Friday, December 28, 2007
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007
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Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tim Espinosa dances with STAR MAGIC for PIOLO PASCUAL's Concert November 30th 2007 7:30 at the Araneta Coliseum
Together with Star Records and ASAP Live, the matinee idol joins forces with Star Magic to create a night of livewire entertainment and a trip down memory lane on November 30 at the Araneta Coliseum.
"For the second time uuwi ako ulit sa Araneta Coliseum dahil gusto kong ibalik sa mga sumuporta sa akin at sa mga trabaho ko ang sampung taon na dumaan. This promises to be bigger and better than my first concert at the Big Dome. Laki talaga ng pasasalamat ko sa Diyos at sa ABS-CBN dahil sa lahat ng nangyaring ito sa buhay ko," says a thankful Piolo.
The show promises to be a trip down memory lane as Piolo presents his journey to where he is now—one of the best actors of his generation, one of the country's top endorsers, an icon to the youth and one of the most sought-after Filipino concert artists.
That's why Ten: Piolo Pascual! will showcase non-stop energy, mixed with the right melancholy, a pure entertainment experience that will be long remembered.
"Definitely, naghahanda kami ng maigi, bago pa man ako umalis for Canada for my concert, nag-start na ang preparations. Kaya ngayon that I'm back, full blast ulit ang preparations, matutuwa po kayo lahat," promises Piolo.
Award-winning composer Louie Ocampo comes in as musical director while Star Magic head Johnny Manahan is the over-all director. Georcel Dapat serves as stage director.
"Sobrang natutuwa ako dahil lahat ng the best sa industriya, magsasama- sama para mai-mount ang concert na ito. This is a very special project for me, malapit talaga sa puso ko. Kaya naman I'm giving my all dahil alam kong hindi nag-hold back ang ABS sa suporta, and for this I'm grateful and working hard," gushes the matinee idol.
Some of the country's biggest live-act performers will be present to support the heartthrob who is celebrating his first decade in the showbiz industry. Sam Milby, Star Magic Teens (Tim Espinosa), Ogie Alcasid, and surprise guests will be present on Piolo's special night, November 30.
For tickets to Ten: Piolo Pascual!, contact TicketNet at 911-5555.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
UCDv2 Grand Finalists:
1. Gem Ramos and Gabby Battalion
2. Rodjun Cruz and Lina Basas
3. Michelle Murenec and RJ Rico
4. Princess Ryan and Johnny Amar
5. Saicy Aguila and Christopher Cabria
6. Tim Espinosa and R.E. Guerrero
Monday, October 1, 2007
Prod: Hiphop Salsa
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2007
Dancers: Iya Villania, Rodjun Cruz, and Tim Espinosa
Friday, September 28, 2007
Tonight, a chance beckons those who didn’t quite make the elusive cut. A Wildcard Challenge was announced for those who believe they belong among the finalists. From the eleven pairs who didn’t make it to the finals, 6 pairs are ready to get back on their dancing shoes and prove they are worthy to become Grand Champions! Facing the challenge are Paw Diaz with Jungie Zamora, Sheree with Sergio Machon, Saicy Aguila with Joseph Reyes, Thou Reyes with Eva Rocero, Raphael Martinez with Riche Sarabia, and Jaycee Parker with Lito Mercado.
This Saturday will not be a strictly ballroom night, it will also hold the last monthly finals for the Sayaw Barangay Competition! U Can Dance Ver 2 airs every Saturday 10pm, at ABS-CBN Ch2.
Monday, September 24, 2007
For the past years, may taunang catalogue ang Star Magic ng ABS-CBN for its current list of stars. This year, in commemoration of the department's 15th year, isang engrandeng launching ang isinagawa ng Star Magic kahapon, September 23. Ito'y sa pangunguna nina Mr. Johnny "Mr. M" Manahan and Ms. Rikka Dylim for the 2008 issue with a two-pronged pictorial exhibits, isa sa 14th Floor ng ABS-CBN EJL Building at isa sa TriNoMa Mall sa Quezon City.
Nagsidatingan ang napakaraming artista ng Star Magic—all in white—to grace the event. Every guest was given their copy of the 2008 catalogue.
Some of the pictures of the stars in the catalogue were blown up as exhibit. In center stage is the biggest of them all and the cover of the catalogue itself featuring the twelve leading stars of Star Magic: John Lloyd Cruz, Claudine Barretto, and Piolo Pascual in the first row; Shaina Magdayao, Sam Milby, and Bea Alonzo in the second row; Kristine Hermosa, Diether Ocampo, and Roxanne Guinoo in the third row; and Rafael Rosell, Angelica Panganiban; and Zanjoe Marudo in the last row.
Segregated into different divisions ang nilalaman ng 2008 catalogue.
The first is "Leading Ladies" kung saan may two-page spread each sina Claudine, Kristine, Bea, Angelica, Rica Peralejo, and Roxanne in that order.
