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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Voci Celesti - A Night to Remember

Voci Celesti: A Night to Remember ver 2.0 " is a fund-raising concert of the Saint John Bosco Parish and Center for Young Workers in Santa Rosa, Laguna featuring the Loboc Children's Choir  with the Children & Youth Choir of our parish and  Rev. Fr. Ting Miciano, SDB, on August 17, 2019 at 7pm in Enchanting Events Place of Enchanted Kingdom.

The Loboc Choir started way back in 1980.  Ms. Alma Fernando-Taldo, a fifth grade English and Character Education teacher founded the Loboc Children’s Choir. What started simply as a way to grace the small town of Loboc, Bohol with melodies and festivities eventually became one of the country’s symbols of pride and joy in the world of music. 

Numbering at around 30 gifted children, aged 9-15 years old, they have ventured into the music world to share with the public their unique talents and have since become one of the gems of the country.

Over the course of 39 years, they have competed and won several singing contests, both nationally and internationally, including the “national champion” award in the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in 1993, 1995, and 2001. Their renowned success led to them being called the “cultural treasure” of Bohol. Eventually, they had their first-ever international tour in Europe in 2006, and from its success, the choir released their cover album, “... And A Child’s Heart Sings.”

Bound by their philosophy to inspire hearts and minds everywhere through music, they also take the time to visit people in homes for the aged, hospitals, orphanages, and prisons, aside from competitions and regular performances for tourists looking for tunes in Bohol.

Also performing are two local choirs of Saint John Bosco Parish.  The first is the Pastol ng Bayan Children's Choir. This group was formed through their three principles of discipline, diligence, and determination, and has been singing every Sunday at the 10:30am mass. In addition to performing in church, they also participated in the “Holiday Cards” Christmas concert in Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, last December 2016. They won 1st Runner-Up in the “Voice of the Village Chorale Competition” in Filinvest City in the same month. 

The other youth choir, the Bosconian Voices Chorale, was formed in 2013.  The chorale currently sings during the 4:45pm Sunday mass. Composed of 15 talented individuals, they also recently had their mini concert last March 2015 entitled “Kapit Tinig sa Iisang Himig”, and they participated in the fund raising “Christmas Cantata” last December 2017.

Music knows no limitations. From various cultures, to geographical boundaries, music has touched the hearts and souls of countless people worldwide. Here in our home country, the Philippines, music remains as an essential aspect of our everyday lives. We sing and we dance for every occasion.  The Loboc Children’s Choir will be performing various tunes made by our fellow countrymen, from our very own shores. They will sing a beautiful rendition arranged by Ed Mangulat of Florante’s “Handog”; “Ikaw ang Mahal Ko”, a wonderful love song arranged by T. Arevalo and I.C. Ongsiako, and is written by National Artist Levi Celerio; a version of the Filipino folk song titled “Katakataka” by Santiago Suarez and Redentor L. Romero; and a rendition from National Artist, Mr.Ryan Cayabyab, and co-arranged by Fr. Arnold Zamora, about loving and caring for the environment, “Take us to the land called Paraiso!”

So come and have fun this coming August 17.  Enjoy the good music and at the same time, participate in this fund-raising campaign of our parish.  Hoping to see all there!!!
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Friday, July 5, 2019

13 Dance Groups Contend for Agilakas Gumalaw 2019 Dance Competition

What started out as a meek dance contest providing a significant follow through on the onset of Agila The EKsperience in 2016, AGILAKAS GUMALAW DANCE COMPETITION now makes dynamic reception, waves, and recall in the dance community in the Philippines.

Bringing in their intricately-designed props and costumes, 13 solid groups battled it out and proved that they all deserve of the title last Sunday (June 23). Guests were marveled at the grooves of each team firing up the dance floor with moves from hip hop, break dance, contemporary, tribal, up to punk.  

Like the Philippine Eagle as a national symbol of Filipino’s undying grit, dance groups showed an all-out performance with smoothness and ease in their routines and exhibitions. Highlighting a patch of patriotism in the dance piece, groups have showcased their interpretation of an original Tats Faustino composition, “Pinoy Magaling Ka” at the end of every team’s performance. 

The 13 finalists were adjudged by the esteemed names in performing arts chamber headed by Neslyn Anne Janiola of A.X.I.S Dance Company. Personalities who also joined on the judging panel were Keisha Almoroto of Sexbomb NewGen, Carlos Serrano III of A.X.I.S and TPM, and XB Gensan member Gon Gungon. Enchanted Kingdom Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Cynthia R. Mamon also seated on the panel.

Proving they’re worthy of last year’s tilt, J-Crisis showed an astounding performance that left the crowd in awe and screamed for more with their death-defying stunts. A special performance from A.X.I.S Dance Company brought the house down with their hip-smashing and all-style groove.  

“Elites of God” Reigned Supreme

Oozed out in fascinating costume allied with astonishing acts, sky-high jumps and winding flips and spins, Elites of God reigned supreme and hailed as this year’s champion. The 20-piece, Muntinlupa City-based dance squad took home a trophy, and P25,000 cash. 

