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TV5-MMDA Traffic Navigator wins at Boomerang Awards

 The Traffic Navigator (TNAV), , powered by TV5 and MMDA, bagged the Bronze Boomerang for Innovation at the 2011 Boomerang Awards organized by the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) last August 18 less than two months following the release of TNAV’s public beta version on June 29 Continue reading


“Do you wanna have fun? A few laughs ? And a good time ? “


Prepare yourselves as the spirit of the 60’s set in a night club in Manhattan will come to life this coming August as 9 Works Theatrical proudly presents Broadway’s most sensational spectacle and critically-acclaimed dance comedy musical  “SWEET CHARITY.”


Like vintage champagne, “SWEET CHARITY” shall pop its cork to become one of the bubbliest, frothiest and happiest musical treats Manila will experience.


“ SWEET CHARITY ” (book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse whose name is synonymous to “ All That Jazz,” and “ Chicago”) is about a taxi dancer’s adventures and misadventures in the ways of love and who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man.


“ SWEET CHARITY ” was originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse when it premiered on Broadway in 1966. With over 600 performances, the production won the Tony Award for Best Choreography in the same year before opening in London a year later. A 1969 film version starred Shirley MacLaine. A Broadway revival in 2005 featured Christine Applegate.

Giving life to the different characters in “ SWEET CHARITY ” that promises a lot of zip, zest and real energy are a mix of the country’s well-seasoned actors and talented young artists in the field of entertainment and dance.

As the lead character, Charity Hope Valentine is a kooky, feisty, punchy and a bubbly dance hall hostess in New York who has been used and dumped by a succession of distinctly uncharitable men, but who hasn’t stopped hoping for a happy ending. With her “loveable childlike” persona, Charity embodies the hopelessly gullible and sentimental woman who will sing and dance with her dancehall posse.  Audiences can expect the unexpected as she unleashes her dynamite – legs, frills, lipstick, and a performance that will be full of vitality, pathos and verve.

Playing the role of Charity is Nikki Gil, who was an ingénue eight years ago when she first appeared in a soft drink commercial and rose to fame as she honed her talents in song and dance. As a mainstay host and artist of “ASAP Live ” on ABS-CBN, Nikki’s foray into theatre included a lead role as Elle Woods in the local production of the musical “ Legally Blonde ” produced in 2010.

Kris Lawrence plays Oscar Lindquist, a claustrophobic, wimpy nervous man who Charity befriends in a stalled elevator. A neurotic tax accountant by profession, hopefully, he shall give Sweet Charity the love she has longed for. From winning a local singing talent search a few years back, Kris has become one of the young breed of soul artists and has recently released his album “Moments of Love.”  His regular TV show is on GMA-7’s “Party Pilipinas.” Landing a role in “Sweet Charity” is a dream come true.


Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Nickie, the well-worn dance hostess and Ciara Sotto-Oconer as Helene will play the roles of Sweet Charity’s  closest confidantes at the Fandango Ballroom, a seedy dance hall where they’re employed as unabashed hostesses.


Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, who is one of the leading ladies of Philippine theatre today has appeared in various productions here and abroad which include Hong Kong Disneyland’s “The Golden Mickeys,” “Cinderella”, and 9 Works Theatrical’s hit show, “The Wedding Singer” as Julia Guglia.












Ciara Sotto-Oconer is one of the country’s top-rated artists. Her recent role as Mimi in the 9 Works production of “ RENT ” last February marked her stamp as a stalwart both in acting and dancing.


Sheree Vidal-Bautista plays Carmen, one of Charity’s co-dancers. A TV personality who ventured into the musical theatre scene, her role as Mimi in the recently-concluded rock musical “ RENT ” has proven that indeed, her musical artistry was well-received by the press and audiences alike.


Miguel Faustmann plays Herman, the authoritarian owner of the Fandango Ballroom and Charity’s boss. As Philippine theatre’s well-respected ‘man for all seasons,’ Miguel’s roster of roles he has portrayed for over 20 years in Repertory Philippines’ various productions firmly attests his stature as the ‘consummate artist.’


OJ Mariano plays the dual role of Vittorio Vidal, the charming, egotistical and confident Italian film star Vittorio Vidal; and  Daddy Johann Sebastian Brubeck, the enigmatic leader of the Rhythm of Life Church. Originally a singer and concert performer, OJ’s luck came into a streak when he bagged the coveted role as Tom Collins in “RENT” last Febuary 2010. His highly-acclaimed moving performance prompted 9 Works Theatrical to cast him again for the same role in the re-runs of “RENT” last December 2010 and February 2011.


