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Ed Maguiat: The man behind the UP Singing Ambassadors

Under his baton, UPSA and UP Serenata will hold a back-to-back concert in Cebu this June WITH a wave of Dr. Ed Manguiat’s hands, the UP Serenata—the University of the Philippines Cebu’s official choral group—sang “Ride the Chariot” seamlessly, their soulful voices filling the room. It had only been a dream of multiawarded conductor Dr. […]

Posted: May 18th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

New dining experience awaits at the Pyramid

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Dining in a restaurant with a great view is a quintessential experience. It isn’t enough to satiate the taste buds, but it also has to find its way to the heart, through the eyes. The Pyramid aims to do just that, in a way that doesn’t hurt the pocket. Unlike any other restaurants in the […]

Posted: May 17th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Blithe spirits

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THE BACKSTAGE did not look like the backstage I used to intrude when I was 17. You know it very well, too: crew members hollering, rushing through the doors to the makeup department for time check while hamburger wrappers scattered on the stairwell. It was rather a breathable space for anyone who should be rightly […]

Posted: May 16th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye: Falling in love with poetry

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ONE beautiful thing about writing poetry is finding the right words to relive a moment over and over again. The experience becomes even bigger when the poet gets to perform his (or her) piece before a live audience around the world, reaching out and sharing his passion to as many people as possible. This is […]

Posted: May 15th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

‘Dear Other Self’ Tackles Making Life Choices

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AFTER the box-office success of her film “Achy Breaky Hearts” last year, actress Jodi Sta. Maria headlines another Star Cinema movie, breathing life into another character that deals with issues everyone can relate to. “Dear Other Self” directed by Veronica Velasco is about a woman named Becky (played by Jodi) who takes on a journey […]

Posted: May 15th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Carol Ballesteros: Like a mother does

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Among all her accolades, Caroline Ballesteros considers being a mother her greatest feat. Her expertise in public speaking and hosting, branding, events planning and corporate and government relations doesn’t come close to how selfless and brave she has become as a mother of six. It was on a hump day Wednesday, when the Play! pool […]

Posted: May 13th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

The dance of love

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Something this good is worth the wait! Or at least finding its entrance as you wind your way through the back streets of Lapu-Lapu City to the unpretentious entrance of Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, which to me is Cebu’s best five-star beach property located on Mactan Island. But … shhhh … it’s a secret […]

Posted: May 12th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Presenting Cebu’s Mother of Cacao

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JUST like the legend of Maria Cacao, believed to be the queen of cacao forest who traveled all over the world on a magical ship, Raquel Choa’s incredible story about her discovery of cacao in the remote hills of Balamban has been fascinating chocolate aficionados. Her continuing successful pursuits as tablea maker and is now […]

Posted: May 12th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Cebu Clergy Performing Artists celebrate 15th anniversary with concert

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SPREADING the gospel need not be confined within the corners of the church. The Cebu Clergy Performing Artists (CCPA) have found the stage as an extension to their vocation; stepping down from the pulpit once in a while to talk about God’s teachings through songs. Composed of Frs. Rudy Ibale, MSC, Joselito Gutierrez, Zachary Zacharias, […]

Posted: May 12th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Terrifying thriller

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Run as fast as you can. Run until you no longer have breath in your lungs and your chest feels as if an elephant has stomped all over it. Then run faster — as if your very life depended on it. And it does for the woeful pilgrims in “Alien: Covenant,” the second of Sir […]

Posted: May 11th, 2017 in Life | Read More »