On Valentine’s Day Thursday, civic-minded celebrities, including media men, will spend time to cheer up cancer-stricken children at the Tahan-Tahanan facility of East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City.
The special program is part of the second year anniversary celebration of Tahan-Tahanan—a halfway home for pediatric cancer patients from 0 to 20 years old who live in far-flung areas outside Metro Manila.
Comedienne Beverly Salviejo, newshen Barbie Atienza and civic leader Stauro Punongbayan of the Rotary Club of Midtown Diliman will cohost the event.
Among the media guests are the Inquirer’s Fe Zamora and Mandy Navasero, GMA 7’s Kara David, TV5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdez and Niki Soriano of ABS-CBN Film Productions.
Artist Simkin de Pio will conduct a simple sketching art activity for the sick children.
Other celebrities expected to attend are last year’s Bb. Pilipinas 2nd runner-up Ali Forbes, 2001 Bb. Pilipinas International Maricarl C. Tolosa, singer Christine Ledesma, model Nicole Donesa and 2012 Cinema One Originals best actor awardee Alex Vincent Medina (veteran actor Pen Medina’s son).
Tahan-Tahanan is being supported by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Kapisanan ng May K sa Pilipinas (KMKP) and volunteers from all walks of life—the academe, artists, social workers and housewives, among others.
Cliff Richard in Manila
British pop singer Cliff Richard will celebrate with his fans in Manila on Feb. 28 at Araneta Coliseum.
Cliff will croon his popular love songs “Ocean Deep,” “Suddenly,” “Can’t Keep This Feeling In,” “Daddy’s Home,” “Devil Woman,” and earlier hits “Constantly,” “The Young Ones,” “Summer Holiday,” and “Do You Wanna Dance,” among others.
He is the biggest-selling singles artist in the United Kingdom with 123 single hits. He has also conceived and starred in the stage musical “Heathcliff” (written by Sir Tim Rice and Australian John Farrar), which played to audiences of more than half a million.
The “Cliff Richard: Still Reelin’ and A-Rockin’—Live in Manila 2013” concert tour is brought by Wilbros Live. For more details, call 3742222 or book online at www.ticketnet.com.ph or call 9115555.
‘Boeing Boeing’ on stage
Repertory Philippines’ 46th season opens with three gorgeous international flight attendants in “Boeing Boeing.”
Giannina Ocampo is lovely as the Sophia Loren-ish Italian Gabriella, Carla Dunareanu is outlandish as the über German Gretchen and Jen Bianco is lusty as the American Gloria.
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for best revival of a play, “Boeing Boeing” (by Marc Camoletti and translated from the original ’60s-set French play by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans) is directed by Miguel Faustmann.
“Boeing Boeing” is showing on Feb. 16, 8 p.m., at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi Streets, Makati City. For more details, call 0932-8885688. Ticket prices at P1,000, P800 and P500.
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Theater fans may very well know Siam’s King Mongkut for his controversial reign and relationship with English governess Anna Leonowens. But there is much more to know about the man that today’s Thais regard as the Father of Science and Technology.
He was portrayed in films by legendary and bareheaded Oscar winner Yul Brynner in 1956, and Chinese A-lister Chow Yun-Fat in 1999.
On the home front, critically acclaimed thespian Leo Valdez reintroduced us to King Mongkut in Resorts World Manila’s production of “The King and I” last year.
This year, 2012 Aliw best male concert performer awardee Bo Cerrudo and multi-awarded TV and stage veteran Nonie Buencamino alternate for the feisty ruler’s character.
Catch “The King and I” at Resorts World Manila this weekend. For details, call Archie Nicasio at 0917-8728737 or 8366000 local 7839.