highlight Atlantis' 2012 SeasonPhilippine StarIn July, Atlantis proudly welcomes back Tony Award winner Lea Salonga to the Atlantis stage in the Tony Award winning comedy of “bad manners” God of Carnage. God of Carnage begins with two sets of parents meeting up to deal with the aftermath of a ...and more »

December 27, 2011

Broadway World Philippines Award 2011

Voting for the 2011 Broadway World Philippines Awards is still on going. Support your favorites in the hopes that they will be the recipients of a 2011 Broadway World Philippines Award.

There is no time to waste, visit Broadway World and make your opinion count!

Magical Musical Makati - New Year Countdown!

The New Year’s Eve Countdown in Makati is poised for a spectacular comeback this year with a non-stop concert featuring famous bands, a magical show, a pyro-musical display, and a raffle draw offering a brand new luxury car as the grand prize, among the events lined up by the organizers.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay said the countdown will be mounted at the intersection of Ayala and Makati Avenues with the theme, ‘Magical, Musical Makati 2012’, where revellers will be enthralled by the magic tricks of Jeffrey Tam and entertained by the performances of Antimano Band, Bloom Brothers, Grupong Pendong, The Dawn, The Company, and many more.

At the countdown, food booths of traders from the Ayala Center, Salcedo Weekend Market, and the major hotels in the city will provide revellers with a wide variety of Media Noche choices for the traditional New Year’s Eve meal. Six five-star hotels will also provide catering for invited VIP guests.

Meanwhile, mime performers, clowns and fire dancers will be doing their acts along the main stage area to add to the festive atmosphere.

In between the performances will be a series of raffle draws with valuable prizes and a brand new luxury car as grand prize. A 15-minute grand pyro-musical show will cap the countdown to usher in the New Year.

This year’s event is also expected to raise funds for Makati Festivals Foundation. The Foundation fund has been used in various relief assistance operations in calamity-stricken communities.

The Makati New Year’s Eve Countdown is supported by Ayala Land and Makati Commercial Estate Association (MACEA).


December 23, 2011

Metro Manila Film Festival 2011

Now on its 37th year, the annual MMFF will feature seven films, which will be shown simultaneously from Christmas Day until Jan. 7.

GMA Films/Imus Productions, Inc.
Directed by Mac C. Alejandre
In Ang Panday 2, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. again takes on the role of Flavio -- first popularized by Fernando Poe, Jr. in four successive MMFF entries from 1980 to 1984. The films were based on the komiks characters created by Carlo J. Caparas, and illustrated by Steve Gan in Pilipino Komiks.


Star Cinema/M-Zet Films/APT Entertainment/Octo Arts Films
Directed by Tony Y. Reyes

After joining forces with Mr. Revilla in last year’s festival entry Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote, comedy actor Vic Sotto has teamed up this year with comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas for the comedy/fantasy movie Enteng ng Ina Mo.

The movie is a cross-over between the Tanging Ina and Enteng Kabisote film-TV series.

Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
VIVA Communications, Inc./Scenema Concept Int’l.
Directed by Tikoy Aguiluz

The action genre, neglected in recent years in the annual film festival, is represented this year with Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story.

The movie, starring Laguna governor ER Ejercito (who goes by the screen name Jeorge Estregan, Jr. after his father George Estregan) and directed by Tikoy Aguiluz, hopes to snag the coveted Best Picture award.

My Househusband (Ikaw Na!)
Octo Arts Films
Directed by Jose Javier Reyes

After their back-to-back MMFF box-office hits Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo in 2006, and Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo in 2007, real-life husband-and-wife Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos return to the big screen via the drama-comedy entry My Househusband (Ikaw Na!).

Directed by three-time MMFF Best Director Jose Javier Reyes, My Househusband tells of a husband who has to do the household chores after he loses his job.

Segunda Mano
Star Cinema/MJM Productions/Agosto Dos Pictures
Directed by Joyce Bernal

Banking on the box-office success of her three previous suspense-horror movies -- 2004’s Feng Shui, 2006’s Sukob, and last year’s Dalaw -- TV personality Kris Aquino stars in yet another horror, Segunda Mano.

Here she plays Mabel, the owner of a high-class, but creepy, antique shop. Feeling guilty for having cause the death of her sister, she wants to move on.

Shake Rattle & Roll 13
Regal Entertainment Inc./Regal Multimedia, Inc.
Directed by Chris Martinez, Richard Somes and Jerrold Tarog

Regal Films is again counting on the proven box office appeal of the Shake Rattle & Roll franchise to draw the crowds this year, since the first movie was released during the 1984 edition of the MMFF.

