The main reason why I don’t like putting covers on my gadgets is because it gets bulkier and heavier sometimes. I appreciate companies who develop products that would cater to that problem and thankfully Simplism is one of the iPad covers that pass.
It’s leather so it looks stylish and built to last but at the same time, the design is light with lots of pockets!
The good and the bad
Technically it’s faux leather and it’s up to you if you take it on a good or bad note. For me, I have no problem with faux leather since it adds to lessening the total weight of the cover, but at the same time it looks very chic and stylish. It comes with different colors so if you’re a guy and you don’t want to look like you’re holding a girl’s purse, don’t worry you have other colors to choose from.
It has six business card pockets that is convenient for guys also who usually don’t bring purse to carry around stuff. You can leave your Coffee Bean Swirl cards here for convenience and other business cards. It actually doesn’t just do that, it hits two birds with one stone because the pockets also serve as rests for the iPad 2 when you put it in landscape mode.
Buttons on all ports are exposed so everything is convenient.
Who it is for
Travelers and light packers who usually bring their iPads during trips instead of bringing their entire laptop. If you’re like me who leaves my laptop at home so that I can enjoy my trip and take advantage of the time away, then yes, this case is for you. Again, it’s not as heavy as the other iPad cases I have encountered.
It’s basically for anyone who has an iPad 2 who just wants a simple, yet light protection to their gear.
Leather Smart Shell for iPad 2 Features:
Resellers in the Philippines
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Back-up power supply is essential these days, especially for my job as a social media manager. There’s no excuse of being not online I need to have back-up gadgets: load, data package and battery supply.
Since I bring a lot of gadgets with me to begin with, they must be light! My poor back can’t carry them the whole day! Good thing this iBattz Mojo back-up battery supply is as tiny as my credit card.
iBattz Mojo Removable Power Card Wallet
SRP at P1,790.00
This remarkable tool at its size is called the Mojo Removable Power Card Wallet 1500mAh. It acts as a very handy and portable back-up power for your mobile gadgets such as Android, Blackberry and other mobile devices. The best thing about this power pack is that it comes in a credit size form factor, thus they called it a “wallet.” Not that it can literally fit in my tiny wallet, but you get the point.
Inside is a lithium battery module and includes USB to Micro USB cable. iBattz Mojo Removable Power Card wallet can charge any mobile devices that generally uses Micro USB interface on the go anytime and anywhere.
Every fashionista would like to have this! It’s simple and minimalist, yet it makes a statement “I am fashionable, yet I’m responsible.” Having a back-up power system makes you more prepared when you’re in need to cover more fashion events.
Who it is for
I recommend this to people who are always on the go, for travelers and for people whose jobs give importance to communication. For me, it would be a great help for covering events for my day job at the TV5 Network! I can’t have any excuse not to be online. As a traveler, this would help me too in long drives and flights!
The good and the bad
It is the tiniest power plug I’ve ever seen that doesn’t just use batteries. It is very portable and light and the design looks fashionable too. However, it won’t fill up more advanced gadgets needs like the latest iPhone and iPad devices. I suggest to just make this really as a “back-up”
KEY FEATURES and Technical details
• Mojo Removable Power Wallet provides up to extra 80% battery to your iPhone, iPod or Android smartphone within 90 minutes.
• With the included USB cable, the Mojo Removable Power Card Wallet can be easily recharged via a normal computer USB port, USB wall charger or USB car charger.
• Besides this, it also ACTS AS A BATTERY CHARGER FOR STANDARD BP-4L 1500 mAh BATTERY MODULES that is used on the Mojo Removable Battery Case for iPhone 4/4S.
• iBattz family of Mojo Removable Power solutions prides itself as eco friendly products where our lithium battery modules can be changed after its average lifespan of 500 charges.
Resellers in the Philippines
Here are the different resellers you can visit:
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We interviewed Sheila a few years back for Tek Tok TV. It was our cosplay episode.
