Tenant opens at Solace Hotel
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The Tenant shop at Solace Hotel in Makati City isn’t just a surf shop. It was designed as a place where people can hang out and be creative, have coffee, and shop.
The café is at the ground floor where guests can enjoy premium quality coffee, teas, juices, beers, baked goods, and sandwiches.

Tenant store opening
Tenant store opening
Tenant store opening
Tenant store opening

But the main reason to visit Tenant is the shop on the second floor which stocks an assortment of men’s apparel and accessories from U.S. and Japanese brands such as Saturdays Surf, Hill-Side, Kapital, Engineered, Mollusk, Converse, and Quality Peoples, which is designed by Tenant co-founder John Esguerra.

Tenant store opening
Tenant store opening
Tenant store opening

There’s a variety of lightweight shirts, shorts, sweaters, windbreakers, shoes, totes, books, and even beanies. Mandala Surfboards is also making its Manila retail debut at Tenant.
Prices start at Php 2,000 plus for T-shirts and surfboards range from Php 37,000 plus.

Tenant store opening
Tenant store opening

“We’re bringing our love of all things art, design, beach, and sun to Manila,” said Tenant co-founder Anton Lopez, who owns and runs ADCA Creative Studio.
For now, it’s all menswear but women’s clothing is something the owners can start carrying in the future. (Hey, why not Vivienne Ramsey clothes?)

Tenant store opening
Tenant store opening
Tenant store opening

Tenant is open daily from 11 AM-8PM at at the ground floor, Solace Hotel, 9369 Kamagong Street, Makati City.
For more information, like them on Facebook.

Tenant store opening
Tenant store opening
Tenant store opening

Alden Richards gives back
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“Why is he going to the Aetas again? Is this a Land Rover sponsorship?” I asked Dinna when she told me she was going to accompany the Philippines’ hottest young actor to the boon docks.
“No he’s not an endorser. He’s going to distribute care packages to the Aetas for his birthday because he wants to,” said Dinna. “He’s not getting paid.”
To clarify, Alden Richards did not want media coverage. Except for GMA News and because we invited ourselves 🙂
So Dinna spent an overnight at Residencia Romero in San Fernando, Pampanga, along with GMA Network’s Senior Assistant Vice President Gigi Santiago Lara, our friend Mark Sablan of GMA Artist Center and other GMA staff, to help Alden Richards fulfil his wish to give back to others. Here’s what happened:

Alden Richards in Tarlac

By Dinna Vasquez

For his 24th birthday, Alden Richards wanted a meaningful celebration. Thanks to his cousin April Peñaranda, the event—though held a month after his birthday—turned out the way he wanted.
When April (whom Alden describes as his “chief of staff”) asked what he wanted to do for his birthday, Alden said he wanted to reach out to others in a way that he hadn’t done so before.

“He’s not the type to celebrate with a lavish party. He’s a simple person. So when I asked RJ (Alden’s nickname) what he wanted to do for his birthday, his answer was to do outreach. From there I only had one place in mind. I thought, why not take him to a place where people won’t recognize him—I assumed, but I was wrong! He’s been involved with several institutions, but Bamban, Tarlac is a special place for me and I wanted to share that with him,” said April.

Alden Richards in Tarlac
Alden with his cousin April in Tarlac

Two years ago, April met Marc Soong of Land Rover Philippines at a mutual friend’s wedding. Later on, Marc invited April to help distribute goods in Tarlac.
“I didn’t know what I was up for, but that trip changed me,” she said.

On February 5, a group headed by Gigi Santiago Lara of GMA Artist Center headed for San Fernando, Pampanga, with goods donated mostly by companies endorsed by Alden Richards. These include Doña Maria Premium Quality Rice, PhilPlans, Tide, Downy, Gard shampoo, Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Sweet Kiss Custom Cakes, Datu Puti, McDonald’s, Hapee Toothpaste, and others.
At Residencia Romero, they repacked the goods for over 800 Aetas. Alden and his team arrived at midnight.


On February 6, the group, with the help of Marc Soong, the Land Rover Club of the Philippines, and Pampanga Off Roaders Club Inc., set out for Sitio Gayaman in Bamban, Tarlac at 5:30 in the morning for the outreach.
Alden drove a Land Rover Discovery Sport, on loan from Land Rover Philippines, to the site.


Everyone was excited to meet Alden, contrary to April’s belief that nobody would recognize her cousin. Some of the kids were wearing “Kalyeserye” shirts.
Comedian Tess Bomb hosted the program while Pastor Rico from Gayaman Hope Sungnae Presbyterian Church gave the opening remarks.
A highlight of the program was a surprise dance number by the Aetas. Alden was so touched that he jumped right in and danced with them. He also posed for photos with members of the Aeta community.


