Ballet Manila ends 18th season with ‘Heart 2 Heart’
Ballet Manila ends its 18th performance season on a high note with the latest installment of “Heart 2 Heart: Ballet & Ballads.” London-based musical theater group, West End Mamas and Papas, is featured as guest.
After making their debut in last year’s “Ballet & Ballads,” for which they won an Aliw Award as Best New Artist, the West End Mamas composed of Gia Macuja-Atchison, Cez Campos-Bonner and Maya Barredo-Duffy are joined this year by their respective husbands – the West End Papas: violinist/conductor Robert Atchison, and singer/actors Nick Bonner and Gerard Duffy. All six are seasoned performers boasting of various engagements in London’s famed theater row.
The post-Valentine presentation will have its gala tonight, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City. Other performances are set on Feb. 22, Feb. 23, March 1 and 2.
“Heart 2 Heart: Ballet & Ballads” is presented by Ballet Manila, Aliw Theater, Star City and Manila Broadcasting Company, with ACS Manufacturing (Shield Bath Soap), First United Travel Inc. and SEAir as major sponsors, as supported by Ralph’s Wines and Spirits, Island Rose and Ticketworld.
Also participating in the event is Ballet Manila’s artistic director, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, who will be dancing opposite principal dancer Rudy de Dios in “The Last Poem,” which tells the story of a man and his dying beloved, as choreographed by Augustus “Bam” Damian III.
“Ballet & Ballads” was conceptualized by Manila Broadcasting Company chairman Fred J. Elizalde, Macuja-Elizalde’s husband. Combining the resources of MBC and Ballet Manila, it has sought to popularize ballet all over the country, in line with the dance company’s mission to bring ballet closer to the people.
Launched in 1998, the series has been presented in major venues in Metro Manila and has been taken on numerous provincial tours. Previous editions featured Ariel Rivera, Janno Gibbs, Jaya, Nyoy Volante, Lani Misalucha, Toni Gonzaga, Kyla and Freestyle.
Explaining the broad appeal of the long-running series, Macuja-Elizalde notes, “It combines the musical appeal of a concert and the visual delight of the ballet, that’s why it’s always fun.”
For tickets, contact Ticketworld or ticketworld.com.ph.
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Love Treats From Merk’s Place
Queen of Jazz Annie Brazil is taking center stage tonight at Merk’s Place at E’s Bar of Edsa Shangri-La Hotel for “Here’s To Life! The Very Thought of You!”
Last Feb. 19, Annie performed with children Richard Merk and Rachel Anne Wolfe in “Here’s to Life, My Family Valentine!” where she also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philippine Jazz Society.
On Feb. 22, Merk and Friends featuring Richard Merk, Emcy Corteza and Jacqui Magno will make its debut at Shangri-La Edsa’s E’s Bar.
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A Most Significant Birthday Celebration
Laguna Board Member Angelica Jones Alarva felt very much fulfilled as a public servant when she celebrated her 31st birth anniversary last Jan. 20, as it coincided with the launch of two successful projects which she initiated: A poster-making contest with the theme “Alagang Ina, Para sa Malusog Na Pamilya, Handog sa Laguna;” and a cooking competition with the theme “Pagkaing Pampamilya, Paghain sa Bisita, Lutong Laguna.”
Winners in the poster-making contest who received cash prizes were Jerry Leyva of Liliw, 1st prize; Princess Tope of MDF Victoria, 2nd prize; and Adolf Enstein of Victoria, 3rd prize.
First prize in the cooking competition went to the municipality of Nagcarlan; 2nd prize went to Rizal; and 3rd prize went to Calauan.
The competitions were held in San Pablo City, part of BM Alarva’s turf, the 3rd District of Laguna, which also includes Alaminos, Calauan, Victoria, Ripol, Nagcarlan and Liliw.
BM Alarva, who was once a popular movie/TV actress and TV host, is also the regional president of the National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL) and together with NMYL Laguna chapter president Laarni Malibiran and fellow officers and members of NMYL, they distributed relief goods to victims of typhoon
“Yolanda” in Basey, Samar and Tacloban City in November, where they were warmly welcomed by Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and his wife, Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, also a former popular actress-singer like BM Alarva who has taken to public service with passion.
Another of the civic activities that BM Alarva involved herself in recently was a medical-dental mission, wherein they distributed medicines and gave free consultations to indigents in the 3rd District of Laguna. There was also a Job Fair in Calauan last Jan. 28 as fully supported by town mayor George Berris.
Describing herself as a “happy single mother,” BM Alarva is also currently the chairman of the Committee on Tourism, Culture and Arts, and Women’s Family Social Welfare, Community Development, Livelihood and Cooperatives in Laguna.
The series of events were sponsored by SM City San Pablo, Smart Philippines, San Miguel Corp., Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Laguna Governor E.R. Ejercito, who has always been supportive of BM Alarva’s projects.
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Tidbit: Happy b-day greetings today, Feb. 21, go to Tony Gloria of Unitel Pictures, Jinky Llamanzares, Mike Alunan, Lilia Duldulao, Clark Arcinas, Raphael Tiongson, Girlie Guillen, Beth Virtucio, Dr. Delia R. Barcelona, Doreen Belen of Hawaii, Paolo Perez, Severiano “Boy” Velasco, Gigi Paras, Jennifer Fong, Clark Howell Arcinas, Rangi Paila G. Mercado, Rocelle “Raki” Vega, Canada-based Jim Medina Fernandez, writer of “Zuma,” Rina Roni, Maria Maanne Berna Bohol and GMA-7’s Love Añover and Don Morales…