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Shrek is Here!


If there is one musical that I do not want to miss in this lifetime–it’s ‘Shrek’, which is based from the 1990 fairy tale picture book of the same title by the late cartoonist William Steig.

Official teaser poster for 'Shrek'. In photo is Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Princess Fiona.

Official teaser poster for ‘Shrek’. In photo is Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Princess Fiona.

It revolves around an ogre named Shrek as he tells his story to the audience about his childhood and how on his seventh birthday; he was sent out by his parents to survive and earn a living. And one day, a band of fairytale creatures including Pinocchio, The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, a Wicked Witch, The Big Bad Wolf, and Peter Pan among others show up on his property—the ‘Big Bright Beautiful World of his (actually a swamp); disrupting his solitary life.

That’s when his adventure starts as he eventually meets a talkative donkey. Along with the donkey, they both set to rescue a beautiful princess named Fiona, who is trapped in castle surrounded by lava and a dragon in exchange of what the diminutive Lord Farquaad promised him–the return of his swamp’s deed.

Shrek is assumed by Rycharde Everley, who has played roles in ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Spelling Bee’, respectively. Princess Fiona is breathed by Shiela Valderama-Martinez.

Other actors in the cast are Nyoy Volante as Donkey, Jett Pangan as Lord Farquaad, Nel Gomez as Pinocchio, and Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Dragon. The song-and-dance-filled stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film, ‘Shrek the Musical’ opens on September 19 and runs through October 12 at the Meralco Theatre.

The production’s music is by Jeanine Tesori and its book and lyrics is by David Lindsay-Abaire.

To purchase tickets, please visit TicketWorld.com.ph.

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Resorts World Manila’s Fifth Year in the Philippines


PASAY CITY, Philippines—The country’s first and largest integrated lifestyle and tourist destination—Resorts World Manila (RWM) just turned five years this month and it hosted an exclusive event, which formally launch its anniversary celebration dubbed as ‘Give Me 5’ on August 19, Taps, Genting Club.

RWM's chief operating officer Stephen Reilly greeted the guests during the unveiling of 'Give Me 5' event at TAPS Genting Club. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

RWM’s chief operating officer Stephen Reilly greeted the guests during the unveiling of ‘Give Me 5’ event at TAPS Genting Club. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

The said event served as a prelude to the grand kick-off on the 28th as it offers a look back at the company’s stellar five-year run, a glimpse of the anniversary festivities in store, and plenty of exciting activities and promos in an afternoon of pure thrill.

RWM chief operating officer Stephen Reilly welcomed the guests.

The guests were treated to a feast featuring five exquisite dishes from five of RWM’s signature restaurants, namely French restaurant Impressions; Korean-Japanese Ginzadon; Cantonese fine-dining Passion; coffee bar and lounge Café Maxims; and VVIP dining Happy 9.

Apart from that, exciting activities and promos that the hotel-resort can offer, it also showcased the mesmerizing acts of the European acrobats—Duo Kvas. X Factor finalist Mark Mabasa and Friends (Lucky Robles, Lilibeth Garcia, and JV Decena) also performed a musical number that day. Two of the Voice of the Philippines finalists—Darryl Shy and crooner Paolo Onesa were also there to sing as well as the scene-stealer, the Voice of the Philippines Kids grand champion—Lyca Gairanod impressed the members of the audience with her song rendition.

Guests' jaws dropped while witnessing the mesmerizing acts of the European male acrobats 'Duo Kvas' during the 'Give Me 5' launch. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

Guests’ jaws dropped while witnessing the mesmerizing acts of the European male acrobats ‘Duo Kvas’ during the ‘Give Me 5’ launch. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

The Voice of the Philippines' finalist and crooner Paolo Onesa serenaded the members of the audience. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

The Voice of the Philippines’ finalist and crooner Paolo Onesa serenaded the members of the audience. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

But the highlight of the event was the appearance of The Voice of the Philippines- Kids grand champion Lyca Gairanod. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

But the highlight of the event was the appearance of The Voice of the Philippines- Kids grand champion Lyca Gairanod. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

RWM is the first one-stop, nonstop entertainment and tourism destination in the Philippines that features exciting recreational thrills, outstanding performances, unique events, and spectacular lifestyle and leisure options. Conveniently located across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, RWM is an instant gateway to world-class Philippine hospitality.

To know more about, log on to its official website.

My Latest Article on Rappler.com


I was privileged to interview Chris Martinez, the director of the upcoming film project that features Sam Milby as Mark Ferrer, the man that comes in between the warring friends–Zoe and Aika portrayedby equally gorgeous actresses–Anne Curtis and Cristine Reyes.

The girl best friends--Aika (Cristine Reyes) and Zoe (Anne Curtis). Photograoh courtesy of Viva Films.

The girl best friends–Aika (Cristine Reyes) and Zoe (Anne Curtis). Photograoh courtesy of Viva Films.

‘The Gifted’ director on Anne Curtis and Cristine Reyes’ new project

MANILA, Philippines – Director Chris Martinez will soon open his latest film in theaters nationwide on September 3 with 3 bankable actors—Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes, and Sam Milby.

Curtis as Zoe in her revealing blue gown. Photograph courtesy of Viva Films.

Curtis as Zoe in her revealing blue gown. Photograph courtesy of Viva Films.

Reyes as Aika in her pink-laced sweet gown. Photograph courtesy of Viva Films.

Reyes as Aika in her pink-laced sweet gown. Photograph courtesy of Viva Films.

According to Martinez, he’s been toying with the film’s concept for the longest time: “It’s always been there at the back of my head. It had been brewing for maybe 4 or 5 years.”

Martinez says that the film takes inspiration from the movies War of the Roses (1989) which featured Hollywood actors—Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and directed by Danny DeVito, who also was part of the cast, and Dangerous Liaisons (1988) with Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfeiffer as the leads, and directed by Stephen Frears.

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