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TAuMBAYAN celebrates 11th Anniversary with Six-Night Benefit Jams


TAuMBAYAN, the art hub and resto-bar in Kamuning, celebrates its 11th anniversary with a six-night fund drive shows for the benefit of the residents affected by the Taal volcano eruption.

From Monday, January 20 till Saturday, January 25, performances and live acoustic jams will be held, hosted by various artists who have become friends with TAuMBAYAN and its habitues.

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On Monday, PAKIKINIG night features Choi Gustar with Meryll Soriano, Ricci Chan with Eugene Adalia, a long-time friend of TAuMBAYAN and a CNN producer, and many more.

PAGBABAHAGI is on Tuesday night. Join and witness the performances of Musika Publiko featuring Kaurali, Gazera, Pordalab, and Talahib People’s Music. Sabrina Manansala and GP Villapando are joining the night’s jam, too.

The original TAuMBAYAN regulars with Melvin Sumalinog will be the main feature of Wednesday night’s jamming sessions. It will be all about PAKIKIISA.

Thursday night, PAG-AAMBAG is through the musical accompaniment of Project Yazz and Pete Canzon. Talata Ni Tala and Alamat ni Ug will also be one of the evening’s highlights. 

Friday night is PAKIKIPAGKAPWA with the Tres Marias (Bayang Barrios, Cooky Chua, and Bb Lolit Carbon) with Nathan Abella.

To close the six-day jam nights, Saturday will be PAGSASALO, the date of the anniversary itself. AVANAR (Ava Santos and Narcies Cabico) will be in the spotlight that evening. 

The performances are free and open to the public; however, the audiences are encouraged to share what they can as donations to those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. 

Donations can be in cash or in-kind (preferably sleeping mats, blankets, eating utensils, hygiene kit, and canned goods). 

TAuMBAYAN has hosted and initiated fund drives for various causes to give back to the community. For the Taal relief campaign alone, TAuMBAYAN hosted two fundraising drives by two artist groups. 

TAuMBAYAN’s initiative 11@2020  will be held as part of the anniversary celebration and to respond to the call of the times.

Performances start at 9 PM. For inquiries, follow TAuMBAYAN’s facebook page, or contact DMS Boongaling via +639274513892

 

Dingdong Dantes: The Ideal Man for Mesa


On Thursday, June 20, Mesa Filipino Moderne bigwigs Eric Dee the chief operating officer, Riki Dee the chief executive officer and Raymond Federigan the director for national operations, along with Perry Lansigan welcomed GMA-7 Kapuso’s Primetime King Dingdong Dantes as the newest face to promote the said Filipino restaurant.

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Dantes is the newest face for Mesa Filipino Moderne. He is flanked by Eric Dee the chief operating officer and Riki Dee the chief executive officer. Photograph courtesy of Rain de Ocampo of checktherain and raindeocampo.com

According to Mesa management, Dantes is the ideal face for the restaurant. As an actor, he has a wholesome image and is a family man. He’s married of Kapuso star Marian Rivera, and a father to two kids Maria Letizia, (3) and Jose Sixto IV, (two-month-old). He suits well for the restaurant’s image.

Having Dantes as the new endorser, it is part of the restaurant’s goal to achieve 100 stores in 2020. AS of this date, Mesa has 65 branches nationwide.

Dantes looks forward to opening his own Mesa branch. It will be the restaurant’s 68th branch soon.

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Dantes smiled before the clicking cameras at the signing of his endorsement for Mesa Filipino Moderne. Photograph courtesy of Rain de Ocampo of checktherain and raindeocampo.com

Apart from hosting StarStruck 2019, he is YesPinoy Foundation‘s founding chairman and AgostoDos Pictures‘ head. He is set to star in a Koreanovela remake in Filipino Descendants of the Sun as Captain Lucas Manalo.

Mesa Filipino Moderne is owned and operated by LMG GB5 Food Ventures Incorporated. It serves almost 128 items including appetizers, seafood combinations, soups, chicken, pork, beef, and specialty drinks, sodas, wines, desserts and other native favorites.

Related Link: A Review on Mesa

‘Recipe for Love’ (of Cochinilla and Kare-Kare): A New Romantic-Comedy Flick from Regal Films


When it comes to romantic-comedy films especially in Hollywood, the name that easily comes to my mind is Nora Ephron, who also wrote a novel titled Heartburn in 1983, but she also wrote a screenplay and directed ‘Julie and Julia’ in 2009, which starred Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina; thus stumbling upon this latest romantic-comedy offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated–the Recipe for Love, I thought that it should be in that league of storytelling.

 

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Having Jose Javier Reyes, who has worked on romantic-comedies as well, this project that will spotlight once again the humorous side of Christian Bables opposite Cora Waddell.

But what stuck in my head was what Ephron had wrote once in her novel titled ‘Heartburn’ (1983) that said: “Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful. The problem with mashed potatoes, though, is that they require almost as much hard work as crisp potatoes, and when you’re feeling blue the last thing you feel like is hard work. Of course, you can always get someone to make the mashed potatoes for you, but let’s face it: the reason you’re blue is that there isn’t anyone to make them for you. As a result, most people do not have nearly enough mashed potatoes in their lives, and when they do, it’s almost always at the wrong time.”

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The film is about Calix (Bables) , a chef named of an upscale Filipino restaurant and Val (Waddell), a food blogger and aspiring magazine editor.Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, would they eventually hit it off and romance start to mash well?

Apart from the tandem of Christian and Cora, the one thing that made Jose Javier Reyes convince to direct the screenplay of Raymund Barcelon who made a great analogy between food and relationships; it was also the idea of spotlighting Filipino cuisine like Cochinilla (roasted suckling pig) and Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail, pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce), which turned out to be his favorites.

Opening tomorrow, November 21 in cinemas nationwide; and for more updates, follow Regal Entertainment Incorporated on facebook, on twitter, on Instagram and  on YouTube.