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BP’s WINGS Soar

from left: Denise Parungao (Spice Princess) and Rita Angela Winder (Firebird). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista
from right: Jemima Reyes (Firebird), Monica Gana (Spice Princess) and Jean Marc Cordero (Pearl Merchant). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Jemima Reyes (Firebird), Monica Gana (Spice Princess) and Jean Marc Cordero (Pearl Merchant). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Ballet Philippines calls the 47th season WINGS and the opening salvo makes it soar high. Audiences will be captivated by a very wide range of pieces put together in one stage called FIREBIRD and Other Ballets running from August 19-21, 2016 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP Main Theater. There will be two shows each day of the weekend on the 20th and 21st at 2pm and 6pm.

Jemima Reyes is in the title role of Firebird. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jemima Reyes is in the title role of Firebird. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

The headline among 4 different pieces is FIREBIRD with choreographer George Birkadze and elaborate costumes designed by Mark Higgins. Truth of it is every piece is able to stand on its own and is vastly different from one another.

standing from left: Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes, Choreographer George Birkadze and Costume Designer Mark Higgins seated from left: Cyril Fallar (Koschei), Garry Corpuz (Pearl Merchant), Denise Parungao (Spice Princess) and Rita Angela Winder (Firebird). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

standing from left: Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes, Choreographer George Birkadze and Costume Designer Mark Higgins seated from left: Cyril Fallar (Koschei), Garry Corpuz (Pearl Merchant), Denise Parungao (Spice Princess) and Rita Angela Winder (Firebird). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

There’s no dull moment. The accompanying music literally sets the tone for the performances. For example there’s the romance of Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major for MOVING TWO, the energy shifts to the unique vocals, rhythmic string and singular violin of Iva Bittova’s NE NEH LEDEJ.

Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

MOVING TWO is choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo and performed by Victor Maguad and Katrene San Miguel / Jemima Reyes. NE NEH LEDEJ is choreographed by David Campos. The performers for each piece is shared among dancers of Ballet Philippines such as Jean Marc Cordero, Gilliane Gequinto, Victor Maguad, Denise Parungao, Lester John Raguindin, Jessa Tangalin, Erl Sorilla, Monica Gana, Garry Corpuz and Sarah Anne Alejandro.

Garry Corpuz in NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Corpuz in NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis also has JM Cordero and Jemima Reyes. SHIFTING won Outstanding Choreography for Modern Dance from Gawad Buhay in 2010. This version is expanded to six dancers from four. Along with the expanded cast there is experimentation in the pairings: female to female, male to male.

Denise Parungao and Garry Corpuz in SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Denise Parungao and Garry Corpuz in SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

How the dancers are able to change 180 degrees from one choreography to the next is a testament to their skill and versatility. Just like actors they have to inhabit moods and emotions in the characters they portray. They have to do this in less than a few minutes or as quickly as they can change costumes.

Denise Parungao and Mark Grantos in SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Denise Parungao and Mark Grantos in SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

SHIFTING WAIT

Has the ingenious design of handles in the torso. This allows dancers to be lifted in different ways. Pulling them using the large handles can also be jarring not just for the dancer being dragged but also for audiences. When a jealous lover suddenly yanks on the handle away from another the effect can be heart rending. The lighting is one directional with high contrast which adds to the drama of movement. Carlo Pacis has to be given credit, there seems to be a more equal treatment between genders. Women also carry men instead of just the usual way.

from right: SHIFTING WAIT Choreographer Carlo Pacis, Jean Marc Cordero and Jemima Reyes. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: SHIFTING WAIT Choreographer Carlo Pacis, Jean Marc Cordero and Jemima Reyes. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

MOVING TWO

Highlights the synchronous movements of a pair in this case and Jemima Reyes and Victor Maguad. Jemima is also in the title role of Firebird while Vic is Koschei the Immortal. Conductor Olivier Ochanine has modified Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major into a slightly faster tempo. This gives the oft-used melody for weddings seem more exciting at the same time retaining its romance. Having the grand sound of all the instruments in the Philippine Philharmonic makes it a moving experience, enhancing the already powerful performance of Maguad and Reyes. Jemima is sometimes interchanged with Katrene San Miguel. The matched height and frame of Vic and Jemima adds to the fluidity and timed movements of the pair.

from left: MOVING TWO Choreographer Dwight Rodrigazo with dancer Victor Maguad. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: MOVING TWO Choreographer Dwight Rodrigazo with dancer Victor Maguad. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos; Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos; Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

NE NEH LEDEJ

This is also the title of the track by Czech singer and violinist Iva Bittova (not performed live unlike Philharmonic). She has a very unique style where she scats. There’s almost a beat box quality to the vocals creating rhythm along with plucking her violin string. Nearly the whole BP Company joins in this piece. The huge cast has a more powerful effect especially when they leap and bound at the same time. There’s a lot of athleticism as with all ballet but even more so here.

NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos; Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos; Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Iva Bittova

from right: Jemima Reyes (Firebird) and Cyril Fallar (Koschei). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Jemima Reyes (Firebird) and Cyril Fallar (Koschei). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

FIREBIRD

This was a hit production for BP back in 1978 and featured the best dancers of the country. This version is reimagined from the spectacular costumes by Mark Higgins, the set by Ohm David. Russian trained, U.S. based choreographer George Birkadze also modified the main character of the FIREBIRD as well. Olivier Ochanine conducts Stravinsky’s FIREBIRD with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra fresh from their stint from Carnegie Hall.

Monica Gana (Spice Princess) and Jean Marc Cordero (Pearl Merchant). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Gana (Spice Princess) and Jean Marc Cordero (Pearl Merchant). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

For this all-star creative team FIREBIRD is a true labor of love. Mark Higgins said, “People were asking why don’t you sell the pieces (to make it feasible) no. 1 I don’t think I can repeat a head dress like this. 2. The whole point of doing this is I want to support the dancers well and put them in something lavish. There’s a real psychological effect from my clothing.” In 1998 Higgins collaborated wth Ballet Philippines in designing costumes for choreographer Agnes Locsin’s FOUR LAST SONGS. He has been co-director of SLIM’s Fashion and Art School since 2009.

Standing from left: BP Artistic Dir. Paul Morales, BP Pres. Margie Moran, Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes, Firebird Rita Angela Winder, Costume Designer Mark Higgins and Choreographer George Birkadze. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Standing from left: BP Artistic Dir. Paul Morales, BP Pres. Margie Moran, Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes, Firebird Rita Angela Winder, Costume Designer Mark Higgins and Choreographer George Birkadze. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Birkadze talked about their concept, “This Firebird is really from Asia. This Firebird is authentic, unique. Mark did such a great job, Ohm did such a great job. Everything in this firebird lets say 99% transmitted to the stage. Even the choreography, I studied Filipino dance, Indonesian dance we did deep research. Its not just choreography we’ve achieved something very special.”

Jemima Reyes is in the title role of Firebird. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jemima Reyes is in the title role of Firebird. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

BP Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales explained why they chose FIREBIRD,“ We only have 4-5 shows this season. We really have to be deliberate about which particular show to comeback and also because we have so many pieces. So at the moment Ballet Philippines has a repertoire of about 500. It’s hard to prioritize which piece to do. In the history there is so many interesting pieces. With Firebird, internationally they did it 2011 about 5 years ago. Firebird premiered 1911 and also Stravinsky’s centennial. For this side it’s the spirit of it. You will see it’s like the original where there’s a big emphasis on the design and overall schematic. This is with the purpose of creating exciting work for the audience. On one level there is artistic priorities. The other level is what we think would be interesting production to create. We always discuss the seasons back and forth and many times. There’s a factor of fate on how everything comes together. Napapanahon siya the same with Swan Lake. Swan Lake was the first production I performed in as a dancer for Ballet Philippines. That’s the root of why I’m a dancer and why I’m still here because that first production we had with Mia Barredo and Morishita with Nonoy Froilan for me that’s a life changing experience. As director I wish we could also achieve the same for the audience. So we can have more people supporting the ballet.”

