Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ballet Manila: Sinderela

Ballet Manila offers a modern take on the classic fairy tale Cinderella in its Christmas production, combining the elements of love, magic and dance in a fun and enchantment-filled package perfect for the holidays.

In Sinderela, the prince becomes matinee idol Al Principe who holds a search for his leading lady through a grand dance audition. With the help of her fairy godmother Tita Nia, Sinderela gets to show off her dancing skills which are far more refined than those of her wicked stepsisters. But at the stroke of midnight Sinderela hurriedly departs, leaving behind her slipper and an awestruck Al to figure out who its rightful owner is.

With libretto/story adaptation and choreography by Hazel Sabas-Gower, Sinderela will have its world premiere on November 30 at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City. Shows are also scheduled on December 1, 2, 8 and 9.

Prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde steps into Sinderela's slippers, with Jennifer Rose Olayvar and Sofia Sangco-Peralta as alternates. Taking on the role of Al Principe are Nazer Salgado, Romeo Peralta and Rudy de Dios. Hana Oh dances as Tita Nia, the beggar-woman who turns out to be a nature enchantress.

Using music by Sergei Prokofiev, Sinderela is based on the classic tale by Charles Perrault and the Grimm brothers. Libretto editor is Scott Gower, with set design by Katsch Catoy and costume design by PJ Aranador.

“This 21st century Pinoy interpretation of a well-loved fairy tale is not to be missed,” promises Macuja-Elizalde, who is also Ballet Manila's artistic director. “Sinderela has all the familiar elements, but with a twist they can relate to. Instead of a grand ball, we have a dance audition reminiscent of the reality talent competitions we see on television today. Then we have garden spirits and time spirits that will also be entertaining to watch.”

Along with Sinderela, Ballet Manila also presents Sonata, its tribute to the 150th birth anniversary of Sir Edward William Elgar. With choreography by Ballet Manila artistic associate and rehearsal master Osias Barroso, the homage in dance is set to Elgar's Sonata in E minor, opus 82 for Violin and Piano.

Featured in select performances are guest violinist Robert Atchison and pianist Olga Dudnik. Mylene Aggabao and Eileen Lopez are the restagers of Sonata.

The world premiere of Sinderela is presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company, Ballet Manila and Aliw Theater in cooperation with Bank of Singapore, with special thanks to First United Travel, Star City, Ralph's Wines and Spirits and Island Rose.

Contact Details:
For ticket inquiries and other information, please contact Ballet Manila at (63 2) 525-5967, (63 2) 400-0292 or Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cook Magazine: 12 Years Of Sharing The Good Life

Cook Magazine began in 2000 to recognize the huge difference between restaurant food and home cooked food. It was designed & written for the millions of Filipinos who are fanatic about home cooking by hobbyists and foodies superior including articles and recipes made for and by food lovers.
In the past, the magazine had been covering artisan foods from meals to snacks, beverages, cheeses, condiments, meat and seafood categories, perhaps the biggest bulk of the selections have been sweets—fine candy, artisan chocolates, cookies, brownies and desserts.

In reply to the shifting market and consumer needs, the new COOK Content looks at the future of food and its role in pop culture. Food editor Chef Danny De la Cuesta gathers a handful of food visionaries, industry practitioners, celebrity chefs for great food exchange in all the magazine’s 2013 issues. In the 88 pages, it will discuss the newest and best products, food recommendations, reviews, how-to’s, reference articles, culinary destinations, product recipes or go-to source of consumer information in the dynamic food category. It will also include artisanal and small-production consumer items that readers might not have discovered on their own plus information on how to use them to make everyday dining and entertaining easier and more exciting.
Cook will make a lot of editorial on mass-produced brands, food service and food festivals, widening its reach to industry professionals because it promises to be the only consumer publication that will review best brands of foods, restaurants and beverages in every category.
The management & staff of COOK Magazine hosted an early holiday bash to thank their advertisers, friends, partners and all those who rallied behind the magazine this year.
The December issue that will hit stands in the first week of December 2012, features Katrina Ponce Enrile as the cover image- a fashion influencer and a culinary entrepreneur. She describes Cook Magazine as "an institution and a community for so many people that it created a new category- homecooks- when it launched and has remained the highest-selling cookery title in its entire market life.”
The event also took the opportunity to make public the New Look and Conceptual Direction of the Magazine that will be offering consumers an ever more diverse way of accessing its brand, in print through the magazine, and bookazines, online through the website and mobile and face-to-face through our Food Events.
Today COOK is a market leading-food magazine, selling 83,500 copies a month. Each issue is packed with over 44 recipes for everyday meals, easy entertaining and dishes from food experts. The Cook magazine cookery team tests every recipe published. The magazine is available at all National Bookstore, PowerBooks, Booksales, 7-11 outlets, Mini-stops and other leading outlets nationwide. Visit Cook Magazine online at

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

JACK TV: Is Now On Free-To-Air Channel JACK CITY!

