Monthly Archives: October 2014

Igniting integrity consciousness through films

In its ongoing campaign to promote a culture of integrity in the Philippines, Integrity Initiative, a private-sector led organization, held a two-day film festival that focused on integrity issues that affect our society.

The film fest aimed to raise awareness on ethical concerns and inspire change through the visual medium. It was intended to lead people to think on and reflect about the problems of our society and how it affects Filipinos across different sectors. Some of the films featured in the event were Titser, Last Supper #3, and Transit. Continue reading

Rep Phils to stage ‘Scrooge’ musical this Christmas

This Christmas, Repertory Philippines is reviving a classic to remind everyone of the true holiday spirit. Scrooge: A Family Musical will inspire viewers from November 21 to December 14 at the Onstage, Greenbelt 1 in Makati City, capping off Repertory’s 2014 calendar.

“I feel that in this generation, the spirit of Christmas is disappearing. It has become commercialized when we should be celebrating the birth of Christ. The spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving, loving, and generosity are all embodied in Scrooge more than any other script,” said director Baby Barredo, also Repertory Philippines’ co-founder and artistic director.

The timeless tale A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a staple in the theater scene during the Yuletide season, endearing families with the same message of sharing and forgiveness. Repertory Philippines has brought the story to stage for three times—all box office hits using different adaptations of the story. The fourth staging takes a cue from the book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.

The story follows the miserly life of banker Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey towards realizing the true spirit of Christmas through three ghosts: that of his past, present, and future. “Some people relate to the work-earn money thinking Scrooge has. In past productions, people approached us backstage, saying how guilty they felt. The story is an eye-opener. It’s the perfect Christmas show,” said Miguel Faustmann, who is playing the title role.

Faustmann expressed a mix of excitement and nervousness for his part. “My parents used to take me to Scrooge plays as a kid, and I dreamt of playing the role. Now I finally get to do it,” he said. In the past stagings, Faustmann has essayed the roles of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s deceased business partner, and Fezziwig, Scrooge’s jolly old boss. Alternating for the main character and also in his debut rendition of Scrooge is Chinggoy Alonzo.

With a nostalgic ensemble of 19th century London scenery and music, enlivened by a talented local cast, Scrooge is poised to bring out the holiday cheers out of every spectator — even the grumpiest one crying out, “Bah, humbug!

Judy Ann is A Proud Panatag Mom.

Artist or not, being a mom is a 24/7 job. It’s the most challenging role that any women can have. Ms. Judyann Santos-Agoncillo is not new to this role as she is a proud of being a Panatag Mom with Yohan and now she is a proud 100% PANATAG MOM to Lucho.The Lactum 3+ TV commercial in which Judy Ann and  Lucho appear tells the story of what Filipino moms like Judy Ann goes through for their child’s health and how she motivates her son to eat his meals. Continue reading

MRT Buyout Not The Solution

In a statement, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) said it is seeking a P53-billion appropriation under the 2015 national budget for the equity value buyout (EVBO) of the MRT Corp., which owns the MRT 3 system. I think Jun Abaya needs to talk to Fil-Estate Head, Roberto Sobrepeña so that they can work together to help fix the problems plaguing the MRT.

Instead of buying the MRT that they cannot properly if and when they would take over.Let the present MRT system be where it is. We have no choice but to continue its service even if it is defective. Use the Php 53 Billion appropriation to fix this MRT system, that will service more passengers, have better coaches, improve the terminal building and more routes. The present MRT needs to a better transportation system. Continue reading

The Search for the Everyday Alisto Kid with Tiger Biscuits


The challenge. It’s raining and school has just been let out. Classmates and neighbors Jun, Paul, and Tom need to get home but without umbrellas or raincoats, they’ll get wet in the rain. What to do? Jun begins to walk in the streets, not minding the rain pouring down his head. Paul, afraid to do anything, decides to stay in school and wait for the rain to stop. Tom, being alert, grabs some old tarpaulins and uses it to shield him and Paul from the rain. Can you spot the Alisto kid among them? Continue reading

Love to Share Healthy Living into the Kitchen



Technological advances have made food preparation a breeze. Our kitchens are filled with products that make food preparation and storage much easier and more convenient—but not necessarily healthier.

Recognizing that healthy living cannot be sacrificed in the name of convenience, Lock & Lock is using the wonders of science and technology to promote a healthy lifestyle while still allowing people to enjoy every day conveniences in their kitchens. Continue reading