The series has been a proven attraction throughout its 12 earlier versions. It however failed in getting the MMFF jurors’ nod for any acting award except once, for Herbert Bautista, who won the Best Actor trophy for the first Shake, Rattle & Roll in 1984. (Although Carla Abellana’s performance in the “Punerarya” episode of Shake Rattle & Roll XII was singled out by the Young Critics Circle as one of the best performances of 2010.)

Like its predecessors, Shake, Rattle, & Roll 13 is a horror trilogy featuring some of the country’s more popular young stars.

Metro Manila Film Festival

The Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines (MMFF-P) now on its 37th year is the annual film festival held in Manila. The festival, which runs from the 25th of December to the first week of January, focuses on locally-produced films.

It was established in the year 1975, during which Diligin Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa (Water the Thirsty Earth with Fog) by Augusto Buenaventura won the best film award.

During the course of the festival, no foreign movies are shown across the Philippines. Moreover, only films approved by the jurors of the MMFF will be shown. One of the festival highlights is the parade of floats during the opening of the festival. The floats, each one representing a movie entry for the festival, parade down Roxas Boulevard, while the stars for films ride on them. On the awards night, the Best Float award is also announced, together with the major acting awards.

Some of the Major Awards from the past Festivals

Best Picture Winners

1975 - Diligin Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa
1976 - Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon
1977 - Burlesk Queen
1978 - Atsay
1979 - Kasal-kasalan, Bahay-bahayan tied with Ina Ka ng Anak Mo
1980 - Taga sa Panahon
1981 - Kisapmata
1982 - Himala
1983 - Karnal
1984 - Bulaklak ng City Jail
1985 - Paradise Inn
1986 - Halimaw sa Banga (only the 3rd Best Picture was announced)
1987 - Olongapo, The Great American Dream
1988 - Patrolman
1989 - Imortal
1990 - Andrea, Paano ba ang Maging Isang Ina?
1991 - Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M.
1992 - Andres Manambit: Angkan ng Matatapang
1993 - Kung Mawawala Ka Pa
1994 - Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko
1995 - Muling Umawit Ang Puso
1996 - Magic Temple
1997 - Nasaan ang Puso
1998 - Jose Rizal
1999 - Muro Ami
2000 - Tanging Yaman
2001 - Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure
2002 - Mano Po
2003 - Crying Ladies
2004 - Mano Po 3: My Love
2005 - Blue Moon
2006 - Enteng Kabisote 3: Okay ka, Fairy Ko: The Legend Goes on and on and on
2007 - Resiklo
2008 - Baler
2009 - Ang Panday
2010 - Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!)

Best Actress Winners

1975 - Charito Solis (Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi)
1976 - Hilda Koronel (Insiang)
1977 - Vilma Santos (Burlesk Queen)
1978 - Nora Aunor (Atsay)
1979 - Nora Aunor tied with Lolita Rodriguez (Ina Ka ng Anak Mo)
1980 - Amy Austria (Brutal)
1981 - Vilma Santos (Karma)
1982 - Nora Aunor (Himala)
1983 - Coney Reyes-Mumar (Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag)
1984 - Nora Aunor (Bulaklak ng City Jail)
1985 - Vivian Velez (Paradise Inn)
1986 - Liza Lorena (Halimaw sa Banga)
1987 - Melanie Marquez (The Untold Story of Melanie Marquez)
1988 - Amy Austria (Bubbles: Ativan Gang Queen)
1989 - Vilma Santos (Imortal)
1990 - Nora Aunor (Andrea, Paano ba ang Maging Isang Ina?)
1991 - Nora Aunor (Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M.)
1992 - Kimberly Diaz (Alyas Kanto Boy)
1993 - Dawn Zulueta (Kung Mawawala Ka Pa)
1994 - Kimberly Diaz (Kanto Boy 2: Anak ni Totoy Guwapo)
1995 - Nora Aunor (Muling Umawit Ang Puso)
1996 - Amy Austria (Trudis Liit)
1997 - Maricel Soriano (Nasaan ang Puso?)
1998 - Alice Dixson (Sambahin ang Ngalan Mo)
1999 - Elizabeth Oropesa (Bulaklak ng Maynila)
2000 - Gloria Romero (Tanging Yaman)
2001 - Assunta de Rossi (Hubog)
2002 - Ara Mina (Mano Po)
2003 - Maricel Soriano (Filipinas)
2004 - Vilma Santos (Mano Po 3: My Love)
2005 - Rica Peralejo (Kutob)
2006 - Judy Ann Santos (Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo)
2007 - Maricel Soriano (Bahay Kubo, The Pinoy Mano Po)
2008 - Anne Curtis (Baler)
2009 - Sharon Cuneta (Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love)
2010 - Ai-Ai delas Alas (Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!))

