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Re-imagining and re-experiencing ‘Mind’s Eye’ this September


Witness how both seasoned theater performer and director Joy Virata and Jenny Jamora as they reprise their respective roles of 88-year-old Elva and 16-year-old Courtney in the restaging of ‘Mind’s Eye’, a play based on a book for young adults written by Paul Fleischman, and will run from September 6, 7 and 8 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.


Though the play is told or presented in dialogues—it will provide its audience a different kind of adventure and will find reading a different experience after watching the said production.

According to Ms. Virata, “Reading books stretches our imagination. This play alludes to this marvel and hopes to inspire us to be more positive, open and caring. More importantly, it reminds us to constantly challenge our ideas.”

Another benefit for its audience is that—the play blends literature, poetry and the arts, bringing to life a heartwarming travel experience in rich detail. It centers on a 16-year-old and her 88-year-old roommate escape winter in a nursing home in North Dakota, as they take a shared mental trip guided by a 1910-edition of Baedeker’s Italy.

Like what Fleischman has written in his book, “But determination can make the miraculous possible.”

On the other hand, Jamora is excited about reprising the role, “I’m looking forward to it. Ever since the last run I’ve taken several workshops and I’m looking forward to applying what I learned in the workshops. Mainly a greater focus on the vocal work: hooking into the words a lot more, and allowing that to get me through the emotional journeys of the speeches and lines I have in the play.”

Apart from Virata and Jamora, other actors in the cast are Caisa Borromeo and Red Concepcion, with the special participation of renowned theater actress Naty Crame Rogers. Lex Marcos and John Battalia teamed-up to do the set and lighting design. And just like last year, Jaime del Mundo is still at the helm of the upcoming production.

Mind’s Eye is presented by C. Virata Advisory and Gillian Joyce Virata and supported by Repertory Philippines Foundation, Inc., Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Jinggo Montenejo, and TeamAsia.

For more information on the play, visit its facebook page at or follow on Twitter. Tickets are available on Ticketworld.

Round One has just ended


Instead of 12 artists per coach at the Voice of the Philippines, they chose 13 artists to comprise their respective teams. However, when the battle began on Sunday (the taped episode of ABS-CBN Channel 2’s latest reality singing tilt), I found one judge that I seem not to agree with his decision. I love Lee Grane Maranan, but her performance against her teammate Dan Billano was not impressive to me.

Team Apl winner - Tristhan Perfecto and Team sarah winner - Morisette Amon. Images courtesy of The Voice of the Philippines website.

Team Apl winner – Tristhan Perfecto and Team sarah winner – Morisette Amon. Images courtesy of The Voice of the Philippines website.

Team Bamboo winner - Lee Grane Maranan and Team Lea winner - Mitoy Yonting. Images courtesy of The Voice of the Philippines website.

Team Bamboo winner – Lee Grane Maranan and Team Lea winner – Mitoy Yonting. Images courtesy of The Voice of the Philippines website.

Yes, she may have the potentials, and she has that great voice, but I just didn’t feel her during that singing bout. I felt that the decision to have her stay was quite ‘shady’. I just hope she will step up to next time when she’s placed in a battle, but for sure I won’t be rooting for her.

I do agree with Lea Salonga’s decision to have Mitoy Yonting stay so as with Sarah and Apl’s decisions to have chosen Morisette Amon and Tristhan Perfecto over their opposing team members—Lecelle Trinidad and the Lorenzana Siblings. But, I have to credit Coach Apl to have really been bold enough to choose Perfecto. For me, he was really the fairest that night.

Next battle will occur next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4. To, know more of the said show, visit its website.

Another Article on BroadwayWorld.com


It was such a privilege to write about a Filipino who was part of the production titled ‘Standby’ as part of New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).

Here is the article:

BWW Interviews: STANDBY’s Assistant Director Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan

New York, July 27, 2013–At this year’s New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), “Standby,” which is from the original concept of Alfred Solis, a Filipino playwright, is joined by another Filipino theater artist Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan as assistant director to Carlos Armesto.

Andrei, in an interview with BroadwayWorld.com, is elated to be part of “Standby” and extremely grateful to be working with an extraordinary talented team.

Filipino theater artist Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan as assistant director to Carlos Armesto.

Filipino theater artist Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan as assistant director to Carlos Armesto.


“This is my first time working on a show at the NYMF, which is something that I always set my eyes on doing, so I’m quite excited about it.

To read full story, click here.