Instead of leading men, mga "Torch Bearers" naman ang tawag sa grupo nina Piolo, John Lloyd, Sam, Diet, Zanjoe, Rafael, Dominic Ochoa, Carlos Agassi, and Jiro Manio. Nagawa na ang catalogue bago pa man hindi mag-renew si Jiro sa Star Magic last July kung kaya't kasali pa rin siya rito.
The "New Romantics" naman ang tawag sa mga love teams kung saan magkakasama sa isang pictures sina Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu, Matt Evans and Melissa Ricks, and Empress Schuck and Enchong Dee.
The "Ingénues" ang division ng mga up-and-coming leading ladies na sina Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao, Erich Gonzales, at Nikki Gil na may solo pictures, samantalang in pairs naman sina Lauren and Megan Young, Valeen Montenegro and Eda Nolan, Denise Laurel and Carla Humphries, and Kaye Abad and Jodi Sta Maria.
Mga "Boys To Men" ang tawag sa mga pairs na sina Victor Basa and Jake Cuenca, John Prats and Geoff Eigenmann, Rayver Cruz and John Wayne Sace, Joem Bascon and Aldred Gatchalian, and Baron Geisler and Ketchup Eusebio.
"It Boys and Girls" ang division ng mga magkakasamang sina Michelle Madrigal and Paw Diaz; Helga Krapf, Zara Dela Peña, and Isabel Blaesi; Johanna Villeta, Diane Medina, and Janelle Quintana; Jason Abalos and Joross Gamboa; Ryan Ramos and AJ Dee; Rodjun Cruz, Dustin Sta Maria, and Sergio Garcia; Raphael Martinez, Danilo Barrios and Joseph Bitangcol; at Janus del Prado and Alwyn Uytingco.
"Actors with Character" naman ang kina Pokwang (na isa dalawang artista sa said division na may solo picture); ang magkakasamang sina Roden Araneta, Gerry Montes, Bentong, and Gian Carlos Terry; Charles Christianson, Gabb Drilon, and Arron Villaflor; Anna Larrucea, Nikki Valdez, and Aiza Marquez; Denise Joaquin, Dimples Romana, and Kathleen Hermosa; Marco Aytona, Thou Reyes, and Japoy Lizardo; Gian Sotto, Alfonso Martinez, and Michael Manotoc; John "Sweet" Lapus (na pangalawang artista na may solo picture); Chx Alcala and Say Alonzo; Gem Ramos and Cherryl Lou; Joyce So, Jaymee Joaquin, and Jamilla Obispo; Franzen Fajardo, Jayson Gainza, Nene Tamayo, and Rico Barrera; Bam Romana, Joaqui Mendoza, and Fred Payawan; Zeppi Borromeo, Allyson Lualhati, and Marc Acueza; Lui Villarus, Juddah Paolo, and Archie Alemania; Gino Paul Guzman and JM Rodriguez; Nicole Angel and Michelle Ayalde; Princess Ryan, Gemma Fitzgerald, and Cass Ponti; and Malaya Lewandowski, Nina Dolino, and Michelle Murenec.
"The Next Big Things" ang last division kung saan magkakasama sina Chris Gutierrez, AJ Perez, and Angelo Patrimonio; Arno Morales and Martin del Rosario; Mara Lopez and Zia Marquez; Mikee Lee, Dino Imperial, Aaron Agassi, and Bryan Homecillo; Isabelle Abiera, Jessy Mendiola, and Krista Valle; Daphne Cortes, Hiyasmin Neri, Caroline Riggs, Jenna Estrella, and Bianca Reyes; Tim Espinosa, Puma de Borja, Jon Avila, Benj Besa, and Marvin Raymundo, Jordan Aguilar, and Franz Pumaren; Sharlene San Pedro and Nash Aguas; Eliza Pineda and Kristel Fulgar; Nina De Sgauin, Bea Nicolas, and Alexis Ramos; Kathryn Bernardo, Jane Oineza, Miles Ocampo, Mara Schnittka, and Angeli Gonzales; Jet Paz, Sara Palad, Ronalisa Cheng, Katrina Nazario, Sean Ignacio, Moreen Guese, EJ Jallorina, and Alfred Labatos; Iggyboy Flores, Young An Chiu, Carlo John Barrameda, Katrina Legaspi, Yuuki Kadooka, and MJ Maranan; Kobi Vidanes, Celine Lim, Aaron Junatas, Khaycee Aboloc, Basty Alcanses, and Angel Sy; Franz Yap, John Manalo, Kiray Celis, Steven Fermo, CJ Navato, and Joshua Dionisio; Quintin Alianza, Julio Pisk, Darius Cardano, Mika dela Cruz, Sora Baars, and Cheska Billones; Jacob Dionisio, Gemmae Custodio, Mikylla Ramirez, Nikki Bagaporo, Mark Joshua Sayarot, and Michael Jee Flores; at ang last and solo page na si Julia Barretto.