We are so proud of how she’s grown BIGGER literally and figurativey speaking. She’s been doing better and better over the years and we just want to CONGRATULATE her for a job well done and to encourage her keep on creating these costumes that will amaze us!
For Cosplay Mania 2012, cosplayer Sheila Navarro WOWed the crowed by wearing a Mecha suit she made all by herself of Akatsubaki (Infinite Stratos).
It is 8 feet tall and a total of 35 kilos. It is made mainly of rubber sheets.
To understand better Sheila’s process of making this costume, I had a quick interview with her:
1. How long did it take you to make the costume?
Sheila: It took me 5 months to construct the whole costume since I need to concentrate on the elevation of my legs and the accuracy of the whole costume itself.
2. What’s the hardest part in making the costume?
Sheila: For me, the hardest part is constructing the legs. I want it to be as accurate as possible just like in the anime so I made the elevation 24inches in height. When I finished the leg part, it has a total weight of 8 kilos each leg. It was impossible to walk with that kind of elevation and weight so I invented a mechanism that will lessen the weight of the legs. From 8 kilos, I just need to carry around 2 kilos in each leg that’s why I didn’t have a hard time walking around with those enormous leg armors.
FlairCandy: WOW AMAZING! You are indeed an inventor! You didn’t only make a costume to appear as a costume, but something you can also walk around with!
3. How did you transport your costume?
I constructed a large trolley box wherein I can place all of my costume inside. It is around 4ftx5ftx5ft in size. I asked my father to help me carry the box in his pick up and we use the rope for support to prevent the box from falling over the road.
4. What’s next?
Since I finished cosplaying one of my dream cosplays, I’m planning on becoming a mecha cosplayer and construct more mecha costumes. One of my cosplay plan is the Psycho Gundam. And after my Akatsubaki and Psycho gundam, I’ll surprise you again with my another costume.
FlairCandy: Looking forward to more of your cosplays Sheila! You are one great talent indeed! Keep it up! and keep inspiring people to be creative and inventive!
Good job Sheila! We’re proud of you!
Watch Sheila’s interview on Tek Tok TV:
I can’t help it! I can’t get over it! I just can’t believe I finally met this guy who I’ve only seen in photos! Cloud is one of my favorite characters and this guy just knows how to make that character real!
*don’t know where or who to credit this photo but it’s all over the internet
There are many great Cloud cosplayers but Kaname is my favorite!
Perks of my job for TV5 is I get special access to events like this! Cosplay Mania 2012!
Where Kaname was just 5 feet away from me!
and he photobombed us 😛
“nahiya naman kami sa kanya noh!”
He sits as one of the judges for the Cosplay competition
and did I mention he smiled a few times at me? KALOKA! I’ve never had fangirl moments like this for a while now he just had the most enchanting eyes and I’m sure the audience earlier would agree!
BB Gandanghari was also there along with Derek Ramsay to promote TV5’s shows Enchanted Garden and KIDLAT!
Another highlight was when Kaname was asked that if ever he were to cosplay a girl, who would it be…
“If I were to cosplay a girl character, it will be BB Gandanghari” – Kaname (translated from Japanese)
hmm… why so serious?
Bagay ba kami? <3
Another local movie to watch out for this October by VIVA films!
I am not quite sure if it’s a sequel to the movie “No Other Woman,” but they say this is somewhat a “continuation” to the first movie. This time, Anne Curtis plays the role of the fiance and Andi plays the “kabit.”
*from Anne Curtis’ twitter
Anyway, here are Lines from A Secret Affair you need to watch out for:
"Kaya kabit ang tawag sa kanila kasi daig pa nila ang epoxy kung kumabit. Kaya querida, kasi makire! Kaya mistress, kasi nakaka-stress!"
"Ano ba tingin mo sa mga lalake, bulate? May pa-early bird promo, the early bird catches the worm."
