(The Philippine Star) - July 16, 2019 - 12:00am Cancelled: Ovation Productions has announced the cancellation of two shows: Chvrches scheduled Aug. 13 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum due to “unforeseen circumstances,” and Sting’s on Oct. 2 also in the same venue due to “scheduling conflicts.” According to Ovation, Sting hoped to return to Manila soon to perform for his fans. Those who have bought tickets to the Chvrches show are advised to check the Ovation Facebook for refund details. * * * All those who were at the mini-presscon for the tribute concert Rico J and His Angels at the social hall of Great Eastern Hotel last Wednesday were convinced that Rico was with them “in spirit,” especially when four of the featured performers dedicated songs for Rico J. Before launching into a rendition of Duo De Flores De Lakme, Beverly Salviejo reminded everybody that she was actually trained in classical … [Read more...] about For the love of Rico J.
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In his first week in office, Isko Moreno went on a tear in our nation’s capital. The newly-minted Manila mayor wasted no time showing the public he means business. He’s clearing out vendors along Divisoria and Carriedo one minute and smashing video karera machines the next. Before you can keep up, he’s talking about a tourism circuit that connects Intramuros to other historical sites. More on cleaning up the city: Heroes & Titans: These champions of heritage say a city’s identity is in its unique stories One last look at Harrison Plaza, the first mall of all our childhoods In defense of walking an unwalkable city VIDEO: Do we really need the Binondo-Intramuros Friendship Bridge? “Mayor Isko is doing well and doing good,” says urban planner and landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren. “One hopes he does not run out of steam.” We share Mr. Alcazaren’s hope. Particularly because, well, when it comes to Manila, there is … [Read more...] about Seven easy-to-do Manila makeovers Mayor Isko can take on
Beijing rulers scorn law, rights, lives Gloom hangs over Hong Kong. Citizens fear the death of political and economic freedoms guaranteed in the 1997 handover from Britain. Tolerance by China’s communist rulers is ending. The island’s Beijing-picked legislature has enacted the extradition of certain lawbreakers for trial in the mainland. The Beijing-inspired law looks harmless. Yet Hong Kongers suspect it aims to quell dissent, a cherished if oft trampled right. In recent years activists have vanished then resurfaced China-side in manacles to face frivolous charges. A book publisher on communist hierarchs’ scandals was abducted in Thailand then jailed in China for a ten-year-old road infraction. As days of protests reached a million strong, the law was paused. But Hong Kong’s chief executive likened the marchers to a child whose tantrums must not prevail. Beijing belittled them as but a minority of the seven-million population, and … [Read more...] about Beijing rulers scorn law, rights, lives
Y Now? Art & Healing Festival (The Philippine Star) - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am In one of the board meetings I just attended, the HR officer was reporting on the rising personnel issues of mental health, stress and burn-out. Especially for the young millennials. They love their jobs, but they are wired to work 24/7 for some accounts they are handling. This issue has been building up in the past decade with an intensity that has brought HR practitioners and corporate management to search for ways of handling employees. No surprise. It is actually the norm. What would surprise me would be to find companies that have good programs to help manage the work-life balance of their employees. In a study conducted to analyze 500 locations worldwide, Manila ranked more stressful than war-torn Damascus in Syria. The research was based on pollution, traffic levels, public transport, percentage of green spaces, financial status of citizens … [Read more...] about Y Now? Art & Healing Festival
It was 39 years ago when I first stepped into the Metropolitan Theater. I was a 19-year-old college student taking up B.S. Psychology Pre-Med and to spice up my humdrum student life, I decided to audition for a role in a joint musical production of Dulaang U.P. and the U.P. Concert Chorus. The musical play was entitled Ms. Philippines, a parody of the Filipinos’ fascination for beauty pageants and the trials contestants undergo to win the coveted crown. I did not sing or dance too well and was surprised I did not only pass the auditions but got three roles: a model, a judge, and a callgirl! They were not major roles but I was honored to be working with esteemed theater director, Tony Mabesa of Dulaang U.P.; Professor Rey Paguio of the U.P. Concert Chorus; Professor Isagani Cruz who wrote the libretto; choreographers Douglas Nierras and Rene Hofileña; and singers and actors Cris Vertido, Dodo Crisol, Nanette Inventor, Bing Pimentel, and U.P. Concert Chorus … [Read more...] about The surprising, inspiring story of how the Met was built