Hindi kasama ang mga superstars like Sharon Cuneta, Maricel Soriano, and Judy Ann Santos on the list dahil never naman silang naging Star Magic talents. Same goes to Angel Locsin and Valerie Concepcion na walang pinirmahang co-management contract with Star Magic.
Wala rin sa listahan ang mga Pinoy Dream Academy scholars and the Pinoy Big Brother Season 2 housemates dahil sa Dream Big Productions sila nakakontrata.
Hindi naman umabot ang mga bagong Be Bench winners lead by Carlo Guevara sa pictorial ng catalogue.
Malamang na ibenta sa market ang Star Magic Catalogue 2008 dahil may list price itong 130 pesos.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
U Can Dance Ver.2
Viewers are in for a dance indulgency starting with the opening number of celebrity heartthrob Jake Cuenca and Victor Basa, to the cool contradiction of native interpretation and umbrella-hitting showdown between the Sayaw Baranggay dance troops from Manaoag and Antipolo.
Jaycee Parker has proven her talent in the dance floor with the difficult stunts she had projected. Her flexibility proves to be her greatest asset while her less précised steps become her weakest point. Of course, the competition’s demand for perfection quickly slated them for a sad loss in this last face-off for the third set of celebrity pairs.
This maybe the first time to have three contenders for the grand finals slot but the close fight between Princess Ryan and Tim Espinosa mirrors that of Rodjun Cruz and Gem Ramos. Once again, Princess wows the jury with her sexy routines that usually mark her performances. Ms. Maribeth Bichara even dubs her as the ultimate dance diva for her well-rounded know-how in hiphop, ballet and ballroom dancing!
On the other hand, the tandem of Tim Espinosa and R.E. Guerrero has epitomized the adage practice makes perfect in their fantastic version of Tango. Their unity as a couple plus R.E.’s lithe moves make up a faultless synchronized performance. It can’t be denied also that Tim has vastly improved it has become obvious that he is the leader throughout their number. Pops Fernandez even gives him an extra points for flashing his cute dimples!
As such, Ms. Maribeth, Pipay and John Prats are hard-pressed to whom they will give the crown in this match. And because the choices appear to be so tough, they finally decide to produce a tie! The battle for the U Can Dance Grand Champion turns out to be more challenging as ever! Who will join the circle of monthly winners for the much-awaited finale this season? Don’t miss the heart-poundingstay Wild Card Competition next week only here on U Can Dance Version 2!
John Prats: Di ako pahinga!
Pops Fernandez: Bonus points for tim! He's so cute! I love his dimple!
Maribeth Bichara: Ikaw ng nagdala ng sayaw. Magaling ka na!!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Everyone was kept guessing until the end as to who would be given a second chance to show what they’ve got on U Can Dance Version 2! And the thrilling twist brought out three celebrity pairs who will be fighting for the right to win on the monthly finals this Saturday night!
All the while the viewers thought that only two showdancers would stand out last week. But surprise, surprise! Jaycee Parker’s unbelievably rose to the challenge after occupying the bottom standing two weeks in a row. The fun element they have inserted on their jive routines as well as her improvement on the dance floor paved the way for her to redeem herself on the jury’s eyes.
However, she will be facing a tougher battle with her other star competitors Princess Ryan and Tim Espinosa who have been topping the lists of Maribeth Bichara, Jhong Hilario and celebrity judge of the month Jackie Lou Blanco. Indeed, the two have done outstanding performances consistently.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
U Can Dance Ver.2
No doubt, the judges Ms. Maribeth Bichara, Jhong Hilario and Jackie Lou Blanco are swept away by the spectacular performances they have seen from tonight’s contenders on the dance floor! Their thirst for new moves is not left unsatisfied from the impressive moves and props of Sayaw Baranggay troups Body Mechanics and Aligma to the blissfully sexy showdown among celebrity showdancers Princess Ryan, Gem Fitzgerald, Tim Espinosa and Jaycee Parker plus their professional counterparts.
There may be a tie on the Sayaw Baranggay face-off but one couple has to bid goodbye among the stars, and that is Gemma Fitzgerald. From capturing the second slot last week, she and her partner Hassette Uy plummets down with the lack of precision they have shown in their Jive routines. Though they have scored 92.6%, their mishaps prevent a smooth sailing success tonight.
The twists and turns in this competition will surely take you by surprise for instead of eliminating two pairs, another chance is given to Jaycee Parker and Lito after they have shown vast improvement with their perfect combo in this match. Though Princess Ryan and Johnny Amar still receives a pack of praises from the jurors, Tim Espinosa and RE Guerrero steals the spotlight from them for striking the judges’ attention from their coordinated outfits and outstanding choreography to their polished flexibility as a twosome!
Next week will surely bring forth a thrilling tango jumbo for the monthly finals! Who will be joining the sought-after circle of finalists? Is it Princess, Tim or Jaycee? Let not their talent and luck be their mere winning factors! You can save them a seat of honor by texting UCAN space to 2331 for Globe, Touch Mobile and Sun Cellular subscribers. Key in your votes now!