The most awarded recipient of the Best Actress Award is Nora Aunor with 7 wins.
Best Actor Winners

1975 - Joseph Estrada (Diligan Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa)
1976 - Christopher de Leon (Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon)
1977 - Rolly Quizon (Burlesk Queen)
1978 - NONE (only the BEST PERFORMER AWARD is given)
1979 - Raul Aragon (Ina ka ng anak mo)
1980 - Dindo Fernando (Langis at Tubig)
1981 - Vic Silayan (Kisapmata)
1982 - Christopher de Leon (Haplos)
1983 - Anthony Alonzo (Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag)
1984 - Herbert Bautista (Shake, Rattle & Roll)
1985 - Christopher de Leon (God Save Me)
1986 - Mario O'Hara (Halimaw)
1987 - Anthony Alonzo (Anak badjao)
1988 - Baldo Marro (Patrolman)
1989 - Christopher de Leon (Imortal)
1990 - Dolphy (Espadang Patpat)
1991 - Eric Quizon (Juan Tamad at Mr. Shooli: Mongolian Barbecue)
1992 - Aga Muhlach (Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal)
1993 - Aga Muhlach (May Minamahal)
1994 - Roi Vinzon (Lucas Abelardo)
1995 - Richard Gomez (Dahas)
1996 - Jomari Yllana (Kahit Kailan)
1997 - Christopher de Leon (Nasaan Ang Puso?)
1998 - Cesar Montano (Jose Rizal)
1999 - Christopher de Leon (Bulaklak ng Maynila)
2000 - Johnny Delgado (Tanging Yaman)
2001 - Cesar Montano (Bagong Buwan)
2002 - Eddie Garcia (Mano Po)
2003 - Eric Quizon (Crying Ladies)
2004 - Christopher de Leon (Mano Po 3: My Love)
2005 - Marvin Agustin (Kutob)
2006 - Cesar Montano (Ligalig)
2007 - Jinggoy Estrada (Katas ng Saudi)
2008 - Christopher de Leon (Magkaibigan)
2009 - Bong Revilla (Ang Panday)
2010 - Dolphy (Father Jejemon)

The most awarded recipient of the Best Actor Award is Christopher de Leon with 8 wins.
Best Supporting Actress Winners

1979 - Rebecca Gonzales (Kasal-Kasalan, Bahay-Bahayan)
1981 - Charito Solis (Kisapmata)
1982 - Gigi Duenas (Himala)
1983 - Alicia Alonzo (Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag)
1984 - Celia Rodriguez (Bulaklak sa City Jail)
1985 - Cherie Gil (God... Save Me!)
1986 - Maritess Gutierrez (Halimaw)
1987 - Susan Africa (Olongapo...The Great American Dream)
1988 - Jacklyn Jose (Itanong Mo sa Buwan)
1989 - Cherie Gil (Imortal)
1990 - Gina Alajar (Andrea, Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina?)
1991 - Tetchie Agbayani (Okay Ka Fairy Ko: The Movie)
1992 - Sylvia Sanchez (Takbo, Talon, Tili)
1993 - Amy Austria (Kung Mawawala Ka Pa)
1994 - Teresa Loyzaga (Lucas Abelardo)
1995 - Donna Cruz (Muling Umawit ang Puso)
1996 - Jean Garcia (Trudis Liit)
1997 - Nida Blanca (Babae)
1998 - Gloria Diaz (Jose Rizal)
1999 - Angelu de Leon (Bulaklak ng Maynila)
2000 - Cherie Gil (Sugatang Puso)
2001 - Alessandra de Rossi (Hubog)
2002 - Kris Aquino (Mano Po)
2003 - Hilda Koronel (Crying Ladies)
2004 - Rebecca Lusterio (Panaghoy sa Suba)
2005 - Cherry Pie Picache (Ako Legal Wife: Mano Po 4?)
2006 - Gina Pareño (Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo)
2007 - Eugene Domingo (Bahay Kubo)
2008 - Manilyn Reynes (One Night Only)
2009 - Heart Evangelista (Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love)
2010 - Eugene Domingo (Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!))

The most awarded recipients of the Best Supporting Actress Award is Cherie Gil with 3 wins.

Source: Wikepedia

December 21, 2011

Psalm of David Harmonic Orchestra

The Psalm of David Harmonic Orchestra, Inc. is a group of young people who have one thing in common, a talent in playing musical instruments. Most of the members are out of school youth who are financially unable to support their dreams. Our main advocacy is to keep them away from vices and drugs.

