Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Black Box Productions Presents "Mula sa Buwan"

Black Box Productions Presents "Mula sa Buwan"

Black Box Productions proudly presents its first theater production “MULA SA BUWAN”, a new Filipino musical about love, ideals, and the heartbreaks in between.

Based on French poet Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac, “ Mula Sa Buwan ” is now set in 1940s Manila, among young ROTC cadets and blushing colegialas. The play shows the innocence and beauty of our nation where music, harana, kundiman, wit, passion, and hope abound! However, when World War II strikes, virtue, honor, and love are all tested – the young now forced to suddenly grow up as men. The story moves to a time after the war, to a field of ruble, of forgotten memories, of heroes lost in a country struggling to survive. At the center of it all, the tragic love story between Cyrano, Roxane and Christian.

“Mula sa Buwan” is a brainchild of two prolific artists namely Pat Valera who conceptualized, wrote the book / lyrics and directed the production together with William Elvin Manzano who co-wrote the original lyrics and composed the original music. And it was in 2010 at the University of Asia and the Pacific under Dulaang Rock Opera Company, when they first produced “ Mula sa Buwan” transforming the timeless piece into a Filipino musical. The run captivated the hearts of the public and was well-received by the critics. 

Since then, the duo has patiently reworked the material to make it more moving and relevant.  And come December 2016, a full, grand, and elaborate production will grace the stage – once more bringing laughter, tears and remembrance to a much broader market. 

MULA SA BUWAN is set to open on December 2 and will run until Dec. 4 at the Irwin Lee Theater located at the Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, QC. Performance schedules are as follows: Dec. 2 – 8 pm; Dec. 3 – 3 pm; Dec. 4 - 3 pm and 8 pm.

The cast of “ Mula sa Buwan “ is led by Nicco Manalo and Boo Gabunada who alternately plays the role of Cyrano; KL Dizon as Roxane; Fred Lo and Edward Benosa who alternately plays the role of Christian. 

Nicco Manalo as Cyrano

Boo Gabunada as Cyrano

KL Dizon as Roxane

Fred Lo as Christian

Edward Benosa as Christian

The supporting roles and ensemble are composed of Jon Abella, Jasmine Balunes, Gel Basa, Matthew Chang, Nico Dans, Harly Daria, MC Dela Cruz, Michael Fernandez, Francelle Fetalvero, Rhenz Gabalonzo, Patrick Libao, Arielle Magno, Victoria Mina, Ralph Oliva, Gerhard Pagunsan and Ronah Rostata.

The artistic team of MULA SA BUWAN is made up of seasoned and award-winning artists mainly from Dulaang Universidad ng Pilipinas namely: Pat Valera – Concept, Direction & Book; Pat Valera and William Elvin Manzano – Original Lyrics; William Elvin Manzano – Original Music; TJ Ramos – Musical Director and Vocal Arrangement; Dana Marquez – Musical Arrangement; Ohm David – Set Design; Meliton Roxas Jr. – Lighting Design; Katherine Sabate – Dramaturgy; and JM Cabling – Choreography. 

The production and marketing team of Mula Sa Buwan is composed of Baha Vergara -- Production Manager; Toots Tolentino – PR Consultant; Cat Aldeon -- Marketing Manager; D Cortezano – Technical Director; and John Mark Yap – Stage Manager.

Black Box Productions is the producing arm of Black Box Collab, Inc. - a premium agency for creatives and events that has been part of numerous successful campaigns and programs, either as collaborator or main producer.  

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Kristoffer Martin grateful for receiving the Best Single Performance by an Actor award

Kristoffer Martin grateful for receiving the Best Single Performance by an Actor award

Kapuso actor Kristoffer Martin recently got recognized by an award-giving body and was given the Best Single Performance by an Actor for his remarkable acting in an episode of Magpakailanman. The Magpakailanman episode entitled "Mag-ama sa Bilangguan" is a story about a father (played by John Arcilla) and son (played by Kristoffer Martin) who, unfortunately, met for the first time inside the jail. 

