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Yeng Constantino spreads love on V-Day
Singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino would rather give love than ask for it.

“I am not a frugal lover,” the 24-year-old said in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“I think I love radically.  I love that much.”

For the “Pinoy Dream Academy” Season 1 champion, love is something that overflows from within—a feeling of completeness when a person is with a loved one.

She added: “When love overflows  it spreads like wild fire … not just to that special someone but to everyone around us and in everything that we do … love changes us.”

Yeng said she never had a real boyfriend, only a mutual understanding with some “special persons” before.

She admitted she had no special someone with whom to spend this Valentine’s Day. It will be another working day for Yeng, who will be one of the many artists featured in “Kontrakultura 2: Marked for Love, Marked for Destiny” show at the annual University of the Philippines Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. at UP Diliman Sunken Garden.

Joining Yeng in the concert are Freestyle, Quest, Joey Generoso of Side A, Karylle, Barbie Almabis and Sabado Boys Luke Mejares, Jimmy Bondoc, DJ Myle and Paolo Santos.

For tickets, contact Jan at 0905-6899946. Jodee Agoncillo

Valentine week at Resorts World

Resorts World Manila celebrates Valentine Week from Feb. 11 to 17 with its guests by offering the most sought-after names in the local music industry today.

The week kicks off today with “Parade of Cupids,” and performances from “Pinoy Pop Superstar” winner Gerald Santos, a showdown between violinist Jay Cayuca and one-man orchestra Bryson Andres, the Class of Six Band, and “X-Factor” finalist Daddy’s Home.

Other performers on the slate for the  week-long revelry are “Kanta Pilipinas” Batch 1 stars Allan, Timmy, and Jen; Paolo Santos, Deep Projek Band, Princess Velasco, “Talentadong Pinoy” finalist Rhyzza Kafilas, Jennifer Blair Bianco, Jay Durias, Lougee, “Kanta Pilipinas” Batch 2 stars Chad, Karlo, and Pia; “The King And I” lead star and 2012 Aliw Awards winner Bo Cerrudo, Danita Paner, “chillectro” pioneers Techy Romantics, Luke Mejares, and Lea Patricio.

Call (632) 836-6333 or visit www.rwmanila.com for more details.

Manila Pen theater package

From Feb. 1 to March 3, The Peninsula Manila is offering the “They’re Playing Our Song” Valentine’s Room Package. This room-musical theater package includes highlights such as singing pageboys, tickets for two to the “They’re Playing Our Song” musical at the Rizal Commercial Banking Center (RCBC) Carlos P. Romulo Theater, a meet-and-greet with the cast, round-trip Mercedes Benz limousine transfers, a three-course dinner for two at Old Manila with a glass of champagne and bouquet of flowers, among many other romantic treats.

“They’re Playing Our Song” is the love story of an award-winning, strait-laced composer who falls for a quirky, aspiring lyricist. Based on the real-life love story of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer-Sager, this romantic musical written by Neil Simon, stars Nikki Gil and Lorenz Martinez and is produced by 9Works Theatrical.

ALV shows

ALV Talent Circuit’s premiere talents celebrate Valentine’s Day with their own series of concerts and special shows.

Pop diva Kuh Ledesma top-bills “Love Matters” with special guests Jose Mari Chan and Kris Lawrence on Feb. 14 at the Crimson Hotel in Filinvest City, Alabang.

She will also be doing her mall show series, “Kuh By Special Arrangement” (which started at the Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro on Feb. 9) at Harbor Point, Subic Bay (Feb. 13), Abreeza Mall, Davao (Feb. 15) and Marquee Mall, Activity Center, Pampanga (Feb. 17).

On Feb. 16, she will perform in Lanao del Norte with daughter Isabella.

Geneva Cruz performs with Jeffrey Hidalgo and Kelsey Adams on Feb. 14 at the Eastwood Mall, and on Feb. 15 at McKinley, Fort Bonifacio.

Jessa Zaragoza will have a special Valentine’s Day show at the Ciriako Hotel in Calbayog, Samar on Feb. 14.

It’s an all-star shebang for “Love Is in the Air,” slated Feb. 14 at the Ayala Triangle, featuring Iya Villania, Isabella Gonzales, Denise Laurel, theater artists Shiela Valderrama and Lorenz Martinez, Fil-European singing champ Vincent Bueno and Cookies and Cream, the dance/novelty act comprised of Philippine Volcanoes members Andrew Wolff, Chris Everingham and Eric Tai.

Poppin Jazz at Merk’s

Valentine treats at Merk’s Place kicks off today with “Poppin Jazz,” a show featuring Emcy Corteza, Tek Faustino and brother Ding.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), sing your favorite love songs and do a free-wheeling expression of love in a sing-along poetry.

On Feb. 13, “Save Your Heart for Me” features Richard Merk and Friends, with Corteza, and Ferdie Topacio, among others.

Valentine’s Day itself will feature Merk, Topacio and Jeannie Tiongco  in “My Cherie Amour.”

Merk’s Place is located at 2nd floor Colbella Arcade, 910 Pasay Road, Makati City. Call 547-3146 or 0935-4871830.

‘D Wonder Twins of Boac’
Award-winning Filipino playwright Rody Vera retells “Twelfth Night,” William Shakespeare’s comedy of errors in the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) ongoing comedy-musical, “D Wonder Twins of Boac.”

Shakespeare’s ancient Illyria and the ’60s rock ’n’ roll era in Manila seem to lack similarities, but the fact that Vera is able to do a fitting adaptation only proves the universality of Shakespeare’s work as it resonates in another time.

The show features Cris Villonco, Chrome Cosio, Bodjie Pascua, Lex Marcos, Shamaine Buencamino, and Gail Billones, among others.

The play’s music is by Peta’s young composer-arranger Jeff Hernandez, with choreography by Peta senior member Carlon Matobato, set design actor-designer Lex Marcos, costumes by New York-based  Filipino designer John Abul, with lighting by seasoned Peta designer Jon Jon Villareal.

Other play dates: Feb. 15 to 17, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Feb. 22 and 24, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Feb. 23, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; March 1 to 2, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; March 3, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Ticket prices are P800 for VIP and P600 for regular admission. Call 891-9999, 725-6244, 0917-5765400, www.ticketworld.com.ph or email petatheater@gmail.com.

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