Showing posts from June, 2012

Bag to School: BUM Shows the Young How to Go Back to School in Style

Standing out at school doesn’t mean you have to constantly challenge the rules and break your school’s dress code.
So before you walk down the crowded hallway again, make sure you’re clad in cool pieces and armed with the right accessories that would reflect your no-nonsense rebel attitude.
Taking off from its successful “Teevolution” campaign, which called forth an outpour of vibrant colors, bold prints, and graphic ethnic patterns, innovative brand BUM helps the youngsters today stand out by upping their style quotient and street cred before the school year starts.

Veering away from the normal and the ordinary design concepts of most local clothing labels, BUM comes up with stylish yet functional bags that carry the brand’s style philosophy: the Modern Goth Look with a touch of Glam Rock (think studded pieces, motorcycle jackets, tapered pants, oversized shirts, and the like).
This utilitarian concept was made casual by BUM, turning motorcycle jackets into cropped ones, and with…

REVIEW | Take This Waltz (2011)

So it began on that plane ride home, the spark of interest, that unmistakable chemistry, and the undeniable physical attraction between 28-year-old freelance writer Margot (Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams) and her seatmate, the handsome and brooding stranger, Daniel (Luke Kirby). Sure, Daniel is attractive and very interesting, but Margot's never going to see him again, right? 
Not exactly. Daniel turns out to be Margot's new neighbor in their charming neighborhood in Little Portugal, Toronto-- just a few houses from where Margot and her husband of five years, Lou (Seth Rogen), are residing. And so we wait, with bated breath, if Margot will give in to the temptation.

Written and directed by Sarah Polley, Take This Waltz explores love, desire, marriage and fidelity with such heart and deep understanding that we, for a moment, lose our moralistic judgments; instead, we are pulled into the struggle of Margot and Daniel as they battle with their painful dilemma. Polley, who …

Rock of Ages (2012)

Maybe you love musical films and you've seen every one of them that has ever been made. Maybe you're a fan of 80's music and you wanna reminisce. Maybe Tom Cruise playing a rock star is a compellingly curious thing. Whatever your reason is, Rock of Ages, based on the 2006 Broadway jukebox musical of the same name, is on your must-see list. 
So, what to expect?

Essentially, the movie is about young love in the midst of a Rock 'n' Roll Era-- but sidetracked by many subplots. With a central story similar to 2010's Burlesque (Christina Aguilera), Rock of Ages is about Sherrie (Julianne Hough), a small-town girl and aspiring singer who arrives in LA and gets a job waitressing at The Bourbon, the most famous nightclub on the strip, with the help of barback Drew (Diego Boneta), who shares her dreams of rock 'n' roll fame. The Bourbon, however, has some problems-- not only is it facing foreclosure due to unpaid taxes, but it's also the object of obsession of …

Ballet Philippines' 43rd Season: Dragon Song

43rd Season
Dragon Song

A shared heritage Of hopes and dreams In his eye. Cultures, woven With magical threads Singing, birthing moments Of flight, strength, Courage, faith, And love…

The season is composed of four performances and one special performance, namely:

Songs (July 6-8, 2012, CCP Main Theater)

A gala of masterworks featuring the work of international and Philippine choreographers—BP Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales, the legendary Agnes Locsin, BP resident choreographer Alden Lugnasin, former BP artistic director Augustus Damian III and French choreographer Redha Beintefour.
Neo-Filipino: Anting (Sept. 14-16, 2012, CCP Little Theater)

Featuring four noted Filipino choreographers who will bring to life pre-eminent dramatist Tony Perez’s libretto that explores the world of talismans and amulets of Filipino magical traditions.
Rama Hari (Nov. 30-Dec. 9, 2012, CCP Main Theater)

BP’s hit ballet musical returns! Choreographed by BP founder Alice Reyes, with music by Ryan Cayabyab and libretto…

Celebrate Rizal in Ballet Philippines' "Crisostomo Ibarra"

Jose Rizal's birthday is just around the corner, and instead of reposting photos and quotes from the National Hero on Facebook, why not peel yourself from the chair, unplug from the cyberworld, go out there in the real world, and experience Rizal's genius through a show incomparable to any YouTube clip?
Transport yourself back in Noli times as Ballet Philippines' Crisostomo Ibarra makes its comeback to CCP for Rizal's sesquicentennial, in two weekends this June. Awarded "Outstanding Dance Production of 2010" by the Gawad Buhay! Awards for the Performing Arts and having had a successul local and international tour, Ibarra returns to the local stage to feed your soul with a performance that garnered praises and standing ovations, and left the audience tear-eyed.
At the recently held Ballet Philippines' press briefing at the Manila Yacht Club, we were given a sneak preview of Ibarra on the deck against a backdrop of gray skies and a misty Manila Bay-- an excer…

REVIEW | Prometheus (2012)

The most highly anticipated Ridley-Scott-comeback sci-fi summer blockbuster movie of the 21st century, Prometheus feels like The X-Files: Fight the Future meets Alien meets The Tree of Life meets Ebola meets The Abyss. 
In the distant future, in the Isle of Skye in Scotland, after unearthing another cave painting illustrating the same star map discovered in other ancient civilizations, archaeologist sweethearts Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and  Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) feel that they are now just a step closer to the answers to their existential questions. Who created mankind? Are we engineered by a more superior life form? Why was mankind created? So then the couple hops on the spaceship Prometheus, along with a crew that includes a very soulful robot David (Michael Fassbender) and a robot-like woman (Charlize Theron) on a Weyland-funded mission to find answers in space. But, of course, they will encounter monsters first. And some hidden agendas from other crew members…

REVIEW | Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

Both fans and non-fans of the Madagascar franchise will be absolutely taken by surprise by the third installment: Europe's Most Wanted, this time helmed by three directors, Eric Darnell,Tom McGrath, and Conrad Vernon, and leveled-up in 3D.
Left stranded by their conniving penguin friends in the wilderness of Africa, the gang of Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), are suffering from increasing bouts of homesickness for their Central Park Zoo. Determined to go back home to New York, they decide to flee Africa and catch up first with the penguins in Monte Carlo-- where they unfortunately caught the attention of a psychotic and highly skilled French animal control officer, the hilariously obsessive Captain Chantel DuBois (a riotous cross between Edith Piaf and Cruella De Vil), voiced by Frances McDormand, who would stop at nothing to catch the animal friends. The gang, the penguin…