Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino Opening Night! #TheTheatre #SolaireResort


Opening of The Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino happened last November 26, 2014, Wednesday in ParaƱaque. It was the grandest event I've ever attended for the year 2014 as people from politics, entertainment, business and a lot more were present. To name a few, I saw Juana Change, Annabelle Rama, Eddie Guttierez, German Moreno, Cory Quirino and Senator Panfilo Lacson. A lot of theater enthusiast were also present in this event.

Orange curtain matched with orange seats.
I'm seated on the center of everything. :)

glaring lights.
Taken while I was waiting for the show to start.


The production was also grand as The Theatre is one of kind venue which can accommodate almost all shows ranging from concerts, stage plays and musicals, pageants and a lot more. The Theatre promises to be one of the leading entertainment venue in the Philippines and in Asia as it has The Constellation system  which was described by Mr. Audie Gemora, Solaire's entertainment director, as a network of microphones that have been implanted all around the Solaire Theatre, so that it picks up every single sound which can be controlled by a computer. The overall resonance of the theater becomes more versatile. I myself was amazed when Gerard Salonga showed us the difference of listening while the system is on and off. The whole experience was so surreal. It's just like you're listening with headphones on. That's how awesome The Constellation system was.

Mr. Thomas Arasi, President and COO of Solaire 

Mr. Audie Gemora, Solaire's entertainment director while performing

The show was kicked off with a speech from Mr. Thomas Arasi, President and COO of Solaire, followed by Mr. Jasper Evangelista, Vice President for Brand and Marketing. Those who played a big role behind the theatre were also introduced namely, Ed Concepcion (Theater Manager), Shax Siasoco (Venue Technical Director) and Sandy Hontiveros (Talent Center Manager).

Performance began with Mr. Audie Gemora singing while the stage turns from blank to colorful as stages in Vegas

Mr. Gerard Salonga explaining The Constellation System


Gerard Salonga with ABS-CBN Philharmonoc Orchestra

Karla Gutierrez, Myramae Meneses, Camille Lopez-Molina together with Ervin Lumauag and Philippine Opera Company Center: Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Ballet Manila


Maestro Ryan Cayabyab appeared on the big screen to share about the multi-purpose rehearsal studio located backstage. He introduced next performers about Filipino musicals.

Robert Sena and others 

Karylle singing an excerpt from Rama Hari

Myke Salomon singing an excerpt from Magsimula Ka

Isay Alvarez singing an excerpt from Katy

Isay Alvarez singing an excerpt from Katy

Sam Concepcion with Mercator Models

Mitch Valdez, an OPM icon, introduced the next act on screen. Morissette, Christian Bautista and Yeng Constantino all had their solo spots. They also performed the song "Sana'y Wala ng Wakas" altogether.






Martin Nievera came out to sing his solo spot with the song "Kahit Isang Saglit." He then sang a little bit of "Music of the Night" (from "Phantom of the Opera") to introduce the final performer of the night.


Lea Salonga was the final performer of the opening show of The Theater at Solaire in ParaƱaque. Her medley included "Memory" from "Cats," which she performed in the Manila run of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in 2010. Salonga also delighted the audience on Wednesday with her rendition of "For Good" from "Wicked," accompanied by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, which was led by her brother, Gerard.

She went on to sing "Brighter Than The Sun" by Colbie Caillat, before being joined on stage by the other performers of the night, including Isay Alvarez, Audie Gemora, Martin Nievera, Yeng Constantino, Christian Bautista, Karylle, Sam Concepcion, Morissette Amon, Regine Tolentino, Aicelle Santos, and Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.





It was really a great night of entertainment! I can't wait for my next event at The Theatre! :) This post would not be possible if only with Mr. Toots Tolentino's invitation. Thank you sir!




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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rite of Passage (Sa Pagtubu Kang Tahud) - A MUST watch full-length play! #TheaterPH #SharePH

Rite of Passage
sa pagtubu kang tahud

Rite of Passage is a Palanca winning full-length play which is about a young man from the Visayas who seeks guidance in navigating his teenage years but finds none from his family. The young man is overwhelmed by the fact that no one understands him as he navigates his way through life on his own. The play was first produced by Tanghalang Pilipino for the Virgin Labfest, the Cultural Center of the Philippines' annual festival of new plays n 2005.

Men of Catungan preparing for a cockfight

Men of Catungan with ISOY's initiation rites


The play is inspired with Maria Milagros Geremia Lachica's Sa Pagtubu Kang Tahud, a kinaray-a short story which means "upon growing of the spur". Be ready to witness a build up of emotions in a very relatable story of a probinsyano situated in Barrio Catungan.

Isoy and Tiyoy Berning 


This is by far one of the BEST original filipino play I've ever seen. From the lights and sounds used, to stage and  production design, everything is flawless. The actors gave justice to each portrayals. Cholo Ledesma, who plays Isoy, has a great future in the field of theater I guess. His early exposure on stage brought him the experience he needs to play his part. Of course, an exceptional performance coming from Frances Makil-Ignacio, 24th Aliw Awards Best Actress, as she played Tiya Susing - a brilliant character who owes responsibility of taking care of Isoy and shares her personal struggle as a person. I was in tears during Tiya Susing's MOMENTS. That's how effective Ms. Frances in her portrayal.

Tiya Susing while praying the rosary and Isoy while cleaning the dishes

Tiyo Berning, Isoy and the rest of men of Catungan


Mr. Capinding boasts that everything and everyone is his first choice. He thought that directing this play might be a big challenge but since he got all as planned, he executed it with the best of his abilities. It's a mere reflection of most of his childhood years that's why it's very close to his heart.


Mr. Toots Tolentino facilitating the Q&A for press and bloggers


This play is written by Mr. Glenn Sevilla Mas, MFA, the current moderator and artistic director of Tanghalang Ateneo. It's directed by Mr. Ron Capinding, a resident director, actor, translator choreographer and workshop instructor of Tanghalang Ateneo. Rite of Passage is part of Tanghalang Ateneo's 36th Season with the theme "Navigating Identities" that portray each and everyone's struggle to define and discover oneself, one's identity and place in this world.

Mr. Toots making sure everyone's in frame for the picture taking! :) Very hands on.

The production cast and staff of Rite of Passage.


You can catch Rite of Passage at Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University from November 27 to December 13, 2014. 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinee shows on Saturdays. For ticket inquiries and reservations you can call Jessica Chua at (0906) 572 8141 or e-mail at ta.mpc78@gmail.com.


Your truly together with the brilliant writer Mr. Glenn Sevilla Mas, MFA 


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P.S. Thank you Tanghalang Ateneo and Mr. Toots Tolentino for the invite! Cheers to Philippine Theater!


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