Monica Gana (Spice Princess) and Jean Marc Cordero (Pearl Merchant). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Gana (Spice Princess) and Jean Marc Cordero (Pearl Merchant). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: BP Pres. Margie Moran and BP Artistic Dir. Paul Morales. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: BP Pres. Margie Moran and BP Artistic Dir. Paul Morales. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

BP President Margie Moran adds, “Margie: We make sure that what we choose is palatable to the audience. Its something that will excite the audience to come and watch the show. We have a very good pool of dancers and we want to put them in a position to where they can really excel and go to the next level as dancers. Although every year we lose talent most of whom go abroad. But we have young ones that come up in the ladder. We’re also excited we have very good dancers. We want to bring out the best in them. The past years we’ve been successful. We’ve done very well in showcasing our best masterpieces. It has given us financial rewards we are able to produce better shows and train our dancers well.”

from left: Victor Maguad and Cyril Fallar are both in the role of Koschei the Immortal. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Victor Maguad and Cyril Fallar are both in the role of Koschei the Immortal. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

While FIREBIRD is the first show of the season BP’s Principal Soloist Cyril Aran Fallar announced this will be his last for the company. He thanked Morales for his long term support and mentoring and thanked Birkadze for entrusting the role of Koschei The Immortal to him.

from right: Cyril Fallar (Koschei) and Jemima Reyes (Firebird); Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Cyril Fallar (Koschei) and Jemima Reyes (Firebird); Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

ROLES:

Firebird: Rita Angel Winder, Jemima Reyes

Pearl Merchant: Jean Marc Cordero, Garry Corpuz

Spice Princess: Denise Parungao, Monica Gana

Koschei the Immortal: Cyril Fallar, Victor Maguad

from left: Denise Parungao (Spice Princess) and Rita Angela Winder (Firebird). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Denise Parungao (Spice Princess) and Rita Angela Winder (Firebird). Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Denise Parungao and Mark Grantos in SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Garry Corpuz in NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Denise Parungao and Mark Grantos in SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cyril Fallar (Koschei); Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos; Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos; Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos; Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad & Jemima Reyes in MOVING TWO choreographed by Dwight Rodrigazo. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Janine Arisola in NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NE NEH LEDEJ choreographed by David Campos; Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Denise Parungao and Garry Corpuz in SHIFTING WAIT choreographed by Carlo Pacis. Catch BP’s FIREBIRD AND OTHER BALLETS at the CCP Main Theater from Aug 19-21, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Leica to Solji

Left: EXID member Solji has similar features with (right) Filipina triathlete and PR exec Leica Carpo.
Left: EXID member Solji has similar features with (right) Filipina triathlete and PR exec Leica Carpo.

Left: EXID member Solji has similar features with (right) Filipina triathlete and PR exec Leica Carpo.

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They both have unique names but have similar features. From Manila’s elite circles Leica Carpo is a former Sunday Inquirer Magazine publisher, L’Oreal Exec and now Public Relations Executive in the U.S. Her chinita eyes, luscious lips bears a striking resemblance with K-POP star Heo Solji who is a member of the group EXID. The group’s name is short for Exceed in Dreaming. Solji has the most technically polished vocals in the group. She actually started out as their vocal coach before becoming an official member.

Left: EXID member Solji has similar features with (right) Filipina triathlete and PR exec Leica Carpo.

Left: EXID member Solji has similar features with (right) Filipina triathlete and PR exec Leica Carpo.

In 2015 she won the King of Mask Singer TV competition garnering more attention for EXID. Leica however, is also a famous runner having participated in the Boston and New York Marathons as well as being a consistent triathlete.

Left: EXID member Solji has similar features with (right) Filipina triathlete and PR exec Leica Carpo.

Left: EXID member Solji has similar features with (right) Filipina triathlete and PR exec Leica Carpo.

 


Princess Jellyfish: An Otaku Adventure

from left: Tsukimi (Rena Nounen) & Kuranosuke (Masaki Suda). PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.
from left: Tsukimi (Rena Nounen) & Kuranosuke (Masaki Suda). PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

from left: Tsukimi (Rena Nounen) & Kuranosuke (Masaki Suda). PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

My Delicate, we’re both otaku.

Beloved, thank you for encouraging me to write this.

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Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Kuranosuke (Masaki Suda) is a handsome man, one of the most popular guys in campus. Unknown to most he is actually even prettier as a woman and loves make up and fashion. In full drag, he looked forward to the Amars group’s sukiyaki night. To this group of reclusive women he was too ‘attractive’ and fashionable. The group prohibits men in their apartment, even women who they deem intimidating, pretty and stylish. They were also all fully convinced he was female. Either way or gender he was unwelcome.

Masaki Suda plays Kuranosuke who is handsome but loves to dress up in women’s clothing. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Masaki Suda plays Kuranosuke who is handsome but loves to dress up in women’s clothing. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Sensing this he bit back, “How old are you women?” Chieko (Azusa Babazono) retorted, “How dare you ask a woman her age!” Still irritated Kuranosuke added, “You’re all NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) aren’t you? You’re in your 30s and yet none of you have a decent and consistent income.” A frantic Mayaya (Rina Ohta) replied, “We’re not NEET! For your information we do have a decent and consistent income…it’s called an allowance!”

Rina Ohta plays Mayaya who is into Samurai action figures. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rina Ohta plays Mayaya who is into Samurai action figures. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. For screening schedules click here. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is a live action film based on a successful manga (comic book serial) “Kuragehime” by Akiko Higashimura. It was such a huge hit in 2008 that it was also produced as a popular anime series that has reached the U.S. and other countries. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

from left: Jiji (Tomoe Shinohara), Chieko (Azusa Babazono), Tsukimi (Rena Nounen), Banba (Chizuru Ikewaki) & Mayaya (Rina Ohta). PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

from left: Jiji (Tomoe Shinohara), Chieko (Azusa Babazono), Tsukimi (Rena Nounen), Banba (Chizuru Ikewaki) & Mayaya (Rina Ohta). PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The film version directed by Yasuhiro Kawamura is hilariously funny, touching and even romantic but goes way beyond that. The story was originally by creator Akiko Higashimura (manga) and the screenplay by Toshiya Ono. The movie is able to deal with serious aspects of the story that the animated series or the comic book versions were not able to convey and made it even more human and relatable. Anyone who has ever had any kind of insecurity will be able to see themselves in the unique and quirky characters.

Princess Jellyfish manga creator Akiko Higashimura has won awards as an artist. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Princess Jellyfish manga creator Akiko Higashimura has won awards as an artist. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

On the surface, it does feel like a teenage comedy because of the directorial treatment, use of animation and effects. But it also deals with a lot of angst. In a way it explains how people become reclusive, while not necessarily judging them. People are who they are, whether or not they fit into definitions or boxes of society’s expectations.

Tomoe Shinohara plays Jiji who has an attraction to images and manga of old men. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Tomoe Shinohara plays Jiji who has an attraction to images and manga of old men. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Otaku

Otaku (オタク) in Japanese slang is ‘nerd’ or ‘geek’. According to Wikiwand: “it’s a more derogatory term; seeing an “otaku” as a person unable to relate to reality… It is typically used to refer to a fan of anime/manga but can also refer to Japanese video games or Japanese culture in general. Some classify distinct groups including anime, manga, camera, automobile, idol and electronics otaku. The economic impact of otaku has been estimated to be as high as ¥2 trillion ($18 billion). According to studies published in 2013, the term has become less negative, and an increasing number of people now self-identify as otaku.”

