“Pinocchio,” the story of a familiar wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy whose nose grew when he told a lie, open on August 19 in celebration of Repertory Philippines Theater for Young Audiences’ 22nd Anniversary of producing well-loved children’s musicals for all ages. Newly adapted for today’s young audiences in this award-winning musical based on the Book by Carlo Collodi, Adaptation and Lyrics by Jim Eiler; and Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy.

It’s going to be a real treat for the entire family with a flurry of masks, music and merriment. It will be alive, charming and bursting with energy. The children in the audience will be spellbound with its visually stunning and colorful set design and costumes with loads of fun.

Where to get your tickets?

PINOCCHIO is set to open on August 16, 2014 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City. The show runs until December 12, 2014.

For details of show, please call tel. nos. 571-6926 and 571-4941; or email at shows@repertoryphilippines.com  or log on to: www.repertoryphilippines.com. Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph

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Boyz II Men, the American R&B vocal group, will once again grace the archipelago for the fourth time this coming September due to insistent popular demand. Composed of baritone Nathan Morris with tenors Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris. In 2003, past member Michael McCary left the group because of health predicaments.

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Ovation Productions, the premier concert promotions and productions company in the country, presents Boyz II Men LIVE in Manila this 17 Sept 2014 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  For inquiries, please contact TicketNet at 911-5555 or visit www.ticketnet.com.ph

Ticket prices: VIP - 5,750 | Patron - 4,750 | Box Premium - 3,750 | Box Regular - 2,750.

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“The Voice of the Philippines” second runner-up Janice Javier, mentored by Apl.de.Ap as her coach, is known as one of the “divas” because of her powerful and soulful voice comparable to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

With the release of her self-titled debut album is Janice Javier’s upcoming solo concert billed as “The Voice of Janice Javier: Live in Concert” on 4 July 2014 at Teatrino, showcasing her powerful soul and R&B range.

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Filipino-Canadian Pop Princess Elise Estrada is universally beloved and her fame transcends as a singer-songwriter, musician and an actress. But while audiences swoon over the young recording artist, her music can sometimes feel anthemic or a danceable affair with a good deal of charm.

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Elise Estrada was born in Marikina City, Philippines and moved to Canada when she was four. She always knew she wanted to be a star and has made a name for herself as one of the only Asian-Canadian superstars out there.  She has shared the stage with Lady Gaga, Rihanna, 50 Cent, Sean Kingston, Nelly and The Backstreet Boys, making good on the moniker given her as the Rihanna of Canada.

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JULY 2014: Live Music and Gigs

We are excited to announce a full month of exciting live music events all happening at our favorite music wonderland - Music Museum and Teatrino, including Becca Godinez’s play billed as “Flipzoids.” More about the “Flipzoids” HERE.

AJ Rafael / Quest concert is a must see. We missed AJ Rafael onstage badly and now is the best time to watch him again live, and of course with the very inspiring music of Quest. Links about AJ Rafael HERE, HERE and HERE.

Janice Javier stages her first ever solo performance as she launches her first ever solo album under MCA Music. Jed Madela will be performing all your requests on 4 July 2014. It’s a remarkable night of entertainment at the Music Museum.

Baihana is back harmonizing live for a benefit show entitled “The Benefits of Harmony.” RnB hits will be provided by Duncan Ramos on “A One Knight Stand.” You can also checkout the music of Hong Kong Disneyland’s music director Rony Fortich on 26 July 2014.

For inquiries, call Music Museum at 721-0635 or 721-6726 or Teatrino at 721-2949,  722-4501  local 116. Visit ticketworld.com.ph or call 891-9999.

Attend the live performances of your favorite musicians and artists, as they throw a completely different and satisfying experience! They perfectly bring the music to life. Please continue to support OPM and your local artists.

Toni Gonzaga, the Ultimate Multimedia Star, unleashes the songwriter in her through her seventh album “Celestine.” Released under Star Records, it carries the original tracks, “This Love Is Like,” which she co-wrote with seasoned composer and album producer Jonathan Manalo and “Awit Ni Ginny,” a song based on her character’s name in Star Cinema’s box-office hit movie “Starting Over Again,” where she starred with Piolo Pascual. She composed it while waiting on the set of the film.

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"The songs in my album are more personal and closer to my heart. It shows who I really am as a singer, as an artist," shared Toni, who personally chose to make her real name, Celestine, as the title of her newest album.

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Absolute Play composed of young and talented minds namely Murielle, 14 years old on keys and lead vocals, Mato, 18 years old on drums and Alto, 15 years old on lead guitars and is the songwriter of the group. The name itself plus the band’s total packaging is an assorted taste of musical experience. Their mix of bubbly performance & fresh rendition of their original compositions will surely captivate the hearts of those who listen to them.

Having a growing fanbase of more than 32K followers on Facebook and original music compositions, Absolute Play performs honest to goodness kid-punk music sprinkled with huge doses of fun, good vibes, and good values.

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Gary Valenciano’s “ARISE Gary V 3.0” is set to happen at SM MOA Arena on August 2 (Saturday), the second serving of unadulterated pure energy with the upcoming and highly anticipated one-night-only repeat.

