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Musicals that highlight history and humanity

This weekend, two musicals by two different theater companies are set to open. On paper, they could not be more different: one revolves around a distinguished playwright and patriot at the turn of the last century; the other, a thirtysomething professional “troll,” one of many who pollute our social-media accounts with their toxic posts. But beneath their obvious differences, they share …

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US classic, top Pinoy bands featured in 11th International Silent Film Festival

Different embassies and cultural offices in the Philippines are partnering with Shangri-La Plaza once more to unreel nine silent films, two of which were made within the last five years, at the 11th International Silent Film Festival Manila at the mall’s Shang Cineplex in Mandaluyong City from August 31 to September 3, 2017.

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Pagcor to present ‘Pili-pinas’ musical at CCP

The stage is all set for the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to hold its grand musical competition, called Pili-pinas (Piliin ang Pilipinas): A Pagcor Musical, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) in Pasay City on September 2, 2017.

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‘Time to Renew’ your beauty, health in new Watsons drive

Top health-and-beauty store chain Watsons knows you’ve got so much on your plate that you sometimes forget to give yourself some TLC. You’ve been juggling work and play, trying to cover as much ground as possible that you tend to spread yourself too thin. This would eventually take a toll on your well-being.

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Giordano celebrates 40th year of ‘Voltes V’ with newest collection

Since it first aired on Philippine television in May 1978, the Japanese animated series Voltes V has become a significant cultural phenomenon in the country, figuring prominently in the lives of Generation X-ers, and even millennials.

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Danilo Arriola gets ‘A Place in the Sun’ at ArtistSpace

Painter Danilo Arriola shows his fascination and skill with chiaroscuro—that painting technique highlighting the stark contrast between light and dark—in his third solo exhibit, titled A Place in the Sun, which is now on view at the ArtistSpace gallery of the Ayala Museum in Makati City until September 6, 2017.

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Eigasai marks 20th year with 20 films

The Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) is celebrating the second decade of Eigasai by showing this month 20 diverse features, most of which—including an Academy Award winner for best foreign-language film—will be screened at the Shangri-La Plaza’s Shang Cineplex in Mandaluyong City from July 7 to 16, 2017.

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Virgin Labfest 13: Diverse plays in a divisive time

This Wednesday, the 13th Virgin Labfest (VLF) will begin its three-week run, and like in previous years, theatergoers in and outside of Metro Manila shall flock to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to watch many of Philippine theater’s finest talents try to bring a dozen untried, untested, and unstaged one-act plays to captivating life in a time of …

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Award-winning ‘Pamilya Ordinaryo’ in Cine Lokal’s July lineup

Almost a year after it premiered to great acclaim at the 12th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, Eduardo Roy Jr.’s Pamilya Ordinaryo (Ordinary Family) will be screened in SM theaters from July 7 to 13, 2017 as part of the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ (FDCP) Cine Lokal program.

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Watsons’ grooming products for men: Making guys look, feel their best

by Alvin I. Dacanay Many shoppers know Watsons as a top health-and-beauty retailer that offers body-boosting and appearance-enhancing products to women. But they often overlook the fact that the store chain also carries similar products for men. Obviously, it knows that more guys today are looking beyond the basic soap, shampoo, and deodorant, and realizing that exerting more effort in …

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