Himala: Isang Musikal Returns On February 10

Cast and Production Team of Himala: Isang Musikal during its presscon at Privato Hotel.

The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical are re-staging Ricky Lee and Vincent DeJesus’ Himala: Isang Musikal based on the 1982 critically acclaimed classic by the late Ishmael Bernal. 

After the presscon, I’ve never been more excited to see a musical. Especially that the root material was a film I’ve been watching in Cinema One (formely Pinoy Blockbuster Channel) when I was a child every lazy afternoon. In case you hadn’t already known, Himala‘s story centers on Elsa who claims to have the power of healing after the Blessed Virgin Mary appears to her. News of her miracles spread within and beyond her hometown Cupang attracting thousands of sick and curious followers. This causes an irreversible disturbance to the once sleepy town.

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PETA’s ‘night, Mother Sparks a Conversation on Mental Health

Eugene Domingo and Sherry Lara star in Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA)'s 'Night, Mother

To end its 50th season, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is producing a Filipino adaptation of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning
drama ‘night, Mother starring Eugene Domingo as Jessie, making her theatrical comeback, and Sherry Lara as Thelma.

In contrast to PETA’s previous productions, ‘night, Mother doesn’t present a grand narrative (or even a rousing musical number to conclude it). Rather, it is a more intimate performance, giving the audience a glimpse of a night with Jessie and her mother Thelma. Jessie who suffers from epilepsy casually tells her mother that she has long decided to end her life that evening. Thelma, of course, with all the arguments in the world tries to convince her daughter that life is still worth living. For one hour and 24 minutes, happening in real-time, the audience witnesses the struggle between the two, and within themselves, that will keep them on the edge of their seats until the end.

Eugene Domingo and Sherry Lara in PETA's 'night, Mother
Eugene Domingo and Sherry Lara give powerful performances in PETA’s ‘night, Mother.

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I Want an ASUS Zenfone Max Plus!

ASUS Zenfone Max Plus was officially launched last January 14 at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium. Along with other tech-lovers and Zenfans, Amiciness was there to witness the unveiling of the Battery King of smartphones hosted by fitness coach and TV host, Vince Velasco.

Honestly, I didn’t expect to be swooned by the Zenfone Max Plus but I was. I love it! I would have bought one right then and there if only my finances allowed me to. (The queue was also long!) Anyway, let me tell you why I would buy the ASUS Zenfone Max Plus.

Vince Velasco
Vince Velasco hosted the jam-packed event.

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Must-Watch: Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes

Yesterday, my friends and I decided to watch Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes from Star Cinema, Quantum Films and IdeaFirst Company. It stars Judy Ann Santos as Lianne and Angelica Panganiban as Cindy. Two young wives with one common problem. Their husbands cheated. Inasawa ng asawa nila ang isa’t isa.

I entered the cinema without expectations. Joke. It was directed by Jun Robles Lana so I had expectations. I haven’t seen a trailer but I read an article on PEP that portion of the movie was shot in Taiwan during gay pride. That’s where I found out that the husbands were played by Joross Gamboa (Gary) and JC De Vera (Felix). Continue reading “Must-Watch: Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes”

Amiciness Goes on a VL: Autumn in Korea (Teaser)

I’ve been to Korea three times since 2016. The first one was when my friends and I had a memorable autumn experience in Seoul and Sokcho. I literally have tons of videos in my hard drive. I didn’t get to edit them on time and share them to you last year so here’s a short teaser of the first Amiciness Goes on a VL: Korea episode. Hope you enjoy!

Have you ever been to South Korea? What was your favorite autumn destination? Sound off in the comments section below.