For the past seven years, the group successfully helped talented children and teenagers in adding new meaning in their lives through music. The group believed that teaching these youngsters to play musical instruments will lead them away from the perils of drug addiction, prostitution, theft and other crimes. They established music centers all over the country, teaching young people to play the violin, piano, drums, trumpets and guitars. The new musical skills of this young people opened up a new hope in them and their lives changed dramatically.

You can visit Psalm of David Harmonic Orchestra for more information

December 20, 2011


In thanksgiving for their recent success on international soil this year and Mark Anthony Carpio's 10th year as choirmaster, the Philippine Madrigal Singers staged "inTENse" at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines last December 17 & 18,. Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the concert also aims to celebrate the season with renditions of timeless Christmas songs given interesting and unique twists.

December 15, 2011

Hanson Live in Cebu and Manila Shout it out World Tour

Dayly Entertainment presents Hanson Live in Manila on March 30, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and Hanson Live in Cebu on March 31, 2012 at Waterfront Hotel Cebu.

For more info, please visit

Ticket Prices:
With 6% Ticketnet charge for March 30, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

Patron VIP 4770
Patron 3710
Lower Box 3180
Upper Box A 2650
Upper Box B 1590
Gen Ad 530

For ticket reservations you may call Ticketnet 911 5555

December 11, 2011

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra 29th Season

PPO 29th Season

September 9, 2011

Olivier Ochanine, conductor
Renato Lucas, cello
Saint-Saens - Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
Elgar, Edward - Cello Concerto
Strauss, Richard - Ein Heldenleben

October 7, 2011

Olivier Ochanine, conductor
Ariel Sta. Ana, clarinet
Revueltas - Sensemaya
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
Pena - Igorot Rhapsody
Respighi - Feste Romane

November 11, 2011

Jae Joon Lee, conductor
Bui Cong Duy, violin
Brahms - Academic Festival Overture
Bruch - Violin Concerto
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique

December 16, 2011

Olivier Ochanine, conductor
Ariel Dechosa, piano
Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin
Beethoven - Piano Concerto 4
Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 2

January 20, 2012

Olivier Ochanine, conductor
Takahiro Ono, trombone
Dvorak - Czech Suite
Rimsky-Korsakov - Trombone Concerto
Nielsen - Symphony No. 4 “Inextinguishable”

February 17, 2012

James Judd, conductor
Vesa Matti Leppanen, violin
Bernstein - Overture to Candide
Beethoven - Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 “Italian”
***Venue: Philamlife Theater at 7:30PM

March 16, 2012
Olivier Ochanine, conductor
Rachelle Gerodias, soprano
Arias, Kundimans and more
Burckner, Anton-Symphony No. 4 "Romantic"

April 20, 2012

Olivier Ochanine, conductor
Sofya Gulyak, piano
Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

***All concerts are at 8PM at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater)

December 10, 2011

Single: Life to Live by Wonggoys (for ICANSERVE Foundation)

Get the Single for only US$ 2.00 Life to Live Artist: Wonggoys Label: 22 Tango Records LIFE TO LIVE is a song that was inspired by the advocacy of ICANSERVE Foundation on Breast Cancer Awareness. Part of the proceeds from this download will go to the ICANSERVE Foundation.

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8th Dubai International Film Festival

December 7 - 14, 2011

See the World of Movies ...Separated in different categories such as Best of Children's Cinema, Arab Cinema, Indian Cinema, and World Cinema - where the smash movie "My Week With Marilyn" with Michelle Williams will be showcased


Dubai International Film Festival

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region.
DIFF has established itself as a major international festival, while continuing to serve as a premier showcase event for Arab cinema, and contributing to the development and growth of the regional industry.
DIFF has also extended its platform to present and honour excellence in cinema from countries in Asia and Africa. Independent and established talents from Asian and African countries with a burgeoning cinema culture are given prominent standing in the festival’s programme and competition.
DIFF’s pioneering initiatives such as the Muhr Awards and Dubai Film Market have enriched professional experiences in the region, while also raising the profile of regional works on the world stage.

The festival has left an indelible impression on its guests, industry professionals and viewers, through its events, workshops, seminars and principal mandate of presenting the finest selection of cinema from all over the world. DIFF is a frontrunner in promoting better cultural understanding through creative achievements in film.


December 9, 2011

Citipointe Live “Hope is Erupting” Tour

Citipointe Live is the praise and worship team of Citipointe Church in Brisbane, Australia. Devoted to their church vision “To unmistakably influence our world for good and for God”, Citipointe Live travels internationally to bring life-changing worship seminars and concerts to millions around the world.

