Angel Aquino co-stars in Patrick Marber’s Closer
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Red Turnip Theater announces its maiden production, a staging of Patrick Marber’s acclaimed play, Closer.
Directed by Ana Abad Santos, the cast features Angel Aquino, Bart Guingona, Cris Villonco, and Marc Abaya.
The show will run during the weekends of October.

Closer cast

After Patrick Marber debuted Closer in London in 1997, the play won him a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1998, as well as the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play when it was staged in New York in 1999. General audiences may be most familiar with the work due to its 2004 film adaptation by Mike Nichols, starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen.

The story revolves around two couples who weave in and out of each other’s orbits. It’s a study of lust, seduction, deceit, the myriad little lies we tell others (and ourselves), and the cowardice that keeps us from being honest.
Watch the trailer, directed by Marie Jamora:

The production will mark acclaimed film actress Angel Aquino’s debut in a stage play.
Aquino was most recently seen in Erik Matti’s On The Job, which debuted at the Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Bart Guingona is no stranger to the material, having directed it himself in a production several years ago.
TV and film actor Marc Abaya, son of pioneering director Marilou Diaz-Abaya and frontman of rock band Kjwan, also makes his stage debut with Closer.
And Cris Villonco is one of the founding members of Red Turnip Theater.

Closer poster

Technical Direction & Lighting Design: John Batalla
Set Design: Gino Gonzales
Sound Design: Jethro Joaquin
Costumes: Raven Ong

Tickets available at TicketWorld. Call 891-9999 or or go click HERE.
Or call 215-0788 • 0917-537-8313. Opening night tickets available only through Red Turnip.
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Lee Denim Workshop: One hot mess
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Lee Fall/Winter 2013 denim collection

Manila’s artsy hipster crowd flocked to The Fort’s hip URBN Bar to attend Lee’s Denim DIY Craftsmanship Workshop, featuring celebrities invited to showcase their personal style and passion for denim.
Seen at the scene were artist Leeroy New

sculptor-fashion designer Leeroy New

Visual and tattoo artist Sarah Gaugler

visual and tattoo artist Sarah Gaugler

Designer and muralist Deejae Paeste

designer and muralist Deejae Paeste

Fashion blogger and accessory designer Paul Jatayna

fashion blogger and accessory designer Paul Jatayna

Also present were pro formula racers Michelle Bumgarner and Mark Bumgarner and designer Jerome Lorico who created customized denim pieces using bottles of paints, threads, needles, studs, and other sewing supplies, while DJ duo Deuce Manila spun upbeat music. You can imagine one hot mess!
Host KC Montero went around the workstations, which also had actor Ruru Madrid and showbiz reporter Nelson Canlas getting their hands dirty.

KC Montero
KC Montero

Ruru Madrid and Nelson Canlas
Ruru Madrid and Nelson Canlas

Held in celebration of Lee’s landmark 125th anniversary, the activity kicked off Lee’s Style Army Competition—whose entries will be displayed in a Lee Denim Exhibit during Philippine Fashion Week this October 25, 2013, 6 PM at the Atrium, SM Mall of Asia.
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What happened last night at Rajo-fied x National Book Store
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Hats off to Rajo Laurel for another successful collab!
I’m in awe whenever Rajo ties in with Uratex foam or Red Ribbon cakes. He has truly made himself a reachable, affordable brand.
Last night we caught up with him at the NBC Tent to launch his limited edition collection for National Book Store.

Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store

Guests buzzed in and out as many had a second event to attend at Ystyle, but we stayed put to watch a mini show staged by director Robby Carmona.
It opened with female models wearing Rajo’s squiggly designs, which are reproduced in National Book Store tote bags and accessories. The models came out on the left of the stage

Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store
Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store
Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store

Then the right of the stage came to life with male models coming out of a wooden shack

Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store

Eek! There goes Sam Ajdani, so I ran

Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store
Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store

Just in time to make a video

Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store

Water! Water!

Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store

Watch (BTW that’s not my sound byte)

Then the girls came out again, so I ran

Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store

and it was good

Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store

You can get these squiggly totes and more at selected National Book Store outlets beginning October 18th

Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store

One of Rajo’s best shows I’ve seen, with clean shapes and styling

Rajo Laurel's show for National Book Store

Happy I made it out there. See for yourself!

And it’s confirmed, I am next! Watch for my collab with National Book Store next year!

Celebrity sighting faux pas
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It was the mid ’80s at Penguin Café in Malate. A Saturday night. I was sitting on a black bar stool facing the entrance, when former child actor, Dranreb Belleza, walked in the door.
“Well, hello!” I said warmly. Dranreb looked at me oddly and confused before walking away. It took me a few seconds to realize we had never been introduced.
Because my brain was programmed to say hi to familiar faces, I said hello because I thought I knew him. In fact I had only seen him in magazines and on TV!
We became friends for real a few years after, but I’ll never forget that embarrassing moment at Penguin.

Dranreb, TV Times

A few months ago I was at a Blackberry event at Whitespace when I saw TJ Manotoc, and what’s worse is, I even kissed him on the cheek! It was too late when I saw that TJ looked very awkward. I thought I knew him, it’s just that I see his face on ANC all the time.
I swear I wanted to die. I disappeared quickly.

TJ Manotoc

Then tonight my friends and I were dining at Donosti at The Fort when this guy walks in and sits in front of us.
My brain told me, hey, he looks familiar. My brain associated him with food, so I thought he was a food blogger.
I immediately said hi and he smiled back. Then I said, “Hey, how are you?”
That was when my brain clicked. I don’t freaking know him. I’ve seen him online but have never met him.

Chef Gino Gonzalez
(Photo: Yummy magazine)

I heard myself mumble an excuse. “Oh, I’m sorry you don’t know me but I know you, from the Internet.”
“You probably saw him on TV,” Grace said. “That’s Gino Gonzalez.”
OMG. Chef Gino who’s engaged to China Cojuangco.
So freaking embarrassed.
And you? Have you had this experience too?

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