"Hindi sya masasaktan kung ‘di nya alam. That’s why we’ll keep it a secret affair."
"Kahit paano mo tingnan, a secret affair can destroy any relationship."
"Bakit pa kasi may mga babaeng papatol sa lalaki kahit alam nilang hindi pwede?"
"Ano bang akala mo sa pamba-babae, flash floods? Na kapag tumila ang ulan ay huhupa ang baha? Lumikas ka na hanggang maaga bago mag critical level."
“I’m surprised you didn’t notice the different cup size.”
“Eh di ba minsan, kahit na alam natin na mali ang isang bagay, ginagawa parin natin kasi kailangan.”
“Think of us na parang ‘prize’ sa Amazing Race, yong sumusuko’t nahihirapan – talo. Matira matibay.”
“Masakit talaga masaksak sa likod na kahit aspili lang noh?” “Sinadya mo ba yon?” “Of course not! Kung sinadya ko yon, ice pick ko na ang gagamitin ko.”Read More
Crumpler Megamall is moving t a bigger and better location soon! It’s your chance to shop at discounted prices!
The time of the sale: October 1 to 31, 2012
Sale Venue: Crumpler Megamall
Check out details and announcements on Crumpler’s twitter: @CrumplerPH
Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2012, a set on Flickr.
Wednesday night, my eyes feasted on one steamy buffet! ‘Tis one night all the ladies were allowed to misbehave… and it was my first time and boy did I enjoy. Here are the photos I took during the event. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Naughty me… I had to leave early coz I had a “flash” last minute trip to Singapore the following day for a business.
I wasn’t really able to enjoy the photos I took until today 😛
“Til next time ^_^
Cosmo Bachelor Bash video
Fabio Ide, Daniel Matsunaga, Luke Landrigan, Anton Del Rosario, John Spainhour, Aaron Villaflor, JC Tiuseco, Harry Morris, Kenneth, Aly Borromeo, John Hall, Baron Geisler, Anthony and David, John James Uy, Alizon Andres, Markki Stroem, Mikael Daez, Ian Batherson, Alden Richards,Read More
Philippines’ AirAsia rolled out its Free Seats promo where guest can travel from Clark International Airport in Pampanga to Davao and Kalibo with an all-in fare of P275 pesos one way.
“The P275 seat sale is actually a zero-fare promo where the seat is totally free and the guest is actually paying only P275 to cover the fuel surcharge, processing fee and government mandated fees such as aviation security fee and VAT,” AirAsia Inc. CEO Maan Hontiverosannounced at a press conference in Makati City.
The Free Seats promo will be available online at www.airasia.com from 18 – 23 September 2012, and guests will be able to travel from 1 April to 30 September 2013.
Follow AirAsia Philippines
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on Twitter: twitter.com/AirAsiaPh.
Philippines’ AirAsia call center also accepts booking of regular fares via +632 588 9999 from Monday to Sunday at 0800hrs to 2100hrs (GMT +8). Guests from Metro Manila may also purchase seats through AirAsia Travel & Service Centers (ATSC) located in SM North EDSA in Quezon City, in Mall of Asia in Pasay City and in Gaisano Mall in Davao City.Read More
Oracle training offers many benefits. This is one of many benefits of TestsLive. You can get this information at: http://www.testslive.com. If you decide to choose learning credits, not only are you a more valuable candidate for employment upon completion, we offer many other benefits to the student in assisting you to best plan for your personal educational needs.
You are assigned a Oracle training specialist that will in turn help you customize a training schedule to fit your requirements. These learning credits are an excellent way to allow you to plan for your Oracle training in advance. The benefit of doing this is twofold. You are able to schedule training that fits your lifestyle and manage a training budget that best fits your allocated funds for your education. If you are an employer, this is an excellent way to reduce the volume of training costs while scheduling training in a way that provides the end result you seek.