Citipointe Live will grace Philippine shores in 2012 with their “HOPE IS ERUPTING” TOUR. It will be a series of worship seminars and concerts to be held at :

February 16, 2012 / 7PM – Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center(Pampanga)
February 20, 2012 / 7PM – Phil Sports Arena (former ULTRA)
February 17, 2012 / 5-10PM – Plenary Hall, Paskuhan Village (Pampanga)
February 18, 2012 / 8AM-1PM – GT-Toyota, UP Diliman (Manila)

The first day at each venue will be devoted to intensive worship seminars, while the second day is for Citipointe Live’s concert. Multi-awarded local artist GLOC-9 will also be performing as the concerts’ special guest.

Ticket Prices:
VIP A (Reserved Seating) – P1500
VIP B (Reserved Seating) – P1200
Ring Side (Reserved Seating) – P900
Lower Box (Free Seating) – P600
Gallery (Free Seating) – P300

Seminar Only
Regular Rate: P1200
Early Bird Rate: P1000 (Until December 31, 2011)

Seminar + Concert (Lower Box)
Regular Rate: P1800
Early Bird Rate: P1300 (Until December 31, 2011)

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December 8, 2011


Eminent Filipino pianist Ariel Dechosa returns to the CCP stage in a concert with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) in its 4th concert series slated on December 16, 2011, Friday, 8:00 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). Maestro Olivier Ochanine conducts.

Dechosa will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Program also includes Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.

Dechosa is a National Music Competition for Young Artists awardee. He also won the 1996 Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition (3rd prize), 1994 Santa Barbara Symphony International Piano Competition (3rd prize), the 1993 Five Towns Competition (1st prize), and the 1991 Great Neck Symphony Young Artists Competition (1st prize).

Dechosa won a scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he subsequently earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the tutelage of Prof. Arkady Aronov. Upon graduation, he was given the prestigious Harold Sauer-Award, the highest prize bestowed to a graduating pianist. He also studied at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore where he earned a Graduate Performing Diploma as a student of Boris Slutsky. He has taken regular master classes with Leon Fleisher, Paul Badura-Skoda, Vladimir Feltsman, and Ruth Laredo.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Dechosa has performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Corcoran Gallery of Art, among others. He has played with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto. He has also been invited to perform at music festivals in the La Schola Cantorum Piano Series in Paris, Merano Festival in Italy, and the Lasker Music Festival in North Carolina.

Ariel Dechosa resides in Inwood, West Virginia with his wife Vivian, and teaches at Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently the Music Director of Inter-Atlantic Music Foundation based in the USA and Bulgaria.

Ticket prices: P1000/800/500/P350/200, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available for eight (8) or four (4) shows. For inquiries and subscriptions, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National Bookstore (891-9999).

December 7, 2011

Manila Metropolitan Theater

The Manila Metropolitan Theater or MET is an art deco building designed by the Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano, and inaugurated on December 10, 1931, with a capacity of 1670 (846 orchestra, 116 in loge, and 708 in balcony).[1] During the liberation of Manila by the United States and Filipino forces in 1945, the theatre was severely damaged, losing some of its roofing and walls battered. After reconstruction by the Americans it gradually fell into disuse in the 1960s. In the following decade it was meticulously restored in 1978 but again fell into decay.

Recently, a bus terminal and parking building has been constructed at the back of the theatre.

The City of Manila, with the help of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) recently finished a plan of the rehabilitation of the theater.

The sculptures in the façade of the Theater are from the Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti, who lived in Manila from 1930 until his death in 1958, and worked closely together with Juan M. Arellano.[2] Highly stylized relief carving of Philippine plants executed by the artist Isabelo Tampingco decorate the lobby walls and interior surfaces of the building.

The theater was again closed in 1996 due to ownership disputes between the city administration and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). On June 23, 2010, Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim re-opened the theater after extensive renovations.

Source: Wikipedia

The theater is located on Padre Burgos Avenue, near the Manila Central Post Office.


The Cultural Center of the Philippines in coopertaion with the CCP Complex Employees Organization is holding PASKO, PAKSIW, PAKYAW, the CCP Christmas Gifts and Food Fair, on December 9-16, 2011 at the CCP Eskinita (street between the CCP Main Building the CCP Production Design Building), CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City. The event is sponsored by PLDT.

Artists, crafts people, and artisans will sell handmade items ranging from art prints, objects, accessories, decor, toys and other collectibles. 'Slow cooked' foods can also be bought in this daily market. Pets are allowed in this environmentally friendly art and crafts fair. There will be free performances and wifi at the venue.

