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Hoy! Say Moh! Soxie Topacio!

Soxie Topacio; SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

The first time I met Soxie Topacio was a few years back in PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association). He was directing HIMALA the Musical and was there for a rehearsal. Naturally he was barking directions left and right. But as soon as you start talking to him he had a ready smile was warm and accommodating. Although the only time he could spare for a brief interview was through a cigarette break. I told him I remembered his work in DUPLEX on TV and that made him smile.

from left: Composer and Musical Director Vincent De Jesus, Angeli Bayani (Ensemble), Director Soxie Topacio, Ricky Lee (Librettist) and Bong Cabrera (Mayor). HIMALA The Musical had a successful 10th Anniversary run at PETA in March 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

When news broke last July 21, 2017 that Soxie Topacio had passed away from pneumonia and complications from lung cancer, I was genuinely shocked. I did not know that he was diagnosed with lung cancer as reported by PDI.

Soxie Topacio & Cynthia Guico; SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

During PETA’s 50th Anniversary in April he was in high spirits, hosting, singing on stage, I couldn’t imagine him being sick. Although I did notice he was wearing a hat that did hide the loss of his silver hair.

from right: Soxie Topacio, Joel Lamangan, Dessa Quesada-Palm, CB Garrucho, and Beng Cabangon. SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

But during Philstage’s GAWAD BUHAY awards in May, I did notice he was more frail. He seemed less energetic and didn’t even bother to wear a hat. That night was special because they were able to give a glowing tribute to the work of the consummate thespian, teacher, writer and director of stage, TV and film.

Soxie Topacio and nephew Rendell Topacio wait for the opening curtain. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

A lot of credit should be given to PHILSTAGE Pres. Audie Gemora and the jury for having the foresight of giving him the NATATANGING GAWAD BUHAY award (Lifetime Achievement award). PHILSTAGE is an association which counts the most prestigious theater productions, dance groups and companies among its members. The PHILSTAGE jury consists of Vlad Bunoan, Gibbs Cadiz, Glenn Mas, Elka Requinta, Jovy Zarate, Ralph Galan, Steve Villaruz, Martin Lopez, Chantal Primero, Romano Jorge, Tats Manahan, Ricky Toledo, Chito Vijandre Cora Llamas, Vincent Gregory Yu, Fred Hawson and Philip Cu-Unjieng.

Clockwise from right: PETA Founder Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, Repertory Phil. Founder / Chair Emeritus Baby Barredo, Rep Pres. & CEO Mindy Perez-Rubio, PHILSTAGE Pres. Audie Gemora. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

PETA was then able to produce an admirable tribute for that segment of the awards show. A wonderful script written by Phil Noble encapsulated Soxie’s colorful career. Which was brought to life by Norbs Portales, a young actor of PETA whom he had mentored. Norbs channeled his inner Soxie and portrayed the famous character Nene from DUPLEX and IT’S A DEAL. Shows that were enumerated by INTERAKSYON and also his most recent TV work.

Norbs Portales performed as Soxie Topacio in the role of Nene. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nene or Neneng is the Filipino term for young girl, while Soxie at the time (80s) was an overweight gay man. So his TV name alone was comedy gold. Norbs used the flamboyant voice that made Soxie famous complete with replacing ‘s’ with th and z’s much like a homosexual Elmer Fudd from Looney Tunes.

right: Norbs Portales reminded us how hilariously funny Soxie was as a comedian. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

We learned in such a casual, hilarious way how National Artist for film Lino Brocka was one of the people who helped Soxie break into TV and film. We learned how PETA founder Cecile Guidote-Alvarez inspired him and others to give of themselves and their art for the country.

National Artist for film Lino Brocka

We were laughing so hard that the message of his sacrifice and contributions went straight to our hearts. So it was really no surprise when the Ramon Magsaysay Awards considered as the Nobel Peace Prize of Asia, included among its awardees PETA- as an organization. The awardees were announced just this week, July 28. I don’t think it was a coincidence that Soxie Topacio passed away just over a week before.

A young Cecile Guidote established PETA in 1967. Soxie Topacio joined in 1969 at age 17 and was soon conducting theater and acting workshops in the remotest and poorest parts of the country.

God and man conspired to give Soxie a huge send off in recognition of his life and work. He would be so proud that PETA is honored in this way. He played no small part in that as member since 1969.

Soxie Topacio was given the NATATANGING GAWAD BUHAY. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Included below is the tribute during the Gawad Buhay awards written by Phil Noble and co-written / performed by Norbs Portales as Nene (Soxie’s famous TV character). Immediately after the performance by Norbs he called Soxie on stage who sang ALAY NG LUMIKHA, one of the PETA anthems with playwright Rody Vera and a half dozen members.

Soxie Topacio was given the NATATANGING GAWAD BUHAY. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Then also included below is Soxie’s acceptance speech where we learn from his own words his personal journey. He relates the experience of conducting (with other PETA members) acting workshops in war torn villages, victims and fighters for varying causes, even the urban poor. His speech puts everything into clear perspective. This is especially valid given Pres. Duterte’s most recent mindless, brash statement of ‘bombing Lumad schools’ as NPA sympathizers or hot bed of NPA recruitment. Soxie’s experiences in Cagayan De Oro and many other remote areas bring to light that they are themselves victims of violence.

PETA Pres. CB Garrucho; SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Through his speech we find out exactly how and why PETA deserves the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Mother Soxie’s personal evolution and growth as teacher-artist is just one example of PETA’s mission.

Thank you to PHILSTAGE organizers of Gawad Buhay, Thank you Soxie Topacio, thank you and congratulations to PETA.

Read on enjoy, laugh, reflect and be inspired.

Norbs Portales performed as Soxie Topacio in the role of Nene. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

GAWAD BUHAY/PETA Tribute

Written by Phil Noble

Norbs Portales as Soxie in the role of Nene

Hoy! Saaay mooooh?

