Ballet Manila sends dancers to Russian festival
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Four young, promising dancers will represent Ballet Manila in the DANCE OPEN International Ballet Festival this April 16 to 25, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Ballet Manila junior company members Nicole Barroso, Marinette Franco, Alvin Dictado and Joshua Enciso, were all handpicked by their artistic heads to participate in the prestigious festival, which will bring to the fore the fruits of years of rigorous training in the Russian Vaganova method.

Lisa Macuja Elizalde and Osias Barroso with BM artists Marinette Franco, Joshua Enciso, Nicole Barroso and Alvin Dictado
Lisa Macuja Elizalde and Osias Barroso with Ballet Manila’s Marinette Franco, Joshua Enciso, Nicole Barroso and Alvin Dictado

Fourteen-year-old Nicole is the youngest in the group and a silver medalist (Junior B category) of the 2015 Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong, where Marinette, 16, was also a finalist.

“Having trained exclusively at Ballet Manila School, they both exude the style and technique of the Vaganova-trained dancer,” said artistic director and prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, who is also Ballet Manila’s School Director.
“As individual artists, they are complete opposites when it comes to strengths. Whereas Marinette is tall and long with beautiful lines and extensions that go up and away, Nicole is a compact soubrette who is fast, charming, and a turner.”

On his selection of the male delegates, co-artistic director Osias Barroso said that both have “marvelous stage presence.”
Joshua, 16 and an AGP finalist, is like “a wonderful ballon” while Alvin, 15, is “light on his feet.”
“Although they are young, these boys have a good working attitude and they deliver onstage. I am confident that they will treasure this experience and strive harder to improve on whatever physical limitations they may possess.”

Now on its 15th year, the DANCE OPEN International Ballet Festival has become one of the most significant and highly-anticipated festivals in the international ballet calendar, featuring some of the brightest dancers, choreographers and companies in the world.
Gracing this year’s festival are ballet stars Tyler Angle (New York City Ballet), Alicia Amatriain (Stuttgart Ballet), Elena Algado (Ballet Nacional de España), Silvia Azzoni (Hamburg Ballet), and Yonah Acosta (English National Ballet). Participating companies include the Bolshoi Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, the Vienna State Ballet, among others.

One of the integral elements of the DANCE OPEN is its Master Class program for young dancers, which gathers students from around the world for a week of rigorous training in the Russian ballet school tradition, which is considered the best in the world.
“Since ballet is an art that is handed down directly from teacher to student, we know that our Ballet Manila kids will gain invaluable experience training under legendary ballet professors such as Gennady Selyutsky and Elvira Tarasova, who are both esteemed national artists of Russia,” said Lisa, adding that at least two of the coaches—Igor Petrov of the Mariinsky Theater and Veronika Ivanova of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet—were her own contemporaries during the four years she spent studying and dancing in St. Petersburg.

On April 24, after completing their Master Classes, the four Filipino teens will join their international peers in performing at the “Young Stars Gala” scheduled at the historic Hermitage Theater, where they will be dancing on the very same stage where ballet icons like Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky took flight over a century ago. They will also participate in museum tours, as well as cultural and artistic exposure trips arranged especially for the junior delegates.

To know more about Ballet Manila, click HERE.

Tried and tested: How to use a salt bath to counter negative energy
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Some people are manhid. You can tell. They text without emotion. They don’t really say thank you. They don’t really open up. They don’t really react.
Unfortunately, I am an empath. I am very sensitive. I get hurt. I react. I cry at TV commercials. I can’t say no to people asking for help and I give until it hurts. I am also sensitive to spirits.

Read how an empath reacts to spirits

In my last entry, I wrote about the salt bath I took upon the recommendation of my friend Edison, who investigates paranormal activities.
I took the salt bath on Friday night while my boys were at Balesin. My friend Rem and her daughter slept over to keep me company.
Early morning I felt stomach pain. I dragged myself to the bathroom and had the strangest smelly yellow liquid—so smelly I had to light scented candle (sorry, TMI).
Yesterday I ran to the bathroom seven times. But the bad smell diminished with every dump (sorry).
I had a headache and felt feverish, though the thermometer said only 36 degrees.


