The Philippines once again made its mark in the global entertainment scene as over 26,000 fans from across the globe gathered together for some explosive dance music performed by renowned local and international pop icons in this year’s biggest music event, the MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016.
Presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the one-night-only outdoor live music event, with the theme Can’t Stop Movin!, presented the amazing evolution of pop music and its dance influences. The Concert Grounds of SM Mall of Asia was basically on fire as fans danced, cheered and sang their hearts out on hit after hit of iconic and contemporary pop dance music.
World-renowned local artists, Mr. Pure Energy Gary V.and his son, Gab Valenciano opened up the stage with an intense set of performance. Filipino favourite teen love team, James Reid and Nadine Lustre followed, sending fans high above the love cloud with their kilig-filled performance.
American singer-songwriter, Bebe Rhexia also pumped up the stage with her hit songs including “Me, Myself and I” and “Broken Hearts”. Fans also went wild as A-Pink, one of Korea’s favorite K-pop idol female groups, flawlessly performed “Remember”, “Mr. Chu”, “Luv” and “No No No”. L.A. grown electronic dance trio Far East Movementgot everyone singing, dancing and jumping with their hit singles, “Like a G6” and “Rocketeer”. The headliner, prolific hit-maker, One Republic, wrapped up their performance of “Counting Stars”, “Apologize”, “Stop and Stare” and “Secret” with an explosion of fireworks.
It gets even better as the Philippines will also be highlighted in a global telecast reaching an international audience of more than three-quarters of a billion households in over 160 countries under the MTV World Stage global series.
Only on its second year, MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 proved once again that the Philippines is not only a premier global destination for arts and culture and leisure and adventure, but is also one of the world’s top destinations for world-class entertainment.
ALERONis mounting an experiential concert entitled “Under the Olive Tree”, to be held in two venues at the end of the month. The concert will focus on themes of war and peace, and will showcase works by both international and local composers.
The choir will stage the production on May 28th at the 2nd Floor Glorietta 5 merchant space, and on May 29th at the newly constructed Basilica de San Ignacio on Arzobispo St. in Intramuros. The shows will be at 8:00 PM and will be led by a guest conductor, Dr. Eudenice Palaruan, an esteemed choral pedagogue. These performances will be his last in the country before moving to Singapore to pursue a new teaching position.
The concert will include commentaries on the pieces, and these aim to provoke the minds of the audience. These include short play features that elaborate on the messages of the music. ALERON intends to reach a wider audience and to bring a new appreciation for choral music through this different concert presentation. For ticket inquiries and reservations, contact email@example.com or +639199132006.
ALERON is led by Christopher Amado Ong Arceo as ensemble director, and is a Philippinebased all-male choir geared towards exploring and broadening the male soundscape. It first came into existence in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club, and continues today composed of male choristers from diverse backgrounds.
ALERON’s accomplishments include an Overall Winner distinction in the 31st Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest held in Takarazuka, Japan in July 2015, a Grand Prize distinction in the 10th Busan Choral Festival and Competition held in Busan, South Korea in October 2014, and a First Prize distinction in the Vocal Ensemble category of the 1st Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival held in Manila in August 2013. The group also represented the Philippines as guest choir in the 1st International Federation for Choral Music World Choral EXPO held in November 2015, in Macau, China.
BOAC, MARINDUQUE—Symphonies are due to wake the sleepy town of Boac, Marinduque as the city holds its third “Musika sa Isla,” the country’s only classical music festival, on May 18, 19, and 21. Premier musicians from Asia are gracing the three-day event.
“Musika sa Isla” gathers a diverse roster of musical talents, ranging from pianists to seasoned singers. This year, Franz Chen of Indonesia and Tomoyo Kobayashi from Japan are playing the piano. Japan’s Kazuki Yamamoto is the festival’s lone violinist, while Ivan Jenzer is representing the Philippines on the cello. Filipino soprano singer Arlene Escultero and baritone singer Joseleo Logdat are joining as well.
The festival will take place in the capital’s storied attractions. On May 18, the International Concert starts at 6 p.m. at the St. Raphael Parish. On May 19, the Grand Gala starts at 6 p.m. at the Boac covered court. Watch out for the additional concert on May 21 at the Moriones Arena and Park.
But the better news is, good music is finally affordable. Tickets sell for P200 for each event; students even get 50% off for one.