Diyan talaga ako na kilala ng buong Pilipinas. Bilang si Nene noong 80s sa DUPLEX. Oy ako lang naman ang baklang kapitbahay ni Ading Fernando, also known as Daddy Groovy. Pang Gulo! Chismosa!! Laging bisita wala akong bahaay. Ang saya.

Norbs Portales performed as Soxie Topacio in the role of Nene. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sa PETA talaga ako nagsimula. Fresh na fresh pa ko. Virgin na virgin. 17 years old ay ka tagal na yoon. Actually meron nagpakuha yung PETA meron daw event. Opening sa Paco park bibigyan ng award si Paul Dungol. Naku galit ako noon. Sabi ba naman ni Nonon Padilla, “Nasan na mga Putang Inang taga Araullo High School na yan?”

Aaay ayaw namin noon kami na inimbitahan kami pa yung minumura?

left: Soxie Topacio had an unforgettable run in with Theater director Nonon Padilla (right), in his first encounter with PETA.

Pero ganoon talaga sa PETA murahan. Ayon we taped, we performed. Tapos nung nasa U.P. nako nakasalubong ko si Nonon Padilla. Eto nagmura sakin noon e.

Do you study here?

O yung minura mo dati! Ano?

If you have time and you want to audition go to the 4th floor.

On video wall is Maryrose Raj who played Josephine Bracken in PETA’s RIZAL.

Haaa? Na tense naman akooh! Na punta ako ng Fort Santiago. Na star struck ako kasi yung gaganap na artista kay Jose Rizal si Dindo Fernando! Si Josephine Bracken, si Rosemary Raj! Ha! Join akoh.

Since then I stayed. In one season ang dami kong ginawa: nag SM ako, nag Sound ako,

Nag Voice ako at nag artista ako. Lahat yan sabay sabay nakakaloka!

Actress Melvi Pacubas, one of many teacher-artists like direk Soxie in the early years of PETA.

Ginagabi na kami, wala kaming sweldo. Humihingi lang ako ng pera sa Nanay at Tatay ko. Go!

Alam mo sunod sunod nakapag direk ako. Una ANG PIGING, 1973, at sunod sunod na. Mga memorable plays ko MAKLI-ING DULAG. Isipin niyo ha, sa opening scene pa lang sumisigaw na si Joel Lamangan, “Pumasok kayo! Pumasok kayo!”

from left: Me Ann Espinosa, Soxie Topacio, Mae Paner and Joel Lamangan; SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kaming mga audience Ha? Ha? Ha? Mga audience ka sali pala sa play!

Eto pa 1896 ang first true musical ng PETA. Pati si Ariel Rivera pina kanta ko!

On video wall is Ariel Rivera from PETA’s 1896.

MINSA’Y ISANG GAMO GAMO, first play ni Ate Guy. Pag pasok ba naman sa unang rehearsal, BOOM! Drop script na loka yung mga taga PETA di kinaya.

My friends in PETA sila talaga yung nagdala sakin sa mundo ng TV at pelikula.

Nora Aunor was cast in PETA’s MINSA’Y ISANG GAMO GAMO

Pano kamo e pag na busy sila, ENTER frame ako. Tumawag ang ABS ‘Yes hello busy po si direk Lino Brocka kayo lang po ang pwede pumalit sa kanya’. Tumawag ako kay Lino ano ito? Sabi naman ni Lino Brocka, “Oo lang ng oo tanggapin mo na.”

Sabi ko naman Ahh Ok sige. At nakapag sunod sunod na. Nakapag direk ako BABAE. Sunod sunod na sa TV kay Rosa Rosal, Tanghalan at nakapag direk na rin ako sa pelikula.

Norbs Portales performed as Soxie Topacio in the role of Nene. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Favorite ko siyempre DED NA SI LOLO na Oscar hehehe.

Kasi I have friends who gave me opportunities. And that made me.

PETA Mgt Committee seated from right: CB Garrucho, Maribel Legarda, Beng Cabangon, Queng Reyles, Marichu Belarmino and Anj Heruela. Standing from right: Bong Billones, Gail Billones, Leloi Arcete, Julie Bautista, Melvin Lee and Pamela Ovejas. SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Alam niyo? Si Lino talaga ang dahilan kung pano ako naging Executive Director ng PETA. Pano kamo? Sabi niya, Hatiin natin ang organisasyon hindi pwedeng one man rule lang. So ako, si Gardy (Labad), si Nonon ako yung Executive Director so after 2 years tumawag ba naman sakin. Hello Soxie, busy ako ikaw na bahala sa PETA ha? Tawag ka na lang pag kelangan niyo ng pera.

Nakaka LOKA! Haaay! Haay! Hay!

Norbs Portales performed as Soxie Topacio in the role of Nene. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pero ma kwento ko sa inyo. Mula sa pagiging stand up comedian, sa pagiging artista at sa pagiging director sa stage, sa TV, sa pelikula alam niyo kung ano ang inspirasyon koh? Ay mga bata kami sinabi ni Cecile sa amin:

“You only live once! Yan ba ang kontribusyon mo sa bayang ito???”

TI-NA-MA-AN akooh! HENDE ko naman na Entindihan! Asan na ngayon si Mama?

Honorees from left: Repertory Phil. Founder / Chair Emeritus Baby Barredo & PETA Founder Cecile Guidote-Alvarez. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nag eskapo sa Amerika na iwan kami. Na wa kami lahat. Kelangan ko tuloy sa workshop e di workshop sa Cebu, sa Escalante, sa mga manggagawa. Naka salamuha sa lahat ng uri ng tao.

Ay doon ko lang na realize di pala pwedeng sarili lang. Hindi pwedeng ka eskwela lang, di pwedeng kapit bahay lang. DAPAT buooong bayaan?

