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Help flows into a flood of love despite multiple calamities

Absolute Pure Distilled Drinking Water (Help Flows)

The aftershock of calamities goes beyond downpours, flood waters, and tremors. More than the immediate devastation, the aftermath of disasters are often more destructive, especially when it affects the cleanliness and safety of the displaced population .
The Philippines is no stranger to natural calamities; in 2012, we registered the highest number of fatalities worldwide due to Typhoon Pablo . This year, aside from typhoons and monsoon floods, we also experienced earthquakes and manmade disasters, which exacerbated the lack of access to clean and safe food, water, and other emergency supplies.

To supplement the various efforts of Filipinos to aid disaster-stricken areas, the Lucio Tan Group of Companies has donated almost 100,000 liters of Absolute Pure Distilled Drinking Water to calamity-stricken areas in North Luzon and Central Visayas affected by recent typhoons and earthquakes. The Absolute Help Flows bottles come in 350ml and 6L packs to ensure that families and individuals are provided with clean water for drinking and cooking.

Says Dan Ong, Senior Brand Manager for Absolute Distilled Drinking Water, “Access to clean and safe water everyday, and most especially during emergencies, is necessary in ensuring that calamities do not turn into bigger tragedies through diseases. Absolute is on-hand year-round in ensuring that Filipinos maintain their health and peace of mind through clean and safe water, whatever calamity may occur.”

As a public service announcement, Absolute is requesting concerned citizens to report individuals or groups selling Absolute Pure Distilled Drinking Water with the “Help Flows” mark to their nearest DTI office. These bottles are allocated for disaster-stricken areas, and are not for sale.

Katy! The Musical Rerun


Spotlight Artists Centre, in cooperation with the One Meralco Foundation, proudly announces the second staging of its critically-acclaimed revival production of Ryan Cayabyab and Jose Javier Reyes’ landmark musical based on the inspiring story of legendary Filipina jazz chanteuse Katy dela Cruz.


Katy! features the same powerhouse cast including Tirso Cruz III, Dulce, Epy Quizon, Tricia Amper-Jimenez, Lou Veloso, Gian Magdangal, and Isay Alvarez-Seña in the title role

Rounding out the cast is an ensemble of prodigious triple threat talents, including Leana Tabuñar who plays the young Katy.

Still reeling from the generous reviews and enthusiastic audience response they garnered during the initial run, Isay excitedly shares what audiences can look forward to for this month’s rerun.

“We’re still sticking to the same script, but we’ve added five dancer-actors and four singers. We’re also utilizing bigger sets since we have a bigger venue now. We tried to make the sets more efficient for easier moving around the stage,” she narrates.

On a more personal note, Isay feels more confident tackling the back-breaking song and dance routines now after having successfully overcome her serious medical condition at the time.

“I’m raring to do the dance numbers with more gusto this time!” she huffs. “I was pacing myself and holding back a bit last January.”

With a bigger venue, Isay, as well as producers Robert Seña, Carl Balita, and Tricia Amper-Jimenez, feel that more Filipinos will get to know more about the legacy of one of OPM’s unsung heroines.

“I’m hoping people will come of course. I really believe this is one musical that every Filipino should watch, especially the youth,” Isay says. “Bodabil is part of our history as a nation. It’s a forgotten art form. I’m just happy we are paying to tribute to the great artists who came before us.”

Asked what else she hopes Katy! to accomplish, Isay adds, “My dream is really for Katy! to have a run for students. I am hoping that big corporations—kahit isa lang na malaki at may puso para sa teatro at kabataan—will sponsor this run so it can be a reality.”

With Katy! serving as their beacon of hope and inspiration for the local theater industry and for OPM music as well, Isay and her Spotlight Artists family hope to further their cause by setting their sights on producing yet another Filipino musical next year.

Katy! also features original music composed by Ryan Cayabyab and interpreted live by the AMP Nonet Band under the baton of musical director Mel Villena. The libretto is by Jose Javier Reyes.