Here's a snippet of his award-winning stint on Magpakailanman:

Kristoffer Martin is very honored for receiving such an award and, admittedly, it adds a bit of pressure to do even better with his craft and prove to the people that he truly deserves it. More than the recognition though, Kristoffer is very much grateful to the audience, especially to the people behind PMPC, for appreciating all his efforts.

Many have been asking his secret, but according to him, he's just being natural. He just loves what he does and strives to be at his best. What's important for him is the mark that he'll leave to whoever will see his work. 

A photo posted by @EDnything (@ednything) on

Kristoffer is looking forward to more challenging roles in his future projects. Since most of the people who knows him so well often say that they're seeing "Kristoffer" in most of his roles, this time, he wants his roles to be different. More like "Heath Ledger Joker" type of roles in particular.

Kristoffer is currently busy with his ongoing TV series with Joyce Pring and Thea Tolentino, Hahamakin Ang Lahat, airing on GMA Afternoon Prime.

Sunday, November 27, 2016
Relationship Goals: GMA's Usapang Real Love tackles

Relationship Goals: GMA's Usapang Real Love tackles

Career or love? That's pretty much how the stars summarize the third installment of GMA's Usapang Real Love mini-series

Starting November 27, Usapang Real Love will be featuring a new story entitled "Relationship Goals" starring Aljur Abrenica and Janine Gutierrez.

Aljur Abrenice & Janine Gutierrez 01

Relationship Goals is about an unexpected meetup of two individuals who turned out to be officemates who are vying for the same position at work. Finding this out instantly transformed a supposed-to-be romantic connection to a rival competition. 

Growing up with a sweet yet overprotective family, Yapi (played by Janine Gutierrez) badly desires to get the position she wants to prove something for her family and to be finally independent at the same time.   

Janine Gutierrez

Kiso (played by Aljur Abrenica), on the other hand, aims to get the position because of the opportunity to travel to Canada where his family lives. The reason why he's left in Manila alone will later on be revealed in the story. 

Aljur Abrenica

Joining Aljur and Janine in the series are some of GMA's teen stars including Mikoy Morales, Kyle Vergara, Stephanie Sol, Kai Atienza, Allysa de Real, Bryan Benedict, Nicki B, and many more.

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Usapang Real Love, or "URL", is an interactive rom-com series where fans can send in their videos and get a chance to be featured in the show. It airs in GMA Network every Sunday at 5pm.

Cast of URL Relationship Goals

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Her View From The Top:  Whether in Career or Beauty,  Renee Calls The Shots

Her View From The Top: Whether in Career or Beauty, Renee Calls The Shots

There’s beauty in power—and power in beauty.  That, in essence, is what Renee Alcantara found out.  
Running her own company Southwest Persues Construction and Development Corporation as its President and CEO entails making important decisions day in and day out.  She has to face different people—business partners, suppliers, and government officials in the course of her work.

Early on, Renee realized that it’s not easy being a boss at what many consider as “a man’s world” - the construction industry.  “I have to assert myself as a woman and know the ins and outs of the business like the back of my hand.  It is a difficult job, but one that I’ve learned to love,” Renee points out.

She says her success took years of hard work, but the pay off is fulfilling.

Because of her position and status, Renee cannot take chances with how she looks and how she presents herself to others.

According to Renee, beauty has a very important role in her career and personal life because it makes her feel confident.  “For me, looking good translates to feeling good,” she explains.


From the start, Renee opted to go to a Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) board certified dermatologist.  

“I consult with my PDS Dermatologist regularly because I know that I will get the best treatment since she is an expert in beauty.  She knows exactly what my skin needs,” Renee shares.

For her beauty regimen, she says she washes her face in the morning and in the evening before going to bed. She also applies moisturizer every night and puts on sunblock every morning.