Simula noon yon ang pinahahawakan ko sa LAHAT ng mga gawain ko.

Direk Soxie is grateful to all past and current PETA members. Each of them teacher-artists in their own right. SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ang sining ko ay para sa BAYAN KO.

At yon, yon ang panata ko.

Ako si Soxie Topacio, magandang gabi na lang sa inyooh!

AT tinatawagan ang totoong Soxie Topacio si Soxie Topacio!

Soxie Topacio was given the NATATANGING GAWAD BUHAY. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Soxie Topacio acceptance speech for the NATATANGING GAWAD BUHAY AWARD

Nais kong pa salamatan ang Philstage for giving me this award. Ang piliin ka ng kapwa mo Theater artist ay isang malaking karangalan para sa akin. Nais ko ring pa salamatan ang lahat naging kasapi ng PETA noon hanggang ngayon. Dahil kayo ang humubog sa aking pagkatao. Gayun din ang mga workshop participants ng PETA sa mga nagdaang maraming taon.

PHILSTAGE Pres. Audie Gemora & VP Maribel Legarda; The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bukod sa PETA nais kong pa salamatan ang mga ibang theater groups na naka trabaho ko. Tulad ng Gantimpala, U.P. Rep, Teatro Tomasino, Sining Kambayoka, U.E. Dramatic Club, Kulturang Atin Foundation at marami pang iba.

Actor / director Nonon Padilla, one of many teacher-artists like direk Soxie in the early years of PETA.

Noong sumali ako sa PETA ay 17 years old ako. That was the year 1969. Noong panahon na yon ang U.P. Campus ay punong puno ng mga kaganapan. Kabikabilang boycott, mass action, walk out. Eto ang tinaguriang First quarter storm.

At sa gitna ng lahat ng mga rally na ito ay na saan ako?

Sa loob ng sinehan.

foreground from left: Carlon Matobato and Gio Gahol; SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Hindi ako naging interesado sa political events na nangyayari sa bayan. Kasi ang alam ko lang, ang iniikutan ng buhay ko ang pamilya ko. Pero nung sumali ako sa PETA nagbago ang takbo ng buhay ko.

Tuwing nagrerehearse kami o kaya may hindi na gustohan ni Cecille Guidote. Lagi niyang sasabihin. “You only live once. And for that one life what is your contribution to your country?”

Michael Odoemene and Neomi Gonzales; SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Matagal kong inisip ang mga sinabi ni Cecile. It took many years for me to discover the answer to it. When Cecile left we lost a leader who knows everything. What play to put up, where to get the funds, when will be the next workshop? Mabuti na lang through the help of other PETA members we were able to revive the company.

from left: PETA Executive Director Beng Cabangon and President CB Garrucho. SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

AT mula noon na assign nako ng PETA sa iba’t ibang workshop sa probinsya. Kami ni Brenda ay nagworkshop sa Cagayan De Oro sa liblib na pook sa kabundukan. Halos lahat ng participants namin ay na matayan ng ama, kapatid at ina. Sa araw ng workshop kami nga lang ang tao.

Soxie Topacio; SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pero pag dumating ng dilim ang dami ng tao sa paligid. Nang tinanong ko kung saan sila galing, sabi ng organizer mga NPA sila. Ang mga anak at kapatid nila ang mga estudyante ninyo. Kaya pala ganoon ka bigat ang mga kwento nila, sa improvisation.

Sa Kalinga Apayao ang mga estyudante namin ay patuloy ipinaglalaban na hwag itayo ang Chico Dam na maglulubog sa kanilang ancestral homes.

A young Nanding Josef in KALINGA directed by Soxie Topacio.

Sa Ilo ilo na turuan kami ng mga mangingisda paano awitan ang mga isda para madali silang mahuli.

Sa Smokey Mountain di ko akalain ganoon katatapang ang mga bata. Grabe mag mura at marami pang ibang workshop. Sa workshop di man sila naging artista, pero na bigyan sila ng pamamaraan para maisawalat nila ang ka nilang mga loobin. Na isasadula nila nag kanilang mga hinaing.

from left: Joel Lamangan, Soxie Topacio and Mae Paner; SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Na isip ko ito ba ang kasagutan sa tanong ni Cecile? Ang tumulong ako sa mga taong na aapi? Para magka boses sila at I realized hindi lang sa workshop ko na kita ang layuning kong ito.

Kahit sa mga dulang na gawa ko ay na bigyan ko sila ng boses. Sa JOE HILL binigyan ko ng laya ng manggagawa at masabi kanilang hinaing. Sa MAKLI-ING DULAG pinakita ko ang paglalaban ng mga Kalinga. Sa MARIANG ALIW na ipakita ang sakit at sama ng loob ng mga prostitute. Sa NOLI AT FILI DEKADA 2000, pinakita namin ang walang habas na sakuna na dulot ng illegal logging. At marami pang iba.

May Bayot (Elsa) is smothered by devotees. HIMALA had a successful 10th Anniversary run at PETA in March 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dito sa mga dulang ito at mga workshop na ginawa ko ay na kita ko ang aking misyon sa buhay. Isang buhay na iaaalay ko para sa bayan. Pati sa pagdarasal ko ay para sa PETA at sa mga kasama. Noon ko na realize di lang political ang misyon ko, spiritual din. Again Maraming Salamat.

from left: Joel Lamangan, Soxie Topacio and Jess Evardone. SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Additional Sources:

Makisama ka, hindi ka star dito: Why Soxie Topacio was Mother Soxie to All by Totel De Jesus

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/269421/makisama-ka-hindi-ka-star-dito-soxie-topacio-mother-soxie/

 

Theater pillar Soxie Topacio, 65, passes away by Gibbs Cadiz and Totel De Jesus

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/268948/theater-pillar-soxie-topacio-65-passes-away-2/

 

