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Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Coffee can mean a lot more than just your regular pick me up. The perfect blend of bitterness, creaminess and slightly sweet drink is certainly pleasurable by itself. Drinking coffee has a host of health benefits such as improving energy levels, makes you smarter and even helps burn fat. A lot of serious people into the coffee mania have indulged themselves in buying the best possible machines out there.

from left:  D&K Kitchen Essentials Mktg Events Coordinator Angela Imperial, Espressamente Illy Sales Exec Joel Javate, Figaro Barista John Edison Villanueva, ASHA Grp Brand Mgr Kristina C. Mauricio, ASHA Grp PR Marie M. Dizon, RUSTANS Shang Branch Mgr Steven Mawdsley, Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, National Bookstore Shang Branch Mgr Sally Penilla, TRUE VALUE Branch Mgr Milani Castañeda, ASTROVISION Head Operating Mgr Yets Almario,  Breville Phil VP & Gen Mgr Cris Llamo and Powerbooks Shang Jr Asst Branch Mgr Keith De Jesus. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: D&K Kitchen Essentials Mktg Events Coordinator Angela Imperial, Espressamente Illy Sales Exec Joel Javate, Figaro Barista John Edison Villanueva, ASHA Grp Brand Mgr Kristina C. Mauricio, ASHA Grp PR Marie M. Dizon, RUSTANS Shang Branch Mgr Steven Mawdsley, Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, National Bookstore Shang Branch Mgr Sally Penilla, TRUE VALUE Branch Mgr Milani Castañeda, ASTROVISION Head Operating Mgr Yets Almario, Breville Phil VP & Gen Mgr Cris Llamo and Powerbooks Shang Jr Asst Branch Mgr Keith De Jesus. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

No event has brought together everything that makes a coffee experience enjoyable than COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Even if you’re not in the market to purchase any of these machines it is a great way to sample the special lattés and espressos they can produce. Some brands will even allow you to taste them for free. D&K Kitchen Essentials will also be having celebrity Chef Mitchie Sison on March 28 to transform coffee into deserts.

BUGATTI Diva studded with 14,000 Swarovski crystals available at Rustan’s. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

BUGATTI Diva studded with 14,000 Swarovski crystals available at Rustan’s. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Espresso Anyone?

There are quite a few brands of machines out there ranging from the sparkling Italian made Bugatti to the efficient Breville. Just hearing the name Bugatti harkens to supercars in Italy. But this brand name that has distinguished itself in utensils and appliances has actually made a more consistent and enduring legacy in quality and design. More than just a utilitarian piece they showcase a special Bugatti model studded with 14,000 SWAROVSKI crystals. The Diva model is designed by Andreas Seegatz and also has a luxurious price to boot. Bugatti, Bosch, Jura and Saeco can all be purchased at Rustan’s.

You can buy Breville & La Mill Coffee machines at TRUE VALUE- level 6 Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

You can buy Breville & La Mill Coffee machines at TRUE VALUE- level 6 Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Breville’s Barista Express distributed by TRUE VALUE was Winner of Best New Product from the Specialty Coffee Association of America in 2013. Espressamente Illy has both coffee shops and coffee machines. Their outlet at the Level 2 Main mall overlooks the entrance and has a spectacular view of the expansive interior. Apart from serving amazing coffee they have unique seating that shields overhead light and provides a little more privacy. Brands such as Delonghi, Krups and Bosch are actually rated by the UK Publication Independent as among the 10 best machines.

Espressamente Illy Café is at the 2nd level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Espressamente Illy Café is at the 2nd level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Figaro can be found at 3rd level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Figaro can be found at 3rd level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Figaro allows you to customize your own flavors and blends for the reasonable price tag of P100 per cup. It’s every coffee lover’s dream to taste blends from Starbucks, Crabtree & Evelyn, 26th Bistro and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in one place. We also got a taste for Di Bella Coffee imported from Melbourne Australia. You can get a fantastic cup of Di Bella in any of the ASHA Group of companies such as CRAVINGS, EPICURIOUS and WICKED.

Di Bella Coffee is served in CRAVINGS, EPICURIOUS and WICKED. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Di Bella Coffee is served in CRAVINGS, EPICURIOUS and WICKED. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Choco Dipped Croissant topped with Almonds from EPICURIOUS lower ground level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Choco Dipped Croissant topped with Almonds from EPICURIOUS lower ground level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delectable Pastries & More

An eye-catching array of pastries was served during the opening, almost like a best of hits: Choco Dipped Croissant topped with Almonds, Fruit & Nut Cookies from EPICURIOUS, m&m cookies, Banana loaf, choco chip cookies from CRAVINGS. There’s Brookies, Apple Pie, Red Velvet Reeses Cupcake and Salted Caramel Macaroon from WICKED. All these shops along with Rustan’s and True Value can be found in Shang Plaza Mall.

Reese’s Cupcake & Red velvet Cupcake from WICKED 5th level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reese’s Cupcake & Red velvet Cupcake from WICKED 5th level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apart from the pastries is the special bite sized appetizers from SPATZLE located at the East Wing of Shang Mall. I ate them so quickly I was not able to photograph them. Arancini Balls is perfect for the Pinoy palate: risotto rice balls stuffed with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Their Carbonara was also bite sized; you can have their garlic breadsticks in Moutabal dip. SPATZLE gives a great taste of accessible European cuisine along with pastries such as Banana Bread Florentina, Red Velvet Cake and Toffee Pudding.