Jhong Hilario says: PANG INTERNATIONAL! grabe! Improved ka!
Jackie Lou Blanco says: I love your costumes and music. BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL.
Maribeth Bichara says: BILIB AKO SA YO! Your a star dancer, you're such a good pair. I love you both!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Shaina Magdayao, Maja Salvador, Kim Chui, Rodjun Cruz, Thou Reyes, and Tim Espinosa on ASAP 07 FULL CIRCLE! 091507
FULL CIRCLE: ASAP 07 "Breaking Dishes" Prod. 09152007
[girls]Shaina Magdayao, Kim Chui, Maja Salvador
[boys]Rodjun Cruz, Thou Reyes, and Tim Espinosa
backup dancers: G-FORCE
Meanwhile, the IBP Dancemasters of Baguio and the Cyberkz Extreme of Laguna have proven themselves worthy of making it to the Sayaw Barangay Grand Finals in a tie last Saturday.
U Can Dance Version 2 airs every Saturday, 10 p.m. after XXX. The reality-dance show is hosted by Iya Villania and Derek Ramsey.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Raphael Martinez fell off from the slate as he and his partner mistakenly executed footworks for Salsa and not for Samba which was originally assigned as the contenders’ common turf. On the other hand, Jaycee’s spot is still at risk for she needs to work out a noteworthy passion for dancing and of course, more difficult routines that will wow the jurors.
Meanwhile, it seems that the other three showdancers Tim, Gemma and Princess can safely save themselves a seat in this coming Jive showdown, as long as they maintain their ingenuity or better yet, surpass what they have done in their previous numbers. But of course, it was Princess who stole the spotlight with her deliciously sexy grooves that took the judges' breath away!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
U Can Dance Ver. 2
If energy is the only basis of winning in this competition, then all contenders for this night would have gotten the prize for the powerful performance they have exuded in their numbers! Sayaw Baranggay starts it off with a perfect combo of costume , props and excellent choreography. Still, the Beat Group beats Extreme Boyz with their all-out moves, three-time change of outfits and fantastic mix of dance steps.
And for the most-awaited part, the last set of celebrity pairs refuse to be outdone by the previous showdancers as they astound the judges with their feverish twists and turns that will keep your mouths open in awe! But of course, the bottom two are still pronounced with Raphael Martinez losing the safe spot to Jaycee Parker.
The competition certainly becomes tougher with Tim Espinosa coming up as the next Rodjun Lina in this batch. Having Rutchelle Guerrero as a partner serves as his ace for she has successfully shown off to the jurors how professional she can be through her uninhibited expression of herself in their number.
Gemma Fitzgerald also wows the resident judges inclusing Ms. Jackylou Blanco in her astounding routines that are simply breath-taking. Cap this off with Princess Ryan’s allure and you’ve got one hot night to remember! This young lady receives the best accolades as Ms. Maribeth declares that her talent is unparalleled by neither Shakira nor Beyonce!
Hm… Will this heartening praises remain the same next week? Tune in for another close fight of the stars in the dance floor next week on U Can Dance Version 2.
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DOUBLE ELIMINATION THIS WEEK!!!
Friday, September 7, 2007
Sa U Can Dance Version 2 noong Sabado, nasungkit ng tambalang Michelle Murenech-RJ Rico ang ikatlong slot sa grand finals ng ‘Celebrity Showdance’.
Bukas ay matutunghayan sa dance floor ang huling batch ng celebrity pairs na maglalaban-laban para makapasok sa Grand Finals.
Magpapakitang gilas si Tim Espinosa kasama si Rutchelle Guerrero ng Dagupan, Princess Ryan at partner na si JohnnyAmar ng Air Dance Company, Gemma Fritzgerald at partner na si Hassette Uy ng GForce, Jaycee Parker at partner na si Lito Mercado ng VIP Dancers, at RaphaelMartinez at partner na si Riche Sarabia ng Jaguar Babes.
Sa ‘Sayaw Barangay,’ magpapasiklaban naman ang Extreme Boyz ng Cavite at The Beat Group ng Quezon City. Mapapanood ang U Can Dance Version 2 pagkatapos ng XXX sa ABS-CBN.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Tears fell as Dianne Medina and Ian Bantolo bade goodbye to the competition, in a very close fight held last Saturday. However, in a tough competition such as this, there can be just one winner, and Michelle and Ian seemed to have "chachaed" their way to the judges’ hearts.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
U Can Dance Ver. 2
The second monthly finals of U Can Dance Version 2 is very special as its two well-versed hosts Iya Villana and Derek Ramsey present two separate dance numbers! First off are Iya and Rayver Cruz with their groovy opening piece with Derek giving out a sensual dance with his very own real life sweetheart Angelica Panganiban later on!
For Sayaw Baranggay, the electrifying precision and energy of 99 Boiz, IBP and Cyberkz Extreme are truly rousing. All three stern judges have nothing but pure admiration for their respective numbers. It is evident that Maribeth, Jhong and Eula enjoy the new choreography as well as the great impact of the said groups. Still only IBP and Cyberkz Extreme will be joining the grand finals soon.
