Believe in love and all will be better! That’s what Wonder Woman concluded as she powerfully defeated her enemy. On invitation of Preen.ph, we watched the exclusive movie screening of Wonder Woman at Century City Mall. Preen.ph, the lifestyle website for the modern working woman, held this event to celebrate women empowerment. After 76 years, we are finally able to watch Diana Prince’s origin and how she became an icon of feminism.

Love is also the underlying theme of West Side Story, named as ‘the No. 1 greatest musical of all time’ by The Times, UK. Inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story Romeo and Juliet, and set amidst the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York, the love story changed the face of musical theatre forever when it burst onto the Broadway stage in 1957.

Its groundbreaking choreography and unforgettable score are magnificent. This timeless story of Tony and Maria and their fateful love affair remains as relevant as it is today.

I went with a couple of journalists to Hong Kong to catch the Gala Night of the electrifying classic West Side Story. I’ve seen some productions, but nothing prepared me for what I saw onstage at the Hong Kong Academy Performing Arts—high energy dancing, stellar projections and unforgettable singing coming from the outstanding all-American cast, many of whom come direct from Broadway.

I have seen other productions brought in by Concertus and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, but West Side Story is my new favorite and current obsession. The saccharine Romeo and Juliet storyline is propelled by one dance number after another, each more exciting than the one it precedes—their dynamic movements filled up every square inch of the area, so you understand why the only major set pieces are the moving iconic New York staircases that frame the stage

Kevin Hack is unforgettable as the lovesick Tony—each song he sings sounds like a heartfelt prayer to the Almighty; even angels would be jealous of his voice. Thank God I’ve got a “Maria” in my name, because it felt like he was singing to me! Jenna Burns lends her strong vocals to Maria, a young girl who’s first sashay into society brought her to her one true love.

Keely Beirne is a superstar—everyone agreed that as soon as she walked onstage, the spotlight was on her. Her movements were precise and her vocals were strong. Together with her lover and leader of the Sharks Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, their pairing is pure dynamite and unbridled passion. Leader of the Jets Riff is played by Lance Hayes, who is another standout. He exudes this air of leadership and embodies the swagger of a young, rebellious New Yorker with such ease.

The new production is as daring, realistic and relevant today as it was on the day of its premiere. Jerome Robbins’ original choreography has been recreated by director and choreographer Joey McKneely, a former pupil of Jerome Robbins. Musical supervisor is the renowned conductor Donald Chan, who studied under Bernstein himself, and who leads a live orchestra of 20 musicians.

West Side Story is a must see as it comes to Manila for a very limited season! The musical premieres at The Theatre at Solaire on 10 August 2017. Presented by Globe LIVE, tickets for West Side Story are now on sale through TicketWorld. For corporate sponsorships, corporate nights and bulk buy inquiries, please call ‪(02) 403 86-46 or ‪(02) 403 86-78.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ It is a Michael Brenner production, produced by BB Promotion GmbH in association with Sundance Productions, Inc. NY, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises.

So excited about the West Side Story musical, I watched its movie version on the new Samsung QLED TV. Together with Samsung Philippines, I hosted an intimate event for some friends and media to showcase the new TV’s revolutionary design and how it transforms the living space of tomorrow. The new QLED TV gave me a refreshing way to execute my home design ideas without limitations.

The tech giant offers prestigious craftsmanship, with a modern and sleek all-metal design that fits perfectly in any setting. The Boundless 360° Design concept boasts of a clean aesthetic with a slim body and a nearly there bezel. This creates a great combination of simplicity and adaptability that allows for Samsung QLED TV’s seamless and natural blending with Tessa’s own signature home design.

With its do-it-yourself no gap wall mount, we showcased an effortlessly and neatly installed Samsung QLED TV flush against the wall, claiming to be the star of the room. Guests started guessing where the wires and other peripheral devices went, until I showed the Invisible Connection. This groundbreaking technology eliminates the clunky and tangled wires of the past with one single optical cable connecting all devices through the One Connect Box, allowing you to place devices further away so you can use the space for your decor.

The new Samsung QLED TV debunks the idea that a TV should be stationary and stuck in one place. It features different mounting accessories for those who prefer a bit more choice with their TV’s location. The Gravity Stand makes the TV appear to float over its base. Its swivel function enables one to adjust its angle up to 70 degrees. With this feature, consumers can have their TV face them wherever they choose to view it, allowing users to watch their TV from any direction.

The Studio Stand, on the other hand, holds the TV like a canvas on an easel. As a frequent party hostess, Tessa finds it convenient using this stand which allows her to move the TV easier, depending on her new design idea, while maintaining its stunning look. It also enhances your decor as it blends perfectly with any living space.

These advancements bring consumers the freedom and flexibility to own their personal spaces in every way possible. Samsung Marketing Director Chad Sotelo shared that at Samsung, they take pride in the QLED TV’s design that shows their commitment in providing the best innovative solutions that enable their consumers to proudly display their own unique style and flair in their living spaces. Get to know more about the 2017 Samsung QLED TV Lineup by visiting the Samsung Facebook page or samsung.com/ph.

 

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