Thank God for good friends.
I dragged myself to dinner in Makati. I went home, took an Advil PM and went to bed. But I fell asleep only at 6 AM.
I woke up when my boys arrived from Balesin and showered me with kisses. I had lunch, and I realized the headache and diarrhea were gone.
I called Edison to ask him about my reaction to the salt bath.
He said, the yellow smelly diarrhea was the negative energy coming out. He couldn’t believe I waited that long to take the salt bath.
As for him, Edison takes salt baths regularly—after visiting a job site (read: haunted house), cemetery, wake, hospital, or church—anywhere where people have suffered, cried, and left negative energy.
I feel so much better today and cannot wait for the Presidential debate at 6 PM.

If you think you have attracted negative energy, you can take a bath in salt, just ordinary salt mixed in bath water, and pour over your head if you don’t have a bathtub.

P.S. My friend Patrice told me psychic Jinky Amores said ghosts don’t like to be photographed so you have to ask permission to the unseen when photographing old houses, creepy scenarios, etc. I did not know this. I even photographed the fetuses at the Legarda mansion. I did not ask permission and I am sorry.

To know more about the salt bath and how to remove negative energy, click HERE.

Conclusion: La Cocina de Tita Moning (Part 6)
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I’m nilalagnat. I feel feverish and unwell. Maybe it is the heat.
Earlier this month, we had dinner at La Cocina de Tita Moning and I felt nauseous that night and two days later.
So I consulted my friend Edison who is the protege of a paranormal investigator (read: ghostbuster).
Edison reads my blog so he knew I had been to the Legarda mansion.
I know I am sensitive to spirits because I have seen and felt them on five to six occasions through the years. Edison said, in order to counter the effects of what I had experienced, I have to take a bath in salt. So I asked my maid to buy a kilo of salt.

salt bath

I wrote a five-part blog entry on Tita Moning because I felt the pictures were too beautiful not to share. Anyone who knows me well knows I love old houses and nostalgia.
But it became hard for me to finish the entries because I would get scared every time I looked at the photos.

La Cocina de Tita Moning
La Cocina de Tita Moning

The bathroom is another story

La Cocina de Tita Moning

So I took a break and blogged about other things.
But I continued to feel bad as the days passed, so tonight I finally took that salt bath.

salt bath

I sat in the bathtub with of salt and water and prayed Our Father. After 15 minutes I toweled off, but now I feel feverish.
When I wrote about Tita Moning, I received a couple of negative comments which made me upset. But truthfully, this is my experience of it, not sorry if you don’t like it.
It made me sick, I had a slight diarrhea when I got home that night. I showered and took a tranquilizer, but couldn’t sleep.
I am by no means stopping any of you if you want to eat there. If you do, please book soon because they are closing on May 31.

La Cocina de Tita Moning

If you want to know more about it, read my previous entries on Tita Moning. Just use the search bar on the upper right corner of this site.
Right now I will just stay in bed and hope to feel better soon. I will not be entertaining any negative comments, so please back off if you have nothing nice to say. This is my experience. Take it or leave it.

La Cocina de Tita Moning

To know more about Tita Moning, click HERE

MINERALS: Tata Montilla mounts solo exhibition at W17
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My friend Tata Montilla pursued various trades before realizing his true calling.
His interest in textures brought him to San Francisco where he studied surface finishes under Joanne Day, who invited him to participate in the restoration of a historical landmark, the Hunt Phelan home, the oldest residential structure in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tata Montilla

Then he moved to Bangkok, where he stayed for a few years—long enough to read, write and speak the Thai language. The city was, in Tata’s own words, “so good to me.”
Being away from Manila and living a life of anonymity was liberating for him. Through the course of his extended stay, he reconnected with his soul.

Tata at Paragon
Tata in Bangkok, 2008

“Bangkok was a journey of self discovery. That’s where I experienced extreme happiness, extreme sadness, and extreme loneliness,” he said.
The city would also lead him to the world of plants. Upon returning to Manila, Tata became a landscape designer.
But through all the years I’ve known him (since the New Wave ’80s), Tata has always been an artist.

Tata Montilla

Now, for the first time, Tata will mount a solo exhibition titled Minerals, where he creates art based on surface finishes. He expands the application of the oxidation process and explore its possibilities on canvas.

Tata Montilla

Minerals opens on May 2, 2016, 5 PM at W17, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
The exhibit will be open to the public until May 17, 2016.