Spatzle at level 5 East wing Shang Mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Spatzle at level 5 East wing Shang Mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Powerbooks is at 6th level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Powerbooks is at 6th level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Café Literature

Long before the age of laptops and tablets, cafés were gathering places for the most notable writers, artists and thinkers. Hemingway wrote, “big principal cafes where people were lost in them, and no one noticed them, and they could be alone and in them and be together.” In the 1920s Ernest Hemingway met Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound as a young correspondent in Paris. The City of Lights’ cafes have inspired this event as well. What better accompaniment to coffee than reading their work or books in general? National Bookstore, Powerbooks have a selection of good reads on coffee. Astrovision displays its own collection of Jazz titles as well.

ASTROVISION is at the ground level main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

ASTROVISION is at the ground level main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cara Manglapus will perform on March 28 at COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall which will run from March 20-29, 2015.

Cara Manglapus will perform on March 28 at COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall which will run from March 20-29, 2015.

Soulful Jazz

Perhaps what makes this event special is the combination of exceptional Jazz artists that are on hand to soothe you as you partake in the best java available. Cool voices like Cara Manglapus can be heard on March 28, rounded off by Vince Lahora on March 29. Bands like THE BRASS MUNKEYS, THE EXECUTIVE BAND and Moira Dela Torre have already crooned to audiences at the East Atrium the previous week.

The Executive Band from left: Francis Manglapus (Guitars), Martin Macalintal (Keyboards) & Julius Sanvictores (Drums). Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band from left: Francis Manglapus (Guitars), Martin Macalintal (Keyboards) & Julius Sanvictores (Drums). Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE BRASS MUNKEYS featured their new vocalist Christopher Villanueva originally from Rockabilly/punk band HILERA. Villanueva along with former members of HILERA are also working on a project with Ely Buendia & PUPIL. During the opening THE BRASS MUNKEYS had a wonderful up-tempo mix of Beautiful Maria, Stray Cats Strut, In the Mood, Tequila, Mambo no.5 and King of Swing.

The Executive Band’s Ricky Quiogue. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Ricky Quiogue. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Last Sunday Listening to vocalist Ricky Quiogue of THE EXECUTIVE BAND is always a pleasure. Ricky has his own unique voice, which can be described as a cross between the raspy style of Louis Armstrong and subtle voice of Tony Bennett. They also have a new female vocalist in Marie Puyat.

Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

What comes across with THE EXECUTIVE BAND is their passion and enjoyment in playing the standards and classics, which translates very well in their sound. Quiogue did wonderfully in C’est Si Bon, Birth of the Blues and Just the Way You Are. Marie Puyat had that silky, sultry touch in Smooth Operator and Wind Beneath My Wings. This weekend promises to be an even bigger draw with Cara Manglapus and Vince Lahora as performers.

The Executive Band top level from left: Francis Manglapus (Guitars), Bob Brillante (Alto Sax), Butch Silverio (Trumpet), Hector Sanvictores (Tenor Sax), Mike Tan (Baritone Sax) 2nd level from left: Martin Macalintal (Keyboards), Marie Puyat (Vocalist), Ricky Quiogue (Vocalist), Rene Mamaril (Bass) foreground: Julius Sanvictores (Drums) . Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band top level from left: Francis Manglapus (Guitars), Bob Brillante (Alto Sax), Butch Silverio (Trumpet), Hector Sanvictores (Tenor Sax), Mike Tan (Baritone Sax) 2nd level from left: Martin Macalintal (Keyboards), Marie Puyat (Vocalist), Ricky Quiogue (Vocalist), Rene Mamaril (Bass) foreground: Julius Sanvictores (Drums) . Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, ASTROVISION Head Operating Mgr Yets Almario and Breville Phil VP & Gen Mgr Cris Llamo. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista 

Choco Dipped Croissant topped with Almonds from EPICURIOUS lower ground level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Choco Dipped Croissant topped with Almonds from EPICURIOUS lower ground level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RUSTANS Events Mgr Malou Liu & RUSTANS Shang Branch Mgr Steven Mawdsley. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RUSTANS Events Mgr Malou Liu & RUSTANS Shang Branch Mgr Steven Mawdsley. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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National Bookstore is at ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

National Bookstore is at ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Jazz lover shoots The BRASS MUNKEYS w her I-phone. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jazz lover shoots The BRASS MUNKEYS w her I-phone. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

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Brookies from WICKED 5th level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Brookies from WICKED 5th level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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BUGATTI Diva studded with 14,000 Swarovski crystals available at Rustan’s. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

BUGATTI Diva studded with 14,000 Swarovski crystals available at Rustan’s. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Manila Standard Writer Malou Rosal, Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas Phil Star Columnist Lai Reyes, Business World reporter Zsarlene Chua, Shang Mktg Head Marline Concio Dualan and Manila Times reporter Euden Valdez. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Manila Standard Writer Malou Rosal, Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas Phil Star Columnist Lai Reyes, Business World reporter Zsarlene Chua, Shang Mktg Head Marline Concio Dualan and Manila Times reporter Euden Valdez. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Breville rep demonstrates how to get the perfect cup of coffee. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Breville rep demonstrates how to get the perfect cup of coffee. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

