Life is a stage where you can choose to perform a drama, comedy or musical. Add a fantabulous set backdrop and elaborate costume designs, and the stage is ready to be the setting of life’s screenplay.

Needless to stay, my play would be filled with costume changes, moving set backdrops and dramatic lighting. The performance would be an entertaining lip-sync musical with lots of witty punch lines. It would also have giveaways for all the guests and an after party on Gala Night. Guests would be requested to come in drag-queen costumes with exaggerated makeup and feathery false eyelashes.

After watching the press night of M Butterfly at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater at BGC, I would like my play to have all the elements present just like in this production. The Gala Night was amazing as guests got their “Oscars” walk down the red carpet, and also enjoyed the photo gallery display of top photographers whose framed artworks are up for auction with all proceeds earmarked for charity. Some of the photographers include Patrick Uy, Wig Tysmans, BJ Pascual, Raymund Isaac, Mandy Navasero and Manny Librodo. Master photographer Jun de Leon chose to take lead actor RS Francisco underwater for his photo.

3 Time Aliw Awardee for Best Actress Pinky Amador celebrates her 35th year in the business as “Helga” the legal wife in M Butterfly. Directed by Kanakan-Balintagos, M Butterfly is played by RS Francisco and also stars Olivier Borten, Lee O’Brian, Norman McLeod, Mayen Estañero, Maya Encila and Rica Nepomuceno. Tickets are available at TicketWorld and runs until September 30.

The exciting night continued at Nectar Bar just across for the Sea Princess Drag Queen birthday bash. Nectar Bar owner Dan Lichauco and POISON Party promoters Paulo Castro, Mike Lavarez  hosted the extremely fun party complete with a lip-syncing contest and stage dancers. Many were incredibly dressed in drag that they were almost unrecognizable. They went home with prizes from FILA, Watsons, Wilcon Depot and Assembly.

We jointly celebrated my birthday with our eldest son Bryan Prieto who turned 33 that evening. At the party, some of the cast of the Red Turnip Theater joined the fun after their rehearsals for A Doll’s House Part 2, their newest production. They invited all to their show also at Maybank Theater.

Music plays a viral role in any event. I got my fill of jazz music at the recent fun evening of Jazz Beyond the Blues. I opened the door to an electrifying performance, with wit and humor, by Australian saxophonist Serge Le Goueff.

Gifted with a voice like legendary jazz queen Ella Fitzgerald, Rani Singam performed shortly after alongside guitarist Andrew Lim. Guest of honor and Singapore Ambassador Kok Li Peng was proud to bring into the country these artists who are both Singaporeans.

The show concluded with dynamic trio singers, Bituin Escalante, Michael Williams and Nicole Asensio. They totally entertained the audience with their jazzy take on modern hits.

Produced by Jean Goulbourn, the concert aimed to raise funds for Natasha Goulbourn Foundation’s scholarships for Psychology majors. The show reached the SRO level quickly, with friends going to Jean and pledging P100,000 per scholar annually.

It was an evening to recognize NGF’s movers, influencers and inspiration. Among the awardees were Bro. Armin Luistro, for paving the way for NGF’s Wellness Emotional Resilience in partnership with DepEd, which impacts 18 million children, Dr. Ricardo Soler, who helped start NGF, Chiqui Roa Puno and Dr. Ed Tolentino, both movers of Hopeline’s biggest supporter MHAct, Yoly Crisanto, SVP for Corporate Communications of Globe, and lastly, Ernie Lopez, for his holistic understanding to life.

A heady combination of fine art, luxury handbags, and the finest champagne came together last September 10 at the Conservatory of The Peninsula Manila. That was one special evening, an exclusive dinner and private viewing hosted by Salcedo Auctions on the eve of the vernissage of their highly anticipated auction event, “The Well-Appointed Life,” presented in partnership with Louis Vuitton and Dom Pérignon.

Guests were treated to a visual and gustatory feast as Louis Vuitton showcased its “Exotic Leather Collection,” while Salcedo Auctions put together a display of the highlight pieces of its “Important Philippine Art” auction to be held at the Rigodon Ballroom on September 22 at 2pm. Dom Pérignon vintages 2009 and 2006 were paired with a menu specially curated by executive chef Allan Briones of The Peninsula’s Old Manila.

Taking center stage was the historic boceto of Juan Luna’s “Spoliarium.” Other notable works included paintings by Félix Resurreccion Hidalgo, a pair of rare tipos del pais by Felix Martinez, two “Golden Period” paintings by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo from the 1920s, and National Artist BenCab’s “La Familia.” Also on hand were Mauro Malang Santos’ “Carroza,” Romulo Olazo’s “Diaphanous Anthuriums No. 76,” H.R. Ocampo’s “Cantata for Lourdes and Revelation,” and National Artist Jose Joya’s “Two Faces of Villafernandina,” “Fire Lake,” “White Symbol,” and other master works by Philippine National Artists. Contemporary Philippine art included works by Elmer Borlongan, Ronald Ventura, Rodel Tapaya, and Mark Justiniani.

The Boceto of Juan Luna’s Spolarium with Rhea Aguirre, Karen Lerma, Olga Azarcon and Richie Lerma

If this sneak peek is any indication, “The Well-Appointed Life” by Salcedo Auctions should definitely be on the calendar of everyone who appreciates the better things in life.

 

 

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