However, there is no tie between the celebrity showdancers tonight despite the spectacular showdown that Michelle Murenech and Dianne Medina have executed. There’s no doubt in the jurors’ mind that the former Wazzup Wazzup host has vastly improved her Chachacha moves. But the tandem of Michelle and RJ Rico causes a greater stir as they perfect the complicated steps of their dance number!
And now, the final batch of celebrity pairs will finally collide next Saturday night! Catch more fresh routines from Tim Espinosa, Princess Ryan, Gemma Fitzgerald, Jaycee Parker and Raphael Martinez as they do the Samba! Who among them will succeed in evading the walk of shame? Don’t miss their exhilarating showdown next week on U Can Dance Version 2 right after XXX.
Friday, August 31, 2007
U Can Dance Ver.2
Be prepared to get your groove on once again, as U Can Dance is back, with a beefed up, more electrifying and exciting second season! That's right, your favorite dancing reality show is just around the corner, and this time, it's coined as U Can Dance Version 2, bumped up with a rhythm that will bring everyone shaking and moving!
Viewers were wowed by last season's successful run of ballroom dancing with a fresh twist! This time, be prepared for another interesting mix of dancing and reality TV, as U Can Dance Version 2 makes it way to your TV screens! Get to see a fusion of ballroom dancing and contemporary street dance, as well as a look on how celebrities will bond with their partners, who are professional dancers! No doubt, U Can Dance Version 2 will bring you the right mix of dancing energy and drama that will surely leave you wanting for more!
But this season is not just about the celebrities, it's all about you as well! U Can Dance Version 2 will make their rounds and various barangays, here in Metro Manila as well as in other regional areas, to give dance groups belonging to the same barangay a spot in the limelight! Over 200 barangays are vying out for the prize, so watch out for a grand barangay versus barangay showdown, happening only here in U Can Dance Version 2!
Spreading the dance fever are two of the hottest names in showbiz: the bubbly Fil-Australian Iya Villania, and celebrity hottie Derek Ramsey! Also, last season's celebrity host jurors, Dance Idol ng Barangay Jhong Hilario and Kapitana ng Dance Floor Maribeth Bichara will be making their comeback as well, as the amusing hosts noted for their keen observations and witty comments! Also, a guest celebrity juror will be making an appearance every month, making the challenge more exciting! For this month, who will be the guest celebrity juror to spice things out! Will the contestants' moves, groove to her liking? Find out every Saturday, starting July 14, as U Can Dance Version 2 sashays to your television screens!
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
San Diego Dance Alliance tries to get back in step
By Janice Steinberg
August 12, 2007
Only last year, the San Diego Dance Alliance was riding the wave of new local artists, venues and energy. In January 2006, the Alliance staged its 13th Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival at the reopened North Park Theatre, for the first time bringing Nations, the largest multicultural dance festival in Southern California, to the culturally diverse North Park neighborhood.
CRISSY PASCUAL / Union-Tribune
Who knew the Dance Alliance's 2006 Nations of San Diego festival might be the last?The Alliance put on Emerge concerts in February and September, showcasing contemporary choreographers. And it was slated to move in – along with Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, and San Diego Ballet – when Dance Place San Diego, the city's first facility dedicated to dance, opened last December at the NTC Promenade.
The 26-year-old dance service organization had come a long way from its beginnings, when Isaacs ran it from her home.
Now, the Dance Alliance files are back in a volunteer's home. The 2007 Nations festival's January run was canceled, and a city allocation of $7,500 for the festival sits unclaimed. And the Alliance is on the brink of dissolving, in the face of a debt that may top $35,000, half of its annual budget of $71,000.
Officially, no one is in charge. The board of directors, which had only four members last year, has folded. The one employee, executive director Kendall Klug, submitted his resignation in May, though he'd neglected key duties for months, even allowing the domain name for the Alliance's Web site to expire.
A volunteer managed to renew the domain name and rescue the site, but can't update it because Klug hasn't responded to requests for the password. Neither has he provided membership nor
mailing lists to a committee that has been trying to revive the Alliance.
“I am saddened and horrified that we have to start over,” said Betzi Roe, a past Dance Alliance president who has spearheaded an effort to get the group back on track. “I don't have a computer, a fax machine, a bank account. ... After 26 years, to be at nothing. ...
“But I don't see how we can hobble along with this organization,” said Roe, who now favors letting the Alliance die and starting from the ground up with a new group.
The Dance Alliance's downfall seems to be paved with the good intentions of people who shared a love for dance; friends who trusted one another. They were family, in some cases literally – the most recent board president, Stephen Keyes, is married to dancer Patricia Rincon, and Rincon's sister, dancer Alicia, also was on the board. (The other members were Marie Andersen and Teri McPherson.)