All bazaaristas, arts and crafts sellers and food concessionaires are invited to join the fair. For Food and Drinks booths, rental fee will be 7,000 pesos for 8 days, including electrical consumption. For Dry Goods booths, rental fee will be P5,000 for 8 days.

The CCP Christmas Gifts and Food Fair will be open from 12NN to 10PM on weekdays and from 6AM to 10PM (may be extended to 12 midnight) on weekends.

To register, please call Gemma Marco at 832-3706 and 09209497821 or email

December 6, 2011

Y Rocks Concert!

Y! Rocks, a milestone concert to be simultaneously held on December 8, 2011 in three venues: SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, SM Cebu and SM Davao by Yahoo Philippines!

SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds
Artists: Wolfgang, Karl Roy, Urbandub, Wilabaliw, The Dawn, Pupil, Sandwich, Razorback, True Faith, Callalily, 6 cyclemind, Franco, Parokya ni Edgar and more

SM Cebu
Artists: Rico Blanco, Never the Strangers, Greyhounds

SM Davao
Artists: Ebe Dancel, Salamin, Ney

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December 4, 2011

NCCA Sets the Stage for Philippine Arts Festival

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA)—the country’s prime agency for arts and culture—is gearing up for the 2012 Philippine Arts Festival (PAF), a month-long fete that will banner the flagship projects of the seven committees of the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts (SCA), embracing architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, dramatic arts and visual arts.

Under its chairman, Prof. Felipe de Leon, Jr., the NCCA has taken the theme “Tradisyon at Inobasyon” (Tradition and Innovation) for next year’s celebration, which aims to further advance local creativity in the arts. PAF will feature workshops, exhibitions, forums and performances by practitioners of the arts and will take place all over the country. Eminent local and foreign artists will take part in this biggest and grandest month-long cultural gathering.

The annual celebration of National Arts Month began with the signing of Presidential Proclamation 683 in 1991, declaring February as National Arts Month. Through the years, the NCCA in partnership with various private and government agencies have organized events and activities to highlight Filipino artistic excellence and creativity.

Popular television and film icons Boy Abunda and Dingdong Dantes have lent their stellar power for the 2011 festival as NCCA Art and Youth Ambassadors, respectively. For 2012, they will be joined by Piolo Pascual as NCCA Culture Ambassador to further popularize the festival.

Next year’s PAF will emphasize the interface of traditional and contemporary art forms and genres. A festive launching is set at the Rizal Park, to be highlighted by a kite making workshop, kite flying, and sumptuous samplings of the seven arts. Closing the PAF is the Ani ng Dangal awarding ceremony that will recognize the contribution of individuals and institutions to the promotion of Filipino cultural heritage.

During the entire month of February, the public is invited to come and witness the seven arts committees present their flagship projects.


The Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts, headed by Architect Gerard Lico, will be holding several exhibitions, conferences, lectures and competitions to mark the celebration. The exhibitions will revolve around themes and topics on the morphology of Filipino buildings, Philippine styles, the works of IP Santos, and discourses on design. These events are under the “Achi[types/texts] 2012” project. Some of the exhibits include “Salumpuwit, Bangko, Silya, Atbp.: A History of Chairs in the Philippines”; “La Vida Verde: The Landscape Architecture of National Artist IP Santos”; and “Imeldific Modernity: A Dictatorship of Style.” There will also be a design competition on architectural innovation for architecture students, as well as conferences, and lectures.


The National Committee on Cinema, headed by Dr. Miguel Rapatan, will be holding CinemaRehiyon 4 in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The festival features screenings and forums that focus on the artistic endeavors in filmmaking from the regions. Dubbed as the “biggest countryside/regional film festival,” Cinemarehiyon films gathers the best and emerging filmmakers from Luzon to Mindanao. It will happen from February 8 to 11, 2011.


The National Committee on Dance, headed by Shirley Halili Cruz, will be presenting Sayaw Pinoy, the longest-running Arts Month flagship project and is considered as one of the most attended, widely-successful, and much-anticipated event. Now on its ninth year, Sayaw Pinoy will continue to spread the beauty of dance in various areas all over the country. It will be participated by top dance groups from Manila vis-à-vis the emerging groups from the regions.

Literary Arts

The National Committee on Literary Arts, headed by Dr. Priscilla Macansantos, will mount the literary arts festival Taboan in Pampanga and Baguio. Taboan 2012: Philippine International Writers Festival will gather writers and readers for panel discussions, lectures, book fair, literary readings and performances, and many more. It will happen from February 9 to 11, 2012. Taboan events in the past were held in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao City.