SALAMAT, SOXIE | Remembering Soxie Topacio, artist and entertainer by Edwin Sallan

http://www.interaksyon.com/salamat-soxie-remembering-soxie-topacio-artist-and-entertainer/

Soxie Topacio was given the NATATANGING GAWAD BUHAY. The 9th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY was held May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Director Soxie Topacio, Librettist Vincent De Jesus, Cynthia Culig-Guico (Chayong), Joy Virata of REP and Lionel Guico (Pari). HIMALA The Musical had a successful 10th Anniversary run at PETA in March 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Joel Lamangan and Soxie Topacio; SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Playwright Rody Vera gave a riveting vocal performance. SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

9th Gawad Buhay scriptwriter Dennis Marasigan who like Soxie is a writer, actor and director for stage and film. SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Joel Lamangan and Soxie Topacio; SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Direk Soxie is grateful to all past and current PETA members. Each of them teacher-artists in their own right. SINGKWENTA PETA’s 50th Anniversary Concert was held April 7 & 8, 2017 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lines On The Hand

Artist Michelle Pauline Lim

A poem by

Jude Bautista

My Delicate Rose,

Noel and Rachel Bautista; Balesin Island, Philippines June 2017. Photo by Jude Bautista

Each line of the skin is for every time

you hold this hand in yours

Cris Villonco and Bernardo Bernardo in DEAR AND UNHAPPY part of VIRGIN LAB FEST, which ran from June 28-July 16, 2017 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Words can only do so much

my feelings are known by touch

from left: Dolly De Leon and Celeste Legaspi-Gallardo in SI DOLLY DALISAY AT MGA LADYBUGS part of VIRGIN LAB FEST, which ran from June 28- July 16, 2017 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

The mind’s distress can sometimes

be eased by my caress

from left: Celeste Legaspi-Gallardo and Dolly De Leon in SI DOLLY DALISAY AT MGA LADYBUGS part of VIRGIN LAB FEST, which ran from June 28- July 16, 2017 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

We argue over nothing turning

to fighting over everything

from left: Dolly De Leon and Celeste Legaspi-Gallardo in SI DOLLY DALISAY AT MGA LADYBUGS part of VIRGIN LAB FEST, which ran from June 28- July 16, 2017 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

You kiss this hand and make

my heart yours again

Cris Villonco in DEAR AND UNHAPPY part of VIRGIN LAB FEST, which ran from June 28- July 16, 2017 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

The lines twist and turn for

the trials that we face

Cris Villonco in DEAR AND UNHAPPY part of VIRGIN LAB FEST, which ran from June 28- July 16, 2017 at the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

The curves form a flower

on a vine that blooms

Noel and Rachel Bautista; Balesin Island, Philippines June 2017. Photo by Jude Bautista

This hand is an extension not

of my body but my love

Artist Michelle Pauline Lim


Endearing HER LOVE BOILS BATH WATER

from left: Rie Miyazawa (Futaba Sachino) and Hana Sugisaki (Azumi Sachino) © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

My Warmth, you inspire me.

Written by

Jude Bautista

Azumi (Hana Sugisaki) is the best illustrator in art class quietly working on a painting. Mean girls suddenly descended on her like birds of prey. They grabbed tubes of paint and started squeezing them on her palette. Out of desperation Azumi grabs the tray out of their hands.

Hana Sugisaki (Azumi Sachino) is surrounded by bullies. © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

Next scene her mother Futaba (Rie Miyazawa) gets a call from the principal, there’s trouble with Azumi. Futaba sees Azumi with paint all over her face and clothes. Principal says, “She claims she did it herself.” After another incident of bullying, Azumi retreats to her bed hiding under the covers. Futaba pulls the blanket, “Stand up for yourself! You have to face them.” In tears Azumi says, “ I’m inferior to everyone else. I’m not like you at all.” Futaba says in exasperation, “We’re no different you and me. Where do you think my strength comes from if not you?”

from left: ‘HER LOVE..’ Director Riyota Nakano , FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño, Japan Foundation Director Hiroaki Uesugi, Shang Rila Plaza EVP & GM Lala Fojas and Emb of Japan Minister Atsushi Kuwabara. Catch HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017. Photo by Jude Bautista.

HER LOVE BOILS BATH WATER is just one of 20 titles in the 20th Eiga Sai Film Festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017. Tickets are at the cost effective rate of only P100 each. After the Shang Plaza Mall run screenings will continue at the U.P Film Center, CCP Little Theater and move on to Davao, Cebu, Baguio, Bacolod and Ilo-ilo until August 29, 2017. For exact schedules and updates log on to the official JFF | EIGASAI Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/eigasaiPH

HER LOVE… Writer Director Ryota Nakano was at the opening last July 6th at Shang Cineplex to grace the event and discuss details of the film with moviegoers and Pinoy filmmakers.

‘HER LOVE..’ Director Riyota Nakano; Catch HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017. Photo by Jude Bautista.

HER LOVE BOILS BATH WATER 湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛 has earned numerous prestigious awards: BEST PICTURE, BEST SCREENPLAY from 41st Hochi Awards, 26th Japanese Movie Critics Awards, and BEST ACTRESS (Rie Miyazawa) and BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Hana Sugisaki) from 40th Japan Academy Prize, to name a few.

Rie Miyazawa as Futaba Sachino © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

This is one of the most touching stories of maternal love and sacrifice perfect for all ages. The strong familial bond is something that Filipino audiences can easily relate to. The rich Japanese culture, traditions are in full display especially when they go on a road trip seeing the most iconic landmarks such as Mount Fuji and eating deep sea crabs in the Northwest region.

