#Wicked The Musical in Manila

8:16:00 AM

Everyone, grab your brooms because it's time to try defying gravity! 

The celebrated Broadway Musical is coming to manila. WICKED The Musical: The Untold Story of the Wizard of Oz will be stage at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) next year January 22, 2014. Wicked The Musical won numerous awards from Tony and Grammy, touted as "The Broadways biggest blockbuster". 

Wicked The Musical is all about Elphaba (The future Wicked Witch of the West) was born green and shunned from society. She met the ever-popular and pink Glinda (The Good Witch of the North) at college. Elphaba has a knack for magic, so the headmistress of the college sends her and Glinda to the Emerald City to help the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

However, the wizard is not so wonderul and is segregating the talking animals in Oz from the rest of society. Elphaba is enraged because she can identify with the animals--so she speaks out against the wizard and defies him.

Glinda remains "good" because she doesn't have the courage to defy the wizard. Elphaba is "good" just thought of as "wicked" because of propoganda from the wizard.
In the end, Elphaba escapes...she isn't actually melted, but Glinda has been affected and becomes a less shallow and better person.

Idina Menzel of Glee as Elphaba in the 2003 Wicked Musical. 


EMERALD: PhP 7,000.00 + other additional fees 
Section A: PhP 5,800.00 + other additional fees 
Section B: PhP 4,500.00 + other additional fees 
Section C: PhP 3,500.00 + other additional fees 
Section D: PhP 2,250.00 + other additional fees 
Section E: PhP 1,750.00 + other additional fees 

Wicked Manila Show Time
Wed Jan 22 2014 - 7:30 PM
Thu Jan 23 2014 - 7:30 PM
Fri Jan 24 2014 - 7:30 PM
Sat Jan 25 2014 - 2:30 PM
Sat Jan 25 2014 - 7:30 PM
Sun Jan 26 2014 - 2:30 PM
Sun Jan 26 2014 - 7:30 PM
Tue Jan 28 2014 - 7:30 PM
Wed Jan 29 2014 - 7:30 PM
Thu Jan 30 2014 - 7:30 PM
Fri Jan 31 2014 - 7:30 PM
Sat Feb 1 2014 - 2:30 PM
Sat Feb 1 2014 - 7:30 PM
Sun Feb 2 2014 - 2:30 PM
Sun Feb 2 2014 - 7:30 PM
Tue Feb 4 2014 - 7:30 PM
Wed Feb 5 2014 - 7:30 PM
Thu Feb 6 2014 - 7:30 PM
Fri Feb 7 2014 - 7:30 PM
Sat Feb 8 2014 - 2:30 PM
Sat Feb 8 2014 - 7:30 PM
Sun Feb 9 2014 - 2:30 PM
Sun Feb 9 2014 - 7:30 PM


The Joey Ayala of Bukidnon

1:50:00 PM

The immensely gifted folk artist from Bukidnon whose mission is to promote intercultural understandings, environment and the different aspects of arts. 

The unique and one of the celebrated folk artists in the Philippines - Sir Joey Ayala.

Joey Ayala (José Iñigo Homer Lacambra Ayala in real name) a native of Bukidnon who was known as columnist, folk and contemporary pop music artist in the Philippines, as well as his strong environmental affection that can be found on his incredibly musical compositions. Born to a family of artists, his father Joey Ayala is a Painter while his mother Tita Lacambra is a Poet. His music style was distinguished through infusion of ethnic instruments like Kulintang, T'boli, Kubing, and Gong which made him famous and extraordinarily unique artist. His famous song compositions include Karaniwang Tao, Bathala, Aguila, Papel and many others. Recorded and released 14 albums in the country including abroad. 

Sir Joey Ayala tuning his guitar instrument. 

He finished his studies in Economics at the prestigious Ateneo De Davao University. His musical career started after he recorded an album in 1982 at Makeshift-Studio in Davao City. He was the founder of the famous band named "Bagong Lumad" which means "New Native" in English - a name and philosophy that has been carried over into Bagong Lumad Artists Foundation, Inc. (www.blafi.org), now a UNDP Responsible Party working on SiningBayan (Social Artistry) capacity-building projects with the Civil Service Commission, the Department of Education, and other GOs and NGOs in the Philippines. He collaborated with Rock Operas, Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), Gloc 9 and many other great artists in the Philippines.

Receiving prestigious accolades like Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Philippines in 1990 and Metropop Song Festival grand prize after he composed a song for The Concert King Martin Nievera, The Datu Bago Award and the 2013 Philippine Popular Music Festival as composer and interpreter of the song "Papel".  

Sir Joey Ayala as the cover of the Mindanao Magazine. 

 Sir Joey Ayala performing with ethnic dancers during the 2012 Malasimbo Music Festival. 

Sir Joey Ayala, performing with Bamboo on The Voice PH.   

He also served as the (2008–10) Chairman and Vice-Chairman (2011-13) of the National Committee on Music under the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.  And currently, he was chosen as guest coach in The Voice Philippines with Bamboo Manalac in the Team Bamboo. 

To know more of his events and latest news, visit his website @ 

The Monastery of Transfiguration's 30th Anniversary

9:56:00 PM

Once again the Monastery of Transfiguration in Bukidnon celebrates its 30th anniversary after the foundation in 1983. This year’s anniversary was graced through the presence of His Eminence, Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila. During anniversaries at the Transfiguration church, I always look forward to the Gala Concert, a concert that features the Philippines’ top international acclaimed classical performers, and all other unique musicians in the country. It all started after I listened to the heavenly stratospheric voices of the Philippine Madrigal Singers performing as guest artist many years ago.

