MUSICAL AT CCP: RAP AS ACTIVISM 'KLEPTOMANIACS' IS BATTLE CRY 

The stink in the Senate and House of Representatives and the Napoles scandal have given rise to the rap musical Kleptomaniacs of Tanghalang Pilipino, resident drama group of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It started with an incensed Nanding Josef, artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino asking young director Tuxqs Rutaquio to come up with a play on the victims of society, the “leftovers” of Pope Francis. To make the heavy theme more appealing, Tuxqs decided it would be a rap-hip-hop-fliptop musical. And he consulted with playwright Layeta Bucoy, and researchers Rosell Pineda and Katrina Stuart Santiago. The result is Kleptomaniacs, a self-explanatory title. It opens July 11 and will run during weekends until July 27 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino (call 832-1125). The music was inspired by rapper-songwriter Gloc-9 (Aristotle Polisco) and his band, a favorite of National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, no less. “For Doc Bien, Gloc-9 is the contemporary youth’s equivalent of the balagtasan (poetic joust),” says Josef. “It’s the contemporary youth’s poetic expression of what they feel right now.” * READ MORE..

ALSO: Gloc9, Erik Santos, Andrew E, others at CF’s ‘Hulyo Mega Sorpresa’ 

Casino Filipino (CF) guests and patrons were treated to Gloc9, one of the country’s most celebrated rappers, during the launch on July 2 of CF’s month-long entertainment offerings for July dubbed “Hulyo Mega Sorpresa”. A five-time “Rap Artist of the Year” awardee of the Philippine HipHop Awards, Gloc9 related that he tries to be sincere every time he writes his songs. “This way, people can understand the message of my songs. Also, I see to it that I give my all every time I perform regardless of the size of the venue or the number of the crowd. I am really excited to perform again at Casino Filipino,” he added. Bong Quintana, Pagcor’s Assistant VP for Entertainment shared his excitement over Gloc9’s show and Casino Filipino’s July entertainment offerings. “As always, we have an exciting mix of celebrity entertainers for this month. Our objective is to always offer our customers choices. They can watch shows of different music genres in Casino Filipino,” he added. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Sarah Lahbati’s mom, ignored during baby Zion’s party? 

Last June 15, Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati celebrated Zion’s 1st birthday, baptism and Father’s Day for Richard. The entire Gutierrez clan was present, along with the biggest names in showbiz and politics. Among Zion’s ninongs and ninangs are Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Mayor Joseph Estrada, Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres-Gomez, Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach and many more. The event turned out to be a joyous occasion for all, except for Sarah’s mom, Esther Lahbati. The Kapuso actress’ mom took to Instagram to voice out her frustration over an incident that happened during the party. Pep.ph (read full article) reported that Mrs. Lahbati expressed in her Instagram account, @estherlahbati, that the truth was, she was ignored at the party allegedly because she was not as wealthy or popular as the other guests. Mrs. Lahbati also felt embarrassed because she was asked to take home leftover food from the party in front of all the notable guests who graced the event. Sarah Lahbati’s father, Abdel Lahbati also commented, saying that baby Zion is still considered a Lahbati and not a Gutierrez. Mrs. Esther Lahbati’s post has already been deleted. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Hayden Kho, Jr. can practice medicine again 

Hayden Kho Jr has been reinstated as doctor by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Medicine on Tuesday, years after the revocation of his medical license over a sex video mess he was part of in 2009. The development was in accordance with Board Resolution No. 65 series of 2014, which materialized on Monday, PRC chairman Dr. Miguel Noche confirmed to GMA News Online. Noche explained that the board felt Kho is qualified to practice medicine again, after the latter complied with the requirements of the reinstatement, which he applied for December last year. Section 27 of The Medical Act of 1959, on a physician’s reinstatement, states that “After two years, the Board may order the reinstatement of any physicians whose certificate of registration has been revoked, if the respondent has acted in an exemplary manner in the community wherein he resides and has not committed any illegal, immoral or dishonorable act.” Noche, however, clarified via the news site, “I told him he must have adequate education, training and certification by the corresponding board before he practices any specialty procedures.” In 2012, Kho’s petition to reverse the revocation was junked by the appellate court. ‘Testimony of God’s faithfulness’ The doctor and occasional actor believes his faith enabled him to overcome his challenges. “First of all, I thank The Lord Almighty for being who He is – a God who loves, who disciplines, who gives grace, and who restores. I thank God that even before He gave me this gift of restoration, He has been walking (with) me, guiding my every steps, and pouring out blessings upon blessings that I don’t deserve,” Kho said in a statement sent to ABS-CBN News. He thanked his family “especially my loving mom, who stood by me throughout the challenging saga of my life,” and PRC “who appreciated and honored my efforts to lead a life pleasing to our real audience who is God.” * READ MORE...