Regular showdates are July 26, 27, 28, August 2, 3, and 4, with 3pm matinees for July 27 and 28, and August 3 and 4. Showtime is 8pm.
Contact Details:

For more details, please call CCP at (63 2) 832-1125 or Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999.


Meralco Theater
Ortigas Center

Ortigas Ave. cor. Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center
Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Bridge to the Future


The University of the Philippines College of Music and the KTCM Music Education Laboratory Foundation, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and the Japanese Embassy of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines will present a memorable collaborative concert titled “Bridge to the Future” on August 8, 2013, 6:30 pm at the AbelardoHall Auditorium in UP Diliman, Quezon City. The concert is part of the “Towards AHA@50 Concert Series,” 1st semester 2013-2014.


The friendship concert will feature noted visiting Japanese artists sopranos Satsuki Hayashida and Ayano Kumada, internationally acclaimed pianist Naoko Matsuoka, and folk artist Tatsuya Hosono on tsugaru shamisen. They will be joined by teachers of the College pianist Carolyn Cheng and bass Rainier Arthur Cruz.

An interesting repertoire awaits concert goers of this event as the six artists take turn to render solos such as Kozaburo Hirai’s Sakura Fantasia by Matsuoka, duets such as Rentaro Taki’s Kojo no tsuki (Cruz, Matsuoka) and Teiichi Okano’s Oboro zukiyo (Cruz, Matsuoka), and trios such as Sakura Sakura by Kumada, Hosono, and Matsuoka. This piece caps the first part of the program with Hosono playing on tsugaru shamisen before it Jonkara-Bushi and Otemoyan.

The second part of the program begins with music by international composers such as Mozart’s Sonata for 2 pianos K.448 D Major (Matsuoka and Cheng); Bartok’s Six Romanian Folk Dances (Cheng), and Chopin’s Fantasy Impromptu (Matsuoka). This will be followed by numbers where both Japanese and Filipino artists interpret Filipino folk tunes such as Ating cupung Singsing (arranged by Espino), Chitchiritsit, and Pobreng Alindahaw; immortal kundimans ‘Nasaan ka Irog” and “Anak Dalita”; Abelardo’s danza “Bituing Marikit”; and ditty songs Kataka-taka and Pandangguhan.

Tickets to the show are priced at PhP200 with special discounts for students and the elderly.

Contact Details:

For further details, please call Josie Baradas at (63 2) 981-8500 local 2639 or (63 2) 929-6963.


Mark Justiniani’s Rotator


The hiatus is over as Secret Fresh reopens its doors on August 4,2013 with the launch of Mark Justiniani’s first designer collectible, the Orbiter, as following through Secret Fresh’s visionary dedication in showcasing art through designer collectibles. In its reopening, Secret Fresh shall be bringing more designer collectible launches and exhibits by well known local and international artists in its ground floor gallery, while its second floor will be host to urban lifestyle retail brands and to works by various artists.

The launch and release of the Orbiter will just be one among other collaborations that Secret Fresh will be producing with esteemed and multi-awarded visual artist Mark Justiniani.

The Orbiter, which stands at 5ft and 2ft is made of Resin and Metal. The 5ft edition shall be produce in limited 7 regular editions and 1 special edition, while the 2ft edition will be shall be produce in limited 50 regular editions and 10 special editions.

The Orbiter embodies the scholar/student of life who seeks answers to age old questions of “who we are, where are we, where are going”. It is a figure astride on a unicycle, surveying a compass on his left hand and with a spy glass clenched behind his back. A figure ever cycling in his search, but in a precarious balance to be in equilibrium between two moving bodies, the Orbiter’s and the world he traverses on, a world in constant motion, and him on a unicycle who must retain his balance just as well in constant motion, abiding by laws of physics and guided by his moral compass, and to evolve as one moves in space, just as Justiniani himself has constantly reinvented himself by exploring different materials and formats as an artist – from painting mural-sized canvases to working with jeepney decals and steel to fabricating sculptural versions of his allegorical figures, and now to exploring the mechanics of animation and the physics behind mirrors and visual perception.