Actress Chizuru Ikewaki is underneath that Afro as Banba who is obsessed with trains and has train sets all over her room. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Actress Chizuru Ikewaki is underneath that Afro as Banba who is obsessed with trains and has train sets all over her room. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Amars nuns from left: Chieko (Azusa Babazono), Mayaya (Rina Ohta), Banba (Chizuru Ikewaki), Jiji (Tomoe Shinohara) & Tsukimi (Rena Nounen). PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Amars nuns from left: Chieko (Azusa Babazono), Mayaya (Rina Ohta), Banba (Chizuru Ikewaki), Jiji (Tomoe Shinohara) & Tsukimi (Rena Nounen). PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The Amars group-5 women in the story do fall into this category. They live in an old apartment as roommates in the Amamizu district in Tokyo. Tsukimi (Rena Nounen) is an aspiring illustrator obsessed with jellyfish. Mayaya (Rina Ohta) is into medieval Samurais complete with action figures. Banba (Chizuru Ikewaki) can’t get enough of trains, trains sets and subway trains. Jiji (Tomoe Shinohara) is into Manga but also has a fetish for images of old white haired men whether drawn or photos. And Chieko (Azusa Babazono) is into Ichimatsu Dolls, a traditional Japanese doll that represent little girls or boys, correctly proportioned and usually with flesh-colored skin and glass eyes. Chieko dresses in a kimono and acts like a ‘mom’ to her dolls dressed in a similar costume.

Azusa Babazono plays Chieko who loves kimonos and Ichimatsu Dolls. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Azusa Babazono plays Chieko who loves kimonos and Ichimatsu Dolls. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The Amars group lives in Amamizu kan district in Tokyo. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The Amars group lives in Amamizu kan district in Tokyo. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

FOOD

One of the group’s common passions is food. Kuranosuke gained entry to their Sukiyaki night by bringing them Grade-A Wagyu beef. Apart from Japanese fare they love Chinese food. The most rotund of them Chieko sings a song with the lyrics “We’ll eat siomai, dumplings and Peking Duck!” They call siomai the same way we Filipinos call it. Banba and Mayaya regret not going with the others to Yokohama Chinatown crying in frustration: “They must be having Bird’s Nest soup by now!”

Rina Ohta plays Mayaya who is into Samurai action figures. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.Rina Ohta plays Mayaya who is into Samurai action figures. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rina Ohta plays Mayaya who is into Samurai action figures. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Hikikomori and NEET

Apart from their obsessions they are also in a way reclusive. Collectively, they all have an aversion to attractive people who are fashionable and men in general. Sometimes it can reach to paranoid proportions. In one scene, Tsukimi intended to go to a pet shop specializing in jellyfish. But since it was also in a district with students where she saw so many pretty girls. She had a panic attack where she had an impression they were all mocking her for her plain looks. She couldn’t reach the shop and had to run away.

Rena Nounen plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rena Nounen plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

There’s a very real phenomenon in Japan called Hikikomori (ひきこもり) literally “pulling inward, being confined”, i.e., “acute social withdrawal”) is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement. The term hikikomori refers to both the sociological phenomenon in general and the people belonging to this societal group. Hikikomori have been described as recluses, loners, or “modern-day hermits.”- also from wikiwand.

The Amars group lives in Amamizu kan district in Tokyo. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

The Amars group lives in Amamizu kan district in Tokyo. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Their apartment actually also has a 6th occupant, who the Amars group consider their sensei. She is a recluse to the point of being unnamed and unseen. They slip questions underneath her door and she replies by writing as well.

Chizuru Ikewaki (Banba) used a Canon 5D Mk III to shoot a train operator in the driver’s compartment. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Chizuru Ikewaki (Banba) used a Canon 5D Mk III to shoot a train operator in the driver’s compartment. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

NEET or Not in Education Employment or Training is a British acronym adopted in Japan. It is a broad category some of the youth fall into because of economic factors.An article by Kaitlyn Smith–Stagnant Youth: the NEET, freeter, and hikikomori phenomena expounds on the economic and sociological factors that have given rise to NEETs and the Japanese media’s reaction to them. “In a society primarily consisting of older adults, many youth found that it became increasingly difficult to find long-term employment, and as a result many young Japanese became disenfranchised with the Japanese school-to-work system…It (Japanese media/opinion) served to ostracize and punish those who fit the NEET definition, without paying appropriate attention to the social and cultural circumstances that created them.”

from left: Jiji (Tomoe Shinohara), Chieko (Azusa Babazono), Tsukimi (Rena Nounen), Banba (Chizuru Ikewaki) & Mayaya (Rina Ohta). PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

from left: Jiji (Tomoe Shinohara), Chieko (Azusa Babazono), Tsukimi (Rena Nounen), Banba (Chizuru Ikewaki) & Mayaya (Rina Ohta). PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Lesson in Tolerance

For Smith NEET is related to Hikikomori, “In many societies, the youth who feel isolated or rejected tend to form subgroups, to emphasize and idolize the qualities that allow them to be unique individuals. However, Japanese society places an enormous value on conformity and all individuals living and working in unity. Therefore, to those Japanese youth who find themselves unable to conform may find themselves turning to isolation. Rather than work to change themselves, they may find it easier to instead isolate themselves in their rooms, disconnected from society.”

Masaki Suda plays Kuranosuke who is handsome but loves to dress up in women’s clothing. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Masaki Suda plays Kuranosuke who is handsome but loves to dress up in women’s clothing. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

In my view this is how PRINCESS JELLYFISH goes beyond entertainment. While we’re laughing, we learn how and why each character has their obsession, insecurities and fears. Kuranosuke loves to dress up as a woman; one of the reasons is that he is rebelling against his strict politician father. We learn that all of the Amars group members were victims of bullying in school, some of which lead to their life long insecurities.

Princess Jellyfish has a live action movie and anime series. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Princess Jellyfish has a live action movie and anime series. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Even the group has its own prejudices, which we now see is also wrong. We understand, accept and not judge. Sometimes we’re not even aware of the trauma we cause people when we bully them. Or if we were victimized in our youth, we should work to overcome these insecurities and fears that have affected our lives for so long.

Kuranosuke (Masaki Suda) teaches Tsukimi (Rena Nounen) how to use make up, fix her hair and dress nicely. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Kuranosuke (Masaki Suda) teaches Tsukimi (Rena Nounen) how to use make up, fix her hair and dress nicely. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Azusa Babazono plays Chieko who loves kimonos and Ichimatsu Dolls. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Azusa Babazono plays Chieko who loves kimonos and Ichimatsu Dolls. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rena Nounen (a Canon M3 endorser) plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rena Nounen (a Canon M3 endorser) plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Princess Jellyfish has a live action movie and anime series. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Banba is obsessed with trains and has train sets all over her room. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Banba is obsessed with trains and has train sets all over her room. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rena Nounen plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rena Nounen plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Princess Jellyfish has a live action movie and anime series. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Princess Jellyfish has a live action movie and anime series. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rena Nounen plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rena Nounen plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Rina Ohta plays Mayaya who is into Samurai action figures. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rina Ohta plays Mayaya who is into Samurai action figures. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Kuragehime magazine cover. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Kuragehime magazine cover. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Tomoe Shinohara plays Jiji who has an attraction to images and manga of old men. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Tomoe Shinohara plays Jiji who has an attraction to images and manga of old men. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Rena Nounen plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rena Nounen plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Tomoe Shinohara plays Jiji who has an attraction to images and manga of old men. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Tomoe Shinohara plays Jiji who has an attraction to images and manga of old men. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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from left: Tsukimi (Rena Nounen) & Kuranosuke (Masaki Suda). PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Actress Chizuru Ikewaki is underneath that Afro as Banba who is obsessed with trains and has train sets all over her room. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Actress Chizuru Ikewaki is underneath that Afro as Banba who is obsessed with trains and has train sets all over her room. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rena Nounen plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rena Nounen plays Tsukimi who is obsessed with Jellyfish, drawing and painting. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Rina Ohta plays Mayaya who is into Samurai action figures. PRINCESS JELLYFISH is currently showing in RED by HBO. The hit movie premiered in the Philippines at Eiga Sai 2015 organized by Japan Foundation Manila at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Mitzi’s Allure

Mitzi Borromeo of CNN Philippines was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Jo Ann Bitagcol.
Mitzi Borromeo of CNN Philippines was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Jo Ann Bitagcol.

