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A Review I wrote on ‘Full Gallop’ for BroadwayWorld.com Philippines

Manila, Philippines–Despite fear and stress that Philippine cinema icon Cherie Gil had to go through producing and starring in FULL GALLOP, a play based on the life of Diana Vreeland (1903-1989), noted fashion columnist and editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, Gil manages to depict Vreeland as a funny, rapid-fired talker as opposed to being languid and bitchy ala Miranda Priestly in the novel-turned-movie “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Cherie Gil assumes the role of Diana Vreeland onstage via the one-woman play titled 'Full Gallop'. Photograph courtesy of Jude Bautista.

Cherie Gil assumes the role of Diana Vreeland onstage via the one-woman play titled ‘Full Gallop’. Photograph courtesy of Jude Bautista.

Donning a Kabuki hair style and a black Japanese style dress (designed by Rajo Laurel), a tusk necklace adorning her chest, matched with a pair of black pumps (designed by Figlia’s Joey Enriquez), Gil exudes opulence and elegance on press night.

Bart Guingona (“Red,” “Hedda Gabler”), the director of the one-character play, was spot on in casting Gil as the legendary fashion icon Vreeland, which took Guingona about 10 years to convince the actress. FULL GALLOP, written by Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson, premiered Off-Broadway in the mid-90s.

Set in the early 1970s, at Vreeland’s infamous “garden in hell-themed” apartment on Park Avenue, New York, Vreeland has just returned home from Europe–a recent trip she took after being fired from Vogue. FULL GALLOP tackles the inner conflicts of the main character, who has been trying to convince herself that her career is not over yet.

Read full story, here.

‘Galema: Anak ni Zuma’ is on its last 3 weeks

ABS-CBN Channel 2’s top-rating afternoon teleserye titled ‘Galema: Anak ni Zuma’ is nearing its finale in just three weeks as announced in the recently concluded grand press conference at The Lounge on Tomas Morato, Quezon City on Tuesday, March 11.

I posed with Derick Hubalde as Zuma right after the press conference. Photograph courtesy of Ning Buning.

I posed with Derick Hubalde as Zuma right after the press conference. Photograph courtesy of Ning Buning.

The three leads—Matteo Guidicelli, Andi Eigenmann, and Sheryl Cruz together with the master storyteller-director Wenn V. Deramas were in attenfance.

“It’s going to be an action-packed three-week run for the series,” said Eigenmann.

Deramas, made mention that to provide a more impactful ending, “We have to make conflicts between Galema, Galela, and Zuma in a more intense manner.

Cruz’s character as Galela would have a 360 degree transformation. From being a human rape victim of Zuma, she will become a monster in the concluding parts of the series.

Deramas also stressed that even though they have based Galela’s transformation to a Gorgon in Greek Mythology, generally described as half-human and half-serpent; having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair; still they chose to make Galela not having snakes as hair.

“Yes, like Medusa, she has turned into a monster, but her hair was not like that of Valentina; we just pegged on the hairstyle of Zsa Zsa Padilla’s famous hairstyle in the 90s.”

The biggest surprise during the press con was the appearance of the green creature Zuma portrayed by the hunky model Derick Hubalde.

Watch how the ending would be as Galema battles against her daughter Sophia and her mother, Galela. Its timeslot is at 4:20pm.

9 Works Theatrical’s ‘Stage Camp’ is Back!

It’s during summer when most of the students have longer time to spend something fruitful outside of school, which can be best spent with 9 Works Theatrical’s ‘Stage Camp’ slated on April 7 until June 1, 2014. The summer theater workshops will be held at The Loft, Manansala Tower, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

Official Poster of Stage Camp.

Official Poster of Stage Camp.

Apart from music, sports and other outdoor-related activities, acting workshops are the next best thing to boosting one’s confidence.

Be trained only by the best and world-class mentors headed by Robbie Guevara, 9 Works Theatrical’s artistic director and the managing partner for the company’s digital video division. He was also an alumna of Miss Saigon production.

Stage Camp schedules are from Monday to Friday for 7 weeks, but a one-week break on April 14 to 18; to give way for the observance of Holy Week.

  • Kiddie and Pre-Teen Camp (5-11yrs old) at 1-3pm; 12-3pm
  • Teen Camp (12-17 yrs old) at 4-6pm; 330-630pm
  • Adult Camp (18 yrs old & above) at 7-9pm; 7-10pm

Its culminating activities are at the Carlos P.Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City with schedules on May 31, on a Saturday for the Adult Camp and on June 1, on a Sunday for the Kiddie and Pre-Teen and Teen Camps

For more information, call 9Works Theatrical at +639175545560 or at (632) 5867105.