By planning and budgeting your own or your company’s Oracle training needs, you can easily manage and predict your overall costs which will save you money in the long-term. You are also eligible to receive volume discounts if you chose this method, increasing your spending power while still maintaining the most up to date training materials without the expense of starting a new order.
If you elect to benefit from learning credits, you will realize an opportunity to receive a significant discount on your personal Oracle training while purchasing credits at an increased volume. Purchasing more credits equals saving more money. You define your own training needs and will easily earn larger discounts.Read More
I must say, this feat is a "BLOCKBUSTER!" The Teppanyaki station was so much in demand and I would like to congratulate our friends from Marriott for this! Flavor wise, it did not dissappoint! Just by editing these photos makes me want to rush to Marriott now for a buffet!
I just attended another blogging seminar recently but it’s mainly all about Fashion Journalism conducted by the School of Fashion and the Arts (SOFA) and Fully Booked. ;Most of the things the lecturer spoke of, I already know by heart but since she works for print, I thought it would be nice to get a few pointers from the professionals. ;
True enough, her vision for us new breed of bloggers is to professionalize it. ;While this might be hard because the essence of blogging is all about freedom and being personal, I do get her point, and that is to make sure that we know that our blog is a form of “Service” to the public. ;You give information to online readers WORLDWIDE and with great power comes great responsibility.
I took a few notes but I don’t want to put everything here. ;I encourage you to attend this class and/or the Fashion ;Diploma or Certificate courses being offered by SOFA if you want to better your blogging/writing skills as a fashion blogger/editor.
Carla “Larca” Perlas, Fashion Journalism Teacher at SOFA
Notes on Fashion Journalism:
I am so guilty of this. ;I don’t check my grammar. ;There’s an auto spell check feature which is fine, but grammar check is a bit tricky. ;From now on, I will try to edit blog posts (at least once).
Sadly, this is one thing most bloggers tend to forget. ;You may rant all you want, but ranting gives your readers just a one-way view of things – your side. ;Ask all the journalists and they will say this is bad journalism. ;If you would want to rant, try to give two sides. ;Remember, a blogger is powerful enough to cause controversies, close a business down and condone someone of losing his/her job forever. ;Be responsible and know that your one move could cause irreversible consequences.
Those are the two main points I got out of the seminar, but there’s more to learn especially if you want to hone your skills as a writer. ;Separate yourself from other bloggers by becoming better in writing. ;
To add to this, content is key. ;You don’t want to write about someting you know nothing about like me for example writing about players rewards card. I would rather write about Formula 1 because I love the sport. ;Topics I would want write about are Travel, Sports, Lifestyle and lately I want to write more about Beauty and Fashion. ;That’s why I’m thinking of taking that certificate course from SOFA when it comes to Fashion Journalism so that I would know about the jargons being used in Fashion.
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It’s the last day to book your flights with AirAsia’s promo from as low as P499 all-in fare to Kalibo and Puerto Princesa, from as low as P699 all-in fare to Davao, from as low as P799 all-in fare to Hong Kong and Macau, and from as low as P1,100 to Kuala Lumpur.
Guests can book online via www.airasia.com starting until 16 September with travel period from 3 January to 31 March 2013.
To complement this promo, AirAsia launched pre-booking for the two new hot meals online: Beef Caldereta and Chicken Yang Chow. They can also pre-book pancakes between 4:00AM to 11:00AM on all PQ flights. Guests can avail as much as 7% discount by pre-ordering their meals via airasia.com. All meals come with a 100ml water cuplet.
Philippines’ AirAsia call center also accepts booking of regular fares via +632 588 9999 from Monday to Sunday at 0800hrs to 2100hrs (GMT +8). Guests from Metro Manila may also purchase seats through AirAsia Travel & Service Centers (ATSC) located in SM North EDSA in Quezon City, in Mall of Asia in Pasay City and in Gaisano Mall in Davao City.
The “Call Me Maybe” era is over. It’s GANGNAM STYLE fever!