ALSO: Family prepares b-day show for Dolphy 

Late Comedy King Dolphy will be feted with a show in time for his birthday on July 25, said his son Epy Quizon. The special show to be held in Marikina will have the whole family in attendance and Dolphy’s former longtime partner Zsa Zsa Padilla. “She was the first one to respond to our call and say, ‘Yeah, sige I will be there,’” said Epy on “24 Oras.”  His comment on Zsa Zsa’s relationship with Architect Conrad Onglao was short and simple: “I’m happy for her! Bakit naman kami pa ’yung maghi-hinder sa kaligayahan niya, ’di ba?”  Epy then added that the Divine Dive “deserves to be happy” and that “I’m pretty sure my father is happy for her… nakita naman natin kung paano niya minahal ang tatay ko.” The actor hopes to make his father proud of his performance in international film “A Thief, A Kid and A Killer” also starring Lance Raymundo and Felix Roco. “Hopefully, my father up there is looking down and seeing (what I’m doing),” he said.*READ MORE...

ALSO: Zsa Zsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao love story in a gist 

June 2 became a double celebration for Zsa Zsa Padilla. First, it served a birthday bash for her 50th. Yup, the Divine Diva—whose actual birthday was last Wednesday, May 28—is now a golden girl. Second, it was also the "third monthsary" of her relationship with Conrad Onglao. Much had been said since the Kapamilya host/singer/actress went public about her budding lovelife on April 15. And just in case you missed some updates, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) compiled ten details, summing up their "it's the right kind of love at the right time" love story. 1. Conrad is an architect/ designer. He was the man behind the latest renovation of Bahay Pangarap, the official residence of President Noynoy Aquino. His clientele includes the Zobel and Concepcion families, Jollibee's Tony Tan Caktiong, Insurance firm and PGA Cars owner Robert Coyiuto, former presidential social secretary Bettina Aboitiz, shipping magnate Doris Magsaysay-Ho, to name a few. 2. It was his work that led him to Zsa Zsa Padilla. One of his present clients Sharon Cuneta set him up on a blind date with the ASAP mainstay last March. 3. Conrad is the first guy Zsa Zsa dated after Dolphy's death on July 10, 2012. In an interview with a broadsheet, the Divine Diva supposedly told the Megastar, "...I am tired of mourning." 4. Their first date was on March 2 in a Makati restaurant. 5. Her initial impression of Conrad: he can be a "good best friend." What he first noticed about Zsa Zsa: she looks good even without make-up. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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Rap as activism: Kleptomaniacs is a battle cry


Above: Gloc-9 with the cast during a workshop; Right: Stars Thea Yrastorza, Joshua Cabiladas and Nicco Manalo

MANILA, JULY 8, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Amadís Ma. Guerrero -  The stink in the Senate and House of Representatives and the Napoles scandal have given rise to the rap musical Kleptomaniacs of Tanghalang Pilipino, resident drama group of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

It started with an incensed Nanding Josef, artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino asking young director Tuxqs Rutaquio to come up with a play on the victims of society, the “leftovers” of Pope Francis. To make the heavy theme more appealing, Tuxqs decided it would be a rap-hip-hop-fliptop musical. And he consulted with playwright Layeta Bucoy, and researchers Rosell Pineda and Katrina Stuart Santiago.

The result is Kleptomaniacs, a self-explanatory title. It opens July 11 and will run during weekends until July 27 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino (call 832-1125).

The music was inspired by rapper-songwriter Gloc-9 (Aristotle Polisco) and his band, a favorite of National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, no less. “For Doc Bien, Gloc-9 is the contemporary youth’s equivalent of the balagtasan (poetic joust),” says Josef. “It’s the contemporary youth’s poetic expression of what they feel right now.”

The music was composed and arranged by Jose Carlos Frios and Nina Virgin, an alternative band from Los Baños, Laguna, with musical direction and co-arrangement by Jed Caballero Balsamo and fired-up choreography by Nestee Mamaril Gamilla.

“The crux of the music of Kleptomaniacs is Gloc-9,” observes Tuxqs. “Kasi the lyrics and the songs are really patterned after Gloc-9, which has that feel. And we combined hip-hop, like a contemporized balagtasan. Nagsasagutan. There’s an argument, a flip-top battle.”

Veteran performers May Bayot, Miles Kanapo and Jonathan Tadioan represent the community of elders. The youth-oriented play stars Nicco Manalo as Tabo, a simpleton; and Thea Yrastorza as Vicky, the girl whom Tabo impregnates. So, there’s a feud between two families, a la the Montagues and the Capulets in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The first play ends with an earthquake that brings the community to its knees, amidst sound effects, hip-hop choreography and pounding rap music.

