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Ivana Chubbuck’s 2-Day Workshop starts Today


Selected Star Magic artists will be fortunate to have Ivana Chubbuck to coach them for a two-day workshop that will commence today, March 1 until tomorrow, March 2. Despite Chubbuck’s busy schedule back in the US, she finally said ‘yes’ and committed to providing her ‘cathartic’ techniques for the artists that were approved by Star Magic Artist training head Rahyan Carlos, who also took a course under the Hollywood acting coach for two and half months in 2013.

Ivana Chubbuck, author of best-selling book 'The Power of the Actor'.

Ivana Chubbuck, author of best-selling book ‘The Power of the Actor’.

“I’ve been dying to bring her here,” Carlos shared.

Chubbuck, author of the best-selling book ‘The Power of the Actor’ also expressed her fondness toward Carlos, which made her ‘yes’.

According to Chubbuck, “Beauty doesn’t have meaning. It’s about hard work.”

She simply stressed that it’s not just all about talent, but actors should put on more hard work, should be developed, and should be honed in order to bring out their greatness.

Carlos further described Chubbuck’s method of acting as is not something that would drain her students, but rather it constructs and not makes them self-destruct in the process.

“Chubbuck’s approach gives much respect on the writer’s, the text. It’s all about script analysis – the overall and scene objectives,” said Carlos.

“I don’t make good actors, I make great actors,” Chubbuck added.

Her technique can be likened to life coaching. She creates that ‘sense of possibility’. Hers is more of making that ‘change’ and to ‘overcome’ whatever inner struggles of her students would be.

She was the coach of Halle Berry prior to winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in ‘Monster’s Ball’. After that, her career as a coach has made her the sought-after acting coach for stars like Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Elisabeth Shue, Catherine Keener, Djimon Honsou, America Ferrera, Eva Mendes, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder, Dwayne Cameron, April Bowlby and Glenn McCuen.

She has also worked with: Jim Carrey, Jessica Alba, Radha Mitchell, Carrie-Anne Moss, Garry Shandling, Jessica Biel, Amy Brenneman, Kate Walsh, Judith Light, Amy Smart, Marcia Cross, Jared Leto, David Spade, Matthew Perry, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Ali Larter and Beyoncé Knowles.


Among the Star Magic artists included and will be coached personally by Chubback are—Gerald Anderson, Jake Cuenca, Akiko Solon, Dimples Romana, Koreen Medina, Arron Villaflor, Ynna Assistio, Arjo Atayde, Xian Lim, Sam Milby, and Piolo Pascual. Other non-Star Magic artists—Liza Dino, Carla Martinez, Issa Litton, Nico Policarpio, Christian Bables, Roj Gealon, and Suzette Ranillo will also take part in the workshop.

Chubbuck assigned situations and scenes for the Star Magic artists and other participants in the workshop prior to arriving on Thursday. She based the characters on the artists’ profiles sent to her by Carlos.

Ivana has also taught at The Juilliard School of Drama in New York.

Chubbuck was honored by The Russian International Film Festival (she is of Russian descent) with a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the film industry alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, William Friedkin, and Francis Ford Coppola.

She is married to director Lyndon Chubbuck and grew up in Southfield, Michigan, before moving to Los Angeles in 1973.

An intensive acting workshop, which is open to the public for both amateurs and professionals will be offered by Star Magic Workshop under Rahyan Carlos, as the only Filipino Representative and authorized to teach the ‘Chubback Technique’ in the country. There will be three categories: Introductory Class, Advanced Class, and the Master Class.

For more information and registration, contact ABS-CBN Star Magic Acting Workshop at (632) 4152272 local 5142 or 5243 or send an email to starmagicworkshops@abs-cbn.com or visit its facebookpage. Registration will start on March 22 and 23 for limited slots only.

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A Press Release


UPLB Science and Technology Exhibit and Forum
Note: I really do not want to post any PR on my blog, but since I am helping UPLB, so here it is. I did tweak a little the texts.

UPLB to hold Science, Technology Event

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) will hold a Science and Technology exhibit on March 4 and 5 at the SMX Convention Center. The event is dubbed as ‘Making Science Work for Sustainable Development’, which aims to uphold and promote science and technology in the country as well as to showcase some of UPLB’s most innovative and cutting-edge technology.

Part of the exhibit, there will be a forum and expected to attend are Environment and Natural Resources Secretary–Ramon Jesus P. Paje; Agriculture Secretary–Proceso J. Alcala; Science and Technology Secretary–Mario G. Montejo; Energy Secretary–Carlos Jericho L. Petilla; Budget and Management Secretary–Florencio B. Abad; Socio-Economic Planning Secretary– Arsenio M. Balisacan; and Senator Pia S. Cayetano.