Here’s me pole dancing to Gangnam Style Hope you like!
Conclusion: Highly recommended unique street theatre experience!
Warning: Battalia Royale is R17
I am such a huge fan of Battalia Royale. I have seen this back in March 2012, I just watched it again today on September 13 for their tech run. Thanks for our friends from Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Pepe and the Polygons and WhenInManila I got to see this again!
It’s generally the same, but what changes is the venue. I believe some of the characters also changed but most of the main characters remain like my favorite Cacai, Sebastian and Jessie. This time, I think their fighting choreography improved more, and the “blood” substance that they use is thicker!
What is Battalia Royale?
It falls under underground street theater with different groups collaborating to make it happen.
For those who are not familiar about Battalia Royale, here’s a quick info about the popular underground street theater:
SIPAT LAWIN ENSEMBLE RE-STAGES BATTALIA ROYALE THIS 2012
The surprise summer hit of 2012 plays out again, as edge theater group Sipat Lawin Ensemble restages the live-action game performance, Battalia Royale in September 2012 as a part of their Season Apocalypse 2012.
Furthering Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s philosophy of theater beyond the fourth wall, Battalia Royale is the biggest edge, or collaborative performance in the country. A close to a hundred member cast and crew includes graduates from theater groups Mapua Tekno Teatro of Mapua Institute of Technology and Dulaang Perpetual of University of Perpetual Help Delta, as well as three writers from Australia, in addition to company members of Sipat Lawin Ensemble. The performance serves an experiment in alternative theater space, as well as training ground for budding theatrical talent.
The story follows a batch of high school students from the fictional Our Lady of Guadalupe High School Manila, who embark on a class trip only to be hijacked and forced in a kill-or-be-killed game. Only one survives the game, and each night presents a different winner of the game.
For this staging of Battalia Royale, dubbed version 3.0, director JK Anicoche envisions it to have a more dangerous feel for players and audience alike. No cellphones or cameras allowed this time around, to give it a more underground feel.
Leave all comfort at the gate, as this is one performance that you will have to run, walk, maybe even battle to see.
Battalia Royale runs throughout the weekends of September, 2012. Their premiere performances are on September 14, 15, and 16 at Museo Pambata, at 7pm. Access passes to the performances are available at http://www.facebook.com/sle.tickeroyale
Battalia Royale is Battalia Royale is based on the Koushun Takami novel, Battle Royale, and the movie of the same name. Battalia Royale has not been granted an official license by either the author (Koushun Takami) or the film company (Toei Company, LTD).
For more information on the show and company, visit Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s facebook page at http://facebook.com/sipatlawinensemble and the Battalia Royale wordpress at http://battaliaroyale.wordpress.com.
Tips in watching Battalia Royale
1. Follow the rules carefully.
2. Wear comfortable shoes. You will be running around to fight for a good view.
3. Bring flashlight, to better see your way or some of the scenes. You can also buy the Battalia Royale survival kit on the venue. It includes flashlight and other essentials.
4. Don’t bother with your cameras. It’s not allowed, just enjoy the show.
5. It’s going to be hot, but wear jeans or jeggings / leggings. There are times when you need to sit down the floor. Wearing shorts would get your skin dirty.
6. Wear comfortable clothes. It is going to be hot.
7. Shower. You are going to be around a huge crowd. Be considerate with your odor. Shower.
8. Eat before the show. You need the energy to run and scream.
9. Wear clothes that you’re okay to be stained with (fake blood)
Battalia Royale photos
“blood” Battle Scars while watching Battalia Royale
With the writers of Battalia Royale
September 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23, 2012.
Venue: Museo Pambata 7pm
B3 Access Badge / Tickets: P450
For Battalia Royale Schedue, Date and Tickets visit the following:
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Yet another movie with John Lloyd and Bea Alonzo. John Lloyd is hotter with his clothes on. Bea looks amazing!
It’s quite a heavy story, but full of meaning.