Film star Rie Miyazawa plays Futaba Sachino who is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has only a few months to live. Struggling to raise her teenage daughter Azumi, she decides to look for her estranged husband who abandoned them years before. In order to support the family Futaba reopens the old bathhouse in their property. Each character has his or her secret tragedy and pain. They learn that the only way to cope is to lean on each other as a family.

from left: Rie Miyazawa (Futaba Sachino), Hana Sugisaki (Azumi Sachino), Aoi Itō (Ayuko Katase) and Joe Odagiri (Kazuhiro Sachino) © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

In the Philippines, just days before the opening of Eiga Sai, there was a news report of an infant left at the NAIA airport. The infant was found in the male restroom, but was otherwise healthy and unharmed. This is an indication of the reality that parents do abandon their children, in some cases even abuse and harm them. One can only imagine the experience of this child growing up, not knowing his birthparents. HER LOVE… allows us an intimate look into how a child who was abandoned struggles with identity and how this longing to know one’s parents is carried throughout life.

Aoi Itō as Ayuko Katase © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

Consummate Actress

Rie Miyazawa is one of the most recognizable Japanese actresses and also the most awarded. She starred in last year’s Eiga Sai opening film PALE MOON where she played a middle-aged bank employee who has an affair with a college student. This time she is the strong-minded and independent Futaba. This is the strength of character that allows her to raise her daughter on her own even when her husband leaves her. She is very believable not because she seems emotionally invincible. In spite of her weak moments when she cries, she soldiers on and overcomes.

Rie Miyazawa as Futaba Sachino © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

Rie excels in the little moments when she can’t help but be an affectionate person not just to her own family but to people in general. In one scene she pulls the chin hair of Private Investigator Takimoto (Tarō Suruga) and wipes the cheek of his adorable daughter Mayu. Her character immediately endears herself to the child.

from left Rie Miyazawa (Futaba Sachino), Tarō Suruga (Private Investigator Takimoto) with movie daughter Mayu. Child actor in Mayu role is unlisted in official website. © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

Writer Director Nakano in an interview after the screening said, “She’s very professional. There’s a very strong persuasive element to her acting. That was the biggest thing I felt the persuasiveness, the power of her performance.” The dedication of Miyazawa is peerless. During the portions where her character takes a turn for the worse, there is a real physical transformation, “She really loses weight, and she becomes thinner. She goes into her role deeply.”

‘HER LOVE..’ Director Riyota Nakano; Catch HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Hana Sugisaki as Azumi Sachino © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

Luminary Young actors

Rising star Hana Sugisaki plays teenage daughter Azumi Sachino. Her role may be the most difficult in the film. Bullies in school bog her down and worse she also has to contend with the turmoil in her family. The way Sugisaki was able to portray the growth in her character in finding that inner strength to face these battles was excellent. The performance earned her 4 Best Supporting Actress nods (Hochi Film Awards, Japanese Academy Awards, Blue Ribbon, Japanese Critics) along with Best Newcomer (Japanese Academy Awards). Director Nakano admitted that he wanted to work with Sugisaki and had her in mind for the role.

Aoi Itō as Ayuko Katase © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

The child actors are the unheralded thespians of the cast. Nakano admits that Japan is rich with young talent, which he discovered through auditions. Aoi Itō as 9 year old Ayuko Katase has the unenviable role of the new or younger daughter of absentee husband Kazuhiro Sachino played by Joe Odagiri. Ayuko can’t relate to her emotionally distant ‘father’ and has not seen her own mother for sometime. At such a young age she is able to act out the difficulties of trying to fit in with her ‘new’ family.

The role of Mayu at age 6, daughter of the Private Investigator Takimoto (Tarō Suruga), is un-credited in the official website. Which is unfortunate as she is one of the most adorable child actors in Asian cinema today.

Tarō Suruga (Private Investigator Takimoto) with movie daughter Mayu. Child actor in Mayu role is unlisted in official website. © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

The Family enjoys Shabu shabu; © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

Japanese Food

Cuisine plays a huge role in this typically Japanese movie. Shabu-shabu in their household is only eaten on special occasions such as birthdays. This is the savory soup of veggies and strips of wagyu beef. They are added into the broth cooked in an open pot right on the table. Shabu shabu is also a means for Futaba to shower affection to her family and bring them together on the table. Their home is located just outside Tokyo in Ashikaga City where Shabu shabu is popular.

from left: Hana Sugisaki (Azumi Sachino) and Aoi Itō (Ayuko Katase) feast on Spider Crab © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

Futaba also brings her two daughters on a road trip to Toda Harbor in Shizuoka prefecture. This is where they see a picturesque sunset with the iconic figure of Mount Fuji looming in the horizon. This is one of the few places where they could taste deep-sea spider crabs that are easily thrice as big as the typical variety. The experience of the special meal is one of the happiest for the two kids.

The family views Mt Fuji from Toda Harbor, Shizuoka prefecture © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

Aoi Itō as Ayuko Katase © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

Facing Challenges

Director Nakano intimated that he used some personal experiences to write the touching screenplay. He lost his father at age 6 and was raised by his mother. Some of the characters are based on real people. With this film he believes that by contemplating trials and making those who love us our family, we are able to see the true joys in our life.

from left: Hana Sugisaki (Azumi Sachino), Aoi Itō (Ayuko Katase) and Tori Matsuzaka (Takumi Mukai) © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

JFF | EIGASAI 2017 is generously supported by Shangri-La Plaza, Shang Cineplex, UP Film Institute, Cultural Center of the Philippines, SM Supermalls, SM City Baguio, SM City Bacolod, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Japanese Association of Northern Luzon, Sa Lubong-Baguio, Cordillera Green Network, JT International (Philippines) Inc., Viva Communications Inc., Tagalized Movie Channel (TMC), Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Akira, SumoSam and Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.

center: ‘HER LOVE..’ Director Riyota Nakano surrounded by the Japan Foundation family. Catch HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Tori Matsuzaka as Takumi Mukai © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

from left: Rie Miyazawa (Futaba Sachino) and Hana Sugisaki (Azumi Sachino) © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

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from left: Aoi Itō (Ayuko Katase) and Hana Sugisaki (Azumi Sachino) © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.

