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Isay weighs in on controversial issue

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ALVAREZ. Joins arduous fight to give homegrown creative ‘content’ its due.
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Friends and fans of singer-actress Isay Alvarez are exceedingly happy that she appears to have won her daunting struggle against leukemia.

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Many more possibilities for new Filipino musicals

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ISAY Alvarez (right) and Epy Quizon reprise roles in July-August restaging of “Katy!” at Meralco Theater.

After our hit revival staging of the “Katy!” musical last January (repeats are in July-August at Meralco Theater; call Spotlight Artists Centre at 899-8089 or 0922 898-6644 for sponsorships), we were asked by some popular performers for concepts for other new Filipino musicals for them to star in.

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Bravo, ‘Katy’!

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After the preview of “Katy” last week, Fanny Serrano, who designed the costumes, was in tears.

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Int’l theater stars seek support for local shows

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As the hit musical “The Phantom of the Opera” winds up its Philippine run this Sunday, theater stalwarts Isay Alvarez and Robert Seña appealed to theater enthusiasts and corporate sponsors to likewise support local productions.

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Preference for foreign musicals remains contentious

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ISAY AND DULCE. Call for viewers, sponsors and show buyers’ support.

Ever since we wrote a few months ago against the dominance of foreign musicals and concert artists in Philippine entertainment, we have received all sorts of reactions, some in support of our notes against our cultural “colonial mentality,” and others accusing us of being “anti-global” and promoting “kneejerk nationalism.”

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Rebuilding a family home

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ISAY points to a sculpture of Andres Bonifacio made in Paete, Laguna.

“Looking back, I now appreciate the petty arguments I had with Robert when it came to choosing one furniture over another,” said singer-actress Isay Alvarez as she recalled the experience of rebuilding her parents’ home here in 2008.

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Isay upbeat about local theater, does her part

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Theater actress Isay Alvarez longs to see the day when a Filipino stage play could sustain enough audience interest to run all year round. She’s particularly upbeat about the Visayan epic “Hinilawod,” which will be staged September 3 and 4 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. “We hope this [...]

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Gifted Pinoy performers sing their hearts out

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ALVAREZ. Her repertoire was as diverse as her performing skills.

Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, David Archuleta, Kylie Minogue and company have been lording it over the Philippine concert scene for the past couple of years.  While we’re delighted that more of pop’s biggest stars now deem it wise to include a Manila stopover in their tours’ itineraries, we’re also disheartened by how the onslaught of [...]

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