Completing the roster are Little Warriors as second runner up, and Philippine Identity Crew as first runner up. They, too, have knocked the judges and audience dead that ticketed them to take home P15,000 and P20,000 respectively

1st Runner-up: Phlippine Identity Crew

2nd Runner-up: Little Warriors
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Friday, September 7, 2018

Enhance Your Best Features with the Sculpt and Strobe Stick

Ever Bilena’s Sculpt and Strobe Stick (P225) is the newest make-up go-to for a bright and glowing, well-defined look. The 2-in-1 cream-based stick helps sculpt your face to enhance your facial structure and illuminate it for a glowing look. The Sculpt and Strobe Stick comes in Medium for fairer skin and Deep that is best suited for darker skin tones. Also, this product is Paraben-and-cruelty-free. It is available through Lazada and major retail stores nationwide.
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Philippines Hosts Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia

L-R, clockwise- Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia featured artists— Amanda Heng (Singapore), Roberto Feleo (Philippines), Anusapati (Indonesia), Do Hoang Tuong (Vietnam), Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Yasmin Jaidin (Brunei), Min Thein Sung (Myanmar), Vuth Lyno (Cambodia), Jedsada Tangtrakulwong (Thailand), Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (Laos)

Exhibition: Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia

Venue: Metropolitan Museum of Manila 
                     University of the Philippines Vargas 
                     Yuchengco Museum
Dates: August 8 to October 6, 2018

Social Media: @tiesofhistory 

Opening Reception: 5pm – 9pm 

    August 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila
       August 9 at the Yuchengco Museum
       August 10 at the Vargas Museum 

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concludes the commemoration of its 50th anniversary, the Philippines marks the historic occasion by hosting a contemporary art exhibition featuring ten artists who will represent each ASEAN member state. 

The exhibit titled Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia is curated by noted art historian, scholar, and curator Patrick D. Flores. 

It will be held simultaneously in three major art institutions in the Philippines: the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET Manila), the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, and the Yuchengco Museum. 

The exhibition’s artists from the region will gather in Manila to open the exhibition on August 8 (MET Manila), 9 (Yuchengco Museum), and 10 (Vargas Museum) with a series of programs for each venue. The opening reception of each venue starts at 5pm. The exhibition will be on view from August 10 to October 6, 2018.

The project is presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the Dalubhasaan Para sa Edukasyon sa Sining at Kultura (DESK) with the support of the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

“Ties of history” is a phrase taken from a document signed by ASEAN’s founding members on August 8, 1967. The document describes “a region already bound together by ties of history and culture.” A region that is “conscious that in an increasingly interdependent world, the cherished ideals of peace, freedom, social justice, and economic well-being are best attained by fostering good understanding, good neighbourliness and meaningful cooperation among the countries of the region.” The document gave birth to the regional organization, which taken as a collective is the world’s 5th largest economy.
Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia is a survey of contemporary art, on the one hand. On the other, it is a diligent study of a particular practice. The project selects three works of each artist from the ASEAN countries to be exhibited in three institutions. This enables the exhibition to present a more in-depth look into the interests of the artist and allows the audience from different parts of the city to view the exhibition. 

As Flores, who was recently appointed as Artistic Director of Singapore Biennale 2019, explains, “this undertaking…draws attention to the thoughtful and sensitive process of artistic transformation and maturity and tries to avoid the tendency of survey exhibitions to merely select the most popular or the most accessible.” 

“It also reminds us that artistic practice is not fully formed but rather gleaned in the condition of constant forming. It is this constant forming that the project endeavors to curate,” he adds. 

NCCA Chairman Virgilio S. Almario agrees that “[t]here is much to gain in gathering the talents of the region in order to view not only their works but to also reflect on the realities each of them respond to.” He further emphasizes that “it is a proud moment that the Philippines initiates this celebration of ASEAN artists.”

Almario also remarks on the importance of the ASEAN in the current climate. For him, “[the] ASEAN is a unique regional organization because it aims to be known to the world as one community despite its diversity in religion, race and culture. In a world troubled by differences in belief, finding peace may be meditated through art that lets us see the threads that string us together.”

Senator Loren Legarda, one of the Philippines leading cultural advocates, expresses her pride with the recent developments in Philippine contemporary art: “Support for Philippine contemporary art is at its peak with our participation at the Venice Biennale for four consecutive years after a 51-year absence, with Dr. Flores as the first curator since our re-entry. This collaborative endeavor further puts the country at the center of contemporary art globally, not just in Asia. I invite our ASEAN neighbors to continue this art project annually or in the form of a biennial in the same manner by which we host political and economic affairs in ASEAN.” 

Featured Artists

Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia aims to identify artists from across generations who have demonstrated both responsiveness and range in relation to the concerns of aesthetic material and socio-historical contexts. 

A contemporary artist based in Singapore known for her collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to art, Amanda Heng (b. 1951) explores social issues in the context of Singapore’s inter-cultural social milieu.

Roberto Feleo (b. 1954) is a seminal Philippine artist whose works are sharp sociohistorical commentaries on Philippine myth and history and creative investigations into local materials and techniques.

