Who can ever forget the iconic scene in Sister Act where Whoopi Goldberg led a choir of nuns in singing “I Will Follow Him”? I loved the movie (and its sequel) growing up, so imagine how joyful, joyful I felt when I heard that the musical adaptation will be flying to Manila for a limited run.
When it comes to plays in the Philippines, the leading name in English-language theater is Repertory Philippines. They are behind some of the country’s best plays, having produced 443 productions since it started in 1967. Yes, the company has been around for 50 years and they celebrated their golden anniversary with a lavish gala at The Theatre at Solaire.
REP: 50 Years of Telling Stories pays tribute to its history by inviting its current roster of talents and alumni to weave together the company’s story. It covers every aspect of producing a show, from narration to music, choreography, producers, performers, comedians, set designers, and directors.
Last Thursday, I was invited to a backstage tour of Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight, an acrobatic performance inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. As I mentioned in the story I wrote about my tour, seeing the Mall of Asia Arena without the bells and whistles of the show was like looking at a penguin enclosure, as it was just a massive gray slab. But when the curtains were pulled back during opening night, I was left breathless.
I watched the first show of Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight last night and fell in love with how they transformed the Mall of Asia Arena into Pandora, the moon where the Na’vi live. It was a visually spectacular show mixed with gravity-defying acrobatics. Before I saw Toruk, I was given the opportunity to do a backstage tour and see how they produce everything.
One of the things I like to do when I’m tired (like the past few days) is to listen to Newsies‘ “Seize the Day” on full blast. I love it because it’s such an empowering song about courage, unity, and standing up for one’s beliefs set amidst a booming score. So imagine my joy when it was announced that Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical are partnering to bring Newsies to Manila! It made me want to shout “strike!”
We all know how talented Filipino artists are, but those who excel in science aren’t as visible. I’m sure that we have many gifted innovators and scientists in the Philippines, they’re just silently working, letting their breakthroughs speak for themselves. This weekend, Manila will see just how talented Filipinos are in the field of science with the Manila Mini Maker Faire at the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City (BGC)!
It’s a great year for culture this 2017. This January, the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) launched the BGC Arts Center, the new centerpiece of Bonifacio Global City dedicated to supporting the thriving art scene. On its inauguration, the center also kicked off the first BGC Arts Center Festival, a two-day festival filled with performances and events by Filipino artists.
It’s only been six months, but the second BGC Arts Center Festival will be held this weekend and I’m already excited!
Everyone has dreams, but not everyone is given the opportunity to pursue or achieve it. Apart from luck, resources play a great role. It’s a good thing that institutions and scholarships exist to help those who don’t have the means to pursue their passion. Sometimes the best can be found in the unlikeliest of places and are just waiting for their big break.
Ballet Manila is always on the lookout for potential ballerinas and danseurs, and recruits them through the Project Ballet Futures. The scholarship program helps talented dancers from the most deprived neighborhoods in the country by giving them a full dance scholarship, along with meals, transportation, supplements, dancing gear, and allowance.