M&M cookies from CRAVINGS 5th level Main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

M&M cookies from CRAVINGS 5th level Main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

The Executive Band’s Butch Silverio (Trumpet); Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Butch Silverio (Trumpet); Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sultry Singer Marie Puyat shoots the Executive Band with her android. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sultry Singer Marie Puyat shoots the Executive Band with her android. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Sax section from right: Mike Tan (Baritone Sax), Hector Sanvictores (Tenor Sax) and Bob Brillante (Alto Sax). Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Sax section from right: Mike Tan (Baritone Sax), Hector Sanvictores (Tenor Sax) and Bob Brillante (Alto Sax). Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Choco chip cookie from CRAVINGS 5th level Main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Choco chip cookie from CRAVINGS 5th level Main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

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Dear Alfonso

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You can’t imagine how proud I was attending your graduation in Xavier School with your Tita Miggie and your father. Your Lolo, Nana and your whole family, everyone is so proud of you. None of us your uncles attended Xavier, your uncles Tim, Noel graduated from St Jude, George and I from St Peter. Your father attended St Jude and later graduated from LSGH. They are all good, reputable schools none of them have the prestige and exclusivity of Xavier in terms of size and tuition.

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As I entered the sports complex I saw the array of classy vehicles from the well to do families that have their children graduating in Xavier. It reminded me of the many alumni who have become prominent in politics, industry and even sports. For someone of your age who is surrounded by success, wealth and people who can afford luxurious lives, however it’s easy to get lost.

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This is just a gentle reminder to ask yourself especially at your age; what is Xavier really about? Now that I’ve graduated are wealth, fame, luxury really the values they’re teaching? Are these my own goals?

The only person who can answer these questions is you.

IMG_5551I’m just a humble writer all I can give you are words. I’m just a photographer all I can give you are pictures. Words for me come and go they only become important when we as people give them power. We read them, believe in them and then put them to action. That’s when mere words become transformative and change our lives for the better. I’ll tell you now words I’ve written myself are not important enough for YOU to live by.

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But then just before all of you threw your caps to the air, all of you recited a pledge. When I heard them, I read them from the screen that’s when I realized what Xavier is supposed to be about. The pledge seems to be at odds with what you’re surrounded with. Surely following it is difficult, impossible and most of all self-sacrificial. The more I THOUGHT of them reflected on them I realized the pledge is not for God, for country or for others, it’s a path for YOUR own happiness.

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As far as I’m concerned you can forget all the academics. The one thing you can and should hold on to is your Xavier pledge. They are not my words, they were written long before you and I were born. They will help you find the answer on your own, the all-important question of WHY. So read them again, think about them, look around you. Not everything that shines is gold. You will find that just striving to follow the pledge you made will give you fulfillment.

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Grateful for my Xavier Education,

I,

do solemnly pledge to live faithfully

according to the ideals of Xavier School.

 

I shall value the heritage of my forefathers

and fulfill my duties

as a responsible Filipino citizen.

 

I pledge to uphold my humanity

and the dignity of every person.

 

In the spirit of Magis,

I promise to develop my God-given talents

and to share them with those most in need.

 

I shall work with others

to build a more just, humane, and Christian society.

 

I choose to follow Christ, our Lord,

as my Leader and Model.

 

It is He, the Light of the World,

who will make my light shine.

 

May I live as a “man for others,”

one who is “fully alive,

endowed with a passion for justice,

and the skills for development.”

 

In making this Xavier Pledge,

I ask only for this:

that I find greater meaning in my life,

and that I make a difference in the lives of others.

 

This I pledge before my school,

my family, and my God.

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Indulge in Coffee, Tea and All That Jazz at the Shang

The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Truly a destination of life’s exquisite pleasures, Shangri-La Plaza presents a treat for the senses with Coffee, Tea, and All That Jazz at the Shang, a festival that fetes the divine goodness of our beloved beverages and its perfect partners – book, music and everything else.

from left: Shang Plaza Tenant Div Lee Ann Caimol (Acct Officer), Karen Fernandez (Asst Mgr), Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Shang Plaza Tenant Div Sr Mgr Rochelle Moreno and ASHA Group PR Marie M Dizon. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Shang Plaza Tenant Div Lee Ann Caimol (Acct Officer), Karen Fernandez (Asst Mgr), Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Shang Plaza Tenant Div Sr Mgr Rochelle Moreno and ASHA Group PR Marie M Dizon. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

BUGATTI; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

BUGATTI; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

From March 20 to 29, the East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza’s East Wing transforms into a promenade designed like a Parisian al fresco café as participating brands present mall guests with a myriad of exclusive brews and other related products via exhibits, selling and sampling activities.

Breville; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Breville; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Well-known coffee and tea brands Figaro Café, Espressamente Illy, Starbucks, Di Bella by Cravings Group, Rustan’s Department Store, Crabtree & Evelyn, National Bookstore, Powerbooks, D&K Kitchen Essentials, True Value, Astrovision, 26th Bistro and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The Philippine Barista and Coffee Academy, Inc. will also hold a talk on brewing methods on March 21, 3pm.

