Wednesday, June 27, 2012

R.I.P. Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

R.I.P. Nora Ephron (1941 – 2012), my idol.

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."
- Nora Ephron, Remarks to Wellesley College Class of 1996

"Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was 26. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're 34."
-- Nora Ephron, "I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman"

When I was a kid, in the early 90’s, there was this old dilapidated theater called, “Paz,” a few meters away from our residence in Laoag City.  My dad pulled my arm and said, “Come with me and we’ll see a movie,” as he led me to this so-called “Paz Theater.”  I asked him, “Ano ba panonoorin natin?” to which he replied, “We will be seeing SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE – it was shown in Broadway before but it is now made into a movie."

That was my first experience of Nora Ephron’s work, who passed away after her battle with leukemia yesterday. (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012)  

Since then I have been a fan and admirer of her work.  The last that I have experienced was, “Love , Loss and What I Wore,” – an intimate collection of stories about women’s lives, last January 22, 2012.  It was in RCBC, Makati - a reading session starring Menchu Lauchenco-Yulo and Jay Valencia-Glorioso.  It was my first time to see my mother enjoy performing arts with huge laughters and tears that came out of her. We were on first row. 

Nora through her art brought me to another world, made me escape my reality but experience reality in other people’s lives through the characters she created in her movies and books.   

She is also one of the more important reasons why I love MEG RYAN (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and Hanging Up – all movies she wrote which I saw with Meg in it, apart from Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep).

To Nora Ephron, another big loss in the writing and movie industry. My idol, you will be missed.

God of Carnage Starring Lea Salonga - List of TICKET SELLERS

by Theater Fans in Manila on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9:32pm ·

God of Carnage
Venue: RCBC Theater
Run: July 13-22
Theater Company:Atlantis Productions
Lead Actors: Lea Salonga, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Adrian Pang, Art Acuna
Director: Bobby Garcia
Ticket Prices: Orchestra Center: P1600, Orchestra Side: P1400, Loge Center: P1200, Loge Side: P900, Balcony: P600
How to Get Tickets: 
Atlantis Productions: 8927078/ 8401187/ Ticketworld: 8919999/

July 13, 8pm Vian Serranilla 09178938426
July 14, 2pm Marie 09189483826
July 14, 8pm Erik King 09178882595
July 15, 3pm Tin Samson 09175373040/ Stu Ramos 09175411810
July 17, 8pm Rhommel Trinidad 09228601839
July 18, 8pm Metrobank 8919999
July 19, 8pm Ticketworld 8919999
July 20, 8pm Carmen Roxas 09175288085/ Mia Lauchengco 09175334206
July 21, 2pm Shirley Alinea 09178903564
July 21, 8pm Bel Pacheco 09156216512
July 22, 3pm Theody Demaisip 09209326067/
July 22, 8pm Atlantis Productions 8927978/ 8401167

"God of Carnage, whose original text was in French, is a 90-minute debacle between two couples: Veronica (Salonga), a writer and a wife, and Michael (Pang), a wholesaler, versus Anette (Yulo), a self-proclaimed wealth manager, and Alan (Acuña), a corporate lawyer, who meet and discuss about their kids' unfortunate playground squabble."

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PETA's HIT Shakespeare rap musical "William" is back this August 27-29 (10:00am & 3:00pm).

The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company visits Manila for its second project in Southeast Asia. Akala will be hosting a series of workshops & performances in PETA this July 3-5. For more info call 725 6244 or 0906 211 5003 if interested to join their workshop. Limited slots left.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Help JILL, a lawstudent FIGHT CANCER!

Donate for Jill's treatment for CANCER!
Kindly deposit your contribution to: 
Jill Maureen S. Hernandez
BPI International, 2449-0092-77.
I break from my self-imposed restriction to forward appeals for various causes for a truly worthy and urgent cause.

I have worked with Jill during the Bar Operations for the law school and she is one of those rare few that you would need and want to have on your team if you were to change the world. She is tireless and fully committed and deeply passionate; she steps up above and beyond the call of duty simply because things need to be done and because she is in a position to help. One of those who can not only lead a team but take one for it as well.

I know that this latest trial is not going to be easy but I am confident that Jill will come through this, but not without everyone's help. Just don't click "like" but "give" as well, and then "share" to others.

Jill Maureen Hernandez, hang in there.
-- ATTY. THEODORE TE, Professor, UP College of Law

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman?


Beautifully done. An amazing twist of the fairy tale.

Curious though, why it is, “Snow White and the Huntsman?” - when  what was central was the Wicked Queen (brilliantly portrayed by Charlize Terron) and Snow White. All I saw in Hemsworth was his hair, face, combatic skills and the kiss —- the big arms weren’t even there. Damn, I was waiting for that last one.

The title is misleading. It should have been “Snow White (& her armor) and the Wicked Queen.”