I need to get some of these for my Onion couch (Photos: Grace Velasco)
They come in graphics or scrabble letters
Comes in two sizes: small-Php 695 and large-Php 1195
Available at Bleach Catastrophe, 2nd level, Greenbelt 5, Makati
Ever wonder why Filipinos pay so much money foreign acts in concerts in Manila, even though we sometimes have to stand in the rain in some reclaimed area/parking lot in a god-forsaken place?
OPM, that’s why. OPM apparently demands a very high fee from any foreign act performing in Manila. This includes the international touring group of Mamma Mia that is set to perform at the CCP this January 24-Februrary 12.
Instead of feeling insecure about foreign artists performing here, OPM should be more nationalistic and consider:
1. All the hotel rooms these people are going to occupy = tourism
2. All the Filipinos who will enjoy watching a real performance of Mamma Mia, fresh from abroad, instead of having to fly to another country to see it
3. Whatever happened to “it’s more fun in the Philippines?” You are actually making it “more hassle in the Philippines.”
4. It’s not only the Filipinos would enjoy watching Mamma Mia at the CCP, it would also give tourists/foreigners/expats something else to look forward to besides our ho-hum malls.
5. Your exorbitant fees are absorbed by the producers who pass it on to the consumers. That explains why it’s more expensive to watch concerts and shows in the Philippines. Thank you very much.
Read on and let us know what you think in the comments section.
MANILA, Philippines—The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) is considering filing an injunction or temporary restraining order against the local promoter of the international touring production of the long-running West End and Broadway musical, “Mamma Mia!,” set to open Jan. 24 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Elmar Beltran Ingles, OPM executive director, told the Inquirer on Friday that the local promoter Concertus Inc. had not paid the equity clearance, a requirement for all foreign artists performing in the Philippines, which is bound by a memorandum of agreement between the singers’ union and the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
“We’ve been talking with the promoter since November last year and were willing to give a 20-percent discount because the amount due is P1.8 million which is huge,” said Beltran.
The equity clearance fee—Php 5,000 per performer per show—Beltran said, goes to the OPM fund that pays for medical treatment and other emergency expenses of singer members.
But Concertus managing director Bambi Verzo said the BI had issued a special permit for the performers in the musical, which will have a four-week run.
“We were being charged double [from the original amount of Php 900,000] because OPM said December to February is a peak season for local shows. We discussed the situation with the BI.”
Verzo told the Inquirer that her office paid the bureau Php 367,000 for the special permit.
She did not explain why she paid an amount much lower than the OPM’s asking price.
Beltran pointed out that the amount does not cover the equity clearance. “We suspect something happened inside the BI without the knowledge of the top officials,” he said. “Ogie Alcasid (OPM president) has been trying to contact the immigration commissioner (Ricardo David Jr.) but it seems his calls are being ignored. We may bring the matter to the attention of President Aquino.”
Verzo, whose group has produced other international productions including “Cats” and “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” also at the CCP, said she didn’t see a problem. “We have the official permit, including the receipt of payment. That should settle the issue.”
Beltran said OPM will wait until Monday for Concertus to meet with them.
One of the best gifts I got this Christmas was this special edition Daligramme bag from Lancel.
I love this shape
but sure is pretty, even without the filing “cabinet”
Then I figured it out what it’s for: an organizer for all my gift checques! The perfect gift for an editor/blogger/writer or anyone who gets a lot of these.
When I was growing up one of my favorite artists was Salvador Dalí. I used to stare at his works in my dad’s art books—he with the crazy mustache and paintings of limp watches and suspended eggs.
Apart from his art and lifestyle, what struck me about Dalí was his devotion to his wife and muse Gala.
Salvador Dali worshipped and adored Gala, the love of his life who inspired him to greatness and rescued him from madness.
From the moment they met in 1929 on the beach in Cadaques, they became inseparable. At that time Gala was still married to the poet Paul Eluard, who had no choice but resign to his fate. He left without Gala.
Gala was “the woman I dreamt of and painted before I knew her,” said Dali. “I am crazy for Gala Gravida,” he declared, and invented an alphabet of love through symbols or variations on their initials, D and S and G.
Thus the “daligramas” were born.
This season, Lancel pays tribute to love of Salvador Dali and Gala through the Daligramme Collection, a range of bags emblazoned Dalí’s secret symbols.
Find them at Lancel, 2nd level, Shangri-La Plaza.
To know more, go to http://www.daligramme.com/.
You know that bitin (not enough) feeling you get when eating something really good?
Pepper Lunch understands. And due to popular demand, offers JUMBO size pepper rice dishes for the big eater.
Choose from Beef Pepper Rice, Chicken & Cheese Pepper Rice, and Garlic Beef Pepper Rice at all Pepper Lunch stores in the Philippines*.
On Chinese New Year, get a chance to win Pepper Money just by dining at Pepper Lunch. Each guest gets a chance to win Php 100 Pepper Money by participating in a drop box lucky raffle.
To know more, go to Facebook.
*Pepper Lunch is now open at Rockwell, Shangri-La Plaza, Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Place Ermita, and SM Megamall A.
Opening soon: Pepper Lunch Express at Trinoma
Gucci dressed select nominees and presenters for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills recently.
Presenter Salma Hayek-Pinault wore a Gucci Art Deco strapless evening gown with a black satin evening clutch.
The dress featured a graphic bustier embroidered with antique gold and silver glass bugle beads, thin beaded black belt and a fully embroidered liquid skirt of vertical lines of glass beads and black satin peep toe evening shoes.
Jessica Alba presented wearing a Gucci pale lilac Première silk charmeuse embroidered evening gown. The dress featured crystal encrusted organza petals, light crystal drops and a high-waisted sash that draped into a pleated train.
Evan Rachel Wood, who was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Made for Television for Mildred Pierce, wore a custom designed Gucci Première halter neck gown and black suede evening sandals. The midnight green dress was embroidered with overlapping fish scale paillettes and ostrich plumes, graduating into a full skirt of iridescent feathers.
Presenter Robert Downey Jr. wore a Gucci black custom tuxedo jacket with tails, tuxedo trousers, white dress shirt, white pique cotton vest, white silk tie and black lace ups.
Nominee for Best Director of a Motion Picture for the film The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius wore a Gucci black peak lapel one button Marseille tuxedo with black waistcoat, white dress shirt, printed tone-on-tone black silk tie and black leather lace-ups.
And Jeremy Irvine wore a Gucci black Signoria notch lapel two button tuxedo trimmed with satin, white dress shirt, black silk tie and black patent lace ups.