Powerbooks display’s some of its titles; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Powerbooks display’s some of its titles; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Brass Munkeys performs as the fest begins with a special, by-invitation event prior to its official opening; highlighted by Latte Art and Brewing Methods Demonstrations for guests.

FIGARO; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

FIGARO; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Coffee, Tea, and All That Jazz at the Shang continues with a line-up of demonstrations, talks, and interactive activities that provide more opportunities to highlight and appreciate tea and coffee offerings. Learn about Espresso Roasting, Latte Art, Brewing Methods, Baking & Coffee Pairing, while browsing through the exhibits and product displays.

Cara Manglapus; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Cara Manglapus; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Let soulful jazz hits accompany the robust flavors of your java journey as an impressive list of performers hit the stage during the festival run, including Moira dela Torre on March 21, The Executives on March 22, Cara Manglapus on March 28, rounded off by Vince Lahora on March 29.

Astrovision; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Astrovision; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

“Coffee, Tea, and All That Jazz at the Shang is our way of indulging our patrons’ love for beverages. With the best coffee, tea, and complementary brands housed at the Shang, we look forward to giving our mall guests a truly pleasurable experience in this festival,” says Shangri-La Plaza Executive Vice President and General Manager Lala Fojas.

The Executive Band; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

The Executive Band; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

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Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

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The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Showdown in OPM Collabs

from left: Ogie Alcasid, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ogie Alcasid, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Who could imagine Basti Artadi of Wolfgang could ever have a duet with premiere balladeer Christian Bautista? The result is one of the most applauded duets: Artadi gave a very soulful touch to Christian’s hit I’M ALREADY KING. Basti later on dedicated his own version of PUTING ILAW to original vocalist, Karl Roy who passed away 3 years ago.

Basti Artadi; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Basti Artadi; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thousands of attendees enjoyed a combination of new and established talents in PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions-the first 12 hour OPM Music festival at the BONIFACIO High Street Amphitheater last May 14, 2015.

Crowd shoots w tablets. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Crowd shoots w tablets. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The concert was one of many free events in the posh venue. A corner away at the same time was a celebration of the 118th Anniversary of the Phil Army. Civilians got to try on special gear by specialized units and even got to ride on an Armored Personnel Carrier.

Christian Bautista; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Christian Bautista; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Organized by the Organisayong Ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) the fest featured very unique collaborations: Lolita Carbon sang SELFIE from hit maker Davey Langit, Ding Dong Avanzado sang BASTA’T KASAMA KITA with Casper Blancaflor, Noel Cabangon and Lara Maigue had a rousing MR SWAVE, Ebe Dancel & Kai Honasan performed LAKAMBINI (from the Musical Rock Supremo), while rapper Quest was featured in Ogie Alcasid’s NANDITO AKO.

OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

OPM VP Noel Cabangon said the event could not have happened without their partner, “For Bactidol nakahanap kami ng collaborative idea. Bactidol is for sore throat, singing is used with vocal chord. So if you want to have a good voice, if you want to maintain a better condition of your vocal chords you can gargle with Bactidol. I think it’s a good collaboration for the throat and singing. Ganoon lang ka simple at kami singers.”

Lara Maigue  & Noel Cabangon. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lara Maigue & Noel Cabangon. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The concept of having a showdown was to entertain audiences better offering something different from the usual concert fare. Noel goes on, “We already had our first collaboration last September 5. This is an offshoot of that one in Ayala. We had a Pinoy Music Festival the very first one and then merong idea ng collaboration but it’s not like the collaboration we’re going to do now. Mas daring ito e. Doon siya nagsimula last year. But of course Musical Director Nikko Rivera came up with the idea na why not parang showdown.”

Tippy Dos Santos serenades shoppers on Bonifacio High Street. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

Tippy Dos Santos serenades shoppers on Bonifacio High Street. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

Kicking things off in a satellite venue just corner away from the BONIFACIO High Street Amphitheater, was where the OPM Collab Sessions also featured young musicians: Aicelle Santos, Tippy Dos Santos, Aia De Leon, Young JV, Nino Alejandro, DJ Papi, Froilan Canlas, Cucay Pagdilao and Mei Cruz.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

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from left: Ebe Dancel, Lara Maigue & Davey Langit. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ebe Dancel, Lara Maigue & Davey Langit. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PHILPOP is the premiere songwriting competition in the Philippines with a top prize of 1 million pesos and attracting thousands of entries. PHILPOP Grand finals will be held at the MERALCO Theater for the 3rd consecutive year. PHILPOP is the perfect launching pad to create awareness for a nationwide event such as LINGGO NG MUSIKANG PILIPINO.

from left: Ding dong Avanzado, Casper Blancaflor, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Ogie Alcasid, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ding dong Avanzado, Casper Blancaflor, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Ogie Alcasid, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cabangon also talked about the importance of creating events specifically for new songs / artists. “We really have to give a lot of venue for new creations to be heard. I think that has to be given priority. If we really want to move OPM further we need to have venues to showcase new works. At the same time popularize it. Para umabot sa mga tao. Kahit ako I make revival songs I cannot do that forever. I have to continue doing my own stuff and go back to writing my own music.”

OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

OPM President Ogie Alcasid adds, “If we really want to move OPM forward there has to be more events like these where people can listen to them live. Iba kasi yung na kikita nila yung artist in person. I do have a lot of activities on TV and concerts and so on. But being able to write my own songs is important not only for me as an artist but also for the music industry, for everyone. Pinoy music has to evolve and grow.”

Ebe Dancel & Kai Honasan; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ebe Dancel & Kai Honasan; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sponsors include: Bactidol, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Gold’s Gym, Local Government Unit of Quezon City, Radio Republic, Local Vocal, And&, Magic 89.9, Phil Star, Pinoy News Today, juice.ph, Max’s, McDonalds, Maynilad, RYU Ramen, Eagle Broadcasting Network, NYXSYS Phils, PhilPOP.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

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Sandwich from left: Mong Alcaraz and Raimund Marasigan performed KAGULO from latest album DEBRIS. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lara Maigue with Concert and Film/TV director GB Sampedro. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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2nd from left OPM Pres. Ogie poses w Sandwich from left: Diego Castillo, Mike Dizon, Raimund Marasigan and bottom Mong Alcaraz. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: OPM VP Noel Cabangon shoots USIE w Christian Bautista, Ding Dong Avanzado and OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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New Talents in PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLABS

from left: Christian Bautista, Ebe Dancel, Lara Maigue, Ogie Alcasid, Davey Langit, Noel Cabangon, Casper Blancaflor, Ding Dong Avanzado and bottom foreground QUEST. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Christian Bautista, Ebe Dancel, Lara Maigue, Ogie Alcasid, Davey Langit, Noel Cabangon, Casper Blancaflor, Ding Dong Avanzado and bottom foreground QUEST. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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OPM President Ogie Alcasid had a rousing duet with rapper Quest with the classic hit NANDITO AKO. The unique combination was one of many at the PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions. The first 12 hour OPM Music festival attracted thousands to the BONIFACIO High Street Amphitheater last May 14, 2015.

OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Organized by the Organisayong Ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) the fest featured never seen before collaborations: Christian Bautista had a duet I’M ALREADY KING with Basti Artadi (of Wolfgang), Lolita Carbon sang SELFIE from hit maker Davey Langit, Ding Dong Avanzado sang BASTA’T KASAMA KITA with Casper Blancaflor, Noel Cabangon and Lara Maigue had upbeat MR SWAVE, Ebe Dancel & Kai Honasan performed LAKAMBINI (from the Musical Rock Supremo).

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

from left: Kai Honasan, Ding dong Avanzado, Casper Blancaflor, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Ogie Alcasid, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Kai Honasan, Ding dong Avanzado, Casper Blancaflor, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Ogie Alcasid, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit and Christian Bautista. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kicking things off in a satellite venue just corner away from the BONIFACIO High Street Amphitheater, was where the OPM Collab Sessions also featured young musicians: Aicelle Santos, Tippy Dos Santos, Aia De Leon, Young JV, Nino Alejandro, DJ Papi, Froilan Canlas, Cucay Pagdilao and Mei Cruz.

New Talent from left: Young JV, Niño Alejandro, Cucay Pagdilao and Aia De Leon. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

New Talent from left: Young JV, Niño Alejandro, Cucay Pagdilao and Aia De Leon. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

Christian Bautista shoots selfie w Aicelle Santos. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

Christian Bautista shoots selfie w Aicelle Santos. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

Ogie talked about why it was important to have an event like this that features new artists, “Marami sa younger generation not too keen on OPM, there should be a real effort to find younger newer artists that represent them. Otherwise ang makikilala lang nilang OPM is the music their parents listened to.”

from left: Ogie Alcasid, Raimund Marasigan, Mong Alcaraz, Mike Dizon and Diego Castillo. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ogie Alcasid, Raimund Marasigan, Mong Alcaraz, Mike Dizon and Diego Castillo. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The definition of OPM has already changed to include indigenous and regional recordings. Alcasid goes on, “Even the definition of OPM has to change and grow. As artists, at kahit as consumers mga tao hindi dapat complacent. Dapat maghanap tayo ng mga bagong musikero at tangkilikin natin sila. They’re the ones helping Pinoy music grow.”

New Talent from left: Mei Cruz, top Aia De Leon and Tippy Dos Santos. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

New Talent from left: Mei Cruz, top Aia De Leon and Tippy Dos Santos. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

OPM Vice president Noel Cabangon also explained their partnership with the presenter, “If you want to maintain a better condition of your vocal chords maybe you can gargle with Bactidol. I think it’s a good collaboration for the throat and singing. Ganoon lang ka simple at kami singers.”

Ebe Dancel; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ebe Dancel; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The next similar upcoming event that fans have been looking out for is the LINGGO NG MUSIKANG PILIPINO from July 24-31, 2015. The date is one week before LINGGO NG WIKA. It’s a nationwide weeklong event celebrating Filipino music to be launched during PHILPOP Grand finals.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

PHILPOP is the premiere songwriting competition in the Philippines with a top prize of 1 million pesos and attracting thousands of entries. PHILPOP Grand finals will be held at the MERALCO Theater for the 3rd consecutive year. PHILPOP is the perfect launching pad to create awareness for a nationwide event such as LINGGO NG MUSIKANG PILIPINO.