The second part is influenced by Hamlet, as in To Be or Not to Be. Tabo chooses to rise above his limitations. There is a suggestion that his baby be aborted, but he refuses that illegal option. He wants a better life for his child. There’s a Reproductive Health (RH) component, see?

And Tabo (Manalo) resolves to look for employment.

But here comes the Mayor (Brian Sy) now, distributing gifts and offering help. The implication is that you better vote for him in the next election. Tabo realizes he is being sucked into a web of corruption. Will he join the mayor or fight the system?

“Aside from the entertainment factor we really wanted Kleptomaniacs to be a battle cry for the oppressed,” declares Tuxqs. “Really screaming, shouting to the government that this is what is really happening to the leftovers.”

FROM THE INQUIRER

Gloc9, Erik Santos, Andrew E, others at CF’s ‘Hulyo Mega Sorpresa’ July 9, 2014 | 1:29 am


Gloc9. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines—Casino Filipino (CF) guests and patrons were treated to Gloc9, one of the country’s most celebrated rappers, during the launch on July 2 of CF’s month-long entertainment offerings for July dubbed “Hulyo Mega Sorpresa”.

A five-time “Rap Artist of the Year” awardee of the Philippine HipHop Awards, Gloc9 related that he tries to be sincere every time he writes his songs. “This way, people can understand the message of my songs. Also, I see to it that I give my all every time I perform regardless of the size of the venue or the number of the crowd. I am really excited to perform again at Casino Filipino,” he added.

Bong Quintana, Pagcor’s Assistant VP for Entertainment shared his excitement over Gloc9’s show and Casino Filipino’s July entertainment offerings. “As always, we have an exciting mix of celebrity entertainers for this month. Our objective is to always offer our customers choices. They can watch shows of different music genres in Casino Filipino,” he added.

* Other celebrity performers who will hold a series of shows in CF this July are Andrew E who will perform at CF Mimosa (July 11), Malabon Satellite (July 12) and 365 Plaza Satellite (July 26); and Claire dela Fuente at CF Tagaytay (July 12), CF Bacolod (July 16), CF Angeles (July 19), CF Cebu (July 26), and CF Pavilion (July 30).

For the Casino Filipino Game Show, celebrity guests include sexy actress Osang (July 11 at CF Olongapo and July 25 at Mimosa Satellite); Blakdyak (July 11 at CF Tagaytay and July 16 at CF Angeles); Norman Mitchell (July 12 at CF Bacolod and July 25 at CF Davao); and Kim Idol (July 17 at CF Hyatt and July 24 at CF Pavilion).

Other featured performers for July are True Faith (July 17 at CF Olongapo); actor-comedian Bayani Agbayani (July 18 at the Malabon Satellite and July 25 at the Madison Satellite); pop singer Erik Santos (July 18 at CF Davao and July 19 at CF Pavilion); Freestyle vocalists Jinky Vidal (July 24 at CF Hyatt and July 29 at CF Pavilion) and Top Suzara (July 24 in CF Iloilo).

CF’s in-house talents such as the group Not Your Ordinary Boys and Girls and the Krazy Chikz will perform in various CF venues starting July 9.

Entrance to all the July entertainment offerings of Casino Filipino is free on a first come, first served basis.

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Sarah Lahbati’s mom, ignored during baby Zion’s party? June 17 2014 3667 20 3732 0 By SAMANTHA PORTILLO


SARAH, RICHARD AND ZION

Last June 15, Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati celebrated Zion’s 1st birthday, baptism and Father’s Day for Richard. The entire Gutierrez clan was present, along with the biggest names in showbiz and politics.

Among Zion’s ninongs and ninangs are Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Mayor Joseph Estrada, Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres-Gomez, Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach and many more.

The event turned out to be a joyous occasion for all, except for Sarah’s mom, Esther Lahbati. The Kapuso actress’ mom took to Instagram to voice out her frustration over an incident that happened during the party.

Pep.ph (read full article) reported that Mrs. Lahbati expressed in her Instagram account, @estherlahbati, that the truth was, she was ignored at the party allegedly because she was not as wealthy or popular as the other guests.

Mrs. Lahbati also felt embarrassed because she was asked to take home leftover food from the party in front of all the notable guests who graced the event.

Sarah Lahbati’s father, Abdel Lahbati also commented, saying that baby Zion is still considered a Lahbati and not a Gutierrez.

Mrs. Esther Lahbati’s post has already been deleted.

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Hayden Kho, Jr. can practice medicine again by Pau Aguilera
July 8, 2014 (updated) MANILA BULLETIN


Hayden Kho Jr. (Instagram)

Hayden Kho Jr has been reinstated as doctor by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Medicine on Tuesday, years after the revocation of his medical license over a sex video mess he was part of in 2009.

The development was in accordance with Board Resolution No. 65 series of 2014, which materialized on Monday, PRC chairman Dr. Miguel Noche confirmed to GMA News Online.

