West Side Story at Solaire this August 2017
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My favorite musical West Side Story comes to Manila with an outstanding all-American cast, as it premieres at Solaire Theatre on 10 August 2017.
Set in 1950s New York, two enemy gangs—the Jets and the Sharks—are about to clash.
The Jets—sons of previous immigrants to America—are fighting the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the Sharks, for domination of the streets.


Trouble begins when Tony (a Jet) falls in love with Maria, sister of the leader of the Sharks.
Former Les Miserables principal Kevin Hack takes on the role of Tony, while Jenna Burns reprises her role as Maria.


Anita will be played by Keely Beirne, who has been dreaming of playing the role since she was six years old.
Broadway’s Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva assumes the role of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks.
Lance Hayes will be playing Riff, leader of the Jets and Bernardo’s nemesis.


Described as “the No. 1 greatest musical of all time” by The Times UK, West Side Story was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Its ground-breaking choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre when it burst onto the Broadway stage in 1957.


This new production of West Side Story is as daring, realistic and relevant today as it was on the day of its premiere. Jerome Robbins’ original choreography has been recreated by director and choreographer Joey McKneely, a former pupil of Jerome Robbins.
Musical supervisor is renowned conductor Donald Chan, who studied under Leonard Bernstein, creator of the original score.


West Side Story is a Michael Brenner production, produced by BB Promotion GmbH in association with Sundance Productions, Inc. NY, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises.

For tickets and show times, click HERE.
For sponsorship, corporate nights and bulk buy inquiries, call (02) 403-8646 or (02) 403-8678.

WEST SIDE STORY is suitable for a PG audience and contains no profanities. As a guide to parents and guardians, it is recommended for ages 13+. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted.

Arrival Times:
Theatre Foyers open 2 hours before every performance, and the theatre doors open 30 minutes prior. Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.

Ode to Sharon Cuneta
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I first heard about Sharon Cuneta in grade school at St. Paul Pasig, around 1978. My best friend Nana pointed her out to me at the canteen (cafeteria) and said, “That girl has a record, you know.”
This one.

Mr. DJ

We were in 6th grade and Sharon was a batch older.
Little did we know that she would be a huge star three years later.
I was already in Assumption when her first movie with Gabby Concepcion, Dear Heart came out followed by PS. I Love You.

Dear Heart
PS I love you

To my horror, some of my classmates cut class to watch her movies. I was too chicken to join them.
Then one day my classmates dared each other to ring the doorbell at Sharon’s home in Dasmariñas Village. To their surprise, Sharon was home. They went inside and became friends.
I didn’t want to admit it but I was jealous of them for a very long time.

I met Sharon just once when I was already in college. There was a massive traffic jam on Wilson Street where we used to live. My classmates were with Sharon stuck in a car, and decided to walk to my house and ask for water. This was at the height of her stardom.
I met her once but Sharon remembered me a few years ago when she joined Twitter. She followed me and said she remembered me and my reference to “NIKNUD STUNOD” which was backwards for Dunkin’ Donuts. She thought it was hilarious.


We even exchanged phone numbers but I never used it.
Which brings us to present time and Sharon Cuneta’s recent posts on Facebook which break my heart.

This takes the cake for me. Read her caption. 🙁

I don’t know what she’s going through but I wish it would go away. She does not deserve this kind of pain!!
I feel so much for her, so much sadness, as if she died. I decided to unearth my meager Sharon Cuneta DVD collection while the hubby was in Singapore and did an SC marathon.

Sharon Cuneta DVDs

I watched three of these back-to-back.
PS. I Love You is a classic ’80s which defined our high school years.
Rich girl meets richer boy and is broken apart by the girl’s mom because she hates the boy’s father with whom she had a past.
Lampel Luis was such a beauty, very chic in her ’80s disco outfits.
Danny Zialcita = John Hughes because he made films for an English-speaking generation of Filipino teens.
Danny Zialcita = cheese with the polo players and private planes.
But I digress….

Una Ka Naging Akin is a cheesy movie adapted from a komiks serial.
Rich boy Gabby Concepcion gets amnesia after surviving a kidnapping attempt and helicopter crash. He is nursed back to health by jungle natives who strangely know how to speak perfect Tagalog.
He meets Sharon and marries her but had to leave a pregnant Sharon and get a doctor when she goes into labor.
On the way to get the doctor, he figures in a bus accident and recovers from amnesia.
He remembers he was once engaged to a super hot Dawn Zulueta and marries her.
Dawn happens to be Sharon’s “best friend” in the movie.
Sharon is devastated when Gabby marries Dawn and doesn’t remember her and their son.
Pregnant Dawn miscarries in freak accident and becomes infertile. Gabby starts to hate her and starts an affair with Sharon, etc. until the shocking truth is revealed in a climactic ending.
PS. Everyone is gorgeous in this movie. Sharon is gorgeous (sans wig), Gabby is hot and always topless, and Dawn is super chic, whether in a cocktail dress or a Giordano pullover.