New Talent from left: (top) DJ Papi (bottom) Froilan Canlas and Aicelle Santos. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

New Talent from left: (top) DJ Papi (bottom) Froilan Canlas and Aicelle Santos. Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

In 2013 Lara Maigue was part of the first batch of PHILPOP finalists. Karylle interpreted her song SAYO NA LANG AKO. She opens up on the experience since then,“Before PHILPOP I never imagined myself to be here. To be one of the artists to stand alongside Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, it feels wonderful. Not a lot of people know that PHILPOP changed my life.”

Lara Maigue  & Noel Cabangon. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lara Maigue & Noel Cabangon. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lara also had a stint in a show for TV5, “I was in TRINDERAS in TV5 that was aired up to December 2014. TRINDERAS, it’s a musical where we sing all OPM. It’s about 3 tinderas trending on line. My dad there in the show is here Ding Dong Avanzado. My mom there was Ara Mina. I’m so happy for her she just gave birth. Ding dong’s daughter is so beautiful she’s actually a musician also. Feeling hunk si Ding Dong well hunk naman siya talaga. He took the dad role.”

Young artists from left: Casper Blancaflor, Lara Maigue & Kai Honasan. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Young artists from left: Casper Blancaflor, Lara Maigue & Kai Honasan. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Perhaps as part of Ogie’s mission in developing new OPM artists is his new venture of which Lara is a part of. She added, “I have a new management A TEAM- Alcasid Entertainment Artist Management. I’m the first artist of A TEAM Ogie’s first management company. That’s exciting because they’re handling all songwriters; everyone’s a songwriter except for EMPOY. I can’t imagine being under any other talent management. Who else will understand acting, singing and composing but Ogie Alcasid?”

Basti Artadi; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Basti Artadi; PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sponsors include: Bactidol, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Gold’s Gym, Local Government Unit of Quezon City, Radio Republic, Local Vocal, And&, Magic 89.9, Phil Star, Pinoy News Today, juice.ph, Max’s, McDonalds, Maynilad, RYU Ramen, Eagle Broadcasting Network, NYXSYS Phils, PhilPOP.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

Aia De Leon; Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

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Quest performed his hit SALUDO. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Quest performed his hit SALUDO. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Froilan Canlas; Photo from Official OPM facebook page. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015.

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Davey Langit collaborated with Lolita Carbon in the song BALITA. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Davey Langit collaborated with Lolita Carbon in the song BALITA. PALAKASIN ANG OPM COLLAB Sessions first 12-hour OPM festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, Bonifacio Global City Taguig last March 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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ARBOL DE FUEGO Weekend

Cherie Gil (Señora Rica) & Jake Macapagal  (Adjie). Catch Arbol De Fuego’s last weekend March 14 & 15, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil (Señora Rica) & Jake Macapagal (Adjie). Catch Arbol De Fuego’s last weekend March 14 & 15, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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You can’t go wrong spending a weekend with some of my favorite women: Cherie Gil, Angeli Bayani, Anna Luna and distinguished actors Bembol Roco, Jake Macapagal, Raffy Tejada, Leo Rialp and many more! ARBOL DE FUEGO at the PETA Theater last weekend show March 14 & 15, 2015.

Sat Mar 14 2015 – 3:00 PM, Sat Mar 14 2015 – 8:00 PM, Sun Mar 15 2015 – 3:00 PM Sun Mar 15 2015 – 8:00 PM

from left: Jake Macapagal  (Adjie), Leo Rialp (Chitong), Bembol, Cherie Gil (Señora Rica) and Raffy Tejada (Nonoy Tiking). Catch Arbol De Fuego’s last weekend March 14 & 15, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jake Macapagal (Adjie), Leo Rialp (Chitong), Bembol, Cherie Gil (Señora Rica) and Raffy Tejada (Nonoy Tiking). Catch Arbol De Fuego’s last weekend March 14 & 15, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Anna Luna (Nina) background from left: Angeli Bayani (Charito) and Bembol Roco (Manong Ikong). Catch Arbol De Fuego’s last weekend March 14 & 15, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Anna Luna (Nina) background from left: Angeli Bayani (Charito) and Bembol Roco (Manong Ikong). Catch Arbol De Fuego’s last weekend March 14 & 15, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Angeli Bayani (Charito) & Jake Macapagal  (Adjie). Catch Arbol De Fuego’s last weekend March 14 & 15, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Angeli Bayani (Charito) & Jake Macapagal (Adjie). Catch Arbol De Fuego’s last weekend March 14 & 15, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Leo Rialp (Chitong), Anna Luna (Nina), Jake Macapagal  (Adjie), Cherie Gil (Señora Rica), Raffy Tejada (Nonoy Tiking) & Angeli Bayani (Charito). Catch Arbol De Fuego’s last weekend March 14 & 15, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Leo Rialp (Chitong), Anna Luna (Nina), Jake Macapagal (Adjie), Cherie Gil (Señora Rica), Raffy Tejada (Nonoy Tiking) & Angeli Bayani (Charito). Catch Arbol De Fuego’s last weekend March 14 & 15, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Arnold Reyes is ON FIRE!