Noche explained that the board felt Kho is qualified to practice medicine again, after the latter complied with the requirements of the reinstatement, which he applied for December last year.

Section 27 of The Medical Act of 1959, on a physician’s reinstatement, states that “After two years, the Board may order the reinstatement of any physicians whose certificate of registration has been revoked, if the respondent has acted in an exemplary manner in the community wherein he resides and has not committed any illegal, immoral or dishonorable act.”

Noche, however, clarified via the news site, “I told him he must have adequate education, training and certification by the corresponding board before he practices any specialty procedures.”

In 2012, Kho’s petition to reverse the revocation was junked by the appellate court.

‘Testimony of God’s faithfulness’

The doctor and occasional actor believes his faith enabled him to overcome his challenges.

“First of all, I thank The Lord Almighty for being who He is – a God who loves, who disciplines, who gives grace, and who restores. I thank God that even before He gave me this gift of restoration, He has been walking (with) me, guiding my every steps, and pouring out blessings upon blessings that I don’t deserve,” Kho said in a statement sent to ABS-CBN News.

He thanked his family “especially my loving mom, who stood by me throughout the challenging saga of my life,” and PRC “who appreciated and honored my efforts to lead a life pleasing to our real audience who is God.”

* Kho described this development in his career as a “testimony of God’s faithfulness to all those who are currently struggling and suffering from past mistakes…”

“Give your life to Him and let Him take over with trust, faithfulness, and obedience and watch Him work things together for your own good.”

On Instagram, Kho uploaded a photo of the document of his reinstatement, captioning it with two Bible verses “that reflect what my heart wants to say” about the good news.

Psalms 71:20: “You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.”

Joel 2:25: “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.”

Kho’s rumored on-and-off girlfriend, Dr. Vicki Belo, congratulated him on the photo-sharing site.

Meanwhile, the camp of actress Katrina Halili, one of the women involved in Kho’s videos, is reportedly set to file an appeal.

Family prepares b-day show for Dolphy MANILA BULLETIN by Jecelyn V. Macahindog July 8, 2014 (updated)


Epy Quizon and Dolphy

Late Comedy King Dolphy will be feted with a show in time for his birthday on July 25, said his son Epy Quizon.

The special show to be held in Marikina will have the whole family in attendance and Dolphy’s former longtime partner Zsa Zsa Padilla.

“She was the first one to respond to our call and say, ‘Yeah, sige I will be there,’” said Epy on “24 Oras.”

His comment on Zsa Zsa’s relationship with Architect Conrad Onglao was short and simple: “I’m happy for her! Bakit naman kami pa ’yung maghi-hinder sa kaligayahan niya, ’di ba?”

Epy then added that the Divine Dive “deserves to be happy” and that “I’m pretty sure my father is happy for her… nakita naman natin kung paano niya minahal ang tatay ko.”

The actor hopes to make his father proud of his performance in international film “A Thief, A Kid and A Killer” also starring Lance Raymundo and Felix Roco.

“Hopefully, my father up there is looking down and seeing (what I’m doing),” he said.

FROM PEP.PH

Zsa Zsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao love story in a gist by Karen A. Pagsolingan posted on June 3, 2014 STATS: 38417 Views | 10 Comments 


Taken last night, June 2, at the 50th birthday bash of Zsa Zsa Padilla, who also celebrated her third monthsary with architect Conrad Onglao. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CARLO OROSA

June 2 became a double celebration for Zsa Zsa Padilla. First, it served a birthday bash for her 50th. Yup, the Divine Diva—whose actual birthday was last Wednesday, May 28—is now a golden girl. Second, it was also the "third monthsary" of her relationship with Conrad Onglao.

Much had been said since the Kapamilya host/singer/actress went public about her budding lovelife on April 15. And just in case you missed some updates, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) compiled ten details, summing up their "it's the right kind of love at the right time" love story.

1. Conrad is an architect/ designer. He was the man behind the latest renovation of Bahay Pangarap, the official residence of President Noynoy Aquino. His clientele includes the Zobel and Concepcion families, Jollibee's Tony Tan Caktiong, Insurance firm and PGA Cars owner Robert Coyiuto, former presidential social secretary Bettina Aboitiz, shipping magnate Doris Magsaysay-Ho, to name a few.

2. It was his work that led him to Zsa Zsa Padilla. One of his present clients Sharon Cuneta set him up on a blind date with the ASAP mainstay last March.

3. Conrad is the first guy Zsa Zsa dated after Dolphy's death on July 10, 2012.

In an interview with a broadsheet, the Divine Diva supposedly told the Megastar, "...I am tired of mourning."

4. Their first date was on March 2 in a Makati restaurant.

5. Her initial impression of Conrad: he can be a "good best friend." What he first noticed about Zsa Zsa: she looks good even without make-up.


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