Known for his practice that includes the use of natural materials and traditional tools used in Indonesian craft, Anusapati (b. 1957) has inspired a younger generation of artists disposed to respond to craft, modernism, and the environment.

Do Hoang Tuong (b. 1960) of Vietnam belongs to an influential generation of abstract painters in the South of Vietnam in the 1990s. From an academic perspective and within the narrative space of his paintings, he expresses the desire of a founding condition of a new subjectivity.

Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (b. 1971) was born in Laos and came to Australia in 1979. Her practice implicates Lao cultural references interwoven with Australian and other cultural mediations in a productive space of resettlement.

Working with photography and the moving image, Chris Chong Chan Fui (b. 1972) from Malaysia questions and redirects how humans work within such intersecting fields as economics and ecology.

Jedsada Tangtrakulwong (b. 1972) lives and works in Thailand. His practice is informed by Thai cultural sign systems and reflects on the delicacy of daily existence.

Min Thein Sung (b. 1978), born and based in Myanmar, works with and on motifs, media, and processes inspired by the everyday and his childhood. 

Artist and curator Vuth Lyno (b. 1982) from Cambodia is the Co-founding Artistic Director of Sa Sa Art Projects, an artist-run space initiated by the Stiev Selapak collective in Phnom Penh. His artistic and curatorial practice is primarily participatory in nature, exploring collective learning and experimentation.

Working with organic materials, Yasmin Jaidin (b. 1987), a contemporary artist from Brunei, interrogates how these elements are often overlooked in the context of contemporary life. 

Selection Process

A network of practitioners in contemporary art in the region was consulted in the selection of artists for the exhibition. These advisors include Ahmad Mashadi, Head of the National University of Singapore Museum; Khim Ong, Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes at Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore); Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, independent curator, writer, and lecturer of Southeast Asian contemporary art; and independent curator and scholar Grace Samboh.

Public Program

The public is invited to join an artist talk and roundtable discussion with the advisors from the region as they discuss contemporary art in Southeast Asia on August 11 at the MET Museum of Manila. There will also be a public and education program to feature talks and lectures by scholars of and practitioners in the region in the duration of the exhibition’s run. 

For details relating to the exhibition’s education programs, please check our social media pages @tiesofhistory or email us at to be added to our mailing list. 
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Get bonus points for free flights with Cebu Pacific GetGo Credit cards

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As the most rewarding lifestyle program, GetGo is again making everyday purchases more satisfying by giving away 8,000 bonus points to newly-approved CEB GetGo Credit Cardholders who apply from January 31 to August 31, 2018.

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Interested individuals can sign up via or through other UnionBank channels. Once approved, all they have to do is to use their credit cards for a single or accumulated retail spend worth P20,000, register online at and sign up for the new UnionBank Online mobile app via the Apple Store or Google Play. experience the world the way you want to.

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But wait, there’s more! New CEB GetGo Platinum Credit Cardholders will also receive a unique promo code worth 8,000 GetGo points when they spend another P20,000 worth of single or accumulated purchases using their new credit cards within 65 days from card approval date. They can use this code to get 8,000 points off when booking their flights with GetGo. That’s just P40,000 total spend using CEB GetGo Platinum Credit Card for a total of 16,000 GetGo points!
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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Something Old, Something New Series 6

It has been sometime since my last something new, something old post so here goes. I found myself another classic piece from my mother's "magic chest" of dependable wearables that doesn't seem to age in style. As you can see from my smile, I am obviously enjoying a leisurely stroll in a mall in total comfort and confidence.

Something Old

A lilac-colored sweater from Jill of Rustan's is the focal point of my look. I decided to tuck it in, in front and let it loose at the back. I also decided to go for a strapless undergarment so I will not have to worry about straps showing.

Something New

I found this loose SM Woman black pants on sale for only Php 300 and never regretted the money I shelled out for it. It goes well with most of my shirts and blouses. 

Finished Look

I completed the look by wearing Adidas Originals White Slip-on sneakers and unbranded clear fashion eyeglasses. 

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Santacruzan and Flores De Mayo: The Difference

There is a tendency to use Santacruzan and Flores De Mayo interchangeably when talking about traditional May festivities. Although both have religious significance with a procession of ladies parading in long gowns, the similarity ends there. I just learned the difference this year when I got the chance to participate in both.


The Santacruzan is a procession honoring the finding of the True Cross by Helena of Constantinople (more popularly known as Reyna Elena in local use) and Constantine the Great. The procession traditionally includes biblical characters to emphasize its religious origins although modern depictions tend to highlight the "queens" with their consorts. Santacruzan is actually only one of the events held during the month long celebration of Flores de Mayo during the month of May.

Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo is one of the May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This procession serves a culmination of a month long prayer and flower offerings to Mother Mary usually held in churches and chapels. In an effort to put emphasis on the real meaning of the procession, our parish decided to use the many titles attributed to Mary to be represented by the ladies. 

While there might be differences in the way these two May processions are conducted, these are traditions worth keeping. Like many youth of today, I wouldn't have known about this if not for the efforts of dedicated adults to involve us. 

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