Mitzi Borromeo of CNN Philippines was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Jo Ann Bitagcol.

Mitzi Borromeo of CNN Philippines is not just one of the prettiest broadcasters on TV today. She is the whole package beauty, brains and a big heart especially for the environment. She is one of several women featured in Phil Star’s Women of ALLURE. I included the feature on her below. 

Another broadcast journalist I admire who was also featured in the list is Ginger Conejero. I have been fortunate enough to meet Ginger on countless press conferences in the entertainment and music field. She always has the best questions and comes well researched and prepared. It was so touching to find out that she took a leave from her high profile job in ABS CBN to take care of her ailing mother in the U.S. I am so glad and happy to see both women make this prestigious list. The creative team they put together to shoot the prestigious group such as photographer Jo Ann Bitagcol and Creative Director Luis Espiritu also impressed me. They featured the posh interiors of SHANG RILA HOTEL at Fort Bonifacio. —Jude Bautista

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Mitzi Borromeo of CNN Philippines was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Jo Ann Bitagcol.

Mitzi Borromeo of CNN Philippines was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Jo Ann Bitagcol.

Mitzi Borromeo The power of storytelling

(The Philippine Star) – May 29, 2016 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The stories we watch on the news are not just tidbits and splices of the day that was, but they collectively share the story of all of us. And helping to bring more light, depth and perspective to our daily feed is seasoned news anchor Mitzi Borromeo, the woman in pursuit of stories of inspiration.

“With media, what I love about it is that it’s all about storytelling,” shares the stunning broadcast journalist. “Whether it’s about a poor fisherman who has no food to eat, or rich guys making their billions, or this entrepreneur who’s trying to change the world, it’s about looking at the common thread between all of us so that we can learn something. It’s really about trying to bring inspiration to our stories,” shares Mitzi, who graduated with a Political Science degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Since the beginning of her career, her heart had always been drawn to social issues and environmental causes. In fact, in 1998, when she first joined the Sarimanok News Network (which would later become ABS-CBN News Channel), she juggled responsibilities in the newsroom while volunteering for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines.

After a few years, she left media — albeit temporarily — and worked full time as an NGO worker for WWF and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.

“These types of advocacies and jobs have always been close to my heart because at the end of the day, I believe that everything is an environmental issue. Everything and everyone is connected,” she shares.

Mitzi Borromeo of CNN Philippines was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Jo Ann Bitagcol.

Mitzi Borromeo of CNN Philippines was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Jo Ann Bitagcol.

When it comes to working in the media, on the other hand, the draw had always been about giving hope and encouraging change. “In news, you’ll never find a lack of sad stories. There will always be problems. But what we can do through the power of media is we can stimulate minds, let audiences see different perspectives, and despite all the craziness out there, give them a glimmer of hope. All we need is a little inspiration,” she beams.

Thankfully, through her work, she’s been able to contribute a little bit of sunshine and shed light on matters that need attention. Today, Mitzi is the news correspondent for the daily evening newscast on CNN Philippines, and is co-producer, writer and anchor of Profiles.

“I’m particularly proud of Profiles because we feature different personalities that are inspiring, people who have made a difference in the world. I enjoy these stories more because I’m able meet so many people, and somehow I’m able to live out my dreams through them. For me, with every new story and encounter, it’s like falling in love. You’re entering a different world each time.”

There is indeed power in stories — in the ones that we share and in the ones that we make of our lives. Through her work, Mitzi hopes to make her own life something worth reading and worth sharing. “Through stories, we can start our own revolutions.”

See more at: http://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/2016/05/29/1588679/mitzi-borromeo-the-power-of-storytelling#sthash.3QmcRpsk.dpuf

Photography by JO ANN BITAGCOL • Creative direction by LUIS ESPIRITU JR. • Makeup by SARI CAMPOS for Make Up For Ever • Hairstyling by RONNIE TUMAMAK for Creations by Lourd Ramos • Styling by DIANE LASAM • Jewelry by MILADAY JEWELS • Coral pink gown by MARK TAMAYO and lacy blue cropped top by FOREVER 21

Ginger Conejero of ABS CBN was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Rita Marie.

Ginger Conejero of ABS CBN was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Rita Marie.

Ginger Conejero A tale of a faithful child

MANILA, Philippines – The tapestry of Ginger Conejero’s soul is a beautiful tale of a faithful child. She has mapped her own path to be a no-nonsense entertainment reporter for TV in the Philippines but she also knows that her comfort zone remains in her parents’ hearts — in far away California. It’s been 15 years since Ginger, an only child born and raised in the US, started living on her own. She was 17 when she moved out of their house in San Francisco to study Political Science (minor in Business) at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she graduated magna cum laude. –

She landed a job as an analyst in a legal firm in the US. It was in the late 2006 when she came to the Philippines, the county of birth of her parents, to compete for the Miss Philippines Earth beauty tilt where she landed Miss Philippines Earth-Air. The following year, the Filipino TV viewers welcomed her in their homes as a fresh face delivering entertainment news for ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol. “I have survived living alone because I always have faith. To have faith is the most important lesson I learned from my mom. My dad taught me to work hard and to be strong,” Ginger says.

Ginger Conejero of ABS CBN was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Rita Marie.

Ginger Conejero of ABS CBN was featured in Phil Star’s Women of Allure last May 29, 2016. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila by Rita Marie.

Ginger is a faithful child to her parents Antonio, 61, a part-time hotelier in the Bay Area; and Azela, 66, a retired lawyer who now does real estate management. Her parents own a limousine rental business in the US. “Their hard work put me through school. I’m very grateful.” In February last year, amidst her successful TV reporting career, she filed for a leave of absence at ABS-CBN to be with her parents. “I was in a coverage when I learned that my mom had ovarian cancer, stage 3. I knew I had to be with her,” she recalls with tears. “I am grateful to the ABS-CBN management because it allowed me to go on an extended leave of seven months. I accompanied my mom to her chemo sessions. Now, she is doing well in her recovery from treatment and is being closely monitored by her team of doctors,” Ginger smiles, adding that she has returned to her beat at the TV station in October 2015.

“Cancer is a horrible thing,” she says. Ginger now also involves herself in advocacies focusing on the fight against cancer. “I want to spend more time with cancer kids. That’s something that I would demand more from myself.”

Ginger is not coy about sharing that independence has its own challenges. “To be independent has taught me about loneliness and how to ride it out. It has taught me about myself, my purpose. It has taught me to be grateful of the littlest things that make me happy,” she says. Every day, even if she lives alone in the Philippines, she is comforted by love from her parents from across the miles. “They call me every morning to make sure that I awake to another day.”

Indeed, Ginger, the Faithful child, welcomes a beautiful day every single day.

