Review: The Bluebird of Happiness

 

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Manila, Philippines, October 4, 2013. A long-delayed follow-up to 2009’s N.O.A.H. (No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat), Trumpets’ new production “The Bluebird of Happiness,” a musical adaptation of Maurice Maeterlinck’s play of the same name, featuring music by Rony Fortich and book and lyrics by Jaime del Mundo, tells a story set on Christmas Eve, at the height of the frustration of siblings Mytyl and Tyltyl over not having the material things they think would make their lives better. It is a scene that is familiar not only among children but even adults. Mytyl and Tyltyl’s frustration is a reminder of lives that are driven by making ends meet or by achieving material wants that makes us lose sight of the very things that should have made us happy in the first place.

In the season of giving, it is ironic that this is also the time when people’s discontent and despair seem to manifest the most. And as these kids go on a quest to find true happiness through past and future, through greed and luxury, and through darkness and light, we go along with them realizing our own penchant for always wanting more than what we have. Through wondrous music and a spectacular production, “The Bluebird of Happiness” reconnects us with simple joys that provide more meaning in our lives than any material possession can offer.

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Joyce Ramirez talks PR strategy, INTERXN and her big switch to GLOBE Telecom

High profile public relations practitioner Joyce Ramirez, who enjoys as much popularity, celebrity status and following as the brands and endorsers that she has handled, talked to us about her latest digital media management venture, her strategy in handling the infamous black ops in social media, and her big switch to GLOBE Telecom after a quick but memorable stint with the competing network.

Joyce has three (3) agencies to date: PR ASIA – the mothership agency which handles traditional and digital PR with offices in Manila & Bangkok; Creative Media Group – a Los Angeles based unit that brokers entertainment deals such as Hollywood endorsers (as well as overseas production shoot management); and most recently INTERXN – a digital media management group that handles some of the biggest digital influencers in the country today.

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Cinderella (Preview Photos)

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, the King and Queen cooked up a plan to marry off the free-spirited Prince. At a time devoid of Facebook and dating sites, a ball in his honor seemed like the wisest choice to get him in a room with the fairest maidens in the land.

The Prince is giving a ball!!!

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This got the ladies shrieking and screaming…

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Review: Sa Wakas, A Pinoy Rock Musical

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Dale’s Review:

Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2013 — Sa Wakas has been subject of mostly rave reviews since it opened last April 13th at the PETA Theater. After catching the show yesterday, we were glad to see that it wasn’t just hype.

Sa Wakas is the type of show that you tell your friends about just because you want to share something special with them. It is the type of show that you would want people to see because you know that at one point in their lives, they may have walked the path of at least one of the characters and seeing it onstage calls to mind gut-wrenching conversations you may have had over several bottles of beer.

And that really is how the show felt like. It is as if you or your closest friend had just had his heart torn into pieces and he shares with you, over a couple of six-packs, the nitty-gritty details that led him to where he is now. Told backward, it is a painful journey of recollection and as an audience, you feel every bit of the pain because you know how this story will end.

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Review: The Graduate

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During the first act of The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock exclaims in a fit that his father, as well as everyone that his father knows, are grotesque. I think there couldn’t be a more appropriate description of what follows in the next hour of the show.

Based on a novel of the same title written by Charles Webb and the 60s film starring Anne Bancroft and the very young Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate is characterized by that feeling of being trapped, the need to break free and ultimately, one’s inability to escape fate. The stage version, however, seemed to miss the point of the story and portrayed relationships of repulsive, whiny people and even rewarded them with a happy ending.

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