Mula Sa Buwan: A Spectacle of Filipino Music, Poetry and Unrequited Love

With its limited run at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, “Mula Sa Buwan” is a good, solid and sincere musical play as it transforms and delivers a timeless piece of the French poet Edmond Rostand into a stage Filipino version with an adaptation by Pat Valera.

It has beyond hilarious transitions and heartwarming glow. It was played in an indie-alternative sound transposed to Zarzuela, a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, mostly Kundiman and Harana.mula-sa-buwan

From Pat Valera’s concept, authorship, and direction together with William Elvin Manzano who co-wrote lyrics with the former and composed the original music, musical style to bear a little variation and naturalism. The adaptation certainly captured the spirit of the genre as Manzano’s libretto carries all the romance, humor, wit, passion and hope abound.

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In Photos: Karylle’s ‘A Different Playground (The Concert)’

Concert photography is challenging yet very rewarding because of the colorful low light situations that photographers need to work with. Sometimes, you don’t need to equip yourself with good quality lenses. You can use fast lenses that works best in low light conditions because of its large maximum aperture. It is important to understand your camera settings as it might do the job for you.

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Last week’s shoot of Karylle’s “A Different Playground (The Concert)” at Teatrino has given me the chance to use my latest camera, FUJIFILM X-A2, with its 16-50mm II kit lens. I never thought that it could give me a more natural creative setting in concerts. I’m amazed with the results!

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Retracing the Passage of Sab

Sabrina has always received a lot of attention for precisely doing a lot of covers. Despite her status, she has come to be known as Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart, recognized in ASEAN countries for her musical ability and acoustic style. Her “I Love Acoustic” series in 8 volumes to date has reached loads of Platinum successes. sab-2016-4

Setting aside her significant talents, as a performer and a recording artist, what makes Sabrina special are her three specific gifts: humility, love for supporters, and just importantly, her genuine perspective in song writing.

Over a span of eight years, Sabrina has performed a number of original songs written like “Again” (by Anj Sulit) and “Sa Bawat Paghinga” (by Toto Sorioso). Adding to her song treasury of originals are “One True Love,” “Over For Now But Not Forever,” “Oh Boy,” and “Paradise.”

As anticipated, she’s inspired to create songs from her own experiences and thoughts as she is extremely positive about releasing an all-original album. She probably didn’t spend a long time thinking about this dream, instead, she starts it with the first step of writing songs. She is focus to her goals no matter how bold and risky it may be. For her, this comes as a reinvention of herself.

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