Photography by RITA MARIE • Creative direction by LUIS ESPIRITU JR. • Makeup by SARI CAMPOS for Make Up For Ever • Hairstyling by BOGGY DIAZ • Styling by DIANE LASAM and JEAR DE MC CUTTAC • Jewelry by MILADAY JEWELS • Blue top and pink trousers by HARLAN+HOLDEN and pink beaded gown by AZUCAR –

See more at: http://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/2016/05/29/1588680/ginger-conejero-a-tale-of-a-faithful-child#sthash.LPRlJqG4.dpuf

from left: Mitzi Borromeo & Ginger Conejero were part of Phil Star’s Women of Allure in the May 29, 2016 issue. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila.

from left: Mitzi Borromeo & Ginger Conejero were part of Phil Star’s Women of Allure in the May 29, 2016 issue. Photo was taken at SHANG RILA Fort Bonifacio, Manila.


Reyna ng Aliwan 2016

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition.  It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista
Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition.  It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Photos by

Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

from left: Tanduay Marketing Mgr Francis Maclang gives #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival Best in Swimsuit and MBC VP for Operations & Director Juan Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Tanduay Marketing Mgr Francis Maclang gives #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival Best in Swimsuit and MBC VP for Operations & Director Juan Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 (Pageant)

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

1st Runner-up

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-Panagbenga Festival

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL is awarded Miss Photogenic from left: Hotel Jen GM Edward Kollmer, MBC Pres. Ruperto Nicdao Jr. and MBC VP for Sales Promos & Events Santi Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL is awarded Miss Photogenic from left: Hotel Jen GM Edward Kollmer, MBC Pres. Ruperto Nicdao Jr. and MBC VP for Sales Promos & Events Santi Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

2nd Runners-up

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-Manaragat Festival

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-Pintados De Passi Festival

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-Anilag Festival

from left: #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL, #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL, #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

From left: Miss Friendship #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga -Pintados De Passi Festival, Miss Unique Smile #5 Andrea Fe Gomez -Panagbenga Festival and Miss Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit & Best in Evening Gown #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

From left: Miss Friendship #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga -Pintados De Passi Festival, Miss Unique Smile #5 Andrea Fe Gomez -Panagbenga Festival and Miss Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit & Best in Evening Gown #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Special Awards

Friendship Award

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-Pintados De Passi Festival

 

Miss Photogenic

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

Miss Unique Smile

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-Panagbenga Festival

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Best in Swimsuit

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

Best in Evening Gown

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

Best in Festival Costume

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL, #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL and #11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL, #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL and #11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

REYNA NG ALIWAN LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

#1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL

#2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL

#6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL

#11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL

#14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL

#15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL

#15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Rhum Dark - Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Rhum Dark – Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

#1 Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon Province Represented by Hambujan Dancers of Dolores, Quezon garnered 5th Place (P100,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#1 Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon Province Represented by Hambujan Dancers of Dolores, Quezon garnered 5th Place (P100,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

STREET DANCE LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

#1 Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon Province

Represented by Hambujan Dancers of Dolores, Quezon

 

#2 Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao

Represented by Dr. Bernabe G. Dela Fuente Senior National High School

 

#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City

Represented by Pinsao National High School

 

#4 Sagayan Festival of Datu Piang, Maguindanao

Represented by Datu Piang Performing Arts Guild

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Anilag Festival of Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Represented by Sikhayan Dancers

 

#6 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival

Represented by Tribu Salognon

 

#7 Boling boling Festival of Catanauan, Quezon

 

#8 Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan City

Represented by Tribu Katbalugan

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Light - Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Light – Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Damak Float- gathers pre-wedding gifts a tradition still practiced by affluent families and relatives of the Sultanates of Maguindanaon, Buayan and Kabuntalan. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Damak Float- gathers pre-wedding gifts a tradition still practiced by affluent families and relatives of the Sultanates of Maguindanaon, Buayan and Kabuntalan. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

FLOAT LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

#1 Guinakit sa Mindanao

 

#2 Damak of Cotabato City

 

#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival

 

#4 Sagayan Festival

 

#5 Dayang dayang Festival Float of Pasay City

from left: #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#6 Dalaksagaw Float of Tondo, Manila

 

#7 Antipolo Maytime Sumakah Festival Float of Antipolo City

 

#8 Istorya at Kabuhayan of Catanauan Quezon

 

#9 Sinulog Float of Cebu City

 

#10 Kanggulangena

 

#11 Bukabuk A R’enan of Mother Kabuntalan

Bukabuk A Renan of Mother Kabuntalan – is a celebration of a wedding between Malay-Chinese-Maguindanaoan Royalty. The Bukabuk A’Renan is celebrated to this day every tiger full moon of the year and during the grand reunion of the Kabuntalan Sultanate. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Bukabuk A Renan of Mother Kabuntalan – is a celebration of a wedding between Malay-Chinese-Maguindanaoan Royalty. The Bukabuk A’Renan is celebrated to this day every tiger full moon of the year and during the grand reunion of the Kabuntalan Sultanate. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aegis from left: Juliet, Ken and Mercy Sunot performed at the awarding ceremonies. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aegis from left: Juliet, Ken and Mercy Sunot performed at the awarding ceremonies. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

#14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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from left: #4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL, #6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL and #7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Manila Bulletin, Cruising, BALITA are media sponsors for ALIWAN 2016. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL, #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL and #11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao Represented by Dr. Bernabe G. Dela Fuente Senior National High School. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao Represented by Dr. Bernabe G. Dela Fuente Senior National High School. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL and #15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL and #15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City Represented by Pinsao National High School won Best Folkloric Performance (P10,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City Represented by Pinsao National High School won Best Folkloric Performance (P10,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#5 Anilag Festival of Sta. Rosa, Laguna Represented by Sikhayan Dancers. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Anilag Festival of Sta. Rosa, Laguna Represented by Sikhayan Dancers. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Mabini: The Conceptual Heart of the Revolution

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) carries his friend and adviser Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista
Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) carries his friend and adviser Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) carries his friend and adviser Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Emilio Aguinaldo) : Sa palagay niyo po ano ang naging suliranin ng unang himagsikan? Delphine Buencamino (Apolimnario Mabini): Pasintabi po. Pero sa tingin ko hindi nagtagumpay ang unang himagsikan dahil hindi ito na gabayan ng isang malinaw na idolohiya. Hindi rin ito nakagawa ng malinaw na plano para palawakin at bigyan direksyon ang kamalayang rebolusyonaryo. (sings) Ang dalit ng bayan ay ngayo’y naglalatak maari magbunga ng paksang kasamaan kung papabayaan natin at di gagabayan. Tungo sa paglaya ng buong sambayanan. Sa bagong yugto ng pakikilaban kelangan ng bayan ay kambal na himagsikan. Una’y gagamit ng lakas na sandatahan. Pangalawa’y maguunos ng himbing ka looban.

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Aguinaldo: Paano ito maisasakatuparan? Mabini: Dapat nang burahin ang salat isip indio na sunod sunuran sa mga Europeyo. Kaya’t aking sinulat Verdadero Dekalogo na makatao at maka Pilipino. Aguinaldo: Diba’t ba inihanda niyo na ito? Mabini: Tinuturo nito’y tao’y pantay pantay ano man ang uri, relihiyon o kulay. Na ang Bathala ay wala sa simbahan. Kung di sa kunsensya ng bawat mamamayan. Para maging gabay sa ating pagbabagkas sa mapangahas ng modelong koloniyal, hetong ordinanza stelarebolusyon na maaaring sundin ng taong bayan sa pagtatayo ng bagong pamayanan at pagtatakda ng pusisyon ni Rizal sa pagbubo ng Kongreso tungohan ng Sekretarya, Gabinete at Presidensiya.

from left: Carol Bello (Dionisia), Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & Marco Viaña (Pule). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carol Bello (Dionisia), Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & Marco Viaña (Pule). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Tanghalang Pilipino’s MAGINING MANDIRIGMA is currently running at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino from February 19 to March 13, 2016. The Musical’s second run however, has now been recast with Liesl Batucan in the role of Mabini, replacing Delphine Buencamino. Arman Ferrer alternates the Emilio Aguinaldo role with David Ezra.