Sharon and Gabby

Bakit Ka Ba Mahalin is the worst one of the three (read: walang quenta), about the troubled marriage of middle class Sharon and typecast rich boy Gabby Concepcion.
The answer to the title is to be quite honest: NO.
Gabby is such a douche bag. He hooks up with a boring Chanda Romero (sorry) and hangs around with stereotypical bad boys such as Rez Cortez (so unchic).
This movie is so dumb, I can’t tell you. The only part I really liked was when Gabby brings his baby son to a room full of toys, including a giant Woody Woodpecker from Gift Gate.

Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin

I’m looking forward to watch Dear Heart again.
I’ll be looking for more Sharon DVDs, while avoiding the comedies and the ones where she’s paired with an action star (read: boring).
The younger people will never understand what Sharon is/was to our generation.
To dear Sharon, we get you. We are rooting for you, we respect you, and we are praying for your happiness ever after.
Hang in there!!

Download my convenient Permission Slip for teenagers
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I have two teenaged boys who suddenly went from PS4 to going out with friends.
Having grown up with really strict parents, I suddenly understand why they gave me such a hard time to go out. But I also understand it from the teen’s point of view.
My boys don’t go out that much, but I find myself an amateur in parenting teens and I forget to get all the important details.
That’s why I decided to create a permission slip just to make sure I cover most of the bases I need to feel more at ease.
So please feel free to download the form and let me know if it works for you.
Good luck to all parents of teens. God bless us all!!

Click HERE to download!

permission slip

The Kris List: Look what Kris Aquino’s up to
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You don’t have to be a Kris Aquino fan to know that anything she does is news.
Like her or not, you’ll have to admit that she has the numbers. If she features a new restaurant, it will be packed. If she’s talking about an eyebrow pencil, people are going to want that.

Kris Aquino

Lately I’ve been wondering what she’s up to since she’s no longer as visible on TV.
In a way, I can relate very much. After more than 15 years of blogging, I’ve decided to slow down.
I feel like change is in the air, not just for me but for lots of people.
I feel like Kris and I may be in the same cycle—except she has more guts and more will to reinvent herself, while I’m just waiting for things to unfold.

When you decide to slow down there’s a risk that people will forget about you. Some people are lucky enough to make a successful comeback and reinvent themselves.
I stumbled upon Kris’ Facebook page where she has #TheKrisList, a series of videos where she talks about new experiences.
The first webisode is called Calligraphy, where she learns the art of handwriting through the guidance of professional calligrapher and painter, Alessandra Lanot.

Being the daughter of a former journalist, Kris said she has much respect for the written word.
“When I give gifts, I make sure each one comes with a note written for the person. I am not a patient person but calligraphy taught me that if you want something to turn out beautiful, you have to give it time and you have to have patience,” she said.
From calligraphy strokes, Kris learned to give herself time to pause and “always end on a high.”

In the second episode, Camping, Kris gives in to her son Bimby’s wish to go camping.
“Our kids will always challenge us,” she said.
Kris and Bimby went to Caliraya where, upon the latter’s wishes, they pitched a tent, tried to fish, flew a kite, and walked around.
“It was tough, but seeing my son smile made it all worth it,” she said. “You will do anything for your kid, no matter how difficult.”
At the end of the episode, Kris realized that while her relationships didn’t work out, she now has two precious sons who are “kind-hearted, honest and respectful.”

In the third episode, Kris returns to the kitchen with Laing.
Her guest is designer Avel Bacudio, who is also an expert in cooking the spicy Bicolano dish.
“Food is a big part of my life,” she said.
In explaining what laing is (a dish made of taro leaves, pork, shrimps, coconut milk and chilis), Kris realized that the dish, though simple, has so many layers.

Avel told Kris two secrets about making laing. One is to use taro leaves from Bicol because the leaves are bigger. He also emphasized that one shouldn’t stir the pot as it is believed it will make the leaves “itchy.”
“It is important to use good quality pork, so go for a brand you trust. It is also important to take your time, be patient and wait for all of it to come together.”

To view all the webisodes, click HERE.
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Mother’s Day flowers, gifts, and engraving at Adora
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What to do when your mom has everything?
You can’t go wrong with flowers. From May 9 (Tuesday) Rustan’s Flower Shop will have a pop-up shop at Adora, located at 2/F, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.
It’s all about spring wreaths at Rustan’s Flower Shop. You can pre-order them until May 12, Friday at 12 noon) or customize your own arrangement from Rustan’s Flower Shop’s fresh blooms, including Ecuadorian roses, calla lily, orchids, tulips and more.
The spring wreaths are made from fresh flowers and will last for a week.

Rustan's flower shop

Adora also offers a complimentary engraving service for in-store purchases—from candles, perfumes, makeup compacts and even Rimowa luggage.
In-store engraving will be on May 9 and 13 but if you purchase anything you want engraved for Mother’s Day (which is on Sunday, May 14), you can just leave it with Adora and come back on the 13th to pick it up.

Adora fragrances

Adora is home to brands like Diptyque, Valentino, Chloe, Becca, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Penhaligon’s, Anya Hindmarch, Givenchy and many others.
Don’t forget to check out their shoes and bag department.

Adora shoes
Adora bags

Adora is the at 2nd level Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.
For more information, call Adora at 217-4029.
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