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente): No puede aqui. Hindi ko magagawa ang iyo na kagustohan. Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita): Bakit hindi? Señor Vicente: Dahil napaka dali ng gusto mo na gawin ko. Kahit na sinong hombre na may libog ay kayang gawin ang misyon na yan! Ilan taon na ba si Cecilia he? Quince! Walang ka hirap hirap na susuko yan sa unang lalaki na magbibigay sa kanya ng mapupulang rosas! At sinisiguro ko sayo na hindi ko pa na bababa ang aking calzoncillo hihilata na yan sa aking kama!

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

The accent is Spanish speaking Filipino, in the 19th century, never mind that historically the bourgeoisie at the time didn’t really speak that way. Tagalog was in no way a basis for the national language until Pres. Manuel L. Quezon came along, that’s why he has the title ‘Ama Ng Wikang Pilipino’. Both characters, Señora Margarita and Señor Vicente didn’t even consider themselves Filipino—with references of going home to Madre España.

from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Lighting Designer John Batalla, Adrienne, Dramaturg Giselle Garcia, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Elmer, Sheenly Gener, Sound Designer Jed Balsamo, Lharby Policarpio (Daniel) & TP Artistic Dir Nanding Josef. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Lighting Designer John Batalla, Adrienne, Dramaturg Giselle Garcia, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Elmer, Sheenly Gener, Sound Designer Jed Balsamo, Lharby Policarpio (Daniel) & TP Artistic Dir Nanding Josef. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

We get it historical accuracy had to be compromised with communicating to today’s audience. Playwright Elmer Gatchalian’s dialogue succesfully walked that fine line between being true to the characters / their era and being understood by viewers. Just as he did with ROSARIO in the MMFF, which was also, a period piece, an homage to Manuel V. Pangilinan’s family matriarch. JUEGO was thoroughly researched, with Gatchalian consulting with the likes of Dr Nick Tiongson (Prof Emeritus U.P. Film Institute and former Dean of College of Mass Communication U.P.). Elmer currently works as Creative Consultant for TV5 and helped develop shows like: BABAENG HAMPAS LUPA, FACE TO FACE, SA NGALAN NG INA, PINOY EXPLORER and POSI+IVE.

from left: Noel Ferrer, Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian, Natl Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Dr Nick Tiongson and JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Noel Ferrer, Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian, Natl Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Dr Nick Tiongson and JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Going beyond the dialogue lies the real power of the performer. For me, even if one reads the line above from the ultimate lover Señor Vicente its not a spoiler. It’s not one tenth as moving or powerful versus the delivery of Arnold Reyes. He convinces us, he becomes the Don Juan, the unfailing charmer and romancer of hundreds of women.

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tanghalang Pilipino’s JUEGO DE PELIGRO had a successful run at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For the hundreds of people who saw it, laughed, was moved and charmed, many more can watch it IF we raise enough clamor for a second run. Somehow I don’t doubt that people who already saw it WILL do so because it is THAT good.

TV5 beauties from left: Malak So Shdifat & Eula Caballero with Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 beauties from left: Malak So Shdifat & Eula Caballero with Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

A lot of it rests on the lead star Arnold Reyes, this article is only following the dozens already written in praise of this young actor’s actor. Just to give an idea of his versatility his film role immediately before JUEGO was for Cinemalaya, which undoubtedly had the most torrid gay love scene with Oliver Aquino (KASAL) in the fests history.

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Angel Aquino, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Iza Calzado & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Angel Aquino, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Iza Calzado & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

KASAL is the story about the contrasting acceptance between the families of a gay couple. Oliver as Paolo had a more modern and open-minded family while it was Arnold’s (as Sherwin) who was more conservative. Directed by Jay Altarejos it won Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Mycko David), Best Production Design (Harley Alcasid) and Best Musical Direction (Richard Gonzales) in the Director’s Showcase category.

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Costume Designer James Reyes, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Angel Aquino & Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Costume Designer James Reyes, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Angel Aquino & Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

There was no doubt in people’s minds that Arnold Reyes and Oliver Aquino’s performance in KASAL was excuse the pun a coming out party in terms of their acting prowess. Arnold has been around for a while doing a lot of notable work. In Cinemalaya alone he’s done: PISAY, ASTIG, PUROK 7, BIG TIME. He’s done several commercial films like SHE’S DATING THE GANGSTER, KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD and has seen a lot of roles in MAALAALA MO KAYA, MOON OF DESIRE, WANSAPANATAYM and countless more on TV.

from left: LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seeing him live however, doesn’t compare to his on screen work. There’s magnetism to Arnold especially in this role as Señor Vicente. The comparison to DANGEROUS LIAISONS the film which was also adapted from the same novel as the play is inevitable. John Malkovich was in the same role and Arnold felt intimidated while doing research for the role. “Pumayag akong gawin yung role not knowing napaka hirap pala ng piyesa na gagawin namin. Nung na pa nood ko yung DANGEROUS LIAISONS, na takot ako. Ang hirap pala nitong pinapagawa sa amin. Sinabi ko kay Tad (Jonathan Tadioan) napaka hirap ng trabaho natin pero mahal na mahal naman natin. Kasi bago matapos yung play talagang lupaypay nako.”