Cast – in white from right: Carol Bello (Dionisia), Liesl Batucan (Apolinario Mabini), David Ezra (Emilio Aguinaldo) performed an excerpt from MABINING MANDIRIGMA last February 7, 2016. It was for the PASINAYA OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast – in white from right: Carol Bello (Dionisia), Liesl Batucan (Apolinario Mabini), David Ezra (Emilio Aguinaldo) performed an excerpt from MABINING MANDIRIGMA last February 7, 2016. It was for the PASINAYA OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tanghalang Pilipino is the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and has produced MABINING MANDIRIGMA with the support of the National Commission for the Culture and Arts. 2014 was the sesquicentennial birth of Apolinario Mabini (born July 23, 1864), the conceptual heart of the second phase of the Philippine Revolution.

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Librettist Dr. Nick Tiongson is a very well respected member of the academe and is a member of the prestigious MANUNURI NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO. He was also the CCP’s vice-president and the artistic director from 1986 to 1994. Tiongson shared that the concept for the play was specifically for the 150th anniversary. He had already talked with TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef and expressed interest in producing something on Mabini. He said, “I always admired Mabini. Ibang klaseng hero hindi siya yung may dramatic death hindi ganoon. Pero very solid person, brilliant mind he just did his work day to day and refuse to give up on ideas.”

from left: Librettist Dr. Nicanor Tiongson & Production Designer & Sculptor Toym Imao. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Librettist Dr. Nicanor Tiongson & Production Designer & Sculptor Toym Imao. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

During the course of his extensive research he found out that other writers and biographers also admired Mabini. One of them is Nick Joaquin who admired the hero as one of the homegrown intellectuals, unlike Rizal and others who studied in Europe. Tiongson explained, “His law class was one of the most brilliant ever coming from UST. In that class he was recognized as the most brilliant. Grade wise he was better than Rizal. He’s amazing and he could not even afford textbooks. So he would borrow textbooks before class read the lesson. He had a photographic memory so he knew what they were talking about. Obviously not just photographic memory he understood what he was reading.”

from left: Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) and Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) and Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

The achievement may not have been as spectacular or dramatic as other heroes like Bonifacio or even Gen. Luna, “What he did was provide the whole ideology for the second phase of the revolution. Of course that’s a very intellectual thing. That’s not exactly everybody’s cup of tea. Hindi yon ganoon ka popular. He did not write fiction, Rizal wrote Noli, which is something enjoyable to read. What Mabini did was just as important. An American observer said without Mabini there would have been no second phase of the revolution. And it’s really true. He provided the whole ideology he provided the steps Aguinaldo had to take to dismantle the old order and replace it with a new order. The ideology of a new constitution, he believed in the equality of men and women. He believed women should have the same opportunities for education, professions and suffrage. Wala pang suffrage sa America.”

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Mabini’s ideas were so advanced that not everyone was ready for them, “He was very much ahead of his time. In fact that was his tragedy that his vision for a nation was valid but most of our leaders were not ready to accept. Sinasabi nila dalawa himagsikan: Yung sandatahan at yung sa kalooban. E wala yung kalooban e. So kahit anung gawin ng sandatahan walang mangyayari. Wala naman pagbabago sa kalooban. (There were two revolutions: armed struggle and battle for the hearts of the people. But there was no change in the hearts and minds of the people) The same greed that the Spaniards had our own leaders had. So ano pinag-iba doon? Iba lang kulay pero kasakiman pa rin.”

from left: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) and Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) and Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

The same greed, the same lust for power can be seen in our candidates today. According to Rappler, February 5, 2016- “In two separate resolutions on 6 docketed cases, the Ombudsman said it has jurisdiction to conduct its preliminary investigation that led it to find probable cause to file criminal charges against Binay, his son, and their co-respondents for graft, malversation of public funds, and falsification of public documents in connection with the bidding and construction of the carpark project.” Vice President Binay is currently running for the highest post of the land.

Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Binay connection with political dynasties (ilustrados of the past) was made clearer in Bobby M. Tuazon’s opinion piece in PDI entitled ‘Probing Presidential Platforms’: “Unlike his rivals Binay openly defends political dynasties in defiance of the Constitution.”

MABINING MANDIRIGMA’s run is especially significant coming into the elections. The many lessons we learn and see on stage should help us determine our leaders in this crucial period.

Treacherous Ilustrados from left: Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Treacherous Ilustrados from left: Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

There’s a very clear bridge between Mabini’s era and ours today. Tiongson explains, “That’s one reason we did it. How interesting that he was up against are exactly the same forces we still have today. What was mentioned in the end was the whole point, walang nagbabago. Ganoon pa rin, same greed diba? You keep celebrating independence day but you’re never free. Your people are always in bondage. Very often under their own kalahi. Dati foreigner ngayon sarili mong kababayan.” The statement is especially poignant for the EDSA Revolution Anniversary.

Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

The casting of female actors Liesl Batucan & Delphine Buencamino was a stroke of genius according to Tionson, “He (Driector Chris Millado) wanted gender free casting. Its been a tradition males play female roles in Shakespeare even here our country so why not the opposite? The style is Brechtian, the point is ideas. The point is for the audience to analyze the ideas being presented not to feel emotion for any character. The steam punk style works very well for that. Alam mo kagad it is not trying to reproduce history. Its taking history and putting it in a medium that is now. That’s the guide for the music also.”

Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen McArthur); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen McArthur); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delphine Buencamino was cast as Apolinario Mabini in its previous run. This run is with esteemed actress and vocalist Liesl Batucan. When asked about Mabini’s message Delphine said, “It speaks for itself. Every line he speaks is a statement we should take in. When I was researching him I realized how often this happens. All these issues are still the same. That’s why staging it now is so important. We still don’t think as one nation. That ideology should be the anchor where we do everything.”

from left: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reference Materials suggested by Dr. Nick Tiongson:

1 La Revolucion Filipina Volume 1 and Volume 2 written by Apolinario Mabini, published by National Historical Commission. Available at the National Historical Insitute.

2 The Philippine revolution / Apolinario Mabini ; with a biographical study of the author by Rafael Palma—also known as La Revolucion Filipina con Los Documentos de la Epoca, por Apolinario Mabini by Rafael Palma

3 Mabini and the Philippine Revolution by Cesar Adib Majul, University of the Philippines, Quezon City 1960.

4 Malolos: The crisis of the republic (Philippine studies reprint series) Paperback – 1997 by Teodoro A Agoncillo, available in amazon.com