Now your favorite drama programs, like The Following, NCIS,  Elementary, Vegas, Bones, Revolution, The Mentalist, DAllas, etc. from the popular cable channel JACK TV, will be on free-to-air channel,  UHFchannel Jack CITY. Full Broadcast already this Novermber 2012!
Solar Entertainment Corporation brings you a whole new approach to drama with its newest channel, JackCITY.  On full broadcast beginning last November 11, 2012, JackCITY is a “sidequel” to the popular cable channel JackTV and is a contemporary new addition to the current lineup of free-to-air channels. Bold yet sophisticated, the channel offers a unique mix of drama programs coated with vibrant style tailored for individuals who radiate poise and confidence.JackCITY puts viewers in the midst of each story and immerses them in programs that will evoke their emotions, engage their interests, and reflect their lifestyles.  JackCITY appeals to discerning viewers who know what they want when it comes to TV viewing.  They enjoy substance and depth in their choice of programming, which ultimately enables them to live vicariously through their favorite shows.

    JackCITY’s powerhouse lineup of shows includes a mix of established and well-followed shows, as well as some long-awaited and intriguing new programs.  Currently seen on JackCITY are crime procedural favorites NCIS, Bones, Law & Order: SVU, The Mentalist, Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, and White Collar. Also featured this November are the newly released comic book-inspired show Arrow and the second season of the fairytale drama Grimm.

   The launch of JackCITY also marks the Philippine debut of two fresh and much talked about shows in the US, Elementary and Vegas. A modern-day crime-solving drama inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s renowned fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as the legendary detective and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson.  Watch the duo take on the NYPD’s most challenging cases with the powers of logical reasoning and keen observation every Monday at 9PM.
Meanwhile, Vegas boasts the talented cast of Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, and Carrie-Anne Moss in an epic drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth generation rancher who was tasked to bring order to the town in the 1960s.  The show follows Lamb and ruthless Chicago gangster Vincent Savino as they battle for power over a town destined for greatness. Vegas can be seen on JackCITY every Thursday at 9PM.
   That is, however, not all JackCITY has to offer.  This 2013, viewers can expect even more groundbreaking new programs to make their way on to TV screens across the country.  New additions include post-apocalyptic drama Revolution, the gripping firehouse series Chicago Fire, the revival of the long-running Ewing family saga Dallas, and pulse-racing serial killer hunt The Following starring Kevin Bacon.  Viewers are in for a thrilling ride, as JackCITY’s roster of shows only goes from strength to strength when it enters the new year.
     Redefining how you see television drama — JackCITY, drama with style.

   Solar Entertainment Corporation is an established Philippine media company with prominent positions in cable & broadcast television and film distribution & production. The company is a leader in the creation, development, promotion and distribution of entertainment and sports programming services in the country. Solar Entertainment Corporation is the first broadcast media company in the Philippines to have successfully brought to television a rich and diverse selection of entertainment and sports programs through its roster of English-language channels --- ETC, 2nd Avenue, JackTV, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, NBA Premium TV, and now JackCITY.

Write Here Write Now: Standing at Attention Before My Imaginary Style Dictator

Sense&Style editor-in-chief AA Patawaran recently launched his book Write Here Write Now: Standing at Attention Before My Imaginary Style Dictator(WHWN) at Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4.

In Write Here Write Now, AA Patawaran offers profound and practical tips on the craft, from construction and punctuation to sentence length and variety, even how to tackle the blank page. But more than a how-to manual, this is a writer’s memoir. Blurring the distinction between instruction and inspiration, he boldly takes you along his adventures and misadventures in the publishing world.
    Recognized by industry insiders as "the man perfect to write this book," AA Patawaran has been at the helm of various publications, from Lifestyle Asia to Manila Standard's The Good Life to Manila Bulletin's Sense&Style. The gentleman editor with a passion for words, he has been credited for coaching some of today's best talents in lifestyle media.
   Published by National Book Store, WHWN is mostly inspirational, part instructional, and a kind of memoir. In it, AA shares with all writers—aspiring and established, amateurs and professionals—profound and practical tips on the craft of writing, from construction and punctuation to sentence length and variety, from rhythm and cadence to idioms and figures of speech, even how to tackle the blank page. Blurring the distinction between instruction and inspiration, he boldly takes you along his adventures and misadventures in the publishing world.

AA has been at the helm of a number of publications, from Lifestyle Asia to Manila Standard’s The Good Life and Manila Bulletin’s Sense&Style, among others. Recognized by industry insiders as “the man perfect to write this book,” he is joined by some of the key players in lifestyle media in WHWN and in his personal campaign to champion the written word. Never has any book on writing in the Philippines been such a pleasure to read that it makes you want to “write here write now.”

Write Here Write Now: Standing at Attention Before My Imaginary Style Dictator is available for P399 at National Book Store, Powerbooks, and Bestsellers branches. Shop online at Follow National Book Store on Facebook and Twitter for the latest events and exclusive promos and contests.