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Matteo Guidicelli celebrates 10th Anniversary with a Concert in Cebu


The 26-year-old Cebuano singer-actor, model, go-kart racer and triathlete Matteo Guidicelli will be celebrating his 10th anniversary in the entertainment industry via a concert titled—‘Matteo: Made in Cebu’ tomorrow, November 18 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotels and Casino.

Guidicelli posed during the press launch of his concert.

Guidicelli posed during the press launch of his concert.

The concert will be for the benefit of Kythe Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization that supports children with chronic illnesses. Such endeavor is just another ‘giving back’ efforts of Guidicelli. Also, he chose to stage the latest concert in Cebu, (almost a year after his first solo concert in Music Museum), “Because it is my home province and it is where I started—it is just but appropriate that I give back by saluting Cebu and its pride.”

He will be performing with Cebuano performer Kurt Fick, the singer behind the song—‘Hahaha Hasula’ (Such a Hassle). Also in performing in the said show are the Concert King—Martin Nievera, Soul Supreme KZ and the G-Force Dancers.

Rowell Santiago directs the show along with Louie Ocampo as musical director.

Purchasing tickets for the show will entitle the audience a ticket for a Ford EcoSport Raffle. For more information, log on to Ford Philippines’ facebook page.

Maja is Back via Her Third Concert


On Saturday, November 12 at the Music Museum, the Dance PrincessMaja Salvador is set to return onstage for her third concert titled—‘Only Maja’, which is exactly a year after her last.

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From a larger venue like Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where Salvador had her second concert dubbed as ‘Majasty’, she is moving to a more intimate venue as she is bringing together a bit of her performances in her show last year. She will be taking on a number of solo dance numbers.

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Proven as a reliable actress as her previous TV series with Jericho Rosales and Paulo Avelino titled—‘Bridges of Love’ is nominated at the International Emmy Awards this year, competing in the Best Telenovela category alongside other nominees from Canada and Brazil; she will be spotlighting her singing. Parts of her show’s repertoire are songs from her well-received albums—‘Believe’ and ‘Maja in Love’ plus the recently launched single titled ‘Haplos’.

Among Maja’s closest friends, two equally gorgeous actors—Rayver Cruz and Enchong Dee will be performing with the young actress-turned singer-and dancer. Surprise guests will also be appearing during the show, which will definitely be a treat for the star’s fans and viewers alike.

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Maja gamely posed for a memento shot with one of the bloggers (which happens to be the writer of this article). Photograph is courtesy of Sany Chua.

‘Only Maja’ will be directed by Johnny ‘Mr. M’ Manahan and its musical director is Marvin Querido.

Presented by MFE Events Organizer; tickets are available on TicketWorld or at Music Museum at (632) 7216725.

A Review on ‘Tribes’


The following texts are excerpts from the review I wrote for BroadwayWorld.com Philippines.

It is about the play presented by Red Turnip Theater titled ‘Tribes’ by Nina Raine.

BWW Review: Red Turnip Theater Stages Nina Raine’s TRIBES

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The cast and the director of Red Turnip Theater’s ‘Tribes’. Photograph courtesy of Erickson Dela Cruz.

Manila, Philippines–In its fourth year, theater company Red Turnip Theater, via Nina Raine’s comedy-drama “Tribes,” has proven time and again its top-notch quality.

Billy (Kalil Almonte), who was born deaf, is raised by parents Christopher (Teroy Guzman), an intellectual, demanding father, and Beth (Dolly De Leon), a smart yet understanding mother.

In a tough, dysfunctional family, Billy grew up with siblings Daniel (Cris Pasturan), a marijuana-dependent, and Ruth (Thea Yrastorza), an opera singer in pubs and churches.

“Tribes,” which is directed by Topper Fabregas (“Rabbit Hole,” “This is Our Youth”) theater-in-the-round style, succeeds in piercing the hearts of the audience by presenting the vulnerabilities and idiosyncrasies of its characters.

Fabregas perfectly casts Almonte to tackle the most challenging role in the play: a deaf young man who has been lipreading and was never allowed by his parents to do sign language. His parents believe that he’ll be able to do better this way in the hearing world.

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