1. The fab Hong Kong-based podcasting duo behind the wildly funny The Dan & Rye Show blew into town some weeks ago and met up with some of their fans slash bloggers. I was one of those who trooped to Italianni's at Bonifacio High Street to make daupang palad with them. It was a riot from beginning to end. Ansaya! Dan and Rye recorded a podcast right there and then, accosting each of us with a clincher question that tested our Q&A mettle. I flopped miserably. Why, said Rye, haven't I blogged about them yet? “Uh, oo nga ano. Sige, sa next post!” Lame, lame answer, but hey, promise finally kept.
2. Coy just announced the winners of his “uBlog, iVlog” contest: Manuel Viloria, Joe Datinguinoo, and Micaela. Congratulations to them! Ahem, I was asked to help judge the competition, along with Ederic Eder and Coy himself. Have you seen Joe's vid? Terrific. In fact, for a first-timer, awesome. And Poyt's? Let's see if you don't end up rocking to her Spice Girls act.
3. Remember my post about Lanie Sumalinog, the Filipina theater actress who made a name for herself as Gigi and then as Kim in “Miss Saigon”-Stuttgart, and who's been cast in the German production of “Wicked?” Here is a picture of her and the rest of the “Wicked” cast, with her name billed prominently in the musical's website. Lanie's the girl holding the “I”--the only Filipina in the cast, as far as I can tell from the production credits. She's understudying the part of Nessarose, the crippled sister of Elphaba. Way to go, Lanie! (Thanks, Tuxqs, for the heads-up.)
4. Reviews, reviews! PDI's Rina Jimenez-David writes about New Voice Company's “Into the Woods:”
“This and on succeeding weekends, make time to watch 'Into the Woods,' which the New Voice Company is mounting at the Music Museum... Director Rito Asilo must be congratulated for whipping all the characters and story arcs into coherent shape, doing so briskly and energetically. The cast is generally superb, with outstanding performances from Lynn Sherman, who makes for quite a bewitching witch, Michael Williams as the baker finding his manhood, and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, who is in fine voice and form as the baker’s wife bewildered at her own unhappy ending, despite getting her life’s wish.” (More here.)
The Philippine Star's Exie Abola, meanwhile, in a twinbill review of “Into the Woods” and Repertory Philippines' “Fiddler On the Roof,” praises the former for “[making] the journey into and out of these woods sheer delight,” and the latter as a “production [that] doesn’t disappoint.” (The complete reviews here).
5. And from PinoyCentric.com:
Some months back, theater reviewer Gibbs Cadiz and PinoyCentric invited some bloggers to a tour of the Philippine Educational Theater Association building in New Manila, Quezon City, followed by a showing of “Batang Rizal.”
Now PETA is again inviting everyone--bloggers and nonbloggers--to catch “Batang Rizal” on December 1, 3 p.m., at the SM Sta. Mesa Cinema 5. Tickets are available at a discounted price of P180.
If you have seen the play and would like to watch it again, or would like to give someone an early Christmas treat, now's a good time to do so.
Please call PETA for ticket reservations: 7256244, 7218604, 4100822, and 4100821. Look for Jette Gonzales.