The Mistress movie lines:
“As long as I am alive, you will never be promoted to wife.”
“Ang daming dahilan para hindi kita mahalin. Pero may isang dahilan para ‘di ko magawa yun. Mahal kita. Yun lang yun.”
“Anong karapatan mo, kabit ka lang!”
“Hindi ako Puta.”
“Walang may pinanganak na pinangarap maging kabet!”
“He keeps on doing that to you because you keep on forgiving him.”
“Di dahil gusto mo, makukuha mo.”
“Alam mo kung ano ang kaya kong gawin na hindi kaya ng Mr. Thursday mo. Kaya kitang pakasalan. Sa akin, wala kang kahati.”
“Sa akin. Marami kang kahati.”
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I’m so excited to embark on a unique journey of self-enlightenment. Lately, I’ve been surrounding myself with positive energy and to maintain that I join travel groups like this!
FLOW Farm Yoga Samba Retreat
It’s not too late to join, you can still register:
or check out at www.flowsurfyogasamba.com
Take a break from the daily grind and repetitive patterns of your mind. Join the Flow: Farm Yoga Samba Weekend Retreat at the Gawad Kalinga Organic Enchanted Farm in Bulacan on September 22-23. Rise and shine!
Package rate per person is P5,500 which includes the following:
•Organic Farm Walk Tour
•1 Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga class
•1 Sunset Yin Yoga session
•1 Samba session with Escola de Samba de Manila
•Green Smoothie Workshop
•Theo & Philo Chocolate Workshop
•2D/1N stay at the GK Enchanted Farm
•Meals & Snacks
•Flow Bag with freebies
Sept 22, Saturday
8-930am Arrival of guests at the GK Enchanted Farm
10-11am: Farm Tour
2-3:30pm: Theo + Philo chocolate workshop
4:30pm: Yin Yoga
8:30pm: Samba Bonfire
Sept 23, Sunday
6:30am -7:30am: Sunrise Yoga
8am: Green Smoothie workshop & Breakfast
10am-11am: Harvest time at Farm or other farm activities
2-3pm: Back to Manila
For more info on our retreats and events, contact 0917-8386261 or check
out at www.flowsurfyogasamba.com. Facebook: flowsurfyogasamba and Twitter: @surfyogasamba
Flow:FarmYogaSamba is sponsored by Moringana, Lightwater, Vitaminboost, Human Heart Nature, Beyond Yoga, Bikram Yoga Manila,
Strip, Browhaus, Sweet Ecstasy, Green Living TV and When In Manila.
CONCLUSION: Great function at reasonable price!
AEE Magicam Underwater and Sports Camera
I got a chance to review the new AEE Magicam underwater and sports camera. It’s less known to the public than GoPro here in Manila, but after using it, I conclude that it’s a pretty good contender.
Pricing is not yet set here in the Philippines since it is new but it will soon be available in Pixel Pro. It should cost lesser than the GoPro and unlike GoPro which doesn’t include the LCD attachment in the initial purchase, this AEE does. It also comes with more accessories included in the box such as the remote control, lcd monitor and extra battery pack. For GoPro, you would have to buy these separately.
Mounting and Installation on a Surfboard
I installed everything myself! You need to buy an extra accessory for surf board mount. GoPro uses suction tube, whereas AEE uses 3M adhesive. Mind you, this adhesive is pretty strong. It’s pretty safe especially if it’s new. It comes with two parts so that in case one gets detached, you still have another one clinging to your camera. Be sure to have that safety thread hold on
Installation was very easy. Just make sure the board’s surface is dry, wax-free, dirt free. Clean it well first before sticking the 3M mount.
Comes in 2 pieces, in case one part gets ripped. Unlike the suction where although secure, when it’s gone – it’s gone.