Aside from the Orbiter figures, on display as well will be two trademark pieces of Justiniani’s that explore the conundrums of illusionistic space, as he makes visual palindromes of the paradoxes of surface and deep perspective. Mirroring these conundrums to each one in proposing trajectories of introspection and retrospection. Transposing his long fascination for language palindromes to 3D in excavating the correlativity of meaning between words, his mirror box assemblages however shows the correlative paradox of space and time with movement, forming the basis of suspended animation and for how praxinoscopes work.

Mark Justinani, originally from Bacolod and a BFA graduate of UP Diliman, has represented the Philippines in various international conferences, workshops and exhibitions in Japan, Denmark, Australia and the USA. A CCP Thirteen artist awardee and a founding member of the seminal art collective in the 90s Saling Pusa, he has also designed the cover of the Eraserheads’ Circus album.
Contact Details:

For further inquiries about the exhibits, please contact secretfresh.info@gmail.com or (63 2) 570-9815 local 7.

Secret Fresh

Ground Level, Ronac Art Center
Ortigas Ave., Greenhills
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines


Mark Bautista brings The Sound of Love



It’s not February but Mark Bautista will bring love in the air! The singing champion opts for a more relaxed style of singing in his upcoming concert, The Sound of Love. Watch Pop Heartthrob Mark Bautista on August 9, 2013, 8.00 PM at the MusicMuseum!
Contact Details:

For ticket inquiries please call (63 2) 721-0635 or (63 2) 721-6726.

Music Museum
Greenhills Shopping Complex

Theatre Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center
Ortigas Ave., Greenhills
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Beauty and the Sweet



HeadtoMusicMuseum on August 2 & 3, 2013, 8:00pm and catch BB Gandang Hari and Sweet Lapus in “Beauty and the Sweet” directed by Phillip Lazaro.
Contact Details:

For ticket inquiries, please call MusicMuseum at (63 2) 721-6726.

Music Museum
Greenhills Shopping Complex

Theatre Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center
Ortigas Ave., Greenhills
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Cinemalaya 2013



Stars of the Philippine mainstream movie industry headline some of the newest crop of films in the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition slated on July 26 to August 4, 2013 at the CulturalCenter of the Philippines and Ayala Cinemas in TriNoma, Greenbelt 3 and AlabangTownCenter.


Vilma Santos is the lead star of Jeffrey Jeturian’s Ekstra; Eugene Domingo of Leo Abaya’s Instant Mommy; Gretchen Barretto of Christopher Ad. Castillo’s The Diplomat Hotel, and Alessandra De Rossi of Gil M. Portes’ Liars.

Anita Linda, a favourite muse of indie film directors, is in David F by Emmanuel Palo and Nuwebe by Joseph Israel Laban, which also stars Jake Cuenca. Lovi Poe appears in Jerrold Tarog’s Sana Dati with Paulo Avelino, who also leads Debosyon.

Second generation directors Christopher Ad. Castillo, son of the late Celso Ad. Castillo, Mikhail Red, son of Raymond Red, and Paolo O’Hara, nephew of the late Mario O’Hara, are in the running in this year’s Cinemalaya. Castillo has his The Diplomat Hotel; Red has his Rekorder and O’Hara has his The Houseband’s Wife.

This year, Cinemalaya offers a full slate of 25 films in its three competition categories. Cinemalaya’s main competition categories are the New Breed full length feature category and the Short Feature category featuring works by new directors. The Directors Showcase is a competition for works by established directors.

The finalists for the New Breed category are:

1.         Babagwa (The Spider’s Lair) by Jason Paul Laxamana
2.         David F by Emmanuel Palo
3.         Debosyon by Alvin Yapan
4.         Instant Mommy by Leo Abaya
5.         Nuwebe by Joseph Israel Laban
6.         Purok 7 by Carlo Obispo
7.         Quick Change by Eduardo Roy Jr.
8.         Rekorder by Mikhail Red
9.         The Diplomat Hotel by Christopher Ad. Castillo
10.       Transit by Hannah Espia

The finalists for the Directors Showcase are:

1.         Amor y Muerte by Ces M. Evangelista
2.         Ekstra by Jeffrey Jeturian
3.         Sana Dati by Jerrold Tarog
4.         Liars by Gil M. Portes
5.         Porno by Adolfo Alix Jr.