The National Committee on Music, headed by Prof. Felipe de Leon, Jr., will be staging the First Asian Festival of Gongs and Bamboo Music in Cagayan de Oro City, Iloilo City and Baguio City. It will gather local and foreign gongs and bamboo ensembles for performances and workshops. It will be from February 20 to 24, 2012, in Cagayan de Oro, and from February 25 to 28 in Baguio and Iloilo.

Dramatic Arts

The National Committee on Dramatic Arts, headed by Lutgardo Labad, will be holding the Tanghal 2012, focusing on community-based theater groups, in Calamba City, Cebu City, General Santos City and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It will bring the best and emerging university and community-based theater groups together for the celebration.

Visual Arts

The Committee on Visual Arts, headed by Nemesio Miranda, will be holding the Philippine International Visual Arts Festival (PIVAF) in the town of Angono, dubbed as an “Art Capital of the Philippines”. In 2012, it will have “Rizal” as theme, calling it the Philippine International Visual Arts Festival: The Rizal Experience (PVAF: TRE). Happening from February 17 to 20, 2012, PVAF: TRE will have a lineup of activities throughout the province of Rizal—conferences, exhibitions, competitions, workshops, painting sessions, scenic tours, trade expo, parades, performances and kite-flying.

NCCA’s 25th Anniversary

As the NCCA turns 25 years in 2012, expect the Philippine Arts Festival to be a grand celebration for all the artists and cultural workers in the country. Likewise, the NCCA gears for its other banner programs like the Dance Xchange: Philippine International Dance Festival held every April; Taoid in celebration of National Heritage Month every May; and Dayaw every October in line with the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Month, among others. The NCCA Secretariat is headed by its OIC Executive Director Ms. Adelina Suemith, while the head of the Planning, Policy Formulation, and Programming Division (PPFPD) is Ms. Marichu Tellano.

For more details on the activities and schedules, contact PIAF Media Director and NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) head, Rene Sanchez Napenas at (632) 527-2192 or 0928-5081057, or PAF Festival Manager, Vanessa Nicolas at 0918-6380412. Email us at
For details, please contact RENE NAPEÑAS, Head of the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) at cellphone number 0927-5582656 / 09285081057 or at tel. nos. 527-5529. You can also call us at 527-2192 (loc. 612-615) or email us at

December 2, 2011

Channel V Music Festival 2011

Be part of biggest Music Festival this year. Presented by Channel [V] Philippines, in partnership with The Red Whistle RED REVOLUTION: Music Festival. December 9, 2011, Metrowalk Parking Lot. “FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN BE THE CURE”

Get ready to rock it out on December 9 for the Red Revolution with these bands: Sandwich, Imago, Callalily, Champ, Radioactive Sago Project, Rivermaya, Barbie Almalbis, Kjwan, Hijo, Razorback, Brownman Revival, Sam Concepcion, Christian Bautista, Jay-R, Top Junk, General Luna, Someday Dream, Hilera, Moonstar 88, Typecast, Paraluman, Pedicab, Peryodiko, Ney, Markus Highway, Stonefree, Eevee, Kiss Jane, Letter Day Story, Siakol, Slapshock, Grin Department, Sinosikat, Mayonnaise, Salamin, The Bloomfields, Princess, Soapdish, Mr. Pepe Smith PLUS more SURPRISE bands!

Rock out and be educated on HIV/AIDS awareness. BLOW HARDER!

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December 1, 2011

The Songwriter & The Crooner: JOSE MARI CHAN & RICHARD POON

Record Breaker Events Management and J & F Productions in cooperation with Zest Air present

with special guests Pokwang, Noelle Cassandra

Concert Date: December 2, 2011, 8PM
Concert Venue: PICC Plenary Hall, CCP Complex, Pasay City

Ticket Prices:
VIP – P4,770

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The Music Theater Foundation Philippines will present the acclaimed musical Song of Joseph on December 1, 2011at 3PM and 7:30 PM at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).

This production is in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines in honor of Ms. Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, who penned the libretto and lyrics of the Song of Joseph, for her dedication to music theater for 60 years.

“Song of Joseph”, the Musical, is a music-theater masterpiece born out of love and devotion for the man who “took care of the interests” of Mary and Jesus. It is the life , the love and the glorious death of St. Joseph put into beautiful libretto and lyrics of Fides Asensio inspired from the bible and other little facts known about Saint Joseph. The music of the libretto was a team work of husband and wife Jeannelle and Raymond Roldan as their debut in music composition. It depicts the enduring love of Joseph for Mary , its joys and sorrows and the reward of a glorious death for having lived faithfully his divine call to be Mary’s and Jesus’ protector.