The fun morning ended with donations and giveaways which Alden personally distributed to children and adults composed of 350 families within the Aeta community. Apart from personally distributing the goods, Alden also donated money to help the Aeta community. Some of the items that were given out were rice, salt, sugar, coffee, soy sauce, vinegar, toiletries, shoes, bags, biscuits and kids’ apparel. Alden’s fans, who are known as the Aldenatics, also donated goods for the families.


According to Alden, he chose to help Sitio Gayaman because not a lot of people know about the plight of the Aetas within the isolated community and he hopes that the outreach program will open people’s eyes to the situation there. Located on the mountain peaks of Tarlac, most of the houses don’t even have electricity or enough food to sustain their daily needs.
“I am definitely doing this again next year,” said Alden.


Les Misérables announces Manila cast
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Cameron Mackintosh has announced the cast for the Manila engagement of Les Misérables, which will be presented by Smart Infinity, at The Theatre at Solaire starting in March.
Starring as Fantine is the Philippines’ own Rachelle Ann Go, who won awards for her portrayal of Gigi in Miss Saigon. Go’s other theater credits include Fantine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, London, Ariel in the local production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Jane Porter in the musical adaptation of Tarzan.

RACHELLE ANN GO - Headshot Colour - New 1

Australian-Filipina Chloe De Los Santos will play the role of Little Cosette. She trained at the Young Australian Talent Company, CAPA and played Ying Yaowalak in The King and I for Opera Australia.

DE LOS SANTOS, Chloe - Little Cosette

Playing the role of Jean Valjean is established actor and musical theatre star Simon Gleeson, fresh from his stint as Prisoner 24601 in Australia. Simon has worked extensively in theater, film, and television in Australia and the UK, including performing in London’s prestigious West End. His portrayal as Jean Valjean has earned him a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical.

GLEESON, Simon - Jean Valjean

Earl Carpenter plays Valjean’s lifelong antagonist Javert. Carpenter, who just concluded his run as the inspector in Les Misérables on Broadway, has also appeared in original and 25th Anniversary productions and concert celebrations of Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Witches of Eastwick, Sunset Boulevard, and Evita.

CARPENTER, Earl - Javert

The cast also includes Emily Langridge as Cosette, Kerrie Greenland as Eponine, Paul Wilkins as Marius, Helen Walsh as Madame Thenardier, Chris Durling as Enjolras, and Cameron Blakely as Thenardier.

Les Miserables Manila

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century revolutionary France, Les Misérables is a much loved blockbuster musical which has been seen by over 70 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 22 languages.
It has won more than 125 major awards around the world and has been hailed as the most stirring, moving musical ever. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, it is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit.
The score of Les Misérables includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master of the House,” and many more.
Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo.

Tickets available at
For more information, call 891-9999 or go to

Chris Botti returns to Resorts World Manila—with Sting!
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Chris Botti’s friendship with Sting goes as far back as 1999 when the singer asked the trumpet instrumentalist to go on tour with him. By that time, Botti had already made three albums.
In 2001, they released a DVD recording of a performance at Sting’s estate.
Botti credits Sting as the one who started his international career. Looking back, Botti said, “I don’t have a career unless I run into him.”
Just look at their photos through the years.

Chris Botti and Sting

With Sting’s wife Trudie Styler

Chris Botti and Sting

Chris Botti and Sting

It’s amazing how the two Grammy awardees have remained friends and continue to collaborate more than 16 years later.
Now Chris Botti and Sting come together in a one-night performance at the Marriott Grand Ballroom of Resorts World Manila on March 3, 2016 at 8 PM.

Chris Botti

This post-Valentine concert brings together two iconic musicians in a one-of-a-kind intimate setting for audiences via stage seats.
The unique VIP seating allows 60 guests to share the stage with Botti and Sting as they perform their greatest hits.
“This concert has a unique value proposition,” said Martin Paz, Chief Integrated Marketing Officer, Resorts World Manila. “Unlike other shows with VIP seating that are typically restricted to front row seats, meet-and-greets, or autograph signing sessions, we now take things to a whole new level wherein those in stage seats get to watch the concert on the stage itself and just a breath away from the artists.”

You don’t want to miss this.

Ticket prices start at Php11,000 for Bronze, Php17,000 for Silver, Php28,000 for Gold, Php34,000 for VIP, and Php40,000 for SVIP.
For Stage Seats, contact the RWM Sales team at (0917) 872-8012.
As the Marriott Grand Ballroom has a 3,180 seat capacity for this intimate show, which is relatively limited compared to arena concerts, tickets are expected to sell out due to the unique opportunity it presents Botti and Sting fans.

Tickets for Chris Botti with special guest Sting Up Close and Personal are now available at the Resorts World Manila Box Office (632) 908-8000 loc. 7700 and TicketWorld (632) 891-9999.
RWM members may exclusively avail of two VIP tickets by earning points from January 15 until February 15, 2016.

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