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Arise celebrated Gary’s unforgettable and significant contributions in the entertainment industry as his body of work include a consistent string of multi-platinum full-length studio albums, over fifty hit singles, blockbuster and classic movies, sold-out concerts both here and abroad, and unforgettable endorsements among many others. The concert documented Gary’s awe-inspiring and amazing career that spans three decades. 

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The first international tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, presented by Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks, Broadway Entertainment Group, and Ovation Productions, is a celebration of the production’s 20th anniversary.

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The tour will play in markets to include Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The musical, which will reunite the original Broadway creative, will be seen for the first time in these territories.

It will be held on 8-25 Jan 2015, 8pm with matinees at 2pm Saturdays & Sundays, venue is at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) main theater. Tickets available end of June at ticketworld.com.ph / tickets@beautyandthebeast.com.ph or call Beauty & the Beast hotline at 02 571-8568. Ticket prices: 7,500, 6,500, 5,500, 4,500, 4,000, 3,500, and 2,000.

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Red Turnip Theater made its mark in the Philippine theater scene in the span of a year. The band of five actors that make up Red Turnip: Ana Abad Santos, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, Cris Villonco and Rem Zamora wanted to come up with a maiden season that would re­introduce Philippine audiences to the straight play while putting their own stamp on the theatrical experience.

Their first production, “Closer”, was a bruising and honest take on modern day relationships and their follow­up, “Cock”, was a biting comedy about sexual identity. Both productions went on to acclaim with critics and audiences alike. Now, they’re back with their second season and are excited to kickstart it with the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner, “Rabbit Hole”.

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“Rabbit Hole” was a Broadway hit that garnered several Tony nominations and a win for its lead actress, Cynthia Nixon. Written by David Lindsay­Abaire, it was then adapted into a critically- acclaimed film with Nicole Kidman in 2010 and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

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Ballet Philippines, the country’s classical and contemporary company in cooperation with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines proudly announces the return of Agnes Locsin’s La Revolucion Filipina to kick off the company’s 45th Anniversary – The Sapphire Season.

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La Revolucion Filipina tackles the sublime paralytic Apolinario Mabini and the story of his role in the Philippine Revolution enacted just in time for the hero’s sesquicentennial birth anniversary.

Led by three members of La Revolucion Filipina’s original cast, the fourth restaging of the modern dance masterpiece is composed of Annette Cruz-Mariano, Judell de Guzman-Sicam, and Alden Lugnasin as Mabini. It features original music by Ryan Cayabyab and libretto by Dennis Marasigan.

Agnes Locsin, the choreographer and the former artistic director is the resident choreographer of Ballet Philippines, and was the Gawad CCP awardee for Dance in 2012. Named also as the Outstanding Dance Production and winner of Outstanding Choreography for Agnes Locsin at the 2008 Gawad Buhay Awards.

Agnes Locsin’s La Revolucion Filipina will be performed at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) from July 25 to 27, 2014. The show is at 3pm and 8 pm (Friday and Saturday) and 2pm and 6pm (Sunday).

For inquiries, visit www.ballet.ph, send an email to info@ballet.ph, or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003. For tickets and reservations, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.

The 45th Anniversary Sapphire Season. Rare scenes of power and grace. Love, valour and redemption. Under the artistic directorship of Paul Alexander Morales, this is a toast to 45 years of dance excellence! Video above by balletph.

This year, Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPop) and Universal Records team-up again in the production of the new commemorative album featuring some of the most respected and promising recording artists in the country.

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We were invited to a gathering by Ms. Grace Foronda which at first I was quite hesitant to attend because it’s not about music. But I still think it can be a good story for the newspaper I’m working with. 

Attending with me was our paper’s editor, so she can have a great overview for the feature story. We had fun celebrating the milestones of Frigga that afternoon, we are very thankful for their generous invitation.

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It was an intimate luncheon meeting that happened 29 May 2014 at the new and posh Luxent Hotel hosted by the chief feng shui consultant, Ms. Marites Allen. The get-together is dedicated for media individuals and groups who have supported the Frigga launch. 

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Trumpet’s “The Bluebird of Happiness,” a musical adaptation of the 1908 play by Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck, with music by Rony Fortich and libretto and direction by Jaime del Mundo, dominates the 2013 Gawad Buhay with a total of 16 nominations.

Close behind with 12 nominations is Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Der Kaufmann,” Rody Vera’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” based on the late National Artist for Theater and Literature Rolando Tinio’s Filipino translation. “Der Kaufmann” was directed by Vera and Tuxqs Rutaquio.

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Renaissance Art Gallery presents “Driven to Abstraction” in celebration of its 11th anniversary featuring abstract artists: Max Balatbat, Bien Benitez, Benji Bisaya, Marco Coching, Arley Carig, Jane Ebarle, Fitz Herrera, Josef Laureano, Sio Montera, Cid Reyes, Aner Sebastian, Resty Tica and Valen Valerio.

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“Driven to Abstraction” will have a special preview from June 6 to 8 (Friday to Sunday) and the opening cocktails is on June 9, 2014 – 6 p.m. at the ART CENTER, 4th Level, Bldg. A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. It runs until June 24, 2014.

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