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The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings together the well liked original Filipino musicals in a single evening featuring the original cast and the best musical theater performers. A gala event billed as MUSIKAL! A Musical Theater Celebration of CCP’s 45th takes place on September 5 and September 6, at 8:00 pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). The musical revue features excerpts from “Rak of Aegis”, “Rama Hari”, “Maxie the Musical”, “Katy!”, “Caredivas”, “Noli Me Tangere”, “Magsimula Ka”, “ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal”, “Bluebird of Happiness”, “Rock Supremo”, “Rivalry”, “Lorenzo”, among others.

“This is going to be a landmark convergence of Philippine musical theater talent. A rare night where one can experience the melodies of the composers, the spectacle put together by the directors, the passion of the ensemble and the splendid musicality that Filipino musical theater performers are known for worldwide,” CCP’s artistic director Chris Millado enthuses. Millado also directs the show in collaboration with the original directors and producing companies like Tanghalang Pilipino, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Educational Theater Association, Trumpets, Spotlight Artists Centre, Bit by Bit Company, 4th Wall Theater Company, Green Wings, and Ateneo Blue Rep.

Audiences will also hear the scores of the musicals orchestrated for the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Salonga. Special medleys will be rearranged for the vocal style of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Jed Balsamo arranges for orchestra from the original compositions of Ryan Cayabyab, Vincent de Jesus, Rony Fortich, Ed Gatchalian, Aegis, Ebe Dancel, and Gines Tan, among others.

This landmark gala celebrates original Philippine musical theater artistry and the Cultural Center of the Philippines 45th Anniversary.

For inquiries, please call the CCP Sales and Promotions Office at 832-3706 or 832-3704.

Thanks to Filipino talent coupled with the symphonic sound by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, this landmark gala provides a musical theater “pride” for the country.

Press release from the Cultural Center of the Philippines

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MUSIKAL! Celebrates CCP’S 45th Anniversary The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings together the well liked original Filipino musicals in a single evening featuring the original cast and the best musical theater performers.

Last month, tropical storm Glenda (Rammasun) visited our country. According to reports, the typhoon is following a path similar to the deadly typhoon Milenyo (Xangsane) that devastated the Philippines in 2006. Milenyo killed 213 people and injured hundreds more. Not only that, it damaged P6 billion worth of infrastructure and agriculture. As I recall, we also had no electricity the entire day.

Reports were right. Typhoon Glenda brought strong winds damaging electric poles cutting off power supply in several parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces. If the power interruption during Milenyo lasted for less than 24 hours, in Glenda’s case we had no electricity for nearly 48 hours.  Here is a short video. At the end of it, you’ll see the view from our house and our colorful pinwheel crazily spinning round and round.

This experience drove me mad. But I managed because made me realize many things and do things I used to enjoy when I was younger.

Here is a list of the things I did during the massive black out.

Prepare for a long day without power and rotating brownouts, just in case! – When the power went out, the first we did was prepare. We had no worries with water supply. Food, on the other, was a problem. When the rain and wind weakened, we went to the grocery to buy biscuits, noodles and canned goods. Then we gathered all our flashlights and candles at home. Good thing people my grandmother’s age love to gift candles. There are no worries in that part.

Of course, it’s going to be a long day and still many idle hours. My list continues.

There’s nothing to do? Then clean the house and declutter your closet! I cleaned the house like we normally do. But with the time I had, I was able to notice and rearrange figurines and other displays. Not only that, I was able to organize my closet.

Your tablet’s battery is running low? Check your bookshelf! I love to read e-books and actual books. But this time, I had the chance to read other educational materials in our bookshelf such as the Encyclopedia, The Science Library, Sci-tech magazine, and my Earthwatch book. I even found the newspapers I kept when I went to Hong Kong to cover an event.

Can’t use the laptop? Use a pen and a paper! I don’t really write poems but I tried to write one. The typhoon woke me up around 1AM and words started to play in my mind.

Want to listen to music? Use a Walkman or check your tape recorder! I have this tape recorder which I used in college , OJT days and my first job. Listening to the interviews and music I recorded made me smile.

