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Going blind anew for ‘The Voice 2’

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And here we go again! My fellow coaches—Apl.de.ap, Bamboo, and Sarah Geronimo—and I just concluded another round of Blind Auditions for “The Voice of the Philippines.”

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‘Musikal!’ marks CCP’s 45th anniversary

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THE AUTHOR (left) snaps a selfie with other theater artists, led by Isay Alvarez-Seña (center) and Robert Seña (right), on the main theater stage.

What a treat! What a feast for the eyes and ears! And what a privilege it was to share a space with so many of our most talented musical-theater performers, gathered in one venue for one very special presentation.

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Hard to watch is good

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MICHAEL Williams and Agot Isidro in “Rabbit Hole”      photo by RAUL MONTESSA

I must have been in a melancholy mood as the Chinese Ghost Month came to an end. Friday and Sunday, I took in theater offerings that made me want to reach for my proverbial stash of tissue paper: Red Turnip Theater’s “Rabbit Hole” and 9Works Theatrical’s “The Last Five Years.”

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One for the Aegis

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AICELLE Santos is the star of “Rak of Aegis.” ROMY HOMILLADA

For the last many weeks, I had been told about “Rak of Aegis,” a musical currently running at Peta Theater in Quezon City. Thanks to an early invitation by fellow singer and theater actor Gian Magdangal, I finally got to clear my calendar last Sunday. Gian himself greeted me at the door with my tickets. (My date for the evening was my assistant, Sheilla Habab.)

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What makes a hero?

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THE A-TEAM recently won a gold medal at the World Hip Hop International in Las Vegas, Nevada.  JOHN SALANGSANG/FACEBOOK PHOTO

“I have asked myself many times: Is the Filipino worth suffering, or even dying, for? Is he not a coward who would readily yield to any colonizer, be he foreign or homegrown? Is a Filipino more comfortable under an authoritarian leader because he does not want to be burdened with the freedom of choice? Is he unprepared, or worse, ill-suited for presidential or parliamentary democracy?

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