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.
As someone who has the grace of a bull in a china shop, I’ve always admired dancers. Whenever I watch the ballet or other performances, I am always entranced at how they move their bodies, moving with such fluidity that they resemble a gentle stream. I wish I could move as elegantly as Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, but I have accepted my role as voyeur in the universe of dance.
I always say that theater is Philippine entertainment’s best-kept secret. The local stage is home to many of the country’s best talents, sharing some of the most provocative stories. One of the country’s stalwarts of great theater is the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), and they’re continuing their passion to nurturing the next generation of actors with their annual summer workshops, in partnership with Starbucks Philippines.
Through the years, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) has established itself for creating original Filipino works that reflect social issues. The theater group has never been afraid of making statements on what’s happening in the country, whether it’s through song, dance, or a straight play. To celebrate its 50 years in the industry, PETA held a series of major events, including a two-night concert filled with songs and laughter!