CRISSY PASCUAL / Union-Tribune
The Pualani Dancers were one of nine dance companies in the three-day 2006 Nations of San Diego festival at the North Park Theatre.Exactly how involved the board was in the organization's activities is unknown, as neither Klug nor Keyes agreed to be interviewed. But it's certain the Dance Alliance wasn't the kind of organization where movers and shakers jockey for the social cachet of being on the board. Apparently, the board didn't even officially meet during 2006, according to members of the dance community.
As Alison Cutri, who's served as both the Alliance president and executive director, saw it, “Kendall by default ... became the mayor, the fire chief and the police captain.
“But managing directors are employees,” Cutri added. “They don't operate in a vacuum.”
Klug, 48, worked at the San Diego Repertory and San Diego Playgoers, as well as independently producing theater, before coming to the Alliance in 2002. Though there have been grumbles about his emphasis on producing shows versus service or advocacy activities, he's personally well-liked and was effective as the producer of Nations and Emerge.
Then, last fall, problems surfaced. The Alliance newsletter didn't come out. The phone was disconnected. Klug pulled out of Dance Place and canceled the January Nations festival but didn't schedule another date or venue.
And he stopped returning phone or e-mail messages. This reporter spoke to Keyes about the problem in December, after trying to contact Klug for two weeks. Keyes communicated with Klug, but Klug agreed to speak off the record only. (That meeting took place in February.)
CRISSY PASCUAL / Union-Tribune
The PASACAT Asian Performing Arts Company (shown in 2006) was a frequent performer at the Nations festivals.In January, Keyes resigned as president, effectively dissolving the board.
Meanwhile, Roe was having conversations about “concern for Kendall's ability to get the details of requests managed.” She spoke to several other past Alliance presidents and called a public meeting, held in March. At the meeting, Roe discussed the Alliance's collapse in leadership and her suspicion that the group might be $10,000 in debt.
The meeting itself was, ironically, a sign of the dance community's growing vitality. Held in the lounge at Dance Place, it drew 43 people, both Alliance founders like Isaacs and a new generation in their 20s and 30s. And hands shot into the air when Roe sought a steering committee to explore what it would take to keep the Alliance going.
The steering committee planned to meet with Klug, go over the finances and have some answers within a few weeks. Instead, the investigation unfolded like a detective novel, complete with a locked room.
The locked room, the Alliance office in the Spreckels Building downtown, held the financial records, and repeated messages asking Klug to meet with the committee – or at least hand over the key – got no response.
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Roe appealed to Keyes, and he convinced the Spreckels Building management to admit him to the office – which contained 12 yellow Post Office notices, all of them for letters from the Internal Revenue Service demanding payment of overdue payroll taxes.
Between taxes and penalties, the Alliance appeared to owe the IRS $37,000. With another $5,000 owed various vendors, that brought the total to $42,000, against a $71,000 budget.
At that point, Klug responded to the group's pleas for information. He said he'd negotiated an agreement with the IRS for a total liability of $13,500 and had paid off all but $5,000.
The payments don't seem to have been credited by the IRS, however. And Dave Clitherow, a bookkeeper who worked with Klug for several years, went through five quarters of records and couldn't confirm Klug's relatively optimistic picture of the IRS debt.
“It looks like it might be close to $30,000,” Clitherow said.
He recommended that the Alliance consult a CPA or tax attorney, then talk to the IRS. Roe then spoke to an attorney. On his advice, she informed Keyes that the tax issue needed to be handled by the last board, who may be considered financially liable.
Back to the beginning
As of a mid-July meeting, the steering committee had circled back to the identical question with which it started: How serious is the Dance Alliance's debt? They've asked California Lawyers for the Arts for guidance in getting all of the parties to the table.
Though the Alliance as an organization is on the ropes, its problems have highlighted the community's desire, as Roe puts it, for “a down-and-dirty grass-rootsy organization” that speaks for dance.
Eighty-nine people responded to an online survey circulated by the committee in April, asking if people wanted the Alliance to continue – 76 said yes – and what they'd like to see it do. Top priorities were a calendar, the Emerge concert, and grant opportunities.
Along with trying to untangle the Alliance's finances, the committee has also moved ahead with events. In July, “Dance Cafe” showcased more than a dozen groups. The Emerge show is on tap for September, sponsored by the Jewish Community Center and the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective.
Roe hopes to call another public meeting in September, with some answers about the Alliance's finances and a chance for the community to decide whether to continue the Alliance – or perhaps start fresh. She and Teresa Wells have discussed being volunteer co-directors of a new group that could have nonprofit status via the Community Arts Advisory Council, which Wells directs in El Cajon.
Either way, the dance community has gone back to square one. Or square minus-five. Isaacs sounded weary as she considered the current status of the group she started. “I think it's a dead horse,” she said.
Whatever happens in terms of the big picture, Roe is adamant that San Diego needs a dance advocacy group. “People desperately need to know there's an umbrella over them if they need insurance or mailing labels or a voice,” she said.
