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Direk Maryo J, Miggs Cuaderno recognized at 31st Star Awards


MANILA, Philippines – Productions56 managing director, an award-winning international and veteran film and television director—Maryo J. Delos Reyes and child talent—Miggs Cuaderno were both given awards at the recently concluded 31st Star Awards for Movie at the The Theater, Solaire Resort & Casino on Sunday, March 8.

Multi-awarded international filmmaker Delos Reyes posed with his protégé Cuaderno after they both received their respective awards at the recently concluded 31st Star Awards. Photograph courtesy of Direk Maryo J's facebook account.

Multi-awarded international filmmaker Delos Reyes posed with his protégé Cuaderno after they both received their respective awards at the recently concluded 31st Star Awards. Photograph courtesy of Direk Maryo J’s facebook account.

Delos Reyes was honored as Ulirang Alagad Ng Pelikula Sa Likod Ng Kamera Lifetime Achievement Awardee, while the Cuaderno, who starred in the independent film titled ‘Asintado’ was recognized as Best Child Performer of the Year, who tied-up with his look-alike child star and son of Kris Aquino—Bimby Yap.

Last year, in December, the film ‘Bamboo Flowers’ directed by Delos Reyes won the Audience Favorite award at the first-ever Silk Road International Film Festival held on October 20-25 in Xi’an City, China’s Shaanxi province.

While Cuaderno also raked awards internationally for his indie films ‘Purok 7’ , ‘Quick Change’, and ‘Children’s Show’, respectively. This year, he was given the Best Actor for his film ‘Quick Change’ at the NCCA 7th Ani ng Dangal and Best Child Performer at the 17th Gawad Pasado Awards for ‘Asintado’.

On television, ‘Direk Maryo J’ is currently directing the recently premiered series titled ‘Pari Koy’ with Dingdong Dantes in the lead role, while Miggs is with another telenovela titled ‘Second Chances’ as Daryl and Benjie.

Hosts for the said momentous awards night attended by celebrities and other personalities in the entertainment circuit were Kim Chui, Iza Calsado, Xian Lim and Pops Fernandez while ‘The Voice PH’ co-host Robi Domingo was the segment host.

The Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) with the leadership of Mr. Joe Barrameda, the current president and over-all chairman mounted the said awards, which honors the best Filipino movies of 2014 for the mainstream and indie film categories; and it is a block-time production of Airtime Marketing Incorporated, headed by producer Tess Celestino-Howard, in cooperation.

The awards night will be telecast on Sunday, March 22, on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best.

For full list of winners, click here!

‘Shrek The Musical’ is on its Last Two Day-Run


When ‘Shrek The Musical’ was first brought in by Atlantis Productions last year, I was excited to catch it because of being a fan of the prolific American cartoonist, sculptor, and an illustrator and writer of popular children’s books—the late New Yorker William Steig.

Though there may have been some things from the original fan fiction that had its film version—American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, which was directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, and featured the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgowan; still as a whole—the musical was entertaining.

I watched on its second to the last weekend run and did find three reasons why Filipino theater lovers shouldn’t miss this production.

Shiela Valderrama-Martinez is Philippines’ Sutton Lenore Foster.

Valderrama-Martinez is Princess Fiona. Photograph courtesy of Atlantis Productions, Inc.

Valderrama-Martinez is Princess Fiona. Photograph courtesy of Atlantis Productions, Inc.

Six years after the musical opened in December 2008, after the American actress, singer and dancer—Sutton Lenore Foster assumed the character of Princess Fiona—in Manila, it’s the equally talented and excellent theater performer—Shiela Valderrama-Martinez perfectly fits the slightly temperamental and neurotic female ‘damsel in distress’.

When she started singing, she made the audience in awe with her singing voice.

She was last seen as the grieving mother in the Sandbox Collection’s Off-Broadway musical—‘Dani  Girl’, but her brand of ‘Princess Fiona’ have matched the intensity of what Cameron Diaz’s image had left in the film version.

Carla Guevara-Laforteza gave another sterling performance.

Laforteza as and the Dragon.  Photograph courtesy of Atlantis Productions, Inc.

Laforteza as and the Dragon.
Photograph courtesy of Atlantis Productions, Inc.

Her nomination in the recently concluded 2014 BroadwayWorld.com Philippines Awards as Best Featured Actress in a Musical is enough to prove that she was excellent as the Dragon.

The way she attacked the character was very sexy, lovely and funny at the same time. Guevara-Lafoteza possessed the giant dragon puppet and together they gave performances that audiences will always remember their parts in the said production.

Carla is really one of the many Filipino stage actresses that could pull off any role given to her.

The Dragon and the Costumes were Shrek-tacular indeed!

Eric Pineda’s taste in dressing up the characters from Shrek to Princess Fiona and the rest characters were really something that every audience won’t forget especially Princess Fiona’s green gown and wedding dress were just the right costumes for the green princess.

Meanwhile, the Dragon is no more dreadful, but a loveable mascot instead.

Laforteza and the Dragon were both perfect for each other that they are inseparable. The actor and the puppet just make the show even more alive and engaging especially to children.

Other actors in the cast for the re-run are Rychard Everly as Shrek, Nyoy Volante as Donkey, Lorenz Martinez as Lord Farquaad, Nel Gomez as Pinocchio—to name a few known theater actors.

For today’s and for tomorrow’s show (January 3 and 4)—it will only have matinees at 3pm at MERALCO Theater in Pasig City; and it is directed by Bobby Garcia. The shows admit kids ages three and above.

For tickets, please check TicketWorld via this link.

Vote for Yul Servo!


He’s not running for political office this time, but he’s nominated at 2014 BroadwayWorld.com Philippines Award.

Yul Servo

To quote Vladimir Bunuoan, deputy head for AB-CBNnews.com’s lifestyle, entertanment and sports sections wrote about Yul Servo in his review of the play the actor appeared recently, “Servo, who previously appeared in the stage adaptation of F. Sionil Jose’s ‘Mass’ and the one-act play ‘Isang Araw sa Karnabal’, captured Biff’s charisma but also gave slight hints of the character’s weakness in a nicely layered performance. But when Biff breaks down in front of his father and admits to his own failings and of being ordinary, it becomes a heartbreaking moment that defines the entire play. That scene alone is why ‘Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente’ matters and why it must be seen. It is also makes the point about why Servo deserves to be more successful despite the accolades he has received from his indie turns.”

Thus, he encourages his friends and contacts here on facebook as well as supporters of Hon. John Marvin Nieto a.k.a. Yul Servo to be the Next Best Crossover Artist (Mainstream to Theater) for the play ‘Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente’

When he’s not acting onstage, he also appears in movies. Some of his most recent films were ‘Rosario’ (2010), ‘Kingpin: Story of Asiong Salonga’ (2011), ‘El Presidente’ (2012) and ‘Porno’ (2013). Only lately this year, he pitted acting with the Philippines’ Superstar—Nora Aunor in a psychological-horror-drama flick titled ‘Dementia’, directed by Perci Intalan.

Voting is only until December 30 and to cast the votes, click on the link.