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

He was practically in 70% of the scenes if not more. So this took a physical toll considering it had a running time of nearly 3 hours, “Nakakapagod talaga siya. Yung adrenalin nandun kung photo op na pagod na pagod nako. Pag na rinig ko na yung national anthem ayan na naman ako. Medyo na hilo yata ako nung oras na yon.   Emotionally ang hirap ng transition, pagka hiwahiwalay ng emosyon. Ang hirap hirap niya puntahan ng instant lagi. Break lang noon pupunta lang backstage magpapalit ng damit pag pasok ibang emosyon na agad e yon ang challenging talaga”

Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

What Malkovich never had is the dashing looks of Arnold Reyes and his muscular physique and that was what a lot of female and yes, gay fans were hoping to see. There were quite a few raunchy and nude scenes that were here in JUEGO. His butt was definitely bare in more than one sex scene. As photographer shooting during the play, I received a few requests for the photo of the ‘crucial’ scenes. Alas I was luckier capturing Jonathan Tadioan’s backside that was bared nearer the audience.

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) and Jonathan Tadioan (Anton). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) and Jonathan Tadioan (Anton). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Although it was the interplay with Señora Margarita according to him that was initially more challenging than the sex scenes. His challenge was working with Shamaine Buencamino whom he admired so much as an actress, “Inalalayan niya ko. Tinuruan niya ko actually. Naging madali yung mahirap dapat na eksena. Hanggang sa eto na ginagawa na namin. Pumapasok na sa systema namin. Nagiging automatic na lahat yon. Para sakin isang magandang experience itong Juego De Peligro bilang isang actor kasi ang dami ko talagang na tutunan.”

from right: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

He approaches each role starting from scratch whether its for TV film or the stage, “Kailangan ma buo ko yung element at yung proceso para ma buo ko yung character ginawa ko sa KASAL, ginawa ko sa Juego De Peligro. Definitely ibang iba si Señor Vicente doon sa huling ginawa ko doon sa KASAL. Happy naman ako na iiba iba ko siya. As an actor malaking bonus sakin kung na iiba iba ko yung role at character na ginagawa ko e. Yon yung fulfillment ko na ibahin siya physically, emotionally, mentally. Challenge yon lagi.”

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold has always been modest and accommodating even in the face of adulation after his performance. Immediately after the premiere of KASAL last year classical music writer and film reviewer Adrian Lontoc requested I shoot a pic with lead stars Arnold and Oliver Aquino. As evidence of their comedy improv skills the two lifted their legs up and Arnold stuck his tongue near Adrian’s ear simulating a weird sex trio. I posted it on facebook and in the caption identified Adrian as the mysterious third party (not seen in the film) that was a source of conflict for the onscreen couple. Arnold shared it on his own fb page and it quickly went viral.

Presenting the Mysterious 3rd Party (Center) Adrian Lontoc was not shown in KASAL but he was the source of jealous fights between lovers from left Oliver Aquino (Paolo) and Arnold Reyes (Sherwin). Looking at Adrian I now understand director Jay Altarejos’ decision to NOT include him in the film. Photo was taken after the KASAL gala at the CCP main theater August 5, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

Presenting the Mysterious 3rd Party
(Center) Adrian Lontoc was not shown in KASAL but he was the source of jealous fights between lovers from left Oliver Aquino (Paolo) and Arnold Reyes (Sherwin). Looking at Adrian I now understand director Jay Altarejos’ decision to NOT include him in the film. Photo was taken after the KASAL gala at the CCP main theater August 5, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

For JUEGO DE PELIGRO they produced signs from the chosen lines of the actors. Adrian requested Arnold to duplicate the pose from last year’s photo while holding up ‘Hindi ko kasalanan’. Sound Designer and MANHID Musical Director Jed Balsamo responded beside them with the sign: Que Horror! From a gay role to a Don Juan to wacky snapshots, whatever the medium Arnold Reyes’ acting career is on fire!

from right Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) recreates his KASAL pose w Adrian Lontoc, JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo expresses his disdain. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) recreates his KASAL pose w Adrian Lontoc, JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo expresses his disdain. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Aldo Vencilao (Anton)  & Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Aldo Vencilao (Anton) & Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adolf Alix & LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adolf Alix & LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Vin Abrenica (Daniel); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Vin Abrenica (Daniel); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Jerald Napoles and Phil Star Editor Tim Yap. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Jerald Napoles and Phil Star Editor Tim Yap. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jonathan Tadioan (Anton) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015, watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Anton) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015, watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Pal Roderick Paulate hugs LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) after the last show. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pal Roderick Paulate hugs LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) after the last show. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta), Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta), Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Aldo Vencilao (Anton) & Writer Ibarra Mateo. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Aldo Vencilao (Anton) & Writer Ibarra Mateo. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Vin Abrenica (Daniel), TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef, Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena), Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela) & Dramaturg Giselle Garcia. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Vin Abrenica (Daniel), TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef, Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena), Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela) & Dramaturg Giselle Garcia. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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