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Tarō Suruga (Private Investigator Takimoto) with movie daughter Mayu. Child actor in Mayu role is unlisted in official website. © HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER Film Partners. Catch this film and many more at the 20th Eiga Sai Japanese film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall from July 6 to 16, 2017.


MP: Let Go And Let God

You’re the greatest ever. Time to let go and let God give you new challenges.

Written by

Jude Bautista

Disbelief was going through Filipinos minds watching Senator Manny Pacquiao get overwhelmed by the aggressive, bigger Jeff Horn. From the opening bell Horn went right at him, forcing him to the ropes. It didn’t matter if the shots were inaccurate they came flying at him. The volume of body shots was also surprising. The body punches may have taken the sting off Manny’s attack especially in the later rounds.

Horn lands deadly body shots; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

We were so used to seeing him dominate his opponents we were all shocked to see him like this. In the first three rounds, I think he may have been trying to time a haymaker as Horn was coming in. So he wouldn’t lead, meaning try to punch ahead of Horn. It may have been his strategy to wait in the pocket for that perfect opening to land that killer left hook or right straight that had felled countless opponents in the past.

Pacquiao’s devastating left hook that KOed Ricky Hatton.

Just like that legendary knockout of Ricky Hatton who came surging at him. Manny caught him with that picture perfect left hook that sent him reeling to the canvas. The technique is deceptive it takes incredible, speed, timing and power for all of it to come together. The problem now Horn was getting ‘in’ and throwing punches before he could hit him with that perfect counter. Instead Manny was the one getting hit.

Pacquiao turtles up in the onslaught of Horn’s attack. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017

This made him look like he was pulling his punches. Was it mental or physical? We really don’t know. He looked tentative waiting for the counter. And after the first 3 rounds when this strategy wasn’t working, why wasn’t he able to adjust or change his game plan?

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Pacquiao had problems in the clinch. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Deadly Clinch

The moments when Pacquiao was forced to the ropes by Horn was also telling. Horn was just busier on the inside landing to the body, short punches to the face. In the past, he could just slip away using his footwork and head movement or even better punch his way out of the clinch. In close quarters Horn seemed to trap his arm and sneak in some damage. This is where the size and strength of the taller Aussie came to play. Before, against Antonio Margarito and legendary Oscar Dela Hoya or the more recent Rios and Alghieri, there were never any problems in the clinch. All of them are at least several inches taller. So prior to the fight, height and reach wasn’t deemed a factor.

Pacquiao had no problems before with bigger taller fighters like Alghieri. That’s why Horn’s size was not deemed a factor before the fight.

Pacquiao and Horn face off; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

While Manny did not suffer a knock down you could see his head getting thrown back from the punches. They were doing damage. For Pinoys who care for the People’s Champ it was painful to watch.

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Pacquiao had Horn on the run in the 9th. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

9th Round Comeback

Manny’s shining moment came in the 9th round, when he finally landed a combo and then another staggering Horn. The roles were suddenly reversed. Pacquiao had him on the run, trying to finish him off. Horn looked glassy eyed ready to tumble and buckle under the power. But he was able to survive and go back to his corner.

After the 9th Ref Mark Nelson warns Horn of fight stoppage if he doesn’t come back. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

The damage was such that Referee Mark Nelson, said to him in the corner ““YOU’VE had enough. Show me something in this round or I’m stopping the fight.” If there was a moment Manny could comeback to win the fight it should have been the 10th round where fans thought he had the time to finish him off…but he didn’t. Horn recovered stood his ground and even resumed his attack through to the 11th and 12th rounds. At that point Horn had won more rounds and was ahead in the scorecards getting the win.

Horn is given the unanimous decision win by the judges. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Horn was ahead in the Tale of the Tape; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Age Factor

Questions come back to haunt MP, why didn’t he pursue those combos or was more aggressive earlier? If Horn was hurt in the 9th why couldn’t he put him away in the 10th or later rounds?

Pacquiao lands deadly body shots. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

The simple and obvious answer is that age has finally caught up with our beloved hero. Filipinos have been in denial, including myself, believing him to be invincible and even immortal in the ring. For so long, the whole national psyche clung to his rising fortunes and triumphs. He’d lift up the spirits of his country 100 million people strong. It didn’t matter if it was Yolanda, typhoons, natural disasters, economic and political crises.

As senator, President or Citizen Pacquiao we know you’ll fight for us.
Time to move on.

Nation’s Hopes and Dreams

The young Senator would literally BE THERE distributing relief coming from his own purse, whether it was an earthquake in Bohol or just giving away turkeys to Pinoys or the less fortunate in the U.S for Thanksgiving.

Senator Manny Pacquiao is a member of 20 committees in the Philippine senate. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

We didn’t even realize how much we’ve been relying on him as a people for so long. At 38 he could have called it quits years ago. But being the warrior that he is even he didn’t want to let it go. If there was anyone who’s worthy of a messianic complex it should be him.

He has shouldered the burden of a whole nation’s hopes and dreams for too long. I think, that’s why even if he is in literal pain he fights through it. He feels he has to fight for us even when he should obviously stop.

You’ve taken thousands of punches for us Filipinos. Let God guide your life in a new direction.

Pacquiao is patched up for accidental head butt. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Long Term Damage

In boxing there’s only one certainty: you get hurt whether or not you win or lose.

Concussion damage to the head isn’t a mystery; it’s a medical fact. Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith in CONCUSSION) was saying something people didn’t want to hear. American football is a dangerous sport that has long-term effects on the human brain. His study points out the simple and obvious fact that our brains are encased in liquid. As the head experiences trauma the brain is jolted out of position and hits the skull causing massive damage. One can only imagine how much damage the human brain can take in the sport of boxing, where the head is punched over and over and over again…in one fight.