Tasy Garrucha plays Ursala March, the melodramatic actress and Vittorio’s girlfriend. She is one of the rising stars of Philippine theater with her star turn as Zafira in Dulaang UP’s Orosman at Zafira as well as being a performer in Resorts World’s KAOS.
















Joining the ensemble are a mix and match of seasoned talents as well as up and coming actors in the industry. Notable actresses include Caisa Borromeo who returns to 9 Works Theatrical for this production of Sweet Charity after her critically acclaimed performance in Little Women, singer-actress and Party Pilipinas blocking director Chinie Nepomuceno, and prima dancers Vinia Pamplona and Carmelle Ros as dancehall hostesses opposite Charity, as well as theater veteran Topper Fabregas, Job Bautista who was last seen as Angel in 9 Works Theatrical’s RENT, Francis Matheu, Anthony Tarrosa Ong, Peter Alcedo and Chai Relucio.


The artistic team of “ SWEET CHARITY ” is led by Director Robbie Guevara, Assistant Director Lorenz Martinez, Joseph Tolentino, Musical Director (Band), Mio Infante, Scenographer; Martin Esteva, Lighting Designer;  Mio Infante and Hanna de los Reyes as Costume Designers.


The “ SWEET CHARITY ” production team is composed of: Santi Santamaria, executive producer; Anna Santamaria, company manager; Toff de Venecia, Marketing & PR Director; Toots Tolentino, PR Consultant; Jonjon Martin, PR Manager; Sunshine Domine, Production Manager; and Aries Alcayaga, Stage Manager.


“ SWEET CHARITY ” will open on August 5 and will perform all weekends at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. A limited number of performances are NOW available for fundraising and block-buying. Please call 557-5860, 586-7105 or 0917-5545560 or email for more info.


“ SWEET CHARITY” is presented by 9 Works Theatrical. Major Partners include The Rockwell Club; and Member’s Only Bar and Lounge as Participating Partner.


“ SWEET CHARITY ” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019 Tel.: (212) 541-4684 •

TV5’s Cheryl Cosim is now the Ambassador for Plan’s Health and Child Protection programs

Plan International is proud to announce that TV5’s Cheryl Cosim is now the Ambassador for Plan’s Health and Child Protection programs.

The program on Health, called Batang Lusog (Healthy Child) addresses rights violations in health, water and environmental sanitation.

Cosim has been invited to be Plan’s Program ambassador because of her advocacies on health and child protection.

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Win a Shopping Spree from the Regatta Getaways Photo Contest

What was the best vacation you’ve ever been on?

Start browsing through your photo gallery because your vacation photos might help you win awesome prizes from one of the Philippines’ top clothing brands.

The country’s most fashionable leisure wear clothing brand is holding a photo contest called Regatta Getaways and everyone is invited to send their best photos from their holiday getaway to

Only emailed photos are eligible for the contest, so you should email your submissions instead of uploading them on Facebook.

Include your full name and your Facebook account name, home address, email, and contact number with your submission. Each person may submit up to three entries, and each photo must have a title and a caption of 100 – words or less about what made your vacation memorable. You have to be part of the photo you are going to submit.

Make sure you have the most creative caption and photo for a chance to win Regatta gift certificates worth P 10,000, P 7,000, and P 3,000!

Your photos will be posted on the Regatta Fan Page on Facebook, and you have to be a fan of the Regatta page on Facebook in order to join the contest. Only your name, the title of your photo, and the caption will appear in the post with your photo submission. The top 3 entries with the most number of ŒLIKE¹s will win, so be sure to pick the most creative photo from your holiday! Whether it¹s a photo of a fun summer at a beach with your friends or a photo of yourself exploring the cultural attractions of other countries, send it to us and you might win a shopping spree at Regatta!

And there¹s more: voters also get a chance to win prizes! Those who voted for the winning entries will be eligible to join the raffle for Regatta gift certificates worth P 2,000.

Any Filipino resident can join the contest, and it doesn¹t matter what kind of camera you have. Whether it¹s a point and shoot or a DSLR, as long as it¹s a fantastic photo of your vacation, you have a chance to win!

The Regatta Getaways Photo Contest is open until December 31, 2010. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please refer to the Regatta Facebook Fan Page