5 A Question of Heroes by Nick Joaquin – 2005 available in amazon.com

Bottom row from left: Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro), Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen Mc Arthur), Lhorvie Nuevo (Aling Sima/Koro), Aldo Vencilao (Pepe) Mid row from left: Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino), Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo), Phi Palmos (Noriel), CK Español (Padre Valerio Malabanan / Trias) Top row from left:  Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), Marco Viaña (Pule) and Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bottom row from left: Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro), Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen Mc Arthur), Lhorvie Nuevo (Aling Sima/Koro), Aldo Vencilao (Pepe) Mid row from left: Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino), Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo), Phi Palmos (Noriel), CK Español (Padre Valerio Malabanan / Trias) Top row from left: Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), Marco Viaña (Pule) and Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Arman Ferrer as Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Arman Ferrer as Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Ladies from left: Antonette Go (Koro), EJ Pepito (Pres. Taft), Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro), Merry Mia Sinaguinan (Mark Twain/Koro), Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen Mc Arthur) & Lhorvie Nuevo (Aling Sima/Koro). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Ladies from left: Antonette Go (Koro), EJ Pepito (Pres. Taft), Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro), Merry Mia Sinaguinan (Mark Twain/Koro), Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen Mc Arthur) & Lhorvie Nuevo (Aling Sima/Koro). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & Aldo Vencilao (Pepe), background in Colorful hair is Merry Mia Sinaguinan as Mark Twain. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & Aldo Vencilao (Pepe), background in Colorful hair is Merry Mia Sinaguinan as Mark Twain. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phi Palmos (Noriel), Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna) and Kenneth Mangurit (Prudencio). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phi Palmos (Noriel), Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna) and Kenneth Mangurit (Prudencio). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Marco Viana (Pule) and Carol Bello (Dionisia/Inang Bayan). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marco Viana (Pule) and Carol Bello (Dionisia/Inang Bayan). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Arman Ferrer as Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Arman Ferrer as Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: EJ Pepito (Pres. Taft), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: EJ Pepito (Pres. Taft), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) and Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) and Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Treacherous Ilustrados from left: Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Treacherous Ilustrados from left: Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) narrates the Ilustrados treachery. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) narrates the Ilustrados treachery. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Mabini was famously transported in between battles via hammock. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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David Bowie: Rock Theater (Part3)

Lady Gaga’s distinctive blue bolt actually came from David Bowie’s Alladin Sane character he created 40 years ago.
David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

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Jude Bautista

With the recent passing of David Bowie last January 10, 2016, a look back at the achievements of a true artist and icon spanning six decades, in several art forms is a must. Read Part 1Its Ok to be Different, Part 2 – Sexual Mystique, Part 3 –Rock Theater.

Elvis and Lennon were certainly more popular but creatively, culturally, politically no one has had a bigger impact than David Bowie. He has created music genres-Plastic Soul, New Wave and indirectly influenced Heavy Metal, Punk and even Grunge. He has expanded his creativity to acting, film, and most definitely fashion. His hair, style, and stage presence brought on the phrase Rock Theater, influencing almost every successful artist we see today. Every time words such as otherworldly, unique, bold, crop up Bowie comes to mind.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

ACTOR

 In 1980 Bowie made his Broadway Debut in THE ELEPHANT MAN. In an interview he said, “The Elephant Man appealed to me because I have this eclectic thing about freaks, isolationists and alienated people. I gather information on people like that.”

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

He performed without use of heavy make up. The performance was based solely on his movement, disfigured legs, manipulating his voice and misshapen stance every night. His earlier training as mime helped him achieve desired effect. Critics praised Bowie for his acting abilities in this role.

David Bowie Sound and Vision, Narrated by Jonathan Pryce

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” ---from director David Mallet.

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” —from director David Mallet.

Ashes to ashes music video director David Mallet said, “David’s influence on early music videos was the most important. He wasn’t afraid to be surreal, to go back to French silent surrealist movies. He wasn’t afraid to do anything.”

Ashes to Ashes

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

By 1986 Bowie starred as the enigmatic Jareth the Goblin King in LABYRINTH with the young Jennifer Connelly. Again as a kid I was hooked by the involvement of Jim Henson doing a lot of the puppetry work. Henson by then was a star having produced SESAME STREET & THE MUPPET SHOW. Of course Bowie had long hair and had that mysterious flair about him. Although not a commercial success it later became a cult classic especially with Bowie fans. Character designer Brian Froud gave Jareth a swagger stick with a crystal, which from a distance looked like a mic. The tight pants was also intentional, the look was supposed to be the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

LABYRINTH was (right) Jim Henson’s last film before his death. Left: Bowie with a 14-year-old Jennifer Connelly.

LABYRINTH was (right) Jim Henson’s last film before his death. Left: Bowie with a 14-year-old Jennifer Connelly.

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

His acting career started way before Labyrinth, and was cast in WWII epic MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983). In between he’s had dozens of TV appearances as well. His film roles as an actor vary from Pontius Pilate in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988) to Nikola Tesla in THE PRESTIGE (2006) with lead actors Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Cain. Bowie had a cameo in ZOOLANDER in 2000 as a judge of the Walk off battle between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. ZOOLANDER2 will be released in February 2016. Although the role was short it was an indication of Bowie’s influence that extended to fashion.

David Bowie judges Zoolander walk off battle

left: Bowie with designer Kansai Yamamoto, right: images from the DAVID BOWIE IS exhibit which has toured the most prestigious museums around the world since 2013.

left: Bowie with designer Kansai Yamamoto, right: images from the DAVID BOWIE IS exhibit which has toured the most prestigious museums around the world since 2013.

FASHION

It was a symbiotic relationship that he had with designers. Their creations were a visual of his music. Bowie’s music and flamboyance gave life to designers’ creations. Characters Ziggy Stardust, Alladin Sane, The Thin White Duke came alive and changed our world. Later on Bowie added so much of his flair and panache to colored suits. Whatever he was wearing, whenever it was a reflection of his identity and enduring style.

In 2013 VOGUE Japan featured Kansai Yamamoto’s designs that David Bowie made famous (modeled by women of course - as they were intended). They still look as fresh, radical & eye catching as it did when Bowie first wore them as Ziggy Stardust more than 40 years before.

In 2013 VOGUE Japan featured Kansai Yamamoto’s designs that David Bowie made famous (modeled by women of course – as they were intended). They still look as fresh, radical & eye catching as it did when Bowie first wore them as Ziggy Stardust more than 40 years before. 

In 1971 Bowie’s over the top black jumpsuit for Ziggy Stardust and other costumes were by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. Based on the kimono it was originally intended for women. In an interview with ELLE Yamamoto said, “When he (Bowie) visited Tokyo, I took him to a market and he was delighted to find an over-the-shoulder bag, which he bought. But actually it was of a type made for Japanese bus drivers! How would I describe him? Sensitive, bold, and dynamic. I was impressed at the way he totally connected with his audience.” Yamamoto was the first designer to hold a fashion show in Moscow’s Red Square post cold war in 1993. Considered as a Super show it included fashion, dancing and fireworks.

Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

Bowie worked with designers such as Freddie Buretti, Natasha Korniloff Pierrot, and Michael Fish. His rule with all of them was simple, “it has to look the way the music sounds.” Bowie has influenced countless other designers since then with his otherworldly style. Italian designers Ennio Capasa, Roberto Cavalli’s Peter Dundas, Donatella Versace have recently paid tribute to Bowie with their fashion shows just a week after his passing.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Photos have been collated by mirror.uk. ; In 2003 Kate Moss recreated the famous Duffy photograph of David Bowie with a lightning slashed cover.

In 2011 Kate Moss was convincingly transformed into David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust from the mullet hair to the outfit to her anchor tattoo (Bowie once sported a fake anchor tattoo) for the iconic cover.

Supermodel Kate Moss as Ziggy Stardust on Vogue cover

Supermodel Kate Moss as Ziggy Stardust on Vogue cover

Lady Gaga copied the lightning bolt concept on the face but also used Bowie’s SCARY MONSTERS album as inspiration for the artwork on her APPLAUSE single.

Lady Gaga’s distinctive blue bolt actually came from David Bowie’s Alladin Sane character he created 40 years ago.

Lady Gaga’s distinctive blue bolt actually came from David Bowie’s Alladin Sane character he created 40 years ago.

