Monthly Archives: June 2014


Set on a beach in Southern California, “Flipzoids” is a funny and highly moving story about three Filipino immigrants in America navigating through the shifting landscape of home, desire, loneliness and belonging. The play examines what it means to be an outsider, to be Filipino and/or American, to be a hybrid.

Redford arrived in America from the Philippines as a child and spends his time in public restrooms in search of relationships to fill a void in his identity. Instead, he finds connection through a chance meeting with Aying, an older Filipina on a beach. It is through Aying that Redford discovers his culture.

Aying’s daughter, Vangie, is a nurse who holds all of American culture in a tight embrace and who diligently memorizes the dictionary to sound smarter – more American. She is in awe of the glamour of upscale shopping malls and wants so badly to blend in…to “melt into the soup,” in an attempt to forget about her past in the Philippines.

Aying, Vangie’s mother, struggles with understanding a daughter to whom she has become an embarrassment. Aying refuses to relinquish any of the culture and tradition of their homeland. She is a story teller who clings to traditions and rituals, laughs heartily and cares deeply while imparting bits of wisdom through her folk tales. Aying is the link between Vangie and Redford and their shared cultural memory. Together, they search to understand their identity in their new American world.
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Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, Artistic Director for Playwrights’ Arena in Hollywood, CA. This award-winning theatrical work is brought to life by a trio of outstanding performers:
Becca Godinez, Ellen D. Williams and Maxwel Corpuz

FLIPZOIDS received its world premiere on October 4, 1996 by Ma-Yi Theater Company, Ralph B. Peña, Artistic Director, Jorge Z. Ortoll, Executive Director.




Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks, Broadway Entertainment Group, and Ovation Productions will present the first International Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in celebration of the production’s 20th anniversary.

The tour will play in markets to include Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The musical, which will reunite the original Broadway creative, will be seen for the first time in these territories. For Manila, Beauty and the Beast will be handled by veteran concert promoter Renen de Guia of Ovation Productions which is, coincidentally, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Venue is the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) main theater and dates are in January 2015. Continue reading

Gutz On E On A Winning Streak

For the second consecutive week, E!’s first Asian reality show It Takes GUTZ to be a Gutierrez broke ratings records, giving another strong performance in the Philippines. Kantar Media reported that the second episode aired on June 8 nearly doubled the number of total viewers since its premiere.  Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Grey’ First Look: Meet Christian Grey

50 shadesThe first photo was posted on the Fifty Shades Facebook page on Wednesday with a message that read: “Happy Birthday Christian Grey #FiftyShades.”

Is this smoldering enough for you? Here’s your first look at Jamie Dornan as his sexy Fifty Shades of Grey character, Christian Grey.

Like in the wildly popular E.L. James novel, the 20-something billionaire looks to be behind the wheel of a fancy car while wearing a sexy leather jacket.

If you’re unfamiliar with the erotic novel-turned-movie, it started as Twilight fan fiction. The story follows literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) as she falls for the handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey who leads her into the world of S&M.

Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters Feb. 13, 2015. What do you think of this first photo? Is Christian Grey what you pictured?

Basta Everyday Happy

True to its promise of providing superior and all-out entertainment to its viewers, GMA Network gives happiness an all-new meaning through the newest morning talk/variety program Basta Every Day Happy.

As GMA Network constantly seeks to spread positive vibes to every Filipino household, it brings to Kapuso viewers a morning show that will encourage everyone to take an active step in making one’s self happy through the simple pleasures of life to consequently affect someone else’s happiness.

Showcasing the Filipinos’ unique trait of being naturally cheerful, Basta Every Day Happy presents happiness found in various forms. It can be as simple as stumbling upon a hilarious Instagram or YouTube post, an amazing food discovery, completing one’s bucket list, or a deed of paying it forward that will make someone else happy. Continue reading