The finalists for the Short Feature category are:

1.         Bakaw by Ron Segismundo
2.         Katapusang Labok (Last Strike) by Aiess Athina E. Alonso
3.         Missing by Zig Dulay
4.         Onang by JE Tiglao
5.         Para kay Ama by Relyn A. Tan
6.         Pukpok by Joaquin Pantaleon
7.         Sa Wakas by Nica Santiago
8.         Taya by Adi Bontuyan
9.         The Houseband’s Wife by Paolo O’ Hara
10.       Tutob by Kissza Mari Campano

Winners of the competition will be named in the Awards night on August 4 at the CCP.

Now on its ninth year, Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, CulturalCenter of the Philippines (CCP), Econolink Investments, Inc. and Film Development Council of the Philippines. It is an all-digital film festival that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

Cinemalaya will run from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, TriNoma, Greenbelt 3 and AlabangTownCenter.  Cinemalaya will feature about 70 films on exhibition with twenty five in competition.  It features a variety of sections, namely the Ani, Cinemalaya Documentaries, Cinemalaya Premieres, Retrospective: Urian’s Best (The Gawad Urian Best Film 2000-2009), and tributes to Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Celso Ad. Castillo and Eddie Romero.  The Cinemalaya Film Congress is a major part of the Festival. There will be other film-related activities such as the Philippine Independent Film Makers Multi-purpose Cooperative’s 3rd Manila Film Financing Forum.
Contact Details:

For more information, please call CCP Film Office at (63 2) 832-1125 local 1704/05 and the CCP box office at (63 2) 832-3704 or visit http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph


Cultural Center Of The Philippines (CCP)
CCP Complex

Roxas Blvd. cor. Pablo Ocampo Sr. St., CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

Clipper Mania Hits Manila

Clipper Super Lighter, the world’s number one refillable lighter, has finally arrived in Manila. Known for its iconic designs and collectible lines, Clipper Super Lighter has become a collector’s item the world over, transcending the staple functionality of a lighter into a display statement.

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The exclusive Philippine importer and distributor of Clipper Super Lighter is ADP Industries Corporation, which has made a name for itself for introducing globally renowned fast-moving consumer goods to the country. Its portfolio varies from tobacco accessories, food items such as confectioneries, snacks, wines, and beverages, to personal care and specialty/novelty products.

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Says Aaron Palileo, Vice President for Sales and Marketing at ADP Industries, “Clipper Super Lighter is more than a kitchen or personal tool. We saw it as a perfect combination of portable form and function. It blends the myriad uses of a lighter with the fun, funky, and almost infinite designs to choose from with the Clipper Super Lighter. We brought the brand to the Philippines because we believe in its blend of supreme safety and daring designs. For example, the electronic line has buttons that are harder to press, making them child-resistant and safe to keep within reach.”

Clipper Super Lighter is now available at all Mini Stop Convenience Stores and Fuma Tobacco Retailers and coming soon to all major supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.clipper.ph

Mandaue Foam wants you to show your home

Show your home

Mandaue Foam wants you to win a B1T1 sofa bed by sending photos of your homes with your favorite Mandaue Foam pieces. The contest, which runs from July 1 – September 1, encourages Mandaue Foam enthusiasts to upload these photos on their Facebook Page(www.facebook.com/MandaueFoam.Ph).

Winners will be chosen during a two-week interval, and aside from winning the premiere B1T1 Sofa Bed, winners will also be given a chance to share their photos on Mandaue Foam’s blog and fan page. Participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible, and to share the joy that Mandaue Foam has brought into their homes.

For more information, like Mandaue Foam on Facebook www.facebook.com/MandaueFoam.Ph