She recently went on a “walkabout” to more than a dozen companies and was struck by the absence of bulletin boards with information about everything going on in town. “If there was a board, it was covered with in-house propaganda from 1996, yellowing at the edges.
“I trained in L.A., and I remember going to the studio in Hollywood, and when I walked in, I saw a posting board that connected me to something bigger,” she said. “I felt important. ... People are going to be glad that they're part of something.”
Janice Steinberg is a San Diego dance critic.
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Monday, August 13, 2007
Dressed in strictly formal attire, hundreds of contract artists of Star Magic, ABS-CBN's talent arm, gathered for one magical evening on the first-ever Star Magic Ball. The event was held last August 5 at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Intercontinental in Makati City.
Nagkislapan ang mga bituin sa Grand Ballroom ng Hotel Intercontinental sa Makati kagabi, August 5, sa pagdating ng ilan sa pinakamaningning na mga bituin sa industriya sa kauna-unahang Grand Ball ng Star Magic, ang talent arm ng ABS-CBN, kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng kanilang 15th anniversary.Talents of Star Magic came with their fabulous outfits, and almost all the guests followed the formal-attire dress code, which added glamor and class to the red-carpet affair.
As early as six in the evening, isa-isa nang nagdatingan ang mga artista ng ABS-CBN. Ilan sa pinakamaagang dumating ay ang mga male members ng Star Circle Batch 15 like Christopher Gutierrez, Mikee Lee, AJ Perez, Jordan Aguilar, at Angelo Patrimonio.
Nag-stay muna sa lobby ng second floor ng Intercontinental Manila ang mga celebrities and other guests for the cocktails.
Ang mga pairs—not necessarily romantically linked—na namataan ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ay sina Sam Milby and Anne Curtis; Diether Ocampo and Kristine Hermosa; Jake Cuenca and Roxanne Guinoo; AJ Dee and Gemma Fitzgerald (Pinoy Dream Academy), Rafael Rosell and his non-showbiz girlfriend; Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu; Matt Evans and Melissa Ricks; Bruce Quebral and Wendy Valdez; Angel Aquino and Lui Villaruz; and Piolo Pascual and Rica Peralejo.
Piolo arrived at his handsomest wearing a black Hugo Boss outfit. Nauna lang sa kanya ng ilang minuto na rumampa sa red carpet ang nali-link sa kanya na si Rica.
Sabay na pumasok ng Grand Ballroom ang Pinoy Big Brother housemates na sina Bea Saw at Bodie Cruz, pero nakita rin naming sinundo ni Bodie sa labas ang medyo na-late na si Gee-Ann Abrahan. Kasama naman ni Albert Martinez and mga anak niyang sina Alfonso at Alynna.
Ang dating taga-Kapuso Network na si Megan Young ay kasama ang younger sister niyang si Lauren Young. Sabay rin dumating ang magkaibigang Iya Villania at Nikki Gil.
Ang ilan pang celebrities na nakita ng PEP sa affair bukod sa Star Magic talents ay sina directors Olivia Lamasan, Rowell Santiago, Manny Castañeda, and Joey Reyes; Ryan Cayabyab; Becky Aguila; and Bench owner Ben Chan.
Nagsimula ang programa pagkatapos ng sumptuous dinner: chicken liver with green leaves, foccacia bruschetta, and extra virgin oil for appetizer; cream of vegetables and Julienne of Luck soup; grilled tanguingue spiced with cajun mix, calamansi vegetables, ang polenta mais for main course; and native chocolate pot de crème with buco ice cream for dessert.
Ang Wowowee host na si Wilie Revillame ang nag-welcome sa mga dumalo at siya ring nag-introduce sa Star Magic Heartthrobs: Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Diether Ocampo, and Sam Milby. Unang kumanta si Piolo and after his solo number ay isa-isang pumunta sa gitna ng ballroom sina Diether, Sam, at John Lloyd singing old love songs. Wala namang pakialam ang naka-violet gown na si Kristine Hermosa sa pagkuha ng pictures kay Diet habang kumakanta.
Ang apat na heartthrobs ang naghalinhinang nag-host ng programa, kasama si Pokwang.
After their number, lumabas ang komedyanteng si Pokwang na nag-Shakira sing-and-lookalike. May patong pang chandelier sa ulo ni Pokwang at doon niya pinatay ang sindi ng mga kandila nito. Nag-standup comedy rin ang komedyana tungkol sa kanyang pagiging Star Magic talent.
Sinundan ito ng rock number nina Michael Manahan at Gian Sotto.
Nag-ballroom dancing naman sina Bea Alonzo, John Prats, Maja Salvador, Rayver Cruz, Victor Basa, Gem Ramos, Tim Espinosa, at Gemma Fitzgerald. Live na kumanta ng “Come Away With Me” sa unang bahagi si Nikki Gil.
Pagkatapos nito ay in-announce na ang winners ng “Stardust Awards” para sa best-dressed and best-looking people that night. May dalawa itong categories, junior and senior. Nanalo sa junior category sina Zanjoe Marudo at Anne Curtis, samantalang sina Senator Mar Roxas at Korina Sanchez naman sa senior category.
