Ballet Philippines’ Cinderella dazzles!

I took our two younger kids to see Ballet Philippines’ Cinderella at the CCP last Sunday. This would probably be the last ballet show we will see this year, aside from the kids’ recital featuring “Jewels” on the 15th. I’ve yet to find out the lineup for next year’s performances, but I’m excited. I’m sure the shows will be great as always. To be honest, the kids weren’t too keen on watching another Cinderella show at first because they’ve seen a previous staging by another ballet company a year ago, and they felt that they’ve had enough of the story. But Ballet Philippines’ […]

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REVIEW: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

We were lucky to still be able to buy tickets to Atlantis Theatrical’s Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on its last week’s run. Take note, we got tickets for the Thursday show. Who on earth watches a musical on a Thursday night? Apparently, everyone in Manila when it’s Lea Salonga on the bill! Embarrassingly so, the last time I watched a Lea Salonga was in Repertory Philippines’ My Fair Lady. And she was phenomenal in it! But now that she’s more mature, and JUST BECAUSE SHE CAN, Lea takes on an unconventional role as Nellie Lovett and […]

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Philippine Ballet Theatre’s ENCORE (The Best of PBT USA Tour 2019)

OH. MY. GOSH! Awe and amazement were plastered all over my face after watching Philippine Ballet Theatre’s Encore last night. It was truly a fantastic evening at the ballet as the company, led by the beautiful ballerina, Kim Abrogena, crowd-favorite, Ma. Regina Magbitang, and my personal favorite PBT lead, Veronica Atienza, performed heart-stopping choreography, as well as relived well-loved PBT classics. The men were not to be outdone. Matthew Davo, Dominador Delmo, Mark Joseph Pineda, Kazier Policarpio, Julafer Fegarido, and Jared Tan showed the audience what danseurs are made of. Such display of extraordinary talent! I have to say that […]

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LYROPERA’s Magnificat The Musical (The New Staging)

I first heard about Magnificat The Musical from a friend of mine. From the title itself, I knew right then that the spotlight would be on Mary, the mother of Jesus. If you’re not yet familiar with the Bible, Magnificat is what Christians call Mary’s song of praise when God revealed to her that she had been chosen to give birth to Christ. Growing up, we used to sing this song in church. The Magnificat reflects Mary’s relationship with God. Her meekness and her humility to do His will no matter the consequences. Mary, the Mother The story of Mary […]

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Theater Alert: AIYT’s Madagascar, A Musical Adventure

When Atlantis Theatrical announced the launch of Atlantis Imaginarium Young Theatre (AIYT), it was definitely news that was well-received in our home. One of the things we do is expose our children to the arts – including and especially theater, and having more options on shows that cater to their age level works very well for us. We had the opportunity to see AIYT’s first offering, Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, based on Dreamworks’ hit, Madagascar, at their opening night last August 2. Despite the heavy rains, audiences young and old alike, trooped to the theater to cheer, applaud, dance, and move it, […]

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