*thank you so much to Kristel for the photos above
AEE Magciam sports camera put to test (Surfing Video)
AEE Magicam SD21 Specs
AEE Magicam vs GoPro Hero
I have also tried GoPro Hero and by comparison,
for video testing side-by-side between the two cameras, check this out:
As for AEE Magicam, it gives sports and film enthusiasts an an option with great function, quality at a very reasonable price
AEE Magicam will soon be sold at Pixel Pro branches in Manila.
Follow them on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pixelproinc
Comparison Chart between AEE and GoPro Cameras
*click to enlarge chart
It’s about time to plan your vacation early once again! Book you flights and accommodations!
January 1 New Year’s Day
March 28 Maundy Thursday
March 29 Good Friday
April 9 Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)
May 1 Labor Day
June 12 Independence Day
August 26 National Heroes’ Day
November 30 Bonifacio Day
December 25 Christmas
December 30 Rizal Day
Special Non-Working Days
March 30 Black Saturday
August 21 Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1 All Saint’s Day
November 2 Government Declared
December 24 Government Declared
December 31 Last Day of 2013
Additional Dates (estimate / unofficial, to wait final declaration)
February 10 Chinese New Year
February 25 People Power Day
August 9 Eidul Fitr
August 21 Ninoy Aquino Day
October 15 Eidul Adha
Philippine Long Weekends for 2013
February 23-25 (3 days)
March 28-31 (4 days)
August 24 – 26 (3 days)
November 1-3 (3 days)
December 28, 2013 – January 1, 2014 (5 days)
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This was the night I surrendered to the music of the night
I’m not a big theatre fan, but ever since I’ve seen good productions when I moved here in Manila, I started to be amazed with this industry! Like “Where have you been all my life!?” When I heard Phantom of the Opera is going to show in the Philippines I was ecstatic!
Can I just say, I’ve fallen for the characters. And when you’re watching it, it just affects you in every way possible. It’s all about passion and unrequited love which I’m sure a lot of people can relate to.
"You alone can make my song take flight, It’s over now the music of the night"
I haven’t seen any plays or movies of the Phantom of the Opera yet so I had the advantage of discovering the story on a very nice setting at the comforts of my city – in CCP.
Yes, I’m a theatre noob and hearing about it, hearing about the songs and watching in live with the great actors was really something!
That last line was hard for me not to be emotionally involved. The build-up of the characters were timely as expected but in general, you’d find yourself transported into their world. At least that was how it felt for me.
Stranger than you dreamt it, can you even bear to look, or dare to think of me?
Jonathan Roxmouth as the Phantom of the Opera
L-R: Guy Simpson – Musical Supervisor, Dondi Ong as “Piangi,” Claire Lyon as “Christine,” Anthony Downing as “Raoul,” and Jonathan Roxmouth as “The Phantom of the Opera”
The Orchestra and the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
I was also able to go to the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. It was great, and a good snap of the Phantom of the Opera through the songs, but seeing it in the actual set was amazing, with my favorite lines…
Close your eyes for your eyes will only tell the truth
And the truth isn’t what you want to see
In the dark it is easy to pretend
That the truth is what it ought to be
I’m here, nothing can harm you
My words will warm and calm you
Costumes, Set and Transition
Great costumes, great set. No fancy LCD screens shimmering to different backdrops. It was old school push and pull sets. I was impressed at the seemingly floating alley / bridge.
Complete with the Gondola scene, the music, and the acting – it was perfect. Romantic! I thought it would be overly corny, I was very fond of the Chemistry between the actors. Even if we weren’t seated right at front you could feel it.
And when they did the scene with them 3, and with this song:
Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime. Lead me, save me from my solitude. Say you’ll want me with you here beside you. Anywhere you go, lt me go too. Christine, that’s all I ask of…
Sigh… it was very hard for me to write this post without being emotionally involved all over again! I suggest you watch it yourself. It’s been selling quite good that they decided to extend it twice now until October 14 2012! I heard tickets are selling fast!
Buy your tickets at Ticketworld
Phantom of the Opera Manila Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/POTOmanila