Important secret of contentment


“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” I love this line from the Bible.

One of the important secrets of contentment is to realize that we are transient beings with limited time on earth. So we should make the most of our lives and fill it with wonderful experiences, exciting adventures, unforgettable travels and solid friendships.

If you happen to be going through challenges and hurdles in life, keep in mind that your family and friends will always be there to support, comfort and aid you to better times. Thank God I have a battalion of loving friends who truly cushion me from all the negativity around.

At an intimate dinner in honor of newlyweds Divine Lee-Go and Blake Go and soon-to-wed Malu Gamboa and Mon Lindo, we enjoyed chatting about our past adventures and future plans of the blissful couples. We are already planning our next Tropafrica destination next year.

Life should be filled with art and wonderful creative energy. I recently got some artistic inspiration from Spanish designer Jaime Hayon.

Studio Dimensione & Fritz Hansen brought in the young designer, Jaime Hayon to Manila to sponsor a lecture event for professionals, students and enthusiasts from the design community- arts, interior design and architecture. The lecture was currently held at the Playground, Bench Tower 30th St. cor. Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City.

Design Superstar and dubbed by Wallpaper & TIME Magazine as one of the most influential and relevant designers of our generation, Hayon came to Manila for the first time and discussed his art, furniture and inspirations.

Life can be filled with too much drama so sometimes, it’s best to relax and watch a musical or theater production. There are several productions in the city that are not to be missed.

After opening to a full house and standing ovations during their preview night, Broadway’s greatest dance musical West Side Story is now playing at The Theatre at Solaire.  Daring, realistic and still as relevant as the day it premiered, the amazing production comes to Manila as part of a worldwide tour, following sold-out seasons around the world, including London, Paris, Sydney and Berlin.

West Side Story is inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story Romeo and Juliet, and is set amidst the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York. It tells the tale of a love between two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle.

West Side Story packs a powerful punch, both dramatically and musically.  At its 1957 Broadway premiere the musical redefined an entire genre in terms of both choreography and score. The genius of its four creators – Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim – produced a piece whose great artistic quality remains unquestioned to this day.

Boasting of a young all-American cast, many of whom come direct from Broadway, West Side Story will be playing for a strictly limited 3-week season and will close on August 27. Tickets are now on sale at The Manila Season is presented by Globe LIVE.

Globe LIVE continues its mission of bringing world-class live entertainment and their partnership with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Concertus for West Side Story allows them to do just that. Globe Senior Advisor for Creative Marketing and Multimedia Business, Joe Caliro shared that theater fans are in for more top quality productions this year and they are proud to be able to give Filipinos access to more of these kinds of shows.

Another production not to miss is the latest Filipino musical of Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Riding the wave of momentum created by Mabining Mandirigma, a steampunk musical on the heroic life of Apolinario Mabini, Tanghalang Pilipino, returns with another landmark musical that chronicles the life of one of the most significant heroic figures in Philippine history: Aurelio Tolentino, a seditious playwright and actor who, together with Andres Bonifacio and Macario Sakay, founded the Teatro Porvenir. As a sequel to Mabining Mandirigma, which focused on the Mabini-Aguinaldo conflict in the second phase of the revolution, Aurelio Sedisyoso: A Rock Sarswela dramatizes the conflicts in Philippine society in the period between 1902 and 1907, which, unknown to many, constitutes the third phase of the revolution.

The stellar cast is led by powerhouse tenor David Ezra essaying the role of Aurelio Tolentino and award-winning film actor Baron Geisler makes his debut in theater by portraying the allegorical character Tikbalang, a shape-shifter that takes on the different faces and phases of American colonization. The Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company’s Jonathan Tadioan, JV Ibesate, Aldo Vencilao, Blanche Buhia, Joshua Tayco, Eunice Pacia and Monique Nellas, as well as Remus Villanueva, Hazel Maranan, Kakki Teodoro, Norby David (former co-vocalist of Rivermaya), Jing Reyna-Jorge (former vocalist and violinist of Sugar Hiccup), Paw Castillo, Phi Palmos, Alfritz Blanche, Tope Kliatchko, Ali Santos, Sigrid Balbas, Aika Zabala, Sasa Cabalquinto, Raflesia Bravo, Jasper Cabra, and Lian Silverio, comprise the exciting cast for this rock sarswela.

AURELIO SEDISYOSO is directed by CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado with Book and Lyrics by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson and Music by Joed Balsamo. Completing the rest of the artistic team are Denisa Reyes for Choreography, Toym Imao for Set Design, Katsch Catoy for Lighting Design, James Reyes for Costume Design, GA Fallarme for Projection Design, and TJ Ramos for Sound Design, with Barbie Tan-Tiongco for Technical Direction. Francis de Veyra of Radioactive Sago joins the team as Musical Arranger. 

AURELIO SEDISYOSO runs at the CCP Little Theater from September 1 – 17, 2017 with Friday shows at 8pm, Saturday shows at 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday shows at 3:00pm. Show buying opportunities and discounts are available through Lorelei Celestino at 0915 607 2275  

Tickets are available through TicketWorld at or 891 9999.

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