Friday, August 31, 2007

U CAN DANCE VER 2. Sept 8th. Tim and Ruthchelle FIGHT for the TOP SPOT!

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

Tim Espinosa in the Union Tribune Newspaper in San Diego, California, USA

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.

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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.
Board involvement

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.)
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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.)

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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.

Advertisement As of late April, the room remained locked and the seriousness of the debt unknown.

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.


Pandanggo sa Ilaw, ah! Go idol!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Tim Espinosa and Gem Ramos at the 1st Annual Star Magic Ball

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

Tim Espinosa PIX on GKNB August 1st 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?