A highly placed insider has told Inquirer Entertainment that it’s all systems go for the declaration of the newest batch of National Artists—which include architect Jose Ma. Zaragoza, poet Cirilo F. Bautista, choreographer Alice Reyes, composer Francisco F. Feliciano, komiks novelist Francisco V. Coching and actress-producer Nora Aunor.
By Alexandra Drechsler
Two music schools staged a successful three-day run of the hit musicale “Grease” Feb. 8 to 10 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. The largely Filipino American production was by the NorCal Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) in cooperation with Evergreen School of Music and Arts (Esoma), their first show of the year.
“Trainspotting” star Ewan McGregor will make his Broadway debut next year in a revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing.”
By Marinel R. Cruz and Ramon H. Royandoyan
In under four hours, we had: 1) crawled into a small-scale mine in Nueva Vizcaya with 13-year-old Ongan and followed him around till he held a speck of raw gold in his palm, fruit of his day-long labor; 2) witnessed the grueling life of Bobby, a fisherman/padyak tricycle driver; 3) took in some opera classics as performed by Tsinoy singers; 4) sang along with high school students as the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra played Eraserheads hits; 5) and marveled at a verbal joust in verse.
By Behn Cervantes
Many people are surprised when I inform them that talented Filipinos weren’t first noticed with “Miss Saigon.” Truth is, petite singer Cely Carillo and mestiza dancer Maureen Tiongco were the first Pinoys on Broadway.