The Gala Concert was on August 5, 2013 at the Monastery of Transfiguration Church. I was again astounded knowing the featured guest performers in the Gala Concert were pride of Bukidnon, as well as artists who gaved honor through their crafts in music. The first artist was known to be one of Bukidnon’s internationally acclaimed ethnic performer Waway Saway – performing all the way from Asia, Europe and USA promoting the essence of Talaandig culture and Indigenous music, and was joined by Talaandig Band. The other guest artist group is Bukidnon’s internationally acclaimed Bukidnon State University Chorale – Resident artist of Bukidnon State University, toured Asia and Europe years ago, with the group’s vision of promoting the Bukidnon music through chorale artistry under the tutelage of Ms. Mercibelle Barroso-Abejuela, a graduate of Music from the University Of Santo Tomas Conservatory Of Music in Manila.  

Photos during the gala concert at the Transfiguration church.

A photo inside the Transfiguration Church before the Gala Concert. 

Fr. Savio Siccuan OSB, welcoming the guests and introducing the guest performers. 

The International Ethnic Artist Waway Saway performing during the first part of the concert. 

The Internationally acclaimed Bukidnon State University Chorale performing Sacred, Inspirational, Spiritual and Pop Songs as guest group artist in the second part of the concert.

A beautiful Bukidnon costume for men, a candid shot of a singer from BSU Chorale before their Binukid segment. 

The Bukidnon State University Chorale performing Bukidnon and ethnic songs. 

A beautiful Bukidnon costume for women with the headdress called "Panika"

His Eminence, Luis Antonio Tagle giving his inspirational message after the gala concert.

His Eminence, Luis Antonio Tagle accepting his present from the monks. 

His Eminence, Luis Antonio Tagle presenting his Virgin Mary Painting as present from the Monks.

His Eminence, Luis Antonio Tagle with the Bukidnon State University Chorale.

His Eminence, Luis Antonio Tagle speaking in Italian after I asked about seeing him on International channel fluently speaking the language. Molto Grazie Signore!

A photo with His Eminence, Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila after the Gala Concert. 

Tenor Sal Malaki The Cagayan De Oro Concert

7:31:00 PM

Concert info from the Liceo De Cagayan Website News and Events

"After a successful concert at Rodelsa Hall last year, Los Angeles-based tenor Sal Malaki returns to Cagayan de Oro for another special engagement this coming August 8, 2013, 8PM at Rodelsa Hall.

The Malaki concert is part of “Enriched: The Rodelsa Performance Season 2013-2014”, a series of benefit performances at Rodelsa Hall in partnership with Safer River, Life Saver Foundation, Inc. to help raise funds for the environmental projects of the Foundation. Donations of any amount are gladly accepted upon entrance to the venue.

Malaki is a member of the famous Los Angeles Opera Company, the United States’ 4th largest opera house under the general direction of world-renowned tenor and conductor, Maestro Placido Domingo. He is a regular recitalist with performances across the nation’s very prestigious venues like the Carnegie Hall, Weil Recital Hall, the Alice Tully Hall, and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, La Mirada Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Center, and the UCLA’s Royce Hall in the Los Angeles area, the Macomb Center for the Arts in Detroit, St. John’s University in Minnesota, the Morristown Museum in New Jersey, and among other performances across the United States of America.

He can be heard in the recording of Spoliarium, the operatic composition of the famous Ryan Cayabyab and to the libretto of equally known Fides Cuyugan-Asensio carried by Sony BMG Philippines. He sings the lead role of Juan Luna and tells the story of his love and life, and above all his world-class painting entitled Spoliarium, that honored him the gold medal award in Paris in 1884.

Sal Malaki is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Music in Diliman, Q.C. He obtained his music degrees both in Flute (Teacher’s Diploma), under Prof. Enrique Barcelo and Voice (Bachelor of Music) under Professor and National Artist in Music Andrea O. Veneracion and Prof. Emeritus Fides Cuyugan-Asensio. Right after graduation, he was invited to join the faculty of the UP College of Music. He was also a voice instructor and head of the Voice Department of the St. Scholastica’s College in Manila. Sal was a member and tenor soloist of the UP Madrigal Singers before joining the Los Angeles Opera Company and the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 1995." 

To know more about the concert please feel free to call the Liceo de Cagayan University Office of Cultural Affairs at 8584093 to 95 local 109 or 09176366528 or email rodelsahall(at)liceo.edu.ph. 

The Andrea O. Veneracion International Chorale Festival

7:17:00 PM

The Cultural Center of the Philippines invites you to be part of the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival, Manila 2013 from August 7-10, 2013 happening at the CCP. This chorale festival is in celebration of the 50th year of the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers and to honor the founder National Artist for Music , the late Andrea O. Veneracion. 

August 7, 2013 Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo

5PM- Opening Ceremonies (FREE)
7PM- Folk Music Competition

August 8, 2013 Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
7PM-Chamber Choir Category

August 9, 2013 Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino
7PM- Vocal Ensemble Category

August 10, 2013 Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
4PM- Philippine Madrigal Singers Gala Concert
7PM- Closing Ceremonies (FREE)

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are free to the public. Tickets for the competitions and the concert are sold through Ticketworld and the CCP Box Office.


Yours truly,

Yours truly,