But for her regular beauty needs, enhancements, and treatments, she visits her PDS Dermatologist at least once a month for the following:

  • Facial for cleansing;
  • Diamond peel to tighten the pores and smoothen the skin; 
  • Revlite treatment to remove irregular pigmentation and reduce fine lines and wrinkles;
  • Face contouring or RF for facial tightening and anti-aging;  

Why did Renee choose to see a PDS Dermatologist over others?

“I don’t like to “gamble”, even in business.  I want to be sure of the results so just like how I chose my business partners, I also carefully selected my dermatologist.  That’s why a PDS Dermatologist is my choice,” Renee states.

Renee adds, “Aside from making my skin beautiful, healthy, and glowing, I’m also updated on all the latest procedures, current trends, and formulas in skin enhancement that will make my skin look younger than my age.”

Renee also believes that women should invest in beauty to maintain youthfulness.  She added that being beautiful is a powerful position to be in because you can inspire other people to be confident and beautiful themselves.

“Confidence radiates pure happiness and real beauty, and that’s what matters, at the end of the day,” Renee concludes.

If you want to know more about the latest on beauty enhancements and treatments, visit a PDS Dermatologist today.  
Sunday, November 20, 2016
B is for Baihana? I say, B is for BRAVO BAIHANA!

B is for Baihana? I say, B is for BRAVO BAIHANA!

I may have just learned about them lately, but seeing BAIHANA perform in the AKAPELA concert made me a fan in an instant! And just last night, I've witnessed yet another milestone in their career as they celebrated their 8th anniversary as a group through a concert dubbed as "B is for Baihana".

I really love listening to the classy sound of jazz music. If you're not too familiar with it, think Michael Buble or Richard Poon. Watching the girls having fun on stage as they blend a touch of their style to some of our favorite hits is truly entertaining for me. 

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In their one-night only concert, Baihana has showcased their impressive vocal harmony through series of covers and original songs backed by the amazing arrangements performed by the band.

They were joined by Nyoy Volante in the Jersey Boys medley, where the latter played as one of the leads in a recent Manila staging of the highly-acclaimed musical.

The girls also performed an a capella medley of some of the famous commercial jingles we often hear on television and radio. They already did it in the AKAPELA concert, but last night was a surprise as they called Myke Salomon on stage and asked him to join them in the number. Despite being caught off guard, Myke, who has already done several musical productions like Rak of Aegis and 3 Stars and a Sun, still did a great job providing accompaniment to the girls with his beatboxing skills.

One of my favorite performances that night is the Katy! the Musical medley. Joined by the maestro himself, Ryan Cayabyab, Baihana sang some of the popular songs from the Filipino musical that based on the life of Katy dela Cruz, the Queen of Philippine Vaudeville and Jazz.

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Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, father to one of the Baihana girls - Krina, has been very supportive of the group. He even made a new arrangement of one his popular songs, Mamang Kutsero. Compared to the original, this new version is more upbeat and lively.

Baihana isn't just a bunch of singers. Apart from singing, they also are into musical arrangement and composition. Isaw, one of their original songs composed by Krina Cayabyab, tells about her experience on eating this famous Filipino favorite streetfood. Listen to it and you might just get some tips on your next food trip.

They also gave us a glimpse of their album by singing more of their original songs.

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As the show is about to come to an end, the Asia's Nightingale, Ms. Lani Misalucha, joined the girls and shared to everyone her fun experiences with the girls during her concert tour abroad. 

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Together with them, she performed one of her new songs, for the first time on stage, Unbreakable.

And to cap the fun night of good music, Baihana ended the show with a festive medley of some of our favorite Christmas songs like Winter Wonderland, Pasko Na Naman, Frosty the Snowman, and Let It Snow. 

Spending the night watching these girls perform is truly worth braving the traffic of a Friday rush hour! Thank you so much Krina Cayabyab, Anna Achacoso-Graham, and Mel Torre, collectively known as Baihana, for, once again, sharing your amazing unique talent! 

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