Buboy Fernandez encourages his legendary ward. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Retired football players years after their playing days exhibited symptoms of insanity, random violent behavior, voices in their head, endangering themselves and their family. One only has to look at what happened to our own former boxing champ in Rolando Navarete who is now in a pitiful state. Manny you’re the one giving dole outs to Navarete when he drops by your house in Gen San giving him food and money. You’ve seen the long-term damage that boxers can suffer from head trauma.

Because what makes our people great is what is in our hearts

Pacquiao raises arms in triumph; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Transcended Sport

The brutality that makes boxing beautiful also makes it dangerous. Buboy Fernandez, Freddie Roach, they’re all aware that you’re putting your life on the line each time you climb the ring. Roach said he’d be the one to ask you to retire if you lost against Horn. You could have quit when you were knocked out by Marquez and we supported you. You could have quit when you lost against Timothy Bradley and Mayweather and yet we still supported you.

Jerwin Ancajas retains his Jr Bantamweight IBF Title vs Teiru Kinoshita in the undercard. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Manny, you’ve transcended your sport you’re now a senator. Your MP Promotions has discovered Jerwin Ancajas who successfully defended his IBF Jr Bantamweight Belt in the undercard. This is the time for you to find new champions and impart your knowledge.

As senator, President or Citizen Pacquiao we know you’ll fight for us.
Time to move on.

Let Go And Let God

You’ve taken a lot of punishment, thousands of punches throughout the years for us Filipinos. You can let go and let God steer your life in a new direction. That’s why now we have to say thank you, we love you, but we need you to fight for us in a different arena. We know you want to be president and may want to earn your war chest through the sweat of your brow, unlike your politician friends.

But whether you’re a Senator, a President or citizen Pacquiao we know you’ll fight for us. And you need a clear and healthy mind to do so. You had a great run Manny some say the greatest ever now its time to move on.

Pacquiao congratulates Horn after the fight. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

You’ve shown that win or lose you congratulate your opponent with a hug. You always manage a smile for our people through the most difficult times. This is the heart or puso of the Filipino. A sentiment embodied in a song by Lea Salonga, Bamboo and Sarah Geronimo:

Babangon sa bawat pagkakataon

Ngingiti anu man ang panahon

Lilipad para abutin ang lahat

Pusong walang pagod tumanggap

Magbigay, Mangarap

Pusong Pilipino

Nagniningning sa gilas

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Christine Allado and THE WORD choir sang the Philippine national anthem.
Allado starred in the West End version of HAMILTON along w Rachel Ann Go. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Pacquiao turtles up in the onslaught of Horn’s attack. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017

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Senator Manny Pacquiao is a member of 20 committees in the Philippine senate. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Pacquiao had Horn on the run in the 9th. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Pacquiao raises arms in triumph; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Christine Allado and THE WORD choir sang the Philippine national anthem.
Allado starred in the West End version of HAMILTON along w Rachel Ann Go. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Philippine flag in the ring; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

A man of faith Pacquiao prays before and after each fight. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Senator Manny Pacquiao is a member of 20 committees in the Philippine senate. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Be Famous The Right Way

Alfonso Bautista is a swimmer who has represented the Philippines in international age group competitions and is part of the DLSU Green Archer squad in the UAAP. Photo by Jude Bautista

A Poem by Jude Bautista

Jef Flores has won Best Male Lead Performance in a Musical (TICK, TICK…BOOM from 9 Works Theatrical) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 2017. Jef is also the lead star (pictured here) in the hit GODSPELL. Photo by Jude Bautista

Be famous the right way

Not for its own sake

There are those who do it

Through a sex tape

Alfonso Bautista is a swimmer who has represented the Philippines in international age group competitions and is part of the DLSU Green Archer squad in the UAAP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Be famous the right way

Never be in haste

One’s reputation is

Not a thing to waste

Jef Flores has won Best Male Lead Performance in a Musical (TICK, TICK…BOOM from 9 Works Theatrical) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 2017. Jef is also the lead star (pictured here) in the hit GODSPELL. Photo by Jude Bautista

Be famous the right way

Not by killing people and

Calling yourself a leader

You can’t justify rape by

Who it is you murder

Alfonso Bautista is a swimmer who has represented the Philippines in international age group competitions and is part of the DLSU Green Archer squad in the UAAP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Be famous the right way

We’re all caught up in the now

We want the world to look

At us somehow

Jef Flores has won Best Male Lead Performance in a Musical (TICK, TICK…BOOM from 9 Works Theatrical) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 2017. Jef is also the lead star (pictured here) in the hit GODSPELL. Photo by Jude Bautista

Search for an endeavor

That sparks a passion

 

Reach for the stars through

Sacrifice and hard work

Jef Flores has won Best Male Lead Performance in a Musical (TICK, TICK…BOOM from 9 Works Theatrical) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 2017. Jef is also the lead star (pictured here) in the hit GODSPELL. Photo by Jude Bautista

And you will no longer

Seek fulfillment in the

Approval of others

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For fame is fleeting,

Greatness eternal

Jef Flores has won Best Male Lead Performance in a Musical (TICK, TICK…BOOM from 9 Works Theatrical) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 2017. Jef is also the lead star (pictured here) in the hit GODSPELL. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pray that you learn:

Finding and sharing your talent

Is a reward in itself

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Jef Flores has won Best Male Lead Performance in a Musical (TICK, TICK…BOOM from 9 Works Theatrical) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 2017. Jef is also the lead star (pictured here) in the hit GODSPELL. Photo by Jude Bautista


Congratulations Jef, Menchu, Myke & John!

