I'm exaggerating. You can win something related to Lea Salonga and Cinderella (which opened last night at the CCP Main Theater)--just not her glass slipper, since I've no idea where to get that.
The folks over at the aptly-named LeaSalongaFansClub in Multiply (co-founded by the biggest Lea Salonga fans I know, my college buddy Mitz and his wife, both based in Michigan but materializing wherever Lea sings in the US) are sponsoring a Cinderella contest for bloggers. The prizes are generous, so I'm encouraging everyone to participate.
1. Watch Cinderella and blog about it.
2. For Multiply users, leave a comment in the LeaSalongaFansClub homepage with a link to your blog entry, or in the Multiply sites of Mitz or Mikaela. For non-Multiply users, leave a comment/link here or e-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Cinderella" as subject.
3. The entries will be winnowed down to the Top Three. As honorary co-administrator of the site (even if I know zip about managing a Multiply group), I've been asked to help Mitz and Mikaela go through all the submitted entries, so expect me to drop by your corner one of these days.
4. The contest runs July 29-August 24, or the entire Philippine run of Cinderella. Winners will be announced on the week of August 25. [Update: new deadline for blog entries is September 1.]
Here's the clincher: Out of the top three entries, the best one will be chosen by Lea Salonga herself. Yes, she's agreed to do it. How exciting is that? There's your proverbial glass slipper waiting to be won!
A word of caution, though: Just because it's Lea herself doing the final choosing doesn't mean you should make your entry an exercise in major groveling. Merely piling on the superlatives won't cut it. Lea herself, I imagine, would see through the fawning. Instead, be honest, straightforward and clear about what you saw. Throw in a bit of insight and flair and you might just get her nod--and the loot bag.
First prize: $100, plus Cinderella soundtrack album (the one that Lea and cast are recording in Manila) and original US-made DVD copies of The Making of Miss Saigon and Hey, Mr. Producer! (Not familiar with the latter? Here.)
The two co-finalists will receive the same package minus the $100 cash prize.
Everyone else who participates will also get a chance to win something, with more copies of the Cinderella soundtrack album and DVDs to be raffled off.
Good enough deal, right? Now, hop aboard, we're off to the ball!
[Note: Update by Lea herself here.]