Super smile si Mariel Rodriguez sa kanyang kinauupuan at palakpak nang palakpak habang tinatanggap ni Zanjoe ang kanyang award. Si Anne naman ay katabi the whole night sina Rica at Sam.
Pagkatapos nito ay ibinigay ng Star Magic head na si Johnny “Mr. M” Manahan ang collective donation ng mga artista ng Star Magic para sa KIDS Foundation ni Diether na umabot sa kalahating milyong piso. Again, picture nang picture si Kristine kay Diet sa gitna ng ballroom.
Binigyan din ng parangal ng Star Magic ang tatlong haligi ng ABS-CBN na tinawag nilang Galaxy Awards. Una ay ang dating president at COO ng Kapamilya Network na si Mr. Freddie M. Garcia, na ayon kay Mr. M ay siyang nag-conceptualize at nag-visualize ng Talent Center (dating pangalan ng Star Magic).
Ang pangalawang ginawaran ng Galaxy Award ay ang executive vice president na si Ms. Charo Santos-Concio, who made Talent Center come true. Sabi ni Mr. M, “Kung wala si Charo, mahirap mangyari ang lahat.”
Naging bulung-bulungan din sa grand ballroom ang balitang pagre-retire ni Ms. Charo. Sa umpisa pa lang kasi ng programa, binati ni Piolo si Ms. Charo at nagbiro ang heartthrob na ang gabing iyon ay para rin sa despedida ng lady boss ng ABS-CBN.
Mabuti na lang at nagkaroon ng chance ang PEP na makatsikahan ang senior vice-president for entertainment na si Ms. Cory Vidanes sa restroom at doon naming napag-alamang hindi totoo ang nababalitang pagre-retire ni Ms. Charo sa ABS-CBN.
Ang totoo’y nakatakdang umalis ngayong August 22 si Ms. Charo papuntang United States at kukuha siya ng degree on management sa Harvard University. Pero babalik din siya ng Pilipinas in November.
Last but not the least, ang pangtalong binigyan ng Galaxy Award ay ang CEO at chairman ng ABS-CBN na si Mr. Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III, who incidentally was celebrating his birthday that day.
Si Martin Nievera ang nanguna sa pag-awit ng birthday song sa big boss and owner ng ABS-CBN. Pinangunahan nina Martin, Mr. M, at Bea Alonzo ang pagbibigay ng giant cake at toast para sa big boss ng Kapamilya Network.
Pagkatapos awitan ng birthday song si Mr. Lopez ay nagpaunlak ng ilang awitin si Martin.
Nagsayaw naman ang Star Magic talents at si Mr. M. mismo ng Rigodon de Honor. The event concluded with a disco party na umabot hanggang alas-dos ng madaling-araw.
Julie Bonifacio and Erwin Santiago
Philippine Entertainment Portal
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Pilipinas, Game KNB?
Perhaps it’s the red-colored polo shirt that urges the gameshow debonair to act as “Cupid” between a three-time studio viewer Anthony and his girlfriend Rose. His quiet presence becomes noticeable as he refuses to cooperate with the rest of the audience. As it happens, he faces a lover’s quarrel that Edu easily fixes as he persuades Rose to accept her long-haired boyfriend as he is.
Gracing the midweek special are Star Magic Batch 15 talents Puma de Borja, Jessy Mendiola, Isabelle Abiera, Marvin Raymundo, Caroline Riggs, Krista Valle, Benj Besa, Daphne Cortes, Jordan Aguilar and Tim Espinosa. But only Tim, Daphne, Caroline, Jordan and Krista gets a chance to try their luck and see if they can beat two-time defending winner Carlos Samson.
For the getting-to-know portion, Edu requests a freestyle number from U Can Dance contender Tim which he levels with his signature comic moves. Daphne puts up a dramatic act however as she cries about making use of once-in-a-life time opportunities to the fullest. Caroline and Jordan merely talks about trying out their luck in showbiz while Krista requests Edu to greet her lolo Papa Yoyo.
Going down to business, Krista advances for the win without a hitch. It is only after acquiring the P10,000 cash prize that the other players are able to have their chance to shine. Only Daphne makes use of her Atras-Abante Powers to hinder Caroline’s progress. The four eventually reach an equal footing but funnily enough, Caroline exclaims “Atras ako” instead of saying “Abante ako” which entails her to take a step back.
Even as she gains another point for the next question, Jordan triumphantly follows Krista for the win and even defeats Krista (P20,000) and Carlos (P110,000+showcase) in a ‘piece of cake’ category requiring them to list off all male PBB housemates from season one and two. However, Jordan fails in providing the mythical creatures in Harry Potter which leaves him with P50,000.
Can he defend his title tomorrow? Enjoy another game while laughing out loud with Edu’s funny antics only here at Pilipinas, Game KNB?
GO PAPA TIM!
GOOOOOOOOOO! NEXT TIME NA LANG!