“Musika sa Isla” is set in the quaint but bustling city of Boac in Marinduque province. The heart-shaped island takes pride in its scenic landscape, rustic charm, and other natural wonders. Its near zero-crime crate and impressive agri-based economy are attracting curious wanderers as Marinduque poises itself as a budding tourist destination. Once dubbed as the country’s “forgotten paradise,” it’s time for us to remember the beauty we’ve always had, the beauty we need to recognize. An easy bus trip away, JAC Liner even includes the RORO pass with their advanced reservations now available online.
The third annual classical music festival is supported by AGREA Philippines, a local social enterprise that hopes to revitalize agriculture in the island of Marinduque.
Steinway Boutique Manila, in partnership with BDO Private Bank, is proud to present the 3rd Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition where young pianists aged 17 and below gather in an evening of music. This year, the Philippines sees six young national finalists: Hansel Harel Ang, Irene Lee, and Andrea Bernadette Verzosa for Category 2 (ages 12 to 14); and Jet Stephen Chong, Carlos Raphael Cornelio, and Moriah Ongchoco for Category 3 (ages 15 to 17).
After the evening’s performances, only one will be selected by a panel of internationally acclaimed judges as the Philippine representative to the Steinway Regional Finals Asia Pacific, and will be hailed as the grand prize winner. From there, the winner will further compete with the representatives of participating countries—Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore,South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam—for a spot at the International Steinway Festival in Hamburg, Germany.
Nathan John Torento, national winner of the 2014 Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition says, “I am greatly thankful to Steinway for providing us young pianists and our families with such wonderful opportunities.The Steinway Youth Piano Competition was truly a life-changing and eye-opening experience for me; not only was I able to join a real international competition for the first time, but I was also able to make a whole new set of friends … I cannot express how grateful I am to have been part of this competition.”
The International Steinway Festivalwas created in 1987 and is now being held every two years in Hamburg, where Steinway & Sons pianos are built. The festival was envisioned as a non-competitive concert that celebrates musical excellence, the fostering of musical community, and the nurturing of young pianists in the formative stages of their careers.
The 3rd Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition will be held on May 21, 2016 (Saturday), 6 pm, at the BDO Francisco Santiago Hall, Mezzanine Floor, BDO Corporate Center, South Tower, 7899 Makati Avenue, Makati City. Tickets are available at Steinway Boutique Manila, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. For inquiries, you may call +632 892 7508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Steinway Boutique Manila
Steinway Boutique Manila is the exclusive dealer of Steinway & Sons pianos in the Philippines. Located at the ground level of the 6750 Retail Arcade, Ayala Avenue, Makati City, the Steinway Boutique Manila presents a collection of Steinway & Sons pianos, including Steinway-designed Boston and Essex.
The Single/Single cast (L-R) Anna Luna, Shaina Magdayao, Matteo Guidicelli, Cherie Gil and Brian Sy.
Cinema One and PhilStar TV’s breakthrough series, Single/Single returns for another season with leveled up comedy, kilig and relevance for today’s millennial audiences.
Watch the premiere episode of Single/Single Season 2 this Sunday, May 15, 10PM on Cinema One and catch up with your favorite Single/Single characters who will be facing new issues, dilemmas and challenges as they forge ahead, learning “#HowToAdult” in a complicated digital world.
Find out what happens to the characters of Matteo Guidicelli and Shaina Magdayao – Joey and Joee – who are now living separately and moving forward from a romance that didn’t quite work out. Tita Bianca, Joey’s foxy mom, portrayed by veteran actress, Cherie Gil, returns fresh from New York and with a new flame in tow. Rounding up the gang are Ranee, played by Cinema One Originals actress Anna Luna, and Benny, played by theater actor Brian Sy, whose individual entanglements are equally interesting and engaging.
The premiere episode promises to be exciting with hilarious catch-ups and awkward one-on-ones among the characters as they go “glamping” to celebrate Joey’s birthday.
For the whole Single/Single Season 2, expect quality entertainment that raises issues and themes worthy of a discourse. Beyond comedy and romance, Single/Single tackles quarter-life crises, the importance of managing finances, planning a career path and maintaining work-life balance – matters that are truly relevant for today’s urban millennials.
Don’t miss out on the premiere of Single/Single Season 2! The show will air every Sunday 10PM on Cinema One with replays on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9PM. For more updates, visit facebook.com/SingleSingleC1 and @SingleSingleC1 on Twitter and Instagram. You can also watch the first season of Single/Single at PhilstarTV.com.
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