Masculados member—Orlando Sol and co-talent of Productions56—Xyruz Cruz star in a Fringe Benefits Productions play based on the original texts of Rlando S. Tinio titled ‘Shakespeare in Parade and the Filipino Electorate’, a deconstruction under the direction of Aurora D. Yumol, starts on Sunday, March 6 at Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium, De La Salle University-Manila Campus, Taft Avenue. It will have two runs on Sunday, March 6 at 11am and 3pm, respectively.
Sol will play Macbeth while Cruz is Romeo opposite GMA-6 Artist and Starstruck Finalist—Analyn Barro as Juliet. Both talents who were discovered and have been harnessed by internationally-acclaimed TV and film master director—Maryo J. Delos Reyes are no strangers to acting on stage. In 2015, Sol was featured in a Virgin Labfest play titled—‘Huling Huli’, which was directed by filmmaker Lawrence Fajardo; while Cruz, also debuted in a stage production last year via of the same production group and play–‘Katwiran na May Katwiran’, also directed by Aurora Yumol.
The two artists play vital roles as they appear as two opposing parties, the crises of the story, centered in political upheaval swings to the love scene-cum-balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet, as Macbeth received prophesies of the Three Furies that he leads an uprising Prince of Scotland as he led an uprising. And Macbeth did not escape death himself nor thus Romeo. Witness how Shakespeare interrogates his ‘imagined’ characters.
Veteran actress, theater director, a three-time Palanca awardee—Aurora Yumul is the artistic director of Fringe Bnefits Production and directs the deconstruction made possible by De La Salle University Medical Center-Dasmariñas City. It is also sponsored by 1771 Group of Restaurants, Make You Nanay Proud Foundation, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Teacher’s Partylist, Office of the City Manila Mayor, Le Heim Music Center and Councilor Yul Servo.
On Saturday, February 27, in front of Pedro Guevarra Elementary School in Binondo Manila, Councilor Yul Servo Nieto of the third congressional district of the said City mounted an event dubbed as ‘Araw Ko, Alay Ko: The Big Night’. The event was designed to celebrate the former actor turned politician’s 39th birthday.
Yul, who spent his childhood days in the previously mentioned public school where it stands on Madrid Street corner San Fernando Street—is also where he graduated from his elementary education. The event is one of his ways of giving back to his constituents for allowing him the chance to serve his people especially those who needed his services the most.
Celebrities from three major networks graced the event to share the joy and the triumph of Nieto as councilor for three terms since his election back in 2007.
The Voice Kids Season 2 third placer under FamiLea—Esang de Torres did a song number. GMA Artists like Ash Ortega, James Teng and Elyson de Dios of Star Struck Season 2, Miggs Cuaderno, Katrina Halili and the Teen Drama Prince—Ruru Madrid; TV5 artists—Mark Neumann and Akihiro Blanco of ‘Happy Truck HapPinas’ were also present to join the celebration. Servo’s co-talents in Productons56 Incorporated—Will Ashley, Joshua Tecson, Teen Force 56,Xyruz Cruz and The Masculados were in full support as well. The versatile actress Ana Capri performed a special number for the Councilor.
The affair also served as a venue for his announcement of his political plans this coming summer elections in May. He will be running as a congressman, which opens new chapter in his life as a public servant.
Today, January 18, independent Presidential candidate Augusto ‘Boboy’ Syjuco Jr. filed a formal complaint against Social Security System (SSS) on behalf of the agency’s millions of pensioners to investigate the questionable acts and practices of SSS officers in handling the money remitted by the private sector workforce.
It is feared that the 32 million SSS pensioners may be cut-off from the retirement lifeline if the economy crumbles under the Aquino administration.
According to an SSS official, the agency’s losses have accumulated a mark-to-market loss of stocks and ballooned to an overall loss that reached to Php42.2 billion. Today, there are senior executives who get paid up to Php100,000 monthly while most of the pensioners are paid only at Php1,000, which is not even enough for the retired workers’ medical maintenance.
The incumbent President—PNoy said the pension hike for over two million pensioners may result to substantial negative income for the SSS as it may only resort to using Investment Reserve Fund (IRF) to support the pension hike. Also, he mentioned that the IRF may diminish over the years and reach by 2029. The proposed pension increase of Php2000 per retiree multiplied by the present number of more than two million pensioners may succumbed to a total payout of 56 billion yearly. Given the annual investment income of Php30 billion to Php40 billion—such total payment for pensioners will yield deficits of 16 to 26 billion annually.
Syjuco compares the SSS pensioners as ‘Walking Dead’ similar to the zombies on an American TV series.
He demands that SSS should be investigated for the following: low collection efficiency rate, fat bonuses for its officials, laxity in the collection of billions in contributions, retirement packages worth unconscionable millions given to SSS board members and non-collection of fines imposed by the courts against employees who violated the SSS law.
#BoboySyjuco is a former Representative of the 2nd District of Iloilo and the Chief of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Back in the Arroyo administration, he was a member of the President’s personal five-person ‘think tank’ on crucial matters in the affairs of the Constitutional Convention. In 1971, he was elected Vice-President for the 1971 Constitutional Convention, holding the third highest rank post back then, when he was still at the age of 28. He was the 10th youngest of the 320 delegates.
He earned his MBA degree in Business Administration at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.