‘To be and not to be’—is often a question for aspiring and beginning models. Perhaps, the best motivation for those who dream to make a name in the fashion industry—is simply TO DO IT. Thus, the opportunity of being exposed to the real thing; to walk on a catwalk and have one’s self to be photographed—is already an advantage; something that the Fabe Fashion Shows is giving.
Like anyone else, the 32-year-old Brazilian model and actress, Adriana Lima who is best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000, and as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics from 2003 to 2009 shares something to those who want to pursue a career in fashion, “Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it’s about good attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong.”
On the first quarter of 2014, Fabe Event Productions have lined-up seven fashion shows. Here are the schedules of shows for anyone who wants a taste of what it is to be a model in the said industry; it will serve as anybody’s breakthrough.
How to join? Just register with a fee of Php1,500 that includes FREE Hair and Make-up. Also get to choose the date of fashion show to participate in.
For further information and registration on how to be part of any of the Fashion Show, please contact mobile numbers +639166545707 and +639473244000.
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the geniuses behind the hit musicals like ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Martin Guerre’, ‘The Pirate Queen’ and ‘La Révolution Française’ will be featured in the two-night benefit concert titled ‘Do You Hear the People Song?’ and will be led by Filipina singer-actress as well as best actress awardee of Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World—Lea Salonga on January 29 and 30 at Newport Performing Arts Theatre of Resorts World Manila.
In a separate interview, Salonga mentioned that in her experience working with other nationalities; she has this to say, “I’ve learned that everyone always brings their A game whenever they show up for work, that mediocrity is never acceptable, and that a sense of humour is incredibly important in keeping a work atmosphere light and fun.”
Thus, her appearance in this concert is simply an expression and her desire to work and perform at the same time.
Joining Salonga are David Harris, one of the most acclaimed leading men in Australia; and Marie Zamora, the acclaimed French soprano who was the original Cosette in the Paris production of ‘Les Misérables’. Both Harris and Zamora will be performing in the Philippines for the first time. Also among the performers for this monumental efforts of the Boublil and Schonberg, Enda Markey and IMG Artists is the first time that this show will be staged as a benefit concert. All the artists are performing pro bono to support a worthy cause and its proceeds go to the rebuilding programs of Typhoon Yolanda survivors. It aims to to raise funds with the goal of building 200 homes in areas ravaged by the typhoon, through Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
This musical spectacular concert is supported by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and a 100-member choir, conducted by musical director Gerard Salonga, the concert is headlined by some of the world’s leading musical theatre performers.
Ticket prices are at Php25,000 for Patron; Php15,000 for VIP; Php9,200 for Premiere; Php6,700 for Balcony Center; Php4,200 for Balcony Left and Right, respectively and are available at TicketWorld outlets and at the RWM box office.
This is the only symphonic concert of their work that has been authorized (and created) by Boublil and Schönberg and have played to enormous acclaim in major concert halls throughout the United States and the Asia Pacific tour of the show recently commenced in China.
Repertory Philippines, the English-speaking theatre company in the country opened its theatre season for 2014 with a 1966 play of Frederick Knott titled ‘Wait Until Dark’ and the talented Liesl Batucan as the lead character, the blind Susy Henderson.
Perhaps, this is one of the most powerful performances that Batucan has ever displayed since her involvement in Tanghalang Pilipino’s ‘Stageshow’ in 2014 also created such a stir.
There is no other theatre artist who can sustain the kind of energy from the beginning till the end, only Liesl can do it, and she did it again as a ‘recently’ blinded housewife and a target of three con-men (Arnel Carrion as Roat, Joel Trinidad as Mike Trenton, and Robbie Guevara as Croker) in search of a heroin stuffed inside a doll. Susy’s husband Sam (Lorenz Martinez) innocently brought from Canada as a favour to a woman who just got murdered and had relations with Mike and Croker.
The five other cast members also delivered the goods very well. Trinidad, being a long-time friend of Batucan—both are able to provide such ‘connection’ that their audience were trying to guess, but could still feel that ‘rapport’ onstage. Guevara, who was very vocal about doing a straight show also, did a great comeback as the other thief. Arnel Carrion as Harry Roat Jr. was one that the audience cannot deny–he owned the stage as the main antagonist of the story. Despite the limited time he had to prepare for the role since he replaced Jamie Wilson who got injured during a rehearsal. Another revelation was Daniella Gana as Gloria.
Miguel Faustmann, the play’s director who also did a spectacular job via ‘Boeing Boeing’ for the company in the previous year. In this current offering, he also showed such versatility and strength in doing a suspense-drama play. Pushing Batucan to showcase her finest performance, he has secured her main star with acting awards in theatre award-giving bodies next year.
Batucan’s Susy is one that will make her audience truly identify with her character. She was able to evoke the five senses; making her audience identify the struggles she went through in the process of breathing into the role.
“According to Miguel, my ears are my eyes. And when you are blind, the other senses become sharper,” she describes her preparation for the role, which made it very effective onstage.
When asked if she has to choose, which among the three remaining senses are important to her and in what particular order, she was quick to say, “It’s the sense of feel, smell, and taste.”
Batucan also stressed that the sense of hunch or ‘kutob’ in Filipino is also included.
She also admitted that from the film adaptation which featured the late Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), she has bigger shoes to fill in since it gave the actress two best actress nominations–the Academy and Golden Globe in 1968.
The show’s assistant director is Toff de Venecia who did manage to showcase what Faustmann envisioned for the show. The set design was superbly done by the director himself—Miguel Faustmann. Its lighting designer is John Batalla as he mixed and matched well the lights to create the needed emotions in the scenes, and the sound designer is Jethro Joaquin who also gave the sense of thrill as the story progressed.
The straight play opened on January 17 and will close on February 9 at Greenbelt One’s Onstage. For tickets, contact TicketWorld at telephone number (632) 8919999 or log on to its website.