A day before Bowie’s passing she was reported to have credited him as an influence, “When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamor was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls. He is a true, true artist and I don’t know if I ever went, ‘Oh, I’m going to be that way like this,’ or if I arrived upon it slowly, realizing it was my calling and that’s what drew me to him.”

right: Even Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album cover from 1980 has been a source of inspiration for Lady Gaga.

right: Even Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album cover from 1980 has been a source of inspiration for Lady Gaga.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

BBC History Magazine, in a poll of readers determined that David Bowie as the best-dressed Briton in history. Bowie won the title with 48.5 per cent of the votes. Designer Wayne Hemingway explained, “Here was a creative genius who understood art and design, looked cool, inspired us and upset the establishment. All these attributes lead to things that drive humankind forward… change”. Bowie beat out other nominees that included ‘Queen Elizabeth I; Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; and original dandy Beau Brummell, a fashion icon who reputedly spent six hours a day getting ready. The trio received 13.6 per cent, 9.5 per cent and 8.4 per cent of the votes respectively.’

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

DAVID BOWIE IS EXHIBIT

In 2013 an exhibit entitled DAVID BOWIE IS was organized at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London- ‘the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design housing a permanent collection of 4.5million objects’ (Wikipedia). From the V&A site: ‘They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The exhibition explored the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film. On display were more than 300 objects including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth, music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974). Alongside these were more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.’

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

Special screenings of the accompanying film DAVID BOWIE IS HAPPENING NOW are scheduled on January 17, 2016. The film combines a tour of the exhibition with the curators, archive footage and interviews with special guests including Kansai Yamamoto, Jarvis Cocker, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling and Jeremy Deller.

from left: Tilda Swinton, Lorde and David, the reception was for pal Tilly.

from left: Tilda Swinton, Lorde and David, the reception was for pal Tilly.

Tilda Swinton- her speech for the opening of the exhibit in 2013:

Dear Dave

When I asked you if you wanted me to say anything here tonight

You said ‘Only three words, one of them testicular..’

So I’ll pass that on

Here I am at surely the most eclectic of all the London branches of Bowie Anonymous
All the nicest possible freaks are here

We’re in the Victoria and Albert Museum preparing to rifle through your drawers
It’s truly an amazing thing

This was my favourite playground as a child
Medieval armour : my fantasy space wear

And, alongside, when I was 12 – and a square sort of kid in a Round Pond sort of childhood, not far from here – I carried a copy of Aladdin Sane around with me – a full 2 years before i had the wherewithal to play it

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

The image of that gingery boney pinky whitey person on the cover with the liquid mercury collar bone was – for one particular young moonage daydreamer – the image of planetary kin, of a close imaginary cousin and companion of choice

It’s taken me a long time to admit, even to myself, let alone you, that it was the vision and not yet the sound that
hooked me up – but if i can’t confess that here and now, then when and where?

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

We all have our own roots
And routes
To this room

Some of us – the enviable – found the fellowship early in the funfests of

Billy’s Bowie Nights
or equivalent lodges from San Francisco to Auckland to Heidelberg

and all points in between

For others, it was a more lonesome affair, paced out in a sort of private morse code like following bread crumbs through a forest

Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

I’m not saying that if you hadn’t pitched up I would have worn a pie crust collar and pearls like some of those I went to school with
I’m not saying that if you hadn’t weighed in, Princess Julia would have been less inventive with the pink blusher
Simply that, you provided the sideways like us with such rare and out-there company
Such fellowship
You pulled us in and left your arm dangling over our necks
And kept us warm – as you have for – isn’t it ? – centuries now

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

You were
You are
One of us

And you have remained the reliable mortal in amongst all the immortal shapes you have thrown

Nothing more certain than changes

Always with a weather eye out
Always awake and clocking the fallout

Those Mayans must have known something when they set their calendar down before January 2013

Because, of course, now all bets are off

I know, because you told me, how tickled you were to knock Elvis – for once! – out of the headlines on your shared birthday this year

There’s so much for all of us to be happy about since then

Yet, I think the thing I’m loving the most about the last few weeks
is how clear it now is – how undeniable – that the freak becomes the great unifier
The alien is the best company after all
For so many more than the few

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

They wanted a Bowie fan to speak tonight. They could have thrown a paper napkin and hit a hundred.
I’m the lucky one, standing up to speak for all my fellow freaks anxious to win

the pub quiz and
claim their number one most super-fan t-shirt

I want to give thanks to the Victoria and Albert Museum for indulging us so
For laying on our dream show

For showing us – look at their advance ticket sales – that , as is
written along the bottom of this months Q magazine,
‘why we all live in David’s world now’

To Gucci and Sennheiser for putting up the cash, laying on the sound and vision
To Geoffrey and Victoria for curating an entire universe so beautifully, on behalf of us all

left: Bowie wears aqua blue suit by Freddi Buretti copied by Oscar winner Tilda Swinton

left: Bowie wears aqua blue suit by Freddi Buretti copied by Oscar winner Tilda Swinton

When I think of what it used to feel like once
To be a freak who liked you
To feel like a freak like you
– a freak who even looked a little like you

And then I think of the countless people of every size and feather who are going to walk through this trace of your journey here and pick up the breadcrumbs
in the great hub of this mothership over these Spring and Summer months..

And how familiar and stamped you are into ALL of our our collective DNA

I’m just plain proud

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

So

Where are we now?

Well
I know you aren’t here tonight, but
Somehow, no matter

We are –
And you brought us out of the wainscotting like so many
Freaky old bastards
Like so many fan boys and girls
Like so many loners and pretty things and dandies and dudes and dukes and duckies and testicular types
And pulled us together

Together
By you
Dave Jones
Our not so absent, not so invisible, friend

Every alien’s favourite cousin
Certainly mine

We have a nice life

Yours aye

Tilly

Tilda Swinton was cast in David Bowie’s music video The Stars Are Out Tonight (2013

Tilda Swinton was cast in David Bowie’s music video The Stars Are Out Tonight (2013

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The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

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David with son Duncan Jones who was his best man at the wedding with Iman 1992

David with son Duncan Jones who was his best man at the wedding with Iman 1992

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

Style icons David Bowie & Cher

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Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

albums from left: Alladin Sane (April 1973), The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (June 1972), Hunky Dory (Dec 1971) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

albums from left: Alladin Sane (April 1973), The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (June 1972), Hunky Dory (Dec 1971) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

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from left: Peter Cook Bowie and Dudley Moore (May 1973) backstage at the Cambridge Theatre in London, following the pair's show 'Behind The Fridge'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

from left: Peter Cook Bowie and Dudley Moore (May 1973) backstage at the Cambridge Theatre in London, following the pair’s show ‘Behind The Fridge’. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

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Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” ---from director David Mallet.

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” —from director David Mallet.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

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David receives walk of fame star with love of his life, Iman (1997).

David receives walk of fame star with love of his life, Iman (1997).

albums from left: Let’s Dance (Apr 1983), Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (Sept 1980), Lodger (May 1979) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

albums from left: Let’s Dance (Apr 1983), Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (Sept 1980), Lodger (May 1979) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

from left: Keith Richards and David Bowie.

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Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

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left: 1993 Herb Ritts portrait of Bowie. Right: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

left: 1993 Herb Ritts portrait of Bowie. Right: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

from left: Michael Caine and David Bowie were cast mates in THE PRESTIGE (2006).

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The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

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Bowie wears aqua blue suits by Freddi Buretti

Bowie wears aqua blue suits by Freddi Buretti

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Bowie produced Iggy Pop’s first solo album way back 1976 in Berlin.

Bowie produced Iggy Pop’s first solo album way back 1976 in Berlin.

from left: Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Bowie and Johnny Depp.

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Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

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David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

With the recent passing of David Bowie last January 10, 2016, a look back at the achievements of a true artist and icon spanning six decades, in several art forms is a must. Read Part 1Its Ok to be Different, Part 2 – Sexual Mystique, Part 3 –Rock Theater.

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