Among the UP System constituent universities, UPLB is considered as the preeminent research institution due to the sheer number and diversity of various technology it has developed. Also, it is the home to some of the brightest scientists in the fields of natural sciences, agriculture, forestry, engineering, and environment, respectively.

Aside from the research outputs and technology that UPLB has produced, the exhibit will also present 18 new and existing interdisciplinary studies that focus on the advancement of scientific and technical knowledge. These knowledge are important areas in which the country is facing challenges and problems.

The studies are: Biofuels Research Studies Center/Rural Economic Development Renewable Energy Program; Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Studies Center; Food and Nutrition Security and Safety Studies Center; Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Center; Agribusiness Center for Entrepreneurship; Bee Program; Computational Interdisciplinary Research Laboratories; Industrial Tree Plantation Center; Instrumentation Development Center; Nanotechnology Program; Natural Products Interdisciplinary Studies Center; National Organic Agriculture Research Development and Extension Center; Philippine Center for Tropical Forest Science; Rice Program; Southern Luzon Studies Center; University Pulse; Agricultural Mechanization Development Program; and the Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center.

The exhibit is the prelude to the UPLB’s 105th Foundation Day on March 6 and a venue to recognize the University’s most outstanding personnel for the year 2014.

For queries, contact:
DR. MARIA VICTORIA O. ESPALDON
Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension
Tel: (049)536-2354; (049)536-5326
Email: idsc.uplb@gmail.com

Fabe’s Modeling Workshop equips model aspirants


Though it was a Sunday (November 17) and Fabe Photography Studio is not that huge to hold a bigger audience—it was still jam-packed with young model aspirants for its Modeling Workshop that featured three inspiring speaker-facilitators—CJ Reyes, Reynalyn de Mesa, and Lancer Serrano.

The 30+ attendees had a fill of insightful and practical tips from the three speakers.

Reyes talks about his journey as a freelance ramp and commercial model. Photograph by Vic Fabe.

Reyes talks about his journey as a freelance ramp and commercial model. Photograph by Vic Fabe.

Reyes, a 21-year-old, a freelance ramp and commercial model and an advertising graduate from Adamson University, shared usual requirements on what to do before, during and after a go-see. He stressed to the participants that models must have the right attitude of networking with the probable contacts by having such PR skills. Also, in VTR sessions—acting skills would come in handy, too since it requires some ‘internalizations’ and ‘projections’ of certain characters specified by clients.

Despite the many TVCs he has done, he maintains a low profile and is always ready to flash his smile and have that aura of being approachable and friendly. He started as a model for ramp and eventually ventured into doing commercials. For him, doing the latter is more profitable and he considers it an effective tool of giving top-of-mind awareness for the intended market he is trying to reach out.

De Mesa immersed her audience by letting them experience the improvised catwalk. Photograph by Vic Fabe.

De Mesa immersed her audience by letting them experience to the improvised catwalk. Photograph by Vic Fabe.

Meanwhile, the second speaker, also a freelance ramp model, and have been a finalists in several beauty and talent contests—like in Mutya ng Pilipinas, Supermodel Philippines and Project Runway, and a 25-year-old and a graduate of computer science from St. Clare College of Caloocan, made the participants, particularly the female model aspirants experience walking on the catwalk. The studio improvised a ramp for the audience to walk on.

Being both a beauty pageant candidate herself and a professional ramp model, de Mesa was effective in transferring her know-how to her eager audience. She painstakingly guided the female participants on the dos and don’ts in the catwalk.

Serrano shares some helpful tips for the aspiring and beginning models in the workshop. Photograph by Kenneth Ada.

Serrano shares some helpful tips for the aspiring and beginning models in the workshop. Photograph by Kenneth Ada.

The last speaker, Lance Serrano is a former freelance model, who now enjoys TV fame as he appears on ABS-CBN 2’s ‘Galema’ and was part of the support cast in ‘Mundo Ma’y Magunaw’ and ‘Angelito’ then in the film ‘Sisterakas’. He has also done about 15 TVCs, which include Jollibee, Master for Men, Wilkins, Chevrolet, Smart, AyalaLand, and Tanduay.

During his talk, he encouraged his audience to finish their studies while pursuing what they love—modelling; so they will have a ‘fall back’. Like him, he is a registered nurse and a graduate from Central Colleges of the Philippines, thus he’s not afraid if he won’t last in the entertainment industry.

The modelling workshop is in preparation for the participants for their upcoming fashion show that will follow on the 26th at Noel Activity Center of World Trade Center, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue Extension corner Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City.