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Spend some quality time with your pets! I have three hamsters left namely: Buffy Grande, baby Buffy and Chuu. When I woke up at 1AM, I went to the living room and saw them standing in the roof of their cute houses. I know they were afraid, so I played with them and place their cage where I/ they can see me.

My Hamsters

Surprisingly, I was very productive despite the lack of electricity. This only shows that there are many things and activities we can do without power. Back in the old days, having no electricity didn’t hinder people from their daily activities. Since then, I try to lessen my usage of gadgets and save electricity. It may look impossible and difficult, but definitely achievable!

Clari Says live, write and draw. Let’s create DIY projects, watch movies, go on food adventures and blog it all! Follow Clari Says on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Instagram

Clari Says live, write and draw. Let’s create DIY projects, watch movies, go on food adventures and blog it all! Follow Clari Says on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Instagram

What to do During a Power Outage? Last month, tropical storm Glenda (Rammasun) visited our country. According to reports, the typhoon is following a path similar to the deadly typhoon Milenyo (Xangsane) that devastated the Philippines in 2006.

The Fault in Our Stars Review

The Fault in Our Stars Review

Photo from http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/
Photo from http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/

Photo from http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/

I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories. On the one hand, you can sugarcoat it. Nothing is too messed up that can’t be fixed with a Peter Gabriel Song. I like that version as much as the next girl does. It’s just not the truth.

The Fault in Our Starsis a young adult novel written by John Green which was published in…

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Cinemalaya X Book launch at CCP

Cinemalaya X Book launch at CCP

Photo from http://www.cinemalaya.org/

THE Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with the launching of the book entitled Making Waves: 10 Years of Cinemalaya on August 9, 2014, 5pm at the Silangan Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Photo from http://www.cinemalaya.org/

Photo from http://www.cinemalaya.org/

The Cinemalaya X book is a commemorative publication chronicling the history of Cinemalaya and its contributions…

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Foreign Experts Serve on Cinemalaya Jury

Officials of the Sundance Institute and the International Film Festival of Kerala are in Manila to serve on the jury of the 10th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition ongoing until August 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ayala theaters at Greenbelt Makati, Alabang Town Center, TriNoma and Fairview Terraces in Quezon City.

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On the second week of June, Belle de Jour offered two FREE products. Bellas can choose between Olay and Vidal Sassoon. I chose to get sassooned with Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care. Target shipping date for Vidal Sassoon Trial Pack was June 20. Mine was shipped on June 23 and received my trial pack on June 25th.

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Time for Some Hair Care
I’m pretty sure everyone noticed the fickle weather. We have been experiencing it for the past couple of weeks and it’s quite annoying. One problem it has caused me is my hair. After shampooing, my hair would be in a normal state. Then after a few hours it would either be dry or sticky depending on the weather and the smell wears off easily. So from long to medium length, I had to chop it off again.

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Though my face is quite round and having a shorter hair would emphasize it, it wasn’t an issue to me anymore. I just need to be able to manage my hair with the current weather. I’m glad I read BDJ’s newsletter because it’s time to change my hair care.

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Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care Shampoo and Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care Conditioner work hand-in-hand. I normally use conditioner 2-3 times a week and sometimes depending on the weather. But for this product, they work better together.

Just make sure that before you apply the conditioner, allow the shampoo to stay and penetrate your hair. Massage and rinse it thoroughly. Then, apply adequate amount of conditioner and spread it all over. Leave it for at least 5 minutes and rinse well. My hair felt softer, manageable and most specially, the pleasant smell lasted longer. Though the fragrance is divine, it does remind me of another shampoo. Nevertheless, the smell lasted longer than expected.

In addition, the packaging is strikingly colorful and attractive. Plus, I didn’t have a difficult time squeezing out the product. The shampoo just slides down.  :)

Clari Says live, write and draw. Let’s create DIY projects, watch movies, go on food adventures and blog it all! Follow Clari Says on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Instagram

Clari Says live, write and draw. Let’s create DIY projects, watch movies, go on food adventures and blog it all! Follow Clari Says on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Instagram

Get Sassooned with Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care On the second week of June, Belle de Jour offered two FREE products. Bellas can choose between Olay and Vidal Sassoon.
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