It is the first original Filipino full length musical on Saint Joseph, produced by Fr. Rony Alkonga, OSJ (Oblates of St. Joseph) in collaboration with Music Theater Foundation Philippines for the 100th year anniversary of the Oblates of Joseph in the Philippines. The music arrangements were created in collaboration with Jun Latonio, Paulo Zarate, Gino Cruz, Jungee Marcelo, and Alvin Nunez.

Jon Joven as Joseph and Tricia Amper Jimenez as Mary

Jon Joven and Al Gatmaitan as Joseph lead the cast with Tricia Amper Jimenez and Fame Flores in the role of Mary, Miguel Aguila as Jesus, and Raymond and Joel Alinsunurin as Herod. Others in the cast are Jeanelle Roldan, Amy Bonnevie Moral, Christine Carlos, Greg de Leon, Jonaf del Fiero, Maricris Joaquin, Emlyn Santos-Olfindo, Charlene Magalit, Elizabeth Engle, Janine Santos and Ed Decenteceo.

A scene from Song of Joseph

Family life, love and unity are the themes of The ‘Song of Joseph’ making it appropriate for the Christmas Season.

Tickets are priced at P300 and P600 for the matinee and 800P for the evening show.

For inquiries, please call CCP Marketing at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1803/1806; CCP Box Office at 832-1125 local 1409 and 832-3704; Ticketworld at 891-9999 or through (0916) 288-8795 or email

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THE Philippine Art Educators Association (PAEA), through the leadership of Orlando P. Abon of St. Mary’s Academy of Pasay City, in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), will open its biennial exhibit entitled "LOVE ME" (Learning to Own & Value Environment & Mother Earth) on December 2, 2011, at the CCP Main Theater Lobby, and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor hallways at 2:00 pm.

This exhibit aims to instill among children care for the environment. Participants are children ages 6-18 years old from the public and private schools. It showcases art works using different media, ideas and styles expressing their understanding of current issues as well as the values they have imbibed through visual art.

The exhibit will be on view until January 1, 2012. For more information, please call CCP Visual Arts at 832-1125 loc. 1504-1505.

Ballet Philippines’ The Sleeping Beauty Features International Guest Artist Nobuo Fujino

On December 2-11, 2011, Ballet Philippines will present the well-loved classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty at the CCP Main Theater. The performances will kick off with a fundraiser Gala Night on December 2 featuring international guest artist Nobuo Fujino partnering our very own ballerina, USA International Ballet Competition silver medalist Candice Adea. The Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jeffrey Solares will perform the music of Tchaikovsky live.

Born in Japan, Mr. Fujino studied at the Egawa Ballet School in Kobe, Japan. He won a scholarship to the Australian Ballet School by winning the Idemitsu Scholarship Award at the 1995 Asian Pacific Ballet Competition. In 1997, he joined the Hong Kong Ballet and became principal dancer in 2002, and joined the Australian Ballet in 2005 before returning to Hong Kong in 2008.

As former principal dancer of the Hong Kong Ballet and senior artist of The Australian Ballet, Mr. Fujino has portrayed roles such as the Prince in Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, Albrecht in Giselle, Solor in La Bayadere, the title role in Spartacus and Basilio in Don Quixote. He has also performed principal roles in George Balanchine ballets such as Concerto Barocco, Rubies, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee, William Forsythe’s Step Text, and Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land, among others. He has received awards such as the Rising Artist Award by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Dance Award by Hong Kong Dance Alliance and was nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse from the Bolshoi Theatre.

The role of the Prince from The Sleeping Beauty is one that is quite special to Mr. Fujino, as it was the role he was performing when he was announced to become principal dancer for Hong Kong Ballet. He has performed the role just once more after that.

He says, “This character, ‘the prince’ is well known as ‘prince charming,’ who was chosen to give a kiss to awake the sleeping princess. So the most difficult thing for me to interpret the character is a prince that has no background. He is a simple ‘prince charming’ and I always try to imagine what a ‘perfect man (prince)’ would be.”

Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa with music composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the duo also known for Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty is based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale “La belle au bois dormant” about a Princess who was cursed to die by a resentful dark fairy. However, good prevails over evil, and instead, the Princess falls into a long sleep, to be awakened only by the kiss of true love.

The Sleeping Beauty will have 17 performances from December 2-11, 2011. For more details visit Buy tickets online and get exclusive promos and free tickets to BP’s next production, Wagas. For tickets call Ticketworld at 891-9999; Ballet Philippines at 551-1003, 624-5701; CCP Box Office at 8323704.

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