WRY BREAD
The leonine presence has left the theater (Long live his influence!)
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - October 13, 2019 - 12:00am
When I first met sir Tony Mabesa, it was 2013, and I was at UP’s Palma Hall to support Issa Litton in, and pen a review of, his Dulaang UP production of Webster’s Jacobean drama, The Duchess of Malfi....
A passion for Sweeney’s ‘Company’
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - October 6, 2019 - 12:00am
By sheer coincidence, it’s Sondheim season “to the third degree” here in Manila. Upstart kicked it off with its staging of Company at the Maybank Theater and the following night, Philippine Opera...
The Marrakesh Express
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Morocco conjures up images of romance and mystery. Marrakesh, Tangier, Fez, Rabat, Casablanca — the names of these cities alone instantly help in creating that aura and allure. The Tantoco family has always...
Author! Author!
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - August 25, 2019 - 12:00am
When Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016 winner Viet Thanh Nguyen was in Manila for the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival, organized by National Book Store and held at the Raffles, his very last night before flying...
Friend or ‘Pho’: A Hanoi state of mind
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - August 18, 2019 - 12:00am
As the most popular street food of Vietnamese origin, pho will inevitably have regional variants, secret family recipes; and there’ll be a constant debate about which noodles, water, broth or herbs make for...
Two down & two to go, a.k.a. I’m a health statistic
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - August 4, 2019 - 12:00am
In late July, as I read a news report about the ongoing dengue epidemic, and how in the period from January to July of this year alone, there have been 491 reported deaths and 115,986 reported cases of dengue,
Dream a little dream
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - July 6, 2019 - 12:00am
Misaki Monaco is affordable luxury. A brand of jewelry that was centered on Akoya pearls, and had become a trusted and well-established travel retail brand.
Redefining ‘Stage Mom’
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - June 23, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s the age of the multi-hyphenate, when life can mean juggling a number of “career” balls, all of equal importance.
The omnipresent smile
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - June 9, 2019 - 12:00am
In practically every industry and work arena, there’ll be those unsung heroes — the ones who work tirelessly and fulfill roles that are absolutely indispensable for any endeavor’s success, yet do...
Women who bond
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - May 26, 2019 - 12:00am
We grizzled veterans of TV viewing often bewail the programming of the popular streaming services, feeling there’s a bias towards the young adult, and even younger, viewers.
The ‘selling’ of ourselves on social media
by Philip Cu Unjieng - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am
When Charles Dickens began his Tale of Two Cities with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” with certitude, we can say he wasn’t thinking of the internet, or today’s social...
‘Duomo’ arigato!
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - April 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Thanks to my sister Rose Anne C. de Pampelonne, who inhabits the world of interior design, I’d often hear about Milan Design Week during our family dinners.
Celebrating our theater scene
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - April 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Philstage recently announced the nominations for the 10th Gawad Buhay Awards, with the awarding ceremony happening on May 28 at Onstage Greenbelt.
Every woman’s home base
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - April 7, 2019 - 12:00am
When SM Woman throws a summer party to celebrate fashion for this sweltering season, you know it’s going to be done in a manner that’s distinctly SM.
61 years young
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - March 24, 2019 - 12:00am
For some 61-year-olds, it could be about slowing down, basking in “senior citizenry,” and riding into that glorious sunset of our lives. But Ever Bilena boss Dioceldo Sy doesn’t subscribe to any...
Art you can wear
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - March 10, 2019 - 12:00am
The Outstanding Young Men awardee Michael Cacnio’s pieces of brass sculpture occupy a special place in our local art landscape as he took everyday objects — swing, ladder, kites and balloons — and...
Approaching a half-century of dancing
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - February 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Now on its 49th season at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), resident dance company Ballet Philippines just completed its penultimate offering of the season, the romantic Romeo & Juliet.
A Hong Kong state of mind
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - February 17, 2019 - 12:00am
For a good number of Filipinos, myself included, Hong Kong will always occupy a special place in our treasure chest of memories as the first foreign destination we traveled to or frequented in our youth.
Bay City goes elite
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - February 3, 2019 - 12:00am
Our Bay City area suddenly got sexier as Marie France Elite and Facial Centre unveiled their newest location at the third level of Met Live on Macapagal Avenue, with a late afternoon party that has to be one the...
Awards season upon us
by Philip Cu-Unjieng - January 13, 2019 - 12:00am
When it comes to honoring the previous year’s best in film and television, the months of January to early March have traditionally been that period of the year when awards season fever hits hardest.
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