Showing posts from December, 2011

NEXT FALL Opens Repertory Philippines' 75th Season, 1/13-2/5

by Oliver Oliveros,

Co-written by Precious C. Lee Cundangan

Manila, Philippines, December 17, 2011 – Repertory Philippines (Rep.), the country’s premier English-speaking theater company, is celebrating 45 years in business by opening its 75th season with New York University Tisch School of the Arts alumnus and playwright Geoffrey Nauffts’ Broadway dramedy Next Fall, a moving story of a gay couple whose religious differences add tensions and contradictions to their five-year romantic relationship. Rep.’s staging of Next Fall runs from January 13 to February 5, 2012 at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City; evening performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and matinee performances are on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 p.m.

Audie Gemora, who recently won a Best Direction citation at the Aliw Awards for his work on the original Filipino musical Noli Me Tangere, directs Next Fall, his second straight play directorial job for Rep. after Equus.

Leading Next Fall’s

As If Escalating Broadway Ticket Prices For Hot-Selling Shows Aren’t Enough

New York, December 11, 2011 – Strong ticket sales are crucial to the life expectancy of musicals on Broadway. David Thompson, John Kander, and Fred Ebb’sScottsboro Boys, a musical based on the 1931 Scottsboro Boys trial: nine African-American teenage boys accused of rape in Alabama; Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynn Ahren’sRagtime, a musical that follows the intertwined stories of three groups of Americans – the immigrants, the white Anglo-Saxon protestants, and African Americans – set in the turn of the 20th century America; and Floyd Mutrux and Collin Escott’sBaby It’s You!, a musical based on the life story of Florence Greenberg whose claim to fame was discovering the African-American girl group The Shirelles in the 1960s, were some of Broadway’s recent casualties due to poor ticket sales. And while Scottsboro Boys, Ragtime, Baby It’s You! et al. are getting the boot, hit Broadway musicals such as Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez’sThe Book of Mormon; Bono and The…

Michael Jackson's IMMORTAL CD Soundtrack Out Now; Philippine Residents Get a Chance to Win a Trip to Los Angeles to See IMMORTAL

By Oliver Oliveros,

Manila, Philippines, December 7, 2011 – Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines, has a neat Christmas treat for Cirque du Soleil and Michael Jackson fans in the Philippines: the music company has just announced that the highly anticipated deluxe double CD soundtrack for Cirque du Soleil’s tribute to the late Michael Jackson, Immortal World Tour, which opened in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort last weekend, is now available in music stores nationwide. Ivory Music & Video has also launched its Facebook-based photo contest whose winner will win a trip for two to Los Angeles to see Immortal – simply take a photo of you and your friend holding the Immortal CD and email to or upload to

“The wonderful thing about the Immortal show is that Cirque [du Soleil] didn't [doesn't] try to find someone to impersonate Michael [Jackson…

My Photo Keepsakes from the Philippines

New York, December 1, 2011 – As I’m about to wrap up my blogging chronicles for my social media class, I think it’d be also interesting to share with my classmates and the world some photo keepsakes from my beloved home, the Philippines; these photos remind me of what I miss most about the Philippines since I moved to the big city last Spring for my Graduate Studies at New York University.

Coincidentally, when, an online concierge directory, announced its Best Philippine Sceneries photo contest some two weeks ago, I got very enthusiastic about joining. I immediately browsed through my entire collection of Philippine travel photos that I posted on Facebook. That very instance had made me realize how much I terribly miss my "mother ship" – its picturesque beauty; its 7,107 islands spread out across the archipelago; its floury white sand beaches; and its exotic marine life.

I’ve been a shoestring traveller and published travel photographer for as l…