Gawad Buhay awardee Jef Flores is Jesus in GODSPELL–with 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

by Jude Bautista

These are four talented, skillful individuals who won in the 9th Gawad Buhay Awards Night last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines:

Jef Flores-Male Lead Performance in a Musical

(TICK, TICK…BOOM from 9 Works Theatrical),

Menchu Lauchengco Yulo-Female Featured Performance in a Musical

(ANNIE- Resort’s World Manila/Full House Theater Company),

Jef Flores-Male Lead Performance in a Musical (TICK, TICK…BOOM from 9 Works Theatrical) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP.

Myke Salomon-Outstanding Musical Direction

(3 Stars and a Sun from PETA) and

John Batalla-Outstanding Lighting Design

(ALMOST, MAINE from Repertory Philippines).

RWM’s ANNIEs from left: Krystal Brimmer, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo and Isabeli Elizalde. ANNIE won a total of 4 wins at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fortunately for the public the amazing work by these four awardees can be seen in one currently running musical in GODSPELL. Children and fathers who want to make Mom happy can bring her to the show this Mother’s Day. GODSPELL has 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza.

Gawad Buhay awardee Myke Salomon is John The Baptist in GODSPELL –with 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

This is a very entertaining musical, which poses the question: is Christ’s work and deeds relevant in a chaotic modern world? Don’t let the subject matter intimidate it actually helps audiences understand the gospel and puts it into music that moves the very soul. Even kids are encouraged to watch.

A scene from GODSPELL displaying the work of Lighting Designer John Batalla, who won at the 9th Gawad Buhay for his work in CONSTELLATIONS. GODSPELL has 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jef Flores is in the lead role as Jesus. Myke Salomon is both John the Baptist and Judas while winning an award as a Musical Director. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo shows her vocal range while being the Artistic Director in Resorts World Manila. The only non-actor among them is Lighting Director John Batalla whose work is literally seen throughout GODSPELL.

from left: John Batalla, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo and Pinky Amador. GODSPELL has 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

One might wonder how, the awards slipped past such a star-studded show, especially since this is the second run since last year. This is because the Gawad Buhay award is only given to productions of organizations that are members of PHILSTAGE. Perhaps this will help motivate MUSIC ARTES, the producers of GODSPELL to join PHILSTAGE in the future, soon hopefully. As anyone can see that this version is definitely worthy of a few awards.

from left: Rody Vera and Mixkaela Villalon-Outstanding Original Libretto ( 3 STARS IN THE SUN from PETA) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

PHILSTAGE members include:

9 Works Theatrical, Actor’s Actors Inc., Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Culturtrain Musical Productions Inc., Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Full House Theater Company, Philippine Educational Theater Association, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Philippine Opera Company, Repertory Philippines, Red Turnip Theater, Stages, Tanghalang Pilipino, Trumpets

Gawad Buhay awardee Menchu Lauchengco Yulo is the adulteress in GODSPELL–with 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Menchu Lauchengco Yulo-Female Featured Performance in a Musical (ANNIE from Resort’s World Manila/Full House Theater Company) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Proud mom Kathleen Flores with Gawad Buhay winner Jef Flores with mom’s St. Scholastica alumni pals. GODSPELL has 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan accepted the award for Rolando Tinio (PANGARAP SA IBANG GABI NG GITNANG TAG ARAW from Tanghalang Pilipino) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fake Classical Dyancers Topper Fabregas and Me Anne Espinosa were a hit at the 9th Gawad Buhay Awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Presenters from left: Cris Villonco and Nanding Josef at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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John Batalla-Outstanding Lighting Design (ALMOST, MAINE from Repertory Philippines) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gawad Buhay awardees from right: Jef Flores, Publicist Toots Tolentino, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Myke Salomon and Caisa Borromeo. GODSPELL has 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Myke Salomon-Outstanding Musical Direction (3 Stars and a Sun from PETA) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Brothers Come Home

 

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

My nephew Jay Bautista and his lovely wife Linnel’s wedding last March here in the Philippines was an opportunity for family and friends to come from all over the world to join in the celebration. This is especially true of the bride’s family as well, Linnel’s brother Nathan and sisters (Debbie, Angela and Lilet) came from the U.S.. A great number of their family and friends have come from abroad.

My own brother Donald who is now based in Roswell, New Mexico for the past year has come back home with us. And two of my other brothers George and Noel have come from the cities of Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand.

From left: Dr. Donald Bautista with son Alfonso Bautista. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mother of the groom, Joy has a number of family who arrived: JC Mallonga with wife Bonnie Lou and children, John T Mallonga. John T has been in New York for the past 7 years without coming back until now.

Groomsman John T Mallonga has not been back to the Philippines for 7 years until Jay and Linnel’s wedding last March 2nd, 2017. Photo by Jude Bautista

Many other relatives have come from different parts of the world to share this momentous occasion. Since there were several dates of celebration and in between many more dinners and get togethers, a large amount of photos have accumulated.

From left: Lilybeth Tan Ng, Annabelle Tan Go and Rolinda Uy. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thank God for facebook, wordpress and even flickr I am able to post photos and share them with the people who have been kind enough to attend the celebrations. Special mention to our friends and schoolmates from St Peter the Apostle School who welcomed George almost on a yearly basis or as frequent as he is able to come back. We never take any of that for granted, as both George and I are alumni of SPAS.

My brother Timmy, the father of the groom also has a long list of people who helped organize the Conrad’s Reception and make it a resounding success. This post, the photos here are our own small way of thanking them and all of you.

These days we may find that distance and time may separate us from the people who matter to us. There are fewer and fewer opportunities to say ‘thank you’ and even ‘I love you’. We never get to express it enough, not even to each other in the family. So in these smiles we hope that you do see our gratitude and love for all of you.

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Groomsman John T Mallonga has not been back to the Philippines for 7 years until Jay and Linnel’s wedding last March 2nd, 2017. Photo by Jude Bautista

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